Posted on Wednesday, 10 February 2021
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Thank You Teachers and Staff

Compliments and a huge thank you to our dedicated staff for their wonderful work and passion, not only with remote learning but at all times. Hollypark staff are a pleasure to work with every day. I am lucky to have such a great team.



Hollypark's Got Talent

This Friday you will be treated to a marvellous array of talent from the boys in Hollypark. You will see piano, violin and guitar playing, singing, recorder, tin whistle, cake making, volcano experiments, poetry recitals, magic tricks, jokes, comedy, dancing and many, many more talents. It promises to be a fun event for the whole family. Buy the popcorn and curl up on the couch for what will be a day of celebration! (The closing date for entries has now passed)

Timetable for Zoom.

  • Junior, Senior Infants and 1st class 10am
  • 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Class 11.15am
  • 5th and 6th Class 12.30pm

Zoom codes will be emailed on Thursday.



Congratulations to all boys for their excellent participation, engagement and motivation during the past 5 weeks. You continue to make all your teachers proud as you show incredible resilience in managing this difficult time. Have a lovely midterm break, SeeSaw free!



The life of an 11-year-old during this latest lock down – week 4

Just a few days until midterm break. I'm sure the teachers are looking forward to it as much as we are! Overall, I think home-schooling is going well but it will be good to have a break.

During this latest lockdown I've got to read a lot more books. Luckily, I stocked up from the library before they closed. The latest book I am reading is ‘100 Magic Moments in Rugby’. Speaking of which, I watched the rugby match on Sunday. I thought we had a good chance of coming 1st or 2nd in the Six Nations as England lost to Scotland on Saturday. However, it doesn't look likely now. It was a bad weekend all around for my teams as Liverpool lost to Manchester City. I thought they had a good chance of winning when Salah scored the penalty but then City scored three late goals. Bummer! I did not get to watch it but I saw the highlights of Man United V Everton. What a game! Calvert-Lewin scoring with the last play of the game. Bruno Fernandes also scored a cracker of a goal, such an amazing player. With all this sport, I can’t wait until the GAA championship starts again.

The answer to last week’s riddle - A cowboy went to town on Friday, he stayed for 3 nights and came back on Friday. How could that be? Answer - Friday was the name of his horse.

This week’s riddle - I have cities but no houses; I have mountains but no trees; I have water but no fish. What am I?

Cormac Kavanagh, 5th Class.



Happy Birthday

This week is a special week for these boys.

Sam Carney, Conor Radford, Cillian Hanly, Rian Hoilihan, Barry Maxwell, Jafar Ahmed, Peter Twomey, Antoni Kowalewski, Elliott Colman Foy, James Dillon, Eoghan Kenny, Cian O’ Halloran, Fionn O’ Donnell, Daniel Vile and Harry Mc Keogh.

We wish you a Happy Birthday boys!




Thursday 4th March 2021 at 7pm

Juggling Home and School: Support for Primary Parents:

‘’We are very excited about our new support webinar free to all Primary School Parents and Teachers’’

Blackrock Education Centre.

Topic Areas 

  • Parent Wellbeing;
  • Child Wellbeing;
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy;
  • Mental Health;
  • Wellbeing;
  • Home-schooling;
  • Covid 19.

This webinar will offer practical advice to parents who once again find themselves juggling home and school in one place. This webinar will explore how to support your child’s emotional wellbeing whilst also taking care of your own. It will identify how to motivate your child depending on age and examine how to connect with your child.

Primary Discussion Topics

  • What is my child’s brain doing?
  • Social and emotional communication
  • Why empathy is the number one tool
  • Calming strategies-My cup first.
  • Supporting my child through change.

Learning Outcomes

  • To explore social and emotional communication.
  • To identify ways to build routine, connection and motivation.
  • To examine when and how to use calming strategies.

To book your place go to 



Safer Internet Day 2021

Yesterday, we celebrated Safer Internet Day. With more and more of our daily interactions now taking place online through social media and messaging apps it is particularly important that parents are aware of the dangers. A study conducted for Safer Internet Day found that 1 in 3 children had linked up with someone they did not know online. The statistics from today’s report are frightening. Please continue to be vigilant around your son’s internet usage.

Follow: for ideas.



Foxrock's Fittest Family

Many of our boys are keeping fit and active during this latest lockdown. Foxrock Area Community and Enterprise are looking for the whole family to take part in Foxrock’s Fittest Family during the midterm break. I know our boys love a challenge and I will expect to see some familiar names on the leaderboard next week! Best of luck to all who take part.



Niall Corcoran's Wednesday Workout

Niall Corcoran from Kilmacud Crokes is holding a live workout every Wednesday from 12-12.30pm. It is aimed at boys and girls aged 8-12. Follow the link to access the workout:



A well-deserved midterm break is nearly upon us. Thank you to the entire school community. Hollypark BNS greatly appreciates your support, positivity and encouragement. Have a lovely week SeeSaw and Zoom free and fingers crossed we will be back in school very soon.

Children Playing - Cartoon


Beir bua agus beannacht,