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Newsletter: 31st January 2024

Frásaí na Seachtaine


"Tá an aimsir gheimhriúil

Tá sé fuar, fliuch agus gaofar."

See below to listen to the girls from Ms Flanagan's Rang a 5

showing us how to pronounce our Frásaí na Seachtaine!





 


School Calendar 2023-24

The School Calendar is available here.


Planned School Closures: Term 2

Monday 5th February

St Brigid's Day Public Holiday

Thursday 15th & Friday 16th February

Midterm Break

Monday 18th March

St Patrick's Day Public Holiday

Friday 22nd March

Last Day of Term 2

Monday 8th April

School re-opens for Term 3


 

Active Flag

We were delighted to welcome Active School Flag judge Eileen Ahern to our school last Thursday. As a school community we have been working hard to achieve our Active Schools Flag since last January. Our girls did us proud as always! Eileen saw the Active Walkway, Daily Mile and Active Breaks in action. Our first-class girls showed off their gymnastics moves in the hall while our second classes demonstrated their soccer skills in the shelter with Garry.


 



Our Active Committee were in Eileen’s words “exemplary”. They hosted Eileen with great enthusiasm and showed off their knowledge of the Active Flag criteria and initiatives during a focus group session. Please check out our Active Flag section on our website. We look forward to hearing if our submission has been successful in the coming weeks and hope our Hollypark Active Schools Flag will be flying high soon!


 

Catholic Schools Week


As part of Catholic Schools Week, girls in our 5th Classes have been preparing for the Laudate Festival which will take place in the Church of St Therese, Mount Merrion tonight,  Wednesday 31st January 7:00pm - 8:15pm. All parents and families are invited and welcome to attend.


Grandparents' Day


We had a wonderful day of celebration in Hollypark today when we welcomed over 200 Grandparents to our school. It was so lovely to hear stories and memories from our grandparents and to have a chat over tea.



Thank you to our families for supporting this lovely day and accommodating the various changes, especially the rescheduled date.


Well done to our wonderful Student Council who ensured that all Grandparents were greeted warmly and brought safely to their grand-daughters' classes.


A proud and happy day for our Hollypark community.

 

 

St Vincent De Paul Collection

Our families received a lovely letter of thanks for its recent generous donation to the St Vincent de Paul:



 

Cyber Safety

Cybersafekids will deliver Cyber Safety Workshops to our 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Classes on Thursday 1st February and Friday 2nd February.



 

Geography Day

We look forward to celebrating Geography Day in Hollypark on Wednesday 14th February. Our theme will be ‘Where in the World?’ 


We will be organising a Geography Display in the hall to celebrate interesting landmarks/items from around the world and this is where we need your help!! We would like your daughters to think of features in our natural or urban landscape and people and culture from around the world. All pupils are welcome to contribute to the display. Encourage your girls to make a model of their favourite geographical feature, building or bridge in the world! They could even recreate them with lego bricks!  

Perhaps you have something at home or an interesting photograph of something that represents another country that you would like to display on Geography Day?

All items for the display need to be in school by Friday 9th February.

The girls will also be engaging in lots of other interesting activities on the day. Keep an eye on our newsletter for updates.

 

‘Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. Geography is a great adventure with a purpose’. Michael Palin


 

PT Meetings

PT Meetings for a number of older classes which did not take place in November will take place next week.  The Aladdin PT Scheduler for these meetings will close this evening at 6:00pm. Parents cannot book or change slots after this time.

 

We look forward to meeting you next week.

 

 

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

Zoe Cahill

Alexa Hart

Holly Maher

Anna Merriman

Aisling Nolan

Fiadh Plunkett

Lizzy Cunningham

Irish-Kate Elegado



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