School Calendar 2017-18

School Calendar 2017-2018

School Re-opens:                   Thursday 31st August, 2017 (9.30am start for Junior Infants)


Halloween Break:                  Monday 30th October – Friday 3rd November, 2017 (inclusive)


Christmas Holidays:              Friday 22nd December, 2017 (11.30am finish)

                                                School re-opens: Monday 8th January, 2018


Spring Break:                                    Monday 12th - Friday 16th February, 2018 (inclusive)


St. Patrick’s Day:                  Monday 19th March, 2018 (in lieu)


Easter Holidays:                    Friday 23rd March, 2018 (11.30am finish)

                                                School re-opens: Monday 9th April, 2018


May Bank Holiday:               Monday 7th May, 2018


June Bank Holiday:              Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th June, 2018


Summer Holidays:                 Friday 29th June, 2018 (11.30am finish)


posted 29 Jun 2015, 04:27 by St Sylvesters School   [ updated 26 Jun 2017, 07:42 ]

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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