Academic Calendar 2023-2024

TERM STARTS

WEDNESDAY 30th AUGUST at 08:35. Gate opens 08:25.

MID TERM BREAK

School closes on FRIDAY 27th OCTOBER 14:15.
School Re-opens MONDAY 6th NOVEMBER at 08:35. 
Gate opens at 08:25.

PARENT TEACHER MEETINGS

13th November-24th November. Teachers will be in touch nearer time to organise meeting roster.

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS

School closes at 12.00 noon Friday 22nd DECEMBER
School Re-opens Monday 8th JANUARY at 8.35am.
Gate opens at 08:25.

SAINT BRIGID'S DAY BANK HOLIDAY

Monday 5th February. School Closed.

MID TERM BREAK

School closes FRIDAY 9th FEBRUARY at 14:15.
School Re-opens MONDAY 19th FEBRUARY at 08:35.

Gate opens at 08:25.

ST PATRICK'S DAY

School closes MONDAY 18th MARCH.

EASTER HOLIDAYS

School closes at 12.00 noon FRIDAY March 22nd.  
School Re-opens MONDAY 8th APRIL at 8.35.
Gate opens at 08:25.

MAY BANK HOLIDAY

School closed Monday 6th MAY & TUESDAY 7th MAY.
School reopens Wednesday 8th May at 08:35.
Gate opens at 08:25.

ANNUAL STANDARDISED TESTING

Last three weeks of May.
Monday 13th May-Friday 31st May.

JUNE BANK HOLIDAY

School closed MONDAY 3rd & TUESDAY 4th JUNE 
School Re-opens WEDNESDAY 5th JUNE at 08:35.
Gate opens at 08:25.

SUMMER HOLIDAYS

School closes at 12.00 noon on Friday 28th JUNE

Details regarding Staff Training Days, First Holy Communion, Confirmation & 6th Class Graduation will be shared when we have dates.

  Academic Calendar

 School Calendar

Grotto Place, Booterstown, Co. Dublin A94 AC97
01-2886830
Thursday, February 22, 2024
01-2886830
8:35 - 14:15
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School & Class News

Education and Parenting news stories of interest on Classes & Newsletters

 IRELAND READS DAY: Ireland Reads Day is on Saturday, the 24th of February. The aim is to get everyone to ‘get lost in a good book’ on the 24th of February, Ireland ReadsDay – whether that’s reading a book, a newspaper, a comic – whatever works.There are lots of events taking place in libraries across the country too so please visit IrelandReadsDay or check in with your local library.Ireland Reads is a campaign from Irish libraries, Adult Literacy for Life, Children’s BooksIreland, Age Friendly Ireland, booksellers, publishers and others to get the whole country reading. This is an initiative of the government of Ireland funded by Healthy Ireland.

BOOTERSTOWN CHILDCARE SERVICES: is now finalising bookings for September 2024.If you have not applied yet, please contact us as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Please contact Najwa Mc Guinn. Details have been forwarded to all by Aladdin email. 

HEALTH & SAFETY: Can all adults and children use the path on Grotto Avenue and Grotto Place in the morning when walking to and leaving from school. The roads outside the school are public roads and are used by staff and neighbours. In the interest of everyone's health and safety can we walk on the paths at all times. 

PARKING ON BOOTERSTOWN GROVE, GROTTO PLACE AND GROTTO AVENUE: Our school neighbours are very supportive of Saint Mary's and kind to all the students. With that in mind we have had a neighbourhood request that all parents/guardians/grandparents refrain from parking in these areas. Booterstown Grove has double yellow lines, therefore parking is not permitted. We also request that you do not block home entrances or park in private parking spaces on Grotto Place and Grotto Avenue. Thank you for honouring this request. 

FRÁSAÍ NA MÍOSA/ GAEILGE/ CONTENT LANGUAGE INTEGRATED LEARNING: Más féidir libh cabhrú le bhúr bpáiste frásaí na míosa a chleachtadh sa bhaile. 1. Lá Fhéile Bríde  2. Bain sult as. 3. Go n-éirí leat.4. An féidir liom páirt a ghlacadh? 

STEAM ACADEMY: is thrilled to share that there are still 6 open spots available for the STEAM Academy after-school programme at St. Mary's BNS. These spots are in the following group:
● 1st - 6th Class, RoboXplorers: Wednesdays 2:15pm-3:45pm. A link was sent out via Aladdin email to all parents/ guardian with more details.  If you have  any queries pleasecontact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Steam Academy will get back to you as soon as possible.

RCSI TEDDY BEAR HOSPITAL:  Teddy Bear Hospital is a free ticketed event that aims to alleviate childhood fears about healthcare environments and increase health literacy in school-aged children. Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite which will open in February and be advertised on  social media as seen below. This event is aimed at children aged 4-10, though children outside those ages are encouraged to come if parents feel it would be beneficial or if a family wishes to attend with their siblings. Older children for whom this event would be developmentally appropriate are welcome to the Sunday session where RCSI will have a higher ratio of volunteers to children.The event is volunteer-led and run by medical, physiotherapy, pharmacy, and therapeutic technician students from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. RCSI students are all interested in working with children and in providing a fun interactive experience for all who attend. RCSI encourage all children to attend with their Teddy so that the Teddies can get their annual check-up, fix up any rips or tears, and learn how to keep healthy. There will be 12 different stations that teach children and their teddies about different aspects of healthcare such as, surgery, food and nutrition, first aid and so much more!Description of session details for Teddy Bear Hospital weekend below:

Saturday, February 24th, 2024  Sessions 1, 2 & 3: All children aged 4-10 years old

Sunday, February 25th, 2024 Session 4, 5 & 6: Inclusive smaller sessions in a quieter environment for children with disabilities or chronic illnesses. There will be more volunteers to individualize the session for each child. More details found on : Facebook - @RCSIPaediatricSoc ;Instagram - @rcsipaediatric ;X - @RCSIPaediatric and Youtube - @paediatricsocietyrcsi329

MIND WANDERING STUDY: for Junior and Senior Infant parents: Are you a parent interested in mind-wandering in young children? Researchers at UCD & QUB are hosting an interactive World Café research event on 20th February at UCD! Click here to reserve your free ticket! https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/knowledge-exchange-workshop-on-mind-wandering-in-early-classroom-settings-tickets-756346521807?aff=oddtdtcreator

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS: All have already started. Please see details bel0w. 

  • After School Sports: Ms. Cartwright/ Ms. Doyle Monday afternoons. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Homework Club: Monday to Thursday afternoons. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Johnny's After School PE Club: on Tuesdays for junior classes and Thursdays for senior classes in Booterstown Park. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Chess Club with Paul: Thursday afternoons:  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Spanish Club with Olé: Thursday afternoons. Contact Cristina @ ✆ +353857884001 |  ︎ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Art Club with Evelyn: Tuesdays afternoons. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alto School of Music: Ukulele and guitar lessons. Monday afternoon. Piano lessons have started on Friday afternoons. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.
  • STEAM Academy. Wednesday afternoons. Contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Please liaise directly with the club organiser if you have any queries regarding starting dates, days, times, costs, holiday breaks, and dates the relevant after school clubs finishes etc. 

TRAINING DATES & MATCH DATES: for soccer, hurling, and football will be given to classes and students involved when up and running throughout the school year. 

HANDLE WITH CARE INITIATIVE: Please remember that we are still continuing our ‘Handle with Care’ initiative. If your family is experiencing difficulties at home, we would like to provide additional support for you at school. We understand that you may not always be able to or even want to share details about what is going on and that is completely understandable. If your child is coming to school after a trying night, morning or weekend due to difficult circumstances, please email your son’s teacher in the morning before 8:15 a.m. with the message ‘Handle with Care’. Nothing else needs to be said but this will let your son’s teacher know that he may need extra help, patience, time and care during the day. We hope that this will be of comfort to those who need it.

SMARTPHONE/SMART DEVICE HONOUR CODE REMINDER:  A huge thank you to our Parents Association who collaborated with all parents in formulating a Smartphone/Device Honour Code.  Please read the Honour Code & discuss it with your child. It's on our school website under the School News tab. It's also displayed on the main school door. See link. Smartphone/Device Honour Code. You may also wish to read the latest report from Cybersafekids.ie  on "Keeping Kids Safer Online. Online. Safety. Matters." Keeping Kids Safer Online: Online. Safety. Matters. Trends & Usage Report 2022-2023.

HELPING SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES KEEP CHILDREN SAFE ONLINE:  Please see link below to the  Webwise booklet "Helping Schools and Families Keep Children Safe Online". Page 4 has some very practical tips about: having the chat, agreeing rules, seeking help, critical evaluation of information read, leading by example and discovering the online world together. Helping Schools and Families Keep Children Safe Online.

Kind regards, 

Noel Scully. 

Principal.