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


Graduation 28.06.2018

Sports Day 2018