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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

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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Sam Maguire 2016

Many thanks to Barry Burke and Cuala Football Club for  allowing us the honour of speaking with the Dublin  team members, Michael Fitzsimons and Cian & Conn O’Callaghan and their array of cups including the prestigious Sam Maguire.

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Rang III and Rang V had great fun creating and tasting “Monster smoothies” from spinach, berries and fruit. Well done boys!


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December Newsletter


Congratulations to Ms O’ Carroll who is the new Deputy Principal in Harold Boys’ N.S. We wish her well in her new role in the school.

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 Weafer at info@haroldboysdalkey.ie

Christmas Carol Concert – we are delighted to announce that all pupils will be singing carols in Dalkey Church on 7th December at 1.30 p.m. The boys have been practicing for weeks and sound fantastic! Grandparents, brothers and sisters, family and friends are all welcome to attend.

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 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. Molly Rang 3
Ms. McDermott 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 22nd December. Thanks to the Parents’ Association for funding the prizes. A list of winners will be printed in the January Newsletter.

Green Schools As we are focusing on Biodiversity as our theme for this year, Fourth Class, with help from our Green Schools committee, are soon going to be making a “bug hotel” to investigate the types of insect life there is around our school and to promote biodiversity on our school grounds. It should be a very interesting project!
Also look out for our recycled Christmas decoration display which will soon be on view in Roberts of Dalkey.

Sports News
GAA After school training has commenced on Wednesdays in Cuala, Hyde Road with Barry Burke. Well done to all the Fifth and Sixth Class boys who attend.
Swimming Fifth Class are currently swimming every Thursday in Castlepark swimming pool.
Basketball Harold Boys’ N.S. Basketball team played Scoil San Treasa on Friday 18th November. The first quarter saw Harold Boys’ N.S. race ahead but at the end of the third quarter the sides were level. Harold Boys’ N.S. showed great determination in the last quarter and won comfortably in the end 24-16. The boys have qualified for the Dublin Mini Basketball Finals in the National Basketball Arena on December 9th. Go n-éirí an t-ádh libh!

Parking Parents are reminded of the following:
Neighbors 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 11/11/16 Caoimhín de Róiste
18/11/16 Séarlas Ó Néill
25/11/16 Maitiu Ó Broin
Rang 3 11/11/16 Éamann ó Raifeartaigh
18/11/16 Séarlas ó Ciónga
25/11/16 Dónall ó Maoileáin
Rang 4 11/11/16 Cillian Ó Néill Ó Díomáin
25/11/16 Conchúr Westbrook
Rang 5 11/11/16 Anraí Bréartún
18/11/16 Seamus Hoíreabard
25/11/16 Searlas ó Fionnalaigh
Rang 6 11/11/16 Maitiú Ó Míacháin
18/11/16 Fionn Ó Gréacháin
25/11/16 Tadhg Mac Sandair

Dates for your Diary
7th December Carol Service 1.30 p.m. Dalkey Church
20th December
Christmas Concert for Parents – Please note times:-
Rang 2 Ms. Molloy 9.15 a.m.
Rang 3 Ms. McDermott 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.

22nd December Christmas Holidays – 12 noon
9th January School reopens – 8.50 a.m.

Harold Boys’ National School
St. Patrick’s Road,
Phone/Fax: 01 2856193
Email: info@haroldboysdalkey.ie
Website: www.haroldboysdalkey.ie
Principal: Teresa Buckley
NEWSLETTER – November 2016

Voluntary Contributions are needed for the running of the school. Please send in what you can afford as soon as possible. This year payments may be made online. Please email Ms Weafer info@haroldboysdalkey.ie for details with your email address.
Congratulations to Emma Molloy who has been appointed as a permanent teacher in Harold Boys’ N.S. We wish her every happiness in the school in the years to come.

Homework Please ensure your son does not spend longer than the recommended time at his homework. If this is causing a problem, kindly speak to the class teacher about this. The following are the recommended times
Rang 2 0-20 minutes
Rang 3 0-30 minutes
Rang 4 0-30 minutes
Rang 5 0-40 minutes
Rang 6 0-75 minutes

Cake Sale Congratulations to all the 2016 winners
2nd class 3rd class 4th class
1. Andrew Meehan 1. Eddie Rafferty 1. Cathal Power
2. Kevin Roche 2. Dylan Owens + Andrew Keogh 2. Hugh Egan
3. Thomas Cassidy 3. Sebastien Snyman 3. Daniel Doyle
5th Class 6th class
1. Christopher O Toole 1. Cormac Egan
2. Declan Jones 2. Jamie Brack
3.Malachy Dobbin 3. Jack O Doherty
A total of €2086.27 was raised. Thanks to the boys in 5th & 6th who helped out on the day & thanks to all who supported.

History Week takes place on 21st November. Please send in any artefacts you may have.

Green School
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
GAA: Congratulations to our 6th class team and their captain Rory McGrath, who won silver medals in their final of the Senior Autumn Football League against Carysfort.
Well done to the 5th class team captained by Harry Brereton who also won silver medals in the final against The Harold Glasthule.
They were both fantastic matches, well played boys!

Swimming begins for Rang 5 on Thursday 10th November

Gaeilgeoir Na Seachtaine –

Rang 2 Peadar Cuinn
Seán Criostoir Mac Craith
Oisín Ó Heifearnain
Alsander ó Gríofa
Cian ó Cuileannáin

Rang 3 Sebastian Snyman
Sean Ó Ceallaigh
Harrison Torrices
Darragh Breatnach
Rang 4 Neil Ó Ríain
Conchúr ó Brudair
Aodh Mac Aogáin
Hugo Curon
Conchúr ó Broin
Rang 5 Jude Webb
Diolun Annlúin
Luca Ciobanu
Seamus Hoireabard
Déaglán Mac Seoin
Rang 6 Bobby Ó Conghaile
Adam Ó Gráinne
Lúc Mac Giollárnath
Cormac Mac Aogáin

Dates for your Diary
21st November History Week
15th November Parent/Teacher Meetings – School closes at 2.15 p.m.
16th November Parent/Teacher Meetings – School closes at 2.30 p.m.
16th November 5th class tour Glasnevin Cemetery
21st November 7.30 p.m. Enrolment for Confirmation – Rang 6
23rd November 6th class tour DLRCC Townhall Cathaoirleach Cormac Devlin
9th December 1.30 p.m. – Harold Boys’ N.S. – Christmas Carol Service, Dalkey Church All
20th December Christmas Concerts for parents, please note times:-
9.15 a.m. Rang 2 10 a.m. Rang 3 11 a.m. Rang 4 12 noon Rang 5. 1.15 p.m. Rang 6

2nd class Website


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Science in Rang 3

Liquid Density Experiment

Liquid Density Experiment


Water Density Experiment

Water Density Experiment


Under Water Candle Experiment

Under Water Candle Experiment


Water and Soap Experiment

Pepper and Soap Experiment


Glow in the dark egg experiment

Glow in the dark egg experiment

Liquid or Solid Experiment

Liquid or Solid Experiment


Water or Solid Trick

Water or Solid Experiment

October Newsletter


                               NEWSLETTER – October 2016                            

Cake Sale: The PA will be holding the annual Halloween Cake Sale and Scary Cake Competition on Saturday the 22nd of October between 10am and 1pm in the school hall.  They are looking for donations of cakes, raffle prizes, books, Halloween costumes and of course volunteers on the day to help sell the delicious cakes. Letters will be going home in the boys bags with full details. Please contact Niamh Brodrick on 086 3964891 if you require further information.



Mrs Ciara Costello will leave Harold Boys’ N.S on October 28th to take up a position in a Gaelscoil. We are very grateful to Mrs Costello for the tremendous work she has done both as Class Teacher & Learning Support/Resource in the school over the past 17 years. We would also like to thank her for all she has done as Deputy Principal & wish her well in her new school.


The Parents’ Association AGM was held on 21st September. The following parents are on the committee:
2nd class Aoife McCarron, Anna Breslin, 3rd class, Sarah Kelly, Maria Keogh, 4th class 

Elena Mihalec, 5th class, Matt Hanlon, Orlagh Webb Secretary, 6th class Mary Kingston Co-Chair, Sheena Lambert Co-Chair. If you are interested in joining the committee please give your details to Ms. Weafer In the office.

A Seminar for Teachers on the Primary Language Curriculum will be provided on 29th November. For the reason the school will be closed on this date.



Lunches Please do not give your son pesto for lunch. Kindly remind boys not to share their lunch with other pupils.

Goal Jersey Day is being organised this year by Kyle Delahunty        

& Finnan Goff. Please support GOAL by wearing a jersey on 14th October.


Online Payment we are most grateful to parents who have chosen to pay online & would encourage all parents to do so. Please email Ms Weafer if you would like to organise this.


Sports News


Both our senior football teams are representing the school excellently. Our Fifth Class team captain is Harry Brereton and Rory Mc Grath is the captain of the Sixth Class team. Both teams have won their matches against The Harold Glasthule and lost to Carysfort. Best of luck in the remaining matches boys!



Swimming Fourth Class have started their classes in Castlepark



Fifth Class are enjoying their cycling off road training which takes place in the school yard on Friday afternoons. Congratulations to those boys who are now cycling for the first time.

Well Done!


Gaeilgeoir Na Seachtaine



Rang 2

Collie ó Breasláin
Caoimhín De Roiste
Cian Mac Cearáin

Rang 3

Beircheart ó Cealaigh
Donal ó Maoileáin
Andre Costa Macedo Fontes

Rang 4

Milan Vadell De Búrca
Eoghan Hosford
Odran O Buachalla

Rang 5

Anraí Brértún
Ruairí ó Mathúna
Seamus ó Muiri

Rang 6

Will Laimbeart
Liam ó Maidín – Santos
Cian Rainsford


                                                Dates for your Diary

14th October GOAL Jersey Day
15th & 16th October Dalkey Creates Workshops
22nd October Cake Sale – Harold Boys’ N.S. School Hall 10 am – 1 pm
28th October 2.30 p.m. to 7th November 8.50 a.m. Mid-term
15th November

16th November

Parent/Teacher meetings – School closes 2.15 p.m.

Parent/Teacher meetings – school closes 2.30 p.m.

29th November School Closed


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