Newsletter Nov/Dec 2019

Student Teachers

We have been selected to host Student Teachers on placement in Junior Infants and 1st Class. We are delighted to welcome them to CNS and we know our pupils will enjoy their time with us. Any queries, please speak to the class teacher as they remain with pupils and have overall responsibility during this time.


Retirement & Appointment of Staff Members

Best wishes to Mrs Kelliher and Mrs Reid who retired earlier this term. The BOM hosted a lunch to mark their retirement. Both teachers kindly presented a cup each to the school for presentation at our Annual Awards Ceremony in June. The ‘Reid Cup’ will be presented to the best team overall at Sports Day. The ‘Kelliher Cup for Literacy’ will be presented to the pupil who has worked hard and made great progress. We are delighted to receive these cups and look forward to presenting them in June.

Congratulations to Ms Aoife McMurdock who has been appointed Deputy Principal. I am delighted to have her as part of the Management team and we wish her well in her new role.

Annual School Carol Service

The Carol service takes place in St Brigid’s Church, Castleknock on Sunday 15th December at 11.30am in St Brigid’s Church. The Parent’s Association will provide refreshments in the Parish Centre following the service. The school carol service will be in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital and St Brigid’s Parish. We are looking forward to a lovely morning and all classes are working hard preparing for it. Our school choir will be performing also. Many thanks to all for their hard work.



Carol Singing

Sixth Class will be singing carols outside St. Anne’s Church, Dawson Street on Thursday 12th December from 11am-12pm.  This annual event raises money with ‘Black Santa’ and supports many local charities.


Good luck to First, Second and Fourth classes. Their wonderful plays will take place on Tues 17th December beginning at 7.00 p.m.  They seem to get better each year. Many thanks to Aoife our Drama Teacher and all the staff for all their hard work.





Team Hope

This year we filled 118 shoe boxes for distribution to needy children in Africa or Eastern Europe. Many thanks to all who contributed shoe boxes for this very worthy cause.

Parent Teacher Meetings

We would like to thank parents for attending the recent PT meetings and for your patience if left waiting after your scheduled time.


Book Rental & Stationary

Thanks to the majority of parents who have paid their Book Rental and Stationary Fee of €60 per pupil (€70 for Junior Infants). All receipts have been given at this stage. If you would like to check if you have paid please contact Elaine in the office 01-8202611.



Sam Maguire

Last month we had yet another visit to CNS by members of the G.A.A. team and the Sam Maguire Cup during assembly.


Hour of Code

2nd Class pupils will take part in an ‘hour of code’ hosted by DCU students on 26th November.


Internet Safety Workshops

These will take place for all classes on 6th December. Many thanks again to parent Jenny O’Connor for doing this.


Goal Workshop

This year 6th Class participated in a ‘Goal Workshop’ and on ‘Jersey Day’ we raised €358 for Goal. Well done to all our pupils who supported it.

Farmleigh Visit

6th Class will tour Farmleigh on Wed 27th Nov. Many thanks to Lorna Leatham for organising this for us.

Car Parking

May I remind all parents that car parking is not permitted in the car park in front of

the school at any time.  This is reserved for staff only.  There is ample car parking available to the rear at St. Brigid’s N.S. Please be respectful of our neighbours when

on St Brigid’s Property.



A big thank you to the team of parents, grandparents and past parents who came to school to help teach knitting. Many thanks to pupils who knit dozens of Christmas decorations which were sold at the Parish Winter Fair.



On Wednesday 13th November, 5th and 6th class completed the final mile of their Marathon in Morton Stadium, Santry. They each received a T Shirt and Medal. Well done to all.



European Quiz

Some members of 5th Class will take place in a ‘Europe Quiz’ in Blanchardstown Library on Wednesday 27th November. Good luck to them this week!


If your child is unwell, please keep them at home, particularly if they are vomiting, it is recommended that they remain at home for a minimum of 24 hours generally and 48 hours post-vomiting.  Bugs and germs multiply very quickly in warm classrooms and it is difficult to avoid infection or re-infection. Please remember to sign in/out in the office if late and return Absent Forms when returning to school after an absence.


Please remind all pupils to bring coats to school during this spell of very cold weather.  Please make sure they are clearly named.



Cycle Safety

Many thanks to The Cycling Safety School who are teaching Cycle Safety Skills to 6th Class this term.

Parents Association

Many thanks to our hard-working Parents Association. As part of Science Week, they organised a CSI Forensics workshop for all classes.

The PA also held a Movie Night in the Parish Centre on Saturday 23rd Nov. This was well supported and greatly enjoyed by all. They are busy planning fund raising activities such Christmas cards. They will be providing refreshments after our plays and our carol service and we appreciate their support. Special thanks to those who are retiring from the P.A. in January. We look forward to their AGM in January. More details to follow.


Our new Board of Management commences its new term in December. Many thanks to the outgoing Board for all their work on behalf of the CNS. It is very much appreciated.



Christmas Jumper Day

We would like to invite pupils to wear Christmas Jumpers to school on Thursday 19th December. This was great fun last year and helped us all get into the Christmas spirit! We are not asking for donations at this event this year as we will be sending a donation to Temple St Children’s Hospital  following the Carol Service.

Santa & School Closure

We look forward to our annual visit from Santa on Friday 20th December. School will close on that day at 11.30am and re-open on Monday 6th January. May I thank all the staff for all their hard work and dedication to CNS. I would like to wish you all a Happy and Peaceful Christmas.

Kind regards


Sandra Moloney