When the hard-working second-level committee asked for our help in progressing the campaign for a secondary school for our pupils, we were delighted to help. Every child wrote a letter or drew a picture to the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, last week. We brought the letters and pictures to assembly and talked about why we want to stay together in Citywest when we are teenagers. We collected the letters and gave them to the committee, who hope to deliver them directly to the Minister later this month. Please support the committee's work if you can - these are the parents who lobbied and campaigned and interviewed and leaflet-dropped and worked so hard for over 5 years to get our school started, work which is benefitting every single one of our families. Now, they are focussed on getting another school for Citywest, a secondary school, so that our children can stay together when they leave this school, stay in their community and hopefully stay in the Educate Together bubble too!
Now that our school is 5.5 years old, we have our own identity, we have our own community, we have our own passions and priorities and history and dreams. And it is time to have that reflected in the school logo or crest (We're not sure yet which it will be!)
At assembly last Friday, we launched the plan for creating it...
1. We want our community to think about what should be reflected in the crest/logo - what values, what relationships, what history, what geography, what colours, what priorities
2. We will take all of the ideas on board and choose the words that best represent the ideas from our community. We will share these key words with the community.
3. We will ask the children to design logos/crests keeping these keys concepts in mind.
4. We will choose the logos/crests that best demonstrate those concepts and ask graphic designers to turn them into graphic logos/crests.
5. We will choose a winning logo or crest.
6. The winning logo/crest will hopefully show the work and thoughts of lots of people and will be used by our school for everything from letterheads to signage to sports jerseys.
We are very excited about this and we can't wait to hear your ideas!
Of course, we are interested in hearing from parents and guardians as well as from staff and children. Please have a look at the powerpoint presentation our logo committee (Martha, Laura B, Shane and Caitriona) put together. Each class will be working through this during the week so don't give the game away if they haven't done it yet!
Please complete the form below to give us your ideas. As we want to order our jerseys in April, we have very tight deadlines on each step along the way - we need your input on concepts by Monday, 22nd January!
We know there is a lot of talent in our parent body and we would love to use it! Are you a graphic designer or do you have graphic design skills? Would you like to be involved in turning a child's drawing into a graphic logo or crest? Our expectation is that we will get the drawing(s) to you mid-February and hope to get them back by the end of February. We would love to get lots of parents involved in this! Please complete the second form below if you have skills that we could use here.
Caitriona was so excited that the ISL (Irish Sign Language) Bill passed in the Dail last week that she decided that our school assemblies last Friday would be signed. The children were fascinated to see sign language and were very enthusiastic about it.
Of course, we have been using sign language in our school for some time now - every time we give applause, we use ISL applause, which does not involve clapping your hands but rather waving them in the air. This is a great way to give applause as it is less overwhelming for everyone, especially those who experience sensory overload. Ask your child how we give applause (or bualadh bos, as we call it - the Irish for "clap hands" - its pronounced "boola bus") in assembly and they can teach you.
At assembly on Friday, everyone learned how to communicate "Hello" in ISL. Ask your child to teach that to you too and soon we will all be using ISL with one another!
It is wonderful that this language has now been acknowledged and recognised by our government and we look forward to seeing lots more ISL being used across all of Ireland.
Our annual Winter Concert and Raffle will take place on Friday 22nd December 2017. The teachers and children are working very hard on preparing a great show so please come along if you can at all. Grandparents, child-minders and other people who are special to your child are welcome too.
Babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers are welcome. However, please remember how daunting it is to stand up on a stage in front of 100s of people and how hard it is to project your voice across a room. Young children must stay with their parents and not be allowed to walk, run or crawl around the hall. If a child is making noise, please take them out of the hall until they quieten down, being mindful that class is continuing in classrooms near the hall and that those children deserve to learn in peace too. Buggies will be left in a corner of the room where they will not cause a health and safety hazard.
Children in the school will have an opportunity to see each show in the week leading up to the show for parents. We will not be permitting parents to remove children from class to go to a sibling's show.
Phones should be switched off. As always, we will allow photos to be taken, with the stipulation that they are not shared or published, including on social media.
We will be taking a video of the show and will upload it to the school website.
Show times are as follows. Please be seated 5 minutes before the show is due to start.
9.15 1st class, 4th class and 5th class
11.15 Junior Infants and 2nd class
12pm PA raffle
12.15 Senior Infants and 3rd class
Our new birdhouse was set up in the courtyard at the back of the school and it is attracting many different birds. Today we saw a little Robin helping itself to a morning snack just as the snow fell, much to the fascination of the children. Nature at its finest. We look forward to exploring more aspects of nature and the children loved seeing our resident Robin!
It has been reported to me that there have been a few incidents of young pre-school children being left in cars while their parents collect their siblings. This is not safe and cannot happen.
There are so many potential dangers with this, including risk of abduction, fire, electrical fault resulting in a child being locked in the car and unable to escape, a child choking on even a piece of fluff they pick off their jacket. We cannot allow this to continue.
If your young child is asleep or is likely to run away from you, ask a friend to collect your child from the school door and escort them to your car. Or, if your school-going child is older, perhaps they could walk as far as the car park and meet you there.
If anyone sees a child left in a car unsupervised, they should call the Gardai and report it to them.
Our children are so precious and worth so much more than the few minutes it will save or the peace of collecting an older child without trying to contain a runaway toddler. Please support each other in this. Thank you.
Leonie's class are in need of a fridge. If you have a spare small fridge or you are upgrading from a fridge that is still in good working order, we would be very glad to take a donation of a small- to medium-sized fridge in good working order. Thank you.
We are delighted to announce that we will have a guest speaker at the school this Wednesday, 22 November, speaking about the topic of Cyber Safety. John will be speaking to pupils in the Senior Classes (3rd, 4th, 5th) during the school day, and will then give a talk for parents from 7.00-8.30pm on Wednesday evening.
The talk will address some of the following issues:
Our annual Winter concert and raffle will take place on Friday 22nd December, the last day of the school term. Families will be invited to come to our PE Hall and watch a show performed by the children. We will let you know more details closer to the time.
Sam Maguire came to our school on Tuesday 14th November and there was great excitement among both teachers and children. The visit of Sam comes just over a week after the Brendan Martin cup which the Dublin ladies won came to our school. Sam Maguire was brought to our school by Conor Lehane and Peter Elliot from our local GAA club, St Mary's Saggart. We thank them for the visit. This visit was particularly historic as Dublin have just completed 3 All Ireland's in a row, 2015, 2016 and 2017. We hope that the visits of these cups can inspire our children to work hard, train hard and achieve in their area of interest. And hopefully in years to come our present children will be returning with cups and trophies of their own.