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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.



NEWSLETTER – March 2017

Voluntary Contributions: Many thanks to all who have contributed so far this year. It is much appreciated. There has been a phenomenal increase in parents paying online. This has made the administration so much easier for Ms Weafer (& no more lost envelopes at the bottom of school bags!)
Thanks to all.

News from the Parents’ Association: There will be a fundraising family Bingo Night on Friday 24th March in Cuala Hall, Hyde Road, Dalkey. A great night’s fun for the boys, their families and friends.

Bag Packing: In SuperValu with the boys in Rang 5 & 6 on 11th & 12th March Please support.

Charity Swim: This year Rang 6 chose the Temple Street Children’s University Hospital as their charity for the Annual Charity Swim. They swam a total of 22.5 Km! (the average number of lengths per pupil was an amazing 47 lengths) and are hoping to raise about €1000. Well done boys!

Sports News: The after school GAA training is going well with Barry Burke on Wednesday afternoons with a very high attendance each week. Both teams played a friendly match on Wednesday 15th February against Johnstown in Thomastown pitches. One team with Euan Webb as the captain won their match 7-5 to 3-0 and the other team captained by James White as captain lost by 7 points.

Green Schools News: As part of our work towards the Biodiversity flag, Fourth Class brought in a huge range of materials from home and built a bug hotel, which can be seen in the front garden of our school. There are lots of different materials and spaces for the bugs to climb around and shelter in. Bugs are an important part of the eco-system and this shelter will be helpful in encouraging more beneficial insects into our garden and contribute to the conservation of insects under threat such as bumblebees and solitary bees. It also helps the biodiversity of our school garden by giving a home to pollinators and pest-controllers.

Thanks to everyone for co-operating with the Set Down Area. However, there have been complaints from our neighbours on St. Patrick’s Road and these have been passed on to the Gardaí. Please remember:-
• Not to park across driveways
• Not to park on double yellow lines. (This restricts visibility for drivers trying to exit their driveways)
Kindly ensure that you pass this message onto minders, au pairs or anyone else collecting your son at 2.30 pm

Seachtain na Gaeilge – Beidh tráth na gcéist, comórtas ealaíne agus rince ar siúl í rith Seachtain na Gaeilge, 1-17 Márta 2017. Beidh an Seachtain lán le craic freisin! Bain taitneamh as a bhuachaillí!

Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine
Rang 2 Dáithí Ó Duibhín
Liam Ó Ciaráin
Aindréas Ó Miacháin
Roibeard Ó Driochid
Rang 3 Gavin Pantony
Garbhan Lambert
Seamus Sexton
Sebastian Snyman
Rang 4 Dónall de Faoite
Eoin Ó Ceallaigh
Luca Rizzi
Riley Ó Cionga
Rang 5 Rónan Mac an Phríora
Luca Ciobanu
Anraí Bréartún
Diolun Annlúin
Rang 6 Séamus Brack
Séan Ó Dochartaigh
Roibeárd Ó Conghaile


March 9th 11am Confirmation
March 11th/12th Bag Packing SuperValu
March 17th Public Holiday, School Closed
March 24th Bingo Night in Cuala
March 31st Speech & Drama Exams
April 3rd Write A Book/Scríobh Leabhar Awards Ceremony – Killiney Castle
April 7th 12 noon – 24th April 8.50 am Easter Holidays

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

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