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NEWSLETTER – February 2017

Voluntary Contributions: Many thanks to all who have contributed so far this year. Payments are welcome at any time.

Internet Safety Talk For Parents:
The overall objective of this Internet Safety session is to provide parents with information and skills so that they will be able to engage in their children’s online lives.
Parents often admire how easily their children can use the internet – but aren’t quite sure of what they are doing or seeing. This session will look at how children use the internet. Parents will be introduced to strategies to help their children be responsible, effective and safer internet users. This session will also look at cyber bullying.
As parents, it is vital to have good, open communication with your children about the internet lives. Like all other aspects of their lives we need to talk to our children about the potential dangers that they may come across online as well as the many benefits they will find.
All parents of primary school children are welcome; this talk will take place 2nd February 2017.

Preparations for Sacraments: Congratulations to Rang 2 who received the Sacrament of Penance on 23rd January. Thanks to the boys from Rang 3-6 for singing in the school choir. This support is much appreciated. Rang 6 are preparing for their Confirmation which will take place on 9th March. The Ceremony of Light for Confirmation will take place on 1st February at 7.30 pm.

Science Open Evening: On 21st January we put on a Science Exhibition as part of our project for the Award of Science & Maths Excellence. This is our 11th time entering the awards! All classes displayed examples of their Science, Engineering & Maths Activities & Experiments. Many thanks to the pupils from Rang 6 who kindly helped out on the night.

Office Hours: Please note that the office is open from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
For queries regarding after-school activities, please phone the following numbers directly:
Monday Drama – Paul Cullen 087 2213196
Tuesday Guitar – Dun Laoghaire School of Music 2844178/2844798
Thursday Chess 087 7694189

Harold Boys’ Quiz Team
Two teams represented our school at the Credit Union Schools’ Quiz in St Kevin’s N.S, Sallynoggin on Friday 27 January 2017. Both teams put in a great effort and did the school proud. The senior team were particularly unlucky, missing out on a top three place by one point. Thanks to the members of both teams and to all the parents who attended on the night.
Senior Team: Cian Rainsford, Will Lambert, Milo Quinn and Stephen McDowell.
Junior Team: Cillian O’ Neill-Diamond, Riley King, Conor Brodrick and Cathal Power.

Green Schools: On a recent visit to Killiney Hill, sixth class learned about biodiversity in the local area. Mick Kingston told us about the diverse range of flora and fauna on the hill and its surroundings. We discovered how to tell Beech, Oak and Horse Chestnut trees apart even when they have shed their leaves. We also found out how the Christmas trees collected after Christmas are put to use in the woods. Dead plants can play their part in maintaining the biodiversity of the area by housing animals or plants and they can also be used to create eco-piles. We also got to admire the view from The Witch’s Hat. We’d like to thank Mick for his help on the day.
The Green Schools Committee for this year is:
Collie Breslin, Liam Kearns (2nd) Dónal Fitzgerald-Byrne, Dónal Moylan (3rd) Daniel Doyle, Lorcan Flavin (4th) Brian Jones, Christopher O’Toole (5th) Cormac Egan, Fionn Graham (6th) Mary Kingston (Parent) Mr Smith, Ms Buckley, Marvin Bautista (Staff)
Our school Green Code for Biodiversity is: “Don’t kill animals, don’t spread pollution, if you have a problem, biodiversity is the solution”

Sports News: Sixth class are currently swimming on Thursdays in Castlepark Swimming Pool. They will have their sponsored charity swim on February 16th.
Best of Luck!

Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine
Rang 2 Roibeard Mac Cionaoith
Tomás Séamus Ó Caiside
Rowan Mac Eochaidh
Adam Mac Cormaic
Rang 3 Darragh Breatnach
Colm Heylin
Dáire ó hÓgáin
Turloch Mac Aogáin Masún
Rang 4 Conchúr Ó Bruadair
Cathal de Paor
Alex Mihalec
Rang 5 Milo ó Coinn
Stiofán ó Neill
Ruairí ó Mathúna
Milo ó Coinn
Rang 6 Somhairle Ó Gráinne
Séamus De Faoite
Ciarán Ó Gealbháin

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
February 1st Ceremony of Light – Rang 6: 7.30 p.m.
February 2nd 7.00 p.m. Internet Safety Talk for Parents
February 17th 2.30 p.m. February 27th 8.50 a.m. – Midterm Break
March 9th Confirmation – Rang 6: 11 a.m.
March 17th Public Holiday. School Closed
April 7th 12 noon April 24th 8.50 a.m. – Easter Holidays

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