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Farewell to Ms Martin
Principal Ms Martin with incoming principal Ms Quinn The pupils bid farewell to Ms Martin! Last Friday all the classes lined outside in the school yards to bid farewell to our principal Ms Martin. They waved flags and wished her a happy retirement in song. Ms Martin retires on August 30th. She has been principal of Scoil Carmel for sixteen years. I have worked alongside Ms Martin when she was a class teacher, a language support teacher and a principal. She has made a huge contribution to the school in her various roles. She has shown exemplary leadership. Her dedication and commitment are second to none. I want to wish her good health and happiness in her retirement. Go n-éirí an bóthar léi. It is a great privilege for me to be taking over as principal of Scoil Carmel. Scoil Carmel is a fabulous school with great pupils, parents and staff. I am looking forward to leading Scoil Carmel in the years ahead. Ní neart go cur le chéile. Have a look at the following video to see the lovely tributes the pupils and staff paid to Ms Martin last Friday. It is quite obvious that everyone in Scoil Carmel will miss Ms Martin. Le gach dea-ghuí, Irene Quinn
Summer Holiday Closing Times
The school is closing on Wednesday 30th June 2021 for summer holidays. Please note this is a half day and we will be staggering closing times as normal. The clsoing times for each class group are as follows: 12.00pm: Hometime for 1st Class 12.10pm: Hometime for 2nd Class 12.20pm: Hometime for Junior Infants 12.30pm: Hometime for Senior Infants We wish you all a safe and happy summer and look forward to seeing you back to school again on Tuesday 31st August 2021! Just a reminder that on Tuesday 31st August 2021 and for the rest of the schools year we are going to change from four opening and closing times to two. They are as follows: 1st and 2nd Class pupils will come in at 9.00am and finish at 2.40pm Junior and Senior Infant classes will come in at 9.10am and finish at 1.50pm
Discover Primary Science And Maths Award
This is a message from Primary Science who have reviewed the science and maths work our school engaged in from 2019/ 2020: Congratulations - your school has achieved an SFI Discover Science and Maths Award for the 2019/2020 academic year. We have evaluated your Log of Evidence and we are satisfied that you have met all the criteria for the Plaque of STEM. Your school has provided evidence of children's engagement with STEM in the following areas: Science Technology Engineering Maths STEM Showcase' Here is some feedback from our Log of Evidence:
"Well done to everybody in Scoil Carmel. You have done a great year's work for your Plaque award.
I loved reading about Harry K. He is a wonderful boy and must be a great inspiration to his classmates. Your "Living Things" section is very good. Love the link to Eric Carle - children have learned so much from his books. It was good to use the sunflowers to link nature and art - real education! Congrats on getting your award. It is well deserved and keep up the great work."
First Holy Communion Dates
We received confirmation today from Fr. Peter about his intention to celebrate the First Holy Communion masses for the children presently in 2nd Class in Scoil Carmel. The dates and times are as follows: Saturday 2nd October at 10 am: Ms Soffe's Class Saturday 2nd October at 12 noon: Ms Fitzmaurice's Class Saturday 9th October at 10 am: Ms Foley's Class Saturday 9th October at 12 noon: Ms McCarthy's Class These dates are conditional on no reimposition of stricter restrictions due to Covid-19. Fr. Peter will be coordinating with ScoiI Treasa to arrange the First Holy Communion Ceremony for the children in 3rd Class. In September, he will have a clearer idea of when we can have the ceremonies of First Reconciliation.
COW - a BIG success!
Well done to everyone who made a BIG effort to cycle, scoot, run, skip and walk to school yesterday! We are so proud of you and the effort you went to - what a great fit and active way to start the day! Keep it up! Thank you to Mrs. Ryan for putting together this lovely slideshow to show you the energy and enthusiasm for our COW day for Active Week!
Active Week 2021
Dear parents, Following on from our wonderful wellness week we will be celebrating all things active next week! As we have come through the most challenging year we have all realised what the important things are in our lives. To this end we want to highlight to our wonderful children how important being active is both now and throughout their whole lives. Due to the lockdown and pandemic they have seen you, their parents and relations walk/ cycle/ hike much more than ever before and enjoy the outdoors both locally and beyond. This is actually a huge gift that you as parents have bestowed on them! We call it physical literacy, in other words being aware of their strengths in terms of movement, fitness and agility. It is not about being the best player on the GAA or soccer team but rather an awareness of the importance of being involved in sport of any and many types and an enthusiasm to take part. Physical wellbeing is intrinsically linked to mental wellbeing and we hope to encourage your children to become physically active and involved. We want to see them happy and having fun ! So next week they can wear their tracksuit every day. There will be physical activities for homework . We will have a few coaches in for dancing and GAA and each class will take a walk down by our beautiful Dodder walk. We will have a special day on Wednesday where we ask as many of you as you can to cycle/walk /scoot to school. We will call it COW WEDNESDAY (cycle on Wednesday ). We will do a head count of all on bikes and see what our top score is. Your bikes will be kept safe behind the green railings. If you can’t bring bikes /scooters don’t worry, walk if possible even part of the journey. The idea is to celebrate being out in the fresh air and out of the car. Decorate your bikes with as much bling as you want....ribbons, bells, streamers!!!!! Looking forward to seeing you all! Active School Committee
Spotlight On Past Pupil Niamh Coyne
With Active Week 2021 taking place this week, it is important that we shine a light on one of our inspiring past pupils and her sporting achievements. Niamh Coyne is an Elite Irish Swimmer and past pupil of Scoil Carmel. She came to Scoil Carmel from Junior Infants to 2nd Class and her mum Paula also worked in our school as an SNA. Niamh has gone onto to great success in her swimming career through hard work and dedication, with multiple trips to the swimming pool each day to improve her swimming talent and skills. We are proud to call her a past pupil of our school and we wish her the very best of luck as she competes to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics this summer! Born: 22 June 2001 From: Firhouse, Dublin 24 Primary School: Scoil Carmel, Firhouse, Dublin 24 Training Centre: The National Aquatic Centre Swimming Achievements Niamh won the silver medal at the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games in the 100m breaststroke final taking just 1 minute and 8 seconds to complete the race! Niamh is also the Irish record holder for the 200m breaststroke short course! She is also due to compete at the end of the month to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics later this summer!
Wellbeing Week 2021
Last week was our first ever Wellbeing Week in Scoil Carmel and it was such a joyous and happy experience, helped along by the beautiful weather and good natured spirits of everyone. The Wellbeing Committee put on a lovely range of activities for the children, teachers and staff of the school and we hoped some of the ideas for being mindful made their way home to parents too! Here is a selection of work which reflects the positive vibes there are around the school and a video slideshow will follow later in the week of the children getting involved in all the activities.
Online Enrolment Goes Live
We are now delighted to be able to move the enrolment form for Scoil Carmel online through our digital database Aladdin. We have created a new page on the website called "Online Enrolment" and it can be found under the "Parents" tab at the top of the homepage. On "Online Enrolment" page, you can access the link to enrol incoming Junior Infants for 2022 or enrol a child that is transferring from another school. You can also access our Enrolment Policy on this page too. https://www.scoilcarmeljns.com/online-enrolment
June Bulletin From Fr. Peter
As part of the Parish Preparation for your child's First Holy Communion, Fr Peter is inviting the children and families of 2nd Class to partake in one of the online masses this weekend to celebrate 'Corpus Christi', You can watch on line either on Saturday evening at 6 pm or Sunday morning at 9.30 am or 11.30 am. you can access the live-stream on the Parish Webcam at www.churchservices.tv/firhouse Fr. Peter has also asked us to post the June 2021 Bulletin to help you as a family to prepare for your child's First Holy Communion.