St. Laurence's News

January 2023:

25 January: Grandparents' Day

Today we celebrated Grandparents' Day and over 400 people attended. It was a wonderful, joyous occasion where we celebrated and remembered all our Grandparents. Fr. Gerard attended one of the prayer services and showed a picture of his own grandmother who lived to be one hundred and one!

We are so proud of the children. The kindness and love they gave to all our visitors was greatly appreciated by all who were there. Our Student Council and our 5th and 6th class children all played a huge part throughout the busy morning. They are wonderful ambassadors for our school.

I also want to thank our amazing staff for all they did in their classrooms to welcome our visitors. A huge thank you is also due to Margaret Martin, our outstanding caretaker Anto and the parents who so kindly gave of their time to provide refreshments this morning.

In what was truly a very emotional and joyous experience for everyone, we can certainly say Grandparents hold a very special place in all our hearts.

Kindest regards


Ann-Marie Martin, Principal

20 January: Update from Mrs. Martin

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

We have just finished our second full week after Christmas and school life is full to the brim already. We were concerned that there would be a lot of sickness given the high rates of flu and Covid but thankfully we have been very lucky and attendance has been excellent so far since we came back. We have lots of happy, healthy faces all around the school.

Please see below some updates from school life.

  • Grandparents’ Day – as mentioned previously this celebration of all grandparents will take place on Wednesday, 25 January. We had assemblies here this morning and I explained to the children that all grandparents will be celebrated on the day and that the love our grandparents give or gave us will always be in our hearts.

  • Fáilte Friday – We are very excited to announce this new event for the school. On the first Friday of every month parents will be invited to visit their childrens’ classrooms from 8:50am to 9:00am to see all the wonderful work the children are doing. On those mornings, once the bell rings at 8:50am, parents may bring their children into the classrooms. We appreciate that some parents have work commitments so by doing this monthly, parents may have an opportunity to visit once or twice over the year. At 9:00am myself and Mrs. Ferguson will ring the school bell to remind parents to leave, so that the children can begin their busy days’ work. Our first Fáilte Friday will start on 3 February and I will send a reminder the day before.

  • French Lessons – In partnership with St. David’s Holy Faith Secondary School we are delighted to offer our 5th class children the opportunity to learn French. Some of the wonderful Transition Year students from St. David’s will come to the school to teach French. This will provide them with the basics of the language which will serve them well heading into secondary school at the end of 6th class.

  • Golf Classic – Our annual Golf Classic event will take place on Friday, 26 May 2023. Please save the date in your calendars as it really is a fantastic day and night. The committee are already working hard getting everything ready and it is a wonderful opportunity to support the school.

  • Uniform Survey – We had an overwhelming response to our uniform survey from parents, children and staff. Click here for a summary of the results. There is very little change to the existing policy. An overwhelming majority voted in favour of having a school uniform. The children may wear tracksuit or uniform on any given day and wear the full school uniform for school events or when asked to by the school. The school kilt will remain with the option of skirt or trousers. We will update the policy on the website to reflect the results.

  • Modular Build – Our 5th classes have now moved into their new five star classrooms! These are a fantastic addition to our school and I know the children are really enjoying their time in their new rooms.

  • Special Needs Build – The initial surveys are taking place at the moment for this new build and I will update you all as we complete each stage. This project will provide us with state of the art accommodation and facilities for our children with additional needs across the whole school.

  • Parents' Association - On Wednesday evening we had a Parents' Association meeting here in the school. It was great to see so many class reps there and lots of new and existing initiatives were discussed.

  • Gymnastics – Our 1st and 3rd classes have begun their gymnastics workshops. They take place every Monday and the children are thoroughly enjoying them. Mark the gymnastics teacher is thrilled with how well the children are doing.

  • Dáil visit – Mrs. Berney’s 6th class had a tour of Dáil Éireann on Wednesday,11 January. They had a great day and the other 6th classes will also visit the Dáil over the next few weeks. We may have some budding politicians in our midst!

  • Marine Biologist – Ms. O’Regan’s class are participating in a Marine Biology Project in conjunction with SEASHOREKIDS, a new Outreach Centre for the Explorers Education Programme for schools. A marine biologist visited the school on Tuesday to talk to the children and she conducted a number of Investigations with them. The children will now choose an area of Marine Biology to investigate, research and report on.

  • ASD Class Sealife Visit – The children in our ASD class visited Sealife on Wednesday for a tour and they thoroughly enjoyed their time there. Their visit was all the more special as their tour guide was a former pupil of our school. Following this, there was time for a playground visit which they all really enjoyed despite the cold, frosty weather.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

Kind regards

Ann-Marie Martin, Principal

12 January: U12 Leinster Chess Champion 2023

Huge congratulations to St. Laurence's pupil, Ihor Pinas, who was awarded the title of U12 Leinster Chess Champion at the Leinster Junior Chess Championships this week. Winning five games out of five, Ihor was awarded the tournament first place cup along with the transition cup which was presented to him by Grandmaster Alex Baburin.

Well done Ihor! We are so proud of you!

11 January: Dáil Éireann Visit

On Wednesday, 11 January, the 6th Class pupils in Room 16 had a very exciting trip to Dublin where they visited Leinster House and the Archaeology Museum.

On their arrival at Government Buildings the class were put in the capable hands of one of the Leinster House Ushers, Martin, who gave the children an excellent tour. He told them lots of interesting stories about the history of the building and they learned about the role of the Government. The children got an opportunity to view the Dáil Chamber from a viewing gallery above and they also visited Seanad Éireann.

Next, the children spent some time exploring the excellent Viking Exhibition in the Archaeology Museum.

It was a very interesting and enjoyable day for all involved.

December 2022:

20 December: Update from Mrs. Martin

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

We have arrived at our Christmas holidays and the children are super excited and can’t wait for Santa Claus to arrive. The elves in their classrooms have been up to all kinds of mischief and the children have had great fun checking on them every day.

The last two weeks have been filled with Christmas cheer and fun. The children were outstandingly brilliant in their Christmas plays and we are so proud of them all. Their talents shone through and they gave us all a true sense of the spirit of Christmas. Our Carol Service was a huge success. Our 6th class children and school choir sang some of our favourite Christmas Carols and reminded us all of the real meaning of Christmas. The church was full to capacity and it was so lovely to be back in St. Kilian’s Church again. We were delighted on the night to be joined by Fr. Gerard on the guitar and our very own Ms. Coleman on the flute.

Please find below some further updates from school life.

Christmas Decoration Competition – Well done to everyone who made a recycled decoration for our Christmas tree. The creativity was fantastic and the winners were announced today.

Christmas Kindness – Our Amber Flag committee did a fantastic job encouraging Christmas kindness and lots of boys and girls were praised for being so kind.

School Closure – Reminder school closes tomorrow at 12 midday for the Christmas holidays. We reopen on Thursday, 5 January 2023.

Finally, I would like to thank you all for the tremendous support you give the school. We greatly appreciate it. Your children are simply the best and they bring us so much joy and happiness each and every day. I want to sincerely thank the wonderful staff here in the school. Every one of them work so hard to make St. Laurence’s the fantastic school it is. As I finish my first year as Principal, I feel so lucky to work with such a wonderful school community. Míle buíochas.

I wish you all a very happy Christmas with your families and friends.

We also remember those who have lost loved ones in our school this year. Our thoughts and prayers will be with them.

May 2023 bring us all happiness, love and joy.

Warmest regards,

Ann-Marie Martin

Principal


9 December: Update from Mrs. Martin

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

I hope you are all well and have defrosted after the cold start this morning! Christmas fever has taken over St. Laurence’s and the children and staff are super excited for all the fun and Christmas cheer ahead. The crib and decorations are up, thanks to the wonderful staff at the school, and if I say so myself, the place is looking truly magical.

Please find below some updates from school life.

Christmas Plays – Next week our Christmas Plays will take place. The children have been practising so hard over the past few weeks. We are looking forward to welcoming you all to the plays. The schedule of plays is available on the school website. If you are taking your child home after the play please sign your child out on the sign out sheet which will be available in the classroom. If you intend taking siblings home please come to the school office, via the front door, where a staff member will collect your child for you. You can then sign them out at the office.

Carol Service- Our Carol Service will take place on Wednesday, 14 December at 7pm in St. Kilian’s Church, Blacklion. Our 6th class children and our school choir are looking forward to singing on the night.

St. Vincent de Paul Appeal – Many thanks to everyone for their very generous donations for this worthy cause. We raised the huge sum of €4,215. This money will help support those most in need at this time of the year.

Annual Golf Classic – At our recent AGM the fundraising committee presented a cheque for a massive €28,192 to the school. We are so grateful to the committee and the whole school community for this. It is a huge amount of money and the children will benefit greatly from it. Please click here to read more.

Uniform Survey – Next week all children, staff and parents will receive a survey about the school uniform. The Student Council have been working very hard to put some questions together for this. They will also go around and talk to the younger classes in the school about our school uniform so that their views can also be included.

Christmas Jumper Day – It was lovely to see all the children and staff wearing Christmas jumpers today. Thank you to everyone for donating to the Gavin Glynn Foundation. We raised the sum of €932

Christmas Jumpers – The children may wear their Christmas jumpers over their school tracksuit/uniform from now until the holidays if they wish.

Pyjama Day – We will have a pyjama day here in the school on Monday 19, December. The children may wear their pyjamas to school on the day if they wish.

Finally, I hope you all have a lovely weekend and enjoy the build up to Christmas over the next few weeks.

Kind regards

Ann-Marie Martin


Principal


November 2022:

25 November: Update from Mrs. Martin

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

I hope you are all well. We had lots of very excited children and staff here today in anticipation of the Toy Show tonight! We are already beginning the preparation for the Christmas plays and it has been lovely to hear the wonderful singing throughout the school. Please find below some updates from school life and important information for the weeks ahead.

  • Science Week took place early in November and we definitely have many budding scientists in the school. The children engaged in fun experiments and our 3rd classes had an interactive workshop from Little Einsteins.

  • Anti-Bullying Week also took place and our Student Council did a wonderful job talking to all the classes about this. Our 6th class children made super posters. We will revisit this whole area again in February with a particular focus on kindness and friendship.

  • GAA Blitz – 5th and 6th class girls took part in a GAA blitz on 10th November. They had a super time and it was wonderful to see such enthusiasm and excitement.

  • National Children’s Choir – Our 5th classes have had their first rehearsal for the National Children’s Choir concert, which will take place in April. They visited the Educate Together School, here in Greystones, and sang their hearts out on the day.

  • Parent Teacher Meetings – We had our first in-school PT meetings since Covid and it was lovely to see parents coming to hear all about the amazing work the children are doing.

  • AGM - Please remember our Annual General Meeting of the Board of Management will take place on Wednesday 30 November at 7:30pm in the school hall. Tea and coffee will be provided from 7pm onwards. We would be delighted to see you all there.

  • Christmas Jumper Day – We will have a Christmas jumper day on Friday, 9 December in aid of the Gavin Glynn Foundation. All children and staff may wear a Christmas jumper on the day and bring a coin for this very worthy cause, if they wish.

  • St. Vincent de Paul – I sent an email during the week in relation to our annual St. Vincent de Paul collection. Please remember the following dates: Wednesday, 30 November and Thursday, 1 December for the gate collection in the mornings. Donations can also be made via Aladdin.

  • Service of light – Our 6th class children will have their Service of Light on Tuesday, 6 December in St. Anthony’s Church Kilcoole. This is in preparation for their Confirmation.

Finally, I hope you all have a lovely weekend and enjoy the Toy Show tonight.

Kind regards

Ann-Marie Martin, Principal


11 November: Important Dates

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

Please find below some important dates for the weeks ahead.

  • Parent Teacher Meetings - 15th, 16th and 17th November. As a result of this AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES are CANCELLED on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week.

  • Annual General Meeting of the Board of Management - Wednesday, 30th November 2022 at 7:30pm in the school hall. All welcome.

  • Early school closure - Friday, 25th November at 12pm to facilitate teacher training in the Primary Language Curriculum.

  • Carol Service for 6th class children and the school choir - Wednesday, 14th December at 7pm in Holy Rosary Church, Greystones.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend

Kind regards

Ann-Marie Martin, Principal

October 2022:

28 October: Update from Mrs. Martin

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

We have reached mid-term and the school today was filled with Halloween fun and games. The excitement was tangible and the children all had a fantastic day. Before we finish up for the week ahead please find some updates below.

  • Maths Week – Last week we had Maths Week and our budding mathematicians had a great week enjoying maths trails, games, puzzles and other various activities. The entries for our Maths Eyes Competition were fantastic and we are very proud of them all.

  • Gaeilge – Mrs. Berney’s 6th class have recorded a wonderful podcast all in Irish. We would love if you would take a few minutes to listen to it. Congratulations to all the children involved in this. The link is below:

https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/I2Rrf43qqub

Every Friday we have Lá Gaeilge here in the school. The children are encouraged to speak Irish throughout the day and prizes are given to the best Gaeilgeoir each week.

  • GAA Blitz – A large number of our 3rd and 4th class boys and girls took part in GAA blitzes over the last two weeks. These were all about participation and having fun and the children had a great time.

  • Prefabs – Due to continuing anti-social behaviour the prefabs have been delayed by two weeks. While this is disappointing we are excited that the prefabs will be arriving next week for installation. Once the services are connected our 5th class children will move in to their new classrooms.

  • Enrolment - Enrolment for Junior Infants opens on Monday 7th November. Applications will be accepted from 7th25th November. The Admissions Notice and Admissions Policy are available to view on our school website.

  • School Closure – All teachers will avail of training in the Primary Language Curriculum on Friday, 25 November. As a result, the school will close at 12pm that day.

Finally, I wish you all a lovely mid-term break. We are very proud of all the children have achieved since September and we look forward to seeing everyone again on Monday, 7 November.

Happy Halloween from everyone in St. Laurence’s.

Kind regards

Ann-Marie Martin, Principal


14 October: Update from Mrs. Martin

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

It is hard to believe that there are only two weeks left until the midterm break and the Halloween season has definitely arrived in St. Laurence’s with spooky displays on the corridors and classrooms decorated with all kinds of ghosts and ghouls. It has been a very busy two weeks with lots of exciting things happening and lots more to come.

Please find below some updates from school life and also some important dates for the diaries!

  • Christmas Plays – Everyone should have received an email with the dates for the Christmas Plays in December. We are delighted that the plays will return this year as they have always filled us with the Christmas spirit. The timetable for the plays is also available on the school website. The date for the Christmas Carol Service will be arranged next week. Our wonderful school choir and 6th class children will sing at this event.

  • Parent Teacher Meetings – Parent Teacher Meetings will be held in the school this year, with a full return to face-to-face meetings. The dates for these meetings are 15th, 16th, and 17th November. A more detailed email will follow next week in relation to this.

  • AGM – The Annual General Meeting of the Board of Management will take place on 30th November in the school.

  • Maths Week – Maths Week will take place all next week and there are lots of activities planned for this. Please encourage your child/children to participate in “Maths Eyes Competition”. The details of this were sent to you yesterday. A huge thank you to Ms. Alison Murphy and Mrs. Jennifer Berney for all their hard work for Maths Week. We know the children will enjoy all the activities.

  • GAA – Our 3rd and 4th class girls will participate in a Cumann na mBunscol blitz next week and the boys will have a blitz the following week. It has been super to see the large number of children looking to partake in these. I’m sure everyone will have a great day.

  • EU Code Week started this week and runs until the 23rd October. The children will all have the chance to try some coding using chromebooks and Ipads.

  • Library Visit – Next week all our 3rd class children will visit the library. They are really looking forward to this trip and I’m sure they will get to read and enjoy lots of lovely books.

  • Historical walk – Today two of our 3rd classes went on a history trail to Kindlestown Castle. The other 3rd classes will go next week. Our 5th class children are heading on a history trail around Greystones next week too and they will visit the beach as part of their geography programme.

  • Halloween costume swop/Uniform sale – A huge thank you to the six parents who very kindly gave of their time to facilitate these events. They were a huge success and all monies raised will be added to our Vincent de Paul Christmas fund raising.

  • Prefab Update –The groundworks are progressing well. However, works were suspended for a day due to anti-social behaviour which occurred over a number of evenings. I have notified the Gardaí of damage to the machinery and fencing. They have said they will monitor the situation over the weekend. This is incredibly disappointing and frustrating for us as a school to have to deal with.

  • Halloween dress up – All children and staff can dress up for Halloween on 28th October. We would be grateful if children did not wear scary clown costumes as some children are frightened of these. The 28th October is a full school day with lots of Halloween fun planned.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

Kind regards

Ann-Marie Martin

Principal

5th October: Christmas Plays & Carol Service 2022

Click here to see the schedule for the Christmas Plays 2022. Our 6th Class Carol Service date will be confirmed in due course.


September 2022:

30 September: Update from Mrs. Martin

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

I hope you are all well. As September comes to a close we can definitely say that we are all well settled back to school. The children are working so hard and achieving great things across all areas of the curriculum. As we head into October we have lots of exciting things planned.

Please find below some important updates from school life:

  • Junior Infant Buddies – Our Junior Infants have met with their buddies in the senior classes. This is always a special time for the Junior Infants and the 5th class children. Throughout the year they will do lots of exciting things together and create special memories.

  • Reading with Dogs- We are delighted to have Paula and her lovely dog Molly back in the school for Reading with Dogs. The aim of this programme is to improve the literacy and communication skills of children. Each week a number of children meet with Molly on an individual basis and read a book to her. Molly enjoys every story.

  • Library Visits – all of our 4th class children have now visited the library. Our 3rd class children will be next to make the trip down and they are really looking forward to it.

  • Write a Book/Scríobhleabhar Project – A number of classes will once again participate in this project. It gives children the chance to become novelists in English or Irish and create the most wonderful books. This Project is run by the Blackrock Education Centre and a winner will be selected from every class.

  • Hockey Blitz – 5th and 6th After School Hockey had a fantastic time at the blitz on Monday. Ms. Horgan and Ms. Quinn said the children were super and they are now looking forward to participating in the Leinster Hockey League.

  • Friends for Life – All 4th class children will participate in this programme throughout the year. It runs for ten weeks and will help the children build resilience and help to reduce anxiety. ‘Friends for Life’ is the only programme of its kind which has been recognised by the World Health Organisation and it has proven extremely effective when implemented in Irish primary schools. Mrs. Durkan and Mrs. Uí Bhroin will run this programme in the school.

  • Parent’s Association – On Wednesday evening the PA had their first meeting of the year. Myself and Mrs. Ferguson were delighted to attend and meet with the Chairperson, Karl Lawless, Deputy Chairperson, Louise Hatton and the class reps. It was fantastic to see so many class reps there. Karl and Louise, together with the class reps have fantastic ideas for the year ahead and we look forward to offering the children lots of different experiences with the help of the PA and the class reps. I would just like to take the opportunity to thank Karl, Louise and all the class reps for taking on these roles and I look forward to working with them throughout the year. I have attached the guidelines for class reps for you all to read when you have a spare minute.

  • Uniform Sale – At the PA meeting a number of the class reps asked if we could have another uniform sale. The plan is to hold this sale at the front of the school on Thursday 6 October at 1:45pm. If anyone has any uniforms or tracksuits they would like to donate they can bring them to the school office. On the day we ask that people make a small donation in exchange for the uniform. All monies collected will go to the Vincent de Paul.

  • Halloween Costume Exchange/Sale – Another class rep mentioned an idea from their class in relation to Halloween costumes. It was asked if we could do a costume exchange/or sale to help reduce the cost of buying Halloween costumes, which can be expensive. The plan is to hold this event again at the front of the school on Thursday 13th October from 1:45pm to 2:30pm. You can donate a costume at the school office for resale or you can bring a costume with you and exchange it for a different one. This is a fantastic idea as it not only saves money but also recycles costumes, which is kinder to the environment.

  • Prefabs/SNU Build – Our prefabs are nearly ready to go. Equipment will arrive in the school today and site works begin on Monday. The time frame is still the same and the 5th class children will move into their new rooms after the mid term. The design team for the Special Needs Unit Build has been appointed and we will have our first meeting with the team next week. We are so excited about this project as it will be a wonderful facility for the school.

  • International Teachers Day – International Teacher’s Day will take place on Wednesday 5 October. To celebrate our wonderful teachers, the children will have a night off homework!

Finally I wish you all a lovely weekend. Thank you again for all your support.

Míle buíochas

Ann-Marie Martin, Principal


16 September: Update from Mrs. Martin

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),


It has been a very busy two weeks here in St. Laurence’s. The children have settled so well back in their classrooms and our new Junior Infants have simply been outstanding. They have taken to school life with great enthusiasm and it is so lovely to see them all bouncing into school every morning.


Teaching and learning is in full flow in all the classrooms. It has been wonderful to have children visit me in the office and show off their fantastic work. We are so proud of everyone of our students.


Please find below a few updates from school life.


Last Friday, 9 September, our 3rd and 4th classes took part in a drumming workshop which they all enjoyed and benefited from.

Children from 1st to 3rd classes have begun their tin whistle lessons. This is thanks to Niall and Music Generation and duel funded by the school. This initiative ensures that every child has the opportunity to play an instrument and enjoy the love of music. 4th,5th and 6th classes are continuing the tin whistle with their class teachers

We are delighted to announce that our 5th class students will partake in the National Children’s Choir again this year. The children learn a repertoire of songs and every 5th class child will have the opportunity to sing these songs with other schools from Wicklow. There will be a big concert towards the end of April/early May which parent(s)/guardian(s) will be invited to attend. Venue has yet to be decided. The children will sing with a full orchestra.

Our 4th class children are visiting the library in Greystones. Today Ms. Horgan’s class and Mrs. Durkan’s enjoyed reading time in the library. Next week Mr. Conlon’s class will have their visit.

Our vast choice of After School Activities have all commenced and so many children are partaking in these. I would just like to thank so many of our wonderful staff who give of their time to ensure the children can avail of these activities.

Just a reminder to 2nd and 6th class parents that registration for First Holy Communion and Confirmation is now open via the links I previously sent or via the Parish website www.gkpastoralarea.ie

Work is due to commence for our new prefabs on Wednesday 21 September. These prefabs will consist of four full sized classrooms. After the Halloween mid term our 5th class students will move into these rooms. They will be located at the back of the black astro and will be fitted out with standard classroom resources such as interactive whiteboards, toilets and heating.

We will shortly commence the design phase for our new Special Needs Build. This will consist of three Special Needs classrooms, with a sensory room, gym and designated play area. This will be a fantastic facility for our school and also for the whole Greystones community. Going forward we will be able to offer more places to children with additional needs.

I met with the Chairperson, Karl Lawless and the Deputy Chairperson, Louise Hatton of the Parent’s Association today. Together we hope to organise lots of activities and events for the children to enjoy. We will have a PA meeting in the school soon where all class reps will be invited to attend. A huge thank you to Karl and Louise for all their work on the PA.

I just want to say a very big thank you to the boys and girls for adapting so well to the new changes to arrival time this week. The school corridors are calm and quiet and the children settle so quickly and happily to their work. If a parent is dropping more than one child to an area in the morning they may bring their children in the most convenient gate. Just a reminder that if it’s after 9am please bring your child to the office door and we will ensure they get safely to their classroom.

Finally, I just want to thank you all for the tremendous support you give the school. I also want to thank our amazing staff who go above and beyond every day to make sure the children are so well looked after and cared for. Your children are simply the best and we look forward to the weeks and months ahead.


I hope you all have a lovely weekend.


Kindest regards


Ann-Marie Martin


Principal

9 September: Drumming Workshop

On Friday the 9th of September, 3rd and 4th classes attended a drumming workshop with Neil from Drumnature. Neil arrived with a drum for each child and the children practised rhythms as well as some improvisation. The sound of African drumming could be heard all along the corridor and the children really enjoyed the experience. Click here to see some photos!

2 September: Update from Mrs. Martin

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

Just a short email to say well done to everyone for the last two days. On Thursday we welcomed 669 children to the school, including 78 Junior Infants. Your children have been fantastic and their positivity and kindness has been so lovely to see. A very special mention to our Junior Infants. They have all settled into school life and are having a ball. A special word of thanks to the staff here in the school who give so much to the children everyday. We are all so lucky.

Please see below a few short updates:

  • All staff completed First Aid Training on 30 August. This provided us with the skills needed for minor injuries.

  • Everyone should have received an email with a list of After School Activities and how to register for these.

  • A reminder that if children cycle or scoot to school they should wear helmets for their safety.

Finally thank you all for your kind words and emails during the week. We really appreciate them. I look forward to a great year with you and your children.

Have a lovely weekend and I'm sure there will be a lot of tired but happy little faces this evening.

Kindest regards

Ann-Marie Martin, Principal

2 September: After-School Activities

This week we launched the schedule of after-school activities commencing in the school in the coming weeks. This schedule includes school-run activities and activities provided by external providers. To view the timetable of activities and to find out more about registering for these activities, please click here.

August 2022:

22 August: Back to School

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

I hope you are all well and enjoying the last of the summer holidays. We are really looking forward to the new school year in St. Laurence’s and we are excited to see all the boys and girls coming back to school and to welcoming our new Junior Infants.

School arrival time is from 8:50am to 9:00am each day.

Junior Infants will finish at 12pm on Thursday 1st September and Friday 2ndSeptember. From Monday 5th September Junior Infants will finish school at 1:30pm each day.

Senior Infants will finish at 1:30pm each day.

First to Sixth Classes will finish at 2:30pm each day.

Please find below some very important information for each class level regarding school arrival times and going home times.

Junior Infants:

From Thursday 1st September until Friday 9th September, inclusive, the children can be brought directly to their classrooms. At the end of the day the children can be collected from their classrooms.

We will update you during the first school week about the changes to the drop off and collection procedures that will be in place from Monday 12th September.

Senior Infants:

On Thursday 1st September and Friday 2nd September the children can be brought straight to their classrooms. They can be collected from their classrooms on those days.

From Monday 5th September all senior infants should be dropped to the basketball yard from 8:50am to 9:00am. Their class teachers will meet them there and bring them to their classrooms. At 1:30pm the teachers will bring the children to the basketball yard and they can be collected from there.

First Class:

On Thursday 1st September and Friday 2nd September the children can be brought straight to their classrooms. They can be collected from the shelter yard at the end of the day. The class teacher will stay with the children until every child is collected.

From Monday 5th September all First Class children should be dropped to the shelter yard from 8:50am to 9:00am. Their class teachers will meet them there and bring them to their classrooms every morning. At home time the children will again be brought to the shelter yard for collection.

Second Class:

The children should be dropped to the shelter yard each morning between 8:50am and 9:00am. They will be collected by their class teachers. At home time the children will be brought to the shelter yard at 2:30pm for collection. The class teacher will wait with the children until they are collected.

Third Class:

The children should be dropped to the all-weather yard (black astro) beside the car park each morning between 8:50am and 9:00am. They will be collected by their class teachers. At home time the children will be brought to the black astro at 2:30pm for collection. The class teacher will wait with the children until they are collected.

Fourth Class:

The children should be dropped to the yard area beside the black astro each morning between 8:50am and 9:00am. They will be collected by their class teachers. At home time the children will be brought to this area for collection.

Fifth and Sixth Class:

From 8:50am the children will enter the school by the main front door and go straight to their classrooms. The children will leave the school in the afternoons via the main door.

On the first day all teachers who will be collecting their classes outside will have a placard with their name on it - just in case your child doesn't know what their teacher looks like.

We appreciate that sometimes there can be traffic delays or other circumstances where children may be late for school. If this happens please bring your child/children to the main office and someone from the office team will bring them to their classrooms.

All class teachers will be in contact with you when they return and will keep you updated on life in your child’s classroom.

Our school website www.stlaurences.ie provides a huge amount of information about the school and there are some wonderful resources there to help you support your child’s learning.

We will issue information regarding after school activities early next week. We are delighted that we will be able to offer a wide range of activities.

Finally, I am looking forward to working with you all. Your children are the heart of the school and we will always do our best to look after them and help them to be the best they can be. If you have any concerns at any stage please contact your child’s teacher, our Deputy Principal Karen Ferguson or myself.

Let the fun begin!

Kindest regards,

Ann-Marie Martin, Principal

June 2022:

24 June: Update from Mrs. Martin

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),


Just a short email to update you from a very busy week in St. Laurence's!


Fun Day - Yesterday we had a fantastic day here. We had a lovely ceremony for Mrs. Mooney to thank her and wish her well on her retirement. She was absolutely thrilled and some of our 6th class students and the Student Council prepared a beautiful ceremony. Following this we all had such fun on bouncy castles, blowing bubbles, playing drums, joining in with zumba, face painting as well as various outdoor sports. This was finished off by a lovely ice cream from the ice cream van. It was truly the best fun ever. I just want to say a huge huge thank you to the wonderful staff and parents for making this day possible. We couldn't do it without you all. One person deserves an extra special thank you. Mrs. Uí Bhroin worked tirelessly for weeks before the event to ensure that everything ran smoothly and that every child had a great day. Míle buíochas Mrs. Uí Bhroin.

School Uniform Sale - Just a reminder that our second hand uniform sale will take place on Monday 27 June at 1:45pm in the school garden.

Class splits - our 1st, 2nd and 4th classes are all being split this year. Next week each class will have an opportunity to meet their new class mates. 2nd class will meet their new 3rd class on Monday, our 1st classes will meet their new 2nd class on Tuesday and our 4th class will meet their new 5th class on Wednesday.

Junior Infants - Our new Junior Infants will visit the school on Tuesday 28 June to meet their new classmates and their teachers. A very exciting time for them and for us!

6th Class - A big few days ahead for our 6th classes. We hope they enjoy their last few days with us.

Finally I wish you all a lovely weekend.


Kind regards


Ann-Marie Martin, Principal



17 June: Update from Mrs. Martin

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

I hope you are all well and enjoying the lovely summer weather.

It's hard to believe that we are heading towards the end of the school year, and even though we are beginning to see lots of tired faces around, the children are having a ball in school.

Please see below a few important notes and updates.

  • All information regarding school reports, book lists and monies to be collected will be issued early next week. We will notify you when the reports are on Aladdin.

  • A reminder that our second hand uniform sale will take place on Monday 27 June from 1:45pm to 2:30pm. All good quality used uniforms and tracksuits can be brought to the office for the sale.

  • Our school Fun Day will take place on Thursday 23 June. We will begin our day with a little thank you ceremony for Mrs. Mooney at 9:30am. We had to postpone this in December due to Covid so we are really looking forward to seeing Mrs. Mooney back in the school again. If any parent would like to come to the ceremony they are more than welcome. It will take place in the basketball yard. We would ask that parents leave promptly afterwards as the basketball yard will be used for some of our activities. We are all very excited for the day and we have some lovely activities planned as well as a few surprises for the children.

  • Lots of our classes have had their school tours now and they have been a great success. This week some of our younger classes enjoyed Teddy Bear picnics and visits to the Forest School.

  • Three children from Fourth Class came first in the Write a Book competition. They received their medals and certificates on Monday evening in Fitzpatrick's Castle Hotel. We are so proud of them. A wonderful achievement!

  • Our Fourth classes also took part in a Marine Explorers Education Programme. They produced fantastic projects and presented them via zoom to a marine biologist. Excellent work by all our Fourth Class students.

  • Our Third classes had a visit to the library and thoroughly enjoyed their time there. They were highly praised for their excellent reading skills and exemplary behaviour. We hope to have more visits to the library in the next academic year.

  • Our boys and girls football teams had matches against Kilcoole National School over the last two weeks. It has been great to wear the jerseys again and see the children represent their school.

  • Finally it is getting the near the time to say goodbye to our 6th class students. They are so busy preparing for their end of year plays, graduation and final day. This is always a time of excitement tinged with sadness. They have been a fantastic group of students - and are maturing into fine young people who have amazing futures ahead. They deserve special thanks for all they have done over their eight years in the school. We will miss them all.

Enjoy the weekend and let's hope the sun keeps shining.

Kindest regards

Ann-Marie Martin, Principal



17 June: Soccer Friendlies

Click here to read all about our recent soccer friendlies against St. Kevin's N.S. and Kilcoole N.S..

Over the course of four friendlies 84 students represented our school. They all played brilliantly and wore the jersey with pride. Hopefully, it has given our departing sixth class students some memories to cherish and the fifth class a taste of what is to come next year. Well done to all involved.

3 June: Update from Mrs. Martin

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

I hope you are all well and I’m sure everyone is looking forward to the Bank Holiday weekend ahead.

There have been lots of activities taking place in St. Laurence’s over the last two weeks. Life has been full to the brim!

Confirmation: Last Saturday, 28 May, our 6th class students made their Confirmation. It was a fantastic day for everyone. The ceremony was really beautiful and the children received a special message for Archbishop Dermot Farrell. The Confirmation Committee hosted a party back at the school. It was great to see the school hall full of happiness and cheer. Many thanks to all involved.

School Tours: Our annual school tours have commenced and the children are loving them. Today our Junior Infants had a fantastic day in Glenroe Farm and our 4th classes have been to Squirrels’ Scramble and Kilruddery Gardens. 2nd classes went on a big adventure to Dublin City on the DART where they visited St. Stephen’s Green and the Little Museum of Dublin.

Sports: 5th and 6th class girls took part in a Camogie Blitz. Our 6th class girls and boys played football matches against St. Kevin's – a great local derby! All our 6th class students took part in a GAA transition day in Éire Óg where all the primary schools came together for sport and fun to get know each other before heading to Secondary School. On Monday we were very lucky to have Greystones Rugby Club provide Tag Rugby for all children from 3rd to 6th. Special thank you to all the parents who helped with this. There are some great photos on our website of these events.

School Uniform: We will hold a uniform sale in the school garden on Monday 27 June from 1:45pm to 2:30pm. If anyone has any uniforms or tracksuits they wish to donate to the sale they can drop them to the school office. We have already received a number of donations. Thanks to the Parent’s Association for their help with this.

Building: We have had a lot of site visits for our upcoming Special Needs Build. This is a very exciting project and we are looking forward to the next stage where a design team will be appointed. This will be a fantastic facility for the school.

Early Closure: Just a reminder that we will close next Friday 10 June at 12pm to facilitate staff training.

We are in the final stretch of the school year now. We have lots to do yet and the children are looking forward to all the activities ahead. Wishing you all a lovely weekend and we will see the children back to school on Wednesday 8 June. Enjoy the extra day off!

Kindest regards

Ann-Marie Martin, Principal


May 2022:

23 May: Lego Competition Entries

Click here to see a video of the brilliant entries to the Lego competition. The level of creativity displayed was fantastic! Well done to all who participated!

20 May: Update from Mrs. Martin

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

I hope you are all well. Today is GOLF CLASSIC DAY and after two years the atmosphere is magic. The buzz around the school and the colourful array of jerseys is fantastic to see. I am sure lots of people had a great day golfing, some of you may still be on the course as I send this. I heard the coffee morning was a huge success and lots of us are looking forward to the dinner dance tonight. The number of raffle tickets that have been sold has been phenomenal. I want to thank each and everyone of you for your generous support for this event. A massive, massive thank you to the Golf Classic Committee who have worked tirelessly over the last few months to make all of this possible. I don't think they have slept all week! Their energy levels and positivity has been unbelievable and we are a very lucky school to have such a wonderful team to raise much needed funds for the school. Thank you all so much.

A few other exciting events have been happening in St. Laurence's since I last emailed you.

  • Our golfers had a wonderful day on Monday in the Delgany Schools Cup. Today we have more golfers participating in the Golf Classic. Well done to all the children involved.

  • Yesterday nearly 80 children from 3rd to 6th class participated in the Wicklow Primary Schools Track and Field Event. Our wonderful athletes put on a fantastic display and medals galore were won. We are very proud of all the children, not only for their wonderful performance, but also for their exemplary behaviour on the day. A big thank you to Mrs. Uí Bhroin, Assistant Principal II, for all her work in the organisation of this and for her work with the golfers too.

  • Yesterday 5th and 6th class boys participated in a hurling blitz in Bray Emmets. They won all their five matches. The girls will be out next week for their hurling blitz.

  • Next Saturday, 28 May 2022, our 6th classes will be making their Confirmation. We wish them and their families a wonderful day.

  • School tour season has started here in St. Laurence's. On Monday Mr. Dunne's 2nd class had a super day in Dublin where they visited St. Stephen's Green and the Little Museum of Dublin. Ms. Durkin's 2nd class will be heading for the same tour on Monday morning.

  • Our ASD class hosted Sibling's Day yesterday. They invited their siblings to see their class and all the wonderful work they do. I know Mrs. Kelly, Lorna and Sarah were very proud of them all.

  • A huge thank you to all those who participated in the Lego Competition for Creative Schools Week. The entries were simply brilliant and the children were so creative in their designs. Well done to all!

I wish you all a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing many of you at the dinner dance later on this evening.

Kind regards

Ann-Marie Martin, Principal

19 May: Wicklow Athletics

Congratulations to all the children who participated in the Wicklow Primary Schools Track and Field Event on Thursday, 19th May. Our wonderful athletes put on a fantastic display and medals galore were won! Click here to see all the photos from the day.


16 May: GAA - Delgany Schools' Cup

Congratulations to the 6th class pupils who represented the school in the Delgany Schools' Cup in Delgany Golf Club on Monday, 16th May. Click here to see more.

13 May: GAA - Cumann na mBunscol Participation Days

Congratulations to the children who represented the school in the recent Cumann na mBunscol Participation Days (28th April and 12th May) held in Bray Emmets GAA Club, Bray. Click here to find out more.

13 May: Jersey Day - Friday, 20 May 2022

Friday, 20 May 2022 is Jersey Day where all the children can bring a coin to wear a jersey!

All money collected will go to the St. Laurence's Annual fundraising Day. The money raised during the school Fundraising Day on May 20 will go towards updating and improving the school facilities and the purchase of new sports equipment for all pupils. It's a great day for all involved with the school - please join us!

More information can be found here.


10 May: Annual Fundraiser Golf Classic and Dinner Dance

Spots are Selling Fast - Get yours before they're gone!

There are still some places remaining for the Annual Fundraiser Dinner Dance and Golf Classic on Friday week, 20 May 2022.

Click the following for bookings Booking Form.


6 May: Update from Mrs. Martin

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

I hope you are all keeping well. We have had a very busy two weeks here in St. Laurence's since we came back after Easter. Please find below some updates from the school

First Holy Communion - Our second classes have been busy preparing for their First Holy Communion which takes place this Sunday 8 May in St. Anthony's Church Kilcoole. We are so proud of all the children and we wish them every happiness on their special day. We look forward to seeing them all back to the school after the ceremonies for a little celebratory party. A huge thank you to the Communion Committee for all their work in helping to organise the reception back in the school.

6th class - Our 6th class children, who will be attending St. David's in September, visited the school today. There they met their year head, Michelle Bailey, and the 5th year prefects gave them a tour of the school.

GAA Blitz - Some of our 5th and 6th class boys took part in a GAA blitz in Bray Emmets. They had a great day and it was super to see the St. Laurence's jerseys being worn again after two years. The girls will have their turn to participate in a blitz on 12 May.

Golf Classic - We are so excited for the upcoming Golf Classic on 20 May. It's a fantastic day for the whole school community. We would encourage you all to participate in some way. The dinner dance is always a wonderful night and there are still some tickets available. All bookings can be done through Aladdin. On the day itself there will two further fundraising events. There will be a coffee morning in The Grove Bar from 9:30am for anyone who would like to attend (please bring cash only). We will also run a jersey day in the school where the children can bring a coin and wear a jersey for the day. We would be very grateful if raffle ticket money could be returned to the school as soon as possible. The golf committee have been working tirelessly to make this day happen and a massive amount of work goes on a daily basis. We are so grateful to you all.

Uniform- From next September we plan to roll out the wearing of our school uniform. The children can wear their tracksuits on the days they have PE or on a day they have a sporting after school activity. On the other days all children from 1st to 6th class will wear their full school uniform. Junior and Senior Infants can wear their school tracksuits everyday if they wish.

Parent's Association - We had our final PA meeting of the year in the school on Wednesday evening. A big thank you to Karl, Louise, John Paul and all the class reps for the work they do. We are very lucky to have the support of the PA to make all the events happen in the school. If any parent would like to be involved going forward please let the PA know.

Fun day - We are planning a FUN DAY in St. Laurence's on 23 June. This day will be filled with lots of fun activities for the children to enjoy. We feel it is important to acknowledge all the children have been through over the last two years. Their positivity and resilience has been astounding and this is our way of saying thank you to them. It will be a fantastic day. A special thank you to Mrs.Uí Bhroin, Assistant Principal II, for all her work in organising this.

Finally, I wish you all a lovely weekend and to those families whose children are making their First Holy Communion I wish you a joyful day. These special days create lovely memories to be cherished forever.

Kindest regards

Ann-Marie Martin, Principal

APRIL 2022:

28 April: Annual Fundraiser Golf Classic and Dinner Dance

The booking form for the Golf Classic and Dinner Dance is now available online at the link below.

The Golf Classic may be booked as individuals or as teams of four.

  • The 18 -hole golf competition, with a steak sandwich, costs €65 per person

  • The 18-hole golf, with the dinner dance, costs €100 per person.

  • The Ladies 9-hole golf competition, with a steak sandwich, costs €50 per person.

  • The Ladies 9-hole golf competition, with the dinner dance, costs €85 per person.

  • The dinner dance costs €50 per person.

Payment should be made through Aladdin Connect - an email link will also be sent for payment.

25 April: Krafty Kickers Summer Camp

Krafty Kickers Summer Camp will be held in the school for the first two weeks of the summer holiday, namely from 4th to 8th July 2022 and from 11th to 15th July 2022. Click here to find the information leaflet and registration form.

9th April: Update from Mrs. Martin

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

I hope you are all well and looking forward to the Easter Break.The children were full of excitement today and they enjoyed all the Easter activities this week.

As you know the 6th class children held a cake sale on Wednesday. We are delighted to let you know that €3,755 was raised to help the Ukrainian people. We want to thank you most sincerely for your generous support and for all the wonderful cakes that were sent in for the day. I want to congratulate the 6th class children and their teachers for running this event. They did a fantastic job and we are so proud of them.

I also want to congratulate Mrs. Durkan's 4th class and Mrs. Malone's 3rd class for their participation in Science Blast. We definitely have some budding scientists in the school!

We recently took part in a local art competition to design a special place in Delgany. The Council was awarded a grant recently to design a public realm plan for Delgany village. The designs the children submitted were excellent and we had lots of winners throughout the school. Well done to all.

The first two weeks in July will see the return of the St. Laurence's Summer Camp, which is run by teachers in the school. More details will follow after Easter but it will be lovely to have this back in the school again.

Finally I want to thank you for all your support this term. Your children are simply the best and they brighten everyday for us. I hope you all have a lovely Easter and we look forward to seeing everyone back to school on Monday 25 April.

Kindest regards

Ann-Marie Martin

Principal


6th April: Cake Sale in aid of Crosscare

There was great excitement around the school today as the 6th Class children held a Cake Sale in the school hall. All proceeds from the sale are being donated to Crosscare who are supporting Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war and coming to Ireland.

A big thank you to all those who baked cakes for the sale and donated money to this very worthy cause.

MARCH 2022:

25th March: Update from Mrs. Martin

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

I hope you are all well and enjoying the lovely sunshine. There has been a taste of summer this week with many children coming to school in shorts and wearing sunglasses!

It has been busy here in St. Laurence's. Our 5th and 6th classes had a visit from the Wicklow Ladies Junior GAA team. They won the All Ireland this year and they brought the cup to the school to show the children.

As part of our Creative Schools Initiative we are delighted to announce that we will now have an Artist in Residence who will be providing drama lessons to all the children in the school from now until the end of June. This is a wonderful opportunity for all the children.

This week we welcomed our first Ukrainian family to the school. We are so proud of the children for all the kindness shown. It has been wonderful to see. We look forward to welcoming more families over the next few weeks.

Our 6th class children will hold a cake sale on Wednesday 6 April to raise funds for the terrible tragedy in the Ukraine. We will also set up an online donation link on Aladdin if anyone would like to contribute. The monies raised will go to Crosscare who support Ukrainian families. We will send more details for the cake sale next week.

Unfortunately a Covid wave has hit the school again. We have had a lot of absences of children and staff. Once again the commitment and dedication of the staff has been so evident as we were able to keep all classes in school. Please remember that the HSE guidelines advise keeping children at home if they are symptomatic and to conduct an antigen test.

Finally I wish you all a lovely weekend and a very Happy Mother's Day to all our wonderful mammies and grannies.

Kindest regards

Ann-Marie Martin

Principal

11th March: Update from Mrs. Martin

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

I hope you are all well and surviving the changing weather! The last two weeks have been very busy here in St. Laurence’s with lots of exciting activities.

Seachtain na Gaeilge:

Seachtain na Gaeilge is taking place at the moment. The children are really enjoying the activities from Ceilí dancing to drama, music and story trails. It’s great to hear them all using their Gaeilge throughout the day. On Wednesday 16 March the 5th and 6th classes will participate in GAA games with the other local schools and these will take place in Éire Óg. The children will be encouraged to use their Gaeilge throughout the event. Wednesday 16 March is LÁ GLAS. The children may wear something green with their school tracksuits. Funny hats, glasses, wigs or any props also welcome!

World Book Day:

We all had a fantastic day for World Book Day. The children and staff dressed up as their favourite book characters and they had a fun filled day with lots of exciting reading activities.

First Reconciliation:

The second class children celebrated their First Reconciliation in St. Anthony’s Church, Kilcoole. The ceremony was really beautiful and we are so proud of how wonderful the children were on the night. The second classes attended mass last Friday, 4 March in the Holy Rosary Church Greystones with the parish community. This will help the children prepare for their First Holy Communion in May. The parishioners were delighted to see the children at mass and really enjoyed their beautiful singing.

Maths Zone:

You will all have received an email from Jennifer Berney in relation to a fantastic new zone on our website – MATHS ZONE. This is a wonderful resource that will assist you when helping your children at home with maths. The children are also beginning two new programmes NUMBOTS and TIMES TABLES ROCK STARS. These online programmes will help the children with learning their tables.

Annual General Meeting:

The School’s AGM took place on Wednesday 9 March. It was great to host this again in the school and it was lovely to see parents in the school hall.

Internet Website Omegle:

Following on from my email the other day a number of parents very kindly sent me some information on the website OMEGLE. I have attached below a link to this information

https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/news-blogs/what-is-omegle-what-parents-need-to-know/

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and we can all look forward to the St. Patrick’s festivities next weekend.

Slán go fóill,

Ann-Marie Martin

Principal




3rd March: World Book Day

St. Laurence's celebrated World Book Day on Thursday, 3rd March. All the children (and teachers!!) were invited to dress up as their favourite book characters. The children enjoyed taking part in some fantastic World Book Day activities including quizzes, crafts, webinars and much much more!! Read more about it here.

FEBRUARY 2022:

18th February: Update from Mrs. Martin

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

Happy Friday! I’m sure you are all looking forward to the weekend ahead. It has been lovely to see the days getting brighter and we all celebrated St. Brigid’s Day here in the school with some beautiful art work, prayer and song.

It has been a busy two weeks here in St. Laurence’s since I last emailed you all. Please find below some updates about school life.

Zeeko:

Zeeko is an Irish company based at Nova UCD whose mission is to teach Internet Safety to children, parents and teachers. The 5th and 6th class children have all had an educator from ZEEKO talk to them about safety online. The children all found it hugely beneficial. The parents talk, last night, was very well attended and we are hoping to provide a recording of this to parents next week.

Sacraments:

The 2nd class children are busy preparing for their First Reconciliation, which will take place in early March. The Sacramental Co-ordination Team will be visiting the children and the teachers next week.

Library Trip:

On Monday 14 February, our three 4th classes will be visiting our local library in Greystones. The librarians have very kindly offered to give the children a tour of the library and a storytelling session.

Kindness Week:

Kindness week will take place from 14 February to 18 February. The theme is ‘Choose Kindness’. There will be a theme per day. Monday: Self-Kindness, Tuesday: Kindness to Others, Wednesday: Kindness to the Earth and Animals, Thursday: Kindness to your family, Friday: A Celebration of Kindness.

Helmets:

A number of children are cycling and scooting to school which is fantastic to hear. However, some children are not wearing helmets and we would really like to emphasise the importance of this. I spoke to the children from 4th to 6th class today and reminded them of the importance of wearing a helmet and how helmets keep them safe.

Finally, I wish you all a lovely weekend and many thanks for all your continued support.

Kindest regards

Ann-Marie Martin

Principal

4th February: Update from Mrs. Martin

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

Happy Friday! I’m sure you are all looking forward to the weekend ahead. It has been lovely to see the days getting brighter and we all celebrated St. Brigid’s Day here in the school with some beautiful art work, prayer and song.

It has been a busy two weeks here in St. Laurence’s since I last emailed you all. Please find below some updates about school life.

Zeeko:

Zeeko is an Irish company based at Nova UCD whose mission is to teach Internet Safety to children, parents and teachers. The 5th and 6th class children have all had an educator from ZEEKO talk to them about safety online. The children all found it hugely beneficial. The parents talk, last night, was very well attended and we are hoping to provide a recording of this to parents next week.

Sacraments:

The 2nd class children are busy preparing for their First Reconciliation, which will take place in early March. The Sacramental Co-ordination Team will be visiting the children and the teachers next week.

Library Trip:

On Monday 14 February, our three 4th classes will be visiting our local library in Greystones. The librarians have very kindly offered to give the children a tour of the library and a storytelling session.

Kindness Week:

Kindness week will take place from 14 February to 18 February. The theme is ‘Choose Kindness’. There will be a theme per day. Monday: Self-Kindness, Tuesday: Kindness to Others, Wednesday: Kindness to the Earth and Animals, Thursday: Kindness to your family, Friday: A Celebration of Kindness.

Helmets:

A number of children are cycling and scooting to school which is fantastic to hear. However, some children are not wearing helmets and we would really like to emphasise the importance of this. I spoke to the children from 4th to 6th class today and reminded them of the importance of wearing a helmet and how helmets keep them safe.

Finally, I wish you all a lovely weekend and many thanks for all your continued support.

Kindest regards

Ann-Marie Martin

Principal

JANUARY 2022

21st January: Update from Mrs. Martin

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s),

Happy Friday to you all! I am sure you are all looking forward to the weekend ahead.

I just wanted to touch base with you all and update you on life in St. Laurence’s over the last two weeks.

The boys and girls have been working really hard and are getting back into the routine of school. Their positive attitude is phenomenal and they are really enjoying all elements of school life.

School attendance has been very good and while we are still dealing with Covid the situation seems a lot better and we look forward to brighter days ahead.

After school GAA and football has resumed and is going very well.

The children from 3rd to 5th are enjoying their tin whistle lessons on a Friday with Niall from Music Generation and it’s lovely to hear the music coming from Catherine’s Garden

4th class pupils are busy working away on their Write a Book Projects – some budding novelists are in the making!

6th classes are participating in the wonderful experience of Sound Therapy which is proving to be very beneficial for their well being.

Next week is Catholic Schools Week and the theme is “Catholic Schools:Living life to the full.” There will a different thought and reflection for each day which the children will hear over the intercom.

Finally I just want to thank you all for your ongoing support.

Kindest regards

Ann-Marie Martin

Principal


24 June: Update from Mrs. Martin

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),


Just a short email to update you from a very busy week in St. Laurence's!


Fun Day - Yesterday we had a fantastic day here. We had a lovely ceremony for Mrs. Mooney to thank her and wish her well on her retirement. She was absolutely thrilled and some of our 6th class students and the Student Council prepared a beautiful ceremony. Following this we all had such fun on bouncy castles, blowing bubbles, playing drums, joining in with zumba, face painting as well as various outdoor sports. This was finished off by a lovely ice cream from the ice cream van. It was truly the best fun ever. I just want to say a huge huge thank you to the wonderful staff and parents for making this day possible. We couldn't do it without you all. One person deserves an extra special thank you. Mrs. Uí Bhroin worked tirelessly for weeks before the event to ensure that everything ran smoothly and that every child had a great day. Míle buíochas Mrs. Uí Bhroin.

School Uniform Sale - Just a reminder that our second hand uniform sale will take place on Monday 27 June at 1:45pm in the school garden.

Class splits - our 1st, 2nd and 4th classes are all being split this year. Next week each class will have an opportunity to meet their new class mates. 2nd class will meet their new 3rd class on Monday, our 1st classes will meet their new 2nd class on Tuesday and our 4th class will meet their new 5th class on Wednesday.

Junior Infants - Our new Junior Infants will visit the school on Tuesday 28 June to meet their new classmates and their teachers. A very exciting time for them and for us!

6th Class - A big few days ahead for our 6th classes. We hope they enjoy their last few days with us.

Finally I wish you all a lovely weekend.


Kind regards


Ann-Marie Martin, Principal