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.

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 School Calendar

Grotto Place, Booterstown, Co. Dublin A94 AC97
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Thursday, May 23, 2024
01-2886830
8:35 - 14:15
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School & Class News

Education and Parenting news stories of interest on Classes & Newsletters

ADMISSIONS 2024-2025: Saint Mary's BNS will start accepting admissions for 2024-2025 on Monday 2nd October. Online admission applications will be live from that date. The closing date is Friday November 10th. Please see our Notice of Admissions, our Admissions Policy and our school Code of Behaviour on our school website for more information. Admissions 2024-2025

PARENTS ASSOCIATION COFFEE MORNING:   The Parents’ Association is hosting a coffee morning at drop off in the School Hall on Grotto Avenue on Friday 29th September. All parents are invited to come along. It’s a great way to meet other parents who have boys in the school. We will also be sharing information on Friends of St Mary’s, the PA’s main fundraising scheme. All welcome to drop by anytime between 8.15 and 9.15am.  XMAS FAIR. Saint Mary’s Christmas Fair will be held on Sunday 4th December in our hall and school. Please pencil it into your diary. We would love to see you there. More details will follow from the Parents’ Association.

COUNTY PHOTOS: County Photos will visit the school on Friday 29th September. An email with more details and their flyer has been sent out to all parents/guardians. 

FIRST AID COURSE FOR PARENTS: On Tuesday 3rd October join the Parents Associations of Our Lady of Mercy Convent School & St. Mary’s BNS to attend First Aid Training in the girls' school hall. This 2-hour seminar provided by First Aid for Everyone covers emergency situations such as: Activation of the emergency services; The First Aid kit; Choking; Wounds and bleeding; Head injuries; Allergies; Epilepsy and various other topics. Please join the PA at Our Lady of Mercy School from 7-7.30pm for tea, coffee, homemade baked treats & a quick catch up with the school community before the course commences at 7.30pm. 

CONDOLENCES: The staff, students, Board of Management, parents and all Saint Mary's school community wish to extend their deepest sympathies to Mary O' Reilly, Chairperson of the Board of Management, on the recent bereavement of her brother Seán Doyle. Our prayers and thoughts are with Mary and the Doyle family at this sad time.

SCHOOL X-TWITTER ACCOUNT: Please continue to follow us on our school X/Twitter account at stmarysboys1. We are unable at the moment to view it directly on our school website and are trying to resolve this issue. 

SMARTPHONE/SMART DEVICE HONOUR CODE:  A huge thank you to our Parents Association for collaborating with all parents and 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. 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.

Please note that this is an honour code, built on trust and it is established to ensure the online safety of all children in Saint Mary's; in school, at home and in the whole school community.

Cybersafekids.ie will visit Saint Mary's on Wednesday 4th October and facilitate online safety workshops with 3rd-6th classes. 

CLUICHÍ GAEILGE DO PHÁISTÍ PADLET:  Fantastic interactive padlet with lots of Irish language games for all levels. Cluichí Gaeilge do pháisti ar fáil anseo.

FRÁSAÍ NA MÍOSA/ GAEILGE/ CONTENT LANGUAGE INTEGRATED LEARNING: Más féidir libh cabhrú le bhúr bpáiste frásaí na míosa a chleachtadh sa bhaile. 1. Dia Dhaoibh...Dia is Muire duit. 2. Slán Tamaill.3. Cé leis é? Is/ Ni liomsa é. 4. Líne dhíreach gach duine. 

CLASS LIAISON REPRESENTATIVE: To ensure that you and your son have a smooth transition into St Mary's we advise that you contact the Class Liaison Representative. They will put you in contact with your class representative and will respond to any additional (non-academic) queries that you may have. Please contact the school office for details. New parents/ guardians will be sent the name and details of our news Class Liaison Representative by the school office.

DAFFODIL PLANTING: An invitation by the parish has been sent to children to participate in daffodil bulb planting on Sunday October 1st after 11 O' clock Mass. A flyer with all the details will be emailed to all families during the week. 

ALADDIN CONNECT & ABSENCES: Thank you very much for engaging with Aladdin Connect in notifying teachers directly of your child's absences and the reason. Please continue to do so. This allows you to also keep an eye on your child's attendance. If the class teacher does not receive a notification explaining your child's absence it is recorded on Aladdin attendance records as unexplained. Attendance is recorded at 09:30 every school morning.

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM HSE: Please see the latest advice from the HSE on Covid-19 for children who test positive for Covid -19, how long they should stay at home and when they should return to school. Covid-19 and Returning to School.

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT AGREED REPORT. Our first Board of Management meeting was held on Wednesday 13th September. Please see link to Agreed Report.  BOM Agreed Report 13-9-2023

TECHKIDZ COMPUTATIONAL THINKING & IT SKILLS: Over the next six weeks Techkidz will be working with 4th-6th classes towards developing computational thinking and IT skills. Techkidz will be doing a wide range of technology-based activities including coding, robotics, animation and design. They will start with an introduction to the basic building blocks of coding and will progress towards each child building their own basic website. Techkidz will support and mentor students in shooting and editing their own 3D animations, building and programming their own robots. The classes will also be coding and playing our own games. These classes will be every Thursdays during school time. More details have been emailed to the classes participating in this programme.

PARKING ON BOOTERSTOWN GROVE, GROTTO PLACE AND GROTTO AVENUE: We have had a neighbourhood request that all parents/guardians 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. 

USING PATHS ON GROTTO PLACE AND GROTTO AVENUE: For Health and Safety reasons please continue to ensure that all children and adults use the paths on Grotto Place and Grotto Avenue when coming to and leaving school. For health and safety reasons please avoid walking on these roads as there are cars entering and leaving the school and the neighbourhood.

ALLERGIES/ ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION: Just a reminder that we are a "Nut Free" & "Kiwi Free" School. If your child has any allergies or any other medical condition that may require the administration of medication please alert his new class teacher immediately.

"HUG & GO": Just a reminder that all classes, including our new Junior Infants, "Hug & Go" at the school gates in the morning. We ask that parents/ guardians allow their child to walk independently to their classroom lines. The class teachers will collect them at 08:35. We will have students from the senior classes to guide children over to their lines. The Junior Infant Day is 08:35-13:15 , as is the Senior Infant day. All other classes finish at 14:15. "COLLECT & GO" We kindly request that all adults wait behind the green cycle lane line when collecting your child. We encourage the boys to independently walk over to adults and then leave the school grounds. If you wish to have a meeting with a teacher please arrange one via Aladdin or the teacher's school email address. 

Kind regards,

Noel Scully.

Principal.