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.


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 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 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.



NEWSLETTER 19.10.2018

Ethos – We had a great Assembly this morning hosted by Ciara and Aileen. There was song, dance, reflection, thanks and laughter.

Maths Week Lots happening around the school this week. Cian’s class was enjoying solving puzzles. Fiona’s class solved a puzzle by Henry Dudeny and were thinking strategically all week. Ciara’s class were tessellating and problem solving. Aileen’s class were enjoying stations, tessellations and Chrome Books. Simon’s class enjoyed playing games and making a Maths trail. Jenny’s class were enjoying Maths problems and stations. Cliona’s class enjoyed maths problems on the interactive white board. Ciarán’s class enjoyed doing Maths tricks, puzzles, games and card tricks.

School closures School closes for midterm next Friday 26th October – it is a normal school day closing at 1:10 / 2:10. Re-opening on 5th November at 08:30

DRESS UP DAY – 26th October 2018 – Next Friday. Children wear fancy dress. Please no scary masks or weapon accessories.



Our patron body Educate Together is a charity and they have an annual fund raising day where all schools hold an event and raise money and awareness for Educate Together. We will be partaking in this event again this year, and our event is called Coins for Concert. There will be performance of some shape in the hall for the children – It’s all very top secret and sure to be shambolic! We request that you send in coins with the chidren. Please try send in only silver and gold – no copper please as it is too difficult to handle/


School Safety

We are liaising with the Dublin City Council with regard to road safety. Following this, the school warden is on earlier now in the mornings, and we are working on another piece to get a warden on in the afternoon. Please continue to be aware of traffic and parking around the top of the road.


Materials Money

Thank you to all who have already paid. Please try and settle up your balance by the end of October. If you need a new link sent out please contact the office.


Book Fair – Thank you!

A huge, huge thank you to all who came along and supported our book fair this week. We sold a lot of books and will be receiving credit from Scholastic so that we can buy books and literacy resources for the school. Typically we receive one books for every two sold at the fair. Thank you to Tracy, Kate and Deirdre for being our shopkeepers for the week and to Fiona for organising.



My-self and our Deputy Principal Fiona are the Designated Liaison Persons in our school for Child Protection. We were at training this week to complete the Introduction of the New Guidelines. We are reviewing our Child Safety Statement which we ratified earlier this year. We asked for your input before we ratified this and we have our first annual review of this next month. If you have any feedback after our first year with this new policy, please contribute by reading the ratified document in our download statement and contacting me directly


Please note that children’s toilets are exclusively for children’s use. You cannot enter the building to use the toilet with your child, as all children use the toilet. We cannot facilitate requests by adults to use the toilet in future.



Keep warm this Winter and help raise money for our school! Canal Way Beanies and hoodies are now available to order online at 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.


Congratulations to Simon who was married last week in Germany. Rumour has it that he will be doing it all again in another ceremony next year in Ireland – Poor Simon will be rightly tied up in knots by the summer ! Best Wishes Simon and every happiness to ye both from all of the school community.

Best Wishes for the weekend,

Dermot & Staff.

NEWSLETTER 05.10.2018

Welcome to this week’s newsletter,

ETHOS – This month’s core value is Honesty. Our new Monday morning assemblies are a success so far, and we are learning about growth mind-set, learning through mistakes and philosophical questioning at these assemblies. Fridays assemblies are more performance based, and we enjoyed a fine performance from Third Class today, and we all sang Space Oddity which was quite a lunar rendition – keep practicing, me included !

TEACHING AND LEARNING: Lots of great things happening around the school –

  • Simon’s Class are enjoying learning letter sounds, and also learning about their family and homes in Aistear.
  • Jenny’s class are also learning letter sounds, and they are lording it up in the restaurant in Aistear.
  • Cliona’s class are not feeling too well, and are spending all visiting the doctors surgery in Aistear.
  • Orla’s class made some lovely airplanes and flew them in the yard.
  • Wilma’s class have lovely literacy stations running at the moment, and Wilma would like to thank the parents who are helping out.
  • Jayne’s class are weaving gorgeous bands, and are all very chilled in the process.
  • Aileen’s class are enjoying our Chrome Books, and are researching animals.
  • Ciara’s class are making lovely art and have a stunning tree on their door.
  • Fiona’s class have done canal projects and they are brilliant.
  • Cian’s class are coding on the new Chrome Books, and are peer mentoring one another also. Thanks to the Coder Dojo Club for making this happen.
  • Ciaran’s class have completed projects on Iran and they are well researched and very informative.

WELL BEING WALK: The 5000 Steps to Wellbeing Walk takes place in UCD at 2pm on Sunday 7th October. The walk is approx. 4km in length and is an opportunity for everybody to learn about the Five Ways to Wellbeing whilst also having a lovely walk in the UCD Woodlands. Everybody must register for the walk online using this LINK

THANKYOU TEACHERS – Today is World Teacher Day. On behalf of the management of the school, and from the bottom of my heart, I wish to thank the staff for their endless commitment and passion. Without them our school wouldn’t be where it is today. Working in a developing school is a great experience but also demands a lot of dedication, extra work, adaptability and grá. It is a privilege to work with the team – thank-you one and all.

Our staff wore yellow today to show solidarity with teachers across the country, who do not receive equal pay. As you see our wardrobes do not live on the yellow side of the colour wheel – Enjoy the weekend !

Dermot & Staff


NEWSLETTER 21.09.2018

Welcome to this weeks newsletter,

CLASS MEETINGS: We are really looking forward to meeting you next week at your class meetings. To clarify, the children will be taken to the hall for activities, and the meeting will be in the class for ALL adults and teacher. It should take 20 – 25 minutes. Drop your children in as usual on the line, and we will call you in at 08.40 am.

ETHOS Autumn Equinox tomorrow and Festival of Sukkot will be celebrated by families of Judaism faith. Culture night tonight in the city – sure to bump into someone from the Canal Way community enjoying the festivities. Assembly was about Harvest today and Wilma’s class sung this morning. The garden produce was harvested, and while most of the veggies were scorched during the summer heat, we did have a basket of goodies to see. Well done all classes for planting and growing. We have a frog in the garden, who somehow survived better than the carrots in the heat. Watch where you are stepping in the mornings. Children are singing Feeling Groovy Simon / Garfunkel at assembly.

PARENTS ASSOCIATION: We bought the lovely benches in the garden out of money raised last year. Thanks so much from the children & staff.

Our new Parents Association Committee for our Parents Association (who you are all a member of) has been elected. Thanks to all who have volunteered, and we look forward to another great year ahead of events, coffee and fundraising.

MATERIALS MONEY - Reminder to please try and pay your materials money by the end of October. You can pay this by instalments via our online payments system.  If you cannot find your payment link please contact Eavan in the office -

LOST PROPERTY – We are already gathering a lot of left behind hoodies, sweat tops and jackets in the school. Please ensure to label anything that your child may ‘take off’ during the day. Lost property will be hung out in the yard on Friday mornings.

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT met this week. The BOM were updated on enrolments and the members welcome our new families and children to our school. The BOM ratified policies and approved review of Communications Policy. Data protection, coder dojo, and extra-curricular activities were approved and discussed, and the BOM note and appreciate the work that has gone into these, by the parents association. Finance report was presented by the treasurer and caretaker position was discussed and approved. Members noted how well the building looks after summer works, and pass on thanks to all involved in the works. Big thanks to Eavan for her support. BOM welcome new staff to our team – Cliona, Orla, Ciara & Jayne. BOM were updated on the expansion – architect appointed and drawings are underway for the design. BOM wish the new Parents Association committee well and pass on thanks for volunteering.

VISITOR OF THE DRAGON TYPE: We had a most unusual visitor to our school this week – thanks Isaac and Daragh for taking her in.  CHECK OUT PHOTO HERE

Enjoy the weekend,

Dermot & Staff


Visiting Bearded Dragon 1st class

NEWSLETTER 07.09.2018

Welcome to the first newsletter of the year,

ETHOS – This month’s Core Value is Happiness. The Jewish Festival of Rosh Hashanah will be celebrated from 9 – 11 September.

WELCOME JUNIOR INFANTS: our new students are getting settled in at the moment, and it is truly great to have them with us. They are two fabulous classes and we are thrilled to have them as part of our community. Lots happening in their classes, and we look forward to welcoming them into our school.

Welcome also to our families who have joined in other classes.

ALLERGIES & HEALTHY EATING: Thank-you for your support as always with lunches. We have a group of students now, that have various serious allergies, and we ask you are vigilant packing the lunches and the following applies:

-          NO nuts of any form, including pine nuts, and pesto.

-          NO Seeds, in particular sesame seeds which are difficult to see and for us to detect. This is a serious allergy for the child and we ask for your support here.

If your child has a Chronic illness please inform us ASAP and read our chronic illness policy on our website. Thankyou

TRAFFIC – thanks to our Traffic Warden Fiona, on James Walk who does a difficult job every morning. She has requested the following from us, and we pass this on and ask that you remember it every morning – will be speaking to the children about this also, as I am sure you will yourselves.

–    Do not leave the path to cross the road until she has stopped in the middle of the road, and has completely stopped the traffic.

–    Walk across on the yellow box.

Thank-you and thanks to Fiona for all your help.

PARENTS ASSOCIATION – The AGM for the Parents’ Association is on next Wednesday 12th September at 8pm, at the school. We’ll be reviewing the events of the last year, shining a light on some parent focused issues, presenting some future-facing ideas from the outgoing Parents’ Association Committee (PAC), and voting in a new Committee (we need two from each class) to represent parents in the coming academic year. Please consider joining the committee. It is a great experience and a good opportunity to become involved in school life. We look forward to seeing you all there.

If you are interested in putting yourself forward for this year’s Committee (2018/2019), please let us know. (Just to give us an indication of the level of interest in advance, if possible.) If you are interested, but can’t make the AGM, please let your outgoing class rep know or email us at

COMMUNITY:   St James Linear Park Consultation Community Consultation Workshop – Thursday, September 13th: Morning: 10:00-11:30am/ Evening: 7:30-9:00pm –  F2 Centre, Reuben Plaza, Rialto

Foróige Claire Hutchinson, Regional Youth Officer, is exploring the idea of a new volunteer led youth club for Inchicore, in particular for youths aged 10-13.  Claire is hosting a meeting: on Wednesday 12th September 2018, 8pm -9pm in KRIB Youth Project,  199 Emmet Road, Inchicore Village. If you are interested in attending either of these meetings please can you let Claire know –

CLASS MEETINGS – You will be invited into the school to meet your class teacher after drop off, in the last week of the month. This will be a whole class meeting and your teacher will inform you of how the class will operate, housekeeping and curricular content. This was one of the outcomes of the Vision Meeting last year facilitated by ET, and we are looking forward to introducing this as part of our revised communication policy. Individual parent teacher meetings will be held as usual in November. We will be in touch with times for the class meetings at the end of the month.

YARD – This year we will be using our garden and yard spaces for break times. We will have a rota to split the school between the yard and the garden for breaks. The school is becoming bigger now, and this is will help alleviate the numbers around the site.

Thank-you for your continued support in dismounting scooters and bikes when entering the yard. Also, please no scooting or bikes at collection time.


Hope you enjoy the weekend,

Dermot & Staff

Simon’s Junior Infants





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