Posted on Tuesday, 21 June 2022
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This week saw the final Hollypark sports day and school tour. It was the turn of the Infants. They waited very patiently for their days. Three buses departed the gates of Hollypark yesterday destined for Glenroe Farm. It turned out to be 'the best tour ever'! The sun shone and the boys loved petting many of the animals. I have included some pictures below. 
Well done also, to Junior, Senior Infants and 1st class who performed so well at sports day. The sporting future of Hollypark is in very safe hands. 
Thank you to your wonderful teachers and SNAs for making both days so amazing! 

Infant tour
petting animals
petting animals
infant tour


Earlier in the newsletter, I mentioned about Hollypark's sporting future being in safe hands. Well our GAA future is looking very bright! I was fortunate enough to be in attendance at finals night in Kilmacud Crokes last Friday. Teams from u6-u12 were battling it out for silverware in the Mini All- Irelands. The skills, passion, flair,  leadership and teamwork on show was nothing short of incredible. 
Brothers at the Double 
It turned out to be a very successful night for Hollypark boys. Each of the cup final winning teams from u6,u7,u8,u9 and u10 were captained by a boy from Hollypark. In fact, brothers Scott and Charlie Ball and brothers Matthew and Stephen Rourke all lifted the silverware on behalf of their teams. Well done captains. 
Well done also to Finn Morrissey (pictured below with his teammates Daniel McAuliffe and Charlie Sheriff) who captained Mayo to glory in the u7 league. Boys, maybe Mayo could do with you on Sunday against Kerry!!  
I could not finish this article about the Mini All- Irelands without mentioning the wonderful team mentors from the u10 and u12 teams in Kilmacud. Again, Hollypark boys were to the fore. Boys from 4th, 5th and 6th class, managed, organised and led their teams by example. Well done boys, we are very proud of you. Thanks to Pauraic Mc Donald for organising the whole event. It has certainly inspired the next generation. 

boy holding cup
Finn Morrissey, captain!


We are approaching the end of our 8-week Lunch Bag trial. We are looking for feedback in relation to using The Lunch Bag and if it is a service you would be interested in keeping on next year. Feedback can be sent to FAO, Ms. Hynes 

logo lunch bag


As the end of year is approaching we are now collecting and re-gathering school books that belong to the school (book rental books). Please ensure all boys return any books belonging to the school this week. Thank you. 



Day in day out, week in week out, rain or sun, Caroline our safety hero is with us in Hollypark. Everybody in Hollypark would like to thank Caroline and the team of School Wardens, Rionagh, Prue and Pauline who keep us safe each day. Please continue to use the wardens when crossing the roads and training boys into this practice at a young age is very important. We will welcome the 4 wardens into Hollypark BNS on Friday for some well deserved refreshments. 



Our teacher Mrs. Mc Carrick and her husband John are two extraordinary people. Whilst holidaying in Kenya some years ago, they noticed that children in rural parts of Kenya had no school to attend. With that, The Kenyan Child Foundation was established with the view to promoting access to free, quality primary schooling for the children of Kenya.  They wanted to make a difference to the lives of these children by building schools and fostering community involvement among those most disadvantaged in Kenya. They have done remarkable work ever since. 

St Patrick’s School- Our Twin School 

After an extensive fundraising campaign and thanks to the generosity of the Irish people, Saint Patrick’s Primary was built with four classrooms. This school is located in the townland of Kawese, constructed with the support of the local community. St Patrick’s Primary is free for all children.  The school offers an elementary education to an ethnically mixed community, from diverse tribal and religious backgrounds. St. Patrick’s Primary School has revitalised the locality and has succeeded in uniting the multi-cultural population, made up of the Masai and Akamba peoples. A group of outreach volunteers and Hollypark teachers visit the region during summer holidays, bringing teaching resources, educational toys and sports equipment with them for the new school.

In the future, the Kenyan Child Foundation plans to extend St Patrick’s Primary School to accommodate over 200 students as well as opening other schools in the locality. The foundation also plans to improve healthcare provision and promote business opportunities for the Kawese community.

Our jersey day on Wednesday is in support of this magnificent project. Hollypark boys are very proud of their link to their twin school in Kawese and many hope that one day they will get to visit. It really is worth reading more about. Please visit to view more projects, pictures and videos from boys and girls in Kenya. Well done Mrs. Mc Carrick and John for your incredible philanthropic work. The world needs more people like you two!

Pictured below is Mrs. Mc Carrick and her daughter Sadhbh aswell as Ms. Flannery 4th class and Ms. Feighan, Junior Infants who visited the region alongside 8 Hollypark teachers in 2019. 

Kenyan child foundation


Tissues at the ready! Next Tuesday will be an emotional affair. We will say a fond farewell to our amazing 6th class students. As our senior students, they set an incredible standard. Spend time in their company and you will see how mannerly, polite, motivated, caring and talented they all are. Their Senior Infant buddies in particular will miss them in the building but they will be forever remembered for the magnificent class they are. 
Graduation proceedings will get underway in Foxrock Church at 10am mass. Following this, at 11.30am in the top yard, we will have Slán Rang a Sé Talent Show. At 12.45 pm the boys will be led out of the school for their final time by their teachers, Mrs. Regan, Ms. Murphy and Ms. Crowe. We will miss you boys. 

I have included some photographs of the boys and their buddies enjoying time well spent together this week! 

infant + buddies


As this is the last newsletter for this year, I would like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU all for your continued support, kind words and positive vibes towards myself and our staff. Once again, you have been great to work with. You should be very proud of your children. We are the lucky ones who get to work with them on a daily basis. 
Wishing you all a happy, safe and sun-filled holiday. School will close on Thursday, June 30th at the following times:

Collection times
Junior Infants 11.40 am   
Senior Infants 11.45 am  
1st 12 noon  Rear of school
2nd 12 noon   
3rd 12 noon   
4th 12 noon   
5th 11.50 am   


thank you

I would also like to thank all our incredible teachers, SNAs, secretary and caretaker for another wonderful year. You have been with me all the way and helped to create and very positive environment for our children to learn, grow and prosper. Thank you team, enjoy a well- deserved holiday. 


Beir bua agus beannacht,


Barry O' Donovan



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