St Catherine's Parent Association Multicultural Day
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.
Ger Ó Sé
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.
St Catherine’s will open again on Monday 5th March.
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.
Board of Management
S Catherines NS
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.
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
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
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.
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
St Catherine's Parent Association AGM
Tuesday 24th October
All Parents are invited to attend
A great day for all associated with St Catherine's
The opening of a new school is an occasion rife with possibility. And this is what we celebrate today. The opening of a new school helps us to look with wonder upon the world again, to re-imagine and to see afresh and, perhaps, to extend our horizons a little further.
It enables us to enjoy the fresh, the clean and the new. It allows us to dream and in dreaming begin to create a world that we may never have thought of in an environment that we had become too familiar with.
In this new school we see ourselves and others from a different perspective and begin to expect more of ourselves. We stand a little taller, notice that bit more, push a little further, try a little harder.
As our journey begins in this latest incarnation of St Catherine’s school we are conscious that a school is not the walls and rooms, resources and surroundings. Rather it is the relationships forged within those walls, it is the acts of kindness done, the friendly words we hear, the encouraging voices that surround us. It is the desire in all who call St Catherine’s their school to be better today than we were yesterday, to genuinely believe in the support of one another and to recognise that what we are today is built on the spirit of all those who were here before us. And again, what we are today will help shape those who come after.
The new wall, rooms and resources do, though, as mentioned help us appreciate again and to be thankful for this gift and the awareness of all that is possible. It does, of course, also cause us to reflect on the responsibilities that go along with these new possibilities and our prayer today is that our wonderful new school will be infused with the spirit of the Lord in all that we do and say within these walls. That the possibilities we sense now will be realised, that the potentialities will be achieved and that new horizons will always be sought after.
I will finish with a quote from Helen Keller that I think is appropriate
Have you ever been at sea in a dense fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in and the great ship, tense and anxious, groped her way toward the shore with plummet and sounding-line, and you waited with beating heart for something to happen? I was like that ship before my education began, only I was without compass or sounding line, and no way of knowing how near the arbour was. “Light! Give me light!” was the wordless cry of my soul, and the light of love shone on me in that very hour.
We hope that St Catherine’s may be that light for all who share this space with us from this day on.
The staff and Board of Management would like to thank all who helped to make this new school a reality.
The process has been such a long one that to name each individual would more than fill this sheet. Special thanks however must go to former principal Dottie Wynne and chairperson Paul McCarthy. Special thanks too to current chairperson Paul O’ Hare and Mark Cunningham from the Department of Education.
Thanks also to all members of the Boards of Management over the past eleven or twelve years, to the Parents Association who work so hard on the schools behalf and to all who helped make our new school a possibility.
A special word of thanks to the teachers and staff of St Catherine’s NS who worked so hard in preparing for this event. You are what makes St Catherine’s the great school it is.
Finally particular thanks are due to the children who worked so hard to prepare for this day.
Thanks too to Alan Leech, our musician in residence, who prepared the choir along with Mr Hegarty and Mr Dunne. We extend our thanks to Fingal County Council whose generous support allows Alan to work with us.
Thank you to the Parents Association for helping with todays event and to Michael Brady and Kevin Butterly and Mary Ryan who helped so much with the organisation of the event.
Thanks to the organising committee, Mr McGrath, Mr Dunne and Mr Hegarty for all their hard work also Anne Doolan and our wonderful SNA’s.
Special thanks to Archbishop Martin for leading the prayer and blessing our new school.
Ger Ó Sé principal
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St Catherine’s Rush
JOB OPPORTUNITY- BUS ESCORT
A new special ASD class will open in St Catherine's this September.
We will be recruiting a Bus Escort to travel with students in the morning and on their return home
Please contact the school at 01-8438266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information/express interest in this position.
Appointment is subject to National Vetting Bureau procedures.
Ger Ó Se (Principal)
We hope everyone had a great summer!
We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Wednesday the 31 st August.
We are all very proud of our new school!
Applications are now being taken for places in our junior Infant Classes for September 2016.
Application packs may be collected from our secretary Anne and should be returned by the 29th January.
Parents are more than welcome to come visit the school and take a tour of our facilities and chat with the principal and teachers.
St Catherine's NS
Thursday 3rd December
10:00 am - 12:30pm
St Catherine’s NS, kenure, will hold an Open Day on Thursday the 3rd of December from 10:00 until 12:30.
This is a wonderful opportunity to come visit our school, meet the teachers and chat with the children.
See our New School Building as it is being built, hear our marvellous Ukulele Orchestra and Choir, get a glimpse into children’s learning and lives.
Hear why we have been awarded 6 Green Flags and why we are the only school in Ireland which has achieved 5 Creative Schools Awards and much, much more.
We look forward to seeing you all on the day.
Well done to the children in sixth class who ran the Kids Marathon during October and the final mile at the Dublin Marathon. They showed
their well deserved medal and t-shirt on Friday.
Thanks to Mr McGrath and the parents who supported the runners.
Congratulations to the boys and girls from 6th class in St. Catherines N.S. who ran the last mile of the Dublin Marathon yesterday. They ran the first 25 miles at school over the last few weeks. Fair play to Mr McGrath!
Well Done to all who took part.
Well done Saoirse, Emma, Robyn and Zaynab members of St Maur's under 13 team who won their camogie championship final against Lucan Sarsfields. They probably scared the opposition with their brilliance.
Bullying and Cyber Bullying Talk
Where: St Catherine's NS, Room 13 (Mr McGrath's Classroom)
When: Tuesday 13th October
Time: 7.00 pm
This talk is for all parents who wish to learn about keeping children safe online.
The talk will be given by Patrick Courtney
Is it Bullying?
• The difference between bullying and “messing”- a Checklist
• Definition of bullying and Cyber bullying
• DES Procedures, school policy and your children
What to watch out for at home
• Why children don’t tell.
• Subtle signs to look out for at home
• Physical, emotional psychological signs
• School related signs
• Dealing with resistance to your contacting the school
Co-operating with the school
• Making an appointment
• Preparing for the meeting
• Why you should welcome a call from the school if your child is involved in bullying others
• The school as a Support
Internet safety and Cyber bullying
• Developing a cyber relationship with your child
• Discussing your rules and expectations about how your children should behave on line
• The law and cyber bullying
• What’s on the Internet that you should know about
• How social media such as Facebook, Ask Fm, SnapChat etc work
• Privacy – how to keep your information safe & secure
• Safety – how to protect yourself & your family online
• How to safeguard privacy and block bullying
Welcome back everybody!
School reopens next Tuesday the 1st September. We look forward to seeing everybody and especially our new Junior Infants.
Dear Parents and children,
It's hard to believe that another school year has come to an end. We started out in August last with dreams and hopes.
Now ten months later we look forward to a well deserved break. It has been a great year with highs and lows - more highs than lows. We remember the junior infants on their first day in school. We were all struck by quickly they adapted to school and how well they all got on with each other. Now they are so grown up and confident. We are really proud of them and well they have learned all year. They have been lucky to have two such great teachers in Mrs Quinn and Mrs McDermott. We are all really sad that Mrs Quinn is retiring this year. We wish her well and we will all miss her in St Catherine's.
We are also very proud of our two sixth class groups. They have been joy to work with this year and have set a great example to the younger children in the school. We will remember their graduation on Tuesday for a long time to come. There is so much talent in the group we expect to see several pop starts and sports stars, writers and poets in the years to come. A special word of thanks to Ms Deery and Mr McGrath for all the hard work they have done with sixth class.
We are very proud of all the children in the school. They are a credit to their parents who deserve a special word of thanks for the super work they do with their children. A school is only as good as the children and parents who form the school community and we are very lucky to have great parents in St Catherine's. We must express particular thanks to our wonderful parents association and all the parents who help out in so many ways in the school. Those who help on trips and tours, who work in class with teachers and children, who cover books, who help with yard duty and all those who help in so many other ways. You are a treasure we appreciate greatly!
We are so lucky to have a wonderful staff who are so dedicated and enthusiastic about the work they do. To Anne, our secretary, Amanda and Carolyn our SNA's, Mary our gardener, Kevin and Michael our caretakers, Carol, Baaba and Gemma pour cleaners we say thanks you so much.
To all the teachers, those mentioned above and Ms Carroll, Ms Dunne, Ms Bates, Ms Horgan, Mr Dunne, Ms Sheehan, Ms Dennnis, Ms Oman, Ms Archer, Mr O' Brien, Mr Hegarty, Ms McDermott, Ms Carrig and Ms O' Neill, we say we hope you have a great summer and a well deserved break.
We look forward to a new school year and to making a whole new set of memories. We wish everyone the best summer holiday ever. Stay safe and see you all in September.
Please click on the link to hear one of our 6th classes raps.
This was composed by the children with Garry McCarthy of GMCBeats during a great workshop as part of BookWeek.
Monday, 02 February 2015 16:20
Biodiversity Day At Rush School
In the North County Leader
Last Wednesday was a very special day for the pupils of St Catherine’s National School in Rush. It was the day the entire school held their Biodiversity Day, as part of their attempt to land a sixth Green Flag. The County Leader spoke to Gráinne McDermott, Green School Co-ordinator at St Catherine’s, who said, “This is our day of action for biodiversity, where there’s an information hub and some of the sixth class pupils have undertaken projects and powerpoint presentations about biodiversity. We also ran a whole school art exhibition, and we decided that we had enough stuff in the garden to do with biodiversity, so this year we decided to transform part of our forest into an enchanted forest.” “This involved the children being asked to make little things for fairies from biodegradable materials, such as wood and clay. When the weather gets a bit better, the children can use the garden for more creative things, like storytelling, drama and things like that. This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to use their imagination, as well as learning about biodiversity,” she said. Already, the school garden is a wonderland, with hens and a pond, where the children can watch tadpoles. There is also a bird box with a camera in it, where the children can watch the new chicks being hatched and fed. “We also have the local Grow it Yourself group, who plant material in the garden. Our own gardener, Mary Ryan does a great job here, and organises nature walks for the pupils,” concluded Gráinne, who is very hopeful of the school landing it’s sixth green flag.
Pictured are St Catherine's NS Rush pupils, Alan, Jakub, Sarah and Conor, with some of the items they created, all from recycled msterial for the Enchanted Forest, as part of the Biodiversity Day at the school last Wednesday
We are now enrolling children for Junior Infants for September 2015.
Parents wishing to enrol their child should call to the school to fill out a pre-enrolment form. Alternatively, please use the enrolment form that can be downloaded from this site.
Pre-enrolment forms should be handed in to the school any time between now and the 23rd of January 2015.
Late applications will be placed on a waiting list.
Copies of the Parish Enrolment policy are available from the school office.