Our Website

December 6, 2018

This website is being redeveloped. While this is happening no new policies will be uploaded and only some news items will be posted.

We ask parents of children already attending St Catherine's to log onto their aladdin.ie account or Aladdin Connect for up to date news and policy links.

Our redeveloped website will be available in the early part of 2019.

Thank you for your patience while we work to improve the site.

St Catherine's NS

Board of Management Information Meeting

October 11, 2018

The annual Board of Management information meeting will be held at 7.00pm next Tuesday the 16th of October

We hope all parents will attend.

We will look at how the board works, what plans the board has for the school, report on the work of the board from last year and talk about child protection and other school policies.

This is a great opportunity for parents to make their views known to the board.

St Catherine's Parent Association Multicultural Day

October 4, 2018

Multi Cultural Day 2018

September 24, 2018

Don't miss our first Multi-cultural Day in St Catherine's.

Our parent Association have organised this event to celebrate the many cultures that make up our school community.

Over 27 countries and cultures will be represented on the day through food, music, projects and art.

Where:  St Catherine's NS school hall

When: Friday the 5th October

Time: 2.30 pm - 5.00 pm

ALL WELCOME

Aladdin Connect App

August 30, 2018

Dear Parent/Guardian,
 
Our school is delighted to announce that you can now have access to Aladdin Schools Connect for parents/guardians of children in our classes.  
 
The school uses the Aladdin Schools software service www.aladdin.ie for administrative purposes and Connect will give you secure access to messages from the school and to details of your child’s attendance, test results, reports cards etc  via secure login from your internet browser or Aladdin Connect App
 
Aladdin Connect is a fantastic way to enhance a school's communication with  parents. It enables parents to stay connected and informed about their child's education by:
- Ensuring that the school has their most up to date contact information
- Keeping parents apprised of their child's attendance
- Keeping parents up to date on school and classroom news via noticeboard messages
- Allowing parents to view what items their child had for homework today
- Keeping parents up to date on what library book their child is currently reading and if it is due/overdue to be returned
- Allowing parents view their child's approved report card
- Giving parents the option to opt in to share contact information with their child's classmates’ parents via the Parent Privacy option for the class list.
- Allowing parents to view their child's latest standardised test results
 
Along with strengthening our home/school partnership, we also envisage Aladdin Connect helping the school by:
- Helping to improve attendance by allowing parents to keep track of any school days their child may have currently missed, along with late arrival and early leaving information.
- Helping to reduce the amount of class/school notes being sent home
- Helping the school/ teachers communicate with parents when the need arises
- Reducing costs by eliminating the need to send school report cards by post
- Reducing costs by reducing the number of text messages that need to be sent
 
You can rest reassured that Aladdin Schools uses state-of-the-art security to safeguard information entered by the school and data is stored and processed in strict compliance with Irish and European data protection laws.
 
In the next few days, you will receive a text/email message containing your registration link.  There will be one link per parent which will allow the parent to access information for all their children in the school from one user account. Please do not forward this text/email or share this link as this is a unique registration code for each parent for your child/children in this school. During registration you will choose a password that will be used in conjunction with your email address to securely access the Aladdin Connect going forward. If you choose you may share your own contact details with other parents of children in the same class as your children, but please be reassured that this information will not be shared unless you choose to share it. Once you are registered you will be sent an email with links to download the Aladdin Connect App for your mobile device. The main advantage of using the App is to receive immediate alerts for app messages sent by your school. Downloading the App is highly recommended to enhance both the parent and school's Connect experience. 

By default both parents will have access to view their child’s contact information. If for any reason you do NOT wish to share your own personal contact information within the family circle or if you have any concerns regarding your particular family setup please contact the school in confidence to discuss or have this facility restricted.

In preparation for this please let the school know if your email address or phone number has changed recently.
 
We hope that you enjoy using Aladdin Connect. Your class teacher, the secretary or myself will welcome any feedback or questions you may have.
 
Yours sincerely,

Ger Ó Sé

Principal

St Catherine's 2018-19

August 28, 2018

Fáilte go léir ar ais ar Scoil

Welcome back everyone.

St Catherine's re-opens on 29th August 2018

 

We hope everyone has had a great summer holidays and are delighted to welcome everyone back to St Catherine's for a new school year.

We look forward to having a wonderful learning experience and to meeting old friends and making new ones.

We hope it will be a year to remember for the whole school community.

School are-opens

March 4, 2018

St Catherine’s will open again on Monday 5th March. 

Red Weather Warning

February 28, 2018

Wednesday 28 February

Met Eireann has issued a Red Weather warning  so school will bevclosed today and tomorrow and Friday.

should there be any change to this we will contact parents by text and email and post notices to our website and Aladdin.ie 

Stay safe and enjoy snow.

le meas

Board of Management 

S Catherines NS

February 23, 2018

Congratulations to the boys and girls who represented St Catherine's so well in this year's inter schools Debating Competition.

We had two teams entered this year and both teams were wonderful ambassadors for the school. One team winning their debate and the other losing out to Donabate but the margin was as close as it could have been.

The boys and girls were articulate, expressive and persuasive. They displayed excellent public speaking skills and were a credit to their teachers Mr Hegarty and Ms Byrne who did so much work with the children in preparing them for the competition.

We are all very proud of the teams and hope they continue with debating as they are clearly very talented.

Well done to all involved including all the members of the debating club and other classmates who contributed so much to ensuring the teams were prepared.

Rush Library

February 1, 2018

Bully-Proof Kids a talk by Stella O’Malley

Monday 5th of February at 6.30pm

 

Stella O’Malley is a psychotherapist, best selling author, and public speaker with many years’ experience as a mental health professional.  Much of Stella’s counselling and teaching work is with parents and young people which culminated in the publication of her book ‘Cotton Wool Kids’ by Mercier Press in 2015. Stella's new best-selling book 'Bully-Proof Kids offers practical tools to help children grow up confident, resilient and strong'. 

Adult event. All are welcome – no booking required.

 

 

Kind regards

Rush Library

01-8708414

rushlibrary@Fingal.ie

www.fingal.ie

Santa Run

December 15, 2017

Great fun today at the Santa Run!

Thank you for all the support with the sponsorship forms.

Carol Service 2017

December 15, 2017

Our Carol Service will take place next Wednesday 20th December at 9:30 in our school hall.

Each year we ask parents to make a donation to the Simon Community as admission.

We suggest €3.00.

In the last number of years we have donated over €1000 to Simon each year and hope to do the same this year.

In this small way we can help to combat the scourge of homelessness.

We ask that out of respect for the hard work all children have put into preparing for the Carol Service that people not leave until the concert finishes.

We would also like to remind parents that buggies are not permitted in the hall.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the service.

Is mise le meas

Ger O Sé

Tesco Visit

December 14, 2017

On Tuesday 12th December some of the children from Room 14 4th class went to the local Tesco store.

We wrote out a Christmas dinner shopping list and had to find the cost of the items on it.When we returned to school we added up the amount our shopping would have cost us.

Thank you to Tesco for accommodating our visit and well done to all the children who represented the school in such as excellent manner

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Our Christmas Classroom Doors

December 12, 2017

Defibrillator

December 1, 2017

Defibrillator

We are delighted to have received our Defibrillator.

Many thanks to all parents who contributed so generously to this initiative. The defibrillator will be a boon for both the school and the St Catherine's  estate community.

Thank you to Alan Dillon who sourced the debfibrillator and who has provided First Aid training for several members of staff over the past few months.

Image shows some of our first responders: Jenny, Kathy, Fiona and Elizabeth

Student Council Winter Fair

November 28, 2017

Just 4 more days to Our Winter Fair!

Come one come all to the Winter Fair this Friday December 1st, from 09:00.

The student council will be selling a fantastic array of toys, books, jigsaws and DVDs.

All items are in great condition.

We have everything from Pokemon to Peppa Pig; Rainbow Fairies to Rainbow Dash; Shopkins to Star Wars. There truly is something for everyone.

Ms Sheehan, our resident artist, and fantastic teacher has been working tirelessly with her groups to create Christmas Decorations and Cards designed and produced by the children in St. Catherines.

This event is the brainchild of the Student Council 2017, members of the council were elected by their peers in all classes from 2nd to 6th.

Every cent raised will go towards outdoor activities to be enjoyed by all the children in the school.

Please do come and support the children's enterprise.

Items for sale will range from 1€-5€

Each class will be allocated time to shop in the hall.

Parents are invited into the hall from 09:10 -09:30 to shop til you drop!

Please try to support the sale by giving at least 2€ to your child on Friday to spend at Our Winter Fair.

Annual Christmas Swim

November 28, 2017

Dear Parents

For those of you who are brave enough, the Christmas Swim will take place on Saturday 16th December at 10am at Loughshinny.

All parents are welcome to take part in this fundraising event and sponsorship forms will be available from the Committee and from Anne in the school office from next Monday.

If you can't face the thoughts of getting into the water yourself then please support our swimmers by sponsoring them generously and/or coming along on the day to cheer them on.

This event was great fun last year and raised a significant amount for our School.  All funds raised go directly to benefitting the children.  This year the money raised will be used to upgrade the school ICT System.    We look forward to your continued support.  

Kind regards  

Hannah Hughes

Secretary - St Catherine's NS Parent Association

Winter Jumble Sale

November 27, 2017

Reminder:

Winter Jumble Sale 

This Friday the student council will hold a jumble sale in the school hall.

Donations are still welcome. We are looking for toys, games, books and DVD's (U/G) in good condition.

Please support the sale on Friday. Parents are welcome to shop at 9:10 am and classes will be timetabled to shop throughout the day.

Thank you,

St Catherine's Student Council.

Christmas Decoration Craft Fair

November 24, 2017

Feast Day of St Catherine

November 23, 2017

Dear Parents

All are invited to attend a mass in St Catherine's celebrating he feast of St Catherine.

The mass will take place at 10:00 am on Friday 24th November.

Room 13 Dioramas of Dream Bedrooms

November 23, 2017

Beautiful Abstract Art

November 21, 2017

Hi everyone, 

Last week in Art Club, the artists abandoned the paint brushes and took up palette knives instead! They listened to some relaxing music and let the music take them wherever they wanted to go. They were presented with paint in just the primary colours so they had freedom to blend and create new colours as they wished.

This week they children used inky markers to add pattern and designs to enhance their paintings. Take a look at their beautiful and original pieces below .

Ms. Sheehan

 

 

Parent Teacher Meetings 2017-18

November 20, 2017

Dear Parents

The following may be of use to ensure a successful parent / teacher meeting this week.

Prepare a list of questions
Preparing a list of questions will help you have a productive conversation with your child's teacher. Prioritise the questions in case you run out of time during the conference.

The following questions are examples that will help you learn more about your child's progress in school:

  1. What is my child expected to learn this year?
  2. How will this be assessed and evaluated?
  3. What are my child's strongest and weakest areas?
  4. What are some examples of these strengths and weaknesses?
  5. How does Homework, as given, help my child's learning.?
  6. How are my child's test-taking skills?
  7. Is my child participating in class discussions and activities?
  8. How are my child's social skills?
  9. Does my child seem happy at school?
  10. Have you noticed any unusual behaviors?
  11. Do you think my child is reaching his/her potential?
  12. What can I do at home to help support his/her academic progress?

Le meas

Ger Ó Sé

Student Council Jumble Sale

November 15, 2017

Winter Jumble Sale

 

We in the Student Council are running a Winter Jumble Sale on the 1st of December to raise money for outdoor games.

We are looking for donations of toys, books, games and DVDs, rated U or G, in good condition.

Please no teddies or broken items.

These items can be brought in to school any day between now and Friday 24th of November and brought to rm 14.

Please support this sale and we look forward to welcoming you on Friday the 1s for a shopping spree!

 

Thanking you in advance

The Student Council

After School Art Lessons

November 14, 2017

Hi all,

Last week, the children used chalk pastels and oil pastels on black sugar paper to create a snowman themed winter scene. 

They focused on blending the colours with their finger tips to create a variety of colours and effects. 

Take a look at these work-in-progress pieces, which will be completed next week. 

Running Club

November 9, 2017

Our new Running Club for children from 3rd - 6th will begin on Friday the 10th November from 8.10 am - 8.50 am.

Children should wear tracksuits and bring school uniform to change into after running.

The club will continue each Friday morning.

Parent/Teacher Meetings 2017

November 9, 2017

Our Parent/Teacher meetings will take place on the 22nd and 23rd of November.

Invitations will issue from teachers in the next week.

We look forward to meeting everyone.

Defibrillator

November 9, 2017

Many thanks to all who helped us collect over €1000 towards the cost of a defibrillator for St Catherine's.

 

Happy Halloween from 4th Class Room 14

October 27, 2017

Parents Association AGM

October 19, 2017

St Catherine's NS Parent Association

                 AGM

 Tuesday the 24th November 

                7:30 pm.

An Artist's Visit

October 17, 2017

An Artist's Visit

Last week, 5th and 6th Class student's in Room 16 had a visit from an artist! Our very own Ms. Sheehan showcased her portfolio and a variety her own paintings for our class. She shared her personal style, her influences and her choice of media in her artwork. Hopefully this may inspire the artists of tomorrow!

First Holy Communion 20th May 2017

May 22, 2017

On Saturday the second class children from room 9 and 1O made their First Holy Communion.

All the children looked fabulous and were wonderful during the ceremony. Everyone carried out their jobs brilliantly.

We were very proud of each one of them.

A big thank you to Mr Dunne and the choir for the beautiful singing.

Thank you to Mr. Ó Sé for all his support and for carrying out the important job of lighting the children’s candles on the day.

Thank you to Fr Kevin for all his help and for the lovely ceremony. Thank you to all at the church for making it look so beautiful on Saturday.

Thank you also to the Parents Association for the wonderful party back at the school.

Thank you to the parents/ guardians you helped accompany us to the church to practice.

And the final thanks to all the parents/guardians for your continued support.

We hope you all made happy memories on Saturday.

L. O’ Neill S. Cosgrove

May 18, 2017

The children in 2nd class are busy preparing for their First Holy Communion on Saturday.

May 18, 2017

Getting ready for Easter in Room 9

March 31, 2017

Springtime Nature Walk with Mary

March 28, 2017

The students of Room 3 took advantage of the beautiful weather last week and went on a nature walk with Mary around the school's wonderful surroundings.

 

Springtime has definitely arrived at St. Catherine's as we saw blossoming daffodils, tulips and a variety of leaf buds. 

Mary let us explore a variety of birds' nests, deer antlers and animal skeletons. We are so lucky to have these resources on our doorstep! 

Many thanks to Mary for taking us on our adventure. 

 

Picasso Self Portraits of Room 3

March 22, 2017

We were very busy in Room 3 over the last few weeks. We explored some of the artwork of Pablo Picasso.

We even created our our self-portraits based on Picasso's unique style. 

The Ark Theatre

March 22, 2017

6th Class had a great day at the fabulous Ark Theatre on Tuesday. The class took part in a Portrait Workshop...here are some of the photos from the day.

 

Cyber Bullying Meeting

February 17, 2017

Reminder

Meeting for Parents of 5th and 6th class children

Topic:   Keeping Children Safe on-line

Where:  St Catherine's NS

When: Monday 20th February

At: 6:30 pm

Meeting will finish at 7:00 pm

Musician in Residence

February 16, 2017

Musician in Residence

We are delighted that our musician in residence project will continue this term.

After the wonderful work done by Alan Leech with children and teachers we are very happy to have Grace Bergin work with us for next couple of months. Alan will return later in the year.

Our choral singing in clases and with he wonderful school choir under the direction of Mr Dunne goes from strength to strength!

We hope everyone will be able to attend our now annual Choral Festival on the 4th May this year and hear the results of all the great work being done in the school.