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End of year school reports Sten Scores explained
(80) Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Dear parent/Guardian

Every year your child is examined on a standardised English Reading and a Maths test called a Micra T and a Sigma T. These tests are carried out on school children all around Ireland each year and will give you an idea of how your child is achieving compared to other children of the same age and class across the country. It is important to remember that these are standardised on an English speaking population.

When assessing children we look at the whole child, this test is just one measure of one aspect of their learning.

What are standardised tests used for?

  • They report to you, the parent on your child’s achievement in English Reading and Maths.
  • They can be useful to help teachers plan for further learning.
  • It can also help us to find out if your child needs extra support in English Reading and Maths.

Understanding the results:

The results are given as a sten score. Scores go from 1- 10. 10 is the maximum a child can achieve.

Sten Score

 

What the score means

 

8-10

 

Well above average

 

7

 

High Average

 

5-6

 

Average

 

4

 

Low Average

 

1-3

 

Well below average

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your child has a score of 1, 2 or 3 the teacher may decide to gather further information about your child to put together a more detailed picture of your child’s strengths and needs. Extra support may be given to your child in school to help build on each child’s strengths and meet their needs. 

For more information:  http://www.ncca.ie/en/Curriculum_and_Assessment/Early_Childhood_and_Primary_Education/Primary_School_Curriculum/Assessment/Standardised_Testing/

Information Sheet for parents are available on this website in many different languages.                Polski,  Deutsch,  Lietuvi,  Latvietis, Francais and Chinese 


 
Ideas for free Summer Activities!
(79) Monday, June 24, 2013

 

Ideas for free Summer Activities!

 

Visit the Botanic Gardens, see the glasshouses and squirrels!

http://www.botanicgardens.ie/

 

Visit the Local Library and read some new books!

http://www.fingalcoco.ie/CommunityRecreationandAmenitiesDepartment/Library/LibraryBranches/BlanchardstownLibrary/

 

 

Visit a Museum and learn about Irish and World history:

NationalMuseumofIreland

http://www.museum.ie/en/list/families-children-decorative-arts-history.aspx

NaturalHistoryMuseum

http://www.museum.ie/en/list/families-children-natural-history.aspx

NationalArchaeologyMuseum

http://www.museum.ie/en/list/families-and-children-archaeology.aspx

ChesterBeatty Library

http://www.cbl.ie/Programme---Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

 

 

Visit a Gallery and be inspired!

TheMuseumofModernArt

http://www.imma.ie/en/subnav_8.htm#family

National Gallery ofIreland

http://www.nationalgallery.ie/en/Learning/Families_and_Young_People.aspx

 

Go on a day out to Glendalough and learn about nature!

(activities are free but need to be booked; parking will cost 4euro)

http://www.glendalough.ie/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1360678921&archive=&start_from=&ucat=1&

 

 

 

Visit some parks with kids playgrounds!

http://www.fingaldublin.ie/interior-pages/activities-attractions-amp-conference/fingal-for-kids/playgrounds/

 

 

Go for a walk in the Phoenix Park and see the visitor centre.

http://www.visitdublin.com/Asset/see_and_do/kids_dublin/Phoenix_Park_Visitor_Centre

 

 

Go for a swim at the beach!

(The beaches on the following list are manned by lifeguards)

http://www.iws.ie/bathing-areas-page18815.html

 

 

 

 

Go visit a castle (with a toy collection!)

Rathfarnham Castle

http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/rathfarnhamcastle/

 


 
New School Uniform
(78) Tuesday, June 18, 2013

 

St Luke’s National School Uniform Pricelist 2013

 

School Jumper (CRESTED)

Size 4/5yr – 12/13yr                        €24.00                                                  

 

Tracksuit Top (CRESTED)                                         Tracksuit Bottom

Size 4/5yr – 12/13yr                        €15.00                                   Size 4/5yr – 12/13yr        €13.00

 

The following arrangements have been made for the sale and distribution of school uniform.

All arrangements have been made in consultation with the school management and parents association.

 

Junior Infants – 2013/14 – Friday 14th of June 2013 @ 1pm – 4pm

 

Orders will be taken between 1pm & 4pm on Friday June 14th 2013

All orders must be paid for in full

These orders will be available for collection in the school on Monday August 26th between 9am & 12pm.

 

Senior Infants - 6th Class 2013/14 – FRIDAY 21st of June 2013@ 1pm – 4pm

 

Orders will be taken between 1pm & 4pm on Friday June 21st 2013

All orders must be paid for in full

These orders will be available for collection in the school on Monday August 26th between 9am & 12pm.

 

 

Monday August 26thth 2013 between 9pm & 12pm*****  collection only


Uniform will also be available to purchase on the following dates

Monday September 9th 2013 between 2pm & 4pm

Monday November 11th 2013 between 2pm & 4pm

 

A dedicated page will be available on our website from September 2013 to facilitate those who wish to order online


 
Girls Basketball Tournament Report
(77) Friday, June 14, 2013

Girls Basketball Tournament Report

By Keona and Henrietta, 4th Class

 

The girls first basktball tournament was on Tuesday May 21st in Oblate Hall, Inchicore at 10am. There were 12 girls on our team. We played 3 matches against very tall girls in 5th class. We tried very hard and managed to score lots of baskets.

Chike and Alexandra came along with us as the scorekeepers. At the end of each match, both teams lined up to high 5 each other.

At lunchtime we went outside to eat our lunch. When the tournament was over, we played in the grass until the bus came. We had a wonderful time and hope to do it again next year.


 
Boys Basketball Tournament Report
(76) Friday, June 14, 2013

Boys Basketball Tournament Report

By Jake and Chike, 4th Class

 

The day before the basketball tournament, we had lots of fun at training. We played a match to test our skills. The next day, we were so excited on the bus to Coláiste Eanna, Rathfarnham  that we were singing out loud with excitement .

When we arrived we lined up to practice taking shots. We learned that there are four quarters in a match and the teams change every quarters. Henrietta and Alexandra came with us to help out with the scores.

It was very fun play against other teams. The last match was the best. It was a very close, exciting match and we ended up losing by just one basket. We're glad to come third place in our group and we hope to do it again in 5th class.


 
New School Uniform
(75) Friday, June 14, 2013

 

 

 

 

12th June 2013

 

Dear Parents,

 

The New School Uniform will be available for purchase and fitting on Friday 21st June 2013 from 1.00p.m. – 4.00p.m. for children from Senior Infants to Sixth Class only.

 

A parent/Guardian must be present during the fitting

 

This will be the only opportunity to purchase the New School Uniform before the Summer holidays.

 

It is quite acceptable for children to continue wearing the old school uniform.

 

Details about the new School Uniform are available over leaf.

 

Is Mise Le Meas,

 

___________________

Mairtín Ó Caomhánaigh

Príomhoide


 
Junior Sports Day Junior Infants to First Class
(74) Friday, June 14, 2013

12th June 2013

 

Dear Parents,

 

Weather permitting St Luke’s N.S School Junior Sports will take place on Tuesday 18th June 2013.  Classes from Junior Infants to First Class will participate in the School Sports on Tuesday 18th June 2013.

 

The School Sports take place in Bellgree Park, Tyrrelstown- commencing at 10.15a.m. and finishing at 1.15p.m. approximately.

 

All pupils report to school as normal on Sports Day. Pupils wear their school tracksuit and come prepared for a day of physical activity. The school day finishes at the normal time and the children can be collected as normal from school.

 

Parents are invited to attend the Sports and support their children. In the event that the Sports are held indoors, due to inclement weather, regrettably, for Health and Safety reasons, parents will not be able to attend, as the Gym cannot accommodate children participating in sport and parents at the same time.

 

The decision, to run the sports outdoors, can only be made on the Tuesday morning. Presently it appears, according to the weather forecast, that the weather will allow the sports to take place outdoors.

 

 

Looking forward to a great day,

 

Is Mise Le Meas,

 

___________________

Mairtín Ó Caomhánaigh

Príomhoide

 


 
Senior sports day
(73) Friday, June 14, 2013

 

 

 

 

12th June 2013

 

Dear Parents,

 

Weather permitting St Luke’s N.S School Senior Sports will take place on Wednesday 19th June 2013.  Classes from 2nd to 6th will participate in the School Sports on Wednesday 19th June 2013.

 

The School Sports take place inBelgreePark, Tyrrelstown- commencing at 9.45a.m. and finishing at 2.30p.m. approximately.

 

All pupils report to school as normal on Sports Day. Pupils wear their school tracksuit and come prepared for a day of physical activity. The school day finishes at the normal time and the children can be collected as normal from school.

 

Parents are invited to attend the Sports and support their children. In the event that the Sports are held indoors, due to inclement weather, regrettably, for Health and Safety reasons, parents will not be able to attend, as the Gym cannot accommodate children participating in sport and parents at the same time.

 

The decision, to run the sports outdoors, can only be made on the Wednesday morning. Presently it appears, according to the weather forecast, that the weather will allow the sports to take place outdoors.

 

 

Looking forward to a great day,

 

Is Mise Le Meas,

 

___________________

Mairtín Ó Caomhánaigh

Príomhoide

 


 
Visit of Joan Burton TD to Saint Lukes's NS
(72) Thursday, June 13, 2013

 Joan Burton TD will visit the school on Friday 26th June 2013 .


 
Booklists 2013/2014
(71) Thursday, June 13, 2013

Booklists for the new academic year are being created. Assoon as they are ready, they will be sent home as a paper copy and will also be available on the school website in the "Booklists" section


 
School Information -change of address or phone number
(68) Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Dear Parents,

 

Please give any change of address or phone number or other information to Kate, our school secretary.

 


 
Firsy Holy Communion 2013
(67) Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Dear Parents,

 

First Holy Communion Day is upon us. I hope that you are all looking forward to a great day. Making First Holy Communion is one of the highlights of the Catholic school year.

 

Very Reverend Fr Seamus Connell P.P. will preside over the ceremony. Mass starts at 1.00 p.m. and we request that the children be in their seats by 12.45 p.m.

 

Photographs may be taken after the ceremony in the church. Weather permitting  photographs may also be taken outside the church .

 

During the ceremony and for the duration of the Mass, to maintain the sanctity of the sacrament and in the best interest of the children, it is requested that everyone refrains from taking photographs.

 

The Church Car Park will not be able to accommodate the cars belonging to parents etc attending the ceremony. Arrangements have been made so that cars can be parked in Ladyswell National School Car Park behind the church. There is a short direct walkway to the church from the Car Park. The gate to the Car Park will be manned.

 

I would like to take the opportunity to thank Very Reverend Fr Seamus Connell, the Parish Priest and Ms Aoife Mc Taggart & Ms Sarah Middleton, class teachers, for the work they have completed with your children in their preparation for the sacrament. Additionally we are all deeply indebted to the class teachers who prepare the choir, Ms Elizabeth Ann Kirwan who conducts the choir and Mr Liam Neary who accompanies the choir on the guitar.

 

Mr Vincent Cahill, a professional photographer, will attend the school on Tuesday 28th May to take photographs of the First Holy Communion Children. Information regarding cost has been forwarded already. The children will be free to go home at 12.00 p.m. on Tuesday

 

The Parents’ Association are hosting a celebration for the First Holy Communicants  on Thursday 30th of May in the school. I am deeply grateful to the parents who generously give of their time to organise this event for the children making First Holy Communion.

 

Is Mise Le Meas,

 

__________________

Mairtín Ó Caomhánaigh

Príomhoide


 
Book Donation
(66) Monday, May 20, 2013

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for the books that have been donated to the school. Thanks to your generosity, we have collected almost 200 books which are currently being sorted so they can be added to the classroom libraries. We still need your help! If at any time you are clearing out books or toys that are in good condition (not soft toys), we would greatly appreciate if you would consider donating them to the school. Your ongoing support continues to help our school develop and grow. If you have any books/toys to donate, please contact Ms Connolly.


Ms. Orla Connolly


 
Upcoming Events
(65) Friday, May 17, 2013

The following events are planned for the school for the remainder of the term:

 

23/5 4th/5th Tour.

 

27/5 1st Class Tour.

 

29/5 2nd Class Tour.

 

11/6  Junior Infants Tour.

 

12/6 Senior Infants Tour.

 

13/6 3rd Class Tour.

 

19/6 or 20/6 Sports Day.

 

26/5 6th Class Graduation.

 

 


 
Oliver
(64) Tuesday, May 14, 2013

We had a wonderful showing of Oliver at the school on Monday. Tha children really enjoyed themselves. The company , M & M productions, will return again on 21/5/2014 with another show and lessons on stagecraft for 6th class.Please keep an eye on the gallery for pictures. Many thanks to Ms Kirwan for updating the gallery.


 
Fundraiser for Downs Syndrome Ireland
(63) Tuesday, May 14, 2013

We collected 846.67  for Downs Syndrome Ireland from pupils & staff during our "Ice cream" event! Many thanks to Laura McCarthy for organising this event again this year! Please keep an eye on the gallery for pictures of the event!

 


 
Musical "Oliver"
(62) Friday, May 10, 2013

Dear Parents/Guardians

 

A special showing of the Musical Oliver Twist will take place in the school for the children from Third Class to Sixth Class only on Monday 13th May, 2013 at 9.30 a.m. 

 

Please contribute €1.00 towards the cost of the show.   The show is being presented by M & M Productions.  

 

Yours sincerely

Liam Neary Deputy Principal

10th May, 2013


 
Ice-Cream Day!!
(61) Friday, May 10, 2013

Once again, St. Luke's has held a fun fundraiser for Down Syndrome Ireland. Sponsored by HB ice-cream, the children raised money for a great cause and got to eat some great ice-cream! Well done St. Luke's!


 
New Car access restrictions Reminder
(60) Friday, May 10, 2013



A reminder !



As and from Monday 13th May  ONLY STAFF, OFFICIAL DISABILITY Sticker Holders and SETANTA personnel will have access to the car park at our school complex at school opening and closing times. The gates will be closed to all others.  If you have a car, we would suggest that you park away from the school and walk to the school.


 
Slapped Cheek Disease
(59) Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

Please see attached notice regarding Slapped Cheek Disease. If you think your child has any of the symptoms, please take him/her to the doctor.If the doctor confirms that they have the disease, please inform the school.

 

Martin Kavanagh

(Principal)




Slapped cheek disease is sometimes called fifth disease or erythema infectiosum. It is an infection caused by the parvovirus B19 virus. It most commonly occurs in children aged 4-12 years, but anyone can be affected. It is infectious (can be passed on). The infectious period is for 4-20 days before the rash appears. By the time the rash develops, it is usually no longer infectious.

In the UK, April and May are the peak months for this condition. However, it may occur at any time.

The majority of adults in the UK have had this infection in the past, usually without realising it. You normally have slapped cheek disease only once in a lifetime. This is because you make antibodies during the infection which protect you from future infections with this same virus.

Note: pet dogs or cats can be immunised against parvovirus. However, these are animal parvoviruses which are different from parvovirus B19.

Rash

Typically, the rash looks like a bright red scald on one or both cheeks. It looks as if the cheek(s) have been slapped. Sometimes there is just a blotchy redness on the face. The rash is painless. 

Sometimes a more widespread faint rash appears on the body, arms, and legs. Occasionally, the rash on the face and body keeps fading and returning several times for up to four weeks. However, it is more common for the rash to come and go completely within a few days.

Other symptoms

Although the rash can look quite dramatic, the illness itself is usually mild. You will usually not feel too ill. You may have a headache or mild temperature (fever) for a few days before the rash appears. Occasionally, mild pain and stiffness develop in one or more joints for a few days. This is more common in adults than children.

You may have no symptoms

Around one in five people who become infected with this virus do not develop any symptoms at all. Some people just have a fever and feel generally unwell, without any rashes.

This condition is usually diagnosed by the appearance of the classical rash on your cheeks.

A blood test is sometimes performed. This will show if you have the disease and can also show if you have had this disease in the past. If you have had the disease in the past (even if you had it without developing any symptoms) then you will be immune to it.

Usually not. Rarely, the aching joint symptoms last for some time after the other symptoms have gone. 

The only times the illness may become more serious are:

  • In children with some types of hereditary anaemia such as sickle cell disease, beta-thalassaemia and hereditary spherocytosis. This virus can cause these types of anaemia to become suddenly much worse.
  • In people with a weakened immune system. If you have leukaemia or cancer, have had an organ transplant or have HIV infection then you may develop a more serious illness with this infection.
  • In pregnant women. Most pregnant women are immune to this virus, or will not be seriously affected if they become infected by it. However, like some other viruses, the virus that causes slapped cheek disease can sometimes harm an unborn child. Miscarriage is more common in women who are infected with this virus before 20 weeks of pregnancy. Therefore, if you are pregnant, keep away from people who have slapped cheek disease. If you are pregnant and have been in contact with a person with the virus then your doctor may arrange for you to have a blood test.

You do not usually need any treatment. If you have a headache, temperature or aches and pains then painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen will help.

Those people who develop complications (which is very rare) may require other treatment.

There is no vaccine or treatment that prevents this infection. Frequent handwashing reduces the risk of this infection been transmitted to other people.

There is no benefit of not going to school (or work) if you have this infection as you are only infectious before you develop the rash.


 
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