School News 24-02-2016

Dear Parents,


Lots of exciting things coming up…


But first, thanks so much for your support of Biodiversity Day. The children looked amazing!


Our Green Schools Committee children are off to the Green Expo in the RDS tomorrow, thanks to Andrea and Jane Honner for organising this.


On Saturday afternoon (February 27th) our Quiz Team will be participating in the Credit Union Quiz. Go Shane, Samuel, Ben and Brian!


On Saturday March 5th, our Senior Orchestra (all of 5th and 6th Classes, plus a few 4th Class players) will be taking part in the Wesley College InterSchools Music Festival, best of luck to them all.


In the week of March 7th-11th, we will be holding auditions for our very popular St Catherine’s Got Talent show. I know a lot of children, individually and in groups, are already practising hard. You’ve about ten more days to polish up your acts! The actual show will take place after we get back from the Easter holidays, on Friday, April 8th at 11:00 am.


On Tuesday, March 8th, Jane Malone and I will be taking the Chessossity finalists to Galway. Details nearer the time, when we know who has qualified.


On Thursday evening, March 10th, 6th Class are taking part in the Terenure College Drama Competition. They have scripted the play themselves, made all the props and are busy learning lines and taking directions! Thank you to Jane Honner, their teacher, and Sarah Fitzgibbon for all their help with this. We’ve never competed before so this is a historic first, well done 6th Class.


On Saturday, March 12th, both our A and B teams will be in action here n the school at the Leinster Primary School Chess Championship finals. Good luck!! Or perhaps I should say, good thinking and planning!


On Tuesday, March 15th, we are a hiving a day to commemorate the Proclamation of 1916. This day has been designated “Proclamation Day” by the Government for schools throughout the country. Our plan for the day is as follows:

Children come to school as normal, but if possible, dressed somewhat as they would have been 100 years ago. This could be as simple as shirt and trousers, or a pinafore dress or apron. No need to go buying anything special and it’s not compulsory. Have a look at photos from the time and let them inspire you!

We’re hoping to have a display in the hall of artefacts and photos from the early 20th century. If you have something at home that might be of interest, we’d be delighted to have it and we will take very good care of it – just make sure it comes in labelled with your name.


At 11:00, the children are going to present their own proclamations for the 21st century – how they would like to see Ireland develop over the next 100 years. Then 4th Class will present a play about the 1916 Rising and during it, we will hear the original Proclamation in context.

We will then sing the National Anthem and raise our new Irish Flag.

All parents most welcome to attend. Children may go home after the presentation with their parents, but school will remain open for the full school day.


On March 16th, several children from 6th Class – Deirbhile, Katy, Shane, Brian, Cormac, Lola, Amy and Aideen – will be making their Confirmation in the Roman Catholic Church. We wish them all the best on this important day. 5th and 6th Class will sing at the ceremony.


As you can see, a busy month ahead – I think we’ll all be glad of the Easter holidays!!



St. Catherine’s National School, Donore Avenue, Dublin 8

Tel: 01 4542679


Donore Avenue, Dublin 8

Phone: 01 4542679