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Our focus for this school year is on the well-being of all of our pupils.
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SCHOOL ENROLMENT INFORMATION

PLEASE NOTE: NEW ENROLMENTS FOR JUNIOR INFANTS & THE MEADOW, STARTING IN SEPTEMBER 2024, WILL BE OPEN ON OCTOBER 2,2023.

*ALL OTHER ENROLMENTS ARE WELCOME AT ANY TIME.

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Click here for our  School Enrolment Form  
 

A note from our Principal

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On behalf of the school community I would like to welcome you to the official website of Our Lady of Good Counsel Girls National school.  Our school is an all-girls school. We also have three mixed classes for children with autism. 

We are a Catholic school that strives to provide a caring, happy and secure atmosphere where the individual strengths and needs of each child, together with their cultural and background, are nurtured and embraced. We are extremely lucky to have a vibrant positive and hardworking staff who put the children at the centre of their endeavours.

Our school community here in Johnstown, comprises of the children, their parents, our staff, the Parents'Association and our partner school, Our Lady of Good Counsel Boys N.S. We all work collaboratively to ensure that each child received the best education experience and reaches their fullest potential.

We welcome new students and their families to our dynamic and supportive community. 

Lisa Breen

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Our Latest  News  & Events:

Sixth Class Graduation

We said goodbye to our 6th Classes and Senior Meadow students this week. Sixth Classes had a wonderful Graduation ceremony on Tuesday. The whole school formed a guard of honour for them as they returned to the school from the church. This was followed by a garden party for the girls and their parents. On Wednesday, we had another lovely ceremony for The Meadow Graduation. We wish all of them well as they move on to new schools. We know they will live up to their Sixth Class motto; 'Shine Bright Like a Diamond'.
Although we are sad to see them leave, we are looking forward to welcoming our new Junior Infants on August 30th.

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Sixth Class Retreat to Glendalough

As is tradition, our Sixth Classes went on a Retreat to Glendalough, accompanied by Father Murney.  He led them on a mindful walk through the monastic settlement and afterwards facilitated a small prayer service in Reefert Church. It was a thoroghly enjoyable experience for both staff and pupils.

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Sixth Class Musical: The Wizard Of Oz

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We are very proud of our Sixth Class production of 'The Wizard of Oz'. The two classes, their teachers and SNAs worked very hard and staged a wonderful production. They performed for the students and 6th Class parents on May 10th and 11th.  

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ART ACTIVITY:
All classes from second to sixth, took part in an art competition to design a cover for the musical booklet. Here are the amazing winning entries from each class level. 

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Athletics

Congratulations to all the Johnstown students who took part in the 2023 Cumann na mBunscol Áth Cliath Athletics Meet on June 1st in UCD.

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Soccer Blitz

Well done to the girls from 1st class, who took part in The St Josephs A.F.C Girls Mini World Cup, on May 24th, taking home the winners’ cup!!!

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First Communion Celebration May 13th

Our school hall is party ready today!!
Many thanks to the Parents' Association for preparing the hall today. Thanks also to all parents who supplied cakes for the occasion. We look forward to welcoming the Second Class pupils and their families into the school tomorrow.

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Sixth Class Fundraiser

The sixth classes continued the school tradition of donating a portion of their Confirmation money to charity. This year they chose to donate to the Laura Lynn Foundation, the children's hospice. They proudly handed over a cheque for €763 in a small presentation ceremony in the school.

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Easter Fun

In the run-up to the Easter holidays, we enjoyed many fun activities including Easter art and Easter egg hunts in the school garden.  It was a lovely way to finish our second school term.

Enjoy the Easter break and we look forward to welcoming all of our students back on April 17th.

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FAI Primary Schools Competition

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OLGC Johnstown GNS were drawn in the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Schools county qualifiers at Wayside Celtic on March 30th. Both teams had loads of fun and deserve our appreciation for their gutsy displays. One of the teams qualified for the Regional Finals. Go Johnstown!

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Seachtain na Gaeilge 2023

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Bhí an-spraoi ag na paistí le linn Seachtain na Gaeilge. Rinne na paistí an-iarracht ‘Cúpla focal’ a úsaid. The teachers chose an Irish speaker of the day and an over-all Irish speaker of the week. We had a lot of great activities; whole school Bingó, two fabulous Irish assemblies with some incredible Irish dancing, a visit from the Army Band, Tráth na gceist and the Junior and Senior Infants also went on a parade around the neighbourhood.
See our 'Gallery page' for more photos. 

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Army Band Visit

The No.1 Army Band came to help us celebrate St. Patricks Day. They played for both Boys and Girls Schools in two sessions, one for the Junior and one for the Senior Classes. It was a very emotional experience with everyone singing along to the music played, including Ireland's Call. 

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World Book Day 2023

We had fun celebrating World Book Day. There were many activities on March 2nd and 3rd, including Bookmark Competitions, DEAR time and dress-up day.
See our 'Gallery page' for more photos. 

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Hot Water Bottles for Ukraine

In December, Oksana, who works with the Ukranian children in our school, appealed for hot water bottles to send to Ukraine.  These have arrived in her home town of Paklova and have been distributed by her friends and relatives to children who are living in very difficult circumstances there. 

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New Table Tennis Tables

 We recently purchased six table tennis tables. Their arrival caused much excitement in the school. All classes have had an opportunity to try them out. The girls have had lots of fun trying them out and are enjoying learning a new skill. You will see Senior Infants using them in the photos below.

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Microsoft Coding Workshop

 On February 22nd, both of our 5th classes took part in a coding workshop led by employees from Microsoft Ireland. They were awarded a cerificate on completion of this training. Hopefully this inspires an interest in coding.

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Grandparents Day - January 25th

Today was a very special day. We were delighted to welcome over 80 grandparents to visit us in the school. After refreshments in the hall, they went to their grandchildren's classrooms to meet the teachers and pupils. They shared experiences from their childhood, and answered questions from the students. They also listened to the girls sing songs and some even tried out the interactive whiteboards! The staff, pupils and the grandparents themselves, thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
 

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 Our Movie Madness Day, took place on Friday, December 9th. It was run by our 6th class students and their teachers, in aid of the VDP, (Society of St. Vincent dePaul).  Thanks to all of our students and their families for your support. A grand total of €3,275 was raised to support people in need in our local community.

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OUR NEW LOOK!!
Each group of 4 classes have chosen an inspirational quote for their corridor.
These are currently being beautifully painted by our very talented staff member, Gill.

 
This is the quote from 'Matilda', chosen by 1st & 2nd classes, currently in progress.

See the 'Gallery' page on this website for more photos.
JNR. & SNR INFANTS CHRISTMAS PLAYS     
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Junior Infants  performed their play, 'Whoops-A-Daisy-Angel' on Monday, 
December 19th.
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Senior Infants  performed their play, 'Ralph the Reindeer' on Tuesday, December 20th.
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See the 'Gallery' page on this website for photos.

CHRISTMAS PLAY FOR INFANT BOYS & GIRLS  (GNS 14/12)
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2022  
Thanks for all your support for our School Christmas Fair on December 3rd. It was a great success and a fun day was had by all.
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