Philosophy with Aodán’s Senior Infants

NEWSLETTER 24.11.2017

ETHOS: We are learning about Human Rights for the rest of the calendar year. The children will be learning about the right to water, homes, education etc, & wants and needs, The Rights of the Child, and The Declaration of Human Rights. We are singing We’ve All Got Rights and Blowing in the Wind at assembly.

BASIN LANE MURAL – thankyou to our parent Corinna Butler and all the other parents who made the mural happen and organised the planters at the top of the street. This took vision, initiative, persistence and pressure. The street looks so much better for it, and the children love it, as do the community. Our own mural is another masterpiece – the environment looks fab and all driven by parents.

SUBSET are the fantastic street artists who painted the hoarding on Brandon Terrace. (Gallery) They were so kind and waived their fee for this community project. Please share on social media to help the artists get some PR from this. Post on Facebook, Twitter and your fridge!

@subsetdublin #subsetdublin #liberties #canalwayetns

Following on from this art work, the other primary school on the street were inspired and have been in discussions with subset to do some artwork in their yard and on a wall at their end of the street. Dublin city council have also supplied 2 planters for the street just beside the bollards. There is also a group of TY students in St James Secondary school who have agreed to do some art work on the black bollards. There are lots of other ideas floating about as well so expect to see lots other changes going on the street in the near future.

SCIENCE – We had GO FLY YOUR KITE workshop earlier last week, where the children learned about flight and made & decorated kites. We also have BIG BEAR PLANITARIUMS  coming into our school on December 7th and 8th next week. This will be an interactive space day. All of these educational experiences have been organised by Fiona, and are funded with monies raised by the Parents Association last year. Thankyou.


Greeting Cards  

As a fundraiser for the school, we are organizing personalized greeting cards from  Design-A-Card. Each student will create a winter-themed picture that will be incorporated into a personalized printed card design. In the coming weeks, you will be sent a sample of the card for your child (one per child) and given the option to purchase copies. A percentage of each purchase will go towards the school’s fundraising efforts.

Winter Fair

This year’s Winter Fair will be on Dec 10th from 2-4pm. Please let us know if you are available to volunteer for this event. We also need raffle prizes for kids and grownups. If you have something to offer, please contact with the subject line Winter Fair.

Start-Up campaign for a new ET second level school A  meeting was held  on Wednesday night last at Canal Way ETNS to establish as Start-Up campaign for a new ET second level school at Harold’s Cross and the South West City areas. We had a large turnout of parents eager to get the ball rolling. Parents have already signed up to start working on particular tasks. We will have further details on our campaign and how to be involved over the coming weeks. Watch this space. Thank you

Enjoy the weekend,

Dermot & Staff





ETHOS Human Rights Month

We are starting Human Rights month on Monday. We are looking forward to learning, engaging and thinking about Human Rights. We will be using stories and dilemmas to explore Human Rights. We will be singing ‘We’ve all got Rights’ song in assembly.

Human Rights Education is part of the equality and justice strand in our Learn Together curriculum. There is more information on this on the Educate Together website.

ÁRAS AN UACHTARÁIN – CWETNS were invited to celebrate World Philosophy Day at Áras an Úachtaráin with Michael D. Higgins. 5 students went to represent us, with myself and Aodán. It was a fantastic day, full of fancy canapes, photos & conversation with Michael D Higgins, and some great speakers too. Have a look at the photographs in the Gallery. Official ones to follow,

Thank-you to the children who represented us, and made us so proud. Maith sibh.

STUDENT COUNCIL – Will be representing us at the Educate Together Conference next Friday, where they will be talking about the development of our student council at CWETNS.

SCIENCE WEEK – We have just finished our Science week today, and we had a great week, exploring, investigating and designing. Thanks to Niamh who supported us all and made it so successful. We finished out week with our infamous Bubble Disco in the garden. Photos to follow.

HEALTH there are a lot of bugs going around, particularly vomiting. Please DO NOT return children to school until they have been well for at least 24 hours. We cannot afford to have staff and other children sick, as these bugs are highly contagious.



- Campaign for Educate Together Secondary School - 

A new start-up campaign for an Educate Together secondary school has kicked off. (This is for a new school in addition to the new Dublin South City school opening in Sandymount in 2018.) This campaign will be targeting the Harolds Cross Greyhound Stadium and local catchment area. 

A preliminary meeting of a group of parents from five local ET primary schools will be taking place on Wednesday 22nd November at 7.30 pm at CanalWay ETNS. Further updates on this campaign and an action plan will be announced in the coming weeks. Please contact Deirdre Brennan at if you wish get be involved.

Volunteers and Raffle Prizes Needed for Winter Fair - 

We are currently organizing the Winter Fair. Please contact us if you have any ideas, skills or services you would like to contribute. (Perhaps you are an amazing baker, storyteller, photographer, masseur, or are a facepaint wizard. Or maybe you’re great at decorating or cleaning. We can put your talents to good use!)

We also need raffle prizes for kids and grownups. If you have something to offer, please contact with the subject line Winter Fair. 


IRELAND – Poor ould Ireland losing this week. The sorrow we are all feeling was captured well by a photographer in The Irish Times when they photographed one of our students – His name will be revealed in next week newsletter. GUESS WHO !

My beautiful picture

Áras an Uachtaráin (World Philosophy Day)

NEWSLETTER 01.11.2017

Welcome to this weeks newsletter: 

STUDENT COUNCIL: The Student Council went to Leinster House recently & Ivana Bacik was our host. It was fantastic. We heard Jan O Sullivan speaking in the Dáil, and Shane Ross in The Seanad. Ivana brought us to a very famous spot in Leinster House for a coffee and refreshments. Then we went to The Metro for lunch. Have a look at photos in the Gallery.

BOOK FAIR: Thanks for all the support for the book fair. The sales total came to € 3,882.60 euro, which has been lodged, and we shall have € 2,300 credit to spend on school reference books and class novels.

Thank you to the parents for helping sell the books, and for supporting the initiative. Big thanks to Fiona for organising this.

PARENT TEACHER MEETINGS You will have received your time and date for your meeting. This is a ten minute meeting, (adults only) where you discuss your child’s progress in school with the teacher. These are scheduled over two days 14th & 15th. We are very grateful that you can attend at the scheduled times – we understand the effort it takes. We look forward to seeing you all next week.

TEACHING AND LEARNING: Science week is next week, and we have lots of fun activities scheduled for the children,

BUILDING WORKS – We recently applied for and have been granted funding by DES to undertake necessary upgrade works to ensure compliance with fire safety standards. The school has also applied for additional classroom and toilet facilities to provide for our expanding school community and pupil needs. We shall keep you updated.

STAFFING: We completed our 2017/2018 recruitment over the break, and would like to congratulate Jenny who has now become a permanent member of staff, and we welcome Gavin (Learning Support), who has been with us temporarily, but will now be with us for the school year.

NATIONAL TEACHER SHORTAGE: You may have seen in the media, that there is a shortage of teachers. This has been an ongoing problem for over two years now, but this year is most challenging. The main reasons are that new graduates are choosing to work overseas for fairer pay, and as we all know, Dublin is becoming a more difficult place to rent & live.

This impacts on us weekly, and we cannot get substitute teachers to cover when teachers are out, or are doing professional development. When this happens, we either have to split classes around the school, or share teaching between support staff and myself which is not sustainable or fair. Please raise this issue for your children, with political representatives, wherever or whenever you can. .



 The new Parents Association Committee met twice – 19th October & last night.  We would like to thank the members of last year’s Committee for attending the first session, making sure we got a good handover with lots of good advice.

During the first meeting, we decided on the roles and responsibilities for the new Committee:

Chairperson: Deirdre Finnegan

Secretary: Carol Ballantine

Treasurer: John Crotty

Communications: Iseult Coffe


Fundraising Group 

Brian Ward

Mark Jordan

Darragh Doyle

Thom Malone


Coffee Mornings Coordinator

Phyllis Seale Foynes


Thank you to everyone who took part in our coffee morning on the Friday before mid-term. It was a great chance to socialize, and there was some outstanding baking in evidence (although very little evidence of this remained afterwards.)



We need volunteers to support After School Activities. Please contact if you are willing and able to provide support between 14:10 – 15:10 during the week. (Garda vetting is required for all volunteers.)


- Fundraising and Events - 

We are currently organizing the Winter Fair. Please contact us if you have any ideas, skills or services you would like to contribute. (Perhaps you are an amazing baker, storyteller, photographer, masseur, or are a facepaint wizard. Or maybe you’re great at decorating or cleaning. We can put your talents to good use!) We also need raffle prizes for kids and grownups. If you have something to offer, please contact with the subject line Winter Fair.


- Class Contact Lists - 

Can all parents please make sure that they give contact details to the Parents Association representative for their child(ren)? It’s incredibly useful to be able to share this information amongst parents in a class for sharing information and organizing playdates and birthday parties, and so on. If you’re not sure who your class rep is, see the Parents Association page .


- NPC Special Education Conference 2017 -

The National Parents Council are running a conference called ‘The Child’s Voice – Making a Difference’ for parents of children who have special educational needs. It is on Saturday 11th November in the Aisling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8; and there is still availability. Click here for more information.


AFTERSCHOOLS ACTIVITIES: Here are details of a new class starting.

Gaeilge Iarscoile: Gaeilge Iarscoile will aim to help children improve their Gaeilge through active participation and extended exposure – aim is to show children that Gaeilge can be a fun and enjoyable language to learn.


Activites will include:

- Songs (new and current pop songs!)

- TG4 TV shows and Raidió na Gaeltachta (language immersion)

- Drama Activities

- Games trí Gaeilge

- Ciorcal Comhrá – Conversation Circle


The cost will be €20 for the 6 weeks and is suitable for children from 2nd – 6th class.  It will run on Mondays afterschool at 2:10 for 6 weeks, from November 6th till December 18th.  There will be no class on Monday December the 4th.


Please contact Ciarán at to book your child’s place directly.


Have a nice weekend,