NEWSLETTER 27.03.2014

Welcome to this week’s newsletter ….ETHOS: Our core value this month is Justice. The children have been exploring ‘fairness’ this week.

FAMILY FUN DAY: A date for your diaries next weekend! – Our next Family Fun Day, with face-painting, art corner, activities, pop up  cafe & more is on Sunday 6th April 2-4pm, Clogher Road Community Centre.  Come along and support the fundraising to move our school to our new location in Basin Street for Sept ’14.

As usual we are crowd advertising the event.We will be emailing you with a poster – please pop it up in your local cafe, creche, supermarket etc. Funds raised at this event will assist with the school start-up costs, including PE equipment & furnishings for the children in our move to Basin Street.

We will be running a pop up cake cafe with wares baked by our parents. We are looking for some more baking volunteers. So if you’re handy with your oven please bring some donations of fairy buns, brownies or cookies along on the day!

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: Reminder that school closes on 11.30am on Friday 11th of April, and shall re-open for term three on 28th April.

BOARD MEETING: Summary of Board meetings:
Since the recent meeting for parents at the school (13/02) and the election of the parent representatives, Stuart Clarke and Catherine Cosgrave, there has been two Board meetings and the BOM have attended Board of Management Training provided by Educate Together.

At the first meeting (17/02), the Board considered potential community representatives and we are delighted that Síne Lynch (RADE, a community arts project) and Brendan Kenny (Dublin City Council) have now been appointed to the Board. Stuart has been appointed as Treasurer and Dermot is the Secretary. It has been agreed that to keep the school community informed, the Board will provide short reports of its meetings through the school website.

The primary focus of both meetings has been the anticipated move of our school to Basin Street, and we await details of the lease of the building. Our teachers Dermot and Fiona have visited the site and have been introduced to some groups, and have had various meetings, including one with the primary school in the immediate area. Dermot has been invited to and will attend the official launch of the newly amalgamated Scoil Seamus. Our priority is to identify whether any changes need to be made to the building, furnishings and equipment for our school children and establishing our ethos in the school building.

In addition to the school move, the Board discussed the Principal’s report, especially enrolments for 2014/15 and finances. The Board agreed that any funds raised at the Fun Day Out in April will be used to assist with the school start-up costs, including PE equipment/furnishings for the children. The Board is grateful to all the parents and volunteers organising and contributing to the event.

ANTIBULLYING POLICY: In compliance with the recent Anti-bullying Procedures for Primary Schools, (Sept 2013; Dept. of Ed.), we are currently re-drafting our anti-bullying policy. There will be a hard copy of this draft in the secretary’s office next week for your perusal/input. We plan to have this ratified for term three.

OUT AND ABOUT: Tomorrow’s walk will have a ‘history’ theme – Old and New.

PICTURES: Have a look at some snaps below -

Enjoy the weekend,

Dermot.

 

Junior Infants ... WOW

Junior Infants … WOW

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Newsletter 20.03.2014

Welcome to this week’s newsletter,

OUT AND ABOUT: Please see pictures of last week’s trip to the City Assembly House. We trekked down through Grafton Street and turned a lot of heads. Have a look at the GALLERY.

SOCIAL EVENT: Stag’s Head Pub, Saturday 22nd March, 8pm. Tables are reserved in the upstairs bar. ‘To be’ parents of future pupils and PETNS supporters also very welcome.

FAMILY FUN DAY: Sunday 6th April 2-4pm – Clogher Road Community Centre. Face-painting, art corner, cafe & more. If you’re interested in getting involved please email jessie.hamilton@gmail.com. More volunteers are needed – face-painters, cafe helpers and general support on the day.

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT: The Board met last Tuesday 18th March. We shall be updating the website with information from this meeting in the coming days.

STUDENT CONFERENCING: Senior Infants have had their conferences, and again they were very well received. Have a look at the photos in THE GALLERY. We would like to thank Mary Brosnan from Kilcolgan ETNS who presented at the Educate Together Conference in November and has supported us with our first of many pupil led conferences.

ACTIVE SCHOOLS: We will be having an active schools week on 12th to 16th May. We need parents to volunteer their expertise or enthusiasm for sport. Please get in touch with Fiona as she is organising the week. fiona@portobelloetns.org

WELCOME: We would like to welcome Megan & Rachel students from St. Patricks College of Education who are with us for the next few weeks completing their final teaching practice.  

All the best,

Dermot.

Student Conferencing

NEWSLETTER 13.03.2014

Welcome to this week’s newsletter,

ETHOS: We have been enjoying Seacthain Na Gaeilge this week, and have been dancing, singing, PE as gaeilge and creating fantastic art. We will be learning about St Patrick tomorrow.

OUT AND ABOUT: We will be going to the NOW AND THEN exhibition tomorrow in the City Assembly House. This is part of the St Patrick’s Day Festival that is taking place in Dublin this weekend.

SOCIAL EVENT: At the election of the board meeting last month some parents had expressed interest in having a more informal get together. A group of the current parents have arranged a Parents Social Evening, an informal get together in the Stag’s Head Pub, Saturday 22nd March, 8pm. Tables are reserved in the upstairs bar. ‘To be’ parents of future pupils and PETNS supporters also very welcome.

FAMILY FUN DAY: Sunday 6th April 2-4pm – Clogher Road Community Centre. Face-painting, art corner, cafe & more. If you’re interested in getting involved please email jessie.hamilton@gmail.com. More volunteers are needed – face-painters, cafe helpers and general support on the day.

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT: The Board will meet next Tuesday 18th March. We will be adding a Board of Management blog / news page to the website, to inform our school community of items that were discussed and any decisions made.

STUDENT CONFERENCING: First and second class held their student conferences this week. These are one to one meetings between the student and the parent / guardian. It is a great opportunity for everyone to share the child’s work and to get an insight into a school day in Portobello ETNS. Thanks to the children and the parents for partaking in this and a big thank-you to Fiona for preparing and facilitating this event. Senior Infants will have their meetings next Wednesday at 08.30am, and we look forward to more meetings in term three for the rest of the school.

All the best,

Dermot.

NEWSLETTER 06.03.2014

Dear Parents / Guadians,

Welcome to this weeks Newsletter

ETHOS: We have been learning about Lent, and about fasting this week. Our core value this month is Love.

OUT AND ABOUT: Beimid ag siúl go dtí an siopa leabhar i gConradh na Gaeilge amárach. Is féidir linn cupla leabhair a fháil. Tá airgead againn – ná bí buartha!

SURVEY:  Some of our parents are gathering information on the transport issues and childcare for our planned move to Basin Street. If you could take a few minutes to fill in this survey it would be most helpful. HERE IS THE SURVEY. We need this survey completed by today. Thankyou.

LOST AND FOUND: I have been hanging up items from lost and found on the railings as you enter. Please claim if they are yours.

Have a look in the GALLERY for photo update,

Have a nice weekend,

Dermot.

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