January 2, 2017

December Newsletter 2016


Dear Parents,


Festive greetings to you all!  As Christmas and the end of term shortly approaches I’ll take this opportunity to update you on our school news.




We enjoyed a lovely treat from classes Junior Infants to 2nd class last Monday as they played their violins for us.  A huge thank you to their teacher Naoise, for instructing them in such a fun and enjoyable manner.  So much goes on behind the scenes in relation to the Violin Project and I apologise for not thanking the parents involved in the set up every Monday morning at the end of the concert; I was so delighted with the students’ performances that it slipped my mind; so a big thank you from all involved for your continued support, time and dedication.


In keeping with music, a date for your diary, Thursday, 6th April @ 7.15 p.m. the school choir will be putting on their musical “Annie” in the Burrow Hall.  They do a dress rehearsal for the whole school the day before this.




You can find our holiday list, policies and all our up to date news etc. on our school website: www.burrowschool.ie, which is updated regularly.




Classes 2nd, 4th and 6th will be getting tuition on i-pad use with Fiona from Get Smart Media after the Christmas break.




A massive thank you to the P.A. for organising a wonderful friendly and festive Christmas Fair and raising a fabulous amount of money for the school.  Keep up the great work; it’s really appreciated.


Howth Gardaí have visited classes 1st to 6th over the last fortnight to inform them about issues such as internet safety, anti-bullying and road safety.  They are a great resource to have and we appreciate their support and advice throughout the year.


Mr. John Doran, a retired secondary school woodwork teacher visited us last Friday and all the classes (except for 6th as we ran out of time unfortunately) enjoyed playing with lots of wooden toys and watching him turn a cuboid of wood into a spinning top;  it was Santa’s workshop in the Hall for the few hours John was here.  Thanks to Ms. Williams for organising this.


To all the yard duty volunteers a big thank you from all the staff for your continued support.  It’s greatly appreciated.




Last Wednesday, 7th December, we reached an all time record with 91% of the school walking (W.O.W.)  A really big “WOW” for this achievement.  They earned an hour play on Friday, 9th in the yard.  We are continuing to play music every Friday at little break to encourage the children to show off their dance moves (really to stay active!) and will continue with Active and Oral Homework on the last Thursday of every month.


1st to 5th classes will be working with coaches from Fingal County Council for 10 weeks after Christmas on fundamental movement skills as part of their P.E.  programme.




Past pupils Dónal Cotter and Ellen Mulligan have spent separate weeks helping out – cleaning up leaves, helping with tidying cupboards and engaging with the students in various classes while they do art and other activities.  It’s wonderful to have these transition year students return and we appreciate all they do in their time with us.


Ms. Lauren Burnby, first year student in C.I.C.E. (Church of Ireland College of Education) will be doing a teaching practice in Junior Infants from March 20th to 31st.  She will be in every Monday for the month previous to this gaining experience and then she will teach the class for the two week block in March.




All after school activities will commence on the week we return of January 9th, 2017.


We finish school this Thursday, 22nd December for our Christmas holidays.  Just to note the format for the week in case you missed it.


Wednesday: Plays

Senior Infants 9.00 a.m. – 9.30 a.m.
Second Class 9.45 a.m. – 10.15 a.m.
Fourth Class 10.45 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.
Sixth Class 11.45 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.



Wednesday: Plays

Drop off at the school at the usual time.  No need for school bags – a small snack/treat is sufficient before we walk the children up to the church for the Carol Service at 11 a.m.. Children are to be collected from there after the service at approx. 12 Noon.



Last but by no means least, we say goodbye to our favourite secretary, Heather, after 8 ½ years in the Burrow School.  Heather started as secretary in September 2008, but before that she kindly gave up her time to help with reading in the infant classrooms for many years.   She has been a constant figure at the Burrow School and we will really miss her diligence, patience and cheerful manner in which she has greeted pupils, parents and staff over the years.   We wish her the very best for the future.


Mrs. Rachel Gardner will be taking her maternity leave as of January 9th 2017 and we are delighted to welcome Mrs. Cathriona Harper back to teach 3rd class until the end of the academic year.  We wish Mrs. Gardner the very best with the remainder of her pregnancy and will be looking forward to hearing news of her baby’s safe arrival at the end of January.


Merry Christmas to you from all the staff at the Burrow and Best Wishes for 2017!



Ms. Lynn Harley