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Newsletter January 2018

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

Science Open Evening: On January 30th 2018 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 €1,360 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 & 2.30 pm.
• Do not park on Double Yellow lines on St. Patrick’s Road.
• Do not park in neighbours’ driveways.

Reporting your son’s absence: All absences must be recorded in writing & sent to your son’s teacher. Please do not phone Ms Weafer 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.

Green Schools: We have some new potted plants at the main entrance of the school, which look fantastic as well as a range of new equipment on the school grounds such as bird boxes, bird feeders, a ladybird tower, a mini bug hotel and a bee/insect nester. This is to help increase the biodiversity in our school grounds and our Green Schools committee will monitor this equipment. Ms Crowley’s class has also started a wormery in their classroom as part of their learning about biodiversity and how important worms are for soil and farming. 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/

Chess News: The school chess team has now played the first three rounds of the Leinster Schools Chess League. The team has played Gorey Educate Together and Johnstown School at home and won both of those rounds 4 to nil. In addition to the league team, Gorey travelled with 8 players so Harold Boys’ N.S. Dalkey also played 8 additional matches and won the majority of those matches. There has been one away match so far to St. Catherine’s National School and Harold Boys’ N.S. Dalkey 3.5 to .5 won that. The next two rounds will be in January and February 2018. Congratulations to the team: Ronan Prior, Cathal & Diarmuid Power, Luca Rizzi & sub Conor Flanagan.
Results of the School tournament: Cathal Power was first, Luca Rizzi was second and Ronan Prior was third. Cathal, Diarmuid and Luca entered Alex Baburin’s schools chess competition in the Tara Towers on December 10th . Not only did they win first place, but also they came home with an additional trophy for Luca who was best performer on Board 3, and an additional medal for Diarmuid who was second best performer on Board 2. Cathal was the team captain.

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 Oisín Lyster Mathew Byrne Niccolo McNamara Noah O’ Regan Jamie Murray

2nd Jack Carolan Dan Noonan Sebastian Synman Cillian O’Neill Diamond Christopher O’
3rd Rylan Mc Gill Andrew Meehan Patrick Maguire Conor Brodrick Álvaro Goizueta

Sports News: We are delighted to have Franco Georgescu back training the boys on Thursdays. Many thanks to the Parents’ Association for funding this.
Swimming: Sixth class will begin their swimming sessions on Thursday 11th January and will have their sponsored Charity Swim on Thursday February 15th.Good luck boys!

Board of Management: We would like to Welcome John Lambert (Parent Nominee) to the board.

Congratulations: to Jude Webb 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 Rang 3 Rang 4 Rang 5 Rang 6
Críostóir Ó Broin Maitiú Ó Broin Seán Ó Ceallaigh Milan Vadell-Bourke Luca Ciobanu

Ruairí Ó Murchú Alsander Mac Grifín Dónal Ó Maoleáin Eoin Ó Cealaigh Criostóir Ó Tuathail

Ádam Ó Broin Séarlas Ó Néill Éamann Ó Raifeartaigh Nóe Ó Riagáin Ciarán Ó Mír

January 22nd First Penance – Rang 2, 7.30 pm
January 30th Open Evening – 6.00 – 7.30 p.m.
February 9th 2.30 p.m. – February 19th 8.50 am – Midterm
February 21st Ceremony of Light Rang 6, 7.30 pm
March 8th Confirmation – Rang 6 11am
May 12th 1st Communion – Rang 2 11am

Christmas Concert 2017

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We were delighted to have a visit from the local Cuala players including one past pupil Conor Mulally with their array of trophies on Thursday 21st December. Many thanks to Ken Fitzgerald and Barry Burke who organised it for us.

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Christmas Carols 2017

Well done to our fantastic choir who sang in the Church of the Assumption in Dalkey on Tuesday 5th December. Many thanks to everyone who came to listen.

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Science Week 2017

Many thanks to our guest speakers Ms. Goff and Mr. Rizzi who came in to give talks for Science week.













Well done to the fifth and sixth class teams who represented Harold Boys’ N.S. in the National Basketball Arena on Monday 27th November.

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On Wednesday 8th November Fifth class visited Glasnevin Cemetery and had a fantastic tour. Many thanks to the Parents’ Association who funded this outing.














December Newsletter 2017

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

Board of Management Michael Hogan has resigned from the board. The name of his replacement will be sent to you as soon as it becomes available. The Critical Incident Policy was ratified at the recent Board meeting.

WELCOME To Ms O’Loughlin. She is a substitute teacher in Rang 4 for the remainder of the year. We wish her every success in Harold Boys’ N.S.

Christmas Carol Concert – The Rolling Pebbles (AKA the Junior Rolling Stones!) is 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 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 18th 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. Crowley Rang 4
Ms. O’Loughlin 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 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 Jude Webb (6th class) whose Ribbon Christmas Tree was chosen. 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!
Third class went on a mini beast hunt as part of their Biodiversity classwork. They caught some insects for identification in the school garden and around our bug hotel! Have a look at the pictures on Ms Crowley’s third class blog at https://haroldbns.blogspot.ie/ 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 GAA Congratulations to Fifth Class who won the Christopher Cannon cup in Thomastown Senior Autumn League on Thursday 9th November against Scoil Mhuire. They also played against Dalkey School Project in the semi-final. Cathal Power and Ross Byrne were the captains. Well done also to the Sixth Class team who made it to the final against St. Anne’s with Declan Jones & Jude Webb as captains

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 Seán Ó Caomhánaigh
Gavyn Ó hEoghain
Nioclás Ó Maoldomhnaigh
Rí Mac Taidhg
Rang 3 Dónal Ó Nuanáin
Peadar Ó Coinn
Concobhar Ó Flannagán
Cian Chuilleanáin
Rang 4 Dylan Ó hEoghain
Colm Heylin
Rang 5 Aodh Mac Aogáin
Cillian ó Neill ó Díomáin
Cathal de Paor
Alex Mihalec
Rang 6 Gabriel Ó Murchú
Rónan Mac an Phríora
Ruairí Ó Mathúna

Dates for your Diary
5th December Carol Service 1.00 p.m. Dalkey Church
18th 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. O’Loughlin 11 a.m.
Rang 5 Ms. O’Carroll 12 noon
Rang 6 Ms. Mossop 1.15 p.m.

22nd December Christmas Holidays – 12 noon
8th January School reopens – 8.50 a.m.

November Newsletter 2017

NEWSLETTER – November 2017

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.

Professional Development for Teachers Whole – school professional development will be provided on the Primary Language Curriculum on November 21st. For this reason, the school will be closed on this date.

History Week takes place on 20th November. Please send in any artefacts you may have. A Historical Fancy Dress will take place on November 24th.

Well Done to our competition winners. DLR festival of Primary Schools Drawing Competition: Winner Odhran Buckley. Dún Laoghaire Garda Art Competition: Winner Lorcan Flavin.
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 2017 winners
Overall Winner Emmet Byrne Rang 2
2nd class 3rd class 4th class
Jamie Hayden Cranfield Thomas Cassidy Turloch Mason
5th Class 6th class
Leo Skinner Gabriel Murphy

A total of €1,414 was raised. Thanks to the boys in 5th & 6th who helped out on the day & thanks to all who supported.

European Coding Week October 7-22
All classes took part in European Coding Week during their computer class time. They used Microsoft, Angry Bird or Gamemaker.

Many thanks to Mathew Hanlon who volunteered to do an extra session of Coding with Fifth and Sixth Class on Wednesday 11th October.

Green School Congratulations to Ronan Prior (6th Class) for his winning Biodiversity slogan Every Animal, Plant and Tree: That’s Biodiversity! The standard of slogans from all classes was superb and we will be putting some of the runners up on display on our Green Schools notice board.There were some colourful additions to the Dalkey Church Gardens on the weekend of the 20th-22nd October as our Wheelbarrow Gardens were brought from the school to the church for display as part of the Dalkey Creates Festival. Well done to the Green Schools committee for planting and looking after this project. Also make sure to check our blog at http://hbnsgreenschools.weebly.com/ for regular updates and pictures of our Green School in action!

Sports News Fifth Class will begin swimming classes on Thursday 9th November. Fifth and Sixth class final of the GAA Senior Autumn League is on Thursday 9th November.

Gaeilgeoir Na Seachtaine –

Rang 2 Séarlas Mac Péice
Liam Mac Réamainn
Jake Tran
Seán Ó Cearúlláin

Rang 3 Roibeard Mac Cionaoith
Ainréas Ó Miacháin
Dáithí Ó Duibheannaigh
Rang 4 Sebastian Vergara Synman
Garbhán Laimbeart

Rang 5 Milan Vadell de Búrca
Eoin ó Ceallaigh
Cathal de Paor
Milan Vadell de Búrca
Rang 6 Séamas ó Muirí
Searlas ó Fionnghaile
Milo Ó Cuinn
Anraí Ó Breartún

Dates for your Diary

20th November History Week
13th November Parent/Teacher Meetings – School closes at 2.15 p.m.
14th November Parent/Teacher Meetings – School closes at 2.30 p.m.
20th November 7.30 p.m. Enrolment for Confirmation – Rang 6
21st November School Closed. Teachers’ Professional Development Programme
5th December 1.00 p.m. – Harold Boys’ N.S. – Christmas Carol Service, Dalkey Church. School Choir accompanied by The Rolling Pebbles. All Welcome
18th 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

Congratulations to our Fifth class team who won the Christopher Cannon cup in the Senior Football Autumn League in Thomastown. On Thursday 9th November the boys won both their semi final against Dalkey School Project with captain Cathal Power and their final against Scoil Mhuire with captain Ross Byrne. Well done!

Congratulations also to the sixth class team who were runners up in their league final against St. Anne’s with captains Jude Webb and Declan Jones. It was a great match, well played!



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