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Newsletter 22nd November 2023

Frasaí na Seachtaine #11

"Tá an ghrian ag taitneamh"

See below to listen to the girls from Ms Belton's 4th Class

showing us how to pronounce our Frásaí na Seachtaine!

Labhair Gaeilge linn – sa bhaile agus ar scoil!


School Calendar 2023/2024

The 2023/2024 calendar is available here.

The final day of this school term is Friday 22nd December. We will operate a staggered finish on that day.

Junior & Senior Infants & older siblings


1st & 2nd Class & older siblings


3rd - 6th Class


School will re-open on Monday 8th January 2024.


Board of Management 2023- 2027

As you may be aware the current term of the Board of Management will expire on 30/11/2023 and a new Board of Management will take up office from 01/12/2023 for four years until 30/11/2027.

Two parents of children enrolled in the school (one being a mother and the other a father) must be elected by the general body of parents of children enrolled in the school.

The meeting to elect two Parent Nominees to the Board of Management will be held at the school on Thursday 23rd November @ 7pm.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing Parent Nominees, Mr Micéal Whelan and Ms Julie Anne Byrne, for their contribution to the Board of Management and their unswerving support of the school over the past four years.


Hollypark PA AGM

Hollypark GNS PA AGM will take place in the school hall on Thursday 30th November @ 7:30pm. Parents will be invited to tour the school and will see how their hard-earned and very generous contributions have helped to improve the learning environment for their girls. We look forward to seeing you then.


PT Meetings

It has been lovely to meet with parents of 1st to 6th Class pupils during this week of PT Meetings.

Remaining PT Meetings for all other classes will take place in the second term.


Lost Property

Many coats, tracksuit tops and school jumpers are being mislaid each day. Please check your daughters' uniforms this weekend, to ensure that they have their name and class on each item. Many of the items being found have no names, or names from children who are no longer in the school. Don’t forget to label their jackets and raincoats!


Registration for Sacraments 2nd Class: First Holy Communion & 6th Class: Confirmation Please note: Registration for Sacraments closes on Wednesday 29th November.

Foxrock Parish Family Mass Group

Foxrock Parish Family Mass Group (FMG) 2023/24 is back. Choir practice is on Thursday evenings in Tír na nÓg room, Parish Centre, 7-7:45pm for 10am Mass on Sunday.

We will also encourage children to take part in Prayers of the Faithful and/or acting out the Gospel reading (but only if they would like to participate), which is great for their confidence in public speaking.

Come along to the Parish Centre any Thursday evening to try it out without any commitment or contact for further informati


Dental Hygiene

Alice, a dental hygienist from South Beach Clinic will be visiting our school on Wednesday 29th November, to teach the children the importance of dental hygiene and how to brush their teeth properly.

Alice will give each child a pack which includes an information leaflet about brushing technique, a couple of disclosing tablets to check their effectiveness at home, and a sponsorship form to tick twice daily for 2 weeks when they brush their teeth.

The children are asked to complete these forms and return them to their class teacher. For every form returned, South Beach Clinic will donate €5 to the school. This means that if every form is returned to our school South Beach Clinic would donate €2545 to our school. This would enable us to buy new floor mats for gymnastics and Magna Boards for Special Education.

This is South Beach Clinic’s way of giving back to the community while providing an important service for our girls.


Music Day in HP: Friday 17th November

We enjoyed a fun-filled Music Day last Friday in Hollypark and this Friday we are looking forward to Graffiti Classics performing in our school.

Here is a sneak peek of Junior Infants singing the song 'Miss Polly'

Budding Artists!

This month we celebrated Music Day. We have also been focusing on Vincent Van Gogh as our artist of the month! Here is a snapshot of the art around the school.


Infant Christmas Plays

Rehearsals for our annual Infant Christmas Plays have already begun! We can't wait to see some Oscar-winning performances in December.

Junior Infants

Wednesday 13th December @ 9:30am

Senior Infants

Tuesday 19th December @ 9:30am


PA: Late Late Toy Show Goody Bags

Thank you to our PA for once again organising Late Late Toy Show Goody Bags for our girls.

Enjoy Friday night!!


Lego Workshops in 4th Class

This week, the girls were allowed to free build their own creations but they had to include a minimum of two previously learned concepts.


School Choir

Parish Christmas Concert

Hollypark GNS Choir has been invited to sing at the annual Parish Christmas Concert in Foxrock Church on Sunday 3rd December @ 6pm.

The concert will raise funds for Kyrie Farm. We are delighted to join in this community event to support this very worthwhile cause. Tickets are priced at €15.00 each and are available to purchase until Tuesday 28th November via our Aladdin system.

Light Up Laura Lynn

A group of girls from our Hollypark GNS Choir have been invited to sing at the Light Up Laura Lynn event on Sunday 26th November. This is our 6th year of singing at this very special event and the girls are delighted to support this local children’s charity.


St Vincent de Paul

As Christmas approaches, we are conscious that this can be a particularly difficult time for families. We are delighted to once again support our local St Vincent de Paul and thereby support our local families.

An Aladdin payment link has issued if you would like to donate to this very worthy cause.


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!


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