Easter 2015 - Scoil Thomáis
Sports News from Scoil Thomáis :
Athletics: The Fingal Races scheduled for 3rd
March were postponed due to bad weather.
The event took place this week on Tuesday
24th March and well done to the pupils
involved from 4th , 5th & 6th classes.
Scoil Thomais will be well represented at the
Fingal Race Finals in Santry in late April.
GAA: The Fingal League football games
continue for Scoil Thomáis Girls’ Team with a
an away game against Skerries this week.
Hurling Training has started for the senior
boys with teachers Mr Freeman & Ms
McLoughlin in preparation for upcoming
games in Cumann na mBunscol Competition
with the first game in Somerton this week.
ICT News: As part of our ICT upgrade the school
recently purchased a LapCabby which is a trolley to
store laptops. It can be wheeled into classrooms so
that pupils can use the laptops in their own room. It
was purchased from school fundraising monies raised
from school walk and bake sales. The LapCabby &
laptops will be in use in classes after Easter.
IMPORTANT — NUT BASED FOODS
Parents are reminded that nut products are
not allowed in school ie Nutella, Peanut
Butter or other nut based foods. Please do
not give these foods to your child as these
products pose a real risk for pupils with nut
allergies in the class. Parents and pupils are
reminded that children should not share
school snacks/lunches with other pupils.
This guideline is for the safety of pupils with
food allergies. The school seeks the
co-operation of all families with this matter.
Reminder: "The Man from Nazareth
(Passion Play)", performed by local
students of the Cecilians Drama Group,
at 12 noon on Good Friday 3rd April
in St Thomas the Apostle Church as part
of the Easter Ceremonies.
The Children’s Choir of St Thomas’s
Parish, Laurel Lodge are currently
welcoming new members.
Pupils from 2nd—6th Classes are invited to
join the choir for rehearsals any Saturday.
Practice from 1.30 to 2.15 in the church.
Mass is every Sunday at 10am.
For Info phone Doreen @086/3846605
Junior & Senior Infant classes are
looking forward to a visit from the
Easter Bunny this week. Thank you
to Scoil Thomáis Parents’
Association who are sponsoring the
Easter Bunny basket again this year. .
SUMMER CAMP for Scoil Thomáis
pupils will take place during the first
two weeks of July this year.
More details about booking and costs
etc after Easter.
Congratulations to Scoil Thomáis
Choir who sang so beautifully at the
Draíocht Concert with Mr Kelly & the
Three Tenors on 14th March last.
Many parents and school staff
attended the concert and were very proud of
our choir. The pupils and their choir teachers,
Ms Bonner & Ms Galligan spend many long hours
rehearsing for this event. Well done to
everyone involved—pupils and teachers!
School Tour 2015 Payments:
All classes have received letters to bring home
about their tour venue and date and fees.
Parents are asked to pay all tour monies via the
school online payment system by 17th April at the latest
Castleknock Celtic FC invites children 4-7 years who wish to
learn to play soccer in a fun and friendly atmosphere in the Club’s
Soccer Academy for Children. It takes place at the clubhouse in
Porterstown Park each Saturday morning at 10am. Children should
bring their football boots and shin-pads. The Academy is under the
direction of the club’s Director of Football, Lisa Fallon,
NOTICE FOR 1st & 2nd Class PARENTS
Billy the Kid’ production which was scheduled
for 1st & 2nd Classes for last Wednesday 18th
March was cancelled at short notice by the
Theatre Company due to the illness of a cast
member. Unfortunately the event cannot be
re-organised before the summer.
Therefore all pupils who paid the €2 fee were
refunded. Please check your child’s school
journal for the refund.
© Scoil Thomáis - 25th March 2015
Nuacht Litir - Easter 2015
School Closures : Please Note
EASTER HOLIDAYS: Scoil Thomáis will close at 12o’clock
this Friday 27th March for Easter holidays
and will re-open on Monday 13th April at 9am.
Scoil Thomáis Parents’
Association and the school
have organised a BAKE SALE
in the school hall this
Friday 27th March from
9.15am until 11.30am.
Donations of cakes, buns etc will
be welcome from school families
and can be left into the school hall
from 8.50am on Friday morning.
Do come along and support the
BAKE SALE. Funds raised will
be used for school resources & for
the ongoing ICT upgrade.
All classes will come to the Bake
Sale during the morning with
teacher. Pupils are asked to bring
in €2 for shopping. Pupils should
also bring a lunch box to take the
cakes etc home. As there are some
pupils at school with nut allergies,
all bakes bought at the Bake Sale
should be brought home at
12o’clock closing and
must not be eaten at school.
We ask for your co-operation
with this policy in the interests
of the health and safety
of all our pupils.
to all our
Clothes Collection for Recycling
Don’t forget that the Green Team has
organised to collect bags of clothes for
recycling. Pupils and parents may bring
clothes ( in black sacks please) and leave
them inside the school gate at the shops
entrance on the morning of this
Thursday 26th March. This is a great
opportunity to do a spring clean on your
wardrobe in aid of recycling. Clothes
must be in bags for collection on this
Thursday morning only.
Help Keep our
Grounds Litter Free
EASTER PRAYER SERVICE
The pupils and their teachers from
Senior Infants and First Class will
participate in an Easter Prayer Service at
1.05pm on this Wednesday 25th March in
Laurel Lodge Church. Fr Brendan will join
the classes for prayers and readings to
celebrate the Easter message. Parents are
welcome to join the classes in the Church
and the service will be over in time for the
classes to return to the school for Senior
Infants home time at 1.40pm.
Holy Week In Laurel Lodge Church
As part of Holy Week Ceremonies in the
parish a special Family Mass will be
celebrated on Holy Thursday (2nd April) at
5pm. The organizers are looking for children
and families to get involved in the Mass by
helping with Altar Serving, Readings, Prayers
of the Faithful etc.— most especially the pupils
and families of 3rd Class are invited to be
involved. A note has been sent home with
pupils. If you would like your child to be
involved in the various aspects of this Mass
please contact Marie King 0872415603
Confirmation Service of Light:
This ceremony for pupils who are
preparing for Confirmation took place
last Thursday evening 19th March in the
Church with Fr Brendan. The ceremony was
enhanced by lovely music from the Parish Teen
Choir directed by Marie King & Therese Flynn. We
acknowledge the work of the Confirmation Parish
team of Marie King, Therese Flynn & Gonne Barry
and teachers, Ms Peoples, Ms Boland & Ms Keogh
in preparing the service with the children. The
Confirmation pupils and their teachers will go on
Retreat in the Emmaus Centre, Swords on this
Thursday 26th March. Confirmation is on
Thursday 7th May with Bishop Field.
First Penance takes place
this Thursday 26th
March at 7.30 pm
in the Church.
Special thank you to
teachers Ms O’Leary, Ms Creighton and
Ms Healy for making the ceremony very
special for the children and their families.
Thank you also to Fr Brendan and to Debbie
Callaghan, Ciara Hoey and their team from
the Parish Communion Preparation Team.
Reminder: The Do this in Memory’ programme
of Masses continues for First Communion
children each month.
The next meeting of the
Board of Management will be held on
Tuesday 12th May at 7.45pm in Scoil Thomáis.
Spelling Bee Competition
Recently Fifth Class pupils took
part in a Spelling Competition.
Nawaal Ather, Sabika Ali Syed and
Danielle Power were the finalists
representing their class after
many rounds of spellings. The
school final took place with Nawaal
emerging as winner. Last week she represented
Scoil Thomais in the Regional Finals in the Red Cow
Hotel and was placed in the top ten.
A great achievement. Well Done Nawaal.
PARTY INVITATIONS & SCHOOL
If your child is having a birthday party we ask
that parents do not give party invitations to
children in schooltime and do not pass around
invitations when children are in their lines in
the yard. Children from the class who may not
be invited often feel very upset or left out!
It would help a lot if parents instead discreetly
gave the invites to an adult/parent of the child.
Trocáire Lenten Boxes
Thank you to all the children who
returned Trocáire Boxes to school on
Monday 23rd. The Trocáire team will
collect the boxes and in due course will
inform the school of the total amount
collected by school families.
World Book Day 2015
was a great success in
Scoil Thomáis with lots
of activities being
organised by teachers.
Events to mark the day
included pupils from
senior classes visiting junior classes to
read to them and Drop Everything and
Read (DEAR) time in many classes.
Many thanks to teacher Ms Lenihan
who co-ordinated the events for the
day and who also organised the very
successful BOOK SWAP initiative for
pupils which ran over two weeks.
Many pupils from all class levels
brought in books for the swap and
were able to take home other books
to read. There are still some lovely
books available for pupils to take
home from the SWAP BOOKCASE near
School Calendar 2015/2016
The BOM has ratified the school calendar for
next school year, Scoil Thomáis will re-open
for pupils on Tuesday 1st September 2015
Junior Infant pupils will start school on
Wednesday 2nd September.
A full outline of the 2015/16 school
calendar will be available on our school
Seachtain na Gaeilge: 9ú-13ú Márta
We celebrated Seachtain na Gaeilge
in Scoil Thomáis with lots of events
in all classes organised by teacher
Ms O’Sullivan and class teachers.
Our Halla was decorated with the
pupils’ lovely art work and Irish flags and
banners. Classes took part in Céilis sa halla on
various days. Over the week pupils dressed in
‘green’ and there was great excitement as we
celebrated our Irish culture and Irish language
during the week. There were lots of spot prizes
for pupils over the week for great efforts to use
Gaeilge. Seachtain na Gaeilge concluded on
Friday 13th March with a traditional music
concert with Áirnéain for all classes.
Comórtas Ealaíne Seachtain na Gaeilge 2015
Comhgairdeas/Congratulations to all our pupils who took part in
our SnaG Art Competition. Winners from each class are:
Naíonáin Shóisir: Aoibhinn OFarrell Rm 10,
Sophie Loughran Rm 8, Cassie Hughes Rm 7
Dominaka Tiauteryte Rm 9
Naíonáin Shinsir: Sophie Moran Rm 4,
Denisa Gherghalas Rm 5, Niamh Race Rm 6
Rang 1: .Lucy Lynch Rm 14, Erin Kavanagh Rm 13,
Krisztian Vasko Rm 11 & Maria Dholkawala Rm 12
Rang 2: Hannah De Leon Rm 2, Noah Flynn Rm 1,
Claudia Hanrahan Rm 3
Rang 3: Aaron O’Reilly Rm 15,Khadijah Benrabah R 27
Rang 4: Katie Sheerin Rm 17,
Grant Endziulis Animashaun Rm 24,
Aoife Battigan Warnock Rm 19 .
Rang 5: Jordan Adie R 22, Andrea Nastasa R 21,
Holly Morrissey R 23.
Rang 6: Jordan Dargan Akiwumi Rm 16,
Sarah Gallagher R 18, Winner Roland-Onuoha R 20.
Prizes were presented to class winners at their class
Céilís last week by teachers. Go raibh míle maith agat
to Scoil Thomáis Parents Association for sponsoring
the prizes again this year
Scoil Thomáis Parents Association
has organised Confirmation Robe Fittings for
pupils on Thursday 16th April in the Day
Chapel of the Church. All Confirmation children
will receive a note with the details of the robe
hire and parents should return the fee promptly
to the school for collection by the PA.
SCHOOL WALK 2015
Our Annual Fundraising
School Walk will take place
on Sunday 26th April 2015 at 11am.
We ask all school families to come to
the Phoenix Park and join in this fun
event for school families.
Sponsorship Cards for 2015 walk are
being sent home this week so please
try to collect sponsorship from family
and friends over the Easter Break.
Parents are reminded that pupils must
not go door to door to collect monies.
All walk cards are individually numbered
and labelled for each pupil. Walk cards
must be returned to the school in April
with the money collected. Cards must also
be returned to the school even if no
money has been collected.
All funds raised by the School Walk 2015
go towards the ICT upgrade in the school.
RELATIONSHIP & SEXUALITY EDUCATION
RSE lessons were taught to 5th & 6th
Classes last week as per school policy.
Parents received an Information Pack in
advance of the teaching of these lessons.
The full text of the revised RSE policy is
available on www.scoilthomais.ie
RSE for Infants & 1st & 2nd Classes
A letter is being sent home this week to
parents in Junior & Senior Infants and also
to parents in 1st & 2nd Classes explaining
about the RSE (sensitive) lesson which will
be taught to pupils in April. Parents should
read this information carefully.
A short Information Meeting for parents
will be held on Friday 17th April at
9.15am for Infants and at 2pm for
1st/2nd Class. The purpose of the meeting
is to outline for parents the content of the
lessons at each class level and the teaching
methodologies and resources to be used.