Winter 2020 Newsletter

As we veer towards a new year, the Johnstown Parents’ Association (JPA) are delighted to promote
the sale of the much awaited 2021 annual calendar. Each year families purchase the calendar which
takes pride of place in their homes. As you are finalising your Christmas gifts for family members
please consider a gift of the school calendar this year. At only €10 it serves a dual purpose, providing
us with a snapshot in time of the children and raising much needed funds for the schools. We do
hope that the parents will continue to support this initiative and invest in a calendar for 2021. All
monies raised go towards fun activities for our children so we hope we can count on you this year
more than ever.

To secure your order

log onto Aladdin for the boy’s school

and DataBiz for the girl’s school.

Backpack Appeal
The JPA received a note to thank all parents who participated in the recent backpack for the homeless
from Áine Hayes (S.N.A.) at Johnstown Boys’ National School. An astounding 185 backpacks were
donated from families all of which will help the homeless in inner city Dublin. Well done everyone! A big
thank you to Áine Hayes who coordinated this worthwhile appeal.

Monster Christmas Raffle
The Christmas Fair will be sadly missed by all this year. The schools have announced their Monster
Christmas Raffle in its place on December 21st at 11am. It will be available on live stream. All
donations and gift vouchers are very welcome. To donate prizes please email or One ticket is €5 and a book of 5 is €20.

We are pleased to announce that the JPA have been in a position to support this year’s raffle.

At the commencement of each school year parents are asked to pay a subscription to the Johnstown
Parents’ Association. The JPA relies on the subscriptions to be able to plan for future events like
guest speakers for parents on topics that concern children’s wellbeing. With COVID19 at the
forefront of our minds these talks are as important as ever and so to host events next year we are
dependent on your subscriptions to finance these informative talks. We would like to take this
opportunity to thank all those families who have paid their subscription through the online payment

For those who haven’t paid their €10 subscription fee it can be paid on

log onto Aladdin for the boy’s school

and DataBiz for the girl’s school.

JPA Christmas Gift
As a thank you to both schools for the fantastic work that they do we are pleased to announce that we have secured a workshop for both schools in September 2021 with Fighting Words. Fighting Words is a creative writing centre established by Roddy Doyle and Seán Love. Fighting Words helps students of all ages to develop their writing skills and to explore their love of writing. Story-telling workshops are provided for primary school groups which are run by volunteers who are professional writers, novelists, screen-writers, journalists and poets. For more information log onto

Get Active
The JPA’s recent fundraising initiative to motivate us all to get active while fundraising for both schools was a huge success. The feedback from the event has been fantastic as families of both schools stepped up to the challenge to walk, run, cycle or swim to raise funds. A whopping €2,836 was raised. Well done to all who participated and made it such a success.

Thank you all for your continued support in making a positive impact on the children’s school experience by enabling the JPA to assist the schools on your behalf.

Ideas for Events or Activities?

If you have ideas to assist the JPA with their fundraising activities or events for 2021 we would love to hear from you! You can email us at

You can also download the PDF to read it later.

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