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Rang II 2018

Here is the link to this year’s Second Class Webpage. Enjoy!


European Coding Week 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!

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Rang V 2018

Fifth class took part in an amazing art workshop with Anna Fox from Dalkey Creates on Thursday 4th October. They made spooky signs which will be displayed around Dalkey village. Well done boys!











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Newsletter October 2018

NEWSLETTER – October 2018
Cake Sale: Harold Boys’ N.S. Annual Cake Sale will take place in the school Hall on Saturday the 20th October from 10am -1pm. A Scary Cake Competition will be held in the school on Thursday 18th October. This is a major fundraiser for the school, so donations of raffle prizes will be gratefully accepted closer to the date. More information will be sent home in the boys’ schoolbags in early October.

The Parents’ Association AGM was held on 17th September. The following parents are on the committee: 2nd class Dee Lyons, Fiona Noone 3rd class Jenni Montag, Karen Byrne 4th class Marin Titus Sam, Dhanya Nair 5th class Jody McSharry, Chair : Jenni Montag Co-chair : Fiona Noone, Tech Liaison: Sharon Goff, Snow Patrol: John Lyons.

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

Goal Jersey Day is being organised this year by Conor Brodrick
& Noah O’Regan. Please support GOAL by wearing a jersey on 12th October.

Green School: We start work towards our sixth Green Flag on the theme of Global Citizenship Litter and Waste this year which will highlight how our actions affect others around the world. Our new Green Schools committee to work on this theme will be confirmed soon with representatives from each class.

We will also participate in the Dalkey Creates Wheelbarrow Gardens project again this year. This year our focus is on growing edible plants and herbs and our wheelbarrows will be moved to Dalkey Church Garden on Friday 12th October and will remain on display there for the weekend as part of the Dalkey Creates Festival.
Our Green Schools blog is at http://hbnsgreenschools.weebly.com/ to keep everyone updated on our Green Schools news. Be sure to check it out to see plenty of pictures of our Green Schools committee in action and to see what Green Schools activities are happening in our school as part of our efforts to get the Biodiversity Green Flag this year.
Uniform Sale Over the last few years we have been running a successful initiative to recycle school uniform items.
Good quality clean items can be donated anytime to Ms. Doyle in the school office. A group of parents will sort, size and resell these items on a dedicated sale day during each term. Sales date will be communicated via this Newsletter. Items will range from €1 to €6.
The next sale will take place in the school on the day of the HBNS Annual Cake Sale (20th October).
If you have an immediate need due to loss or damage you can contact Sharon (086 8588830) and we will try to accommodate from stock.
PA News Our Parents’ Association for the next academic year is pretty much up and running. In HBNS the PA is integral to the running of the school in that the PA helps raise funds and support many activities each year. From school trips, to sports equipment, to additional learning materials for the SEN teachers, each and every one of our boys benefits from the money that is raised. None of this would be possible without the work carried out in our fundraising events.

The PA rely on your help, we ask you (and on occasion your boys) to get involved, no matter for how long, please contact your class rep when you hear of upcoming events. The more hands we have, the less work there is for everyone to do. Thank you to everyone who has given their time or effort to past events.

The PA are currently seeking a financial controller. Ideally this would be someone with a background in finance or accountancy but this is not a necessity. If you have a head for figures and would like to offer your services, please contact Jenni Montag on 087 225 6822.

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

Sports News
• Fifth and Sixth class are currently representing our school in the Autumn Senior Football League in Thomastown.
• Fourth Class have begun their swimming lessons in Castlepark swimming pool.
• Third Class have started after-school basketball with Mr. Bracken on Wednesday afternoons.

Gaelgeoir Na Seachtaine
Rang 2 León De Búrca-Cinnéide, Meiscill Róibín, Séamus Doibín, Liam Ó Broin.
Rang 3 Gavyn Ó hEoghain, Jake Tran, Alsandar Ógáin, Ruairí Ó Murchú.
Rang 4 Oisín Ó hIfearnáin, Madhav Sandip Nambiar, Dónall Ó Núanáin, Chenjie Long.
Rang 5 Gavin Pantony, Éamonn Ó Raifeartaigh, Beinjaimín Ó Ceallaigh, Seán Ó Ceallaigh
Rang 6 Ros Ó Broin, Cathal De Paor, Cillian Ó Néill-Ó Díomain, Dónall Ó Conchúir.

Dates for your Diary
8th October 1st Communion meeting for parents in The Church of the Assumption
12th October GOAL Jersey Day
12th-13th October Dalkey Creates Workshops
14th October Enrolment for 1st Communion in The Church of the Assumption
20th October Cake Sale – Harold Boys’ N.S. School Hall 10 am – 1 pm
25th October 2.30 p.m. to 5th November 8.50 a.m. Mid-term
26th October Referendum. School closed.
13th November
14th November Parent/Teacher meetings – School closes 2.15 p.m.
Parent/Teacher meetings – School closes 2.30 p.m.

Rang VI 2018

Sixth class took part in Dalkey Creates Writing Festival. Great poetry composed, well done boys!


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Rang V 2018 Cycling

Fifth class had their first session in the yard today and it went very well!!

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Rang III 2018

Welcome to the Third Class blog for 2018 / 2019 :



Welcome back to everyone! A special word of welcome to our new pupils in 2nd class.

We welcome Mr. Bracken as a permanent teacher to the staff of Harold Boys’ N.S. and wish him many happy years in the school.

Online Payment: If you wish to pay online please email your preferred email address to info@haroldboysdalkey.ie , with your son/son’s names in the subject box. Only one email address per family please.

Parents’ Association AGM will take place on Monday 17th September at 7:30p.m. Please support the meeting. A wine reception will follow.

Policies: The following policies have been ratified by the Board of Management: P.E., Supervision, SEN, Administration of Medicine, Respect & Dignity in our work, Data Protection, Website.

School starts at 9.10 a.m. Please do not send you son to school before the doors open at 8.50 a.m. as there is no supervision provided before this time. Also, a reminder to be punctual when collecting your son at 2.30 p.m.

After School Activities: Our after-school activities will begin on the following dates in September. Monday – Drama (10th September), Lego Club (for 2nd & 3rd Class only commencing 24th September), Tuesday – Guitar (11th September), Wednesday – Gaelic (for 5th & 6th class only commencing 13th September); Thursday – Chess (6th September). Please send payments directly to these teachers and not to the School Office.

Green Schools News – After earning our fifth Green Flag in May, we now start work on the Global Citizenship – Litter and Waste theme this year. Mr Smith will choose a new Green Schools committee this month with two members from each class.
Keep an eye on our green schools blog at https://hbnsgreenschools.weebly.com/ for news and photos of our work throughout the year.

We are proud to be entering our 13th year of the Discover Primary Science & Maths Awards. As part of our school project, we actively participate in Maths Week, Science Week, Engineers Week and Tech Week. We have been very lucky over the years to have guest speakers from the parent body visit the school to share their expertise with the boys. If you, or someone you know might be interested in joining us throughout the year to help us achieve our 13th award, we would be very grateful. Dates are listed below, but speakers are welcome any time! Please contact Ms. O’Carroll.

Maths Week 12th – 21st October 2018
Science Week 11th – 18th November 2018
Engineers Week 2nd – 8th March 2019
Tech Week Spring/Summer 2019

School Self Evaluation (S.S.E.) The area of focus this year is Teanga Ó Bhéal sa Ghaeilge (Irish Oral Language). Parents received a copy of the Eiseamláirí Teanga for their son’s class last week. We hope you will work on this at home with your son. More details will follow.

Lunches – As several pupils have food allergies, we ask you not to include the following in your son’s lunch: Nutella, Snickers, peanut butter, or fish. Please remind your son not to share his lunch with anyone.
Healthy Lunch reminder: No crisps, bars, sweets, gum or fizzy drinks. The HSE advises first break to be a ‘fruit break’. Friday can be a treat day e.g. a bar. This applies to school tours also.

Office Hours: 9:00am – 1:30pm Monday to Friday. Please note that the office is unattended after 1:30pm.

Uniform: Please ensure your son wears the correct uniform (including black shoes) on non P.E. days and that all items of the uniform have his name clearly marked on them. Uniform Crests are available in the office. The cost of the Crest is €5.

Book Rental – Please note: your son has been allocated an identification number which is on all the books he will rent this year. These books will be returned to the school in June 2019. Parents/Guardians will be asked to purchase new books if those rented are lost or damaged.

Sports News –
• The Cuala Autumn Senior League will begin on Thursday 13th September and continue until the end of October. This will be held in the Thomastown pitches after school on Thursdays. Best of Luck boys!
• Fourth class’ swimming lessons will begin on Thursday 20th September in Castlepark Swimming Pool.
• Soccerthon 2018: A total of €1,420 was raised at our Soccerthon on 15th June, 2018. Well done to all who took part.

Gaelgeoir Na Seachtaine
Rang 3 Oisín Leastar, Críostóir Ó Broin, Séarlas Mac Péice, Maitiu Mac Giobúin
Rang 4 Peadar Ó Coinn, Seosamh María Alvarez De Mendizibal, Oilibhéar Ó Duinn Mac Geargáin, Ádam Mac Cormaic
Rang 5 Eamann Ó Raifeartaigh, Dónal Ó Maoileáin, Dylan Ó Maoileáin, Dónal Ó Broin
Rang 6 Eoin Ó Ceallaigh, Cillian Ó Néill Díomáin, Conchúr Ó Broin, Dónall Ó Dúghaill

Dates for your Diary
17th September Parents’ Association AGM 7.30 p.m.
8th October Meeting for Parents of Rang 2 in Dalkey Church 7.30 p.m.
18th May 1st Communion

School Closures 2018-2019

School Closures   2018-2019




School re-opens



Thursday 30st   August


8.50 a.m.


October Mid-term




Friday 26th October -

Monday 5th November


2.30 p.m.

8.50 a.m.


Christmas Holidays



Friday 21st December –

Monday 7th January



12 noon

8.50 a.m.




February Mid-term



Friday 15th February –

Monday 25th February


2.30 p.m.

8.50 a.m.



Public Holiday



18th March


School closed


Easter Holidays


Friday 12th April

Monday 29th  April



12 noon

8.50 a.m.



Public Holiday Monday 6th  May School closed
Public Holiday Monday 3rd  June School closed
Summer Holidays Thursday 27th June 12 noon

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