This summer a group of our parents got together and showed how much they care about their child’s school, working on a number of projects themselves and inspiring family, friends and the public to donate resources and time to help improve ABACAS. The response they got was amazing and the improvements all of this group of people made to the school are truly staggering. Classrooms and corridors were painted, brush cleared, gardens regenerated, playgrounds cleared of moss and weeds, toilets replaced, tiling installed in bathrooms, an office and a communal room were transformed into classrooms and they are now redoing our staff room to give the amazing staff at ABACAS a more comfortable place to enjoy their break and a better space for meetings, etc. A BIG shout out to Elaine and Brian Noctor, Caitriona and Paddy Connor, and Joanne and Declan Whelan, the parent’s that organised everything. They have supplied an honor roll of the people who so generously gave their time and resources this summer:
- Mick McDonnell from MC Decorators – Mick painted the outside of our school 🙂
- Amanda McDonnell – thank you for painting classrooms and playground 🙂
- John Dempsey from Haughton and Young for donating plumbing work 🙂
- Peter McDonnell – thank you for painting and tiling our bathrooms 🙂
- Rite Price Tiles on the Malahide Road for donating the tiles/grouting 🙂
- Frank Spain – building quiet room, tiling bathrooms, cutting down trees, painting 🙂
- Davind Humphreys – cutting down trees and painting 🙂
- Karen McDonagh, Stacey Whelan, Margaret Whelan, Stephen Sheehan, Tracey McGuinness, Jacqueline O’Mahony, Sam O’Mahony, Lorraine Lattimore – friends and family that helped paint 🙂
- Paula Hanlon – donating all kinds of different sizes and shapes of beanbag chairs 🙂
- Dew Decorators – William and Louise Dunne for donating painting supplies 🙂
- Juno Paints Kilkenny – Martin Galvin, for donating paints/supplies 🙂
- John Sheppard and his friends and colleagues from Arvato for the never ending list of jobs they took on this summer 🙂
- Derek Clarke from Clarke Interiors in Finglas for donating a kitchen (!?) and Ray and Miro for installing it 🙂
- A big shout out to Quinn Downes Group!! Damien Sullivan (an ABACAS parent) came out and did all the plumbing work for our new staff room… Thank you Damien and Quinn Downes!!
From the ABACAS Parent’s Association – A million thanks to all our fantastic families, friends and strangers who supported us and fundraised for ABACAS in the run up to Christmas
Brian, Dave and Evan who tolerated an itchy rash and beard for the month of Movember ! Thank you to cadburys for your donation! To Sean Carroll thanks so much . To the Snow family for hosting the coffee morning and selling the cards and candles thank you . Tillies coffee shop in Clontarf ,Harps GAA club in Skerries thanks and for all the anonymous donations your generosity is so greatly appreciated
Our PA has outdone themselves again, throwing a thoroughly enjoyable Christmas celebration at ABACAS! The students got a visit with Santa (thank you Brian!) and had a lot of fun with the Elves (thank you Parent’s Association!). We are fortunate to have such an enthusiastic group of parents to help us bring these occasions to life. Thank you from all the staff and students here at ABACAS – we can’t wait for Easter now!
Dear Parents and friends of ABACAS,
The Parents Association have Organised a coffee morning and a sale of the lovely ABACAS Christmas candles, it is on Thursday the 1st of December from 10am to 1PM Drynam park golf centre Kettles lane Swords, we will have free tea coffee with any candle purchased compliments of William Snow & Sons, Any budding golfers can avail of the facilities and get a bit of practice in, Hope to see as many Parents there as possible – please bring your family members and friends too, all support is greatly appreciated.
ABACAS Parents Association
Caitriona and Paddy Connor and family (from our Busy Bees class) raised €10000 in their rugby shirt raffle!! People bought tickets for the raffle from all over Ireland and abroad. We had planned on using the funds to upgrade the playground at the side of the school, however as the figure raised was significantly greater than we anticipated, we are presently expanding those plans to include more P.E. and Occupational Therapy equipment, Speech and Language resources and sensory equipment!! In an amazing twist, the person that won the rugby shirt is Orla Ranson from Clontarf – the shirt was originally raffled in support of her son who was injured in a swimming accident… Congratulations to Orla – this has to have made an Irish rugby jersey one of the most valuable shirts anywhere!