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Archives > A Word From The Principal - Archive > 2009-2010

December 9th 2009

Dear Parents / Guardians,

We usually consider the Annual Craft Fair to be the start of all things ‘Christmas’ in the school. Despite the economic downturn, your support for the Fair was magnificent in realising just short of €5,000. The other fundraising events, Class Christmas cards and Christmas Tree Sale, have one common objective; to defray the costs of fitting out our new computer room. Here again the PAC members have contributed so much of their precious time to making these events fun for the pupils and something for parents to support.

At the recent Information Evening for parents, a number of suggestions were made regarding how pupils and their parents might benefit from such as facility. More information on these will be provided after the Christmas holidays, by which time we hope to have the room fully functioning. This will enable full classes to spend up to an hour per week at the computers rather than having to do with the divided sessions which have been the norm. In this regard, we are indebted to Helen Murphy for coordinating our volunteer tutors. They have been so generous....and so patient!

Life in the school usually becomes a little more hectic than usual on the run-in to the holidays, and this year is no exception. With Hallelujah Concert, Carol Singing at Powerscourt House, nursing homes, hospitals and local parish churches, as well as performances for parents, nativity plays etc. the break will be welcomed by pupils, if not their parents!

A long standing tradition in our school has been the joint carol singing by 5th and 6th class pupils outside Holy Redeemer church in aid of the primary schools in Ikanga in northern Kenya and Buigisi in Tanzania. In previous years we have added to the monies collected by having a No Uniform Day prior to the holidays. However, if the comments of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul are accepted, ‘doing without’ is closer than we may wish to believe this Christmas. I am proposing therefore that all monies raised this year from our No Uniform Day and our carol singing proceeds be divided between the three worthy causes, Ikanga, Bugisi and our local branches of St. Vincent de Paul.

The past year began with the builders on site on January 5th 2009 and it ends with the expectation of moving our IT learning to a new computer room. We have sung in the National concert Hall and met pupils and teachers from Beijing, Galicia and Manchester. We have lost Mr. Lavin as Deputy Principal, but gained an excellent replacement in Mrs. Vera Nolan as well as welcoming new extra teachers to our school. We are eating more ‘Healthy Lunches’ and we are more aware of ‘Green Issues’ thanks to our Green Committee. The evidence shows that we are reading, writing and doing maths better than ever before. In wishing all our families a peaceful and happy Christmas I must especially thank our teachers for their dedication and flexibility, our Board for its guidance, and the PAC for its irrepressible enthusiasm. Thank you, our parents for your on-going support and co-operation. And finally...

Congratulations to Ms. Aoife Flynn who has been elected as parent representative to the Board following the Information Evening.

Nollaig Shona Daoibh,

Vaughan Dodd

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