St. Thomas' J.N.S.

Newsletter Thursday 21st March 2024

Newsletter Thursday 21st March 2024

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

WOW Day Shamrock Parade We had lots of fun on our St. Patrick’s Day walking to school Parade as well as a parade around the school during the day. Thank you to Ms. O’Reilly and Ms. Power for being St. Patricia for our parades.

Congratulations Tomorrow we say congratulations and goodbye to a talented and treasured member of staff- Ms. Marie Linehan. It is with great pleasure that I announce that Marie has secured the post of Deputy Principalship of St. Kevin’s girls school in Kilnamanagh. This is a well-deserved promotion, and we know that Marie will bring the same passion, dedication, and innovative spirit to the role of Deputy Principal as she has demonstrated in the classroom.

Marie has been an integral part of our school community, contributing significantly to the academic and personal growth of our pupils. Marie will take up her new position after Easter 2024. We encourage you to join us in congratulating Marie Linehan on this remarkable achievement. As we bid farewell to Marie in her current role, we express our sincere gratitude to her for her outstanding contributions to our school. Congratulations and best wishes for the future.

Spare Trousers We are asking all parents in all classes to kindly put a spare pair of trousers in your child's school bag in case of an accident during school. This ensures that your child will be comfortable if an accident occurs.

Eircode We are updating our database and ask you to update your address to include your Eircode please. This is an important piece of information that the DES require us to have. Please update your Eircode at the bottom of the address bar yourself over the next two weeks using the Aladdin app.

Hot School Meals

Each pupil in the school will receive a free hot meal each day following the Easter break. As a result, ‘The Lunch Bag’ service will be ceasing from Monday April 8th. Carambola ( is the company who administrate the hot meals programme in our school. We will send home your password in your child’s school bag today. It contains your child’s User ID, a temporary Password, and instructions on how to log in to order your child’s lunch. Carambola recommend that all parents log in this week to take a look at the login process and to choose their private password – the login sheets contain a temporary password for GDPR reasons, and this temporary password is valid until 2nd April. Should any parent have an issue with their login details, there is a contact number on the sheet to our Customer Care line, as well as an email address for parent support. Please check your child’s school bag for this document today.

Carambola are working on some delicious new items coming to their menu over the Easter break. Carambola will notify parents of changes that are made to the menu by Tuesday 2nd April. Parents have until Midnight on Friday 5th April to make any changes to their menu for the first delivery day, Monday 8th April.

You have to select your child’s hot lunches on a weekly basis. All choices need to be edited before Friday 12 midnight for the following week.

Should you have any questions about the programme, please contact Carambola on 061 500200 or email .

School Closures

We will be tomorrow the 22nd March for our Easter Holidays at 11:50am for junior and senior infants and 12 noon for 1st and 2nd classes. School will reopen on Monday 8th April.

We will be closed on Tuesday 28th May for staff training on the New Primary Maths Curriculum and Friday 7th June for European and local elections.

Easter Raffle

Our Parents Association held our Easter raffle today. Many thanks to those who donated prizes and congratulations to all our winners. Thank you to Lorna, Maria and Phil and all volunteers who were involved in the organisation of the raffle.

Winners: Darya room 15, Lee room 19, Catherine (mobile) Aaria room 10, Finn room 11, Reece room 11, Reece room 1, Danielle R (mobile) Ms. Nolan, Ciara room 16, Hannah (mobile) Sam room 10.

Fun Run

Our PA will hold our annual fun run on Sunday 14th April at 9.30am in Lucan Harriers Athletic track. It is a 2km run and a great opportunity to get the family together. Registered pupils of St. Thomas’ JNS will receive a t-shirt, medal, and refreshments. Registration is through Aladdin €10 for 1 child and €15 for two or more children. Please register in advance to ensure your child receives his/her t-shirt and medal. It would be lovely to see you all for fun morning! Lorna Kehoe, Chairperson PA.

Parents Association Subs

Our Parents Association rely on support from our parent body. Each year the PA collect subscriptions of €10 per family in order to support the purchase of resources for our pupils or to support fun events within the school. Subs can now be paid online via Aladdin. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Thank you to all who have already contributed. Please also keep a close eye on the St. Thomas’ PA Facebook page which keeps you up to date on upcoming events.

Sherry Fitzgerald’s visit Senior infants have been busy learning about homes and role playing in our classroom estate agent. Many thanks to Lorna and the staff of Sherry Fitzgerald for their visit to us and for organising a visit to their shop at Supervalu shopping centre.

Afterschool Clubs

STEM CLUB Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. 60 Euro for 6 weeks. Thursdays 2.40pm – 4pm. Lego, Coding, Science Experience, Design and Making. Please contact

Speech and Drama Club runs in the school on a Monday afternoon from 2.40 -3.45 for 1st and 2nd second classes. A new term will start on Monday 15th of April. To register your interest and find out more information please email . Benefits include: Development of oral language and expression skills, Gain confidence speaking to an audience, Develop imagination skills and allow children an opportunity to discover their own creative styles through role play, drama games and oral language activities.

*Clubs are run independently from St Thomas JNS.

Easter Camp

“Easter Camp 2nd – 5th April with Ms O’Reilly and Ms Carragher in St Thomas JNS. The Camp will include art, sport and games, construction activities, baking and an Easter egg hunt. It will start at 9.30am and finish at 2pm. Please email for further information.

Wellness Easter Camp

Join Ms. Barnes and Ms. Doherty for art, yoga, mindfulness, games, Easter egg hunts and much more. Monday the 25th of March to Thursday the 28th of March. 9:30am – 2pm daily. Price: €90 Email:

New Drama Classes for Kids

Every Tuesday from 4 PM to 7 PM, 4-5pm: infants to 1st class, 5-6pm: 2nd to 3rd class, 6-7pm: 4th to 5th class, 10 week term beginning after Easter April 9th. €100 per term. These classes are facilitated by fully Garda vetted primary school teachers and they will enable children to develop their social skills, teamwork skills and self-confidence through fun and interactive activities. Spaces are limited, call or text Molly at 0860605401 for more information or to book a space.

Wishing you a wonderful Easter break.

Is mise le meas,

Teresa Moynihan


Jun 03
Bank Holiday
Jun 04
School Closure
Jun 07
Local and European Elections
Jun 28
School Closure at 11.50 (infants) and 12.00 (1st/2nd)
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