St. Laurence's News

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.

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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.

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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.

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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