ETHOS:
This month, our Core Value is Friendship. We are having a Positive Mental Health week for the children next week, and shall have visitors and lots of fun activities during the week.

ETHX Secondary School Campaign Update
The ETHX campaign will hold a public meeting in the Griffith Barracks school hall on Thursday 31 January at 7.30pm. Politicians and public representatives will be there.
Will you help us change the minds of politicians and the Minister for Education on the new Harold’s Cross second-level school catchment area? So that children from Canal Way, and not just Dublin 6 and 6W, should be eligible to attend the new school on their locality.
We really need your support. Please sign up to attend on the night by clicking here.

PARENTS ASSOCIATION NEWS Dates for the diary!
7th February 2019 (Thursday) – The Parent’s Committee is hosting a comedy night in MVP bar, Harold’s Cross on 7th February 2019 starting at 7.30. Admission is €10 and tickets will be available in advance and on the door. This was a very popular event last year and this year. Line-up promises some equally brilliant entertainment!
14th February 2019 (Thursday) – A coffee morning and children’s clothes drive/swap will take place just after morning drop-off as a way to recycle our children’s clothing. Further details to follow.
THANKYOU to our Parents Association for fundraising and for all the great work done. Our plan this year is to build up our children’s libraries in the classrooms and we are starting a large piece of work to stock the classrooms with lots of books. The funds raised this year will be spent on this – among other things hopefully. We will keep you updated as the books arrive.
BUILDING UPDATE: We have offered out our places for school year 2018/2019. Our building project to have a 2 story 6 classroom unit onsite, has been submitted to the Dept of Education and we are scheduling this to happen over the Summer Break.
CONGRATULATIONS to Aileen on the birth of her son over the break. All doing well, and we send them our love and best wishes.
WELCOME Jennifer who will be teaching 3rd Class until the end of the year.
WEBSITE We will be finalising the redesign of our website soon and expect to launch it this term. We shall keep you posted.
And finally, I would like to thank everyone in the community for their support while I was out – Staff, parents & children. It was lovely to return to such a warm welcome,  Thank-you.
Enjoy the weekend,
Dermot & Staff.

Winter Fundraiser

5th/6th managed to beat last years record of just over 500 euro for Focus Ireland! We raised 830.49 for the Simon Community. Thanks so much to everyone for your contributions!

Winter Concert and fundraiser

We had a fantastic two mornings on Tuesday and Wednesday for our 2018 winter concert. The hall was buzzing with singing, jokes, poetry and amazing performances from all of our classes. A big well done to our sixth class for presenting so well. We also want to say a huge thank you to all of our parents. With your help we have managed to raise a whopping 810.48 for our chosen charity, Simon community. Many thanks to Phyllis, Rachel (and both their mums) for helping with the organisation of this and to all those who baked and provided goodies. We couldn’t have done without it you.

Newsletter 06.12.2018

Welcome to our Newsletter – 06/12/2018

Garden Volunteers

Wilma and Ingrid are looking for volunteers in the school garden for this Saturday 8th December from 9am – 12pm. We will be installing the new timber edging and planting up the new woodland border. Volunteers should bring gloves, tools for planting and spades. Please let the office know if you are available.

Drama

Thanks to Hazel for organising the puppet company Moon and Sixpence to come to our school today. The show was a great success.

Winter Assembly

We are looking forward to welcoming you to our winter assemblies during the last week of term. Each class will share some of their learning around our core values by performing a song/poem/dance. This is part of the Learn Together curriculum.

 

Parents Association News

Winter Fair

The annual Winter Fair will take place this Sunday, 9th December between 2pm and 4pm at the school. This is a really enjoyable event for children and parents and this year promises to be lots of fun! Events include a disco, crafts, face-painting, games, cafe plus more. There is even a space for rest and relaxation between activities. Entry is €1 per child, €2 per adult and €5 per family. Activities thereafter, including the cafe, will not be separately charged (but donations gratefully accepted!) so enjoying the event will not break the bank coming up to Christmas. Family and friends are also welcome. We really hope you can make it!

We are hoping to make this a ‘leave no trace’ event so please BYOC (bring your own cup) for the cafe if possible. Compostable cups will also be available. Please put them in the specially marked bins afterwards so they can be disposed of correctly.

Just a reminder, if anyone is planning to bring consumables (baked or bought!) for the cafe, please remember – no nuts or seeds.

Tickets for the Winter Fair raffle will be sold at the event and on the yard at drop off this Friday 7th December. There are some great prizes including Lily Allen and NCH concert tickets.

 

Reminders

School Closures

School will finish at 12:00 on Friday 21st of December for all classes. We will re-open after the Winter break on the 7th January at 08:30

N£EWSLETTER 22.11.2018

Newsletter Nov 21st 2018

ETHOS: Human Rights month is in progress, and children are enjoying learning about rights, wants and responsibilities.

SCHOOL PLANNING Following workshops, staff meetings, and reflection on our journey so far, we have drafted a School Vision Statement and Mission Statement which will form part of our School Plan. We are proposing this draft for your perusal, and welcome any contributions or observations that you may have. Please contact me directly with your thoughtsprincipal@canalwayetns.org and we look forward to working on this and discussing at with the Board of Management in our meeting next week,

School Vision Statement DRAFT : Canal Way Educate Together aspires to create a school where children can reach their highest potential in a safe, nurturing and respectful environment. Our vision at Canal Way Educate Together is to graduate happy, engaged, open-minded, empathetic, educated citizens.  

Mission Statement DRAFT:  Canal Way Educate Together National School (CWETNS) is a child centred , co-educational, equality based, democratically run primary school under the patronage of Educate Together. As a National School, we follow the curriculum guidelines of the Department of Education. We value a collaborative supportive work space that involves our pupils, staff, parents and Board of Management. Children’s voices are nurtured through engagement in active learning and we are committed to delivering excellent education to our children. We emphasise the development of the children’s well-being in a relaxed and comfortable environment. We value our surroundings and aim to develop our school to the highest standard available to us. We treat each individual of the school community, child and adult, with respect and dignity and nurture attitudes to enable our community to become respectful, inquisitive, expressive, considerate and imaginative members of society.  

STUDENT COUNCIL: Our Student Council will be attending the Educate Together Ethos Conference on Friday and presenting on Environmental issues in schools. As part of their presentation, the student council will be talking about how they have initiated the ‘make over’ of the student’s toilets. They chose colours for the walls, organised art competitions, and art displays and framing, new mirrors, air-fresheners, new fittings etc. This project is on-going, but with only a few minor details to be completed, the toilets are so much more bright and fresh. Their ownership of this area has brought greater respect for the toilets, and they should be very proud of their work.

STAFFING  Welcome to Pat our new caretaker. Say hello to him if you see him around the school in the mornings.

SCHOOL SAFETY Please continue to be aware of traffic and parking around the top of the road. Make sure you all get to and from school safely every day.

PARENT’S ASSOCIATION

Thank you to all who supported the Table Quiz Last Friday night through attendance, donations and the raffle.

WINTER FAIR _ SAVE THE DATE

The Winter Fair is happening on Sunday, 9th December between 2pm – 4pm. This is a lovely event for children and parents so save the date. We will soon be doing a shout out for volunteers to help with set up and clean up, crafts, face painting, baking and cafe so please have a think about whether you might be able to help.

CANAL WAY HOODIES AND BEANIES

Keep warm this Winter and help raise money for our school! Canal Way beanies and hoodies are now available to order online at www.schoolwear.ie in Navy, Red, Orange and Blue with the school logo. On the website you just need to select the school and then choose your item / colour/ size and pay online. Items ordered will be delivered to the school the following week and will be available to collect from school reception.

COFFEE MORNING CANCELLED -We had intended to have a coffee morning tomorrow but due to staffing and scheduling restrictions, we are cancelling htis. Apologies.

Kind Regards, Dermot.

DRAFT VISION & MISSION STATEMENT

Vision Statement

Canal Way Educate Together aspires to create a school where children can reach their highest potential in a safe, nurturing and respectful environment. Our vision at Canal Way Educate Together is to graduate happy, engaged, open-minded, empathetic, educated citizens.  

Mission Statement

Canal Way Educate Together National School (CWETNS) is a child centred, co-educational, equality based, democratically run primary school under the patronage of Educate Together. As a National School, we follow the curriculum guidelines of the Department of Education. We value a collaborative supportive work space that involves our pupils, staff, parents and Board of Management. Children’s voices are nurtured through engagement in active learning and we are committed to delivering excellent education to our children. We emphasise the development of the children’s well-being in a relaxed and comfortable environment. We value our surroundings and aim to develop our school to the highest standard available to us. We treat each individual of the school community, child and adult, with respect and dignity and nurture attitudes to enable our community to become respectful, inquisitive, expressive, considerate and imaginative members of society.  

Newsletter 11.11.2018

Welcome to this weeks newsletter,

Table Quiz this Friday – see below for details – Table Quiz fundraiser at 8pm, Friday 16th November, McGowan’s Pub in Harold’s Cross. More details below.

Ethos – Core Value for November is Equality. This month is Human Rights Month. Human Rights are a pillar of our Ethos, and children will be enjoying learning about rights and responsibilities over the coming month.

Science Week this week also, 12th – 16th November.

Parent Teacher Meetings  These will be taking place next week after school on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. You will have received a time slot from your class teacher and we kindly ask that you attend at your allocated time. We understand it can be difficult to arrange work etc, but we are also conscious that our staff have commitments outside of work also, and etc. 

One Day Together – Coins for Concert fundraiser – We are delighted to report that we raised €1000 for Educate Together ‘One Day Together’ Fundraiser on October 26th – thank you to all for your generosity. A highly entertaining day was had by all. (see photos)

School / Road Safety   Our school warden Fiona, has now been confirmed for the 2:10 school leaving time, and also arrived earlier to help us cross the road. We do not have her for 1.10 due to Dublin County Council policy, as it is assumed that parents will be accompanying the children at this time. Fiona came to assembly this morning and spoke to the children about road safety and how to cross the road, in particular at out tricky junction. Summary:

  • Cross on the yellow box.
  • Do not cross the road until Fiona is in the middle of the road, and has successfully stopped the traffic.
  • Do not scoot or cycle across – please dismount.
  • Do not park at the junction.
  • Do not pull in to drop off at the junction.

 PARENT’S ASSOCIATION

Table Quiz:

We are running our annual Table Quiz fundraiser at 8pm, Friday 16th November, McGowan’s Pub in Harold’s Cross. Come and test your general knowledge and see if you can be crowned the cleverest parents! This event is not limited to Canal Way parents, so feel free to bring friends and family. Tables of 4 are €40, or €10 per person. Great raffle prizes to be won. Raffle tickets will also be available on the yard in advance.

Winter Fair: Save the Date

The Winter Fair is happening on Sunday, 9th December between 2pm – 4pm. This is a lovely event for children and parents so save the date.  We will soon be doing a shout out for volunteers to help with set up and clean up, crafts, face painting, baking and cafe so please have a think about whether you might be able to help.

Raffle Prizes

Have you any unwanted gifts in your attic? Would your workplace be willing to sponsor a raffle prize or do you know a business that would? Raffle prizes are needed for the Table Quiz and Winter Fair. Please contact Jessie at jessie.hamilton@gmail.com if you think you could help. Any contributions would be greatly appreciated.

Canal Way Hoodies & Beanies

Keep warm this Winter and help raise money for our school! Canal Way beanies and hoodies are now available to order online at www.schoolwear.ie in Navy, Red, Orange and Blue with the school logo. On the website you just need to select the school and then choose your item / colour/ size and pay online.  Items ordered will be delivered to the school the following week and will be available to collect from school reception.

Thanks,

Dermot

One Day Together