ETHOS This month’s Core Value is FRIENDSHIP. We learn about Friendship before next month’s Anti-bullying Fortnight. This month is also Positive Mental Health Month.

FRIENDS FOR LIFE PROGRAMME: Friends for Life will be starting back this month as part of mental health month. The programme helps students to develop effective strategies to deal with worry, stress and change and teaches the skills required to reduce anxiety and promote resilience. The Junior Infant and Senior Infant classes will be completing the whole programme, and the remainder of the school will be doing a revision programme. There will be one homework activity each week. Please use this as an opportunity to discuss the content with your child. And Enjoy! Thanks so much Hazel for all the work you’ve done to prepare us for this.

ANTIBULLYING – We will be having our anti-bullying fortnight next month. We revised our anti- bullying policy to update new initiatives introduced last year. The additions are in red type – Please read the policy in the next 2 weeks and get back to us with comments for us to consider. READ REVISED ANTIBULLYING DRAFT 2018 HERE    Please complete the following Anti-bullying Survey in advance of our Antibullying Fortnight – it wont take more than 2 minutes.  ANTIBULLYING SURVEY HERE 

LANGUAGES – We would like you to complete the following survey in advance of a piece of work we will be doing with the staff and children around exploring and learning languages, in particular those in our school community. LANGUAGE SURVEY HERE

ACCOMODATION & BUILDINGS NEEDS – We have been engaging with all our local representatives and continue to do so. So far, we have hosted meetings in our school with the following representatives -

Catherine Ardagh, Ivana Bacik, Micháel Martin (photos here), Michael Mulooly & Aengus O Snodaigh

Thank-you to the representatives for coming to our school, and escalating our needs. In particular thanks to Catherine Ardagh, for arranging yesterdays visit. We are meeting more in the coming week, to highlight our building needs, and our accommodation needs, which leave just 28 places for junior infants this year, and no remaining rooms thereafter. We are emailing you with details of how you can help the campaign.



COMEDY NIGHT – We are running a comedy night fundraiser on February 1st in MVP on Clanbrassil St. We have a great line up, including some parents from the school! Admission is €10 will be available at the door. Tickets  tickets will also be on sale Thursday and Friday next week in the schoolyard, in the morning.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES – We need parent volunteers to help run the after school programme. Parents role is to support facilitators rounding up and shepherding children to the various  locations, bringing children to go to the toilet, and so on. Please email if you can help for an hour one day a week. Garda vetting is required.


Enjoy the weekend,


VISIT Micheál Martin



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