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Standardised Tests & Results

As you are aware, all classes from 1st to 6th undertook standardised tests at the end of May. This year we will use Aladdin Connect to report standardised test results to parents as they will be included in the school reports.
This year we administered new up-to-date English tests from the ERC (Educational Research Centre, Drumcondra). The tests were redeveloped as research suggested that tests generally get easier over time, as familiarity with content increases.
For some children this may mean the result in their standardised English test (compared with previous years) may be significantly lower. It is important to remember that by comparing with last year or previous results, you are not comparing like with like, these are new tests, with new standardised norms. Please see the attached link to a letter from the ERC, which explains the changes in further detail.
The most significant change in relation to the English test used for 1st class is that this test is now a screening test, and as a result there is no STen score generated. Instead there will be a standard score included in your son’s report.
Drumcondra maths tests administered this year were the same ones used in previous years but in May 2020 the pupils will be tested using the new maths tests.
Please refer to the links below for an explanation of STen scores, standard scores and also further information regarding the new Drumconda tests.

https://www.ncca.ie/media/1429/understanding-standardscores_eng.pdf
https://www.ncca.ie/media/1400/english_tip_sheet_sten.pdf
http://www.erc.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Letter-for-parents-New-Drumcondra-tests.pdf


Invitations

Parents/Care givers, Please note that we do not allow invitations to parties to be given out in our school or on the school grounds. This is because it is a potential source of disappointment and hurt for those who are not invited.

Meetings with Teachers
If you wish to meet with your son`s teacher, please give adequate notice to the teacher in writing via your son`s homework sheet, communication copy, school homework journal or via the school office. Schools are busy places.
It is not okay to drop in to talk to teacher or to feel that you can have an impromptu `quick word` first thing in the morning or on picking up your child in the evening. This takes away from valuable teaching and preparation time for every pupil in your son`s class.
Every teacher has a tight schedule of classes and of preparation for classes. They are more than happy to meet however, if given sufficient notice. This works in your favour too because they will have had time to consult with any information they have and bring  fuller picture of any issues to the meeting.


Halloween Newsletter

Here we are, mid-way through our first term in Bunscoil Buachaillí Réalt na Mara. And already we’re harvesting the fruits of this terms labours.

ERASMUS
Ms Carragher, Ms. Gerrard and Mr Lynch have been busy preparing for an invasion from Europe! Thirty visitors from Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Italy,and Poland are involved with us in a joint (and giant!) project on our UNESCO heritage. We are so lucky to be a Neolithic stone’s throw from some magnificent world class heritage in our county. Our visitors will arrive on the 15th Nov and will explore Newgrange and also the Giants’ Causeway along with visiting our school.

STUDENTS COUNCIL

Canvassing has started for this year’s Students Council. They will have a big role to play this year in supporting the green school’s initiatives that we have developed over the past number of years, helping in our yard, and continuing the work of the previous council in enhancing our school.

CREATIVE ARTS AWARD
Good news from our Creative Arts Committee-our award has been extended for another year. The committee and children from fourth class will work with artist Yvonne Byrne to create a colourful display in our school reflecting our coastal location and history.

OUR LIBRARY
Thank you so much to all the families to contributed books to our school library. Under the direction of Ms McWeeney, Ms Kerr, Ms Smyth and Mrs Fox the books have been electronically catalogued for our library. We will be using the Aladdin library system to track borrowed books.

MUSIC! MUSIC! MUSIC!

Thank you Parents Association! We just love our new ukuleles. We have also received a donation of a Yamaha keyboard. Fifth class have started ukulele lessons with Ms McWeeney and Ms Milne, while Mrs Quinn is teaching tin whistle to Third Classes. Great to see the enthusiasm of the boys for their lessons!  
We’re looking forward to hearing them in our Christmas Concert along with our choir and dramatists.

GARDA BAND
The whole school gathered for a performance by the Garda Band in September. Especially great to welcome one of our parents, Helen Doyle as talented band member of this wonderful community resource

CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Rehearsals have also begun for our Christmas Concerts this year with one evening performance on December 12th in our hall.

BEACH WALK
The Parents Association beach walk was a lovely occasion this year, allowing families to get together to support our school while enjoying Bettystown beach-we are so blessed to have it on our doorstep!

RUN A MILE….…or a kilometer!

Our footprint track in our backyard measures 250 metres. So everyone tries regularly to run four times around it to clock up a one kilometer run. In addition many of our classes work out indoors to Go Noodle and RTE programmes. Fitness for ALL is something we are striving to achieve and maintain.

PEANUT FREE!

In addition to our Fitness initiatives, we also cherish healthy eating habits. A quick look around our school at lunch times shows a great commitment from our parents to ensuring their children eat incredibly well. As some of our children also have peanut and tree nut allergies, we’ve also had to insist on keeping lunches nut free too

TENNIS
David Black will have taken all classes from 1st-6th this term.

YOGA

Continues with Cora for Junior and Senior Infants.

FUTSAL
Our futsal team emerged winners are a closely fought match with Whitecross school. Well done, lads!
And the battle for the Cumann na mBunscol cup grows with our team beating Stamullen on Oct 22nd.

LLO and Guided Reading
Our Senior Infants and First Classes have completed their sessions in Literacy Lift Off by now while

OUR STAFF
Delighted to welcome Mrs Sarah Brennan on to our SET team this year. Ms Emma Egan has taken up a temporary post and Ms Caoimhe Cronin and Ms Una Hughes have both taken up the substitute positions in our school.
Wonderful news too with the arrival of three darling babes to our staff this term! We warmly welcome Cathal Byrne, James Lohan and Méabh Matthews!
Welcome back to Ms Aoife Kerr and to SNAs Lisa Larkin and Joanna Keenan who are working with her.

Christmas Newsletter December 2019

Welcome to our Christmas update. A special welcome for our new infants and also to the pupils who enrolled with us this term!

CHRISTMAS CONCERTS
A crowd of some seven hundred people gathered in our magnificent hall for this year’s Christmas concert.
This year’s concert featured the drama Yo! Ho! Ho!: A Pirate’s Christmas,  dance in the form of synchronized swimming skit and a shadow dance. Music was supplied by our teachers band, our Ukelele Orchestra and our Sixth Class Choir.
Junior and Senior Infants will all draw on their singing and dramatic repertoire for their performances this week.

ERASMUS Visit to Ireland
Our Erasmus Club, teachers and pupils really enjoyed hosting four schools from Europe in November. Lithuania, Poland, Italy and the Czech Republic sent pupils and teachers to work with us on Our UNESCO Heritage project. They visited Newgrange and The Giants`Causeway and also enjoyed Millmount Museum and Tower in Drogheda.

LITERACY

This term Mr Duffy’s Class and Mr Lynch’s classes completed Literacy Lift Off, while the Guided Reading Programme was completed in Mr Culligan and Ms McBride’s classes.

SCIENCE NEWS
Science week was celebrated with a variety of experiments from Ms Mullen’s boys’ parachutes, to Mr Arthur’s kitchen ingredient concoctions.

SILENT NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT
Our pupils love to visit our Crib. Visiting the crib in your local church is always a lovely Christmas tradition and a chance to remind the children of the first Christmas.
Our boys are busy practising for the Children’s Mass at 4pm Christmas Eve in Mornington Church.
We are proud of our Sixth class for putting kindness at the top of their Christmas gifts by visiting Moorehall Nursing home to sing for the residents there in the week in advance of our Christmas holidays.

PARENTS ASSOCIATION
Thanks to our PA for all their support, including attending our recent talk on NEPS, reviewing our Code of Behaviour, and helping out at our Coffee Morning. They’re super!

GLIONDAR MARA

The boys in Gliondar Mara have gone all out with the Christmas decorations in their shared lobby area. Aided and abetted by Mary and Cora’s very artistic eyes, they have created a night scene and an Elf scene which are enticing for all their visitors from other classes. Our multisensory room has also been upgraded this term thanks to our great Board of Management!

FUNDRAISER

Our recent Coffee Morning, and Hamper Raffle proved a winning success with just over €3,000 raised for our school and our local branch of St Vincent de Paul.

STUDENTS COUNCIL
Our Students’ Council have been
busy collecting suggestions from all around the school for school improvements. We are currently working on friendship benches and painting zones for our yard and planning our garden for next Spring.

ASSEMBLY
Congrats to our Science award winners from our November assembly. Our art awards will be presented at this month’s assembly.

CHESS

5th and 6th Classes have finished and 4th class will begin their chess league next term.

GAA NEWS
The hurling season begins next term when we defend our Breagha Shield and Cooney Cup wins.

Cumann na mBunscol
Our football team came very close to a place in the final of this prestigious league. With every match in the league they became stronger but were just pipped at the post by Dunboyne who went on to win the trophy. We’ll be back!

CREATIVE ARTS PROGRAMME
We are currently working with Creative Associate Declan Gorman on this programme. We have planned a new art installation for our school which artist Yvonne Byrne will work on with some of our pupils next term

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • Jun Infants show Weds 11th Dec 11.30am

  • Sen Infants Show Thurso 12th Dec 11.30 am

  • Credit Union Quiz DIFE Fri 31st Jan in DIFE  

  • First Confession Weds 11th March 7pm

  • National Concert Hall 4th, 5th, 6th classes Tues 21st Jan

  • GAA Coaching 2nd Classes 3-4pm Mondays Jan 13th, 20th 27th

  • 22nd Jan School Closure for Staff Training

  • Enrolment Evening incoming Infants Tuesday Feb 10th 7pm

  • Mid Term Break: 17th-21st Feb inclusive


SMART WATCHES AND PHONES

A reminder that pupils are not permitted smart watches, mobile phones or similar devices in school.

BABY NEWS!
Best wishes to all our staff who have babies enjoying their very first Christmas this year: Cathal Byrne, Maeve Matthews and James Lohan.

Wishing all our families a joyful, safe and healthy Christmas and New Year.See you on January 6th 2020!

Please note we have regular updates on donacarneyschool.ie with Notes for Parents and the Principal`s Blog sections. We also feature regularly in The Meath Coaster

 
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