June Newsletter

June 2014 Newsletter

SCHOOL CALENDAR: Each child should have next year’s school calendar. Next year’s book/arts etc list is attached to this newsletter.  The books are heavily subsidised. We are aware that back to school is an expensive time but we do ask parents to have the book money paid on the 1st day back to school 28th August or if wished can be paid before school closes on Friday next. No books will be given to your daughter till book money is paid.

SCHOOL AWARDS:As another school year comes to a close the annual school awards will take place on Monday 23rd at 11.15am.   There will also be a dancing display.  All are welcome.

THANKS! The school would like to thank the Wicklow Lions Club who yet again helped out with our Violin project.  In 2010 the school embarked on teaching all girls form Jnr Infants to 2nd class violin.  With help from different bodies money was raised to purchase violins, and with fundraising organised over the years by the Parents association the girls get Violin lessons once a week.  This year 20 girls from 4th and 5th classes have reached a standard that allowed them sit the Royal Irish academy Cara awards and are anxiously awaiting their results.  Three girls were offered a wonderful opportunity to attend the Summer Chamber Music course where they will experience playing as part of the Dublin youth orchestra. It is hoped that other interested girls who reach this standard will get this opportunity in years to come.

PRIMARY SCIENCE AWARDS: Our open Science Day was a great success.  The children did a wonderful job of preparing, experimenting with and explaining their science.  The experiments on the day included shadows, magnets, minibeats, blind tasting, exploding volcanoes and catching the murderer with the Rathnew Detective Agency!  There was a great turn out of parents and friends who thoroughly enjoyed the day. Before the Fair was over the postman arrived with our plaque for our 6th Primary Science and Maths Excellence Award. Well done girls!

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May Newsletter


May 2014 Newsletter

FIRST COMMUNION: Girls and Boys from St. Joseph’s and St. Ernan’s made their First Holy Communion in St. Joseph’s church, Rathnew on Saturday 10th May. They were Nan Ann O’Brien,Tia Byrne, Kelly Nolan, Lucia Nicolai, Hollie O’Connor, Jade O’Loughlin, Ella Snell, Nan Mary O’Brien, Mia Jameson, Caitlin Enerstad, Elisha Kenny, Ria Gregory, Saoirse Mitchell, Alex Mitchell, Molly Byrne, Elizabeth Doran, Abi Connolly and Sasha Duffy. They did their readings and other tasks wonderfully well.  Thanks to all the choir who sang so beautifully.  Refreshments were served afterwards in the hall.  Heartfelt thanks to all the parents and friends who prepared and helped out at children’s communion party, choir party and served the adults, to Mrs Kinsella and committee for use of hall. Thanks also to the organist Ann Morris, Ms Cahill and teacher Ms. Sumner who prepared the girls for the sacraments.

CORPUS CHRIST PROCESSION: -This is the longest standing Corpus Christi Procession in the country and everybody is encouraged to attend.  This year the Arch Bishop will be down to celebrate as this is the 100th year. Communion children can dress in their communion clothes and walk in the procession accompanied /supervised by parents. The Procession will take place on Sunday June 22nd at 4pm.

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March 2014

March  2014 Newsletter

FIRST CONFESSIONS: The 2nd class girls made their First Confession on 11th March.  Congratulations to Nan Ann O’Brien,Tia Byrne,Kelly Nolan, Lucia Nicolai, Hollie O’Connor, Jade O’Loughlin, Ella Snell, Nan Mary O’Brien, Mia Jameson, Caitlin Enerstad, Elisha Kenny, Ria Gregory, Saoirse Mitchell,Alex Mitchell, Molly Byrne, Elizabeth Doran, Abi Connolly, Sasha Duffy.

FOOTBALL:The girls from 3rd to 6th classes are receiving football coaching on Wednesday  with Edwina. The children are enjoying it as well as improving their football skills

SERVICE OF LIGHT:The service of light took place on Wednesday 19th March in St. Joseph’s Church Rathnew. The girls will be fitted for their Albs on Monday. The cost for the hire of the Albs will be €15.

TROCÁIRE BOXES: Please return the Trocáire Boxes to the school after the Easter holidays.

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January Newsletter

January 2014 Newsletter


All our budding authors from infants to 6th class are busy working on their Write-a-Book.  The books are first written, then edited and illustrated and will be submitted on Thursday 6th February.


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December Newsletter

December Newsletter

HALLELUJAH CHOIR:The Girls sang in the Hallelujah concert on Thursday 5th December at Citywest. They all enjoyed the experience and sang beautifully

PRIMARY DEBATING: This is the school’s first year partaking in the Primary Debating competition and the girls of 6th class have done an amazing job in winning the South Leinster final.  All girls have contributed to the research and six girls are nominated at the beginning and from that three girls are chosen to debate the topic on the day. The final took place in Blackrock Education Centre on Tuesday 10th December. They took on Hollypark B.N.S. Foxrock.  The topic this time was “Religion should not be taught in schools.”  St. Joseph’s girls opposed the motion and took home the perpetual Cup and a trophy for the school all six girls got a meddle.

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