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.

Family Subscription 2019/2020

We are delighted to advise you that the Johnstown Parents’ Association will continue its work following the Annual General Meeting on the 24th September 2019. Thanks to all the parents who attended and we hope you enjoyed the excellent Internet Safety Talk from Zeeko.

Welcome to Ruth, Janice, Sarah, Sam and Sarah who join us this year. The association aims to promote the school community by organising activities throughout the year.

The Parents’ Association does not have a fundraising role and we have some expenses for which we need your help. We would like to ask each family for a voluntary subscription of €10 for expenses to be covered in 2019/2020.

Contributions are needed for:
 The annual insurance premium is €205
 Costs for speakers and events such as Ice Cream Day!
 Catering costs to cover the Communion and Confirmation events.

Please return your donation to the school in the envelope provided with your name and class where it will be collected or if you prefer to pay electronically, please use the following details:

BIC: ULSB IE 2D IBAN: IE59 ULSB 9859 5076 1833 69

Please note that any excess funds raised by the association are donated back to the school. We appreciate your support and thank you in advance. Yours sincerely,
Christine Higgins
Chairperson

JPA Class Groups
It has come to our attention that some parents of the Junior Infants Girls’ School classes have not yet joined the class WhatsApp group. These groups are helpful for sharing communications from JPA, homework queries and also for organising parties and events.

A class representative has been assigned to each junior infant class:
Ms Raymond – Sinead Peacock
Ms Reid – Jane Rush
Ms Breen – Allison Kearney & Karen Bennett

If you would like to join the class WhatsApp group approach your class rep and provide your phone number or go to our website and log your details:
https://jpaconnect.com/2019/10/10/class-reps/

JPA Calendar 2020 22nd October 2019
It is that time of year again where we plan for the JPA School Calendar. The themes for each class are the same as last year:

ClassTheme
Junior InfantsPrincess/Superheroes
Senior InfantsValentines
FirstHalloween
SecondSt Patricks Day
ThirdChristmas
FourthHappy New Year
FifthSports Jerseys
SixthCrazy Hair
The MeadowEaster

Save the Date: Table Quiz
Our table quiz will be on Friday 8th November @ 7.30pm. To book a table of 4 (2 Adults 2 Kids) e-mail jpaconnect@gmail.com.

Prizes
We are always looking for prizes for raffles and events. If you have your own business and would like to donate a prize it would be much appreciated.

JPA is Going Green
To save paper, all JPA correspondence will be issued in the future via our website circulation list.

Sign up for future JPA updates and events by clicking on the follow button on the bottom right-hand side of the JPA website or if you use facebook or Twitter we are there too.

If you would like to get in touch with the JPA, you can contact us by email, jpaconnect@gmail.com

JPA Newsletter - Family Subscriptions
JPA Newsletter.

Our first Newsletter #JPA

Hello from the Johnstown Parents Association and welcome to our first newsletter.
We hope all the boys and girls have settled back into school.
It’s going to be another fun & exciting year with all our events and new plans!!!

Annual General Meeting – The 2017 JPA AGM details are as follows:
Date: Tuesday 17th October
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Johnstown Boys School

We hope you can join us while we review our activities in 2016/2017 and look to elect a committee for
2017/2018. We would particularly like to meet you if you are interested in joining us or have any useful comments or suggestions to help us in the coming year.


Family Subscription.
The Parents’ Association works to help the school to enrich your child’s educational experience. It also aims to promote the school community by organising activities throughout the year.
Last year we put on some wonderful events and had several highlights through the year… The Mid-Term Madness Raffle, Table Quizzes, Easter Art Competition, Ice Cream Day to name but a few.

Your contribution is highly valued and allows the Parents’ Association to complete this important work. The subscription is €10 per family but whatever you can afford will be much appreciated.
An envelope has been provided so please use that to return your donation to the school where it will be collected or if you prefer to pay electronically, please use the following details:

BIC: ULSB IE 2D
IBAN: IE59 ULSB 9859 5076 1833 69


2018 Calendar
We hope you all agree that the changes made to our calendar for 2017 were a big improvement and it looked really great. We are in the process of organising a printer and photographer for our 2018 calendar and are expecting that the photographs of each class will be taken week commending October 23rd.

The themes for each class are as follows:

  • Class / Theme
  • Junior Infants: Princess/Superheroes
  • Senior Infants: Valentines
  • First Class: Halloween
  • Second Class: St Patricks Day The Meadow Easter
  • Third Class: Christmas
  • Fourth Class: Happy New Year
  • Fifth Class: Sports Jerseys
  • Sixth Class: Crazy Hair

Table Quiz
Save the date! Our next table quiz will be on Friday 17th November. We will issue details regarding tickets in the coming weeks.


Get In Touch
If you would like to get in touch with the JPA, you can contact us by email directly at jpaconnect@gmail.com, or through our website, www.jpaconnect.com. Please don’t forget to sign up to our website and Facebook page for updates and list of events! Look us up on twitter, too!

If you wish to be added to your class WhatsApp group please drop us an email and we can get you added or signed up for text/email only.


Best regards,

James, Paula, Lynne, Brianan, Emer, Dave, Caroline, Elaine, Joe & Bernadette.

You can download the newsletter here. JPA_first_newsletter

Family Subscription

Dear Parents,

The Parents’ Association works to help the school enrich your child’s educational experience. It also aims to promote the school community by organising activities throughout the year.
To ensure you are aware of these events and other school activities please sign up to our website http://www.jpaconnect.com and our class rep system.

  • We intend to hold the following events and fundraisers this year;
    • The Autumn table quiz, date to be confirmed shortly
    • 2017 Calendars on sale in December
    • Big Night Out in January
    • Communion and Confirmation breakfasts
    • Spring Table Quiz
    • Easter Art competition
    • 6th Class Social in June
    • Pop Up Café
    • Uniform swap
    If you cannot attend events there are plenty of other ways to help, including the following;
    • Supporting our Christmas calendar
    • If you have a business you may consider advertising in our school calendar, there is additional add space available this year
    • Donate prizes for our raffles at the table quiz, especially welcome are prizes for children
    • If you can please support the advertisers on our calendar and please let them know you are supporting them – this helps us gain their financial support each year.
    • If you have contacts or skills that may help us please let us know this would be much appreciated.

Your contribution is highly valued and allows the Parents Association to complete this important work. The annual subscription is €10 per family but any contribution is welcomed. Please find attached an envelope to be returned through the school. Or you can pay

“Parents Association Johnstown Killiney National School”

online with the following details;

IBAN IE59 ULSB 9859 5076 1833 69, BIC ULSB IE 2D
Many thanks for your continued support.
Please contact us at jpaconnect@gmail.com if you have any questions.

 

You can download the document here. It will also be sent home with your son or daughter.

family-subscription (PDF)
family-subscription (.DOCX)

Agenda for Committee meeting 21st September.

Agenda for the Meeting of the JPA, to be held at the Boys school on the 21st September, 2016 at 8.15 p.m.

  1. Welcome to new committee members & class reps
  2. Review of constitution to allow for more than 10 committee members
  3. Discussion on IT improvements following Joe Garde’s offer of help
  4. Discussion on advertising businesses – clarifying our policy, following requests
  5. Discussion on organising and supporting a parent led Confirmation party
  6. Strictly Come dancing discussion
  7. Pop Up Cafe discussion and setting dates
  8. Commencing work on the calendar
  9. Setting date for 1st table quiz
  10. Any other business
  11. Date for next meeting