St. Laurence's News

September 2022:

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.

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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.

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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


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