Posted on Wednesday, 13 October 2021
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world mental health day

Last Sunday, we celebrated World Mental Health Day. Our key message to our pupils is always to ask for help if/when needed. We as a school community are always here to help our current and past pupils. Weaving Wellbeing Programme began in all classes this week as we try to educate our boys on positive mental health within our SPHE curriculum.

The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse - wellbeing

fire safety week

Dublin Fire Brigade have this week launched their Fire Safety Week. The message to parents and homeowners is to check your smoke alarm regularly and plan an escape route. We encourage our pupils not to play with fireworks and know the dangers of bonfires, as we build up to the Halloween celebrations. Keep safe please boys.  For more information and activities please click on the link below.

Kids' corner - Fire Safety Week

Halloween dress up

On Friday, 22nd October, the boys are allowed to dress up in costume. It is optional but certain rules must be followed to ensure the safety and welfare for all.

  • No accessories i.e. nothing the boys need to hold in their hand or items that can be put down for others to potentially pick up and handle.
  • Be mindful that the costume is not going to scare a younger student. If you think a junior infant will be frightened then tone it down and reconsider.
  • No long capes, onesies, or dangly material or anything that may be a tripping hazard.
  • Costumes should be comfortable and practical for sitting in the classroom for the day. i.e. no inflatable costumes etc.
  • Please remember to maintain social distancing measures at drop-off and pick-up times.

sports blitz 2021

The Parents' Association are delighted to announce the return of the annual fundraising Sports Blitz on Thursday 21st October.

Sports activities on the day will include Soccer, GAA, Rugby, Cricket, Tennis, Table Tennis, Playball, Yoga, Pilates to name just a few! It will be a great fun filled day for the boys. Activities will be held outdoors so hopefully the weather will be good!

This is our main annual fundraising event for the school and the funds raised will also go directly towards classroom supplies, new books for the library and also helps with covering the PA costs for events during the year such as communion celebrations, Santa visits and graduations.

Sponsorship cards were sent home this week. The boys are being encouraged to do chores / jobs in return for sponsorship.

All support is greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,

Sarah Walsh
Hollypark BNS Parents’ Association

Cyber break

Cyber Safe Kids is looking for children and parents to ditch their devices from 5pm, 15th Oct (Fri) - 5pm 16th Oct (Sat) Cyber Break 2021 is aimed at schoolchildren aged between 8-12 years of age but all young people, as well as parents are encouraged to get involved.

The aim is to promote a healthy balance between our online and offline lives.

After School Activities Programme 2021/2022

Our After School Sports programme will begin after Halloween. We will concentrate on outdoor activities only. Notes will be sent out this week and places will be offered on a first come, first served basis.


Junior, Senior Infants and 1st class continue to actively engage in play-based learning. Aistear is a vital component of the junior curriculum and the teachers are noticing many positives in the boys’ use of language, social skills, imagination and communication. Furthermore, the boys are really enjoying this type of learning! Investigating, questioning and using imagination are key elements to the success of the programme. Pictured below are boys from room 4, Ms. Dunne’s, enjoying their Aistear time.

Aistear 2021
Aistear 2021

safe routes to school

During the past number of weeks, I met with representatives from DLR and An Taisce to express my concerns about the safety of our roads in and around our school. Both DLR and An Taisce are currently working with each other to draft a safe route to school for our pupils. The Safe Routes to School Team would like your input to determine how students travel to school and where they start their journey.

Our school will benefit from any improvements in the area and we hope to create a safer environment for children walking, cycling and scooting to school. Therefore, we would appreciate it if you could complete this short survey by 31st October.


Opening of the year Mass

On Thursday 7th October, our 6th class boys and girls from Hollypark attended our opening of the year mass. Fr. Kieran was very impressed with the maturity and leadership shown by our eldest pupils. Well done boys and girls, you continue to do both schools proud!


Last weekend, our 3rd class boys made their First Holy Communion. It was a very special weekend and it was well worth the wait! Congratulations boys. The ice-cream party in Granada also went down a treat!

Trim Trail Finished

trim trail

Great news! Our Trim Trail has been installed. We look forward to the whole school benefitting from different pieces of apparatus. The boys will be challenged with balance, coordination, gross motor skills and teamwork as they navigate their way across the trail. Thank you to our Parents’ Association for funding the project.

Trim Trail Finished
Trim Trail Finished

aladdin connect

Please ensure you have downloaded the Aladdin Connect app and that you have updated your address, phone numbers and emergency contacts details.


Enrolment for Junior Infants 2022-2023 is now open.

The school will commence accepting applications for admission on 

4th October 2021


The school shall cease accepting applications for admission on 

5th November 2021

@ 3:00pm


The date by which applicants will be notified of the decision on their application is    

26th November 2021


The period within which applicants must confirm acceptance of an offer of admission is*

10th December 2021



Every class in the school is currently celebrating Diversity month. The corridors are awash with positive vibes and inclusion. Messages from the classes include, we are all different, we are all unique, be yourself and value each other to name but a few. I have attached some beautiful artwork from Ms. O’ Neill’s 5th class.

Diversity: We are all unique
Diversity Projects

Staff Inservice: Friday 22nd October

The DES has sanctioned a half-day school closure in Term One 2021/22 to facilitate staff in-service on the Primary Language Curriculum. Hollypark BNS & GNS have agreed that this half day will be taken on Friday 22nd October which is the final day of this half term. We will operate a staggered finish on Friday 22nd October to facilitate social distancing.


Junior Infants


Senior Infants


5th and 6th Class


4th Class


3rd Class


2nd Class


1st Class. *Collect from rear of the school.


Happy Birthday

This week is a special week for these boys.

Adam Barron, Bruce Fitzgerald, John Flood, Zach Swan Gregory, Ryan Kearns, Ronan Mc Kennedy, Charlie Elliott, Adam Dunne, Kevin Horan, Rionn Mc Namara, Joshua Byrne, Aldrin Siril, Jack Gorman and Aaron Matalang.

We wish you a happy birthday boys!

stars of the future

The artistic flair in Hollypark BNS is well and truly on show this week. Our corridors are adorned with beautiful displays and these two offerings from 1st class really caught my eye. Well done Oscar and Jeremy.  You have a bright future ahead.

Stars of the Future Drawing

Beir bua agus beannacht,


B. O’Donovan

this week’s advertisements

If you would like to advertise in the Wednesday Newsletter please get in touch by email –

Ads are €25 each for a half page and support the PA activities throughout the year.

Please see below.

Soccer Coaching
Football Fun