School News Term Three 9th April -29th June 2018
School reopens Thursday 30th August for the 2018/2019 school year.
28/6/18: First Class had an end of year party.The girls had pizza and lots of treats. A huge thank you to Jane and Catherine for helping us cook the pizzas. Thank you to both classes for such a great year.
Ms.Crowley and Ms.Dowling hope you enjoyed your treats.
Ms.Crowley and Ms.Dowling hope you enjoyed your treats.
28/6/18: Ice- Cream Day in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland
28/9/18: Thanks to Dawn for all her hard work during the year. Every class has had such great fun learning lots of new dances. We held a showcase today and the classes were mixed together to perform many different routines.As you can tell from the photos we had a ball.
27/6/18: Fourth Class Tour to Kilkenny Castle and Dunmore Caves
27/6/18: Sixth Class End of Year Talent Show
21/6/18: Fifth Class Tour to Cork: UCC and Mahon Point
21/6/18: Sixth Class School Tour : Dublin
Trinity College- Book of Kells and The Long Room
National Museum of Ireland - Viking Exhibition and of course the girls fitted in some shopping too. A great day was had by all.
20/6/18: Fourth Class Visit to Mount Congrave
14/6/18: Junior and Senior Infant School Tour: W.I.T Arena Activity Camp
School Sports :12/6/18
Many thanks to Mrs.Golden for organising the day and to the Parents Association for all their help and of course for the goodie bags which we all enjoyed.
Well done to every class.There were lots of medals won on the day.
7/6/18: Third Class: Mrs.Libreri: Science Show
Junior and Senior Infants Teddy Bears Picnic in the Park: 7/6/18
The Book Centre will be visiting our school on Thursday 7th June from 1:30 to 3:00 to sell school books. A deposit of €20 can be paid and the books can be collected during the summer from the shop. The school will get 10% of all sales which will go towards the purchase of a new interactive whiteboard. The book list can be accessed on Aladdin Connect.All children from senior infants to fifth class have received their book lists today May 30th. Please ensure to download the App to receive communication from the school.
29/5/18: Second Class School Tour: W.I.T Arena Activity Camp
First Communion : 26th May 2018
Congratulations to the girls from second class and their teacher Mrs. O'Neill on the lovely day they had celebrating their First Communion on Saturday. The girls all looked so beautiful and were a credit to their teacher. Thank you to Father. Liddane for all his help during the year and for saying the mass. Also thank you to Sister Úna and the choir for helping with such beautiful singing which really added to the overall celebration. Thank you to the Parents Association for organising the teas, coffees and cakes in the parish hall after the mass. We hope the girls really enjoyed their special day.
Woodfield House: Third Class School Tour 24/5/18
23/5/18: Green School Poster Competition Winners
6th class: Annabelle Walsh and Aoife Curtin
5th class: Aisling Brennan and Sadhb Brennan
4th class; Emma O'Sullivan and Emelia Daniels
3rd class: Bonnie Gannon , Katie O'Reilly and Jessica White
2nd class: Emily Sheridan and Isabelle Hayes
1st class: Basia Choinska and Scarlett Yeager
23/5/18: Fun in the Sun in the Park: First and Third Class
Please read below the latest newsletter from Mrs.Morris.
23rd May, 2018
It is difficult to believe that the school year is drawing to a close. Our new Junior Infants for 2018/2019 had their Induction Day this month and we look forward to welcoming them on August 30th. Our senior ladies, in 6th Class, will soon be leaving us for pastures new. It seems like only yesterday that they were our Junior Infants! We hope they enjoy the last few weeks as Saint John of God girls. Although, remember- once a Saint John of God girl, always a Saint John of God girl!
We are very busy at this time of year with the celebration of the Sacraments. On Saturday, 19th May, our 6th Class girls were confirmed by Bishop Cullinan. Thanks to everyone involved but especially to the girls who were so good. We were proud of them. Our girls in Rang a Dó are working so hard with Mrs. O’ Neill for their First Holy Communion. We will all have such a lovely happy day on Saturday, 25thMay. A huge thanks to Fr Liddane for his ever present kindness, guidance and support. Go raibh maith agaibh to Sr. Úna, class teachers and the choir for giving their time so willingly and singing beautifully, which helped to make the celebration so special. We thank Paula and the Parents Association for all their help. Thank you also to the parents who volunteered to help with the Communion tea in the Parish Centre. Thanks to the parents who provided cakes and goodies - any parent who would like to provide biscuits or cakes please drop into office before 3pm tommorrow. It will be lovely to meet all the parents, grandparents and relations for a cuppa and a chat.
Our STEAM project is still ongoing. We have applied to become a School of Digital Distinction and a validation visit is imminent. Hopefully we will soon fly our Digital Schools’ Flag proudly, with all the other flags. Our next major project will be the replacement of the whiteboards and projectors. We ask, annually, for a voluntary contribution of €25 per child or €35 per family. Should you choose to pay, it will be used to help with the cost of the whiteboards, which is substantial. But the children will benefit greatly from the new boards. Thank you.
We have had a very busy term to date with many interesting trips, events and visitors to our school. Visit our website at www.saintjohnofgod.net where you can read about all the latest news and see pictures- including Active Week, tin whistle classes, gymnastics, Junior Achievement, yoga, orienteering in the park and drumming workshops to mention but a few. A big thank you to Ms Crowley who does a brilliant job of gathering news and photos and keeping the website up to date.
We now have 5 Green Flags. The sea-water aquarium is a big hit – the butterfish, starfish, sea snail and flounder are enjoying their 5 star accommodation in the aquarium but will soon be returning home to Tramore. We will miss them.
Our Sports Day will take place on Tuesday, 12th June, weather permitting, in De La Salle field. An alternate date will be arranged in case of bad weather. Hopefully, we will all have a healthy, fun day. Speaking of being healthy, we encourage you, as parents, to read the Healthy Lunch Policy (see website) and to try to encourage your daughter to bring healthy food to school each day. We are taking part in the Food Dudes Programme this year. An email has been sent out to give you ideas on healthy lunches.
The Walking Bus leaves Aldi Car-park at 8.30am every Wednesday morning, weather permitting. The bus ‘walks’ in the Dunmore Road, to arrive at the school at 9am. You can join the bus at any stage along the way. We have also begun to walk from the school at 8.30 to meet up half way– an alternative to sitting in the car. It is a lovely way to get exercise, while having a chat. It also helps to reduce traffic outside the school. We have a large number of children walking so we ask that one or two more parents could join the walk from Aldi to give a helping hand. Thanks to Ms O’ Connell, Ms. Dowling and Martina for helping me in this initiative. So, if you can, get on those walking shoes! The Waterford City and County Council traffic calming will continue during the summer holidays, with the widening of the footpaths around the school. We ask parents to park carefully, with the safety of the girls in mind and not to park in the Kiss and Go area (which is only for drop-off).
To comply with GPDR Aladdin Connect is being introduced to the school. It is a more secure way of communication. All parents have received a letter explaining the system. Unique codes will be sent to all parents, over the next couple of days, which will allow access to all communications.
During warm weather the girls can wear school tracksuit shorts and a polo shirt. I ask that you would give your daughter plenty of drinks coming to school. The reusable bottles can be refilled with water in school. Please put sun cream on your daughter on hot days as teachers may take them outside to enjoy the sunshine.
School tours are all planned at this stage and I wish all classes and teachers an educational, happy, sunny, safe day out.
Please note that the school is closed on Friday, 25th May as the school is a polling place. It is also closed on June 4th 5th and 6th. It will close for at 12.00 for all girls on June 22nd to conclude Child Protection training. Thanks again to everyone for all the support, especially the PA. It makes my job so much easier.
Le gach dea ghuí.
MRS. A. MORRIS. Principal.
22/5/18: Congratulations to the team from fifth class who came second in the Munster Primary Schools Tennis Competition.
21/5/18: Confirmation Class 2018
Congratulations to the girls from sixth class and their teacher Ms. Hartrey on celebrating such a wonderful day on Saturday May 19th. It was a lovely occasion. Thank you to Sister Úna and the choir from fourth and fifth class for such beautiful singing which really added to the occasion. Thank you also to Father. Liddane for everything during the year as the sixth class girls prepared for the Confirmation. We hope the girls all had a lovely day celebrating with their families and friends after the ceremony.
17/5/18: First Class: Miss. Dowling and Miss. Crowley: Let's Go Camp
16/5/18: Third Class:Miss.O'Connell :
Art Workshop with Ciara O'Connel from Central Arts.
10/5/18: All classes enjoyed a basketball session with the Wildcats today.
8/5/18: Congratulations to Evie Dowling, Grace Dowling, Lucia Whelan and Kiana Fitzgerald from fifth class who are now through to the final of the Primary Schools Tennis Competition. The final will take place in Cork on Monday May 21st.
4/5/18: Guiness World Record for the most people applying suncream hosted by the Solas Centre
2/5/18: Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Class Drumming
Rhythm and Shakes
1/5/18: Waterford Gymnastics are with us for two four week blocks with all classes. Junior Infants, First, Second, Third and Sixth are having their sessions first and we all love it so far. It's amazing what the girls are able to do.
25/4/18: Self Portrait Exhibition: Garter Lane: Fourth Class
24/4/18: Active Week:Primary School Sports:
St.John of God: Third Best Girls School
26/4/18: Active Week: Sixth Class: Bench Ball
25/4/18: Active Week : Staff versus Sixth Class: Basketball.
Winners: The Staff.
Most Valuable Player as voted by Sixth Class: Ms. Dowling.
24/4/18: Primary School Sports: R.S.C: They battled through the rain and the awful conditions at the R.S.C but well done to their girls who competed for our school at this years Primary School Athletics organised by Mrs. Golden. A huge thank you to Ms.O'Connell, Ms. Dowling, Ms.Hartrey, Ms.Flynn and Catherine for accompanying the girls and a huge well done to everyone who took part and to those who won medals.
23/4/18: Active Week: Junior and Senior Infant
Orienteering in the Park.
23/4/18: Active Week: Junior and Senior Infant: Play in the Park
20/4/18: Fourth Class have successfully completed their Junior Entrepreneur Project-Sockimals. They donated some of their profits to charity and then each child was given €10 profit.As a class they decided on a treat which was roller skating in Activate. They had lots of fun roller skating and it was well deserved as so much effort was put into the project by the girls and their teacher Ms. Butler.