St Mary's Holy Faith Killester

Newsletter #4 October 2021

06-October-21
Newsletter #4 October 2021

Parents Association AGM

Thanks to all the parents who attended our AGM last night. An informative session entitled: Parenting Teens - A Road-Map for Well-Being was provided by Brainbox.ie. The Parent Association is the structure through which parents/guardians in a school can work together for the best possible education for their children. All parents are members of the Parents Association in St. Mary's. We are inviting members to get involved by emailing Denise at parentsassociation@hfk.ie

Afterschool Study

Afterschool study commences on November 1st. Students can avail of two hours of supervised study each day after school with refreshments provided. The cost is €120 for the year and can be paid on Easy Payments Plus.

Jersey Raffle

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Our sports teams are currently fundraising for new jerseys. The are holding a raffle for €2 to raise the money for a new kit for our Gaelic and soccer teams. All support welcome. If any parent/guardian is in a position to sponsor a kit, that would also be incredibly helpful.

Supporting the Safe Provision of Schooling Inspection

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The Department of Education carried out an inspection visit at the school on October 5th. The inspection is designed to advise and support schools on creating a safe learning and working environment for all in the context of Covid-19. The report will be published in the coming weeks and we will share the link here. The inspector congratulated in particular, the student leaders involved in supporting the provision of a safe school. You can read about their work HERE.

Board of Management

The Board of Management ratified the anti-bullying policy and completed the relevant mandatory Department of Education checklist at its meeting on Monday, October 4th. The policy can be accessed HERE.

Verification of the review can be accessed HERE.

FUSE Programe

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Well done to Any Ward and Gia Cepeda who spoke on the Pat Kenny show on Newstalk this week about the FUSE programme. Ms. Burke (Programme Coordainator) and Ms. McDonagh (FUSE Teacher) also contributed. The segment can be accessed HERE

Midterm Assessments

Midterm Assessments will take place from Monday, October 18th - Friday, October 22nd. Parents will have access to reports on the VSWare platform from November 10th.

Green Flag

Well done to our Green Team who attended the virtual Green Flag award ceremony this week. The students worked extremely hard to achieve the flag for their efforts in relation to litter and waste. There was a pizza party to celebrate. Also pictured here are Ms Ryan (co-ordinator and Paul (Caretaker)

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One Good School

We are delighted to have achieved the #onegoodschool award from Jigsaw for promoting a school wide, shared responsibility approach to supporting mental health and well-being. The initiative from Jigsaw provides a broad range of evidence based activities for everyone within the school community: leadership, teachers, parents and students. The programme included workshops for parents and teachers, resources and peer education programmes provided by students for students. Well done to all at St. Mary’s.

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Transition Year

TY students will have their first TAG class next week. This is a very exciting programme which sees students interact with an garda Síochána in a very positive way. The students gain a greater understanding of the role of guards in the community through this very interesting set of classes.
St. Mary's has a long a tradition of participating in Gaisce -The Presidents Award and many students have now signed up. We look forward to great personal growth in students as a result of their participation in this highly regarded programme.


Anti-racism Project

Rang Cosgrave's English class have created a magazine to raise awareness of Racism. The students have written a number of feature articles and created a presentation to learn about racism and how to build a culture of inclusivity. Well done.

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Student Council

We have an active Student Council who are currently creating a Unity wall for the school. We are most grateful to Crown Paint who are sponsoring all the paint for this very special project. We will keep you up to date on developments!

Halloween

We're getting ready for all things spooky in the coming weeks. We will have creative writing and poetry competitions and our traditional dress-up Friday on October 22nd. This is always a wonderful day in the St. Mary's calendar.

Apply for a place in St. Mary's

Our application process is under way for 2022/2023. If you have a daughter or friend hoping to register please email studentregistration@hfk.ie and an application pack will be sent to you. Well done to our student leadership team who have been involved in promotional activities for the school. We thank them for their enthusiasm and giving back to the school.

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Oct 18
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Midterm Assessment
Oct 21
2021
ASPIRE 2 Launch
Oct 22
2021
Dress Up Friday
Oct 25
2021
Midterm Break
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