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School Closures 2017-2018

School Closures 2017-2018


School re-opens

Thursday 31st August
8.50 a.m.

October Mid-term

Friday 27th October -
Monday 6th November
2.30 p.m.
8.50 a.m.

Christmas Holidays

Friday 22nd December –
Monday 8th January

12 noon
8.50 a.m.


February Mid-term

Friday 9th February –
Monday 19th February
2.30 p.m.
8.50 a.m.

Public Holiday

19th March
School closed

Easter Holidays
Friday 23rd March –
Monday 9th April

12 noon
8.50 a.m.

Public Holiday Monday 7th May School closed
Public Holiday Monday 4th June School closed
Summer Holidays Thursday 28th June 12 noon

The above are school closures as envisaged at present. If there are any changes in days or times of closure you will be notified.
Please keep this notice in a Safe Place

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Newsletter June 2017

Newsletter – June 2017

Voluntary Contributions – We are hugely dependent on this contribution. Again, thanks to all who have paid recently. Contributions are welcome at any time.

Discover Primary Science & Maths – We are delighted to announce that Harold Boys’ National School has been awarded the Plaque of Science & Maths Excellence for the 11th year running. A huge congratulations to all of our pupils, and to our fantastic school Science team. Thank you to all who helped to make our project this year such a success.

Congratulations to Rang 2 who made their First Communion on 13th May. Well done to the choir for their fantastic singing. Special thanks to Ms. Hanmore for her work with the choir. Thanks also to the Parents’ Association for the splendid catering. A special word of gratitude to the parents of Rang 3 for helping out and especially to Sara Kelly for coordinating events. We enjoyed our Annual Choir Picnic on Killiney Hill on May 19th. Thanks again to the Parents’ Association for providing the goodies!

Green School
We have had a busy month of Green Schools activities! Firstly we had a tremendous achievement in finishing third overall in the Tidy Schools Awards for the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area and would like to thank the students, staff and everyone in our school community involved for their efforts in keeping our school so neat and tidy with special thanks to our caretaker, Marvin Bautista, for the fantastic work he does.
Our school featured in a segment on RTE News2Day for our Tidy Schools work and also our involvement in the Dalkey Gum Litter Parade. We marched with Castle Park School, Loreto Primary School and St Patrick’s National School to raise awareness about the problems that throwing chewing gum on the ground causes. Our boys produced some fantastic posters and slogans to highlight this issue and we finished the parade with a ‘Bin It’ throwing game at our school. Everybody enjoyed the day and it was great to collaborate with other schools in our area to highlight such an important issue. Thanks to Dean Eaton from DLR County Council for coordinating the parade and to Dalkey Tidy Towns and the local Gardaí for their help.
May 15th – 19th was Walk to School Week where students from our school made a huge effort to walk or park n’ stride to school. Our Green Schools committee surveyed classes during this week and will display the results on our Green Schools board. Well done to all who made a special effort that week.

Online Payments – We would encourage all parents to pay online. Simply email info@haroldboysdalkey.ie to activate payment. You can then use this to pay for your son’s journal, photocopying, Art etc. before he returns to school in August and when making payments throughout the year.

Soccerthon 2017 – This is the biggest (& last) fundraiser of the year. The Parents’ Association greatly appreciate your support. Please return all monies by Friday 23rd June.

Sports News – Santry Athletics: Well done to our Santry Athletics team who represented the school so well on Thursday 25th May. Congratulations to Sam Greaney & Daniel Doyle who made it through to their sprint finals.

The Séan Ó Gorman Plaque is ours once again! Congratulations to the 5th & 6th class team who won both of their matches against The Harold School, Glasthule. Well done also to the captains Cian Rainsford, Tim Saunders, Adam Greaney & Cormac Egan who did an excellent job.

Swimming: On May 28th the school swimming team took part in the Leinster Schools Swimming Gala. Andre Fontes, Colm Heylin, Ben Kelly, Gavin Pantony and Sebastian Snyman represented Harold Boys’ NS in up to four individual events each, and two relays between them in the under 9 and under 10 age categories. The boys won gold in the boys under 10 (4 x 50 Freestyle relay) (Ben, Colm, Sebastian & Gavin), and silver in the boys under 10 (4 x 50 Medley relay) (Ben, Andre, Colm & Gavin). In the individual events, Ben won silver in the under 9, 25m backstroke. Well done to all!

Gaelgeoir na Seachtaine

Rang 2 Riobeard Mac Cionnaith
Séarlas Ó Néill
Seán-Criostóir Mac Craith
Dónall Ó Nuanáin
Rang 3 Padraig Mac Uidhir
Kyle Ó Gabhlaín
Néill Ó Riain
Garbhán Laimbeart
Rang 4 Luca Rizzi
Alex Milalec
Tomás Ó hÓgáin
Rang 5 Ciarán Mac Gearailt
Jude Webb
Milo O Coinn
Gaibrial O Murchú
Rang 6 Will Laimbeart
Fionn Ó Gréacháin
Cian Rainsford
Liam Ó Maidín – Santos

Dates for Your Diary

June 2nd Sports Day – 9.30 a.m. Cuala
June 5th School closed. Bank Holiday
June 12th Meeting for New Parents 7.30 pm
June 14th Graduation Mass: 7.30 p.m. – Rang 6 Dalkey Church
June 27th Summer Holidays. School closes at 12 noon.

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) has developed two information leaflets for parents on the new Primary Language Curriculum. These leaflets are available at www.curriculumonline.ie

In addition, the National Adult Literacy Agency has information on how parents can support their children’s learning over the summer at www.helpmykidslearn.ie

Newsletter May 2017

Newsletter – May 2017

Voluntary Contributions are still being sent in. Many thanks to all who have paid so far.

With rising costs, funds are needed now more than ever


Uniform: - Please ensure that your son wears his full uniform to school. Ties may be purchased from the school office. Cost 2.50 euro.


Holy Thursday Thanks to Liam Madden Santos & Euan Webb for representing the school at the Holy Thursday ceremonies.

Chess ClubOur Chess Club continues to go from strength to strength. Recently Harold Boys’ N.S beat St. Aidan’s of Tallaght. The score was 7.5 to 3.5.

Kieran Galvin, Ronan Prior, Milo Quinn & Luca Rizzi represented the school in the National Competition & came 5th!


Lastly (but not least!) the school team beat Harold Glasthule by 17.5 to 2.5 An amazing Result! Congratulations to all the team & many thanks to Mrs Lorraine Power for organising the Chess Club & to Mr Crowe their wonderful teacher.


Easter Poetry Competition

Rang 2

  1. Kevin Roche
  2. Daithi Devaney
  3. Collie BreslinRang3
  1. Dylan Owens
  2. Ben Kelly
  3. Andrew KeoghRang4
  1. Leo Skinner
  2. Conor Brodrick
  3. Conor WestbrookRang5
  1. Ronan Prior
  2. Charlie Finlay
  3. Jack CunninghamRang6
  1. Finnian Goff
  2. Euan Webb
  3. Sam Greaney 

Green Schools News This month we continued our work on the biodiversity theme as all classes planted Irish tomatoes with Aoife from Windy Ridge Garden Centre. We learned about how to care for these plants and got to take them home. We searched the school gardens and bug hotel for different types of insects too. We also participated in the National Spring Clean with each class assigned to different areas of Dalkey. Many passers-by stopped to praise the efforts of our school which shows the impact this project has on the community. Next month, we will participate in another national campaign: National Walk to School Week. We would love to see all classes make a big effort to walk to school or park and stride for the week beginning Monday 15th May as walking to school has so many benefits for the environment and for our own health and wellbeing.

Speech & Drama Exams: The Irish Board of Speech & Drama examiner complimented all pupils on the high standard this year. Congratulation to medal winners Gavin Pantony, Ross Byrne & Conor Brodrick. Well done to Kevin Roche, Colm Heylin, Turloch Egan Manson, Niccolo Mc Namara, Ben Kelly, Antoin Siejko, Dylan Owens, Donal Moylan, Conor Westbrook, Tom Hogan, Daniel Doyle, Milo Quinn, Rory O’Mahony, and Jack O’Doherty who all received Distinction.

Sports News

Second class are now going swimming on Thursdays.



Fifth class had three sessions with Robert Connor in Dance Theatre Ireland. Many thanks to the Parents’ Association who funded this, the boys really enjoyed this experience.



Tag rugby lessons will run for three consecutive weeks beginning on Monday 8th May with Adam Griggs from Leinster Rugby.


Best of luck to the athletics team who will represent the school in Santry on May 25th


This year’s Santry Athletics Team

  1. Eoghan Hosford                   1. Tom Hogan                       1. Jamie Brack                      1. Euan Webb
  2. Daniel Doyle                         2. Remy Morris                    2. James White                     2. Rory McGrath
  3. Gavin Pantony                      3. Cathal Power                   3. Liam Madden Santos      3. Cormac Egan
  4. Dylan Owens                        4. Jude Webb                       4. Ciarán Myers                    4. Adam Greaney
  5. Colm Heylin                          5. Charlie Finlay                    5. Gabriel Murphy               5. Sam Greaney 

    Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine

Rang 2 Coilm ó BreasláinMaitiu ó Broin

Cian Mac Cearáin

Rang 3 Padraig ó híomhairDylan ó hEoghain
Rang 4 Aodh Mac AogáinStiofán de Búrca
Rang 5 Ruairí ó MathúnaSeamus ó Muiri

Stiofán Mac Dúghaill

Rang 6 Kyle ó DulchaointighLúcás Mac Giollarnáth

Adam ó Gráinne


Dates for Your Diary

May 13th 1st Communion – Rang 2
May15th National Walk to School Week
May 31st School tour to Baltinglass
June 5th School Closed – Bank Holiday



Sean O’Gorman 2017

Congratulations to our senior  Gaelic football team who won the Seán O’Gorman league again this year against the Harold Glasthule! Well done to the captains, Tim Saunders, Cormac Egan, Cian Rainsford and Adam Greaney. In the first match the score was 3-2 to 1-5 and in the second match it was 5-7 to 2- 10. Fantastic matches to watch. Well done!


Voluntary Contributions: are still being sent in. Many thanks to all who have paid so far. With rising costs, funds are needed now more than ever.

Congratulations to Rang 6: who made their Confirmation on 9th March. Many thanks to the choir who sang brilliantly (as usual!).

Bingo: The Bingo night took place on 24th March in Cuala. This amazing Parent’s Association fundraising event raised €3112.64. The Parents’ Association would like to thank everyone who supported the event & in particular Oliver Mc Cabe (past pupil!) who was MC on the night.
Bag Packing: Took place on March 11th & 12th. The Parents’ Association would like to thank all the pupils in Rang 5 & 6 who helped out. They made an amazing total of €1115! Maith Sibh!

Scríobh Leabhar/Write Book Winners:-
Gradam Árd Mholadh
Rang 2 Dónal Ó Nuanain Alsander Mac Grifín, Cian Mac Cearáin, Concobhar ó Flannagán
Rang 3 Seamus Mac Searraigh Toirealach Mac Aogáin Masún, Garbhán Laimbeart, Sebastian Snyman
Rang 4 Tomás Ó Hógain Cillian ó Neill ó Díomaín, Conchúr ó Bruadair, Dónall ó Dúghaill
Rang 5 Seamus Ó Muiri Stiofan Mac Dúghaill, Jude Webb, Seamus Hoireabard
Rang 6 Sam Ledoux Bobby Connolly, Cian Rainsford, Fionn Graham
Seanfhocail/ Nathanna Cainte Competition Winners:-
Rang 2 1st Adam Mac Cormaic
2nd Cian Mac Cearáin
3rd Dáithí Ó Duibheannaigh
Rang 3 1st Toirealach Mac Aogáin Masún
2nd Dónall ó Maoileáin
3rd Tomás ó Beacháin
Rang 4 1st Remy Ó Muiris
2nd Donall de Faoite
3rd Aodh Mac Aogáin
Rang 5 1st Milo Ó Coinn
2nd Searleas Ó Fionnalaigh
3rd Jude Webb
Rang 6 1st Fionn ó Greacháin
2nd Roibeárd ó Conghaile
3rd Liam Laimbeart

Tráth na gCeist:
Foireann 9: Milo ó Coinn, Finan Goff, Cormac Mac Aodhagain, Diarmuid de Paor, Alex
Foireann 5: Steafán Mc Dúghaill, Cian Chuilleanáin, Tomás ó Caiside, Daithi ó Duibheannaigh, Pádraig Mac Uidhir, Scott Mac Uladh.

Stagecraft Poetry Festival 2017: 18 pupils from Harold Boys’ N.S. represented the school at the recent Festival. All of them took home awards including 7 medals. This festival has been running for over 20 years and attracts more than 700 entries from over 20 local schools. The ability to perform a poem in public helps instil confidence, self-esteem and communication skills. These qualities are more important now than ever. Well done to all.

Medal Winners –
Gold Medals: Cian McCarron, Collie Breslin, Conor Brodrick
Silver Medals: Bobby Connolly, Charlie O’Neill
Bronze Medals: Cian Rainsford, Leo Skinner
Commendations –
Rory O’Mahony, Declan Jones, Matthew Meehan, Stephen McDowell, Conor Flanagan, Cian Cullen, Jose Maria Alvarez, Andrew Meehan, Dylan Owens, Cillian O’Neill Diamond, Hugh Egan.

Green Schools: We had Linda and TJ from the WSPCA in to talk to us about their work at Sharpeshill Animal Sanctuary. We heard about some of the abandoned or poorly cared for animals who had been taken in by the sanctuary and brought back to full health. TJ brought in Jinx, a dog who had been abandoned but who TJ now looks after and is really happy. We’d like to thank TJ, Linda and Jinx for their visit! We also attended Environment the Musical at the Lexicon Theatre, Dún Laoghaire. The musical told the story of Millview Park and its litter problem. It highlighted a lot of what we learned during our work on the Litter and Waste theme and the performances by Monkstown Park Junior School and Rathmichael Primary Schools were excellent.
Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine
Rang 2 Seosamh María Alvarez de Mendizabal
Oilibhéar Ó Duinn Mac Geargáin
Cian Chuilleanáin
Oisín ó hifearnáin
Rang 3 Darragh Breatnach
Darragh Breatnach
Seamus Mac Searraigh
Andre Costa Macedo Fontes
Rang 4 Remy Ó Muiris
Lorcán Ó Flaithmhín
Jack Gatti
Rang 5 Ruairí ó Mathúna
Ciaran ó Mír
Déaglán Mac Seoin
Rang 6 Cormac Mac Aogáin
Euan Webb
Ruairí Mac Craith

Sports News: Best of luck to our Tennis Team who are currently taking part in the Leinster Tennis Primary School League. Many thanks to their parents who are providing lifts and supervising the matches.
The winners of the Ronan Maguire perpetual tournament
Well done to Team 1: Euan Webb, Harry Brereton, Jude Webb, Ronan Walsh, Conor Brodrick, Daniel Doyle, Riley King & Conor Westbrook, with Captain Jamie Brack. Many thanks to Ronan’s family who presented the plaque to the winning team.
3rd April Scríobh Leabhar/ Write A Book Ceremony, Killiney Castle
7th April 12 noon to April 24th 8.50 am Easter Holidays
1st May School Closed. Public Holiday
13th May 11am 1st Communion Rang 2

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017


Many thanks to Ronan’s family who came to the school to present the plaque to Team 1 captained by Jamie Brack, who won the soccer tournament on Monday 13th March. Also, thank you to Mr Smith who was our referee for the day.



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