World Book Day

We celebrated World Book Day this Friday. The boys and girls dressed up as their favourite literary characters. Take a look at all of the wonderfully colourful characters who came to school on the day.

Room 1.

Room 2

Room 3

Room 4

Room 5

Room 6

Room 7 boys

Room 7 girls

Room 8 boys

Room 8 girls

Room 9

Room 10

Room 11

Room 12

Room 13

Room 14

Room 15 a

Room 15 b

Room 15 c

Room 15 d

Room 16 a

Room 16 b

Room 16 c

Room 16 d

Room 16 e

Room 16 f


Our School Garden

Our school garden is in full bloom and the children are enjoying the opportunity to spend time outside admiring the lovely daffodils.


Christmas News 2017

We have been reading Christmas rhymes and poems to our friends.


Someone has been looking at our winter artwork.


We have been practising our Christmas Carols

and getting ready to tell the Christmas Story at our

Crib  Building Service.


A special visitor came to our school.

We were very excited!

It was Santa!

He asked us questions and we asked him some too.

We told him we have been busy getting ready for Christmas



and that we like working together

as a team








with our friends.










We know it’s important to try our best always.







 We hope Santa reads our Elf Applications!    

Happy Christmas


Bayside Junior School



Our Audio Projects

We made our audio projects in groups.

We talked about it first and then wrote our scripts.

We recorded our voices, edited and even imported sound effects.

Take a listen…..

Group 1 – Have you played this game before?


Group 2 – Do you know this story?


Group 3 – Listen to a story we made ourselves!


Group 4 – Listen to our radio advertisement!


Group 5 – We have something important to tell you – Bayside News Live!


Group 6 – Listen to out interview! What’s your favourite food?


Group 7 – Can you guess who I am?


GAA in First Class

The children have been enjoying GAA coaching with Tony over the past few weeks. They have been working on key skills such as hand passing, kicking while moving, side kicking and catching. They are showing great improvement already and they are all really enjoying their sessions.


Take a Listen to our Audacity Projects!

We used Audacity to record our voices and add sound effects!

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What are we talking about?

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Take a Listen!


Group 1 – Our Book Review 


Group 2 – Our Radio Advertisement


Group 3 – Our Radio Advertisement


Group 4 – Can you guess what toy we’re talking about?


Group 5 – Can you guess what creature we’re talking about?


Group 6 – Éistigí!


Group 7 – Listen to our short story!

Listen to our games and take a guess!!!!

We made up these listening games using ‘Audacity’.

We recorded our voices and then we added some cool sound effects.

Take a listen to each one and see if you can guess what we’re talking about!


Group 1 – What am I?

Group 2 – Who am I?

Group 3 – Who are we? 

Group 4 – Who am I? 

Group 5 – What is this?

Group 6 – Where am I? 

Group 7 – Who am I?

Can you make up your own listening games with your friends?



Activity Time.

Busy bees hard at play.





Guess who came to visit on Friday?

Santa took time out of his extremely busy day to say hello to all the boys and girls in Bayside. It was such a lovely surprise and the children were delighted to have a little chat with him and sing some of their Christmas songs as Gaeilge.


Applications for Enrolment in Junior Infants 2020

  1. Application forms for enrolment in Junior Infant classes, starting September 2020, will be available in the Junior School office from 6th January 2020.
  2. Closing date for applications is 31st January 2020.
  3. Bayside Junior School’s enrolment policy is available on our website under Policies. You are required to read our enrolment policy before making an application.
  4. All decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of Bayside Junior School in accordance with school policy. The Board of Management of Bayside Junior School shall notify Parents/Guardians of its decision in writing within 21 days of closing date for receipt of applications.
  5. When submitting your child’s application you must supply the following documentation:
  • Original Birth Certificate (for proof of age)
  • Two original current utility bills (for proof of address) e.g. gas/electricity/refuse collection/TV licence
  • Original Baptismal Certificate (if your child is Catholic)

Original documents will be photocopied and returned.

Applications will not be accepted until all documentation has been supplied.

A visit to the Post Office!

The children wrote a letter to Santa to see how he was getting on and to tell him how good all the children in Room 13 have been this year. We went out for a walk to deliver our letter personally at the Post Office! Everyone was very excited and had a wonderful time. We also called into the church to look at the Advent wreath.


PABS – December Events

PABS are delighted to announce the following events:

  • The annual BOOK FAIR will take place in the school hall on Friday 11th December.
  • SANTA will take time out of his hectic schedule to visit the very special children in Bayside Schools on Friday 11th December.
  • A Christmas MOVIE NIGHT will be held in the school hall on Monday 21st December 6.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m..



Britannica Schools

We have added Britannica Schools to our Links page. This is an online encyclopedia providing age-appropriate resources containing factual information, related multimedia and interactivity at three levels. Access to this resource is funded by the Department of Education and Skills.

Junior Infants go on a nature walk.







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On Tuesday the 20th of October all of the pupils in our school went on a nature walk. The Junior Infants had a fantastic time. Ms. Burke from the Green School Commitee gave  us all Hi Vis vests so that cars could see us. We wear them when we walk to and from school now.

On our walk we spotted lots of signs of Autumn. We collected leaves,helicopters and conkers. We also saw lots of animals. We even found a fairy door.

We all want to thank our parents and relatives for their sponsorship money.

Green Fingers

We were delighted to return to school in September to find our vegetable patch full of courgettes and pumpkins.

Maths Challenge!

We asked each other REALLY hard maths questions….
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Can you figure out this one in the picture below?

? +? +? = ?
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Eleven 11, that’s right! Well done!


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We had MAGnificent fun investigating magnets….


We investigated the type of materials which magnets attract….

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And the results are in…

Magnets attract some metals like iron and steel.

They don’t attract materials like glass, wood and plastic.

Wonderful Windmills

We made some lovely colourful windmills in second class. Here is how they turned out…

Spring has sprung at last!

Our beautiful garden.

We all got a lovely surprise on Monday morning when we returned to find our school garden in full bloom! Now that the weather is getting warmer we have all had an opportunity  to get out to the courtyard to admire the beautiful flowers. We even spotted our resident frogs and their frog spawn. We try to be very quiet when we are in the courtyard as we don’t want to frighten our frogs.

Thirsty Plants!

Second class put on their scientist coats today!  We all know that plants need water to survive so the children created an experiment to prove this how water travels through plants.  They observed the amazing results!
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Important dates for First Communion 2015

Annual Mass for Second Class:

Thursday 26th March in the School Hall at 7.30 p.m.


First Penance:

Monday 20th April, Church of the Resurrection, Bayside,11 a.m.

Parents/Guardians welcome to attend.


First Holy Communion:

Church of the Resurrection, Bayside, 10 a.m.

Rooms 7/8 – Saturday 9th May

Rooms 5/6 – Saturday 16th May,


Annual Mass for Second Class

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We would like to invite Parents/Guardians of all pupils in second class to attend our Annual Mass in the school hall on Thursday, 26th March at 7.30 p.m.  Unfortunately due to space considerations, only two people can accompany each child.

Children need to be in school in their designated areas for 7 p.m. Full uniform must be worn.

As usual, we will be appealing for donations of daffodils to decorate the altar and hall.  These may be left in the school foyer on the morning of Thursday, 26th.

We are looking forward to seeing you all on this very special occasion.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth Madigan


Celebrating World Book Day

The children in Rooms 5 and 6 dressed up as some of their favourite characters from books they have read. You just might spot Horrid Henry, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Pippi Longstocking or Harry Potter in the pictures below! There’s also a Wally from Where’s Wally hiding!

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Cake Sale

PABS (Parents Association Bayside School) are holding a cake sale in the school hall on Friday 20th March. Delicious donations accepted from 8.30am onwards!

Thank you for your support.

World Book Day

We are celebrating World Book Day all of this week. We have brought cushions and pillows to school so that we can be extra comfy when we are reading our favourite books. We are also studying a brilliant book written by Roald Dahl called The BFG. We can’t wait to find out what happens!!



The boys and girls in Room 5 have been very busy using our laptops to research for our mini projects on space. We have gathered a lot of information and have become very quick at finding information on the internet. Thanks Mr. King for all of your help!!

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Working as researchers

We have been working as researchers in class using the laptops. We found out lots of interesting information about life in the sea and other topics which were chosen by us. Anna found out the real name of The Girl with the Pearl Earring and Sarah found out who invented the telephone. We are now able to use the internet for research!IMG_0213 IMG_0214 IMG_0215 IMG_0216 IMG_0217 IMG_0218 IMG_0219 IMG_0220 IMG_0221 IMG_0222 IMG_0223 IMG_0225 IMG_0226 IMG_0227

Down Under!

G’day! We have been so busy learning all about Australia! We did group projects on Australian animals. We learned some Australian songs. We had an Australia quiz. We painted boomerangs and didgeridoos. We also made cute koalas! We can’t wait to celebrate Australia Day on Monday!

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Junior Infant Enrolment 2015




Application forms for Junior Infant classes, commencing September 2015, will be available in the Junior School office from January 5th 2015.

Closing date for applications is Friday January 30th 2015.

Please read our enrolment policy on our website under Policies.

When submitting your child’s application you are asked to supply the following documentation:

1.        Original Baptismal Certificate  (if your child is Catholic)

2.        Original Birth Certificate (for proof of age)

3.        Original current utility bill (for proof of address)

You are also required  to read our Enrolment Policy and accept it.

Applications will not be accepted until all documentation has been supplied.


Marc Chagall

We spent some time looking at ‘Bonjour Paris’ by Marc Chagall.

Marc Chagall was a famous artist. He was born in Russia but lived in France for most of his life.

We used chalk to draw our own ‘Bonjour Paris!’.

Can you see the Eiffel tower?


What animals can you find in the picture?




3D Shape fun!

 What shapes can you find?

Can you find a cube, cuboid, sphere, cylinder?

We made a substation and wires going to a house. 

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We made the Leaning tower of Pisa! We hope it doesn’t fall!



Look at the robot we made together.

How many cylinders can you see?



Here is a windmill we made.

Can you name all the shapes in this photo?

IMG_2744We made our own Eiffel Tower. Just like the one Marc Chagall painted in ‘Bonjour Paris!’


 What shapes can you see around you right now?


Busy at Maths!

We have been very busy………

…learning about ZERO!


We’ve been playing some fun Maths games!



Look at our great group work!



Look at all the counters we have in our bags! Poor Zero though!

He has NOTHING in his bag!IMG_2732







Fun and Games!


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Second class used their imaginations, teamwork, communication and problem solving skills to create games using cones, hoops and a ball.  The games were so impressive and all very varied.  Maith sibh!

Junior Infant Enrolment 2015



Application forms for Junior Infant classes, commencing September 2015, will be available in the Junior School office from January 5th 2015.

Closing date for applications is Friday January 30th 2015.

Please read our enrolment policy on our website under Policies.

When submitting your child’s application you are asked to supply the following documentation:

1.        Original Baptismal Certificate  (if your child is Catholic)

2.        Original Birth Certificate (for proof of age)

3.        Original current utility bill (for proof of address)

You are also required  to read our Enrolment Policy and accept it.

Applications will not be accepted until all documentation has been supplied.


Crib Building Service

On Thursday 18th December we will be having our Annual Crib Building Service in the school hall at 11am.

Each child in Junior Infants will need suitable attire for an Angel, e.g. adult’s white t-shirt and some tinsel for a halo.

Your (Junior Infant) child will need the above on Thursday 11th December for rehearsal. A plastic bag with the child’s name on it will ensure the contents return to the right home.

We would like to invite the parents of the Junior Infant ‘Angels’ to the Service on Thursday 18th December at 11.00 a.m.

We look forward to seeing you there.


PABS are delighted to announce that Santa will take time out of his hectic schedule this year to visit the very special children in Bayside Schools on Wednesday 17th December. This is a great day for the children. Everyone in both schools enjoys this event.

Music in the Classroom

We had a fantastic day when we went to Music in the Classroom in The National Concert Hall. We sang songs from The Wizard of Oz, Katy Perry and One Direction. We even learned some dance moves!


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Penguin Projects

The children in Ms Gahan and Ms Bohan’s classes have gone penguin crazy! We have been learning all about penguins for the last few weeks. We worked really hard on our projects. Friday, November 14th was our penguin day. We even had a real penguin come to visit our class. Can you spot him in the pictures?IMG_0006 IMG_0007 IMG_0008 IMG_0009 IMG_0010 IMG_0011 IMG_0012 IMG_0013 IMG_0014 IMG_0015 IMG_0016 IMG_0017 IMG_0018 IMG_0019 IMG_0020 IMG_0021 IMG_0022 IMG_0023 IMG_0024 IMG_0025 IMG_0026 IMG_0027 IMG_0028 IMG_0029 IMG_0030 IMG_0031 IMG_0032 IMG_0033 IMG_0034 IMG_0035 IMG_0036 IMG_0037 IMG_0038 IMG_0039 IMG_0040 IMG_0041 IMG_0042 IMG_0043 IMG_0044 IMG_0045

Amazing Actors and Actresses!






The Merman

Many princesses and mermen paid a visit to Room 7 today!

Room 7 enjoyed improvising some scenes from the story of The Merman.  Who knows?!  We may even see some of these children on stage some day!IMG_2425

The enthusiastic audience!

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Look at the lovely penguins that Ms. Bohan and Ms. Gahan’s class have made! We are doing projects on penguins at the moment and learning lots of fun facts about these lovely animals. Take a look at our creations…

Danse Macabre

We have been listening to ‘Danse Macabre’ by French composer Camille Saint-Saens.

It’s a spooky piece of music about skeletons coming up from their graves to have a party and dance about.

Look at the spooky pictures we drew….IMG_2523IMG_2527IMG_2522IMG_2518IMG_2516


Try not to SCREAM!!!!

We have been very busy learning all about ‘The Scream’ by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch.

We wondered why the person in the picture was screaming.

What do you think?

We used online colouring and twistables to make our own SCREAMS!

Look if you dare!!!!!




We worked really well together in our groups to make lovely robots.

We used lots of materials like boxes, paper, straws and toilet roll holders.

Meet our Robotots…



Chicken Big!!!

We read the story of ‘Chicken Big’.

All the other chicks thought he was not a chicken but…….. an umbrella, an elephant, a squirrel, a sweater, a hippopotamus and even a cow.

It was a very funny story!

Look at our lovely pictures and writing about this story….




First Communions 2015

The dates for First Communions 2015 are as follows:

Saturday 9th May:      Room 7 (Ms. Clohosey) and Room 8 (Ms. Ryan)

Saturday 16th May:    Room 5 (Ms. Bohan) and Room 6 (Ms. Gahan)

PABS Coffee Hour

PABS (Parents Association Bayside School) are holding a coffee hour for the parents and guardians of Junior Infants on Thursday 11th September, 11am – 12 noon, in the school hall. We hope many of you will be able to attend as it is a nice opportunity to meet other parents/guardians.

School Calendar 2014-15


Bayside Junior National School





Monday                                         1st                                School opens


Monday                                        27th – 31st                     Mid-term break


Monday                                        3rd                                School re-opens


Monday                                        22nd – 2nd Jan              Christmas holidays   


Monday                                        5th                                School re-opens


Thursday                                      19th                              (Mid- Term)  

Friday                                           20th                                              “             “                 


Monday                                        16th                              Holiday

Tuesday                                        17th                              Public Holiday

Monday                                        30th – 10th April           Easter Holidays


Monday                                        13th                            School re-opens         


Monday                                        4th                                Public Holiday

Tuesday                                        5th                                Holiday          


Monday                                        1st                                Public Holiday

Tuesday                                        2nd                               Holiday

Wednesday                                   3rd                                Holiday

Tuesday                                        30th                              Summer Holidays begin



December         19th                Christmas Holidays           School will close at 12 o’clock

March             27th                   Easter Holidays                 School will close at 12 o’clock

June                 30th                 Summer Holidays              School will close at 12 o’clock



This calendar could be subject to change as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures i.e. snow


Possible replacement days – first three days of Easter Holidays





The Joys of June!


lapping up the glorious summer sunshine,

playing old school playground games on the grass,

running for our lives and racing in relays for sports day,

predicting the outcome of the World Cup,

and flying our hopes and dreams for second class on paper planes,

…Room 11 are embracing the Joys of June!

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3-2-1 Blast Off!

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Our School Tour

We had a brilliant day at Energy Fun Centre!

Make Hay While the Sun Shines!

Room 11 and Room 12 made the most of the beautiful sunny day today!  Hopefully we will get lots more opportunities to dine al fresco!

Our Trip to the Courtyard!

We made our first summer trip to the courtyard today! We had a lovely time smelling the flowers and looking at all of the growth.  Ms. Clohosey brought the camera to take some class photos.  We got some hilarious action shots of our class after she almost fell into the pond!!

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Debut Authors

There was great excitement when Junior infants invited the teachers to the book launch of the “Look what I Can Do” series of books. The twenty eight 4 and 5 year old authors were very proud as the staff read their books. The teachers were impressed by the lovely writing and the wonderful illustrations.

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Green Schools Update

Hi Guys,

We have started work on our next Green Flag. This year we will be trying to win a flag for Travel and Transport.

We have set up a new Green Team and we went out together on a walkability audit with Sandra Pokrant from An Táisce.

We are trying to establish a safe walking route to school where people might carpool and then Park n’ Stride from Bayside Shopping Centre. As the name suggest this would mean parking your car at the shopping centre and then walking to school from there. This would hopefully mean less traffic around the school in the mornings and afternoons.

On our walk we discovered lots of interesting things


Here we are outside the school looking at the road markings that make it safe for us to cross the road.


Outside our school we have yellow markings on the road and railings. The yellow markings help to remind traffic that they must slow down and they cannot park outside our school. The railings are there to stop any cars from parking on or mounting the path. They also stop children from running out of the school gates and straight onto the road.


This is Sandra, she told us lots about raod safety

We are very lucky to have a safe pathway from the shops to the school. There is plenty of room for people and buggys to walk along. On our walk we heard the birds singing and saw some lovely trees and plants.


Nice wide path


Speed bumps on the road help the cars to drive at a safe pace


Concrete pillars in the middle of the path ensure that no cars can access it. This keeps it safe for walkers


When we got to the carpark there was plenty of parking spaces and space.

We think that it would be really super if some families that travel to school by car might consider having a go at “Park n’ Stride” from Bayside shopping centre, especially coming into the lovely summer weather


The Green Team

Annual Second Class Mass

We have all been very busy in second class getting ready to make our First Communion and also getting ready for our mass. Here are some pictures of the beautiful artwork that decorated our hall for the Annual Second ClassIMG_2145 Mass.IMG_2156

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Election Day – 23rd May

The Local and European Elections will take place on Friday 23rd May.  As this date was not listed on your original calendar, please note the school will be closed on this day.

School Tours 2014

Second Classes – 26th June – Causey Experience

First Classes – 29th May – Energy Fun Centre, Rathcoole

Senior Infants – 22nd May – Newgrange Farm

Junior Infants – Teddy Bears Picnic – date to be decided

Important Dates for First Communion 2014

Pre-Communion Mass  – Thursday 27th March in the School Hall at 7.30 p.m.

First Penance – Monday 28th April in Bayside Church at 11am.  Parents/Guardians welcome to attend.

First Holy Communion – Rooms 7/8 – Saturday 10th May @ 10am                                                                                Rooms 5/6 – Saturday 17th May @ 10am


St. Patrick’s Day

The Junior Infants wore beautiful rainbow hats at the Seachtain na Gaeilge celebrations in the hall. Some performed a wonderful irish dance. They all sang songs and recited poems “as gaeilge” .

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Christmas in Junior Infants

The Junior Infants have been very busy in December. They prepared for the Nativity play, they learned many carols and they produced some lovely artwork.

PABS Newsletter Christmas 2013

PABS         Newsletter Winter 2013

Parents Association Bayside Schools

 Hello again to all the staff, parents and pupils of Bayside Schools!  It’s hard to believe Winter is already here, and with everyone so busy getting organised for Christmas the Parents Association would like to update you all on activities and events currently being run by the association – dedicated to working with the principals, staff and boards of management to build effective partnership between the home and school.

New PABS Committee

The Committee were delighted to welcome so many new members this

year.  At our first meeting in October it was decided by all present to change

the constitution of the committee to 25 members to reflect the enthusiasm of

the new members.  The following members were elected to hold positions:

Chair & Vice                             Amanda O’Connell/ Bridgette Keane

Treasurer                                Jean Lyons / Elisa Nishimura

Secretary                                 Teresa Murray

NPC Representatives          Bridgette Keane / Peter Knief

A full list of all other committee members is available in the school porch.

The committee would like to thank all the hard work and efforts made by

outgoing members of the group, in particular Carmel Cunningham and Bernadette Dowling, Pauline Carroll and Sylvia Day.

Remember this is your committee – PABS are always looking for new

volunteers and helpers. If you can give any time please contact one of the

members above (contact details in school porches)!

 Brennan’s Insurance Scheme

 The Brennan’s Insurance scheme was facilitated through PABS again this year.  Details of the group scheme number and contact details for Brennan’s are available in both school porches.

Car Chaos at Bayside Schools

 Please could all parents ensure they are using the one-way traffic system as designed by the schools.  This is displayed in the school porches. Also, parking on corners / in front of residents driveways is causing major safety problems at the school.  Please show consideration for the safety and welfare of all our children when driving / parking in the area of the school.


 We were delighted that Santa took time out of his hectic schedule again this year to visit the very special children in Bayside Schools (6th Dec.).  This was a great day for the children, everyone in both schools really enjoyed the event. 

The Book Fair

The annual book fair took place this year on the 6th December (same day as Santa’s visit!).  This was a huge success again this year, and was a great place to purchase last minute Christmas presents.  Thanks to all parents who gave up their time to help at the event.

 Coin Collection

Please don’t forget our Loose Change Collection on the last Friday of every month.  All donations – no matter how small – are very much appreciated.  Only euro coinage can be accepted – there is no facility available to us to convert non-euro coins.  Remember every cent counts and all donations go directly to the school.

       PABS Comedy Night

A great night was had by all in Naomh Barróg GAA Club on the 8th Nov. where over €1,137.00 profit was raised for the schools.  Many thanks to Derville & members of the committee and all who helped organise and run the event so well, and to all the parents who supported the event and donated prizes .

Liberty Recycling Day

Thanks to all who participated in our recycling day 8th Nov we received 175 bags which raised €700 for the schools. We hope to run this again in 2014.

All the members of the Parents Association would like to wish teachers, parents, pupils and all the wider school community a peaceful, happy Christmas and good wishes for 2014.

 Remember PABS is your association, if you would like to contact us about anything please leave a message in the PABS box in the school porches, or contact a member of the Committee.


Christmas Newsletter




Dear Parents/Guardians,

How quickly the year has flown! As the Christmas season draws near, we wish to extend our best wishes to you and your families for a very happy and holy Christmas.

Once again we have had a very busy and interesting term.  We were delighted to welcome all our new pupils and enjoyed seeing them settle into the daily routines of school life.

Our new e-mailing and texting service is now in place and teething problems have been solved.

All enjoyed our sponsored nature walk in October and thanks to your wonderful generosity the sum of over €7,000 was raised.

The Children from 1st and 2nd classes had a most enjoyable visit to Music in the Classroom, in the National Concert Hall.

December has been a busy month :-

  • PABS – book fair   (book found “The Cat in the Hat Comes Back” call to office.)
  • Santa paid a very welcome visit
  • Everyone had great fun at the performance of Beauty and the Beast.
  • Our Crib Building Service takes place on Thursday 20th.

(due to availability of space we regret we can only accommodate the parents of our Junior Infant classes)

If you have any holly or ivy in your garden we would be delighted if you could drop in some to us on Wednesday or Thursday to enhance our decorations.

We thank you for your continued generosity and support during the year and would like to remind you that gifts for teachers are appreciated but not expected.

The school will close at 12 o’clock this Friday and re-open on Monday, January 6th.

We will be having a prayer service in the Hall on that day to commemorate the Feast of the Epiphany

May I take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Happy New Year.

Yours sincerely,


Junior Infant Enrolment 2014



Re:  New Infants for September 2014

Application forms for Junior Infant classes, commencing September 2014 will be available in the School Office from January 6th 2014.

Closing date for applications is January 31st 2014.

Please read our enrolment policy on our website under Policies.

When submitting your child’s application you are asked to supply the following documentation:

1.        Original Baptismal Certificate  (if your child is Catholic)

2.        Original Birth Certificate (for proof of age)

3.        Original current utility bill (for proof of address)

You are also required  to read our Enrolment Policy and accept it.

Applications will not be accepted until all documentation has been supplied.


Mirror Mirror!

We have been looking at symmetry. We made our own symmetrical shapes….

One of us even made a shape with two lines of symmetry…. Someone even made a symmetrical castle…. Look at all our beautiful symmetrical shapes….

Our School Walk

We had a lovely day on our school walk. We saw lots of colourful  leaves!


We even saw how long it would take us to get to Howth or Dublin but we thought we’d leave that walk till another day……


Tasty Tasty? Maybe not!

Taste Experiment:

We tasted Lemons, Grapefruits, Sugar and Crisps.

We discovered that …..

Grapefruit is bitter

Lemons are sour

Sugar is sweet

and Crisps are salty.

We also discovered that some food was nicer to taste than others. Check out our photos!!!



We did lots of Halloween Art. Cats, ghosts, and scary castles were to be seen in all the Junior Infant rooms. Here are some of the pumpkins we found.!!

Nature Walk

We went on a nature walk today. We saw beautiful trees with Autumn colours of golden brown, green, yellow ,red and orange.


Tennis and Gaa skillls

Senior Infants are busy learning lots of new skills at tennis and Gaa.They are having great fun and getting fit too!

Monet’s water-lilies!

We looked at some paintings by Claude Monet. We learned all about Impressionism. We really liked the painting of The Japanese Bridge (The Water-Lily Pond)  in his garden.

We then decided to paint our own pictures using lots of bright colours for our water lilies…..take a look!


Mona Lisa Mystery

After finding out lots of interesting facts about Leonardo da Vinci we had a mystery art lesson.

Each of us had a small square which we enlarged, we then put our jigsaw pieces together to reveal our mystery masterpiece.


We think we did a super job!

Signs of Spring

We enjoyed our Spring walk. We looked at, listened for and smelled signs of Spring. We also visited the church, where we said a quiet prayer.                       


Hi Everybody,

Just a quick note to let you all know that we have won our third green flag for water. Thank you all very much for your support and help in our quest for the green schools water flag. Congratulations to everybody and well done on all the hard work!


The Green Team


Mystery Material Boxes

We had a great time using mystery boxes and guessing what was inside. Here are some of the items we had to guess and descibe using our sense of touch only:


Furry mittens

Sponge and wire wool

Watermelon and sweetcorn

A rubber baking tray

We had to put our hands inside the box without looking and then guess what we were feeling and write a description of how it felt.

We were not quite sure what to expect inside the boxes, we used words such as: fluffy, soft, hard, smooth, flexible, rubber, grassy, wet, squishy and rough to describe the different objects. Here are some of our reactions to what was inside the box.

Piggy Banks

We have big plans to save our money in our Piggy Banks!!!

We made them from recycled plastic bottles and papier mache. They were lots of fun to make. Have a look…


Beautiful Butterflies

We used some  dark at bright pastels to create these colourful leafy pictures…

Can you spot the butterflies amongst the leaves?

It’s a material world!

We were very busy looking for all kinds of materials around the school….


Plastic,wood, glass, metal, fabric and paper!



Very busy investigating!!

 LOOK! Is it made from paper,wood,glass??

Our Pre Communion Mass

On Thursday 14th of March we had our Pre-Communion mass in the school hall. The hall was beautifully decorated with lots of artwork and lovely daffodils. Fr. Joe said the mass and we were delighted to have Sr. Marie there on the night too. We sang lots of hymns and played our recorders. Our parents and teachers were very proud of us all!

Bubble Art!

A couple of weeks ago we took our art outdoors…

We mixed washing up liquid and paint together in containers. Using straws, we blew into the containers. There were colourful bubbles everywhere! We placed paper over the bubbles. When the bubbles burst, they made a colourful pattern on the sheet of paper.

We splatted the leftover paint onto a big sheet at the end of the day. It was great fun! Take a look at our creations….

Playful Shadows

We had great fun out on the yard drawing our shadows. These were not ordinary shadows we tried to make different shapes and some of our initials can you make them out?



Under the sea

Here are some pictures of the hardwork that all the classes have done to help us in our quest to win the water flag for our school.

We turned our centre corridor into a magical underwater world full of fish, jellyfish, crabs and scuba divers.

Some water saving tips

A view down our watery corridor

Some of our deep sea scuba divers looking at the beautiful fish

Colourful jellyfish under the sea

Some colourful fishy pictures

Some penguins perched along our watery windowsill

Underwater scenes

Watercycle posters

Some fantastic projects on Antarctic animals

More Antarctic projects

Green Update

Hi everybody,

We have been very busy on the Green team collecting plastic bottles and information for our flag. The reason we have being collecting the bottles is so we can put them into our toilet cisterns and save water everytime we flush. First we counted up how many toilets we have in the school, would you believe we have 35 toilets all together. Next we filled up all the bottles with sand and then put the lid back on them nice and tight. We then put the bottles into all the toilet cisterns (the back bit of the toilet) and this took up 1 litre space in each one. So everytime we flush the toilet we save 1 litre of water. If each of our toilets gets flushed 10 times a day we can save 350 litres of water.

We had to sort through all the bottles.

We marked out where all the toilets were on a blueprint of the school.

We filled up all the bottles with sand, so this would weigh them down inside the toilet cistern.

It took our Green Team and extra helpers a long time to fill up all the bottles.

Then we put all the bottles inside the toilet cisterns.

You could try this at home and save water!

Project Day

We had a big project day on Friday the 22nd of February. We have been working on our projects for weeks now. There are five project groups and we each found out about a different country. Andraya’s Dad is from The Philippines so her group decided to learn more about this very interesting place. Andraya brought in a special cake that is eaten in The Philippines. We all had some and it was delicious! Thank you, Andraya! Jamie’s Dad’s family come from Portugal so his group decided to learn all about it. They made a lovely Portugal display. We also did projects on The USA, Africa and New Zealand. Some people wrote to the embassies of the countries they were learning about. We really enjoyed learning about different places and are already making our travel plans for when we are older!

First Penance

Dear Parents/Guardians of Children in Second Class,

Your child will receive the Sacrament of First Penance

 On:      Monday 15TH April 2013

 At:       11.00 a.m.

 In:       Bayside Church

 The children will be brought to the church by their teachers at 10.55 a.m. and they will be seated in pre-arranged places.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to introduce the child to the priest for confession at the appropriate time. Parents should sit on side aisles near the relevant class. (In the absence of a parent/guardian the teacher will introduce the child)

 Please ensure your child is in full school uniform on the day.

 As the children will be receiving a sacrament we ask you to encourage respect for this solemn occasion.

 We look forward to celebrating this sacrament together.

 Yours sincerely,

 Áine Haier,



Pre-Communion Mass

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We would like to invite all parents/guardians of pupils in second class to attend our
Pre-Communion Mass in the school hall on Thursday, 14th March at 7.30 p.m.  Unfortunately due to space considerations, only two people can accompany each child.

Children need to be in school in their designated areas for 7 p.m.  Full uniform must be worn.

As usual, we will be appealing for donations of daffodils to decorate the altar and hall.  These may be left in the school foyer on the morning of Thursday, 14th.  

We are looking forward to seeing you all on this very special occasion.

Yours sincerely

Áine Haier



Daffodil time again

On Thursday March 14th we are having our Pre-Communion Mass for 2nd classes and their parents/guardians in the school hall. To decorate the altar and hall we are appealing for donations of daffodils – these may be left in the school foyer on the morning of the Pre-Communion Mass – Thursday 14th

 Thank you for your support.

PABS Newsletter – March 2013

PABS Easter Raffle Ticket returns will be collected from your child’s classroom on Tues 19th / Wed 20th and Thurs 21st March. Draw will take place on Friday 22nd March. Please return all tickets sold or unsold in the envelope provided by Thursday 21st March.

Bayside Schools in conjunction with Liberty Recycling will be holding our first recycling event on 12th April. Please support this event as schools will earn €4 per 10kg bag of clothing donated. Recycling bags will be provided. Please donate on 12th April from 9.30am to 11am. Many thanks.

Many thanks to everyone who baked and bought at our annual cake sale. This was a great success and raised €3000 for our schools.



We were very busy doing observational drawings of flowers.

We drew a rose,a tulip, lillies and daffodils!


And…….this is what they looked like…..






Blast Off!

We learned lots about Space.

We made rockets in our groups. Take a look…


 We even went on a space mission for NASA to planet Atopia! We met lots of funny looking Atopians! We wrote stories about our trip when we got back.

Perfect Portraits

We made some terrific paper portraits.

We think the similarities are uncanny but don’t take our word for it, have a look and see for yourself…

10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1….Blast Off

We have been studying our galaxy The Milky Way.

Take a look at some of our astronauts and what they saw on their space adventures.


We also wrote some amazing stories about our space adventures.

USA Day!

Today is George Washington’s birthday! He was born on the 22nd of February 1732…. Which means, if he was alive today he would be 281 years old! To celebrate his birthday we had an American Day in Room 7 today.

We collected lots of information about the USA and came together in groups to make amazing projects. We also made Statue of Liberty headbands, listened to American music (including the National Anthem!!!) and ate some American snacks! Some of us brought in apples for our fruit break because New York is known as “The Big Apple”… We all had a great day.


In school we learned all about Louis Braille. He was blinded by an awl when he was little. He was the inventor of Braille, a system of reading and writing used by people who are blind or visually impaired.

We began writing to Ms. Flynn’s class. Ms. Flynn is a teacher in the school for the visually impaired in Drumcondra. They wrote us a letter in print and in braille. We must write back to them again soon.

We wrote our names in braille using márla.

Tag rugby

We really enjoy playing tag rugby with Stephen every Thursday. We are all getting really good.

Activity time!

Every morning we do activities.

These include: lego, cutting, jigsaws, magnetic letters and many more.

We love working together creating lots of new designs! Take a look….






First Holy Communion

This year is very special for us as we are making our First Holy Communion. We did a project on Communion when our grandparents and parents were our age. We brought in photographs. It was very interesting to hear stories of what Communion was like when the adults in our families were small and lovely to see what they wore.


We may look like ordinary seven and eight year olds but we have a secret….we have superpowers! We wrote all about these powers and revealed our secret identities.

Perfect Plastic Penguins!

We made penguins from recycled plastic bottles. Some are stuffed with cotton wool, others have paint inside the bottle for the penguin’s white body. We had a great time making these penguins! Can you spot the baby penguin?


Look at our owls!

Perfect Pancakes!

Mix a pancake,
Stir a pancake,
Pop it in the pan;
Fry the pancake,
Toss the pancake,
Catch it if you can!

We had great fun making pancakes yesterday.  We mixed the batter then we cooked our pancakes.  They were yummy!  At the end of the day we had a pancake flipping competition!


The Year of the Snake

The Chinese new year celebrations began on Sunday February 10th.It is the year of the snake. We learned all about how Chinese people celebrate this special time.

We had great fun colouring in our snakes and painting yellow and red borders around them.

Under the Sea…

Eric Carle, the illustrator of the famous children’s book “The very Hungry Caterpillar”, creates amazing pictures using textured paper. He has inspired us to create our own textured paper and amazing sea creatures….

St. Brigid’s Day

On February 1st we celebrated the feast day of St. Brigid. We learned all about how she was a very kind and special  person.

We saw some lovely St. Brigid’s crosses and heard the story about how her cloak grew and grew. Later on we coloured in lovely pictures of her and using coloured sugar-paper made a beautiful collage of her cloak.

Let us show you our work….

Green School Update

Hi everybody,

As we mentioned before we are currently working on getting the Green Schools water flag for our school. In order for us to win this flag we must try to conserve water and cut down on our usage and wasting of water.

Here are some ways that you can help us to win the flag by conserving water in your home:

  • Turn off taps when brushing your teeth. (you can save up to 6 litres)
  • Take a shower instead of a bath. (try not to use power showers as a 10 minute shower can be the same as 3 baths)
  • Fill the kettle with the exact amount of water that you need.
  • Use a basin to wash your fruit and vegetables instead of leaving the tap running.
  • Use a watering can in the garden instead of a hose.
  • Use your dishwasher and washing machine only when they are full.
  • Always keep an eye out for leaky taps and drips and fix them.

Don’t forget to fill in the newsletter and keep bringing in those plastic bottles.

Thank you for your help,

The Green Team

The Liffey Swim

Ms. Crean’s class looked at a painting by a famous Irish artist called Jack B yeats. The painting was called the Liffey Swim. He painted lots of Dubliners  long ago watching the annual swim in the river Liffey.


Later we had great fun painting our own pictures using lots of bright coloured paints.

Take a look at our Liffey swim pictures….

St. Brigid’s Day

We were busy down in Room 7 today, making St. Brigid’s Day crosses. We all worked as a team and made lovely crosses together!

Our First Trip to Space

We had lots of fun imagining what it would be like if we took a trip in outer space. We have been learning about Neil Armstrong landing on the moon and the stars and planets in our solar system.


Green Schools

Hi Guys,

Welcome to our Green-Schools blog.

This year we are trying to win the water flag. We will be implementing lots of different ways of conserving and saving water in our school and in our homes.

We have already started work on the flag. We have put together a new “Green Team” which consists of a pupil from each of the first and second classes. We have also been busy taking water meter readings with Mr. Phillips everyday and keeping check of how many times we flush the toilet in school.

We will keep you posted on our progress and our action plan as we go.

For now here are some of our top tips for saving water, so lets get started:

  • Always keep an eye and an ear out for leaks
  • Don’t let the tap run while brushing your teeth
  • Have a shower instead of a bath
  • Use a basin to wash your vegetables
  • Use a bucket instead of a hose to wash your car



The Green Team



When I grow up….

In Ms. Crean’s class we discussed what we might like to be when we grow up. We came up with lots of different career choices and drew some lovely pictures of ourselves. Take a look at some of our colourful work.

Playful Penguins

We had a lot of fun learning about the different animals from the South Pole. Some of our favourites were the penguins. We made these great pictures using our hands to print their bodies.


Music in the Classroom

Group photo outside the National Concert Hall.

On the 26th November 2012 we went on a trip to the National Concert Hall. During the weeks leading up to the trip we learned lots of songs so that we would be able to sing along! Here are some photos from that we took on our trip.

Partners on the bus!

Bus buddies.

Science time!

Us with our agar plates!

Testing teacher’s laptop for germs.

Rosella’s mam Christine is a biochemist. She works in a lab that makes creams, gels and ointments. She came in with Emma’s mam (Selena) to do an experiment with our class.

When Christine makes the special medicines it is important that she keeps her workspace germ free because germs can make you ill.  This means she must wear a special germ suit, mask, hairnet, goggles and boots. She also has to test the air, the tables and her hands for germs. To do this she uses a dish with special jelly called agar jelly. They test the surface with a swob and then put a sample on the jelly then they put it in an oven so the germs can grow.

Selena and Christine gave us all agar jelly plates and everyone decided what they wanted to test. We swobbed teacher’s laptop, our tables, the taps, the door handles and even our hands. We put each sample into the agar dishes and Christine took them to her lab to grow them. We got to dress up in the germ suits too. We had so much fun. We can’t wait to see our results!!!

Thanks Christine and Selena

We had great fun dressing up as biochemists!!!!!


We had great fun dressing up as biochemists!!!!!

Happy New Year

Welcome back everybody, We hope everybody had a fantastic Christmas. We are very excited about our new website and we can’t wait to share our pictures and news with you all. Here is a class photo we took when Santa came to visit in December.

Santa Claus is coming to town!!

Gorilla Projects

We have been learning about gorillas. We did projects on the gorilla in groups. We really enjoyed doing these projects.

Super 2-D Shape Monsters!

We have been learning about 2-D shapes and decided to make some 2-D shape monsters. We had lots of fun creating our monsters. Some are friendly and some a little scary!

Amazing Acrostics!

We wrote flower acrostics. We brainstormed some ideas first and then we wrote our poems.

Arctic Animals

Happy New Year everyone!

It’s January, our weather has turned arctic…. So we have been doing some research into how different animals survive in arctic weather (temperatures a LOT colder than we have here in Ireland) In our groups, we found out some very interesting facts about these amazing animals: Polar Bears, Penguins, Ringed seals, Snowy owls, Orcas, Narwhals, Arctic foxes and Ermines.

David Attenborough would be proud of us…!


PABS are delighted to announce that Santa will take time out of his hectic schedule again this year to visit the very special children in Bayside Schools on 14th December. This is a great day for the children. Everyone in both schools really enjoys this event.

Junior Infants September 2013


Application forms for places in Junior Infants for next September (2013) will be available from the Junior School office from January 7th 2013.

Acceptance of application forms is conditional on parents/guardians seeing and accepting our enrolment policy. The enrolment policy is available for viewing here. Printed copies are available from the Secretary’s office.

You will be required to provide us with a recent utility bill and a copy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate (if Catholic).

Please note: closing date for applications is January 31st 2013.

All applicants will be notified within 21 days of this date.