Monthly Archives: June 2014

School Trips

Trips to the Pavillion Theatre for the younger classes in the Autumn for the 3-6 year olds, they also visit the farm in May. The 6-12 years visit places such as W5 in Belfast, the Planetarium in Armagh, Dunmore Cave, Kilkenny and Ferrycarrig in Wexford.



French classes for all children take place weekly.


Music classes for all children take place once a week, the children in the 3 to 6 class study music appreciation along with games and singing. Also included in the 6 to12 year old Music classes is the teaching of rhythm and basic notation. Our School Christmas Plays take place in December. In June a Music Concert is performed for the parents.



All classes have a weekly PE class with a qualified P.E teacher. These classes include a wide variety of activities; football, indoor tennis, gymnastics, rounders, parachute games and team exercise games. These sessions are designed to help children work as part of a team and also as individuals. The children in the 6-12 classes have weekly Hockey from September to March and weekly tennis lessons from March to June. We also have weekly team games such as Rounders, Football and Go For Ball.

Term Dates & Holidays

(Dates subject to change)

To avoid class disruption it is imperative that all children arrive in school before 9am

August 2017

Wednesday 30th

9.00 am School re-opens – except for new children in the 3-6 years classes.

7.00 pm Parent Teacher Meeting for parents of children in Ms. Dempsey’s Class

7.00 pm Parent Teacher Meeting for parents of children in Ms. Gray’s Class

7.30 pm Parent Teacher Meeting for parents of children in Mrs. Tierney’s Class                       

Thursday 31st                         

9.00 am School starts for all new children in the 3-6 years classes.


October 2017

Tuesday 24th Grandparents Day

Friday 27th 12.00 noon School Closes for Bank Holiday & Mid-term Break


November 2017

Monday 6th 9.00 am School Re-opens                                                                                           

December 2017

Wednesday 6th
7.00pm                 Christmas Play – Ms. Dempsey’s Class
7.30pm                 Christmas Play – Mrs. Tierney’s Class

Thursday 7th
9.15am Christmas Play – Ms O’Malley’s Class

9.45 am Christmas Play – Ms. O’Connor’s Class

10.30 am             Christmas Play – Ms Farrelly’s Class

11.15 am             Christmas Play- Ms. Fitzpatrick’s Class            

Thursday 7th 7.00 pm           Christmas Play- Ms. Gray’s Class

Friday 22nd 12.00 noon          School closes for Christmas Holidays


January 2018

Monday 8th 9.00 am                School Re-opens

Monday 22nd to Wednesday 31st Individual Parent Teacher Meetings                                                                     

February 2018

Date to be decided 11.00am Confirmation

Friday 9th 12.00 noon          School closes for Mid-Term Break

Monday 19th 9.00 am              School Re-opens


March 2018

Monday 19th Public Holiday

Friday 23rd 12.00 noon          School closes for Easter Holidays


April 2018

Monday 9th 9.00 am              School Re-opens


May 2018

Monday 7th Public Holiday

Thursday 24th 11.00 am             End of year Music Concert – School closes after concert to facilitate School Planning


June 2018                                

Monday 4th Public Holiday

Friday 8th 12.00 noon          School closes for summer holidays

Friday 29th 12.00 noon School closes for ECCE children

Fees & Uniform


Annually Fees

3 to 4 years (9am – 12.00 noon) €3,290
4 to 12 years (9am – 2.30 pm) €4,085
*Reduction for siblings

*Sibling discount (valid for the 2nd, 3rd or additional child)
3 to 4 years (9am – 12.00 noon) €3,136
4 to 12 years (9am – 2.30 pm) €3,892


Uniforms are available from Bluegreen- Please email for further details.


Navy school crested coat


Crested Jumper/cardigan

White blouse

Grey tights/socks

Black shoes

Navy  school crested

Grey trousers

Crested  jumper/cardigan

School tie

White shirt

Grey socks

 Black shoes

PE Uniform, Girls & Boys:

The new school tracksuit will be available from Uniformity ,48 Cross Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin from Mid/late July 2017.

Navy microfibre crested tracksuit top and navy microfiber tracksuit bottoms

White aertex


Visits & Enquiries

In May each year an Open Day is held for parents and children who are due to start in the school in September of that year. The children are given the opportunity to meet their teachers and become acquainted with their peers. Information regarding the school uniform and a prospectus is given to parents on that day.


16 Adelaide Street,
Dun Laoghaire,
Co. Dublin,

Tel: (01) 280 6064 Ext: 20

Applying St. Nicholas Montessori School

All detail requirements on the application form regarding the child must be completed and any relevant important information or specific diet or health needs must be noted. Children must be over 3 years of age and toilet trained to attend.

Children with special needs and disabilities are welcome. Up to date assessments should be included with the child application Places are limited in line with the availability of adequate facilities and staffing.

Any child moving to St Nicholas Montessori School from another school must submit a copy of the most recent school report on application.

How to apply

      • Parents complete the attached application form.
      • Copies of any assessments should be included with the child’s application.

What happens next

      • On receipt of the completed application form the parents or guardians and their child are invited to visit the school and meet the Principal. They are shown the classrooms and the principal informs them of the teaching methods, philosophy and objectives.
      • The child name is placed on a waiting list.
      • A letter is sent to the parents in February offering them a place in the school for the following September.
      • Parents are requested to forward a deposit (non refundable) to the school in order to secure this place for their child.
      • If no places are available the child name will be placed on a cancellation list. The deposit will be refunded should no place become available.

The Montessori Method

Montessori Beyond Pre-School

We are all familiar with Montessori for our pre-school children but how many of us consider the Montessori method as an alternative after pre-school? Montessori is an educational approach developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori (1870-1952). Since its creation, the method has flourished in many countries with 20,000 schools worldwide, serving children from birth to eighteen years old. Here in Ireland, Montessori schooling fully embraces the new Primary School curriculum and is small but growing. St. Nicholas Montessori School offers the options from pre-school up to age 12.

So how does Montessori compare to mainstream and what are the benefits?

Parents, who have had the opportunity to compare with mainstream primary education, say that where mainstream works well with about 80% of pupils, Montessori allows each child to develop in their own time and at their own pace. The other 20%, held back to keep pace with the rest of the class, or given additional resource teaching to keep up with the class are freed to learn at a rate that suits them as individuals. There is no need for grading and comparison with other children. There is less regimentation as children are permitted to move around the classroom as they complete their tasks, and as they have assigned their own tasks, they are more likely to feel the need to complete them. Self-motivation, independence and creativity are very much encouraged and given rein to develop naturally.

“Inside a Montessori classroom, children are laying a foundation for a lifetime of self-fulfilment. They are learning to choose a project, work on it to completion, and reap the internal reward that comes with newfound knowledge and job well don; they are learning to control the entire creative, planning, productive, and evaluative processes from start to finish.”

 Trevor Eissler
Author: Montessori Madness! – A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education

The traditional Montessori classes are grouped by age, with age 3-6 in the first group, age 6-9 in the second, and 9-12 in the third. The Montessori teacher’s training focuses on individual growth and development. Observation is a key skill. Through careful observation, the Montessori teacher follows the individual interests and needs of each child, providing lessons and guidance when necessary. This is important for the teacher and pupil so that materials and activities can be used to meet each child’s developmental needs as part of his/her learning plan. The Montessori teacher’s role in the classroom is to maintain an inspiring learning environment to encourage the child to work in a self-motivated manner. There is no need for a blackboard or central desk for the teacher, as the teacher is constantly moving around the classroom working with individuals or small groups of children. However, there is also an emphasis on group project work, so that the children also learn how to work in teams.

The Montessori Classroom is a carefully prepared environment designed to reinforce the child’s independence and natural urge toward self-development. There is a wide range of Montessori materials, activities and experiences that are designed to foster physical, intellectual, creative and social independence. Each piece of material has a specific purpose and is presented in a manner that will enable the child to direct his / her own learning. Classrooms for ages 6-12 are usually referred to as Elementary, and can range in size from very small up to 30 children (although in the majority of Irish Montessori schools the classes tend to be small), typically staffed by a trained teacher and one or more assistants. Classes usually serve mixed-age six- to nine-year old and nine to twelve year old groupings. Lessons are typically presented to small groups of children, who are then free to follow up with independent work of their own as interest and personal responsibility dictate. The scope of lessons and work in the Elementary classroom is quite broad, but fully embraces the Primary School curriculum 1999. The use of Montessori materials gives a three dimensional effect to the learning experience, and makes subjects like mathematics much more practical and interesting.


Pupil’s Testimonials

Pupil’s Testimonials

“I started in St. Nicholas 2 years ago I can remember my first visit here with my mom. This was when I first met Mrs Tierney. She was smiling and very happy. She was really welcoming. In class you can ask Mrs Tierney anything and if I am upset about something Mrs Tierney always tries to help. I also like the way you are able to choose what subjects you do here. I wasn’t allowed do this in my other school. I will really miss my class and especially Mrs Tierney”


“My favourite memory of St. Nicholas was when I first came into the class for a trial day last May. Mrs Tierney and the class were all very welcoming and kind. I was really nervous because I thought that they might not like me. I was really excited on the first day back. I felt really lucky to have gotten a place for my last year of primary school. I was so happy to have a kind, gentle and wonderful class in St. Nicholas. I will miss St. Nicholas so much and I hope I will be able to come back and visit! Thank you everyone in St. Nicholas for the best year ever!”


“I started in St. Nicholas eight years ago. I have had four wonderful teachers who made everyday a great day: Mrs. Sloane, Mrs. Culhane, Mrs. Gray and Mrs. Tierney. And I have loved coming to school day afer day. I have had many great assistant teachers over the years. This year we had Miss Dunlea and she was loads of fun. I will never forget my time in St. Nicholas”


“I started St. Nicholas Montessori when I was four years old. The experiences I have had through the years has been absolutely amazing. St. Nicholas Montessori has taught me to value myself and value others, to appreciate the gift of friendship and working as a team. One of the most important values I have learned here is the importance of respect, for myself, for others and especially for the people who give so much of themselves to ensure that we learn and have interesting material to work with, i.e. the teachers.

What I’II miss most, in a word…Everything! I would like to thank Mrs. Tierney, Ms. Gray and all the other teachers who have gotten me this far. I would especially like to thank Mrs. Tierney for preparing me so well for my Confirmation this year. I will always hold the wonderful memories I have here in my heart”