Wednesday Newsletter September 15th 2021


WEDNESDAY NEWSLETTER     September 15th, 2021

Dolmen at autumn sunset. Photo: Brendan Dunfort


Dear Parents/Guardians and Families,

Autumn is perhaps our loveliest season of all, especially when the weather is as kind as it has been this year. Our third week back at school is almost over.


We celebrated the writer, Roald Dahl’s birthday on Monday. Many of the children showed that they were greatly inspired by his novels in their style of dress that day! From designs of chocolate bar wrappers to simply reading passages from his books, an enjoyable time was experienced by his eager followers.


Next week, on Tuesday 21st September, we will mark International Peace Day in some simple ways at school.


For anyone who has paid their school insurance online, please return the slip with your child’s name and signed by parent/guardian with date. It was at the bottom of the page regarding the insurance. Please let us know if you need a copy of same.


Remember also that when a child is absent, you are expected to contact the office by email or phone to let us know the reason for absence. Thank you.

Again, may we remind you that the Admissions Policy is on our website, It is important to consult this document as the opportunity to apply for admission is coming up in a few more weeks. The date for applications to be made will commence October 4th 2021, and absolutely no applications received before this date will be accepted.


Dates for Communion and Confirmation (2nd Classes of 2020/2021 and 6th Class of 2020/2021) are as follows:

Saturday 23rd October for First Communion: There will be two ceremonies, the first to begin at 10 a.m. and the second to begin at midday. Third Class Orange will be part of the first ceremony and Third Class Green for the midday ceremony. The Sacrament of Reconciliation/Penance/First Confession will thus take place within the ceremony at the Penitential Rite.

The Confirmation ceremony will take place on Saturday, 6th November at 11 a.m.


Keep an eye on the weather as your children may need to wear coats to school again, as the weather gets colder and we will be playing outside as much as possible. We continue to strongly encourage all of the children to wear their uniforms on non P.E. days. Please remember that earrings are not permitted for health and safety reasons.


Headlice come and go as we know! Please be vigilant and treat hair as soon as possible should you notice anything suspicious!

Also, excuse the constant reminders about food containing nuts but it truly is a very serious matter.We have a number of children in the school with severe nut allergies.


Many thanks for your support. It is greatly appreciated as I navigate these new rapids ! With the great team we have, the moorings are surely solid.


Warmest best wishes,


Ann Marie


Ms Ann Marie Bourke

(Acting Principal)

Chocolate Bar wrappers designed by 5th class, based on Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

  1. Great things often start off small.

‘A little magic can take you a long way.’ – James and the Giant Peach

  1. Try to be optimistic even when things look hopeless.

‘But there was one other thing that the grown-ups also knew, and it was this: that however small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance is there. The chance had to be there.’ – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  1. There’s value in doing things that scare you.

‘I will not pretend I wasn’t petrified. I was. But mixed in with the awful fear was a glorious feeling of excitement. Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn’t be exciting if they didn’t.’ – Danny the Champion of the World

  1. Don’t forget to believe in yourself.

‘Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.’ – Matilda

  1. Inner beauty is more important than outer beauty.

‘A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.’ – The Twits

  1. Always try to give 100%.

‘Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable…’ – Matilda

  1. Take constructive criticism like a champ.

‘I understand what you’re saying, and your comments are valuable, but I’m gonna ignore your advice.’ – Fantastic Mr Fox

  1. Let go of things you can’t control.

‘You’ll never get anywhere if you go about what-iffing like that.’ – Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

  1. Be open to new opportunities and discoveries.

‘And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.’ – Billy and The Minpins

  1. Don’t take yourself too seriously.

‘”Meanings is not important,” said the BFG. “I cannot be right all the time. Quite often I is left instead of right.”’ – The BFG

  1. You don’t need to change to be loved.

‘“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.”’ – The Witches

  1. Always dare to dream.

‘Well, maybe it started that way. As a dream, but doesn’t everything? Those buildings. These lights. This whole city. Somebody had to dream about it first. And maybe that is what I did. I dreamed about coming here, but then I did it.’ – James and the Giant Peach

  1. Power is a gift, do not abuse it.

‘Having power is not nearly as important as what you choose to do with it.’ – Roald Dahl