Posted on Wednesday, 9 June 2021
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6TH CLASS GRADUATION

Graduation Cap

We will say a fond farewell to our wonderful 6th class pupils on Thursday, June 24th. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic we will not be in a position to invite parents to the graduation ceremony. Instead, we will record the proceedings and a link will be sent to all 6th class parents to enjoy on the evening of June 24th. The annual guard of honour will be going ahead and details of this will be shared with you closer to the time.

LEAVING CERT, CLASS OF ’14-15

As the Leaving Certificate examinations begin today, let us keep our past pupils of 2014-15 in our thoughts and prayers as their secondary school years end. Knowing this group, they have the ability, talents, personalities and resilience in abundance to move on to the next exciting chapter in their lives. Hopefully, September will bring more normality, as they take the next step in their future lives.

Junior Infants
Junior Infants
Junior Infants
6th Class

I have included some special memories of our boys in Junior Infants and in 6th class! It only feels like yesterday when they walked in the door! 

PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION FUNDRAISING

A huge thank you to all of the families who supported the Mark Moriarty Lunchbox Cooking Competition. Almost 300 families have received the competition link and funds raised were in excess of €5,000, all of which will go towards the creation of the Trim Trail in the school garden. The competition closing date is June 11th. Please send a photo of the recreated recipe to the Parents’ Association at hollyparkboyspa@gmail.com. Mark will judge the entries and award a prize of a home cooking starter kit and a €150 voucher for Volpe Nera restaurant in Blackrock to the winner.

Good luck to all entrants!
Jo-Ann Crowley
Parents’ Association Chairperson

TRIM TRAILS

Trim Trails (sensory trails) are a series of individual stations scientifically designed to provide a range of exercise, gross motor skill development and movement breaks to children. Our SET team travelled to other schools this week to research various equipment and apparatus. We are currently at the design stage of our project and we hope to have more information to share with you in September.

Trim Trails

BOOKLISTS

Purchasing of schoolbooks through the school has now closed.

SPORTS DAY/SCHOOL TOURS

Sports days were enjoyed by all classes last week in the glorious sunshine. This week, school tours are continuing at pace and all classes are getting to enjoy the outdoors. Well done to all staff for thinking outside the box to ensure that these special events continue as close to normal as possible. Our boys really enjoying their outings!

Sports Day 2021
Sports Day 2021

FUNDAMENTAL MOVEMENT SKILLS

The sidestep or side gallop is a unique fundamental movement skill that involves the body moving sideways as it faces forwards. The skill is somewhat similar in nature to skipping with a flight phase as part of the movement, however, the movement is sideways and the lead leg never changes. While the sidestep is a basic fundamental movement skill, it is essential in a great deal of sporting activities such as moving from side to side in tennis, squash and badminton, tracking an opponent's movement in rugby or basketball or taking part in a dance routine.

To access a video showing the correct technique for sidestep, please click here.

CONCUSSION AWARENESS

With the boys returning to sports clubs and the beautiful weather we are currently enjoying now is a very busy time of the year. It is important to know and recognise the signs and symptoms of a concussion. I have attached a graphic for you as a reference.

Concussion Awareness Poster
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOYS!

Happy Birthday

This week is a special week for these boys.

Oisín Cleary, Tom Langford, John Walsh, Bailey Shelley, Caelan Arundel, James Mc Carthy, Tobey Hogan, Sam Corcoran, Dylan Pluck, Conor Power, Toby Sheridan, Eoghan Collins, Louis Conmy and Oscar Cullen

We wish you a happy birthday boys!

GREEN SCHOOL, BIODIVERSITY

Our green schools committee have asked me to share this information with all families. Attached is an Irish wildflower matching set activity that can be enjoyed by all the family on summer trips this year. Thank you to our committee who continue to lead us in all things Biodiversity.

Green Schools
Green Schools

UPCOMING WEBINARS

Getting ready for Secondary School

ADVERTISING ON THE NEWSLETTER

If any parent or member of the school community would be interested in advertising their business on the Wednesday letter, please send an email to the Parents’ Association at hollyparkboyspa@gmail.com with the subject header “Advertising”.

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Boys, we do not live in a world of perfect. We are endeavouring to empower each one of our students while teaching you:

  • To doubt
  • To think
  • To communicate
  • To question
  • To make mistakes
  • To learn from your mistakes and most importantly
  • To have fun in your learning.

If you ever need a chat or someone to listen my door is always open. Please come and see whenever you need.

For more information visit www.mentalhealthireland.ie

PIANO NEEDS A NEW HOME

We have received a donation of this fabulous piano from a local resident. If you are in the market for a second-hand piano, please email info@hollyparkbns.ie with your name, child’s name and current class. A draw will be held on Friday, June 11th.

The piano is in exceptionally good condition and has been recently tuned.

Piano

STARS OF THE FUTURE

This week’s stars showing off their artistic flair are from 3rd class Ms. O’ Dubhagáin. Well done boys, they are fabulous.

3rd Class Art

Beir bua agus beannacht,

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B. O’Donovan
09.06.2021