Disco in the Dark!! Friday 14 December 2018

Michelle Monahan and Eimear Mullen had a wonderful idea in September to do “something positive for the pupils” and they did!! The disco gave our our pupils who like to dance a “something” for them and their friends at school to enjoy together…. and they did! It was a fabulous night during which everyone danced their socks off to the music supplied by Mariusz and assisted by Karen (SNA and Deputy Principal during the day), DJs at night!!!

Michelle and Emer’s partners co-ordinated transport, helped by Keith Hooper, and made sure everyone arrived and left safely.

Thanks to the teachers, SNAs and Úna our cleaner, who gave up their Friday night to make sure that our pupils had a good time! Thanks to parents, aunties, uncles, grannies and grandads who all came to drink, coffee and dance and make sure their person was having a good time!!

Click on the photo below to get a flavour of the day and evening and as it unfolded and finished with “goodie bags” prepared by Emer Hooper, Úna and their team!!

JohnPaul - Playground Fixers

Very late last Friday, two men with a van arrived to “look at the playground”!!

On Monday afternoon we were told some people would call after school to “have a look” but no need for anyone to meet them… they arrived again very early on Tuesday morning, in the dark and at 8.15 we heard “All done”!… All was done!! The playground fixers had come, looked, fixed and were about to go. Karen and I persuaded them to pose for a photo to prove they were here.

Thank you John Paul, our very neighbourly neighbours!

P.S. Our playground is back being fully used again!.

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Winner!! Skills and Opportunities Fund Grant!

We are so lucky to have been selected as one of the winning organisations by Ulster Bank. Thanks to all who voted, and who encouraged others to vote for our project. This funding is going to enhance our Out and About Programme and assist our pupils to access hands-on Mathematical equipment and technology to help them as they prepare for the world after school. We hope to equip each pupil with a really good grounding in managing their money effectively and safely to the best of their ability. This will happen in every single class in the school. It’s so exciting to think of all the additional resources the school will have as a result of this fabulous grant. Thank you Ulster Bank!

Click on the photo below to see just how excited we are!

Our Neighbours and Friends

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Our neighbours and friends!

Our very friendly neighbours from JohnPaul Construction came to the cake sale…. it was really lovely to see so many of them. They usually come in ones or twos! They really surprised us by giving the school a very generous donation from “everyone across the road”! We will choose one thing from our very long wish list for the school! Thank you so much.

Cake Sale- 30 November 2018

Thanks to everyone who came to the cake sale… who baked, bought, made sandwiches, tea, coffee, who sold and particularly everyone who came and chatted and spent time enjoying our company as much as we enjoyed yours! There was a lovely positive atmosphere in the school all day. It’s a day that all our pupils look forward to. They love sharing their school with everyone! In particular thanks to Denise who co-ordinates the entire event. It’s a huge undertaking each year but she does it with as big a smile as you see below with all the raffle hampers!!

Congratulations to all those who won a hamper… or two… or three!! It looks like Coco the dog will h the lovely bike he won for his family!!! Many thanks to Robert from JohnPaul construction who so generously donated it to the school.

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Cake heaven

in Islandbridge!

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And the winner is…..

Coco’s family! Happy cycling!

Annual Sponsored Walk

Our Annual Sponsored Walk will take place on Thursday 21 June at 11.00 a.m. Everyone will participate to complete the journey to the Memorial Gardens, around it and return to school. It's another opportunity for the entire school to participate in a very enjoyable and sociable event!

This year, funds raised will fund the School Football team. Money raised will be used to pay for  costs associated with our participation in the Inter-Schools League and purchase any equipment and/or kit as needed.

We are very grateful to parents, families and friends of our school who are very generous with their support.

We look forward to a fine day that everyone will enjoy!

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School Leaver's Debs 2018

Our School Leavers celebrated their Debutantes Ball on the 18th May in Red Cow Moran's Hotel. They walked into the room with an escort of their choice to their favourite music. They had a three course meal and then delivered a speech to the assembled crowd. Each student thanked their families for all the years of support and presented them with flowers and photos. They performed a dance which was choreographed by our Dance Teacher Linda Higgins, to I Hope you Dance, by Leeann Womack.  They were just amazing. The students danced the night away until the early hours with their 214 guests. It was a night to remember! 

Confirmation

Congratulations to everyone who made their confirmation on Saturday. 

Thank you to all staff who made the most of their talents either decorating the school and transforming it into a church venue or making and serving the lovely refreshments. Thank you to the school choir who did a great job singing on the day. You all helped to make the day even more special. We can say the Confirmation was a whole school event!!!

Easter Bunny

Enormous thanks to Lorraine, Pauline and Mags for their generosity and time. They bought Easter eggs for every pupil and "found" an Easter Bunny to present the eggs to our pupils on the day of Easter holidays.

This is one of the days that our pupils and staff really look forward to and enjoy. The Bunny was great fun this year and was particularly well dressed! The lucky staff winners enjoyed their eggs too!!

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In the event of a status red weather alert

The weather can be very dangerous during winter and on occasion exceptionally intense meteorological phenomena have been forecast by Met Éireann.  In these circumstances major damage and accidents are considered likely, with a possible threat to life and limb, over a wide area. 

When a Status Red Weather Warning is announced it is important that everyone stays informed about expected meteorological conditions and risks, and follows instructions and any advice given by the authorities. 

Weather warnings are intended to protect the lives and livelihoods of all of the nation’s citizens.  A Status Red Weather Warning is the most severe weather warning and implores all citizens to take appropriate action in order to protect themselves from the anticipated conditions. 

Met Éireann recommends that in the event of a Status Red Weather Warning families “take action to protect themselves and/or their properties; this could be by moving their families out of the danger zone temporarily; by staying indoors; or by other specific actions aimed at mitigating the effects of the weather conditions”.  

Following this advice means children should not be exposed to such weather conditions to travel to or from school.

Any decision to cancel school transport services due to severe weather conditions is taken in the interest of child safety, having assessed risks to the safe operation of services and the safety of children carried.  The decision must and will be consistent with the spirit and intention of a Status Red Weather Warning. 

On the rare occasion that Met Éireann declares a Status Red Weather Warning, the following operating policy will apply:  

STATUS RED WEATHER WARNING ON A NATIONAL SCALE:

All services provided by Bus Éireann under the Department of Education and Skills School Transport Schemes will be cancelled in the affected area if a Status Redwarning is announced for all or part of a given day*. 

Operating decisions as to whether a service should operate or not when a Status Red Weather Warning is announced cannot be left open to local interpretation because this could mean the approach being taken would not be universal.  This would lead to confusion for parents/guardians, and could thereby increase risk to child safety.

Similarly, the nature of the anticipated severe weather, whether it is a wind or ice or rain event for example, cannot have a bearing because this too runs the risk of a less than consistent approach being adopted locally, with potentially grave implications.   

The policy adopted in respect of services provided by Bus Éireann under the Department of Education and Skills School Transport Schemes in the event of a Status RedWeather Warning must be universally applied and easily understood by the general public and school authorities alike – ‘Status Red Warning for your area Means NO Bus Éireann School Transport Service’ is automatically understood by all.

Al lschools served in the affected area will be notified accordingly.

This approach will apply irrespective of whether individual schools decide to open or not – the set of conditions that influence the decision to operate a school transport service may be different from those that govern the decision to open a school building.

In general school bus services will not be available to bring children into school for a delayed class commencement later than normal class time (i.e. 11am start).

*In the event that a Status Red warning in place in the morning is downgraded at or before noon, services – which do not operate in the morning - will operate as normal at school closing time.

If the Status Red warning is not downgraded until afternoon or later in the evening we will endeavour, where possible, and with the assistance of emergency services if necessary, to bring children home.  In these circumstances Bus Éireann will keep schools and media informed of school transport service developments.

STATUS RED WEATHER WARNING ON A REGIONAL OR LOCAL BASIS:

All services provided by Bus Éireann under the Department of Education and Skills School Transport Schemes in the affected area only will be cancelled if a Status Redwarning is announced for all or part of a given day*.

This approach will be implemented irrespective of whether individual schools decide to open or not – the approach will be universal within the affected area.

Where the weather warning identifies a county affected all services provided by Bus Éireann under the Department of Education and Skills School Transport Schemes that operate in or serve schools in the affected county will be automatically cancelled.

This will include school transport services that may operate predominantly in a neighbouring unaffected county i.e. if the school is located in a county subject to a Status RedWeather Warning the service will not operate regardless of where it comes from.  Equally, if a school transport service starts in a county subject to a Status Red Weather Warning but ends in an unaffected county the service will also be cancelled. 

In the event that the Met Éireann warning is vague in terms of the affected area (i.e. North Leinster, or parts of a county), the local School Transport Office/School Transport Inspector will make the determination on the services to be cancelled locally.

In these circumstances:

Services will be cancelled on a per school basis – either all or no services to a given school will operate.

The decision will be an operational matter at the sole discretion of Bus Éireann.

All affected schools will be notified accordingly.

In general school bus services will not be available to bring children into school for a delayed class commencement later than normal class time (i.e. 11am start).

*In the event that a Status Red warning in place in the morning is downgraded at or before noon, services – which do not operate in the morning - will operate as normal at school closing time.

If the Status Red warning is not downgraded until afternoon or later in the evening we will endeavour, where possible, and with the assistance of emergency services if necessary, to bring children home.  In line with advice outlined in the ‘Be Winter Ready’ booklet, parents are advised to keep in touch with local schools during incidents of severe weather and as conditions improve may decide to undertake the journey to the school to collect children, a decision which can be made in conjunction with the school authorities and subject to the prevailing weather conditions.  In these circumstances Bus Éireann will keep schools and media informed of school transport service developments.

IN THE EVENT A STATUS RED WEATHER WARNING IS IMPOSED AT SHORT NOTICE DURING CLASS TIME:

In circumstances where a Status Red Weather Warning related to wind is issued when class is already underway with students and staff present, and a decision is made on health and safety grounds for students to remain on the school premises, the ‘Be Winter Ready’ booklet outlines that schools are required to plan to accommodate students and staff within the school while awaiting an improvement in the weather.

In the event that a Status Red warning in place in the morning is downgraded at or before noon, services will operate as normal at school closing time.

If the Status Red warning is not downgraded until afternoon or later in the evening we will endeavour, where possible, and with the assistance of emergency services if necessary, to bring children home.

 

This policy is being outlined in advance so that school authorities and parents are aware of the implications of a Status Red Weather Warning for services provided by Bus Éireann under the Department of Education and Skills School Transport Schemes. 

A Status Red weather warning automatically means all school transport services in the affected area are cancelled while the warning is in effect.  Weather warnings are carried on all national and local news bulletins. 

In line with advice outlined in the ‘Be Winter Ready’ booklet, schools are encouraged to advise parents/guardians of exceptional measures using their group text messaging facilities as and when the situation arises.

BÉ Press Office will inform national and local media, update BÉ website, and coordinate with the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning as necessary.