Newsletter December 2018


Dear Parents,

We hope everyone is enjoying the run up to Christmas, it’s such a magical time for the children! We have some fun packed weeks ahead of us here in Nun’s Cross with practices for Carols Services, Christmas Concerts, a visit from Santa and his elves etc. Please have a read of our newsletter and take note of some key dates for your diary!

Last Month’s Activities and Feedback

Shoe Box Appeal Thank You!

A message from the Shoe Box Appeal Team – It was a delight having the 5 & 6th class students, teachers and a few parents join us at the Greystones shoebox checking centre. The morning was filled with checking, filling and unloading delivered boxes. Thank you to everyone’s generosity and willingness to get involved in this amazing charity! Please go ahead and like our Facebook page for updates and new stories from Africa and Eastern Europe. (Greystones Christmas Shoebox Appeal)

  • I think the shoebox sorting out in the Greystones was amazing. It was really cool to see what people put in the shoeboxes.
    William Smith, 5th Class
  • The trip to Greystones to help sort the shoeboxes was really fun. We had to make sure that there was appropriate things in each box, it was so fun!
    Craig Armstrong, 5th Class
  • The Boxes get checked then they get put in a big truck and head to Dublin Airport. They are flown to Africa or other places of need.
    Kai Harte, 6th Class

The Daily Mile

The children have been participating in the Daily Mile and seemed to be thoroughly enjoying it. The children have to jog/run around the yard for 15 minutes a day. This really energizes both students and teachers for the afternoon ahead! Despite the bad weather they are all still keen to get out and run every day!

  • This week we have to do this thing called the mile a day challenge. We have to try and run 15 minutes a day. On the first day I ran 15 minutes non-stop! After I did 15 minutes on the first day I couldn’t feel my legs! After doing that 15 minutes, I thought I was super!
    Jemima Wall, 2nd Class

Science Week

Slime creation, exploding balloons, bouncing eggs were just some of the experiments demonstrated by the junior end of the school, as well as some dashing science inspired attire! The senior students educated us about famous scientists from Stephen Hawking to Albert Einstein. Many thanks to all the efforts the children made!

  • I liked showing my class the exploding bag experiment. I mixed vinegar with warm water and baking powder and it exploded with a big bang!
    Charlotte Downey, 1st Class
  • It was fun. My favourite part was when it started raining water – it was just food colouring!
    Eli Hart, 1st Class
  • They were really fun because we got to see lots of different kinds of experiements and different reactions to them. Some of them made a big bang!
    Anna Porter, 1st Class

Lego Workshop

As part of Science Week the children took part in Bricks 4 Kidz Lego workshops. The workshop gave them as taster of STEM principles – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. As well as improving fine-motor skills, problem solving, creativity and completing their Lego project within an allocated timeframe. We are currently investigating a Lego after schools club for 2019, we will keep you posted if we can organize it!

  • It was really cool to see what you can build with Lego
    Felix Rothschild, 5th Class
  • Lego is famous because lots of people play it. In school Lego experts came in for science week. We built tranasosaurus rex. We used batteries and the dinosaurs went backwards and forwards. We had little boxes and they had a map inside them showing you were the different pieces were. It was great fun, I really enjoyed it.
    Arthur Sheane, 2nd Class

Esme Factor O’Reilly Fundraising Hair Cut

Esme Factor O’Reilly from First Class was so inspired by Anna Porter that she also decided to cut her hair for charity. Esme has raised nearly 2,000 euro for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Holles Street, an amazing achievement! Esme is an identical twin, we can now finally tell Esme and Clara apart because of her new short hairstyle! If you would like to support Esme and read about herself and Clara’s journey, you can donate at this link until Monday December 3rd:

Thanks to Maija Tweeddale’s Talk on Nutrition & Food Choices

Maija Tweeddale Health Coach, Nutritional Therapist and mum of three hosted an evening workshop for parents on nutrition and food choices. This workshop was enjoyed by all, we came away with 3 actionable steps to improve our family’s health, as well as new food ideas to add to our meal plans.  If you would like to learn from Maija about Nutrition, please visit her website here:

GGA with Tommy

The children have been enjoying GGA each week since the start of the year. We are all very sorry to see Tommy go, but we understand that he has been asked to teach in another school. We are hoping he will be back to us soon. The skills the children have learned are being demonstrated in football games on the school yard daily! The children have all made thank you cards and we have invited Tommy into the school to present them to him.

  • Tommy is really funny, kind and supportive. He is amazing at GAA, I want to be as good! I am going to miss all your wonderful smiles. I loved when we did football matches. He made me smile when I was sad. I used to be only able to do small kicks but now I can do big kicks because of Tommy.  We are going to miss you Tommy.
    Hollyanne Armstrong, 2nd Class

Upcoming Events – Dates for Your Diary!

Wizard of Oz

We will be donning our red ruby slippers and following the yellow brick road to the Dominican College Wicklow for their annual Christmas play the Wizard of Oz on December 12th! The children are allowed bring a small treat to enjoy during the performance. A bus has been organized for everyone and the cost of the trip is 8 euro in total. Please drop the money into the office in an envelope by Friday December 7th.

Carol Service

Our Carol Service will take place in Nun’s Cross Church on Friday, 14th December at 6.30pm.  All children need to be in the church no later than 6.20pm. We would love it if the children could wear a Christmas jumper on the night!  All are welcome to attend.

The PTA are very kindly organising mulled wine and festive treats for everyone in the school following the service.  If anyone would like to bake or buy anything (nut free!) for this very special occasion, they would be much appreciated.  Please drop them to Sandra before the 14th.

Christmas Concerts

This year the Christmas Concerts will take place in the General Purpose Room.

Christmas Concert Times

Tuesday, 18th December

Junior & Senior Infants: 1.15pm

1st & 2nd Class: 2pm

Wednesday, 19th December

3rd to 6th Class: 2pm

Christmas Holidays

School closes at 12.30pm on Friday, 21st December (there will be a “special visitor” coming in the morning!) and reopens on Monday, 7th January in the New Year.  Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and New Year.

Family Contribution

The Family Contribution includes Pupil Protector Insurance and is now overdue:

1 child: €150

2 children: €250

3 children: €300

Photocopying and Arts & Crafts Money (€30 per child) is now overdue.  Please give to Sandra in the office as soon as possible.  Thanks to those who have already paid.

Online Calendar

Don’t forget to keep an eye on the Online School Events Calendar, the link to which can be found on the school website,

Enrolment Policy Update

Our enrolment policy has now been updated and is available to view on our website here:

Killiskey Parish News

Services Times for December

Sunday 16th:7.00pm: Service of Seven Lessons with Carols followed by Mince Tarts and Mulled Wine

Sunday 23rd:11.00am: Family Service

Sunday 25th:9.00 am: Holy Communion

Sunday 25th:11.00am: Family Communion
Table Tennis Club

The Table Tennis club meets in the Nun’s Cross school assembly room (downstairs in the new classroom block) on Wednesdays at 8pm. If you are interested in playing, please contact Rev Ken (087 2766590) or Lesley Rue (087 2810478).

Concert – WinterSong

A concert of Christmas music from the 16–18th centuries for Voice, Lute, Renaissance and Baroque Guitars.

When: 8pm Saturday 15 December 2018
Venue: Nun’s Cross Church, Ashford
Tonos: Ròisìn O’Grady – Soprano; Eamon Sweeney – Renaissance and Baroque Guitars, Renaissance Lute

Tonos specialise in the music of the 16th–18th centuries and are delighted to be performing in Nun’s Cross Church as part of their 8-date Arts Council-funded national tour which coincides with the launch of their CD: WinterSong.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a great New Year!

Kind regards

Lisa Ward