After receiving your feedback of suggestions for classes this academic year for parents and guardians, the following courses and events are scheduled:

Fitness Bootcamp for Parents will commence on Monday 8th October in St. Paul’s Secondary School, 9.15 – 10am for 6 weeks. There are still places available. Contact Elma at 086 04267665 to book.

Irish Level 3 QQI is a 20 week course based on conversational Irish for parents and guardians, that will run from Thursday 11th October in the Parish Centre. It is now fully booked out due to great interest. 

Cyber Safety and Social Media Parents Talk, delivered by Paula O’Connor, from Don’t Be Mean Behind Your Screen will be held in Holy Spirit Senior School Hall on Monday 15th October at 7pm. Paula is a knowledgeable and experienced speaker and will refer to gaming (Fortnite in particular). This is a relevant and practical talk for parents on a topic that affects all of us with children. The 5th and 6th classes will attend workshops with Paula the following day, during school hours, on cyber safety and social media. This will enable parents to have informed conversations with their children whilst the topic is still fresh. Please attend the evening talk if possible.

Helping My Child With Maths: There was a large response for parents looking for a course on Maths to help their kids with homework. After midterm break, I will be advertising places for a 6 week Tuesday course aimed specifically at Senior Primary School Maths. Keep an eye out for the text, as I expect this course will fill quickly.

Other School News

UCD trip for 5th and 6th classes: As part of broadening our Transition programme for our senior pupils, we are taking a trip to a 3rd level college campus on Tuesday 9th October for 5th class and Wednesday 10th October for 6th class. The aim is to ensure that children are exposed to educational possibilities in their future, so that they have a long term focus through secondary school.

Maths Week 2018 runs nationally from 13th to 21st October. In school, your children will be undertaking a variety of Maths activities with their class that week. Please go to www.mathsweek.ie and haveyougotmathseyes.com for ideas and resources on fun Maths activities.

Local Community News

Walkinstown Greenhills Resource Centre (WGRC) invites you to join them on Wednesday the 10th of October for World Mental Health Day from 10.30 am to 2pm in 16 Bridgecourt Office Park, Walkinstown Avenue. They will be speaking about well-being and mental health and you can talk to them about the range of therapies they offer. Phone 01-4198630 or check out wgrc.ie

The Dublin 12 Get Connected group offer drop-in services to anyone who find they need to talk about their mental health or who need extra support in their lives. Contact them on 085 7679750 or 01 4198630 for more information, times and venues.