Newsletter 28.11.2013

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Welcome to this weeks newsletter -

ETHOS: The students have really enjoyed November and learning about Human Rights. We shall be looking at Hanukkah and Thanksgiving at assembly on this Friday. We have all been working hard sharing during November. The children’s enthusiasm is really noticeable here - well done. Next months core value is Freedom. We will have an open assembly on the December 13th to mark the end of the term. The theme will be Festivals of Light.  

FUNDRAISING: A huge thank-you for the fantastic turnout last week at the table quiz. It was great craic. The total taken in was €1777.10 plus a €50 donation from CBS Synge Street. Please send on our thanks for all the raffle prizes donated over the last few weeks. The night was a huge success and a big round of applause for the organisers. There was a lot of hard work there and it is appreciated so much. Thank you. We shall keep ye posted on the big spend.

Some parents also raised €120 in a collection over the last few weeks. We are passing this on to another start up group (to be identified) as a token of good luck and also to recognise the hard work done by the founding members of the group. Thanks for organising this.

HOUSEKEEPING: We have drinking water in every room, and would be most grateful if you could send a plastic cup for your child in Senior, First & Second – just for days the children forget their bottles.

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT: We are finalising paper work for our two patron representatives and shall be announcing the first board members in early December.

OUT AND ABOUT: All classes are walking to Rathmines Library on Friday. The staff are looking forward to our visit as are the children. Fiona’s classes have been planting Daffodils in pots in the yard. You will see their work at the entrance door. Keep your eye on the pots … and roll on The Spring! 

Have a nice weekend,

Best Wishes – Dermot.




NEWSLETTER 21.11.2013

Welcome to this weeks newsletter.


Core value this month is SHARING. We are also learning about Human Rights/ Junior Infants are learning about their right a name,  home, and to play. Senior, First & Second have been studying The UN Convention on the Rights of The Child. they have done fantastic work on this and made a great display for the reception.


Hope to see you at the Portobello ETNS table quiz at 8pm this Friday in McGowan’s of Harold’s Cross. It’s 40 euro per table of four, please come early to make sure you get a table. Not got the full four? Come along anyway, tables can be made up on the night.  As always, we’ve a fantastic selection of prizes: 

First prize: 150 euro and four bottles of booze
Second: Four Paddy Power online betting vouchers & four bottles of vino
Third: Four great Singular Statements t-shirts & four boxes of biscuits
Great raffle prizes include: vouchers for: Konkan, The Bleeding Horse, Damascus Gate, Neon, Fumbally, Locks Restaurant; stationery swag bag from The Pen Corner; Max Benjamin Room Fragrance Gift Set; belly-dancing classes; a dozen cupcakes from Beescakes in Dun Laoghaire; paints from O’Sullivan Graphics, book set from Alan Hanna’s Bookshop, Canal Kayak voucher, passes to the Eileen Gray Exhibition at IMMA, passes for the Little Museum of Dublin, a hamper from Fallon & Byrne… and many more! 
 A big thanks to all those who have sponsored or donated prizes: parents, local businesses, Synge Street CBS, and all our other friends and relatives. See you Friday!
Fiona graduated last week with a Postgraduate Diploma in Learning Support & Special Educational Needs from Trinity College. Well done Fiona.
Griffith Barracks are having a Winter Fair this Sunday from 12 – 3pm – organised by their parents association. It’s always a good event – drop in.
Junior infants have been learning about light and with Fiona’s help have discovered that light travels in straight lines. See picture below:
We all had great fun when the Dublin lads brought the Sam Maguire on Wednesday. Have a look at the photos below.
We will remember this day … the FIRST time the Sam Maguire came to the school!!!
See ye on Friday Night,
All the best,
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Location Update

In September 2014, Portobello ETNS will be moving from our current temporary accommodation to our permanent premises in Basin Lane. As you may be aware from recent media coverage, Scoil St Seamus in Basin Lane closed in June 2013, allowing for the building to be used for other purposes. The Department of Education and Skills has entered into an agreement with the owners of the building to make it available for our school. We shall be moving premises over the summer of 2014. We are delighted to have certainty around our permanent location and would like to thank all involved for making this possible,

Kind Regards,

Amy Mulvihill (SchoolManager) & Dermot Stanley (School Principal)


Newsletter 14.11.2013

Welcome to this week’s newsletter.

ETHOS: The children are learning about sharing this month. We really enjoyed the Diwali studies, and shall be learning about festivals of light in the coming month. We have attached artistic responses to the story of Rama and Sita – senior infants, first and second. The children are also looking at ‘the awe and wonder of the world’ and junior infants are studying ‘Earth’. It’s a small little project and we are planning to have the Cosmos wrapped up by June !


DONATIONS: We would be most grateful if you could please send in prize donations for our table quiz. If you know anyone with a business, or local shops – please ask nicely for this event. Or have a rummage under the stairs for something nice. Please contact the office with your donations. We would really appreciate a good resonse here.

THE EVENT: Friday November 22nd, MC GOWANS Harolds Corss €40 per table of four. €150 for the winning team plus lots of great raffle prizes to be won! Have fun and help Portobello ETNS raise money for musical instruments.

PARENT TEACHER MEETINGS: thankyou all for attending meetings – it was great to catch up for a chat. Anyone who has to still rescheduled their meeting can do so by talking to the teacher.

STAFF: Special Needs Assistant – appointment is on-going.

IT: We have just installed two short throw projectors & speaker systems in the classrooms, and they have been very well received. These will be easily moved when we relocate next year.

FINAL APPEAL: We would like to appeal to parents for toy donations. If you have any old garden toys, please send them into us. Even some sturdy indoor toys would be great for our yard.

Enjoy the weekend,


NEWSLETTER 08.11.2013

Dear Parents / Guardians …. Welcome to this week’s newsletter.

ETHOS: Our core value this month is sharing. The children will be learning about human rights this month. Thank-you again to all the donations for the homeless shelter. The volunteers in the Mendicity Centre have sent on their thanks. They were delighted with their surprise delivery.

The formation of the Board of Management is on-going. I am getting a lot of enquiries regarding the parents association, and unfortunately we cannot set this up until the board is in place. We will hope to get things moving with the PA in the next couple of months. The table quiz is approaching, and anyone who has donations of prizes can contact the office or email

MONEY FOR MUSIC:  TABLE QUIZ … 8pm Friday November 22nd, McGowans’ of Harolds Cross. €40 per table of four. €150 for the winning team plus lots of great raffle prizes to be won! Have fun and help Portobello ETNS raise money for musical instruments.

PARENT TEACHER MEETINGS: We now have half of our meetings done, and shall be finishing them next Wednesday.

STAFF: Special Needs Assistant – appointment is ongoing.

HEALTHY EATING: Reminder to all parents that we have a healthy eating policy in PETNS. We do not give the children unhealthy food in school, and ask that you support this.

YARD: We have introduced a quiet space in the yard, where children can play with toys and games. It is very successful, and the children are really enjoying it. Have a look at the photos below. We would like to appeal to parents for toy donations. If you have any old garden toys, please send them into us. Even some sturdy indoor toys would be great.

Enjoy the weekend,


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