Welcome to the Harold’s Cross National School Website


For HSE  advice on managing common illnesses in  kids, see www.undertheweather.ie. This website focuses on reducing the use of antibiotics and empowering people to self manage simple illnesses ,such as colds,coughs,sore throats,earache,rashes and ‘flu.


INSECT HOTEL –  We need items for our new Insect Hotel that is being made for us by Terenure Men’s Shed. If you have any of the following items could you please bring them to Mr. Glynn at the school garden on February 17th, 18th and 19th between 8:15-8:30am.

  • Hollow stems
  • Hollow bricks
  • Logs
  • Bricks with small holes
  • Straw, dry leaves and sticks
  • Old tiles
  • Big stones
  • Wide bamboo stems
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Pine cones
  • Thin blocks/slates
  • Moss
  • Dead wood and loose bark
  • Untreated or pressure treated wood with holes bored into them


World Book Day – World Book Day will be taking place onThursday, March 5th. As in previous years the children are invited to dress up as their favourite book character on the day. As a Green School it would be brilliant to see recycled materials used in the construction of the costumes. This is a great opportunity to talk to your child about the types of books that they enjoy reading, about the various authors and the styles of writing they enjoy. Maybe you could even pay a visit to the local library?


A big  big THANK YOU to all our wonderful parents, who are involved in our ongoing Paired Reading sessions in Second Class.The children are enjoying it so much and we really appreciate all the  parents’ hard work  and dedication!

Zumba , Pilates and Cardio classes  for parents are all taking place in  the school.Call into Elizabeth’s office for more details or email ms.e.clarke@haroldscrossns.ie

 Recipe Club in the Parent’s Room on Tuesdays at 8.35 am sample and share  healthy and delicious recipes made at home  ! Starting next week, Feb 18th.Contact Elizabeth in the HSCL office upstairs for more details



National Online Safety have put together fantastic online safety resources for parents, around the area of social media,apps, online gaming and trending issues. Download them at https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/wake-up-wednesday/

Parents,  Rathmines Library is a great resource for families. They have many  events taking place throughout the year including a Children’s Bookclub which gets together every 3-4 weeks. Check their website for dates and times as they vary from branch to branch.

Parents Plus Early Years Programme, for parents of 1-6 yr  olds. Takes place in February /March in Rathmines Library. Contact Ciannait at 0868235915, for more details.

For recommended children’s books check out : www.dublincity.ie/recommended-tags/childrens-books.




   Top five tips from parents to get  your child to school on time :

  • Remind your child of the fun things that they do in school and the happy stories that they tell you about school.
  • Ensure that your child goes to bed on time, use blackout blinds in the summer.
  • Stick to a morning routine. Give your children morning jobs (feeding the dog, taking out the lunches) to avoid distraction
  • Kids hate being rushed- give yourself and your child enough time in the morning to avoid this.
  • Walking or scootering to school means that you are not stuck in traffic. It also wakes up your child and gets them ready for their busy day.


In the mornings and at collection time, PLEASE  walk your bike/ scooter in the yard. For safety reasons, bikes should not be cycled in the yard.


Healthy lunches!! Parents, please remember that we have a healthy lunch policy in this school. Please see the HSCL page for some healthy lunchbox ideas.

Helping Kids to Have a Balance when it comes to Technology

There is a very good article from Zeeko Supporting children’s online wellbeing regarding the use of technology and ensuring a balanced use of our children’s time. The article gives ideas on how to help your child have a better balance for their plugged and unplugged time. Click here to access the article.


Parents can find the updated Internet Acceptable Use Policy and the new Restraint Policy on the School Policies Page here.

Our monthly assembly award photographs are on display here

The school email address is office@haroldscrossns.ie

Upcoming Events

  1. Midterm Break

    February 19 @ 2:10 pm - February 24 @ 8:30 am
  2. St Patrick’s Weekend

    March 12 @ 2:10 pm - March 18 @ 8:30 am
  3. Easter Break

    April 3 @ 11:40 am - April 20 @ 8:30 am
  4. May Weekend

    May 1 @ 2:10 pm - May 7 @ 8:30 am
  5. School Closed

    May 4 - May 6