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Scoil Carmel Book Fair
The Scoil Carmel Bookfair takes in place in the school hall in November. The dates and times are: Wednesday November 22nd - 8.50am - 9.15am & 1.15pm - 2pm Thursday November 23rd -2.30pm - 3.15pm Friday November 24th - 8.40am to 9.15am Books range in price from €5 to €12 and we are only in a position to accept cash. If you as a parent cannot make it any of the days, your child can add book titles to a wishlist with the help of a teacher or member of the PA. We look forward to welcoming you to the school over the few days. I’d like to extend thanks to the PA for their commitment in bringing the book fair back to Scoil Carmel!
First Holy Communion
Fr. Peter, the teachers from 2nd Class and Ms. Jones met last week to discuss preparing the 2nd Class students for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Fr. Peter has emailed all parents to request any outstanding Baptisimal Certificates to be sent to him at your earliest conveience You may send it directly to him by email attachment or drop it into the Parish Office between 9.30 am – 4 pm. To email me the Baptismal Certificate, please use the email address firstname.lastname@example.org to send a scanned copy or a photo of the Baptismal Certificate. The dates agreed for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion are as follows: Saturday 18th May at 10 am: Ms O'Reilly's & Ms Plower's Classes Saturday 25th May at 10 am: Ms Kennedy's & Ms Malone's / Ms Hall O'Dwyer's classes Sacrament of First Reconciliation will take place during school hours in the parish church and parents/ guardians will be invited to attend and times will be confirmed closer to the dates. The dates agreed are as follows: Monday 4th March: Ms O'Reilly's Class Wednesday 6th March: Ms Plower's Class Thursday 7th March: Ms Malone's/ Ms Hall O'Dwyers Class Friday 8th March: Ms Kennedy's Class There is a Preparation Meeting for all parents/ guardians of those preparing to receive the Sacrament First Holy Communion in 2024 on Thursday 23rd November 2023 at 7.30 pm in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Firhouse. A short Enrolment & Commitment Prayer Service for the parents / guardians will take place at the end of the meeting.
Online Enrolment Now Open
We are now accepting online enrolment for incoming Junior Infants for the 2024/ 2025 academic year. Please click on the link below that will bring you to our Admissions page where you can access the online enrolment form and all relevant information. You can also use this link if you are interested in enrolling your child who is transferring from another school. https://www.scoilcarmeljns.com/admissions
Anti-Bullying Policy/ Code Of Behaviour Policy
We have updated our "Policies" page on the website with our revised "Anti-Bullying Policy" and our new "Managing Behaviours Of Concern Policy" . Please click on this link to read them: https://www.scoilcarmeljns.com/policies Scoil Carmel’s "Anti-Bullying Policy" was reviewed and ratified by the Board Oof Management in line with the Anti Bullying Guidelines, 2013 from the Department Of Education (DE). Last year, the DE published an action plan on bullying called "Cinealtas". All schools will review their Anti-Bullying procedures and policies as "Cinealtas" takes effect. Our "Behaviour of Concerns Policy" was also ratified at the Board of Management meeting in September. Many thanks to the Parent Focus Group (2 males & 2 females) who gave generously of their time to provide input and feedback in devising this policy. Both of these policies form part of the Code Of Behaviour Policy, which we are currently reviewing.
Annual Admission Notice
Please click on the document below to read the Annual Admission Notice for Scoil Carmel JNS. Enrolment for incoming Junior Infants in the mainstream/ ASD Class for the the next academic year, will commence on Monday 9th October 2023. You can access all the relevant information for school admission on our webpage: https://www.scoilcarmeljns.com/admissions
Middletown Training Programme
We are delighted to let you know that we have finalised our training programme with Middletown Centre for Autism. There are two training options: 1) For Parents/Guardians 2) Educational Professionals Middletown is one of the best educational organisations in Ireland and provides training of a really high standard. It would be of benefit to anyone who has neurodiverse children or family members or for those who would like to understand how we all learn differently. You can register for all 5 training modules or register for individual modules. This training is free of charge. It is a wonderful opportunity for the Community of Firhouse as Together, We Grow and Learn. Please spread the word, all are welcome to attend. You can register using the below link. https://www.middletownautism.com/package/parents/autism-and-the-primary-programme-scoil-carmel-junior-national-school-tallaght-co-dublin-for-parents
New School Sign
As part of the review of the Code of Behaviour policy, it was agreed to undertake the initiative of brightening up the physical school environment. Replacing the school sign at the front of the school was one part of the project. The new sign was installed today. It is absolutely fabulous. Ms Jones and Ms Fitzmaurice designed the new crest, incorporating the school motto: "Together We Grow and Learn" which was chosen last year as part of the review of the Code of Behaviour. The new crest is very vibrant and sharp. They also designed the layout for the new school sign incorporating both the school crest and motto. Ms Fitzmaurice created a digital version of the design for the school sign which was sent to the professionals for production. I think you will all agree that the new sign is fantastic. It helps brighten up the school grounds. A photograph was taken today of the Second Classes with the new school sign.
First Holy Communion
Fr. Peter has set up a Google Form for parents/ guardians of students in 2nd Class to fill out if they would like to register their child to recieve the sacrament of First Holy Communion. Please read the letter from Fr. Peter in the attached PDF document before completing the form and submit the the "Registration & Request" Google Form before Friday 15th September 2023. Thank you. https://forms.gle/qDsg1PkCBoKytcoK7
Our New Classroom - Room 28
After a lot of building work, planning and preparation, we were delighted to open the doors to our new classroom this week. It is a state of the art modular build, that has been a labour of love from eveyone involved in Scoil Carmel. On Thursday morning, Ms. Fitzmaurice, Brian, Caoline and Sinead welcomed their students into Room 28. It was a pleasure to see the children skipping in the door and waving happily to their parents as they began their journey in their new classroom! Our new ASD classroom is a wonderful asset to our entire school community. We are so proud of what has been achieved by teamwork and perseverance over the past year to get this classroom up and running. Thank you to our principal Ms. Quinn who oversaw the building project from day one and supported and collaborated with Ms. Jones and Ms. Fitzmaurice over the summer to get this room ready for the new school year. We are grateful to the parents of the students in Room 28, teachers, SNAs, and entire school community for their patience, support and enthusiasm throughout the building process. It was worth the wait - here are a few photos to show you inside!
Welcome Back To School
Hello everyone, Welcome back to school! It was wonderful to see all the boys and girls back to school this morning after the long summer break. We extend a very special welcome to our new pupils and we wish the boys and girls in our new class in Room 28 the very best of everything. It was a busy Summer in Scoil Carmel as our school was turned into a much brighter space. We are indebted to Brian our caretaker for painting our hall and long corridor. This was a very big project and required many layers of paint to cover the old colour. We wanted to show you a snapshot of our new furniture, mats, and display boards. The new tables for pupils will arrive in October and our new sign at the front of the school will be erected mid September. We have more exciting changes to make to the physical environment of the school this year so watch this space! We would like to thank COE Office Supplies for their incredible support and help in removing all of our old furniture and providing us with our new furniture. They are kindly sponsoring us some notice boards, new white boards and sensory equipment for Room 28. It was a huge team effort to get all of these changes over the line in a short space of time so a big thanks to the school community for their support. Best of luck to all of our pupils as they begin the new school year with us. The Scoil Carmel Team
Slideshow - Active Week 2023
Active Schools Week 2023 We had a great time in April during our Active Schools Week. The children had many opportunities to try out lots of different sports and be physically active. A huge thank you to the parents who gave freely of their time and expertise to help out. We had Angela Callaghan for dance, Linda Joyce for basketball, Paraic Mc Donald, Louise Magharan and Ashling Kennedy for Gaa (football and hurling), Paul O’Connor for soccer and Darran Conway from Tallaght Rugby Club for rugby. We also had playball, hip hop dancing and more Gaa from Séan Boyce in Ballyboden. Ms. Tynan did skipping sessions with the classes. The first classes took a walk down to the weir in Firhouse. The Junior and Senior Infants had fun stations over in Scoil Treasa with the help of fifth classes and their teachers. Our second classes all completed the Mayor’s Mile in Old Bawn, again along with the help and support from Scoil Treasa’s great fifth classes Emma Murphy mayor of South Dublin came along on the day and walked with our children. She complemented them all on their taking part in her initiative. She gave each child a lovely bag with cycling accessories as a gift. Thank you ! We had a lovely visit from our local hero Niamh Coyne who is a past pupil. She is an elite swimmer on the Irish squad and we were very honoured that she came back to see us! Well done to all the children and teachers on a lovely active week.