End of Year Letter to Parents

June 26, 2014

Dear Parents & Guardians,
Tomorrow marks the end of another school year.We have enjoyed a very successful year 2013/2014 in Holywell ETNS. Here are some of the highlights of the school year:

August/September 2013
The new school re-opened, with 84 new Junior Infants and other new students enrolled in other, senior classes. The school also welcomed new staff members:
Teachers Doireann, Niamh, Paul, Mark R., Alexine and Eddie
Special Needs Assistants: Deirdre, Jeff and Siobhán

The school Gaelic football team competed in a tournament against Rolestown NS and Bracken ETNS under the direction of Mark L., Mark R. & Doireann.
The ‘Food Dudes’ healthy eating programme was introduced in the school, with Louise leading it.
Parents’ Information Evening was held to inform parents of the curriculum their children would learn and plans and expectations of the students.

October 2013
The position of mother nominee on the Board of Management became vacant, with Úna Carroll (Sadhbh and Leo’s mum) being elected.
The Student Council elections in the school took place with the following representatives being elected:
Bryan’s Class- Yasser & Holly Anne
Louise’s Class- Jenri & Andrew
Jill’s Class- Olivia & Eoin
Mary C.’s Class- Daisy & Juan
Mark’s Class- Nadya & Cameron
Mary K.’s Class- Saule & Olisa
New PTA members met with Michelle O’Halloran (Amelia’s mum) being elected Chairperson, Sarah O’Hare (Lucy’s mum) secretary and Jill Gallagher (Treasurer).
On October 11th we held our first ‘Big Breakfast’ for Childline, with children and staff all enjoying a hearty breakfast before school in aid of Childline. We raised €330.
We held ‘Maths Week’ in the school on the week of October 14th-18th, where the children were actively involved in fun maths activities such as Maths trails, puzzles, problem solving. Cathal took charge in organising the events.
On Friday October 25th, the children and staff dressed up for the annual ‘Dress Up Day’. We had a great assembly, with the PTA holding a very successful cake sale.

November 2013
Mary C.’s 3rd class attended a workshop in Blanchardstown library on sustainable energy as part of the preparatory work for our energy flag.
Paddy Madden, SESE lecturer in Coláiste Mhuire Marino visited the senior classes and carried out science, botany and nature workshops with the children.
The first ‘kiddies’ disco of the school year was held on November 25th in the hall, with Ruairí Finnegan (Jack’s Dad) acting as DJ for the afternoon.
The children were very proud of All-Ireland Dublin Senior Football Team winners when the Sam Maguire trophy visited the school. James from St. Finian’s gave each class the opportunity to hold the trophy and have their photograph taken.

December 2013
December proved a very busy month for the school.
The first winter market took place in the school hall on Sunday December 8th, successfully organised by the PTA.
On the same day the children participated in the ‘Hallelujah Choir’ event in Citywest hotel.
The children in Mary C. & Craobh hosted a hurling tournament with the 3rd class children from Holy Family SNS, Rivervalley.
The winter concert took place on December 17th with a record number of parents, friends and relations coming to see the children perform.
We welcomed a new member of staff Special Needs Assistant Yvonne Sweeney

January 2014
It’s a new year and it starts off great with the PTA presenting the school with a cheque for €2,000 to help stock our new school library.
Fathers’ football begins in the hall after school to get the Daddy’s moving!
Parents are asked to complete the uniform survey on the school website.
We say goodbye to Alexine as she commences her maternity leave and welcome Rian to the school.

February 2014
It’s Chinese New Year, the year of the Horse. The school held a special assembly to celebrate with Sinéad in Mary C.’s class showing us a beautiful Chinese dress and Xinyi and Ethan’s parents speaking to Louise and Jill’s class about new year celebrations.
A second kiddies disco was held in the hall for Valentine’s Day.
We held our annual parent/teacher meetings in the school.
The school held a parents information evening to launch the new ‘Anti-bullying’ policy and welcomed guest speaker Dr. John Sharry also that evening.
Friendship week took place on the last week of February, with Bryan organising lovely activities such a ‘yard buddies’ for the yard and friendship bracelets for the children who made an effort in playing with children in the yard and classroom. We welcomed a guest speaker, Anne Marie from Amnesty International to speak to the students.
Emer & Imelda welcomed the parents from Emer’s class as they held an information talk on the ‘Aistear’ curriculum framework introduced in her class.

March 2014
The staff and parents took part in a cyclathon fundraiser in the Pavilions shopping centre. They raised an amazing €1900 for the new school library.
We held ‘World Book Day’ in the school with children and staff dressing up as their favourite book characters. Mums, Dad’s and Grandparents visited the Junior Infant classes to read stories.
‘Lá na Gaeilge’ was a tremendous success with fun in the hall. We had fun dancing and performing Irish songs and dances with Craobh Seán Treacy from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and dancing from Caitlin and Helena from Mary K.’s class.
We joined the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Swords for the first time with the communities from Thornleigh and Swords ETNS’.

April 2014
The children of Mark R. & Mary K.’s classes are working very hard on the Junior Entrepreneur programme. The winning project from each class is the ‘school supplies’ shop and the school newspaper.
The PTA organise a table quiz in the ‘Star’ pub in Swords, which is a great night of fun.
The school’s Junior Gaelic football team compete in the Fingal Schools league.

May 2014
The ‘Discover Science’ project is submitted for consideration.
We welcome the parents of all the incoming Junior Infants for an information evening.
Mark Ennis and Cameron Reid Masterson, both 5th class students starred in a short film called ‘Ard Laoch’. The film won ‘Best Film’ at the Mason Film Festival in Washington DC.
The children in 3rd-5th/6th classes participate in the with ‘Cuman na mBunscoil’ and perform very well!
11 children in 2nd class make their First Holy Communion in Drynam Church.
Children from the pre-school and Junior Infants held a singathon fundraiser to raise funds for ‘Aistear’ materials. They raised over €1,000!

June 2014
Congratulations to Holywell ETNS: The school is awarded two very significant awards:
‘Discover Science’ award (led by Louise) and ‘The Digital School of Distinction’ award (led by Jill). We look forward to the formal award ceremony in the new school year.
The school library is finally finished and ready for its official opening! Thanks to Imelda, Tom, Stuart, Deirdre, Siobhán O’B. and Emer for all the hard work.
The school held the first ‘Holywell’s Got Talent’ Show, organised by Bryan and the Student Council. It was a day to showcase the depth and diversity of talent amongst our students.
The children enjoyed a fun filled but exhausting sports day with the highlight being the teachers versus parents tug-of-war! Many thanks to Mark L. for all the hard work in organising various activities and stations.
The PTA organise and host a fun-filled summer fete in the school on June 22nd.
We say goodbye to our six 6th class students as they graduate from primary school: Denis G., Antoinette, Denis S., Olisa, Linards and Henriette. Best of luck in secondary school!

It continues to be a great honour for me to be involved in a child-centred school which celebrates the wonderful potential and achievements of all our children.

Here are some points to note for the new school year:
The new school term opens on Thursday August 28th at 8.30am for Senior Infants-6th class students and at 9.00am for Junior Infants students.
If you have ordered a school hoodie or T-shirt, you can collect them on Wednesday August 27th from 10am-2pm from the office.
All children have been given their school report today. Please read it carefully.

Book lists/stationery and school fees for 2014/2015
All children brought their booklists home last week. The school will purchase all books and resources for your child. Please send in the necessary fees as soon as possible. Please speak to me if you need to pay by instalments. We are more than happy to oblige.

Junior Infants:€48 (€50 already paid as enrolment deposit)
Senior Infants:€100
1st Class:€ 106
2nd Class: €106
3rd Class: €107
4th Class: €107
5th Class: €107
6th Class: €108

Teachers for 2014/2015 School year:

Junior Infants
Room 5 Room 4 Room 3 Room 2
Emer Dowling Mark Lawless Doireann Gilmore Zara Slattery

Senior Infants
Room 12 Room 13 Room 11
(Emer’s class) (Stuart’s class) (Doireann’s Class)
Louise Lynch Sylvia O’ Halloran Newly appointed teacher

First Class
Room 9 Room 10 Room 8
(Zara’s Class) (Mark L.’s Class) (Clíona’s Class)
Newly appointed teacher Stuart Purcell Newly appointed teacher

Second Class Third Class
Room 24 Room 7 Room 23
(Louise’s Class) (Bryan’s Class) (Jill’s class)
Clíona Malone Mary Kehoe Mary Comiskey

Fourth Class Fifth Class Sixth Class
Room 22 Room 21 Room 20
(Mary C.’s Class) (Mark R.’s Class) (Mark. & Mary’s class merge into a single class)
Mark Reynolds Jill O’Reilly Newly appointed teacher

Bon voyage to Bryan!
Bryan Healy has been teaching in Holywell ETNS since September 2011, when we were a small school in the prefabs. Bryan is taking a career break from the school for the next school year, as he has decided to teach in Abu Dhabi for the next school year. We would like to wish him the very best of luck and happiness in his new position and am sure that the staff and children will miss him a lot.

School Holidays:
Reminder: school holidays begin at 12pm on Friday June 27th. Please note the change in time!

School Attendance:
Children should attend school every day on condition they are fit and well to do so. The school strongly opposes children missing school to go on holiday during the school term. The school is legally required to report any absences of over 20 days to the National Education Welfare Board. Parents who have been reported will receive a letter documenting their child’s attendance this year.

Best Attendance.
Congratulations to the following children who had excellent attendance this school year:
Junior Infants Senior Infants 1st Class 2nd Class
Hanna Stasio William Andrejs
Shay Daniel Finbarr Eoin
Ailbhe Ruairí Sara
Kyle Edwin
Carolina Victor
Aoife David

3rd Class 4th Class 5th Class 6th Class
Aleksejs Dumebi Jehvarno Olisa
David O. Daniel G. Aima Henriette

Craobhóg Craobh
Dylan B. Kyle

Goodbye & Best of Luck!
Best wishes to our 6th class students who begin secondary school in the autumn, Olisa, Antoinette, Denis S., Denis G.& Henriette.
We also bid farewell to some families who are relocating to new schools. My thanks to you all for your support and co-operation during your time here in Holywell ETNS!

Afterschool Childcare for Holywell ETNS
Holywell Childcare Ltd. are delighted to launch an afterschool service for the children of Holywell Educate Together National School. There will be a range of afterschool activities inclusive of crafts, physical activity with hall and yard games, board games, puzzles, homework and Movie Fridays! This service is operational until 6pm, with 4pm and 5pm options. All children will be provided with a healthy snack and a hot meal will be provided to children availing of our 5pm or 6pm service. This service will be operational during school holidays and will close for only 4 weeks of the year.
If you are interested in booking a place for your child, please contact Carolyn on 087 6068665 or email her at

Finally a big word of thanks
There are so many people I must thank for all their continuous hard work in helping the school run so smoothly.
The staff of Holywell ETNS who are so dedicated and hardworking:
Emma, Jenna, Emer, Deirdre, Stuart, Doireann, Niamh, Imelda, Zara, Siobhán, Mark L., Mags, Bryan, Ann, Yvonne, Louise, Clíona, Jill, Mary C., Mary K., Paul, Eddie, Rian, Mark R., Cathal, Bronwyn, Jeff, Christine, Fiona, Emma, Andrea, Siobhán & Robert.

Jenny& Carolyn in the office, for all their support and commitment in what can be a very busy and demanding working environment.
Tom for helping to maintain the school building and surroundings to such a high standard.
Thank you to Ken our traffic warden, Clare & Paul our bus escorts, James Devlin (GAA coach), Jim Dwayne (tennis coach), Sr. Mary, Amy & Annmarie (Faith formation teachers) and Andrew from Owls.

A huge thanks to the PTA members and committee members, Michelle, Jill, Sarah, Saidah, Sarah, Kristel, Alicia, Barbara, Miroslaw, Brian, Michael,Amanda and Mark for their drive and enthusiasm in supporting the school community.

A special thanks to all the members of the Board of Management of Holywell ETNS for their time and assistance in helping me manage the school (Denis, Úna, Brian, Miroslaw, John, Doireann & Carolyn)

I would like to wish you all a restful, safe and enjoyable summer,

Maria Boyne