End of year note – OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL BOYS’ SCHOOL

I hope that everyone is safe and well. I am sure everyone is on a countdown to the eagerly awaited Summer holidays on Wednesday, June 30th. The following closing times will apply linked to starting times.

Start at 08.40 finish at 11.40 Start at 09.00 finish at 12.00
Start at 08.50 finish at 11.50 Start at 09.10 finish at 12.10

It is expected that schools will continue to operate with the current infections prevention and control measures in place to support their safe operation during Covid 19 when they reopen on August 31st. We are therefore planning to reopen and continue in line with our current Covid 19 Response Plan. These plans will be updated in August following Public Health Guidelines at the time and will be available to you all well in advance of opening. Needless to say we will have to be guided by public health advice and other agencies in what we do.

At this stage of the year we bid farewell to our sixth classes. It has been our privilege to have had the boys here for the last eight years. We will celebrate their Graduation with them on Monday June 28th. We wish them well in their Secondary Schools and in the years ahead. We thank Mrs. Quinlan, Mrs. Sheehan, Mrs. Behan and Mr. Geoghegan for all their assistance with the Graduation and Fr. John who will also join us.

Sadly, we say farewell to Mr. Cadogan, our Principal for the past 25 years and a member of the teaching staff for 43 years, who will retire at the end of June. We thank him for his many years of dedication in leading this school of excellence, for his unwavering enthusiasm, care and commitment to the whole school community. We wish him well in his future endeavours.
To mark Mr. Cadogan’s dedication we have a committee organising a virtual send-off. Many classes have recorded either a poem or song, some in English, some ‘As Gaeilge’. Some have performed a dance and others have created beautiful art work. Some members of staff have recorded messages of support and best wishes along with poems and words of wisdom. I wish to thank all those for their involvement in creating this video which I am sure
Mr. Cadogan will cherish dearly. We are organising a dinner voucher from the school community for Mr Cadogan and his family to enjoy while they watch his virtual send off from home. Please send in €1 if you wish to contribute to this voucher.

Holiday list 2021/2022
The holiday list for 2021/2022 is available on the website on http://olgc.ie/wp/wp-content/uploads/Holiday-Schedule-2021-2022.pdf

Child Protection Statement and Risk Assessment
This policy has been ratified by the Board of Management at its meeting in June. A copy is available on the website and a hard copy is available on request from the office. The Code of Behaviour, Anti-Bullying Policy, Attendance and Absence Policy amongst others have also been updated and ratified by the Board and can be viewed here http://olgc.ie/wp/index.php/policies

New Entrants
Our Information Meeting for New Infants was held last night via zoom. It was lovely to see so many new faces along with many of you who are already a member of our school community. Booklists and tracksuit ordering is available via Aladdin. Please note the cut-off date for booklists is Wednesday July 21st. We look forward to welcoming the boys from Mrs. Whelan’s class in on Wednesday August 25th and those from Ms. Collins’ class on Thursday August 26th. Times will be confirmed closer to those dates. Thank you to Mrs. Behan, Mr. Curran and Mrs. Whelan for their attendance and help with the meeting.

Book Orders 2021/20212
Book orders remain open online up to midnight on Wednesday, July 21st where payment can be made via Aladdin Connect. New books ordered will be in the classrooms when children return to school on August 31st. Booklists are available on the school website if you are not ordering through the school. As previously explained books/stationery are only part of the booklists. It would be appreciated if book rental could be paid by midnight on July 21st to facilitate the distribution of books used in the rental scheme on the first day of term. If you have not paid book rental by then we will issue you with a full booklist. Please do not leave book ordering until the last moment in case there are “gremlins” in ordering on-line.

School Reports
Summer reports were issued on June 17th. These can be accessed through Aladdin Connect. Thank you to all the teachers for such thought and dedication. Please let us know if you have had difficulty accessing the report and we can organise a copy to be sent home.

School Uniforms
Our School Uniform in Junior and Senior infants is a crested tracksuit and light blue polo shirt which can be purchased in the school shop. Please see http://olgc.ie/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Tracksuit-prices-2021-2022.pdf for prices. From 1st class upwards the uniform comprises of a grey shirt, v-necked navy jumper, grey trousers, navy and grey tie, grey socks and black shoes. All items of clothing should be clearly marked. The crested jumper is optional. Many parents purchase an ordinary navy jumper and sew on the crest which is fine. In a uniform survey conducted a number of years ago parents reported that although the crested jumper was more expensive it tended to last/ “survive” longer. The crested jumper can be bought at https://www.uniformwarehouse.ie/. School tracksuit and school polo shirts are allowed on P.E. days only. All items of clothing should be clearly marked. For the new school year proper uniform must be worn by all pupils. A special thank you to Carol Berkery, Orna Larkin, and Jenny Simeoni who have run the uniform shop over the past number of years and for their, and your, patience and understanding while we moved this venture online. The sale of tracksuits will continue via Aladdin and you will be informed of a date(s) in August for collection.

Johnstown Parents’ Association (J.P.A.)
We thank the members of the Parents’ Association for their work and support of many school activities and events during the year. A special thank you for the recent donation of €1000 which will allow us to redesign our sensory room. This is a therapeutic, calming space with a variety of equipment enabling children to focus themselves so they can be better equipped for learning and interacting with others. The A.G.M. of the Parents’ Association will be held on Wednesday, September 22nd at 7.30p.m. Further details to follow in September.

Voluntary Subscriptions
Thank you to the Parents/Guardians who have responded to the annual Board of Management appeal. Without your financial assistance the school could not afford to continue to function. If you have overlooked payment and are in a position to do so, payment can be made online through Aladdin or by cheque, cash or standing order. Renewed thanks for your assistance.

I take this opportunity to thank everyone in our school community for their involvement, assistance and support during the year and for the extraordinary lengths so many people went to in the interests of the children during the pandemic. What everyone did was truly amazing despite the great challenges people often faced.

I trust that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Summer. A reminder to all families of the importance of water safety and safety on farms. I hope everyone stays safe and well in the months ahead. We look forward to seeing everyone back in school safely on August 31st.

Yours sincerely,

Michelle Cotterell
Acting Principal.

Download the PDF here.

Summer 2021 Newsletter

School Year
The JPA would like to thank the board of management and all the staff in the Meadows, the girl’s and the boy’s school for their support, advice and the tremendous work done by the schools during lockdown. We are reminded of the opportunities provided for children to see their classmates over Zoom, the innovative ways to keep the children stimulated with various guest speakers, and interactive ways of learning as the children found their way during a very surreal time. As the schools re-opened the children received such a warm welcome from staff and it was reassuring for all families to see the extent of the measures taken to keep our children safe. The return to school was seamless for the
children and it is a credit to the schools for instilling such high standards during such uncertain times. A daily reminder of the care and thought by staff for children is evident when approaching the school gates and seeing the hug trees swaying in the wind, a beautiful symbolic way to enable the children to express their love for those they missed during lockdown.

Retirement of Principal Neil Cadogan
Students past and present will be aware of the indelible mark Principal Neil Cadogan has made on their educational journey. He has been a member of staff with the boy’s school for 43 years. We are indebted to him for his dedication and unwavering commitment to prioritise the boys and for promoting a person-centered ethos in the school. On behalf of the parents and guardians of all the boys we would like to sincerely thank Neil and wish him well on his retirement. A gift shall be arranged with the annual subscriptions given by parents to the JPA as an appreciation from all of us for Neil’s contribution and incredible leadership during his years of service. A comment page has been set up on the website jpaconnect.com for all who would like to leave messages for Neil before his departure.
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Save The Date
The Johnstown Parents Association AGM shall be held on the 22 nd September so we would encourage all of you to save the date and attend on the night. More details shall follow closer to the time. The guest speaker on the night is Fiona Foreman, an author, speaker, facilitator and trainer in the area of well-being and Positive Psychology.

Having spent many years as a primary school teacher, she is absolutely passionate about placing well-being at the heart of school life, and she has seen first-hand the great benefits of empowering children, teachers and parents to understand, value and enhance their own mental health. Fiona is the co-author of Weaving Well-Being, an SPHE
programme which is now widely used in primary schools. Fiona holds an M. Sc. in Applied Positive Psychology, the science of well-being, from the University of East London. This promises to be a very informative evening and we anticipate a big turnout having such a renowned speaker. Details for registering your interest to attend will be circulated in mid- September.
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Call for Class Reps
The role of Class Rep is an integral one. As Class Rep you are the link between the schools, parents and JPA. More information is due to follow on how to get involved, particularly for parents or guardians of children commencing in the schools in September. The JPA Committee meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 8.15pm (currently via Zoom) and a Class Rep from each class is asked to attend. This is important so that parents and students are evenly and fairly represented in decisions. The JPA would like to thank all the 6 th Class Reps for their assistance and help throughout the years.
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Bereavement Policy
The schools invite the JPA to review policies on an ongoing basis. The JPA proposed a bereavement policy with a flyer to be circulated to families who may require support. Parents have found it helpful to have meals provided for them so that they can be free to focus on important matters during this difficult time. Home cooked meals will be arranged to be delivered in a discreet manner to families. This will be incorporated into the critical incident policy of the schools and should you wish to avail of this service please do not hesitate to contact the schools for more information.
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Uniform Swap
As we come to the end of the term and break for the holidays the JPA have organised a link for parents to avail of for
uniform swaps. For more information log onto https://jpaconnect.com/2021/06/14/uniforms/
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Ice Cream Days
To compliment the fun activities that the schools have been busy organising for the children, the JPA have arranged ice cream days for the students and staff of both schools on the 23rd and the 24th June. This is a tradition that has always been much appreciated by the children and we are delighted to arrange such a treat to mark the break for the summer.
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6th Class Yearbook
The JPA came up with an idea for a keepsake which parents may wish to organise on an annual basis for students in their final year with the schools. It is a 6 th class yearbook. The girl’s school have organised something in the past which students greatly cherished. We wanted to share this idea with parents should they wish to organise something for their children when the time comes. For more information, please contact your Class Rep who will be able to provide you with an information sheet as to how to go about arranging one for your child’s class.
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Funds Raised by the JPA
The funds raised from August 2020 to June 2021 are as follows:

Get Active Fundraiser €2779
JPA Subscriptions €3580
Calendar Ads €1650
Sale of Calendar €3,300
TOTAL €11,309


Funding Proposal
The JPA are delighted to support the schools in any way that we can. This term we approached the principals to see how we could contribute financially to the schools. It is thanks to you that we can donate €1,000 to both the boy’s and the girl’s school. The girl’s school have identified the need for iPads which will be a huge benefit to the school and the
boy’s school wish to re-do their sensory room which is a therapeutic calming space with a variety of equipment enabling children to focus themselves so they can be better equipped for learning and interacting with others.
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If you would like to find out ways in which you could join the JPA or get involved in events throughout the calendar year, please do not hesitate to contact the JPA at jpaconnect@gmail.com

The staff having a coffee outdoors in the run up to Christmas provided by the JPA as a thank you for the fantastic work they do.
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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. The JPA hope that you all have a lovely summer break. We look forward to engaging with you once again in September.

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You can download the PDF of our newsletter here.

Neil Cadogan’s retirement

We would like to acknowledge the recent communication from the Board of Management of Neil Cadogan’s plans for retirement at the end of the current school year.

On behalf of all the parents, we would like to wish Neil all the very best and thank him for all that he has done for students past and present.

He will be dearly missed.

We have a facility to set up for people to leave a personal message of thanks and appreciation for Neil in the comments section if you so wish.

The JPA was delighted to welcome the Barista Bike

The JPA was delighted to welcome the Barista Bike on Monday December 21st to provide coffees and pastries for the teachers and staff of the boys and girls schools. The hard work of both schools has been remarkable and is very much appreciated by all parents. Merry Christmas to all of you and your families and a happy new year!!

Monster Christmas Raffle Prizes so far…

There are some fantastic prizes coming in…

Monster Raffle 2020

updated on 18th at 19.30 pm

Overnight in Fitzpatricks Castle Hotel including Breakfast & Dinner

Cloud Home Storage Solution (€300)
€200 Voucher for Powerscourt Hotel, Enniskerry
Round of Golf for 2 persons DunLaoghaire Golf Club (€140)
€120 Voucher Pilates Plus – Private Zoom Classes

2 x €100 One4All Vouchers
€100 Voucher for Fields Jewellers
Super Valu Hamper
Luxury Christmas Hamper (worth €100)
€100 Voucher for Penneys

Afternoon Tea for 2 in Fitzpatricks Castle Hotel

2 x Christmas Hampers
10 x Gas Smart Boiler Services
Deluxe Aromatherapy Massage

2 x Catherine Casey School of Dance – Vouchers (€100 Each)

Oral Health Hamper & €75 Voucher
Reputations Hair Design – Blow dry and treatment
Ukulele signed by Picture This from Everest Music Centre
2 x Waxperts Salon Gift Bags (Worth €65)
3 x Vodafone Smart V10 mobile phones
€50 Voucher “Press Up” Restaurant
Mill Theatre, Dundrum Voucher for €50
€50 Voucher – Chawke Pub Group
ZipYard Voucher for €50
€50 Smyths Toys Voucher
€40 Grandstand Gift Voucher
Sheridans Cheese Hamper
Squirrell Scramble Voucher €36
€25 Woodies Voucher
2 x €25 Grandstand Gift Vouchers

€25 Voucher Tierney & Co Gift Shop
A3 Illustration & Colour Print
€20 Voucher Me and the Moon
Guinot oxgene Facial – Killiney Health & Beauty

3 x Bottles of Champagne
€10 Voucher – Cosgraves
Vegan Gift Box
2 x Wine Gift Sets

Natural Gift Set (chemical free baby/toddler products)

KNEX Set
1 Bottle of Vodka
1 Red Wine

Dream Big and Dream Often Inspiring words from Ryan from Picture This to the children at Johnstown Boys and Johnstown Girls National Schools as he signed the ukulele for the Monster Xmas Raffle.

And many more prizes……

2021 Calendar is now available

Calendar
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 https://www.aladdin.ie/signin for the boy’s school

and DataBiz https://www.databizsolutions.ie/login for the girl’s school.

Winter 2020 Newsletter

Calendar
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 https://www.aladdin.ie/signin for the boy’s school

and DataBiz https://www.databizsolutions.ie/login 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
office@johnstowngns.ie or johnstownbns@olgc.ie. 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.

Subscriptions
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
facility.

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

log onto Aladdin https://www.aladdin.ie/signin for the boy’s school

and DataBiz https://www.databizsolutions.ie/login 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 http://www.fightingwords.ie/programs/primary-school-workshops

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 jpaconnect@gmail.com

You can also download the PDF to read it later.

MONSTER CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

30th November, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

MONSTER CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

As our Christmas Fair will not take place this year we intend to host a Monster Christmas Raffle.    A huge thanks to all that have made donations to date.  We will continue to accept offers of prizes/donations through the school offices (johnstownbns@gmail.com, office@johnstowngns.ie.)

As in previous years, a book of tickets will be issued to each family at a cost of €5 per ticket or a book of 5 for €20.  The draw will take place on Monday, December 21st at 11am in the school and will be available online through a live feed.

Tickets can be returned to the class teacher in a sealed envelope.  All Covid 19 Guidelines will be observed and tickets and money will be quarantined for 72 hours.

Tickets will be issued to each family before the end of the week. Additional books of tickets will be available from the offices.  We will continue to update the list of prizes and communicate these to you.

We thank you for your continued support and generosity.

Caroline and Neil.

Backpacks for the homeless

Well done Aine and everyone involved!

The biggest ‘THANK YOU’ ever to the Staff, students, parents, and all the friends of Johnstown BNS and myself for helping make an outstanding 185 backpacks that will be donated towards Inner-city helping the homeless and A Lending hand Christmas backpack appeal.

There are also several boxes full of food, cereals, biscuits, selection boxes and treats, wash gear, 6 boxes of socks, a box of underwear, and 2 boxes of baby clothes and bags of children’s and adults clothes, coats, and umbrellas.

You will make so many people happy this Christmas knowing they’re cared for and that they matter. Thanks to Centra Johnstown Road, and Dunnes stores for their help and very generous donations again this year. Thanks to Amanda, Mikey, and Katie Hayes for all your help shopping.

Thanks to Valerie Brennan, Bernie O’Dowd, Daragh Bennett, and Eileen Taylor for all your help sorting and packing bags, and thanks to Mr Geoghegan for collecting extra backpacks for me and all your help.

Thanks to Cafe solo and their customers along with the Ulsterbank staff for their amazing donations. Backpacks and boxes will be collected on Friday! Thank you all so much.

Áine Hayes (S.N.A)