Fantastic news! Yesterday (Friday 8th May) we raised €1213 for the Umbrella Foundation, who are working hard to provide much-needed support for Nepalese children and families. A huge thank you to Nikki (parent), Tess (past pupil), Josh (5th Class) and also to Naomi and all the Student Council, who worked really hard to make it happen. Thank you to everyone in our school community and wider community for your great generosity, with the production of vast amounts of delicious goodies and extremely kind donations!! The event was a wonderful living example of Unity, the value we have chosen to focus on during the month of May; all involved in its organisation worked seamlessly together in this display of solidarity with our most unfortunate fellow human beings.
The Umbrella Foundation is an Irish Charity, founded ten years ago. Since then they have rescued 391 children from the streets and corrupt orphanages in Nepal. These children have been cared for in an Umbrella home and where possible, they are returned to their family. The organisation works on an on-going basis, with the families and schools ensuring the children’s safety and educating people in the villages about the dangers of trafficking. Currently they are very busy working with GOAL to re-establish the villages where they are based, which have been destroyed, as well as gate keeping different districts due to the increased risk of trafficking and sex trade with this crisis.
You also have the opportunity to text in order to donate €4 – text earthquake to 50300.
On Friday the Green School Committee organised a whole school spring clean as part of the national spring clean initiative. We all worked really hard and our hard work really paid off; the school is looking great just in time for summer!
This Friday the 24th of April, GETNS will be taking part in the National Spring clean initiative as run by An Taisce. Communities all over the country will be working together to tidy up their local areas.
The children and staff will be doing their part to get the school looking its best for the summer term! So lets get the gloves on and get cleaning!
Congratulations to Sorcha on becoming our new Deputy Principal. We are all delighted for you, and for us!
Starting on Monday 12 January, PE day will be on Mondays, instead of Thursdays. Na Fianna have kindly given permission for us to use their hall when it is too wet to work outdoors, and Mondays are a less busy day at Na Fianna, which will benefit us.
Swimming will still be on Thursdays. Swimming will continue for Fifth and Sixth classes until the mid-term. Senior Infants and First Class will have GAA training on Friday morning during January and February.
We’re very proud of Rocco in 6th class who did an excellent job reviewing a collection of short stories on RTE junior Radio this month. He was a complete natural on the radio.
You can listen to the programme here;
Well done Rocco!
FAO Fourth Class parents particularly:
We have been successful in finding two great new teachers to fill the vacant positions of Learning Support and Fourth Class. There are still a few processes to go through, so next week will run as it did last week, with Clare and Orlaith in Fourth, and Sinéad and Kieran in Learning Support.
On Thursday the 22nd of May, our school was awarded with our fourth green school flag for travel! Aoife and three children from the green school committee attended the ceremony in the Helix in DCU; it was a great day.
Then we had an assembly in the school to launch the flag; we are all very proud of everyone in the school for their hard work. Well done everyone!
We had great success at Santry today. Together with some well earned medals in the sprints, we managed to win a trophy in the relays for the Second year in a row, and we also some very near misses. The sun shone down and everyone had a great day. Well done to all. Pictures to follow soon.