School Calendar 2016-17



School Calendar 2016-2017


Teachers will have one in-service day during the year to attend a training course regarding the new Language Curriculum.  Date will be advised as soon as possible.


School Re-opens:              Wednesday 31st August, 2016


Halloween Break:             Monday 31st October – Friday 4th November, 2016 (inclusive)


Christmas Holidays:         Thursday 22nd December, 2016 (11.30am finish)

                                      Re-open: Monday 9th January, 2017


Spring Break:                            Monday 20th - Friday 24th February, 2017 (inclusive)


St. Patrick’s Day:             Friday 17th March, 2017


Easter Holidays:              Monday 10th – Friday 21st April, 2017 (inclusive)

                                      Re-open: Monday 24th April, 2017


May Bank Holiday:                   Monday 1st May, 2017


June Bank Holiday:                   Friday 2nd and Monday 5th June, 2017


Summer Holidays:            Friday 30th June, 2017 (11.30am finish)



As per Department of Education & Skills Circular (0034/11) the Board of Management may reduce the February mid-term break if the school has to close due to adverse weather conditions before Christmas or reduce the Easter break if we have adverse weather conditions after Christmas.  If;


§    the school has been affected by extensive or prolonged school closures (e.g. due to severe weather conditions, etc.) and

§    measures (as per Section 3 of Circular) put in place by the school will not adequately address the loss in tuition involved.


Parents will be given (as much notice as possible) by – ‘Text A Parent’ or Notes sent home in schoolbags, or Website

Entry and Exit Guidelines during New Build

posted 29 Jun 2015, 04:27 by St Sylvesters School

Entry and Exit Guidelines during the New Build


Below is important information regarding the logistics of entering and exiting the school during the new build.  A copy of this note will also be emailed to each family in the school and placed on our school website


The new build will commence in July.  There are a number of Health & Safety issues which must to be adhered to during the build.  We appreciate this may be a stressful time for some, but it will be worth it in the end.  Our main concern is caring for the four hundred and fifty children entering and exiting the school. 


The Board of Management has designated THREE SEPARATE SCHOOL ENTRY/EXIT gates and has taken the following necessary steps to alleviate some of the expected congestion. 


You may only use the entry/exit gate specific to your room number:- 


èEntry/Exit 1: Graveyard Gate

Rooms 15, 16, 17 and 18 ONLY

  • There will be a new temporary pedestrian entrance alongside the graveyard

  • Children from Rooms 15, 16, 17 and 18 ONLY are permitted to use this entrance 

  • Children will line up at the door at the back of their prefab

  • Children will enter and exit their classroom from the door at the back of their prefab

  • There will be no access to the Junior Yard from the Senior Yard

  • Scooters and bikes should be left on the grass behind Room 18


èEntry/Exit 2: Yellow Walls Road

Rooms 1, 2, 4 and 8 ONLY

  • Children in Rooms 1, 2, 4 and 8 ONLY may enter and exit the school via the small gate on Yellow Walls Road

  • Rooms 1 and 2 will line up outside the main school entrance at the window of their respective classrooms

  • Children in Rooms 4 & 8 will line up at the window of the secretary’s office

  • At collection time, children will be collected from the same area as above

  • Scooters and bikes should be left behind the palm tree at the main entrance  


èEntry/Exit 3: Pedestrian Gate at Staff Car-Park

Rooms 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 & Hall ONLY

  • Children in Rooms 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 & the Hall will enter and exit the school via the pedestrian gate beside the staff car-park entrance 

  • Children will line up on their respective class line in the Junior Infant yard 

  • Children in the Hall will line up alongside Rooms 9 and 10

  • At collection time, children should be collected from the same area as above

  • Scooters and bikes should be left inside the children’s garden in the Junior Yard




We understand that these three distinct and separate entrances will be challenging and present difficulties for parents who have more than one child in the school.  However, the Health and Safety of our children is our number one priority. 


We suggest parents contact other parents from their child’s class and arrange shared drop-offs/collection of siblings.  Parents contact details are available from your child’s class rep.


It is important to note the following:-


  1. The Senior Yard will be out of bounds and surrounded by hoarding during the build 

  2. It will not be possible to gain access from the Senior Yard to the Junior Yard and visa versa

  3. Parents and children must use the paths on the outside of the school railings to gain access to their designated Entry/Exit gates

  4. Children using the area to the front of the current main school entrance will not be permitted to cross the staff car-park to gain access to the Junior Yard.


For parents/children using the Entry/Exit 3, we suggest you avail of the free one hour car-parking in Bridgefield. 


In order to minimise traffic congestion we also encourage walking, scooting, cycling etc.  However, the Board of Management cannot accept responsibility for loss of scooters, bikes etc.      

Staggered Start:-

For Health & Safety reasons the Board of Management must implement a staggered start/finish as follows:    


Week 1: 31st August - 4th September

9.15 – 1.20    Senior Infants

Week 2: 7th September onwards

8.50 – 1.25    Senior Infants

Child Protection Policy 2015

posted 1 Oct 2014, 04:39 by St Sylvesters School   [ updated 29 Jun 2015, 04:34 ]

Notification to all parents regarding Child Protection Policy.

The Board of Management completed its annual review of the Child Protection Policy on
Thursday 25th June, 2015.

This policy is available to view under the School Policies heading.

Checklist for annual review is attached below.


Junior Infants 2015 - Helpful Information

posted 9 Jul 2014, 16:32 by St Sylvesters School   [ updated 29 Jun 2015, 04:33 ]

Helpful Information

Junior Infants



First Day of School: Monday 31st August

  • Please bring your child to their classroom at 9.45am

  • Please put their name badge on and show them how to hang up their coat

  • We ask parents to leave as soon as your child is settled

  • Please do not knock on the windows as this can upset other children

  • Give them a small lunch (e.g. piece of fruit/one sandwich and a drink)

  • Put spare underwear/socks in a plastic bag in their school bag

  • Leave your child’s books clearly labelled in their school bag

Day two onwards: Tuesday 1st to Friday 11th September inclusive

  • As you know the new build starts during the Summer.  The Board of Management has taken the following necessary steps to try and alleviate congestion during drop/collection time. 

  • Please bring your child to the classroom at 9.15am from Tuesday 1st to Friday 11th September.  More information to follow in September.

Home-time: Monday 31st August to Friday 18th September inclusive

  • Your child will finish at 11.30am from 31st August until Friday 18th September

  • Your child will be brought to the Junior Infant yard by their Class Teacher at home-time for collection.  We use the “Lollipop System” as described below

The “Lollipop System” promotes a safe home collection for your child

  • Your child will line up on their numbered line and will be holding a lollipop stick

  • For safety reasons, the teacher will strictly release the children to your care one by one from the top of the line only

  • Please do not call them off the line as they will have to return to their place in the line and this will upset them

  • Your child will hand their parent/minder the Lollipop stick

  • The parent/minder will then hand the Lollipop stick to the Teacher

  • This ensures we can account for every child’s safe collection by their parent/minder

  • This system is time consuming for the first few days and we appreciate your patience but it is in the interest of the Safety of all our children that we adhere to this system

  • The ‘Lollipop System’ will be in place for the first four weeks

  • Please share this system with your child minder/Crèche

Thank you and we look forward to a very successful start for all our Junior Infants.


Mrs Dunne,


Maths for Fun Day

posted 25 May 2014, 09:03 by St Sylvesters School   [ updated 25 May 2014, 09:04 ]

Great fun was had by all at our 'Maths for Fun' Day on the 16th of May. This is an annual event organised by Mrs Kirby, our Deputy Principal. It gives children an opportunity to put maths skills learnt in class to work, solving problems inside and outside the classroom. Various activities are organised throughout the school for each class level, with a view to highlighting the importance of maths skills in the children's day to day lives. Children are invited to bring in traditional, age appropriate  board games to school . As this is a 'Maths for Fun Day'. Children and staff can wear something with a maths theme e.g. football jerseys(with numbers), birthday badges, clothes with stripes/patterns/shapes/ dots. A big thank you to Mrs Kirby and all the parents who assisted with the maths activities for a fantastic day! Check out some of the photos!

Fun Run

posted 21 May 2014, 15:27 by St Sylvesters School

A fantastic day was had by all at the fun run on Sunday the 18th of May. Thank you to everyone who came to support the event and a special thank you to the Parents' Association and all those involved in organising the event. Below are some photos from the day.

Catholic Week

posted 20 Jan 2014, 04:17 by St Sylvesters School


Dear Parents/Guardians,


We will soon be celebrating Catholic Schools Week in St. Sylvester’s.  Throughout the week we will celebrate our Catholic ethos through various activities.  We would like to make you aware of the activities so you can discuss them with your children at home, and therefore also be involved in Catholic Schools Week. 



Mrs. Dunne.


Catholic Schools Week 2014

Theme: “Catholic Schools: Places of Faith and Learning”.

Monday 3rd – Friday 7th February



Monday 3rd February

Opening to Catholic Schools Week.

Mrs. Dunne will come on the intercom in the morning to say a couple of words and a short prayer about how we are taking time this week to pray for the people who are important to us, and to have a think about all the different people who help us learn about God.


Mrs. Dunne will tell the children that one such special person was St. Brigid and that perhaps their teachers will tell them more about her today (as her feast day was on Saturday 1st February).


The teachers may read a story about St. Brigid or do some artwork about St. Brigid and Spring-time with their classes.


The children may visit the “Spring Sacred Space” beside Mrs. Dunne’s office or look at the “Thought of the Month” poster of St. Brigid and her cloak, located beside Rooms 1 and 2.



For Parents:

In the Alive-O programme we have a song called “St. Brigid brings the spring”.  Talk to your child about the signs of spring they can see outside.



Tuesday 4th February

First Class, Rooms 1, 2 and 8 celebrate their special “Grandparents Assembly” in the hall today.


For Parents: Chat to your child about important people who teach them about God.


Wednesday 5th February

First Class, Rooms 4 and 18, celebrate their special “Grandparents Assembly” in the hall at 11.30 today.


Senior Infants will have an assembly next week with some of the junior infants classes.  The rest of the junior infants will attend their first assembly in March.


For Parents: As all first classes have now celebrated assembly this week, where Mrs. Dunne talked to the children about the theme of grandparents, you might say the poem below with your child:


Walk with Grandad

I like to walk with Grandad,

His steps are short like mine.

He doesn’t say “Now hurry up!”

He always takes his time.

Most people have to hurry.

They do not stop and see.

I’m glad that God made Grandad,

“Unrushed” and young like me.

- Rodney O’ Hurd



Thursday 6th February

During the day, Mrs. Dunne will come on the intercom and ask the teachers and children to stop what they are doing, and take time to read the children a story about Jesus.  This story might be one in which Jesus teaches others about God.


For Parents: Take time to read a story to your child today.



Friday 7th February

Close to Catholic Schools Week

During the day Mrs. Dunne will come on the intercom to thank the children for their participation and work in Catholic Schools Week.



For Parents:

Say your child’s favourite prayer with them today.


Comenius trip to Spain

posted 22 Nov 2013, 06:21 by St Sylvesters School   [ updated 22 Nov 2013, 06:21 ]

We have been learning how to play traditional playground games like Queenie-I-O, Donkey, and elastics in school.
We are going to send these games to our European partners.  We are looking forward to playing the games they send us.

You can read more what we have been up to on the Comenius website which you can get to by clicking the tab to the left of the page.

Kind regards,
Ms. Shevlin

The day Sam came back!

posted 7 Nov 2013, 15:00 by St Sylvesters School   [ updated 7 Nov 2013, 15:05 ]

The Sam Maguire Cup came to visit St. Sylvester’s Infant School on Wednesday the 6th of November. The boys and girls were all very excited. Unfortunately Sam was very busy and he was not able to see all the boys and girls, but he did leave a nice treat for those who missed him. Below are some pictures from the day.


posted 22 Oct 2013, 13:32 by St Sylvesters School   [ updated 9 Jul 2014, 16:30 ]

Parents help Clean Up the School Grounds

posted 22 Oct 2013, 13:21 by St Sylvesters School   [ updated 22 Oct 2013, 13:22 ]

A big big thanks to our wonderful parents who volunteered to help tidy up the school grounds on Saturday 19th October. Despite the initial wet start to the afternoon, parents arrived armed with brushes and shovels and gave the school grounds a real good spruce up in readiness for winter. By the look of the photos, the children really seemed to enjoy helping too!, Mrs Dunne

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