Welcome this the last newsletter of the school year,


I am sure that by now you have all heard about the outstanding play that was performed during the week. Written by Zac, Charlie, Patrick, Stephen and teachers Shane and Hazel.

The play was set in Canal-Way Educate Together, in the year 2018. Everything was perfect, school full of laughter and art, until one day three horrible inspectors found their way into the school and changed everything. Our four graduates came to the rescue and saved Dermot from destroying everything with his evil potion.

The performances had the audience crying tears of laughter and sadness, as the plot twisted and turned, with outstanding performances from every child, from the smallest role to the largest – Even the stage crew had us charmed.

Directed by Hazel and Shane. We can never thank you enough for the amount of work and dedication you put into this production for the children and the whole school community.

Thanks to parent Shane Torpey for donating and installing the lighting rig (Partech LED), To parents Paul O Mahony and Trevor Bacon for stage design and construction, Wilma and Percy for music. Thanks to Niamh, Dermot, Hazel, Aodán, Wilma, Michael and myself for painting! Michael for sound, Aodán for audio visual installations.

Thank-you to parents and children for support and outstanding performances.


GRADUATION – Congratulations to our sixth class students who graduated yesterday. They were our first graduates, and we wish them all the best in their further studies. We miss them already. I was sure I heard Zac’s voice this morning down the corridor. But dry your eyes, pull it together -They are more than ready for secondary school and we are proud as punch to have had them in our school, and to send them off as our first graduates from Canalway Educate Together. PICTURES HERE.

CONGRATULATIONS – To Doireann on the birth of her baby boy. He is a smasher Doireann.

SCHOOL POLICIES – We have put policy drafts on the website. LINK HERE Pease read over the coming weeks and send me an email with observations and contributions. We will be ratifying these in late September.


Next year these are the countries that pupils will be learning about the following countries.

Class European Non-European
1st France China
2nd Spain Australia
3rd Greece Brazil
4th/5th /6th Norway Iran


If you are travelling to these countries please bring back items that we could use for learning. In particular things that relate to children’s lives. Thanks for your support in developing the school’s Geography resources.

BOOKLISTS   These have all been emailed to each class group and are available on the website also. LINK HERE



School reopens on Thursday 30th August at 08:30 from Senior Infants up to 6th Class for a full day.

Junior Infants will start on the 30th August at 08:45 (in the yard) and finish at 11.00 – a timetable for the first few weeks of Junior Infants has been emailed to all parents.

NATIONAL PLAY DAY – Sunday July 1st

National Playday is a free family event coming to Dublin’s Merrion Square this Sunday, 1st July, to celebrate 25 years of Ireland’s ratification of UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC). Promising lots of fun and activity to celebrate Article 31, families are invited to join in the action-packed day in Merrion Square from 1pm-5pm this Sunday. The perfect opportunity for children and their families to partake in creative and interactive activities, National Playday will highlight the ‘right to play’ for children and young people across our city. Weadvise families to wear old clothes as we expect things to get messy!


 Thanks to our Summer Fair sponsors and volunteers

Thank you to our generous sponsors for the Summer Fair: Lidl, SuperValu, Tesco Express, and Ennis Butchers. Mega thanks to Tom from Bee Cycles, who helped tune up the bikes and give bike advice to all who asked. And also to Klee Paper, who helped to supply us with sustainable products so that we could make it a Leave No Trace event.

Thanks also to the amazing Capoeira group, who put on such an exciting display.

Finally, thanks also to all the wonderful volunteers who helped us on the day. It was a great success and we couldn’t have done it without you!


FINAL FINAL THANKYOU to our whole school community, for all your commitment, dedication, support and hard work through the year.


Enjoy the summer, and best wishes,


Dermot and all the staff.



Graduation 2018


Graduation 28.06.2018

Sports Day 2018

NEWSLETTER 06.06.2018



Welcome Jayne to our school – We are delighted to have you join our teaching staff Jayne !!

Third Class have been working on construction and designing a marble game, making hovercrafts using items from re-create. Cian’s class are learning about China. Aileen’s Class are learning about Charlotte’s Web and have been measuring lengths in cubes and straws. Simons Class have been making podcasts about some of the amazing things thaqt are happening around Canal Way ETNS.

Our senior Class, 4th 5th 6th have written a play, and are rehearsing it at the moment. This will form part of their Graduation ceremony. Details to follow.

BLOOM GARDEN FESTIVALMany thanks to Joseph Blair for arranging our annual visit to Bloom. The Green School Committee and 3rd Class had an amazing time. We had great weather and lots to see and learn. There was some debate as to whether the ice-cream cones or Micheal’s band Tanjier were the real highlight of the Day! CHECK OUT PICTURES


  • STANDARDISED ASSESSMENT INFORMATION MORNING – THURSDAY 14th Classes from first to sixth class complete standardised testing every year, which is mandatory nationally. We have developed our Assessment Policy and shall be informing you of the results annually in end of year reports. To explain standardised testing in advance of the end of year reports, Fiona will be facilitating an information coffee morning in the school at 08.30am. Please RSVP if you are attending – This shall be a very informative morning, and we recommend you make every effort to attend.
  • SPORTS DAY – Friday 15th June. Please send in old towels, spoons and large burlap sacks / turf bags to Aodán.
  • DISCO JUNE 21stOur Annual Early Morning Disco will be happening on June 21st. Get your disco clothes ready.


SPONSOR Walk MONEYPlease send in your sponsorship money to your class teacher as soon as possible. Thank-you for your continued support.

RETURN BOOKS ASAP Please have a look for any books borrowed from our school Library, or that may have been given to your child by their class teacher during the school year and not returned yet. We need Novels/ Readers back by 15th June so we can get our book order sorted for September.

YARD ART thanks to Kathleen and Rob for helping complete the yard art which displays outr core values, and were completed by the children.

VOLUNTEERSWe are looking for volunteers to come to the school on Saturday Morning, at 9 am, to help fill a skip, clear old lighting from stage, and do some painting. It should take a few hours or so. Please email office if you are available – we would really appreciate the help, thanks

SCOOTERS AND BIKESPlease do not use scooters in the yard at either collection time or dropping off.

HOMEWORK – We will be easing off homework now, so please get them out into the sunshine and enjoying the weather.

Coder Dojo – Has finished for the year, and we would like to thank Maria for leading this and all the team. This is a fantastic initiative and we are so grateful for your dedication and commitment. Thankyou.



Canal Way at Bloom

3rd class and the Green Schools committee went along to Bloom last week! We saw some amazing gardens and had some fun in the playground. To top off a wonderful day, we also had ice-cream and sat in the sun listening to the fantastic Tanjier band play a set, with lots of cool shout outs from staff member Michael who is in the band!

We had a super day, thanks to Joe Blair and Wilma for organising it for us and thanks to our parent volunteers Anna, Trevor and Corinna. Well done to all the children who represented the school so well.

NEWSLETTER 25.05.2018

THE GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (GDPR) significantly changes data protection law in Europe. We have updated our policies to give you more information about the data we hold and what we do with that data. Please see the following documents on our website HERE.

SPONSORED WALK The children will be doing a sponsored walk at 9am on May 31st, as part of Active Schools Month. Historically, this has been our top fundraising activity in the year, so it’s an important event. We will need volunteers on the morning to help make the walk possible. Please contact or your Class Rep or give your name to your teacher to let us know if you’ll be able to help out. We need volunteers to help supervise the walk so please try volunteer.  Thanks to the Student Council for consulting with the student body, and their input will flavour the walk – all to be arranged next week.

ETHOS EVENING Deirdre O’Donohoe from Educate Together will be joining us in the school to host an evening on Wednesday May 30th at 19.30HRS. This evening will allow the parent body to contribute to our Five Year Plan which we are working on currently. We shall be discussing our vision for the school for the next 5 years, and we can all contribute and prioritise practical steps to help us achieve our vision on a broad level. This is a really significant event for us and our school, and we look forward to seeing you there.

BUILDING UPDATE: We are currently planning for extra classrooms however it will be unlikely that they will be onsite in the yard for September. We still have spaces in our existing building which we will be using, and are presently arranging the building accordingly until the project is finalised and delivered.

POLICIES Thank-you for your input into our Special Education and Assessment policies which are now ratified and on the website HERE.

YOUNG PHILOSOPHERS – CONGRATULATIONS 4th CLASS CANALWAY! We are so proud to congratulate our 4th 5th 6th class students who represented us at The Young Philosophers Awards in Belfield UCD. Five students from 4th class scooped second place and first place in their category. President Higgins was there for the awards.

CRAFT-ED 4th/5th and 6th class have been involved in CraftED for the last few weeks. This is an initiative from the National Crafts council where a craftsperson is paired with a school for a five week collaborative art project. The children worked with textile artist Rose-Mary Cullen to learn new techniques such as hand-stitching, weaving and fraying. They brought all this work together in making a lovely hand-sewn logo for our school. They also undertook a research project to investigate the rich history of weaving in our area using the 1911 census and a visit from a local historian. Their work was showcased last night in Blackrock Education Centre and everyone was very impressed. Their work will also be displayed as part of the National Heritage week in August.

UPDATE FROM SECOND LEVEL CAMPAIGN ETHX On Friday 13th April 2018, the Department of Education and Skills announced plans to establish a new second-level school in 2020 at the Harold’s Cross Greyhound Track site. Dublin 8 and 12 arenot included in the catchment area for this school. It is crucial that as many public representatives as possible are contacted with a direct request to include Dublin 8 and Dublin 12 in the proposed school’s catchment.

It would really help the campaign if you could send your local TDs a letter and position paper, or even simply your own request along those lines, in the coming days. If you have signed up to – please check your Promotion tab in your e-mail inbox for further details on how you can help. Thank you ETHX Committee

Monday 4th Bank Holiday

Half Day June 29th and closed until 30th of August 2018

KEEP US UPDATED – If your contact details change or if you are planning on leaving our school before September, please keep us informed.

Hope you all get a chance to enjoy the sunshine this weekend,


NEWSLETTER 18.05.2018

Welcome to this week’s newsletter,

Muintir Canal Way

A big thank you to all the adults who came and visited for Muintir day this year. We have had two fantastic days of sharing our school with our aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends. Thanks to Hazel for organising and coordinating these days. Thanks to the parents association for the tea and coffee afterwards. See gallery for pictures

September 2018

If any families are leaving the school between now and September please let the office know as soon as possible. Thank you. This affects families waiting for places in our school.

School Tours

Thanks to all who have paid for the school tours by e-payment. We would appreciate if all families could pay before the tours take place

Junior Infants and Senior Infants – ‘Hazel House’ Tuesday May 22nd Farm and woodcraft, more info see here This tour will cost €20 per child.

First Class and Second Class – Pine Forest Wednesday May 23rd - Forest trails and art workshop This tour will cost €20 per child.

Third / Fourth / Fifth / Sixth Class – Clara Lara Fun Park Friday June 8th - Adventure Funpark This tour will cost €25 per child.

Buses are arranged and will drop children back to school at normal collection times. The bus will need to leave at 08:30 sharp in order to allow enough time for an enjoyable tour so please ensure your children are promptly on the line on their tour day.

Children will need to bring a healthy packed lunch and appropriate clothing for a day spent mostly outdoors.

Please apply sun cream before children get to school.

Young Philosophers Day

Today our 4th 5th and 6th class pupils were representing the Canal Way ETNS at young philosophers day in UCD.

Five year plan

Reminder that there is a meeting on Thursday 30th of May at 19.30 for parents, this will be facilitated by Deirdre O’ Donohoe from Educate Together head office. This meeting will be working on our shared vision for the school.


The children will be doing a sponsored walk during school on May 31st, as part of Active Schools Week. Historically, this has been our top fundraising activity in the year, so it’s an important event! We will need volunteers on the morning to help make the walk possible. Please contact or your Class Rep to let us know if you’ll be able to help out.

Thanks for your continued support,

Canal Way staff