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Greenlanes will participate in the Food Dudes Healthy Eating Programme, a programme available nationally to primary schools in Ireland.

The Food Dudes Programme aims to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables. Health experts recommend that children (and adults) eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day. However, many children (and adults) currently eat less than this.

The programme receives financial support from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the European Union through the School Fruit and Vegetables Scheme – under which the EU has made funds available for the purchase and distribution of fruit and vegetables to schools.

The programme is managed in Ireland by Bord Bia. It is based on a very successful large-scale study developed by the Food & Activity Research Unit at Bangor University, Wales. It was trialled in schools in England, Wales and has reached more than 3,100 schools in Ireland with outstanding and long-lasting results. The programme in Ireland received a “counteracting obesity” award from the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2006.

There are two levels of participation in the programme within the school; for junior classes and for senior classes. The programme involves two phases. During Phase 1, pupils will be offered the opportunity to participate in tasting days, where they will taste a different fruit and vegetable on each occasion. They will be rewarded with small prizes for eating these foods. Phase 2 then encourages children to bring in and eat fruit and vegetables from home as part of their daily lunch diet. Please see overleaf for some suggestions and lunchbox ideas.

The aim of the programme is to encourage children to try fruit and vegetables and come to enjoy the taste of the foods. They also come to think of themselves as healthy eaters who enjoy fruit and vegetables. The programme takes only a small amount of time in school but will hopefully result in health benefits for all who participate. Your child will automatically be included in this programme. However, if for any reason you do not want your child to take part (e.g. if they are allergic to a certain type of fruit or vegetable), we would be grateful if you could inform the school.

We hope you and your child have fun with the Food Dudes!

Cathy

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Dear Parents,

The Sixth Class Trip to Amsterdam is now booked. The children will travel on Thursday 8th March.    Further details are available here. 

The total cost for the trip is €165 per person. In the interest of security, we would like everyone to pay using our Aladdin ePayments system. You should have received an ePayment link via email. Please click here if you have lost or misplaced the ePayment link.

Adults booked to travel areÉilis Teeling, Aidan O’Shea, Paul Nicholas Saunders, Kirstie Mary McGovern, Tracy Hickson, Andrew Frederick Sargent, Joseph Keane, Ruth Alisa Coll, Ann Falvey, Jean Casey, Elaine Deirdre McGrath, Katherine Margaret Robbins, Richard Watson, Lynn Boyle, Audrey Taylor, Geraldine Morrin, Maura Catriona Dunne.

No other adults are booked to travel.

We also remind you that all accompanying adults must be Garda Vetted.  The form for Garda Vetting is available here. Please complete and return this at your earliest convenience.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Éilis Teeling

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DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • 5th December: 5th Class Trip to Edinburgh 
  • 6th December: 6th Class Christmas Lunch at Clontarf Castle.
  • 7th December: Last night of homework for Term 1
  • 8th December: PA Cake Sale 
  • 8th December: 4th Class Singing for Dogs Aid at Killester College
  • 14th December: 5th and 6th Class trip to see Wonder
  • 20th December: 5th Class Carol Singing in Clontarf Hospital
  • 21st December: Santa will visit Greenlanes 
  • 22nd December: Christmas Service

School will close for Christmas Holidays at 12pm on Friday 22nd December and reopen Monday 8th January.

CHRISTMAS SERVICE 2017

For Health and Safety reasons, the Christmas Service will be split into two. A Senior Christmas Service (3rd – 6th Class Children and Parents) and a Junior Christmas Service (Junior Infant – 2nd Class Children and Parents).

Both Services will take place on Friday 22nd December. The Senior Service will take place from 8:45am-9:30am. Senior Children may be dropped directly to the church. Senior Children will walk back to school once the service has finished. The Junior Service will take place from 10:30am-11:15am. Junior Children will walk to the church and back to school after where they can be collected at 12pm. NO SCHOOLBAGS on the day and lunch/drinks should be provided in disposable containers.

If your child is in Junior Infants, please let their teacher know if he/she will not be at the Church for the Nativity play, as she will need to readjust the parts.

Please Note: the church will remain empty between the Senior and Junior Christmas services.

SANTA VISIT GREENLANES

Santa will visit Greenlanes on Thursday 21st December. This year, only Junior and Senior Infant children will exchange Kris Kringle gifts.  Junior and Senior Infant Teachers will draw a name and give to each child to bring in a Kris Kringle present, which will be placed under the Christmas Tree in the classroom. Santa will pass the gifts out when he visits. Please send in a wrapped present (no later than Monday 18th so that we can supplement any presents missing) labelled for the named child to the value of €5.

All classes will have a small Christmas party when Santa arrives. Children may bring in one small treat for themselves to eat at the party.

NO CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FOR TEACHERS

We would like to remind you that The Board of Management, together with The Parents Association, have come to a joint decision that there are no longer individual presents to be bought for any staff member at Christmas. Although everyone is extremely grateful for these gifts, the reality is the majority of families cannot afford the extra cost and this results in a lot of the children getting very upset when they see others presenting the teacher with a gift and they don't have anything to give.

CALENDARS

I work with a group of local volunteers called ‘North Dublin Animal Rescue’, who are dedicated to the rescue and re homing of stray and abandoned cats and dogs. We provide all veterinary care needed by these animals until they can be fostered and then hopefully adopted. We are selling calendars for 2018 for €6 or two for €10 to help with the costs of helping so many unwanted, dumped and abused animals.

Cathy Atkin 

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