20.04.2018 NEWSLETTER

NEWSLETTER: Our Core Value this month is Peace. Aodán’s class performed in Assembly today and sang a song about Peace.

SECOND LEVEL SOUTH CITY EDUCATE TOGETHER ENROLLING NOW:  Enrolment for the new Dublin South City Educate Together Second Level School will open next Monday 23rd April at 9am on the Educate Together website. Educate together will be sending out an email to anyone registered.

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT – Meeting last night. Discussed strategies and plans for building needs and accommodation. Special Education Policy & Assessment Policy ratified, and First Aid is in progress. Educate Together AGM motions were decided, and a policy schedule for CWETNS was discussed. Special Education Needs and available resources in the school were discussed. Budgets were approved for works to maintain trees in the garden, to repair the roof, and budgets to support staff with further study were also agreed. (Thankyou from the staff.) The Board was updated on the 5 Year Plan for the School which is under review at present. The Board looks forward to parental involvement in this plan late next month, and also extends thanks to the parents association for recent events and fundraising.

STANDARDISED ASSESSMENTS: We assess the children using standardised assessments annually. All schools carry out these tests nationally, and the results are used internally to inform our teaching and learning and are part of a criteria for allocating learning support in our school. These assessments will take place over the week of the 30th of April, so please make every effort to have your child in school during this time.

FIRE AND DAISY, our hens are doing great. Special thanks to all families who are helping to look after them every day, and making sure they get to bed on time without any messing or fowl play.



CANALWAY HOODIES AND BEANIES: We are doing our last round of orders for Canal Way hoodies on Thursday and Friday morning, in the yard before school. We have raised over €500 euro for the school so far with this fundraising idea, which is great. Now let’s make that number bigger folks! :)

Please note, we’re taking orders only – no payment until collection. The hoodies are available in red and navy. We’ll have colour and size samples on the day.

Price: €25 for child sizes and €30 for adult sizes.

We will also have navy Canal Way beany hats in stock to buy on Thursday and Friday morning.

Price: €10 each.

USED CLOTHING FUNDRASIER: We will be doing a collection of old clothes in early May to raise money for the school and a local charity, Liberty Recycling. They are community based and provide practical work experience, certified training and rehabilitation to those affected by drugs.

This is a great opportunity for a Spring clean, so please go through all your stuff and gather any used clothes in good condition that you want to get rid of. You’ll be able to drop off your contributions in the school on Wednesday 02 May 19:00 – 20:30 and Thursday 03 May 08:00 – 08:30.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation.



Enjoy the weekend,

Dermot & Staff





NEWSLETTER 11.04.2018

Welcome to this week’s newsletter,


PERSONAL DETAILS – Please inform the office if you have changed address, email address or phone number. We have noticed that some family’s details are out of date, and we want to update our data base. office@canalwayetns.org

HENS – We have taken delivery of two hens which you can see in the morning time in the garden. The Hens & Coop are on Hire from Hen Friends and will be with us for the coming month. The children are enjoying them and the Hens are settling into their new home and have laid a few eggs already. More to follow – PICTURES HERE

Huge thanks Wilma for organising this.

POLICIES – We have put three draft policies on the DOWNLOAD SECTION OF OUR WEBSITE

  1. Assessment,
  2. Special Education
  3. First Aid.

They shall be ratified at our next Board Meeting so please read these policies and contact me with any contributions that you may have – principal@canalwayetns.org

ASTRO TURF JAMES’S SECONDARY SCHOOL – You will all have seen the railings at the end of our yard which are for the Astro Pitch which St James’s Secondary School have had installed. They are kindly letting us have use of this pitch and we are currently arranging time slots with them. Big thank-you to the Management & Staff of St James’s Secondary School.

ST KEVINS GAA PETITION – Kevin’s GAA club is having a difficult time convincing the GAA to allow them to maintain the land that they train on. They are actively trying to increase the size of the club and are keen to get as many children as possible from Dublin 8, playing hurling. Kevins are asking to be allowed to maintain this ground – they have a petition and have kindly asked we highlight this to our community – please consider signing this petition. PETITION LINK HERE


April 30th – 13.10 closure for all classes

May 7th to 11th – Midterm Break


We are a start-up campaign for a co-educational, multi-denominational, non-fee-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 children’s education, in order to be ready to mobilise if a second-level school is to be established in Dublin South West City and formal expressions of interest are called for at short notice.
Paste this link into your browser to join our mailing list  tinyurl.com/ethx-list
Rob is a parent in Canal Way who has kindly had flyers printed for us. If you would like to put up some flyers in your local area, please email Rob at robsubcity@gmail.com.

Kind Regards,

Dermot & Staff. .

Meet our new resident Hens in the garden!

NEWSLETTER 21.03.2018



We’ll be having a coffee morning from 08:30 on Friday 23rd, before we leave for the Spring break.


Thanks to all who took part in the Table Quiz last week. It was a great night and a successful fundraiser – A BIG THANKYOU – see below.


Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, our Music Night has been cancelled. Hopefully, we’ll organize one next year instead.




This Friday 23.03.2018 – Half Day (12.00HRS) School closed for two weeks, and reopens on 09.04.2018

Mid Term school closed 07.05.2018 to 11.05.2018

DROICHEAD – CWETNS will be participating in the Droichead process, which is a Department of Education induction programme for newly qualified teachers. Cian, Doireann and myself have been trained, and shall lead this programme for newly appointed teachers in the years to come. We are delighted to engage with Droichead which will support and guide our growing staff.

STUDENT CONFERENCING - A feedback questionnaire has been dropped into your child’s bag. Please return with your observations and thanks again to staff and parents for engaging with this and making the initiative such a success.

CHILD PROTECTION Our new Child Safety Guarding Statement is now online, which replaces the former Child Protection Policy in accordance with the requirements of The Children Frist Act.

ANTIBULLYING POLICY Anti-bullying Policy has been revised and ratified, and is on the website. Thank you to the parents who reviewed and gave feedback, which we considered and adopted accordingly.

SEACHTAIN NA GAEILGE The week was a great fun, and craic was had by all. See Photos here

THANKYOU, THANKYOU, THANKYOU – WE HAVE NEW PE EQUIPMENT & BOOKS - thankyou to the parents association for fundraising at the ‘Stand-up Night’ – the money raised was spent on PE equipment which has been delivered. . See Photos here. Thank-you so much.  Books have also been delivered, which will be paid for using the money raised from the Table Quiz Night – We will have a representative from the parents association to present these to the children at assembly on Friday.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE TRAINIG WORKSHOP – thinking of starting up a community or social enterprise? April 11th, 2018   10am – 4pm   3-4 St Agnes Road Crumlin.  Details on the notice board in the yard & contact  lbutler@dspc.ie 0861303079

HEALTHY IRELAND – in your library Dolphins Barn. Thursday 22March, at 11am. Childhood worries and anxieties.

SCHOOL PHOTOS – Please return orders ASAP. Class Group Photos will be taken on April 10th.

Best Wishes,

Dermot & Staff.


Céilí Mór

Language Explorers with Francesca

Student Led Conferencing with Aodán’s class

NEWSLETTER 06.03.2018

TABLE QUIZ THIS FRIDAY: We are holding a Table Quiz on March 9th in McGowans of Harold’s Cross. This is an annual event by now, and is always great fun. Start gathering your teams and get ready to rumble! All funds raised will be invested in new books for the school. Also, if you can contribute prizes for the night (for the raffle or the quiz), it would be super! Please contact Thom Malone directly, or email parentssecretary@portobelloetns.org.

SEACHTAIN NA GAEILGE: Next week we will be having Seachtain Na Gaeilge, We shall be immersing ourselves in the Irish language and culture – with activities and dance, along with musicians to play a few tunes for us.

STUDENT CONFERENCING: Thank-you to all adults for attending Student Conferencing. Your class teacher will be in touch with dates if you have not already been into the school. Thanks to the staff also.

EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Barnardos are hosting a free seminar for parents titled ‘Emotional Development: Unlocking your child’s potential’. www.barnardos.ie/parenting2018

When:        Wednesday March 14th, 9:30am – 1pm
Where:      F2 Centre, Rialto, Dublin 8
Cost:          Free, registration required

COMMUNITY – DUBLIN 8 SURVEY A parent in the school is working on a survey with DCU, on parental needs particularly in Dublin 8. The aim of the survey is to identify priorities for investment in services and infrastructure for families. COMPLETE THE SURVEY HERE

It won’t take long, and it will be so appreciated – thanks.


School will close at 12.00noon next Friday March 16th, for Staff Child Protection Workshop.

School Closed at 12.00noon March 23rd until April 9th for Spring/Easter Holidays..

Newsletter 27.02.2018

Welcome to this Week’s Newsletter,


The Board of Management have discussed the proposal of porta-cabins and are agreeable in principal. They are requesting clarification and exploring options, so that they are in a position to meet all requirements for the project. This is back with the Department of Education, along with legacy issues in the building. In the meant time, we have offered out a second class of Junior Infants today. Thank-you for all your campaigning. We shall be updating all political representatives tomorrow, and will keep you posted as this progresses.

On the topic of the growing school, we will be introducing staggered yards in the coming month for our developing school. The younger children will be on a different that the older children.


St Patricks Day – school closed on March 19th.

Spring Holiday – school closed 12pm (half day) 23rd March and re-opens on April 9th


Barnardos are running a free seminar on how you can support your child’s mental, emotional and social development on Wednesday March 14th, 9:30am – 1pm  in the F2 Centre, Rialto, Dublin 8

Presented by Dr David Carey (Child Psychologist), Dil Wickremasinghe (journalist and parent), child development specialists and Barnardos’ staff who will answer all of your parenting questions.



In Language Explorers we will learn to think about language and linguistic diversity, in our classrooms and beyond. Thanks to teacher Simon and parent Francesca, for leading this new teaching and learning initiative. Francesca’s website is www.mothertongues.ie



We are running a Table Quiz on March 9th in McGowans of Harold’s Cross. This is an annual event by now, and is always great fun. Start gathering your teams and get ready to rumble! All funds raised will be invested in new books for the school.

Also, if you can contribute prizes for the night (for the raffle or the quiz), it would be super! Please contact Thom Malone directly, or email  parentssecretary@portobelloetns.org.


Rock The Way 2018 – Parents Performance Night, April 13th 2018 Last year the PAC put on a night of music in the Bello Bar, Portobello. All the entertainment the night was provided by CWET parents and their friends. It was a lot of fun and it was a great fundraiser for the school.

We’re doing it again this year and we’re looking for parents to take part. Fancy doing a few tunes on guitar or piano? Are you in a band? Are you a DJ or poet? We’re looking for sets of between 5 and 20 minutes, nothing too taxing.  If you’re interested contact any member of the PAC, email parentssecretary@portobelloetns.org or talk to Mark Jordan in the yard.


You can now purchase Canal Way clobber for your kids, embroidered with a colourful version of the school logo! Red or navy hoodies are available for €25, and navy beany hats for €10. If you are interested, please email iseultcoffey@gmail.com with the subject line Canal Way Clothes. All profits will be invested in the school.

Best Wishes,