11.11.2017 PA: Winter Fair Update

Hello All

Just an update on a few things

We are happy to announce the return of the Hairdressing section of the Winter Fair. Mark Doherty of Sitstil (www.sitstil.ie) will be kindly providing his considerable skills again and we will be adding a series of slots for this to the sign-up sheet. At €50, it’s a bargain

The Dental check continues this year with Christopher Hogg and Kirsten Fitzgerald giving the kids a once-over and some hygiene tips.  At €5 this is also tremendous value

We will have a Magician this year and also some furry visitors from Ireland’s Rabbits and Rodents.

Please find attached 2 posters for the fair. One is the official version and we’d be grateful if you could put this in your window or on your social media sites to help us advertise the day. Rodi O’Leary, who does these great posters for us, had the great idea this year to include a black and white version for the children to complete. We’d like them to do a winter scene for the Fair. If they put their name and class on it there will be a prize for each class

There has been a great response to the sign-up sheet so far thanks but there are still a good number of slots that need filled so please sign up where you can

A reminder that we’ll be looking for donations to be left in to the school from Tuesday 21st November. We’ve mentioned the toys previously and this is an update of what we are / aren’t looking for this year

Over the last number of years, time and indeed money (approx €70) has been misspent going to Ballymount to dispose of limbless superheroes, gnawed dolls, battered, incomplete board games and general broken tat and junk! We wish children to have fun and enjoy buying a few quality, complete items. This year, we are also adding a sports section to the toy stall.

With this in mind a list of acceptable and unacceptable items has been drawn up:

Acceptable items:

  • Toys in good condition
  • Lego
  • Figures (no limbs or body parts missing)
  • Cars (in working order)
  • Dressing up outfits (clean and not ripped)
  • Sports equipment (jerseys, boots, hurls etc.) – only if in good condition
  • Board games (only if complete and please sellotape the box at the sides to avoid parts falling out )
  • Electronic goods only if fully functioning (and ideally supplied with a working battery where required)

Unacceptable items:

  • Damaged/ soiled toys
  • Incomplete items
  • Teddies and soft toys (there is a teddy stall this year)
  • Baby toys
  • Jigsaws (as often incomplete or become scattered in bags)
  • Large plastic toys (size limit: no bigger than a standard Cornflakes box)
  • No bikes or scooters

I think the golden rule is only donate items that you would be happy to come back into your own household, not that we are encouraging children to buy back their donated toys, but it happens!

Just a few other points:

  • Please put your toy donations in a separate bag to other donations.
  • Toys can be delivered on Tuesday 21st November and Wednesday 22nd November at school drop off times, i.e. between 8:40 and 9:00am
  • This year, in order to spare the cost of going to Ballymount, we are going to label the toy bags with the name of the family donating them and if they are considered ‘inappropriate’ they will be returned to the family in question to recycle accordingly. Two volunteers each morning will label the bags when you hand them in.

Many thanks and we look forward to lots of quality toys.


First class (Toy masters)

St. Catherine’s N.S. Parents’ Association



Donore Avenue, Dublin 8

Phone: 01 4542679

E-mail: secretary@stcatherinesns.net