Newsletter October 2018


Dear Parents,

The school year has started off well with plenty of learning, fun and activities happening around the school. Have a read of our newsletter to hear what has been happening and take note of some keys dates for your diary!

Deputy Principal Position

We would like to congratulate Ms Heaphy on her appointment as our new Deputy Principal and wish her the very best in her new role. Ms Heaphy has been with Nun’s Cross for five years. She has contributed greatly in both the classroom and the school ethos. I know she do very well in her role and we wish her all the best.

3rd & 4th Class had a very enjoyable trip to the Wicklow Mountains National Park for Tree Day on Wednesday, 26th September.   

“On Wednesday, 3rd & 4th Class went to Glendalough for Tree Day.  We were split into three groups of ten.  Mrs Pearse, Mrs Smith and Mrs Armstrong were a great help in our groups!  We had a treasure hunt, guess the age and fun games such as cone and spoon race, build a tree, stick puzzles and colouring in a leaf or draw your favourite tree.  All our groups got 16 out of 16.  Mrs Smith’s Group came 2nd in guess the age.  Cross-bridge came first.  “We had a great day!” Katie Fox, 4th Class

5th & 6th Class Trip to Leinster House & Trinity College, Thursday, 11th October

5th & 6th Class have received an invitation to go on a guided tour of Leinster House on 11th October.  Our school availed of this tour a few years back and it was a wonderful day out for the children.  As they have been studying The Celts, they hope to pay a visit to the Book of Kells in Trinity College if time allows.

School Harvest Service, Friday, 12th October, 10am

Rev. Rue and the children will lead a Harvest themed service.  We ask that the children bring in a non-perishable food to bring to church.  Rev. Rue will donate these gifts to a local charity.  All welcome.

Library is Back! – New format, new day, exciting new books!

The School Library will be on the second and fourth Friday of the month commencing 12th October.  Junior & Senior Infants will be included with a special Storytime Hour.  Book of the Month and Children’s Monthly Book Reviews are also included so get reading!  This month’s book of the month is Roald Dahl’s “Matilda” to mark its 30th anniversary.

6th Class Trip to Service in Christ Church Cathedral: Thursday, 18th October

Ten children from 6th Class will attend Christ Church School Service for 6th Class children in the diocese to give thanks for the new school year.

Maths Week, 15th-18th October

The children from Junior Infants to 2nd Class will make Maths Hats and parade them on Thursday, 18th October.  Children from 3rd to 6th Class will make Maths games. Maths Week gives the pupils the opportunity to be creative and imaginative while reinforcing Maths concepts!

 Friday, 26th October

Dress-Up Day in School

The children are asked not to dress up as anything scary and therefore we have class dress-up themes and it is always great fun.  Please see below for the themes:

  • Junior Infants: Fairy Tales
  • Senior Infants: Fairy Tales and Super Heroes
  • 1st & 2nd Class: Book characters
  • 3rd & 4th Class: Professions
  • 5th & 6th Class: Pyjama Party

Halloween School Disco, 7pm – During the week leading up to the disco the pupils will receive a song request form, battle for the top ten disco songs can commence! Whether it’s Frozen or George Ezra our resident DJ David O’Sheehan will ensure the school will be dancing in spooktacular style! More details to follow from the PTA closer to the date.

Mid Term Break.  School finishes at the usual time. Pupils will return on 9.10am November 5th.

GAA takes place during school on Tuesdays and we’re delighted to welcome Tommy back.

“Two weeks ago Tommy came back to teach us GAA again.  It’s great to have him back.  We play matches and do a bit of passing.  We all enjoy GAA so much.”  Ava, 5th Class

Rugby takes place during school on Thursdays with our new coach, Aidan Kearney, Club Community Rugby Officer for Wicklow RFC.

“Last Thursday we started rugby with our new coach Aidan and we started with warm ups of groups and we learned skills.  It is super fun and active.”  Colm, Harry and Kai 6th Class

“The Leinster Rugby with Aidan was really fun because we got to do in-depth and well-explained practices.”   Larry Smyth, 4th Class

 Litter Picking

“I got the idea of school litter picking from my father who was a litter warden when he was at primary school.  I thought it would be a good idea for our school because it makes the students respect our school grounds.  It is really great that lots of students are interested in being involved.” Odhran O’Reilly, 3rd Class

 School Photos

Our school photos will now take place on Wednesday, 14th November.  All children will be photographed with no obligation to purchase.  As always, this will happen during school time.  A reminder will go out closer to the time.

 Note from the PTA

Following our recent school AGM, we are delighted to introduce our PTA members for this year, which include Sandra Furlong, Susie McDonnell, John Smyth and new members Kevin Hill, Emma O’Gorman Wall, Catherine Brady, Rosie Fry and Teacher Representative, Shona Byrne.  Thank you to our outgoing PTA members, particularly to those stepping off the PTA, including Lisa Armstrong, Judy Cobbe, Andrea Fox, Bronagh Banks and teacher representative, Rachael Bennett.

I would like to take the opportunity to thanks Bronagh for her amazing energy, hard work, dedication and support. She has achieved so much for the school as Chairperson and I know this greatly appreciated by all of us here at Nun’s Cross.


If you wish to meet with myself or the class teachers, please make an appointment with Sandra in advance.

Family Contribution

The Family Contribution includes Pupil Protector Insurance.  Thanks to those who have paid their contribution-

1 child: €150

2 children: €250

3 children: €300

If you wish to pay the contribution via your bank or online our IBAN details are available from Sandra.

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,

Nut Free School
Please remember we are a Nut Free School and in the safety of the children, we must ensure this. Please make sure no nuts or nut based products are brought into the school. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Garda Vetting

If you volunteer or plan to volunteer in the future in the school please fill in the Garda Vetting forms which are available in the office.

Parish News

The Parish have asked us to let you know that for insurance reasons, parking is not permitted in the church yard at drop off and pick up times.  Your cooperation is much appreciated.


Sun 7th 10am – Confirmation in Wicklow Parish Church

Pupils from last year’s 6th class will be among those confirmed by Archbishop Jackson

Fri 12th 10am – School Service for Harvest

All parents/guardians/grandparents welcome!

Sun 28th 11am – Family Service

A child-friendly service including participation by pupils


A Table Tennis club will commence in the Nun’s Cross school assembly room (downstairs in the new classroom block) on Wednesday 3rd October at 8pm. It will continue on most Wednesdays. If you are interested in playing, please contact Rev Ken (087 2766590) or Lesley Rue (087 2810478).


United Youth is a club for 4th to 6th classes. It starts on 6th October and will run from 6.00-7.30pm on the 1st Saturday of each month in term time in East Glendalough School. The programme includes games, sports, crafts, outings and most importantly fun!


The next Ladies’ Breakfast will take place in the Bel-Air Hotel on Saturday 20th October at 9.30am. The cost is €12.50 per person. Contact Lesley Rue for details.


Andrew Doyle TD has arranged for parishioners to visit Leinster House on Thursday 15th November at 2.30pm. If you are interested in going, please let Rev Ken know. Andrew needs to be advised of numbers attending.

Kind regards

Rachel Harper