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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


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.


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.

Easter Raffle
(58) Tuesday, May 7, 2013


A huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported our recent Easter egg raffle. We raised €383 and were able to purchase a selection of P.E. and yard equipment for the children to use.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Sow and Grow project
(57) Friday, May 3, 2013

The junior infant children in room 7 have been taking part in the Sow and Grow project sponsored by Innocent Smoothies. You can follow their progress by clicking on the link below.

Down Syndrome Ireland HB Fun Day: Friday 10th May 2013
(56) Friday, May 3, 2013

St Luke’s National School

Dear parents/guardians,

Each year the school likes to run a fund raiser in aid of a good charity. After the success of last year HB Ice Cream Day the school has decided to once again celebrate an Ice Cream Fun Day in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland.

Down Syndrome Ireland HB Fun Day: Friday 10th May 2013

Each child is asked to bring in €2.00 which will be collected by the class teacher. It will be a non uniform day for all children who bring in the money. Children will also get some HB ice cream and wafers kindly supplied free of charge by Superquinn Tyrrelstown.

All money raised will go towards Down Syndrome Ireland and we will post the total collected around the school after the event. If your child has any food allergies please let us know in writing as soon as possible. 

New Date for New Junior Infants 2013/2014 Meeting
(55) Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Dear Parents/Guardians,


Thursday 9th May  - Junior Infant Introductory St. Lukes National School.


A meeting for new entrants to Junior Infants will be held in St Luke’s National School in the Gym, Tyrrelstown , at 8.00p.m. on Thursday 9th of May 2013. The previous note stated the meeting would take place a week earlier. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Library Books
(54) Thursday, April 25, 2013

Dear Parents,

We need your help! We have been building up our library of books in our school for the past number of years. As you know,  access to a wide variety of books is hugely important to your child's education. If you have any children's books at home that your child no longer uses/needs (that are in good condition), we would be extremely grateful if you could donate them to the school. Any books donated will be put into the libraries in the classes throughout the school.

As we begin to develop our multi-sensory room, we are also looking for any unwanted beanbags.

We greatly appreciate your continued support in the development of our school.

4th Class Basketball
(53) Thursday, April 25, 2013

4th class have entered a boys team and a girls team into a one-day basketball tournament.  The girls tournament takes place at the end of May and the boys tournament is at the start of June. This is our very first tournament and we're very excited about it!

New Junior Infant Classes Introduction 2013/2014
(52) Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Scoil Naomh Lucáis

(Formerly Mulhuddart N.S.)


22nd  April 2013


Dear Parents/Guardians,


Thursday 9th May  - Junior Infant Introductory St. Lukes National School.


A meeting for new entrants to Junior Infants will be held in St Luke’s National School in the Gym, Tyrrelstown , at 8.00p.m. on Thursday 9th of May 2013.


This is an information evening for parents/guardians. It is a great opportunity for parents/guardians to learn about the school and become acquainted with the educational environment your child will be joining in September 2013.  The meeting is intended for parents/guardians only – there is no need for your child to attend.


Please bring €100 to cover the cost of Books etc. €8 is payable for insurance.


Representatives from The Parents Association will attend the meeting to

  • Introduce the Parents’ Association


Light refreshments will be served after the meeting.


It is in the best interest of your child that you attend the meeting without your child.


Friday 14th  June - Junior Infant Familiarisation Meeting


On Friday 14th June a short gathering will be held in the school from 2.00p.m – 2.30p.m.. This gathering provides the opportunity for the children and the parents to familiarise themselves with the school, the classroom and the environment. Attendance at this meeting will assist your child in preparation for their first day at school.


It is in the best interest of your child that they attend this gathering.


I look forward to meeting you on Thursday the 2nd May & Friday 14th June .


Is Mise Le Meas,



Mairtín Ó Caomhánaigh


Glee Club Information
(51) Friday, April 19, 2013

Glee Club Information


The children have been getting ready to sing in the choir for this year’s Confirmation. We will be taking the choir to the church on Monday and Friday next week for rehearsals. We will also be taking the children to the church on the Confirmation day itself which is Tuesday 30th of April. Many thanks again to all the children for their hard work and dedication. If anyone has any questions feel free to contact me.


Ms. Middleton

Trocaire Collection Boxes return
(50) Thursday, April 18, 2013

Scoil Naomh Lucáis




17th April 2013.


Dear Parents,


In the academic year 2011-2012 Mulhuddart National School, now St Luke’sNationalSchool,  completed a very successful Trócaire Box Lenten Campaign.


Many thanks to everyone who has returned their Trócaire Box to the school last year. Your generous support for the Trocaire Lenten Campaign helps the very needy people in the world – this year Trócaire will be giving support to the needy people inIndia.


We hope to be as successful this year, 2012-2013, in our Trócaire Lenten Campaign.


Please return your Trócaire Lenten Campaign Box to school, as soon as possible, and at the latest by Monday 29th April 2013.


Is Mise Le Meas,



Mairtín Ó Caomhánaigh


(49) Tuesday, April 16, 2013



                   Dear Parents / Guardians   -   Wed. 17th April 2013.


The Community Centre, St. Luke’s N.S. and Tyrrelestown E.T.N.S. meet regularly to review the safety of pupils at arrival and home-times. We are always open to suggestions to improve the situation in and around our complex.


1. Please consider walking or cycling when coming to school. If walking from home or from Tyrrelstown Town Centre you will need to prepare for the wet days, even in summer.


2. Please consider car-pooling and parking away from the school. Thank you for not parking in the BELGREE area. The roads are very narrow there and extra cars parked in Belgree cause safety concerns for children and disruption to residents.


3. From Monday 13th May (4 weeks time) 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.


4. We want to have our schools as accessible as possible at the start and finish to the school-day, especially for our infant pupils. We also appreciate that you may have younger children with you but we are constrained by the fact that the complex is in a cul-de-sac and that the car-park becomes dangerous when too many cars come in. We will review this arrangement before the summer holidays and your opinions are important.


Le Meas,


                   Martin Kavanagh –St.Luke’s N.S.

                   Maurice Hurley – Tyrrelstown E.T.N.S.


Sacrament of Reconciliation and Sacrament of the Eucharist
(48) Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Scoil Naomh Lucáis




10th  April  2013.


Dear Parents,


Please find attached the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Sacrament of the Eucharist Programme Outline.


First Holy Communion is the highlight of the Catholic school year.


Your child, whom you brought into the Catholic Faith through Baptism, now is preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist.


The Teachers, the Parish Priest and I look forward to working with you and your child in their preparation for the Sacrament Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist.


The children have put  a lot of effort into their preparation and your support during the preparation is vital to indicate  to them the value you place on the sacrament.


We look forward to three upcoming events as follows:




Thursday 2nd May at 11.00a.m.

First Confession in the Church

Saturday 18th May @ 6.30p.m.

Preparation Mass

Sunday 26th May @ 1.00p.m.

First Holy Communion




Is Mise Le Meas,




Mairtín Ó Caomhánaigh


Confirmation 2013
(47) Monday, April 15, 2013


Scoil Naomh Lucáis




10th April 2013.


Dear Parents,



Confirmation is the highlight of the Catholic school year.


Your child, whom you brought into the Catholic Faith through Baptism, now will join the Catholic Faith in their own right as full Christians.


As you have borne witness to the Faith on your child’s behalf they now will bear witness themselves. On your child’s behalf you have prepared them for this sacrament.


The children have put  a lot of effort into their preparation and your support during the preparation is vital to indicate  to them the value you place on the sacrament.


We look forward to three upcoming events as follows:




Thursday 11th April @ 11.00a.m.

Sacrament of Reconciliation in the Church

Sunday 21st April @ 10.30a.m.

Preparation Mass

Tuesday 30th April @11.00a.m.

Sacrament of Confirmation



Is Mise Le Meas,




Mairtín Ó Caomhánaigh


Past Pupil Photograph Hunt
(46) Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Calling all Past Pupils of Mulhuddart National School!





             1927             -                2013



Did you go to school in the Mulhuddart Village School? If you did, we need you!

Any memories you have of your schooldays there would be very welcome. We are looking for any photographs, stories and memorabilia that you might have. You are welcome to email them to the address below, or to post them in – we can scan them and give them back to you, or just call up to the school and we can scan them in here.


MulhuddartNationalSchoolis still with us, but under a different name, St. Luke’s, and has moved to a new site in Tyrrelstown. The school of 434 children, with their teachers and families, will be celebrating its heritage and history at the opening of the new school building on 30th May 2013. The school has been a big feature of the village for so long and we want to celebrate it. But we need your help!




Contact: Saint Luke's National School, Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15.

Phone: 01 8856015



Crosscare Food Collection
(44) Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are collecting food for a local charity called Crosscare (who work alongisde St. Vincent De Paul) for the next two weeks in the school.  We would be most grateful if you could spare something as little as a tin of beans or a packet of soup etc.  They will only accept non-perishable foods.  Any donation would be most appreciated.

New Gallery Pictures
(43) Friday, March 29, 2013

We have just posted some photos from the Operation Transformation Programme in our  school website Gallery. We shall be publishing art folios in the gallery after Easter.

Many thanks to Ms. Orla Connolly for organising Operation Transformation.

Many thanks to Ms Kirwan for organising the photography in the school from now on & Ms McDonnagh for IT support ,with Ms Kirwan.

Multicultural Celebration Day
(42) Thursday, March 21, 2013

Dear Parents,


We had a wonderful day in the school celebrating our diverse population with a day of Multicultural Celebrations. Many thanks to the teachers for all their their hard work & to the parents and children for dressing up and bringing in all the lovely food. There will be a lot more photographs from the day in the Gallery section of our website ASAP. Well done everybody again on another successful day of celebrations.

Multicultural Celebrations
(41) Monday, March 18, 2013

Multi-Cultural Day Thursday, 21st March


Dear Parents/Guardians,


 Every year we celebrate the fact that the children and families in our school come from many different nationalities all around the world and on Thursday we invite the children to come to school dressed in the native clothes/colours of their culture for Multi-Cultural Day. Children can bring the following:

  • A packed lunch – No school bags needed.
  • Wear clothes/colours of their native country.
  • Bring food from their country to share with their class – children may bring in a sweet or savoury dish/snack native to their country i.e. an example of their native cuisine. Please ensure that a label naming the food and its country of origin is included.

The children will participate in activities organised by the school including music workshops. We ask kindly for a donation of €5 per family to help us with the cost of the day.

We invite parents to come to the hall at 1.30 to see their children perform a song or a poem from another country.

Junior and Senior Infants will be dismissed from their classrooms at the later time of approximately 2pm.

Looking forward to seeing you there


The Language Team, St Luke’s National School












School Closures March 2013
(40) Monday, March 18, 2013

A reminder ! The school reopens tomorrow Tuesday 19/3/2013 at 0900 as usual. The school closes on Friday 22/3/2013 at 12-00 for the Easter holidays. The school reopens on  Monday 8/4/2013 at 0900 as usual. Please see calendar on this website for further information. 

Saint Patrick's Day Celebrations
(39) Thursday, March 14, 2013

We had a great day in the school with a parade at the start of the day. This was the first time that the whole school was together in the hall and we had about 100 parents as well ! We had a Ceili as well in the afternoon which was enjoyed by all. Keep an eye out for the pictures of the events in our gallery!

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