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Newsletter 13th September 2023

Frasaí na Seachtaine #2

Tar isteach…..tá fáilte romhat! Go raibh maith agat!

Labhair Gaeilge linn – sa bhaile agus ar scoil!


Admissions for School Year 2024/2025

The process for admission to Junior Infants 2024 will open on Monday 2nd October and will remain open until Friday 27th October.

The school cannot accept applications for Junior Infants 2024 before this process commences.

All details including relevant dates/forms/policy etc are now available on

Once the admissions process is open, applications may be posted to the school or delivered by hand. As original documents supporting the application must be included, applications cannot be made by email.


School Calendar 2023/2024

The 2023/2024 calendar is available on .


School Start & Finish Times

From Thursday 14th September Junior Infants will attend for the full school day: 8:30am – 1:10pm.

We are very proud of our Junior Infants for showing such great independence in coming into school.


School Uniform

The PE timetable is now up and running. Girls should wear the school tracksuit on PE days only.

For health and safety reasons, stud earrings only are permitted.

Nail polish and make-up are not allowed.


Wellbeing & Active Week 22nd - 29th September

Wellbeing & Active Week will be celebrated in Hollypark GNS from 22nd to 29th September. There are a variety of activities planned throughout the week with an emphasis on wellbeing and physical fitness. The week will be launched on Friday 22nd with a visit from the Fox Cab Dublin players with the Brendan Martin Cup!

On Mindful Monday the girls will participate in relaxation activities as well as Yoga. Please ensure your daughter has brought in a sock to make her lavender face mask! Your daughter will also need a clean, plain white t-shirt (with short sleeves) for a special art class. The week will end with Fitness Friday when the girls will take part in several active, collaborative activities on the Astro to celebrate European Active Schools Day.

A focus for the week will be our 3K Fun Run. The 5th and 6th classes will do this run on the track in UCD on Wednesday 27th. All other classes will complete their fun run with their teachers on the Astro. We are appealing to parents to support this event by completing the family sponsorship cards and sending the total monies to the school via Aladdin.


Lego Workshops for 4th Class:

Lego Workshops have commenced in our 4th Classes. This STEM programme gives our girls the chance to explore aspects of science and engineering outside their normal curriculum-based classroom activities. This week our girls constructed a motorised car.

There are 10 workshops in total with each session providing theoretical knowledge and practical implementation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through the use of K’nex® and Lego® bricks. This method incorporates stories, experiments and demonstrations that are specially designed to deliver a multi-sensory experience. In this way, the learning experience is enhanced and made more memorable.


Violin Lessons: Senior Infants to 3rd Class:

Our Violin lessons are back up and running for all classes from Senior Infants to Third Class. Through this initiative we hope to give every child in the school the opportunity to experience learning a musical instrument and playing the instrument in a group setting.

We have found in the past that many of the girls really enjoyed learning the violin and went on to continue with lessons outside of school after their initial introduction.


Junior Infant Photos

County Photos will be in the school on Monday 2nd October for Junior Infant Photo Day. Class teachers will send reminders closer to time.


Sacramental Classes: 2nd & 6th Class

Parents/Guardians of 2nd & 6th Class girls are cordially invited to attend an information meeting in the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Foxrock on Wednesday 20th September at 8pm.


Respect for Our Neighbours

As a Green School we actively encourage our girls to walk, cycle and scoot to school. As 80% of our pupils live within 2km of the school, this is very doable for many.

Walking, cycling and scooting not only provide a wonderful opportunity for chats with friends, improving our physical and mental health and caring for our environment, but these methods also help to reduce traffic, making the area around our school a safer place not just for our pupils but for all our neighbours.

Unfortunately, but quite justifiably, our neighbours frequently complain of inconsiderate parking on the roads close to our school.

Please use the Church car park if it’s on your route to school: parking at the Church is free to all families at drop off and collection times.


Birthdays this week in Hollypark!

  • Áine Redmond

  • Emma Flattery

  • Hannah Wall

  • Sarah Heeney

  • Rachel How

  • Hope Isabelle Bartley Tonge

  • Sofia Moran

  • Emily Farrell

  • Kate Morrissey


HPGNS: United in Friendship, Together We Strive!


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