I am delighted to welcome you all back to a new school year. On a personal note, I would like to thank all of you for the warm welcome I have received both from yourselves and your children. It is an absolute privilege to be appointed to the role of Principal of Our Lady of Victories Girls’ School, and I look forward to many years of hard work and happiness ahead.
New Staff members:
We welcome back Ms Farrell, 6th Class, and congratulate her on her permanent appointment to the school. We also welcome our two new teachers and two new SNAs- Ms Farrell-McCabe, Ms Behan, Ms Fitzpatrick and Ms King. I am delighted to announce that Ms Claire Thomas has been appointed as the shared HSCL Coordinator for OLV Infant and Girls’ School and we are delighted to welcome her to the school. She will be taking up the role as soon as she can be released from her base school. Claire can be contacted on 0874152165.
We are delighted to have such dedicated and enthusiastic staff members on our team.
Documentation for parents/guardians: Please find all the relevant policies on the school website- Healthy Eating Policy, Acceptable Use Policy and Data Protection Policy.
- Please refer to the yellow document when sending in extra food items for the girls.
- Please read, sign and return the purple document to the class teacher
- Please read, sign and return the slip at the end of the pink document to the class teacher.
I would like to draw your attention as to the recommended best practice for schools, in terms of communication with principal, teachers, SNAs etc.
If you have any concerns regarding your child’s education and/or well-being in school, your first point of contact should always be the class teacher.
- Please write a note in your child’s journal or ring the school to request contact. The teacher will endeavour to make contact as soon as possible. Under no circumstances will a teacher be available to meet/speak on the phone with a parent without prior arrangement.
- If, following contact with the class teacher and allowing sufficient time to address any issues/concerns raised, you are not happy with the progress, it is then recommended you contact the school to make an appointment to speak to the principal.
Sharing the hall between three schools means each school has limited access throughout the year. Whenever possible the class teachers will bring the children outside if the hall has been allocated to the Infant or Boys’ School on a tracksuit day. We are very grateful to Ms Hickey and the staff of the Boys’ School for allowing us have access to their school grounds on Tuesdays and Fridays, and this will be used as much as possible.
We have engaged with the following community-based sports initiatives this term:
Gerry Seaver, Ballymun Kickhams, will train all classes in football skills throughout the year, starting with 2nd/3rd before Christmas. Setanta will train the classes in camogie later in the year.
Paul Donnelly, the Sports Officer for Dublin City Council has offered free sports coaching services to the school. Collette Quinn began Athletics coaching (track and field) with four classes today and we hope to engage with more coaches throughout the year.
Juliet Shortt, the North West Community Rugby Officer, will begin tag ruby training with all classes on Friday.
Communion and Confirmation Classes
Jo McGlynn is our School Chaplain and she will be coordinating the ‘Do This In Memory’ Communion Programme and the ‘You Shall Be My Witness’ Confirmation programmes. Any queries regarding these programmes should be sent to Jo directly. We will joyfully journey with and pray for our Sacramental classes over the coming months. We wish God’s abundant blessings on the children, their teachers and their families.
We are awaiting notification of our Confirmation date, this will be communicated as soon as it is received from Archbishop’s House. First Communion will take place on Sunday 26th May 2019.
On a final note I would like to thank you for all your help and support throughout my years on the OLV campus and look forward to working closely with you for many more to come. I hope your children will have a happy and successful school year. Please take time to read the reflection below and have a chat to your child about their own hopes for the year to come. I ask God to bless us all in the year ahead.
Reflection: What will this year bring?
What will this year bring? We do not know.
It will likely bring its usual times of work and play,
Experiences of success and failure,
All the things that are part of school life.
It is a new beginning,
The planting of a seed that will grow for a year,
The seed of fruit that will blossom in times to come.
It offers new hope,
Hope for good work, for successful results,
For friendship, for fun, for learning.
In this coming year,
may there be learning, prayer and fun.
May there be hard work, faith and friendship.
May no one in this school be lonely;
may no one be left out in class;
may no one suffer because of how others here treat them.
As we begin this new year in hope, in prayer and in friendship,
May God begin it with us, be with us during it,
and successfully bring it to its conclusion.