NEWSLETTER 28.11.014

ETHOS: Have a look at this link NOT NOW BERNARD – our students have been reading this story and exploring the child’s voice. We will be having an open assembly before we break up in December. We will be in touch about the details soon.

ACTIVE-SCHOOLS. We are delighted to inform you that we were awarded our Active School’s Flag this week. We revealed this to the school at assembly yesterday. Big thanks to the staff, in particular Fiona who drove this initiative from the start. Thanks also to the parents who were involved in this initiative. We have just submitted our Green-Schools Flag application today. Does anyone know where you can get a ‘two for one’ deal on some flag-poles?

PARENTS ASSOCIATION: A movie night for the children of Portobello ETNS will take place on Saturday 13th December from 6-8pm at our school.  The Parents Association with be coordinating this event with Michelle Hardy a senior infant parent. This child centred event is being organized to celebrate the forthcoming festive season.  This event is limited to children attending the school only and a parent must remain on the premises for the duration of the event.  Any parent interested in volunteering contact Irenie at or by phone. Many thanks.

OUR SCHOOL BUILDING: The bike shed was installed this week. Big thanks to the parents for raising the money towards this. The bike shed is only meant for storage during the day. Please see email for more details.

THE GARDEN: looks great as you will all agree, and we cannot wait to get planting. We have a lot of interest from volunteers to work in the garden. If anyone has any skills or interest in this area, or if anyone has ways of directing labour / materials / grants, please contact the office. We are compiling expressions of interest at the moment and will be organising ourselves into working groups for spring time.

PARENT TEACHER MEETINGS: Thank you all for attending the meetings. The staff really enjoyed the opportunity to meet again and it was lovely to have everyone around the school, to see displays and drink coffee.


An Glór Choir– Celebration in Song, Sunday 7th December. Children free with a toy donation to Vincent De Paul. A member of our school community is the director of this choir and promises it will be fantastic.

Drimnagh Castle Winter Wonderland next weekend. This sells out really quickly & they have tickets today.

Griffith Barracks Winter Fare – Sunday 30Nov 12 – 3pm

Christmas Tree Lighting at Harolds Cross Park – Saturday 29th November 5pm.

St Catherines’ Church Thomas Street Christmas Fair Nov 29th 10 – 4pm

National Print Museum Winter Fair 28,29,30 Nov , 4 to 8pm.

AND FINALLY … SHOoooOES! If you are sending your child in with lace up shoes, please make sure that they can lace them up themselves. The staff need to spend their time supervising the children during yard time, and lacing shoes is a serious distraction and now a health and safety concern.

All the best and enjoy the weekend – Dermot & all the staff.

NEWSLETTER 19.11.2014

Welcome to this weeks newsletter -

ETHOS: November is Human Rights Month. Have a listen to our assembly song – WINTERWONDERLAND

PARENT TEACHER MEETINGS: Our meetings are on next Tuesday and Wednesday. Please return the confirmation slip to your class teacher.

TEACHING AND LEARNING: We had our Active Schools inspection on Wednesday with Jimmy O’ Neill and it went very well. We also had a visit from John Cosgrave, who is a mathematician. He is a grandparent of one of our students. The children didn’t realise this was a maths themed visit, and thought they were just playing. Now that’s a compliment John. Thank-you.

EDUCATE TOGETHER: The annual Educate Together Ethos conference is on this Saturday, the 22nd. Please see info in this LINK. The conference is open to Parents, Teachers, and Board Members.

COMMUNITY: Dublin City Council have informed us that the Christmas Liberties Lights being turned on in Cornmarket on the 27th of November at 6pm by Tina Mac Veigh, if you want to pop along.

Check out this Sunday Night in the Olympia. Very worthwhile fundraising event, and you’re sure to see someone you know there.

PARENTS: Many thanks to all our volunteers who helped out at last weekend’s quiz. It was a great success. We are now close to our target for building our new bike shed. We will be updating you on our next family event shortly – The PA Committee.

Thanks, Dermot.

NEWSLETTER 14.11.2014

Welcome to this week’s newsletter,

ETHOS: Our Human Rights month is going extremely well and the children are enjoying learning about wants and needs, the rights of the child, the right to a home, an education etc and they are learning about famous human rights activists.

The children are singing ‘Winter Wonderland’ at assembly for the next few weeks and some more seasonal songs are to follow.

TEACHING AND LEARNING: It was Science Week and there were lots of great designing and discovery activities around the school – Wilma’s class were balancing and Hazel & Aodán’s classes made catapults. Fiona’s class were getting into patterns and Captain Aodán’s crew took to the waves this morning. It was brilliant fun … we may need our passports soon.


Homework meetings took place with parents this week, for our Junior Infant Classes and they went very well. It was great to meet everyone. Thanks to all those who attended.

Parent Teacher meetings: Our parent teacher meetings will be held at the end of November and we will be in touch next week with the date and time for your meeting.

ACTIVE SCHOOLS: We will have a visit from the Active Schools initiative next week and we look forward to telling them all about our hands on work in establishing our school as an active school. We also had a football trainer in this week from the FAI and Senior Infants, 1st and 2nd class enjoyed training with him. He will be visiting us over the coming weeks and we are delighted.

BUILDING: As you may have seen this week, we have our builders back on site. They are clearing out the old school furniture and will also be repairing the roof and doing some work clearing drains and installing some new doors.

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT: The Board met on 5th November and admired the handiwork of Trevor who designed and installed the children’s coat-hooks in the hallways. Thank you! Following consultation and the vote by the school children on our school name, the Board has informed our Patron of the outcome of the overall choice and we hope to let you know the final decision shortly. The Board ratified the school’s Critical Incidents policy and this will be posted shortly on our website along with other school policies. It was also agreed to provide the Parents’ Association with a room in the school building to use for meetings and agreed organised timetabled activities, such as language classes or a parents’ book club. If you have any ideas, please suggest them to the Parents’ Association.

PARENTS ASSOCIATION: Don’t forget our table quiz tonight in McGowan’s Pub in Harold’s Cross at 8 p.m. The proceeds go towards installing a bike shed and financing decoration of our building.

Thank you to Ingrid (Junior Infant parent) for refreshing our plants in their yard and for donating bulbs for the garden. Our children will be planting these bulbs in the coming week,

See ye all later …

Dermot & Staff.

Science Week Senior Infants

Science Week – Balancing – Junior Infants Wilma

Junior Infants Pattern

Sailing Boats – Science Week 1st 2nd 3rd

Newsletter 06.11.2014

Welcome to this week’s newsletter,

ETHOS: November is Human Rights month. Our core value is Equality. We have now learned ‘Blowin In the Wind’ and practiced it for the final time at assembly this week. We read through a Human Rights book also assembly, which the children truly enjoyed, & there was jiving!  We will be moving onto seasonal songs next week.

SCHOOL NAME: We have communicated the new name of our school to Educate Together Head Office, and are awaiting their approval. We will be in touch really soon, unless ye have it figured out already …

PARENTS ASSOCIATION: Hope to see you at the Portobello ETNS table quiz next Friday 14th at 8pm 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. A big thanks to all those who have sponsored or donated prizes: parents, friends and many local businesses. A special thank you also to Richard at for our poster designs.

COAT HOOKS: Students and teachers would like to extend a huge thank-you to Senior Infant Parent Trevor Bacon for designing and installing our eye popping coat hooks. We definitely have the grooviest coat hooks in town. He has brought colour and function to our corridors, and they are done to perfection. The children are thrilled with them, and have even started to leave their coats overnight HAVE A LOOK IN THE GALLERY!

(Reminder to parents – please label all clothing with your child’s name.)

FURNITURE SALE: thank-you to all volunteers who helped out at the furniture sale on Saturday and a big thankyou to all parents who braved the rain and helped support the first fundraising event in our new school. All money raised will go towards buying much needed materials for phase two of works to the school building. The school desks were very popular and there are still some left if anyone is still interested. Pop into the school in the morning to have a look if you like or contact Irenie McLoughlin by emailing

TEACHING AND LEARNING: The children have been out and about today on shape walks and seeking out old and new things in the environment. Have a look at the gallery. Also see Static fun when our staff were team teaching in science class this week.

VOLUNTEERS: If anyone has a spare 15 minutes tomorrow morning, I would be most grateful if ye could help with some light furniture moving to upstairs.

Enjoy the weekend,

Dermot & Staff.


Our New Coat Hooks – Thanks Trevor!