Posted on Wednesday, 29 January 2020
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Dates for your Diary

First Reconciliation for 2nd class
Tuesday, 25th February at 6.30pm

Ceremony of Light 6th class
Tuesday, March 10th at 7pm

Monthly Focus

We are into the last week of our January focus. Respect for ourselves, respect for others and respect for our property. This focus will set us up well for the rest of 2020. It is very refreshing to hear all the ‘thank yous’ the boys give their teachers at the school gate each afternoon. Well done boys. Remember, you are also representing Hollypark while out and about in the community so treat all people and property with respect there also.

Fundamental Movement Skills

We place a strong emphasis on Fundamental Movement Skills and physical literacy in Hollypark BNS. Parents are encouraged to help their children with the basic skills of walking, running, jumping, dodging, landing, balancing, side stepping, skipping, hopping, throwing, striking with the hand and foot. We are currently on our fourth year of the Move Well, Move Often PE programme and we are noticing a huge improvement in the fundamental skills of our boys throughout the school. For more information, videos, tips and tricks of how to help your child visit

Laudate Choir

We are very proud of our 3rd class boys who sang beautifully at Mass last Sunday morning as part of the Laudate Choir. Fr. Kieran was very complimentary about our wonderful boys, as were the parishioners that I met that morning.

The boys will do it all again on Thursday night in Scoil Pius, Templeogue. Many thanks to Ms. Maloney and the 3 rd class teachers for their involvement.

Thirds will also sing in Peace Proms in the RDS on Saturday morning. Well done boys, you are doing us proud!

Valentines Cake Sale

Valentines cake sale will take place on February 14th .

MentalHealth and Wellbeing

Supporting Parents to Support Their Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing.

  • Evening 1: Infants to 2nd – Wednesday 5th February at 7.30pm
  • Evening 2: 3rd to 6th – Wednesday 12th February at 7.30pm

Refreshments will be served on the night. Thanks to our Parents’ Association for organising.

A New Year, A Happy and Healthier You

At assembly on Monday morning, I heard of many different ways boys are keeping fit and healthy for January. The 5th class message of a happier, healthier you has spread throughout the school and boys in 1st class were especially keen to tell me their new healthy lifestyle habits. Going to bed earlier and no screen time on week days were particularly common amongst the classes. Small changes make a big difference and being active daily really helps with concentration and learning throughout the whole school. We encourage boys to continue the good start to 2020.

Parent/Teacher Meetings

Parent/Teacher meetings take place on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th January. School will close at 2.10pm on each of these days to facilitate meetings.

For the meetings to run smoothly for both parents and teachers, we ask you not to bring your children to the school at the time of your meeting.

Stars of the Future

Best of luck to our 3 tennis teams that start preparation for the upcoming inter- schools competitions led by captains Michael O’Leary, Josh Murphy and Jorge Tucker.

Soccer league for 6th class has commenced and thanks to Mr. Mc Evoy and Mr. Mitchell for giving of their time and management skills. The scouting report so far has indicated a lot of skill, flair and determination in 6th class. I look forward to watching the matches in the coming weeks.

Motó don Ghaelbhratach

Bí ag caint,
Bí ag spraoi,
Gaeilge líofa,
A hAon, a Dó, a Trí

Catholic Schools Week

We are celebrating Catholic Schools Week throughout the school this week. As part of this celebration, we are looking forward to welcoming grandparents to the school on Friday. It is always a special day in the school.

Beir bua agus beannacht,

Barry O'Donovan