Water Awareness & Green Rag Day
Today is Water Awareness Day in the school. Many thanks to Ms. Cowper and the students involved in organising this initiative. There is a display in the assembly area and a water quiz taking place too. Tomorrow is a Green Rag Day. There is no charge for this Rag Day but we encourage all staff and students to wear green to school.
Bingo Night Fundraiser - Naas CBS
Please see attached PDF for information about an upcoming 'Bingo Night' fundraiser in aid of Naas CBS. Tickets for this event will be available at this evening's Parent Teacher meeting and again at next Thursdays JCT information evening for 2nd Year Parents. Tickets are also available from the Parish Office. Many thanks, Parent's Council and Student Council https://af9b90f3f28b20e79a8c-b811c69588bad063512eb87d4fe17a81.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/1493_20200109082109.pdf
All TY classes will go mountain-biking in the coming months. It is a great activity provided by trained professionals in Ticknock in the Dublin/Wicklow mountains. First class to go are 4C next Tuesday January 21st. Leave the school by bus promptly at 9.15am. Bring a packed lunch and any snacks and drinks needed. Bring warm clothes, gloves and a beanie hat are always useful. Bikes and helmets are provided. Bring leisure wear - track-suits or similar and runners/shoes suitable for out door. Bring a spare t-shirt/ socks/ other clothes in case it rains. We will return to the school at approx.3.20pm Thank you, Mr. Noone.
TY Accounting Careers Talk
There will be a representative from ACCA and Bank of Ireland here on Friday to meet with all T.Y students to give a talk on accounting as a career choice. Students will get an overview of the many different areas where accountants work in industry.
Reminder - 5th Year Subject Options
A reminder that our information evening on Subject Choice and 5th Year Options will take place in the assembly area this evening 15th January at 7.00pm. All Third Year & Transition Year Parents and students are welcome Many thanks, Guidance Department
1st Year Parent Teacher Meeting
As per our school calendar our 1st Year Parent Teacher meeting will take place on Thursday 16th January from 4.15 - 6.45pm. School will finish at 3.45pm on the 16th. Please be advised that there will be NO after school study except for 6th year students. Night study will go ahead as usual for 6th Years. 1st Year students will be going home this evening with a letter for parents about the meeting on Thursday, please see this information. Many thanks, Ms Power
Well done to the CBS Badminton teams who competed in the Kildare Championships in Kilcullen. The senior team narrowly missed out on progressing to the Leinster finals by a 6 point differential in the final match with Newbridge. The Under 16s won all of their matches and will represent Kildare in Div 2 of Leinster in March. The two under 14 teams did not manage to progress but enjoyed a busy day with lots of games won. Practise continues for everyone on Tuesdays at lunchtime.
Bank of Ireland Money Smarts Challenge
Congratulations to the Bank of Ireland Money Smarts Challenge Regional Winners who have qualified for the grand final in Citywest in April. Team 1: Eoin Keogh, Eoghan Hyde, Ultan Casserly and Conor Devereux. Team 2: Adam Halford, Callum McIvor, Alex Ferreira and Ethan O Halloran. With only two spots available and over 40 teams completing, the lads did incredibly well to secure both 1st & 2nd place against tough competition. Well done to all involved and many thanks to Ms. O'Brien and Mr. Maye for their work with the teams.
Christmas Reports 2019
Christmas Reports for 2019 are now available to view. These reports can be accessed through the VSWare tab on the school app (see image below). We recommend that reports are viewed using the 'Print' option under the 'Actions' tab on the right had side of your son's VSWare account as it is much clearer to view. The instructions are fully detailed in the attached PDF. This document is also available on our school website under the Parents tab, For further information on the new reporting system for Junior Cycle please go to the JCT tab on our school website www.naascbs.ie -> Junior Cycle Reporting. A reminder to all parents regarding VSWare - if you have not already reset or created your own password to access VSWare you must do so in order to view reports. Due to new GDPR regulations the school can now only generate usernames for all parents to access their son's account. These usernames were sent as a text to all parents a month ago. To reset your password please click the 'create/reset password' button on the VSWare login page (see image below). Parents will be asked for the last four digits of their mobile phone number when resetting the password. To view VSWare on a laptop or computer you can click the VSWare icon on the main page of our school website or use this link naascbs.vsware.ie Please contact the school if you have any further queries. https://af9b90f3f28b20e79a8c-b811c69588bad063512eb87d4fe17a81.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/9804_20200114120750.pdf
2nd Year JCT workshop (Student & Parent)
This week all 2nd Year students will take part in a Junior Cycle workshop aimed to inform and engage students in the CBA (Classroom Based Assessments) process. These workshops will take place as follows: Tuesday 14th - 2E & 2F Tuesday 14th - 2A & 2C Wednesday 15th - 2B & 2D We will also be holding a JCT Information evening for Parents of 2nd Year students on Thursday 23rd January at 7.00pm in the assembly area.
EVENING+NIGHT STUDY SCHEME - Term 2
School Study for Term 2 will begin for 6th Years ONLY next week. Other years will follow in the near future. Application forms for the scheme were distributed to 6th Year Students today – they must be signed and returned before any study can begin. These forms must be returned to Mr Kelly in Room 2/8 in order for a place to be allocated to your son on the scheme. Rules of the Study Scheme are found on the application form. Fees are payable via the Easy Payments Plus link found on the school app (“Shop”) and also on the school website. (See “School Payments” Tab) There are different study options available, therefore please select the study option for your son carefully e.g. one student or family option. Study sessions run from 4:20-6:20 Monday to Thursday and 2:00 - 4:00 Friday. Also, Night Study for 6th year only is between 7:30-9:30 Monday to Thursday. For any further queries, contact Mr Joseph Kelly - Study Co-coordinator.
5th Year Subject Options 2020
An information evening on Subject Choice and 5th Year Options will take place next Wednesday 15th January at 7.00pm. Parents of 3rd and 4th Year students welcome. Many thanks, Guidance Department
Yearbook Photos 2020
The Yearbook committee will begin taking class photographs tomorrow and continue over the coming weeks. Please ensure your son is in full uniform. 6th Year students will be photographed first. Please see dates below: 9th January - 6A, 6B & 6C 16th January - 6D, 6E & 6F 23rd January - 6G & 6H Many thanks, The Yearbook committee
Homework Club is back running this week. Please see attached PDF for information about homework club which runs for 1st Years only. https://af9b90f3f28b20e79a8c-b811c69588bad063512eb87d4fe17a81.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/7000_20200107160629.pdf
Social Empathy Survey 2E & 2F
Parents / Guardians of classes 2E & 2F. Just to inform you that the school has been selected to partake in a social empathy survey in conjunction with NUI Galway. This will entail your son completing a questionnaire mid-January about their relationship with friends, students, social values and social skills. After a 12 week period they will complete a similar questionnaire. The questionnaire completion will take one class period and will be facilitated by Ms Ann-Marie Johnson and Ms Karen Lynch. Parental consent is required. Just a reminder to let you know that your son was given the consent letter and information sheet today. All consent letters are to be returned to Ms Lynch in room 1/6. Many thanks . https://af9b90f3f28b20e79a8c-b811c69588bad063512eb87d4fe17a81.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/5319_20191211143408.pdf
Transition Year Co-Ordinator
Many thanks to our Transition Year co-ordinator Mr. Niall Rennick for his years of work and service in Naas CBS. Niall retired at Christmas and we wish both him and his family health and happiness going forward. We hope to have a new T.Y co-ordinator in place by the end of January. In the interim parents of T.Y students can contact Mr. Rory Purcell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or any member of the management team if they have any queries. Kind regards, Ben Travers
Reminder - Incoming TY Parent Presentation
As per our school calendar there will be an Information Night for Parents of incoming TY students @ 7.00pm on Wednesday 8th January. All 3rd Year Parents welcome.
Wishing all our staff, students and their families a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful Christmas and every Blessing for 2020. Many thanks for all your support. Best wishes. Ben Travers.
3rd Year Gaeilge
A reminder to all 3rd Year students that presentations as part of Classroom Based Assessment 2 (CBA2) for Gaeilge begin on Monday 6th January. Please ensure that you have your materials ready for this date.
Many thanks to our Amnesty group for all their work and fundraising that went on in school recently. Four students from the Amnesty group along with their teachers Mr. Coy and Ms. Kearns visited the Newbridge Provision Centre with gifts, selection boxes and a €40 Smyths Toy voucher for every child. Many thanks to everyone who has supported the work of the Amnesty group to date.
Incoming TY Parent Presentation
As per our school calendar there will be an Information Night for Parents of incoming TY students @ 7.00pm on Wednesday 8th January. All 3rd Year Parents welcome.
The individual results for the Healthy Hearts Healthy Lives Heart Screening that took place earlier this month will be posted out to each student that availed of the service in early January. Should there be a need for a follow-on ECG/consultation, they will also be arranged within the next month. Many thanks, Mr. McGuinness
Special Mention Board December 2019
Well done to the students on the Special Mention Board who were nominated for significant achievement over the last month. These students showed strengths in many different areas for example, excellent record of work, continually making a great effort, great improvement in work, excellent attendance, great improvement in behaviour, significant contribution to school or community and many other reasons. Please see attached PDF for a list of students. Many thanks, Ms.Conneely https://af9b90f3f28b20e79a8c-b811c69588bad063512eb87d4fe17a81.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/9573_20191218140136.pdf
Science Scrabble Challenge
Well done to all our budding scientists who won the science scrabble challenge competition (one of our many science month activities). Here is one of the entries “Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis”. Now try to pronounce it Many thanks to Ms Brosnan for all of her work with this event.
HSE Letter for Parents
Please see attached PDF letter from the HSE with information about the mumps. https://af9b90f3f28b20e79a8c-b811c69588bad063512eb87d4fe17a81.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/9889_20191213132043.pdf
Christmas Jumper Rag Day
Many thanks to all staff and students who supported our Christmas Jumper Rag Day today in aid of St. Vincent de Paul Naas. The school raised €2,087 today for this charity. Many thanks to Ms Kathryna Phibbs and the prefects involved in organising this event for today. Wishing all students the very best of luck in their exams beginning Monday.
Meitheal Christmas Surprise!
Many thanks to our Meitheal leaders who surprised all of our first year students today with gift bags of sweets!
Our Junior debaters took part in a debate against St Mary's today. Captain Piotr Filipek, Luke Morelis & Evan Dalton were involved in this debate. Speaker of the debate was awarded to Evan Dalton. Well done to all involved and to Ms Phibbs for her work with this team.
Institute of Biology of Ireland Award
Congratulations to Matthew Hartnett who received an award from The Institute of Biology of Ireland for achieving the highest result in Leaving Certificate Biology. Matthew got 100% in the Biology Leaving Certificate paper. He received the Institute of Biology Medal of Excellence and his teacher Ms. Anita Hassett received a teacher commendation certificate for excellence in her teaching of Leaving Certificate Biology. Matthew is now studying Medicine in University College Dublin. We wish Matthew every success in his future career. Present on the night were Matthew's family, Biology teacher Ms. Hassett, Ben Travers (Principal), Leo Murphy and Sharon Power (Deputy Principals)
Visit to Clover Hill Prison
Class 4E had a very educational and enjoyable visit to Clover Hill Prison yesterday. Many thanks to Joe Sheridan and Brian Hammond and all the prison service staff who made this visit so educational. Mr. Noone
Visit to Craddockstown Nursing Home
Today the 2nd and 5th year Music classes visited Craddockstown nursing home to spread some festive cheer and sing carols with the residents and their families. Thank you so much to the staff and residents for being so welcoming and friendly. It absolutely lightened up our morning and we look forward to going back there again soon. Many thanks, Ms Heffernan
TY German Exchange
On the last day of the exchange students and teachers alike enjoy a day in Bregenz, on the nearby mountain Pfänder and in front of the Rigoletto stage. Ms.Lonergan
Christmas Reports - VSWare
Christmas Reports can only be accessed through VSWare on the school app. Due to GDPR regulations all parents must now generate their own password for access to VSWare. The username for your son's account will not change. This username will be text home this evening. Once you have received your username please log into naascbs.vsware.ie and click 'Create/Reset Password' (as indicated in the image below). You will be asked to enter the last four digits of your mobile phone number to proceed, this is the phone number of the main contact on our school system. Please note, your new password must be at least 8 characters long and include a capital letter, a digit and a special character e.g. @!?. If you have any issues logging into VSWare please contact the school. Can I also please remind parents to upgrade the school app to the newest version V5 if you have not already done so. Many thanks, Ms. Power
Transition Year Christmas Interviews
Hi All, Just a note on upcoming Transition Year Christmas Portfolio assessment and interviews which will start on Monday 16th December. Interview Timetable is attached as pdf. along with other relevant documents that will be given out to the boys before Friday. If absent, then you need to print out, Project List sheet and Goals and Achievements Sheet to be completed before coming in for Pre- Interview Check. NB.. All students must report to Room 2/15, 25 minutes before their Interview time. This is to 1. Grade Journals 2. Check in 6 Graded Projects 3. Check Goals and Achievements sheet 4. Check off School record Remember that TY assessment is based on 3 compulsory work pieces that you must have. (i) Up to Date School Journal.. General Completion.. Record of Learning.. Guest Speakers.. Trips and Activities.. Workshops etc.. (ii) Completed Part I of Work Experience Project (iii) Minimum 15 diary entries in your online Gaisce Account. The remainder of the Christmas Assessment is based on (iv) Portfolio Interview on 6 Student selected projects (v) General Interview (vi) School Record and VS Ware Teacher Reports Good Luck to all... Niall Rennick https://af9b90f3f28b20e79a8c-b811c69588bad063512eb87d4fe17a81.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/1111_20191209125929.pdf https://af9b90f3f28b20e79a8c-b811c69588bad063512eb87d4fe17a81.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/2575_20191209130905.pdf
TY German Exchange
A few snapshots from Germany. The boys are enjoying German Kaffee und Kuchen and Christmas Markets
Rag Day - Friday 13th Dec
Our Christmas jumper themed rag day will take place this Friday 13th December. The cost is €3 per student and all money raised will go to the St Vincent de Paul.
School Reports will be available for parents to view in January through our VSWare system only. An example of where the VSWare tab is located on the school app is visible below. VSWare enables parents to view their son's timetable, attendance and school reports. It is imperative that every parent has access to this system. In order to ensure that you have access please update the school app on your phone to the newest version V5. The new V5 will require you to enter your phone number and if successfully matched with our school records an activation code will be text to your phone. You will be prompted to enter the digits of this activation code into the app and then your account will be activated. If you experience any issues when logging in please email email@example.com Please ensure that you hit the 'login' button as opposed to the 'registration' button when updating the app on your phone. Due to new GDPR regulations VSWare will no longer pre-populate passwords for VSWare. A text from the school containing the username for VSWare will be sent to every parent on Monday 9th December. Further information about creating a password for VSWare login will be sent via the app on Monday. Many thanks, Ms Power
Outstanding Junior Cycle Results 2019
Congratulations to the following students who received certificates this week for achieving outstanding results in the Junior Cycle exams 2019. (Back Row - From left to right) James O'Loughlin, Daniel Glancy, Sam Dunne, Eoghan Murphy, Daire Guerin, Conor Smyth, Louis Sheedy, Peter Cowley, Daniel Fallon (Front Row - From Left to right) Dylan Gregory, Robert Hartnett, Ciaran Duff, James Whittaker, Dara Carpenter, Daire O'Brien, Oscar Cawley, Conor Keane, Lorcan Duffy Absent for the photo: Odhran Kelly, Samuel Gammell, Niall Murray, Ross Sheridan, David Cronin, Daniel Lenehan, Dara McGettrick, Niall O'Gallchobhair and Conor O'Brien. Well done again to all students
Amnesty Bake Sale
Today's bake sale was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who contributed. A total of €368 was collected. This money will go towards buying Christmas gifts for 33 children currently living in direct provision in Newbridge. We also had a guest speaker into the school yesterday to speak to the different year groups about her experiences in direct provision and the challenges she is facing seeking refugee status. Many thanks to Mr Coy and Ms Kearns for all their work with this project
Prefects 2019 - 2020
Our prefects are leading various areas of school life. Their roles include running lunchtime activities, collecting for rag days, editing the school newsletter, supervising in the library and shop, organising the sports gear and lost and found. Missing from photo: Josh Brennan, Killian Hughes, Alex Murphy, Kenan Recto Well done on all the great work to date. Ms.Murphy (Prefect Co-Ordinator)
Meitheal Leaders 2019-2020
The Meitheal Leaders are doing fabulous work in organising social events for 1st Years and supporting their most junior peers. In August, the Meitheal Team were involved in the Transfer Programme; working alongside Form Teachers to help the 1st Years' transition into secondary school. To date, they have organised a table quiz and the 1st Year Disco with St. Mary's, aswell as checking in regularly with their 1st Year form classes. The 1st Years can look forward to a cinema trip after Christmas! Back: (L to R) Ms. Murphy (Meitheal Co-Ordinator), Billy Egan, Eoghan Kelly, Tom McMahon, Fiachra McManus, Joe Eustace, Mr. Travers (Principal) Front: (L to R) Rossa Stapleton, Eoin Valentine, Sean O' Rourke, Matthew Cusack, Charles Choiseul
Forensic Science Ireland Presentation
Some of our Senior students attended a presentation today with Brian Gibson from FSI (Forensic Science Ireland). This fantastic presentation introduced the students to some of the Scientific Methods behind real life crime solving including historical cases and more recent cases.
Black Cab Tour of Belfast
Tomorrow 4C and 4D will travel to Belfast for the 2nd of our trips to Belfast with Ms Cassidy, Ms Van Esbeck and myself,. We expect a full turn out apart from the five students who have informed us that they are unable to travel. The bus will be leaving the School in the morning at 8am and we will be back around 4pm so that some of the lads can get to their training sessions tomorrow evening. The feedback from the lads who were on this trip last week was very positive and I am really looking forward to taking the trip myself. regards. Niall Rennick.
Direct Provision Awareness Week
Direct Provision Awareness week, organised by the schools Amnesty group, is in full swing this week in Naas CBS. Rory from the Irish Refugee Council spoke to to students yesterday. The schools Amnesty group have set up a display in the assembly and are busy organising a bake sale for Thursday with all proceeds going towards buying gifts for the 33 children living in the Newbridge direct provision centre. Classes are also taking place this week to raise awareness for Direct Provision. Many thanks to Mr Coy and Ms Kearns for their work with this project.
1st year Leinster A Football Champions 2019
Well done to our present 2nd Year students who were presented with their medals and tops today having won the Leinster A Football Championship at the end of last year. Many thanks to Ms. Murphy and Mr.Delaney for their work with the team.
Well done to Billy Egan, Dylan Stewart and Adam Halford who took part in the Liam Connell Debate last night held in the Council Chambers of Aras Cill Dara.
TY Flamenco Workshop
Our Transition Year students had a Flamenco workshop yesterday from a Spanish Flamenco dancer Sandra Palomar. Sandra explained all about the history and culture of Flamenco and she had all the boys dancing! More Flamenco coming for the other TY classes in 2020! Olé
Since returning after mid-term there has been a colourful reminder of the UN Global Goals on the library stairwell. 19 Slogans, including one for each of the 17 Global Goals, now decorate the stairs. Each slogan carries a message to encourage us to lead a more sustainable lifestyle and to be more aware of the inequalities and unfairness that exist in our world. A wall mural, drawn by Paul Colclough in 3rd year, was recently added on the first landing encouraging students to cycle to school and reduce their carbon footprint. Please see ‘view gallery’ below for all images
Many thanks to all parents who have submitted a permission form and made online payment for the Healthy Hearts screening which is happening today and Wednesday. Students that are not being screened today will be scheduled for Wednesday. Students that are being screened today are advised to check the timetable on the library door. Any further queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
1st Year Disco
Many thanks to the Meitheal leaders, Ms Murphy and staff who helped organise and supervise the 1st Year Meitheal disco. The night was a great success and enjoyed by all. Please see 'View Gallery' below for some photographs of the event.