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Dear Parents

Christmas is upon us and it only seems like yesterday that we were welcoming the pupils back to school, after the summer. In the course of this term the children have raised money for the Philippines through their wonderful cake sale and they have been actively gathering food for the Society of St. Vincent De Paul. The message we hear at Christmas is one of ‘peace and good will’ to one and all. The children are busy at present practising their Christmas plays which will remind us of this important message. This year the 4th, 5th and 6th classes are reaching out to the wider community and they will be joyfully singing the messages of Christmas in the Seniors’ Club in Dalkey, the Sue Ryder residence and at Dalkey Manor Nursing Home. Thanks to all the parents who came to the mulled wine evening. The school looked amazing in candlelight and the artwork was a delight to behold. Finally, may I wish you all a happy and holy Christmas followed by a New Year of promise and contentment. Nollaig faoi mhaise daoibh go léir Le gach dea ghuí, Catherine Shanahan, Principal

Library Committee The library is continuing to run very smoothly every Tuesday and Thursday. Each class has 20 minutes in the library to browse and choose a book and relax on the bean bags. We have a good team of parents involved in the library to cover both weekly sessions. We are always happy to accept donations to the library and if any parents would like to volunteer to help please do not hesitate to contact one of us. The library are in particular looking for donations of the following books: Tom Crean Iceman Because of Winn Dixie Diary of a Wimpy Kid Kensuke's Kingdom Journey to the River Sea Series of Unfortunate Events

Cathy Cassidy Where's Wally Judy Moody / Stink Skulduggery Pleasant Wayside School

Anne Frank Dork Diaries Twelfth of July The Guns of Easter 5th & 6th Class books

Anti bullying committee The schools anti bullying policy is currently under review and will be amended according to the government guidelines set out by the department of education. The new policy will be posted on the Loreto website and should be a fully comprehensive guide to parents laying out how the schools deals with bullying issues and what recourse is available to parents. Everyone will be encouraged to read the policy and to discuss the issue with their children. An antibullying / friendship slogan competition is currently underway. The prize will be a giant cuddly toy and the winner chosen by the teachers! The slogans will be displayed throughout the school in the post Christmas period.

Road Safety Committee In September, the road safety committee ran a campaign to ask parents to email councillors about the planned road works for the roads leading to the school. This was successful and Phase 1 of the works took place in October and November. A big thank you to all parents who helped with this. We will work on Phase 2 (fixing and improving footpaths), dog fowling and parking for park and stride with the council next term.

Healthy Eating Committee Healthy Eating was promoted in the school yard, one morning in early November, when the children were offered a choice of fresh fruit. The message was simple - fruit is healthy, tasty, the fruit on offer was in season and readily available. The children were happy to take some fruit and eat it on their way into the classroom. A note went home in school bags that day, outlining the importance of including fruit in the children's lunchboxes each day. In addition, a selection of healthy lunchbox suggestions was given. Big thank you to Noel and Kathleen in The Golden Apple, fruit and veg shop in Dalkey who provided the fruit at trade cost and for the gift of a box of bananas. Also thank you to Attilla, Ms O'Sullivan, Ms O'Dea and the many parents who gladly helped us that morning. It was fun and we really appreciate all the help.

and that hasn't been covered, we'd love to hear from you email: with your suggestions.

Hockey League

Sports Committee

Our Loreto Cadets have won both of their hockey matches and they look forward to three more league matches in the new year. Our Loreto Minors drew their first two matches and unfortunately lost their third, they look forward to one more league match in the new year. Well done girls!! Merry Christmas from the sports committee.

We've had great feedback and more ideas for simple, healthy lunchboxes which we'll pass on to you when we hold our next activity. In the meantime if you have a healthy lunch/ snack that your children love

Green Committee We are currently working on our next Green flag - Travel. Travel is the fourth theme of the Green Schools programme. The travel theme is funded by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and supported by the National Transport Authority. As part of our action plan for this flag, we will set our own Travel targets, with the ultimate aim of increasing the number of Loreto Dalkey pupils walking, cycling, participating in a park 'n' stride, carpooling or using public transport, which will ease congestion by reducing the number of private cars arriving at the school gates. By promoting sustainable transport modes (walking, cycling, car pooling or public transport), our school will also improve pupils' safety, health and fitness. The journey to school is an ideal way for us all to take part in regular physical activity, to interact with others, and to develop the road sense our children need as pedestrians and cyclists. Alternative modes of transport also improve children's alertness. Our school will aim to lesson our overall impact on the environment, by reducing emissions and pollution. We will also be keeping up our efforts on our other Green initiatives – litter & waste, energy and water.

December newsletter 2013