NEWSLETTER 11.01.2018

Welcome to this week’s newsletter –

ETHOS: our Core Value is Friendship. Martin Luther King Day is on Jan 15th, and The Young Scientists Exhibition is on in the RDS.

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT & ACCOMMODATION We hosted a coffee morning this morning in the school for local political representatives to inform them of our accommodation, and building needs in CWETNS. It was a well-attended & productive meeting. We are in the process of following up with more representatives and with the media also. Please feel to contact your local representatives, to inform them that due to lack of progress with the Department of Education on extra accommodation & building works, we can only offer 1 class of junior infants for now, and after this year we will have no rooms left in the building.

CANALWAY EDUCATE TOGETHER notes with sadness, the passing of Brian Ruane. Brian was a friend and inspiration to many members of our staff over the years. He lectured in St Patricks College, was an advocate of Educate Together & Human Rights Education. Our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and to the community of Balbriggan Educate Together.


February 7th(School website calendar has just been updated / Staff Training)

February 15th 16th – Mid Term.


The Parents Association Committee would like to thank everyone who took part in and contributed to our various Winter fundraisers at the end of last term. They were a great success! The Winter cards raised €597 and the Winter Fair raised €2,250.

COMEDY NIGHT VOLLUNTEERS We are running a Comedy Night for parents on February 01 in MVP. We have a number of exciting acts lined up, but there is capacity in the schedule! So if you are funny and want to share, please email with the subject line Comedy Night. Deadline for applications is January 18. 

Have a nice weekend,

Warm Regards,

Dermot & Staff.


NEWSLETTER 21.12.2017

Dear Parents -
Ethos – Winter Assemblies 
Thank you to all of our classes and teachers for their fantastic performances and to all families who came along to enjoy. Photos to follow.
Focus Ireland Coffee Morning 
A  total of € 540 was raised. Thank you Hazel and her team of volunteers from Doireann’s class for organising this and to all parents who helped out and supported over the two mornings.
School Closures
School closes tomorrow (Friday 22nd) at 12:00 and re-opens on January 8th at 08:30.
February 7th – School Closed for Staff Professional Development.
Next school closure will be February 15th & 16th for Mid Term.
Parent Survey – HSE 
The HSE wants to hear the views of parents of young children and expectant parents to help shape the development of new resources, including a new website. These resources will support families during pregnancy and children’s early years. To have your say, please complete a short survey using this link. We would really appreciate if you could take the time to complete this, for a very good friend of Canalway ETNS.
Winter Fair
Thanks to all who attended the Winter Fair, to all the volunteers who helped out, and to our generous sponsors who contributed raffle prizes and goodies for the cafe. It was a great success. Our next fundraising event will be a Comedy Night at the end of January.
Campaign For a New Second-Level School
ETH-X are a start-up campaign for a co-educational, multi denominational, non-feeing paying secondary school in Dublin South West City with Educate Together patronage. We are establishing a mailing list of people interested in this as a preference for their childrens education, so as to be ready to mobilise if a second level school is to be established at Harold’s Cross in Dublin 6W and formal expression of interest are called for at short notice. This form is not a formal expression of interest or an official pre-enrolment form. Join the campaign at:
Wishing you and yours a peaceful and restful break – see you in 2018! 
Dermot & Staff

Self Expression Day 15th December 2017

NEWSLETTER 14.12.2017


We have our Annual Self Expression Day tomorrow which ends our Human Rights Month. We will have an assembly tomorrow for the children based on what we have learned in each class. Please dress children in clothes and outfits that reflect THEM – maybe your kit from your football team, cultural clothes, character from a book that represents you, karate, music, brownies, scouts, favourite animal etc.


School will close at 12noon on 22nd of December and shall re-open at 08.30am on 8th January 2018.


Children will be doing class performances in the hall at 08.45am on dates below. The open assembly will take place over two mornings. We are looking forward to sharing what we have been learning about.

  • Wednesday 20th December – Fiona, Jenny, Cian, Ciaran & Doireann
  • Thursday 21st December – Niamh, Aodán, Simon, Aileen, Ciaran & Doireann

Ciaran’s and Doireann’s are leading the assemblies on both mornings so you can catch them on either day.


A local lady was knocked down at the top of the lane, on James’s Walk yesterday morning at drop off time. I have spoken to Fiona our Traffic Warden, who helps us to cross the road, and she is extremely concerned about the cars in the morning. Her main concerns are as follows -

-          Cars are driving down the lane, dropping off and reversing back up and out of the lane while children from our school and our neighbouring schools are walking on the lane.

-          People are walking across James’s Walk, and not using Fiona’s guidance. Please do not walk across the road until Fiona stands in the middle of the road, and safely stopped the traffic.

-          Cars are parking on corners and on double yellow lines, where people need to get across safely and pedestrians are walking.

The increased parking and traffic is due to our growing school, James’s Hospital are less one car-park, and also the construction staff are parking in the area. The bend in the road is also a challenge as we all know. Fiona is tryng to keep everyone safe among all of this, and she is understandably concerned and we are too. Please be cautious on the road – arrive early and be aware of Fiona and the difficult job she is doing, and be safe and aware of children all around you.

THANKS – to the Parents Association, who arranged a fantastic day last week at the Winter Fair. It took an enormous amount of work, and it was a really enjoyable day. Thank you so much.


Enjoy your weekend,

Dermot & Staff

Philosophy 2 with Aodán’s Class

3rd Class visit the NGI

We had a great time getting a tour of the National Gallery and using the newly “joined” Luas lines!!

NEWSLETTER 18.12.2017



This year’s Winter Fair is on this coming Sunday, December 10th, from 2pm – 4pm. It will be lots of jolly, child-centred fun with a disco, face painting, crafts, a festive cafe and more! There will also be wonderful gifts available to purchase on the day. Please note, the event will be held indoors.


We are still looking for volunteers to help with the clean up, so if you have an hour to spare from 4-5 on Sunday, it would be greatly appreciated. Please email if you can offer your services. Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!



Children will be doing class performances in the hall at 08.45am on dates below. The open assembly will take place over two mornings. We are looking forward to sharing what we have been learning about.

  • Wednesday 20th December – Fiona, Jenny, Cian, Ciaran & Doireann
  • Thursday 21st December – Niamh, Aodán, Simon, Aileen, Ciaran & Doireann

Ciaran’s and Doireann’s are leading the assemblies on both mornings so you can catch them on either day.


School closes on Friday at Dec 22nd at 12.00hrs, and re-opens on Monday January 8th 2018.

PLANETARIUM – We had the BIG BEAR PLANETARIUM with us today and yesterday. CHECK OUT THE GALERY HERE. The pictures do not do this justice – it was fantastic. There was lots of learning and fun times for the children.  Each class got different lessons, so we will definitely be rebooking this. Thanks to the Parents Association funds for funding this learning experience.  BIG BEAR PLANETARIUM WEBSITE here.


We will be having our Self Expression Day on Friday. Pupils will be celebrating how we are all unique. It is part of Human Rights month. Pupils will be invited to express themselves through the way they dress. Pupils will be engaged in human rights lessons around identity and celebrating difference.

TODDLER GROUP – The next toddler group will be on in January 16th. It is finished for this year.

DESIGN A CARD – The response was great – all cards have been ordered – we were against the clock here, so unfortunately this was the last day that the design company accept the orders. Thanks to the parents association for organising this.