Note from the Headmistress
25th October 2019
Notices and dates for your diary
- Science week Week beginning 10th – 17th November https://www.sfi.ie/engagement/science-week/
- Senior Girls Hockey 1st & 2nd XI v Loreto Mullingar Wednesday 6th November, Away 11am to 1pm
- Senior Boys Rugby v St. Columba’s College Wednesday 6th November, Away 2.15pm
- Senior Boys Rugby v St. Gerard’s Tuesday 12th November, Away 2.30pm
- Senior Girls Hockey v Wilson’s Hospital Wednesday 13th November, Home 2pm
- Senior Boys Rugby v St. Columba’s College Wednesday 20th November, Home 2.15pm
- Parent Teacher meeting Junior Infants Thursday 21st November 12.30pm to 2.30pm *Contact Ms Maree re time slot
- Parent Teacher meeting Senior Infants & I Form Friday 22nd November 11am to 1pm *Contact Ms Maree or Mrs Svensson re time slot
- Parent Teacher meeting Lower V on Friday 22nd November from 11am to 1pm
- Exams week Week beginning 26th November
- Senior Boys Rugby v St. Conleth’s Tuesday 3rd December, Home 2.15pm
- Senior Boys Rugby v St. Gerard’s Tuesday 10th December, Home 2.15pm
- For further information on upcoming parent teacher meetings, matches etc please check this link to our website calendar on a regular basis https://www.headfort.com/calendar/
Feedback from Parent and Staff surveys
I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the parent survey conducted in the Summer Term 2019 and the staff survey which was conducted at the start of this term. The findings are proving extremely useful to set development targets for the coming weeks and months. As a result of the feedback, the school leadership team has set up working groups to focus on three main areas of development within the school i.e. Academic (chaired by Mrs Mary Kelly), Pastoral (chaired by Mr Neville Wilkinson) and Boarding (chaired by Mr Michael Bolton). The working groups will focus on the areas such as a) the curriculum including assessment b) the behaviour policy and the welfare of the children and monitoring pupil progress and c) the boarding experience and associated facilities and activities.
Library and Common Room
Much work has been done over the past 18 months to improve the teaching and learning facilities for the pupils to include fully refurbished classrooms, Computer room, Music room and the Art & Design facility. I have spent a significant amount of time on-site since the start of term meeting with both staff and pupils. Primarily, as a result of the feedback received, and as some of you will be already aware, I have put plans in place to turn the Headmaster’s Study into a Library. The Chinese Drawing Room which is next door to the Headmaster’s Study will become a computer room/games room for the Boarders. I want to ensure that we are true to our mission statement and so the availability of a library facility will allow us to provide a wonderful space for the reading buddies initiative, a place for the children to meet and spend time with their friends and a welcoming space for the pupils to use in the morning while they are waiting to start the school day. In the evening, it will be used as a warm and comfortable place for the Boarders to spend their free time especially as winter approaches! There was great excitement on Monday morning as the pupils voted their class representatives to sit on the Library committee. We had our first meeting on Thursday morning and I am really looking forward to working with them and listening to their ideas for the new library.
Maths Focus Week
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Mary Kelly and Mrs Reilly for organising and coordinating the Maths Focus Week.
Please check out our Facebook page to see some of the amazing work produced. https://www.facebook.com/Headfort.School/
Climate Action Week
We celebrated Climate Action Week during our assemblies last Friday and Monday. The feedback from the children was amazing and we should be very proud of them and the values that they hold. They are very aware of the issues associated with climate change and the actions that we can take at home and school to reduce, recycle and reuse. I would like to thank Mrs Kelly and the Green School for their contributions to the assemblies. Please take a look at the ‘Pledges Poster’ in the Dean’s Hall.
Music and Drama
It is all systems go this term in preparation for the Lower V play at the end of this term and the II, III and IV Form play in February. The pupils in II, III and IV Forms were fortunate this week to be invited to the musical “Ghost” which was staged by Dundalk Grammar. The children had an amazing time and returned inspired and even more motivated to put on an even more amazing play in February. A big thank you to Mrs Shields and Mrs Colley for organising the trip at such short notice.
This week saw us play host to the Hockey Blitz against Rathdown. It was a pleasure to welcome the girls accompanied by Mr Dermot Dix. I am very pleased to say that we had a convincing win. Well done to our girls!
Thursday saw the boys and girls take part in the Tag Rugby Blitz at North Meath RFC. We entered 2 boys teams and 3 girls teams. In true Headfort style they all played their hearts out and some great rugby was played.
Art and Design
I would like to thank Mrs Pratt-Jarvis for the support and encouragement she gives our very talented artists. I hope you will enjoy some samples of work produced this term (so far).
The Junior and Senior Infants presented some lovely work that they produced while working with Ms Maree on their Vincent Van Gogh project. Well done!
Healthy Eating initiative
Following a very productive meeting with the School Food Committee last Friday we will be trialling the introduction of a savoury snack during the morning break at least twice a week for the remainder of this term. Your feedback on the food menus at Headfort is always welcome.
We will have a student teacher, Hannah O’Brien joining us in the Montessori. I would like to welcome Hannah to the Headfort community and wish her the very best as she progresses through her training in the coming weeks and months.
Important message – Pencil cases
We would be grateful if you could ensure that pupils in Forms II to VI have a pencil case which includes the following items: pencils x 4, a rubber, a sharpener, a 15cm ruler, a glue stick and a set of ‘twistables’ or colouring pencils. Children from IV Form to VI Form should also have: black biros x 2, other coloured biros x 2.
Mrs Kelly would like all UV Maths pupils to buy a Casio fx-83 GT Plus scientific calculator. They can be purchased at school from Mrs Kelly if necessary.
A message from Mrs Jenkins, Head Matron, for the Boarders
We are reviewing some procedures for the Boarders which we hope will help to respond to some of the issues raised by parents:
1.BLAZER UNIFORM: to be worn only for exeat weekends, start and end of term and school events (either in house or away from school).
2. GREY UNIFORM: On a regular Friday, children to change into clean grey uniform on Friday mornings if they are going home or going out for the weekend. These children must check out wearing their Headfort red jacket. Children staying in for weekend collect their weekend clothes on Friday mornings at designated time given by Matron on duty.
3. Reminder: Please make sure any new clothes, equipment for sports, footwear, etc. brought back to school ARE named clearly by parents/guardians.
4. ANY child on new medications or with injuries received during half term, please make the Matron on duty aware of this in writing and if their child is fit for games.
I would like to wish everyone a restful half term.