Thank you all, from CrossCare

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To Everyone at Taney,

Thank you so very much for your generous food gifts for the CrossCare Foodbank in Dundrum. We have so appreciated your gifts in the past and we were delighted to receive so much again this December. All the food you have given will be used directly for local families, either at Christmas, when the stress of life can be an extra strain, or it will be used in the New Year.

On Tuesday we gave out 35 food parcels and will give out another 15 this Friday. From your generous donations we have been able to make up lovely Christmas goodie bags for everyone and to top up their basic food parcel too.  These photos were taken at the Foodbank this week.

As we look forward to 2018 we know that the Foodbank will still be in demand. Over the past year we have had a slow turnover of families.  It is always great when someone is back on their feet and no longer in need of the food parcels.  Sadly there is always someone new to fill that space.  So thank you all so very much for your continued support.

Wishing you a Very Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2018,

Vanessa Thorpe

Dundrum CrossCare Foodbank Coordinator

Christmas Capers

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The first weekend of December was a buzz with festive activity, with over 60 parents and teachers heralding the start of the Christmas season at the Goat Grill. There was plenty of yuletide cheer and fun on the dancefloor courtesy of Dave, the dancing DJ.

The following day, the PTA ran a children’s clothes stall at the Parish Bazaar and donated about 20 bags of leftovers to the NCBI’s Bag for Blindness campaign thereafter. Many thanks to those who generously contributed! The event raised a total of €9,700 for several charitable causes including the missions, homelessness, and cancer research.

Later that week, we distributed 7,010 cards to the children who participated in the Christmas Cards for Schools project, so a very well done to them on the superb creativity shown and a big thank you to the parents for supporting this fundraising effort.

Choir at Taney Parish Bazaar

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Our school choir performed for the first time this year at the Taney Parish Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 2nd December.  They lined the staircase and sang as the Bazaar opened at 10am.  People commented so positively on this lovely festive welcome.  Many thanks to Eleanor, our choir teacher, for preparing everything so well and for giving her time on the day to conduct.

Team Hope Shoeboxes

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Great excitement here in school today, Friday 10th November.  A Dublin Bus double-decker arrived, with driver Paul and his team of Transition Year helpers. The bus was parked outside the school gates, which was very exciting for the Infants on their break!  After break, our 6th Classes carried all the shoeboxes from the hall out to load onto the bus.  A grand total of 361 boxes were donated – which is a big jump from last year’s number – thank you to all.

Annual Dublin & Glendalough Diocesan Service

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Ten pupils from 4th and 5th Classes, accompanied by Mrs. Carpenter and Mrs. Quill, attended the Annual Dublin & Glendalough Diocesan Service for primary school children, held in Christchurch Cathedral on Thursday 19th October.  One of our pupils had been chosen to deliver a scripture reading – Ephesian 4:32 – she did a great job!

School Fair Outcomes & Photos

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Despite Storm Brian threatening to put a dampener on proceedings, the School Fair on 21st October saw an estimated 150 families brave the rain to attend the children’s favourite annual event. Your generous contributions produced a grand total of €5,447, which will initially go towards funding €3,300 in classroom expenses for every teacher to buy items such as games, arts and crafts supplies and other sundries.

The 4th and 5th Class pupils should be very proud, as they raised €424 from their eager baking and selling of colourful culinary delights such as buns, biscuits, traybakes and cakes. The 6th Class Stalls also managed to pull in an impressive €622 with their ingenious games, fun activities and tasty food offerings. Congratulations to Cilla Stockil who correctly guessed the 142 balloons in the Bluebell Motors car and to Hugh Archer who won the main raffle prize of the iPad.

Finally, a huge thank you to the 63 parent volunteers and 17 teachers who helped make the Fair happen, and a special shout out to Nigel and Sinead Macken along with Nicola Darley for their invaluable behind-the-scenes input.

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