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Newsletter February 2018

NEWSLETTER – February 2018

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

Child Protection: As instructed by the DES, Harold Boys’ N.S. will close for two half-days to allow staff to engage with New Child Protection procedures & to access training. For this reason, school will finish at 12.30 pm on Feb 6th.

Statement of Strategy for School Attendance: This policy was ratified by the Board of Management at the January meeting. Please note
• Parents have a legal duty to ensure their son is at school on every day that the school is open unless there is a genuine reason for him not to attend.
• A written explanation of absence must be sent to the class teacher.
• The school cannot give ‘permission’ for holiday absences during term time. Harold Boys’ N.S. strongly discourages parents from taking boys on holidays during term time.

Preparations for Sacraments: Congratulations to Rang 2 who received the Sacrament of Penance on 22nd 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 8th March. The Ceremony of Light for Confirmation will take place on 21st February at 7.30 pm.

Harold Boys’ Quiz Team
Well done to our junior and senior quiz teams who took part in the Credit Union Quiz in St Laurence College, Loughlinstown on Monday 29th January. Both teams performed very well in a challenging competition but unfortunately did not make the next round. The teams were:
Junior Team: Garvan Lambert (captain), Turloch Egan Mason, Tommy Little and Darragh Walsh
Senior Team: Stephen O’ Neill (captain), Ciarán Myers, Ronan Prior and Milo Quinn

Green Schools: We had our Green Schools renewal visit from Dean Eaton this month who spoke to our committee about the seven steps and the work we have done on the Biodiversity flag over the last two years. Dean was impressed with how well our Green Schools committee had done on this flag and the improvements we have made to the school grounds.
Our Green Schools blog has more information and pictures of activities around the school which fit our Green School themes so check it out at http://hbnsgreenschools.weebly.com/. We also have a section for our Action Plan, which we encourage you to have a read of to see what further improvements, actions and activities the committee have planned for the school!

Science Open Evening: On 30st January, we put on a Science Exhibition as part of our project for the Award of Science & Maths Excellence. This is our 12th 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 8.50-1.30 pm
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

Sports News: Sixth class have begun their swimming lessons. They will take part in a Charity Swim on Thursday 22nd February. Many thanks to their sponsors. Best of luck boys!

Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine
Rang 2 Rían Ó hAodha
Séamas Ó hEideáin
Peadar Ó Gáibhín
Aodh Ó Broin
Rang 3 Ádam Mac Cormaic
Concobhar Ó Flannagáin
Cian Chuilleanáin
Oilibhear ó Duinn Mac Geargáin
Rang 4 Turloch Aodhafáin Mason
Garbhán Laimbeart
Niccolo MacConmara
Gavin Pantony
Rang 5 Hugo Caron
Eoin Ó Ceallaigh
Cillian Ó Néill Ó Díomáin
Ros ó Broin
Rang 6 Ciaran Ó Mír
Dylan Ó hAnluain

February 6th School finishes 12.30
February 9th 2.30 p.m. to February 19th 8.50 a.m. – Midterm Break
February 21st Ceremony of Light – Rang 6: 7.30 p.m.
March 8th Confirmation – Rang 6: 11 a.m.
March 19th Public Holiday. School Closed
March 23rd 12 noon to April 9th 8.50 a.m. – Easter Holidays

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