Firhouse Educate Together National SchoolMon 17 Sep, 20:19 (8 days ago)
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are delighted to see all of the children settling into the new school year so well. For the year ahead we are planning a rich programme of events which isn't yet completed but below is a list of current events and celebrations planned for Term 1. We have many more items planned for 2019 which we will publish shortly and in the meantime please note Swimming will start on 30th April 2019 for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Classes.There is also a great set of events planned by our PGTA (Parents', Guardians', Teachers' Association) which we are waiting for the Board of Management to approve in the coming days and then we can send it on to you. Remember to keep 4th October free to join us for the PGTA AGM at 8pm.
Our Library will soon be having its major opening and many thanks to parents/guardians Magda, Amanda, Edel, Deirdre, Mari and Marta who have worked so well together with Sinéad (former Principal of Griffith Barracks Multi Denominational N.S.) to ensure we have a fully digitised library for our pupils.
I hope many more of you will apply for Garda Vetting so as you can partake in many in-class activities.
Please also put September 26th 8pm into your diary and come to our school hall to hear our School Choir sing with the Knocklyon Concert Band. This promises to be a very special event altogether.
Very best regards,
Collette Dunne: Principal: Firhouse Educate Together N.S. Tel. 087 330 1332
Events in Firhouse Educate Together N.S. for school year 2018 - 2019: Term 1
Every Wednesday: Move It Mornings with Dora Dora is a parent in our school community whose daughter Robin has been in our school since we opened in 2013. Dora is also a qualified fitness instructor and she very kindly comes in at 8.20am on Wednesdays to do ‘Move It Mornings’ in our school yard for our pupils, parents, guardians and staff to join in. Please encourage your child to get involved in our ‘Move It Mornings’ and give good example by participating yourselves.
P.E. In Class: we continue to have P.E. on Mondays and Thursdays for most Classes and now there will be also be P.E. for a couple of classes on Fridays as we are growing and two days doesn’t allow for all Classes to have sufficient time. Conor is organising the P.E. Timetable and Teachers will give you good notice for Friday P.E. if it applies to your child’s Class.
September: Our school value for this month is Friendship (In our school we celebrate a value from our Learn Together Curriculum each month)
September 19th: Our School Choir will practise singing with the Knocklyon Concert Band in St Colmcille’s Community School from 7pm to 7.45pm.
September 26th: Our School Choir will sing with the Knocklyon Concert Band in our School Hall at 8pm (choir will rehearse beforehand between 7pm and 8pm)
European Week of Sport: September 24th -28th: we are celebrating this week by rolling out the plan for yard games our 4th Class has announced. They worked hard on this at the end of last year and now have everything ready to go.
October: Our school value for this month is Equality. Throughout October we focus on Human Rights and finish with Self-Expression Dress Up Day.
October 1st: World Habitat Day: The purpose of the day is to reflect on the state of our cities and towns and the basic human right to adequate shelter.
October 4th: Tree Day: Forest School Activities throughout the day for all classes.
October 10th: World Mental Health Day: we will wear odd shoes or odd socks etc to draw attention to the importance of accepting and celebrating difference and having fun in order to keep our minds healthy.
October 10th: Dogs’ Trust visiting 2nd, 3rd, 4th Classes
October 11th: Dogs’ Trust visiting 1st Classes and Senior Infant Classes
October 13th - 21st: Maths Week: watch how we’ll be integrating fun maths throughout our schoolwork.
October 17th: Heritage Day: Workshops for pupils throughout the day with Lisanne O'Loughlin from the Heritage Council.
October 19th: Educate Together: One Day Together: when all Educate Together schools hold a fundraiser for Educate Together.
October 23rd: Class and Individual Photographs for Junior Infant Classes
October 23rd: Class Photographs only for Senior Infant, 1st, 3rd and 4th Classes. If you would like siblings photographed together or individual photographs taken of your child in Senior Infants, 1st, 3rd or 4th please let your child's Class Teacher know in writing before the 12th October 2018.
October 24th: Class and Individual Photographs for 2nd Class and Evergreen Classes
October 25th: Dogs’ Trust visiting Junior Infant and Evergreen Classes
October 26th: Self Expression Dress Up Day: to encourage children to express themselves their values and their personalities through their clothes. Naturally many of the younger children will want to wear Hallowe’en costumes and that is their right. We will all be dressed up in some unusual way…. perhaps as someone we admire!
November: Our school value for this month is Sharing. We can share our toys, our books, our kind words and compliments, our green thoughts, our news, our helping hands…….
November 7th: Diwali Festival of Light (Hinduism & Sikhism)
November 11th - 18th: Science Week planning underway!
November 14h: Stand Up! LGBT Awareness: all classes in our school will respond to the story: ‘My Princess Boy’ with art display.
November 16th: World Philosophy Day: Each Class will discuss the topic of ‘Doing Nothing’ and responses recorded with pictures for display.
November 20th: Universal Children’s Day: We will celebrate children from all over the world by playing games from different cultures. Any parents/guardians/grandparents who’d like to come in to share some of their childhood games with our pupils please let your child’s class Teacher know as soon as possible.
November 23rd: Guru Nanak’s Birthday (Sikhism)
November 23rd-24th Educate Together Ethical Education Conference: Changing Our Ways, Changing Our World - Educating for a Sustainable Environment.
November 27th-28th: Parent Teacher Meetings
December: Our school value for this month is Kindness.
December 2nd - 10th: Hanukkah (Judaism)
December 2nd - 24th: Advent (Christianity)
December 19th - 20th: Winter Wonderland Shows (As we cannot accommodate all parents/guardians together in our school hall we will be holding the shows on for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Classes on Wednesday morning 19th and for Junior and Senior Infants on Thursday morning 20th).
December 21st: Winter Solstice
December 21st: School Closes for Winter Holidays at 11.30am.