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Tuesday, January 29th
at 6:00-7:30 pm

Harold Boys’ N.S.,

St. Patrick’s Road,


Co. Dublin.



All Welcome

Refreshments will be provided

Newsletter January 2019


Voluntary Contributions: Many thanks to all who have contributed so far this year. It is much appreciated.

Science Open Evening: On January 29th 2019 we will be holding our Science Open Evening as part of our Discover Primary Science Award of STEM Excellence Project. Please come along and see our science exhibitions on display in each classroom.

Christmas Cards: Every boy designed a card and was able to order a complete set of his own design. These proved very popular and raised €1,450 for the Parents’ Association. We look forward to this again next year.

Road Safety outside the School: You can help in the following ways:
• Comply with the Voluntary One-Way System. Please drive in the direction of
Castle St. to Carysfort Rd. only.
• Yield at the YIELD sign outside the school gate.
• Never park in the SET DOWN area. This is a pick up/drop off point for 8.50 am & 2.30pm.
• Do not park on Double Yellow lines on St. Patrick’s Road.
• Do not park in neighbours’ driveways.
• Please arrange to meet your son across the road at 2:30pm and not outside the gate.

Reporting your son’s absence: All absences must be recorded in writing & sent to your son’s teacher. Please do not phone Ms Doyle to explain why your son is absent. You may find it useful to complete the absence notes on page 109 of your son’s Homework Journal.

Scríobh Leabhar / Write a book: All pupils are now busy writing for the annual competition. We look forward to seeing their books on display during our Open Evening.
Chess News: The chess squad has just finished their first tournaments. Winners of the Junior tournament: 1st Daniel Hill, 2nd Eoin McCormick, 3rd Jamie Hayden-Cranfield. Winners of the Advanced tournament: 1st Chenjie Long, 2nd Diarmuid Power, 3rd Cathal Power.
The school team has qualified in for the Leinster Schools finals. Harold Boys’ N.S. qualified in second place having won 3 out of their 4 rounds, losing 1 round very narrowly (4.5 – 3.5). It was a team of eight with two subs – Chenjie Long, Diarmuid Power, Cathal Power, Conor Flanagan, Daniel O’Connor, Conor Brodrick, Luca Rizzi, Noah O’Regan, Colm Heylin, Thomas Cassidy. Four players brought medals home, three for winning 4 out of 4 matches (Chenjie, Diarmuid and Luca), Cathal won a medal for best sportsmanship. In addition to the boys playing so well, their good behaviour and manners were commended by other team managers.
Christmas Art Competition Winners: What an amazing standard we had this year! Judging was extremely difficult! Thanks to the Parents’ Association for the prizes. The following were the winners:
Rang 2 Rang 3 Rang 4 Rang 5 Rang 6
1st Rory Nolan Rory Murphy Dáithí Devaney Niccolo McNamara-Benedetti Noah O’Regan
2nd Fionn Crowley Daragh Kral Robbie McKenna Kevin Molloy Lorcan Flavin
3rd Liam Beirne Peter Gavin Daryll Renni James Sexton Hugh Egan

Green Schools News: 5th class painted a tiled litter & waste mural with Siobhan Brennan of Crazy Glazing in Wicklow. The theme fits with our work toward our Global Citizenship Litter & Waste flag and Ms. O’Carroll’s class really enjoyed learning about the process involved in creating this mural. A huge thanks to Siobhan for the work she put in on this project too!
Our Green Schools blog has pictures of this mural and more activities from around the school so check it out at http://hbnsgreenschools.weebly.com/
Sports News: Sixth class will begin their swimming sessions on Thursday 10th January and will have their sponsored Charity Swim on Thursday 11th April. Good luck boys!

Congratulations: to Alex Kral who was highly commended in the dlr recycled Christmas Decoration Competition. We are very grateful to Roberts for displaying the other fantastic decorations over the holidays.

Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine:
Rang 2 Liam Ógáin, Bobby Liao, Roibéard Séamus
Rang 3 Eiméad Ó Broin, Táilliúr Ó Nulláin, Nioclás Maoldomhnaigh
Rang 4 Tomás Ó Casaide, Andriú Ó Miadhacháin, Chenjie Long
Rang 5 Sebastian Snyman, Tomás Bigín, Éamonn Ó Raifeartaigh
Rang 6 Eoghan Hosford, Stiofán De Búrca

January 21st First Penance – Rang 2, 7.30 pm
January 29th Open Evening – 6.00 – 7.30 p.m.
February 15th 2.30 p.m. – February 25th 8.50 am – Midterm
February 28th Ceremony of Light Rang 6, 7.30 pm
March 7th Confirmation – Rang 6 11am
May 18th 1st Communion – Rang 2 11am

December Newsletter 2018

Newsletter – December 2018

Funding for the school is needed now more than ever: We are very grateful to those of you who have sent in the Voluntary Contribution and urge everyone to do so in the near future. Payments may now be paid online. Please contact Ms Doyle at info@haroldboysdalkey.ie.

Board of Management: The Critical Incident Policy & Plan Framework was ratified at the November Board meeting.

Cyber-Safety Talk: Many thanks to Sharon Goff and the Parents’ Association who organised Internet Safety Talks with Clíona Curley from Cyber Safe Ireland. She gave highly effective, informative talks to our parents and to the pupils of 3rd – 6th class. The boys completed a survey based on their online usage, the results of which will be highlighted in Clíona’s report which will be posted to all parents. There was a high turnout of parents on Wednesday 21st November. This attendance was much appreciated. Thank you.

School Band – The Toasted Specials are the new music sensation in Harold Boys’ N.S. Mr Antoin Bracken is the band’s manager. The group has been rehearsing for the last few months & look forward to their performance. This will take place in Dalkey Church on December 5th at 1pm when they accompany the School Choir in a Christmas Carol Concert. All are welcome to this wonderful celebration of the real meaning of Christmas.
Christmas Concert Invitation to Parents – please join the pupils in Harold Boys’ N.S. in a celebration of Christmas. This will take place in the school hall on Thursday, 20th December. Please note that parents/guardians are permitted to take photographs or videos for private/personal use only & that they must not be uploaded to any website to be viewed by others (e.g. Facebook).

Rang 2
Ms. Molloy Rang 3
Ms. Crowley Rang 4
Ms. Healy Rang 5
Ms. O’Carroll Rang 6
Ms. Mossop
9.15 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. 12 noon 1.15 p.m.

Christmas Art Competition: The entries are on display in the hall. Please feel free to come in and admire the boys’ fantastic work! Prizes will be presented on 21st December. Thanks to the Parents’ Association for funding the prizes. A list of winners will be printed in the January Newsletter.
Green Schools: The standard of our Recycled Christmas Decorations this year was superb and the judges had an extremely tough job choosing a winner to send to Dun Laoghaire County Hall for the Christmas ceremony. Congratulations to Alex Kral (3rd class) who was chosen as this year’s overall winner. The winners from each class were:
2nd Class
Ruadhan Dodd 3rd Class
Jake Tran 4th Class
Peter Quinn 5th Class
Kevin Molloy 6th Class
Hugh Egan

The rest of the entries will be on display in December in the shop window of Roberts of Dalkey so we would like to give a big thanks to them for giving us help with our Green Schools efforts!
Also be sure to check out our Green Schools blog at http://hbnsgreenschools.weebly.com/ for regular updates and pictures of our Green School in action!
Sports News: Congratulations to Fifth Class, who won the Christopher Cannon cup in the Thomastown Senior Autumn League on Tuesday 23rd October against Colmcille’s N.S. Eddie Rafferty was the captain. Well done also to the Sixth Class team who won the Shield Final against Carysfort N.S. with Eoghan Hosford as captain.

Parking: Parents are reminded of the following:
Neighbours who live on St. Patrick’s Road have asked us to remind parents not to park in their driveway at 2.30 pm. Please remind childminders, grandparents or anyone else picking up your son of the above.

Gaeilgeoir Na Seachtaine:
Rang 2 Ruadhan Doidín, Fionn Ó Cosnaeháin, Alsandar Chuilleanáin, Fionn Cruadhlaoich
Rang 3 Aodh Ó Broin, Séarlas Mac Péice, Tadhg Ó Ceallaigh, Lex Ó Murchú
Rang 4 Maitiú Ó Broin, Roibeard Mac Cionadha, Oilibhear Ó Duinn
Rang 5 Dónal Ó Broin, Antoni Siejko, Dylan Ó hEoghain, Dáire Breatnach
Rang 6 Milan Vadell-De Búrca, Nicolai Ó Ceallacháin, Diarmuid De Paor, Lorcán Ó Flaithimhín

Dates for your Diary:
5th December Carol Service 1.00 p.m. Dalkey Church
20th December
Christmas Concert for Parents – Please note times:-
Rang 2 Ms. Molloy 9.15 a.m.
Rang 3 Ms. Crowley 10 a.m.
Rang 4 Ms. Healy 11 a.m.
Rang 5 Ms. O’Carroll 12 noon
Rang 6 Ms. Mossop 1.15 p.m.

21st December Christmas Holidays – 12 noon
7th January School reopens – 8.50 a.m.
7th March Confirmation – Rang 6 11am

Le gach dea ghuí i gcomhair na Nollag agus na hAth bhliana,



Internet Safety 2018

As part of our Internet Safety SPHE education,  3rd to 6th classes had an Internet Safety talk with  Cliona Curley from Cyber Safe Ireland. This was fantastic for the boys as a reminder of safe use of the internet and the importance of discussion of internet use and rules with parents at home.

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Internet Safety 2018

As part of our Internet Safety SPHE education, the local Community Gardaí; Ailbhe Boyce and Paul Hughes spoke to Fifth and Sixth classes about the dangers of the internet and how to keep safe when online.

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Newsletter November 2018

Newsletter – November 2018

Voluntary Contributions are needed for the running of the school. Please send in what you can afford as soon as possible.

Visit from Local Gardaí – Community Garda Ailbhe Boyce and her colleague Paul came to the school on Friday 19th October to give a talk on Halloween Safety to 5th and 6th class. This was a very important reminder of the dangers at this time of year and to be cautious. Many thanks to the Gardaí.

Gaeilge – Many thanks for your support with this so far; please continue to support your son at home. Practise the Eiseamláirí Teanga – a list of these phrases was sent out at the beginning of the year.
Green Schools News – We would like to welcome our new Green Schools’ Committee for this year. They will be working towards our 6th Green School Flag on the theme of Global Citizenship Litter & Waste. The class representatives are as follows: 2nd Curtis Culliton & Adam Finlay, 3rd Jamie Hayden-Cranfield & Taylor Nolan, 4th Thomas Cassidy & Dáithi Devaney, 5th Ben Kelly & Scott McCullough, 6th Stephen Burke, Nicolai Callaghan & Daniel Doyle.

GOAL Jersey Day was organised this year by Conor Brodrick and Noah O’Regan. A total of €382.02 was raised. Thanks to all who supported this event.

PA Fundraising – Many thanks to our Parents’ Association for their fundraising. With these funds we have been able to provide each class with useful Gaeilge resources; graded readers as Gaeilge, board games and resource booklets for teachers, as well as paying for school tours for each class.

European Week of Code 2018 – Many thanks to Matt Hanlon who came into the school during European Code Week to do an Hour of Code with fourth, fifth and sixth class. They thoroughly enjoyed the session!

Halloween Cake Competition 2018 – Well done to everyone who took part in this year’s Scary Cake Competition on Thursday 18th October. Congratulations to all of the winners in each class: 2nd Class – Max Robinson, 3rd Class – Emmet Byrne, 4th Class – Kevin Roche, 5th Class – Tommy Little, 6th Class – Nicolai Callaghan and to the overall winner Thomas Cassidy in 4th class. A total of €917.55 was raised at the Cake Sale and a further €430 was raised for the Scary Cake Competition. Thanks to everyone who took part and helped out on the day.

Dalkey Creates Writers’ Festival – On October 10th and 11th we welcomed local poet Anne Fitzgerald to our school. She came to participate in poetry workshops with 6th class. The boys then worked in groups to write their own poems. Many thanks to Anna Fox, of Dalkey Creates, for organising the event.

Friendship Week 2018 – Our first Friendship Week at Harold Boys’ N.S. will take place from Monday 5th November – Friday 9th November. Each day will be themed; Musical Monday – Drumming Workshops for each class, Togetherness Tuesday – Paired-Reading and Project-Work between the classes, Wellness Wednesday – No written homework, spend time with a friend instead, Thoughtful Thursday – Classroom activities & Friendship Friday – Compliment Circles, 6th Class create an obstacle course for each class to try out.

Science Week 2018 – We will be celebrating Science Week from 11th – 18th November. We look forward to seeing plenty of experiments and welcoming Science Speakers to our school during the week.

Sports News – Rang 5 will begin their swimming lessons after the midterm break. The GAA Autumn Senior League was a great success! The boys really enjoyed their matches and played extremely well. Both teams won their finals. Eddie Rafferty’s fifth class team beat St. Colmcille’s N.S. Ballybrack in the Cup Final 5-4 to 2-1. Eoghan Hosford’s sixth class team beat Carysfort N.S. in the Shield Final 7-6 to 5-6. Congratulations to all of the boys who were involved!

Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine:
Rang 2 Dónall Ó Nuáin, Eoghan Mac Cormaic, Seán Ó hEoghain, Cuirtéis Ó Collatáin
Rang 3 Peadar Ó Gáibhín, Alsandar Kral, Séarlas Mac Péice, Rex Mad Taidhg
Rang 4 Conchúr Ó Flanagáin, Alsandar Ó Gríofa, Ádhamh Mac Cormaic
Rang 5 Seán Wall, Padraig Mac Uidhir, Dáire Breatnach, Gavin Pantony
Rang 6 Odhrán Ó Buachalla, Luca Rizzi, Eoin Ó Ceallaigh, Aodh Mac Aogáin

Dates for Your Diary:
November 5th Friendship Week
November 12th History Week
November 13th Parent/Teacher meetings – School closes at 2.15 pm
November 14th Parent/Teacher meetings – School closes at 2.30 pm
November 19th Enrolment for Confirmation (Rang a 6) 7:30pm
November 21st Talk on Cyber-Bullying for parents
December 5th 1.00 p.m. – Harold Boys’ N.S. – Christmas Carol Service, Dalkey Church
December 20th Christmas Concerts for parents, please note times:-
Rang 2 – 9:15am, Rang 3 – 10:00am, Rang 4 – 11:00am, Rang 5 – 12:00pm, Rang 6 – 1:15pm

Happy Hallowe’en 2018

Well done to all the boys who dressed up today!

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Congratulations to both of our Senior Football teams who both won their finals on Tuesday 23rd October in Thomastown pitches. The sixth class team captain was Eoghan Hosford and the fifth class captain was Eddie Rafferty. Well done boys!












Fifth class had a fantastic tour of Glasnevin Cemetery on Thursday 18th October. Many thanks to the Parents’ Association who funded this trip.


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