Newsletter 27.02.2018

Welcome to this Week’s Newsletter,

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT

The Board of Management have discussed the proposal of porta-cabins and are agreeable in principal. They are requesting clarification and exploring options, so that they are in a position to meet all requirements for the project. This is back with the Department of Education, along with legacy issues in the building. In the meant time, we have offered out a second class of Junior Infants today. Thank-you for all your campaigning. We shall be updating all political representatives tomorrow, and will keep you posted as this progresses.

On the topic of the growing school, we will be introducing staggered yards in the coming month for our developing school. The younger children will be on a different that the older children.

SCHOOL CLOSURES

St Patricks Day – school closed on March 19th.

Spring Holiday – school closed 12pm (half day) 23rd March and re-opens on April 9th

BARNARDOS

Barnardos are running a free seminar on how you can support your child’s mental, emotional and social development on Wednesday March 14th, 9:30am – 1pm  in the F2 Centre, Rialto, Dublin 8

Presented by Dr David Carey (Child Psychologist), Dil Wickremasinghe (journalist and parent), child development specialists and Barnardos’ staff who will answer all of your parenting questions.

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/emotional-development-unlocking-your-childs-potential-tickets-42743816907

LANGUAGE EXPLORERS

In Language Explorers we will learn to think about language and linguistic diversity, in our classrooms and beyond. Thanks to teacher Simon and parent Francesca, for leading this new teaching and learning initiative. Francesca’s website is www.mothertongues.ie

PARENTS ASSOCIATION NEWS

TABLE QUIZ

We are running a Table Quiz on March 9th in McGowans of Harold’s Cross. This is an annual event by now, and is always great fun. Start gathering your teams and get ready to rumble! All funds raised will be invested in new books for the school.

Also, if you can contribute prizes for the night (for the raffle or the quiz), it would be super! Please contact Thom Malone directly, or email  parentssecretary@portobelloetns.org.

PERFORMERS WANTED!

Rock The Way 2018 – Parents Performance Night, April 13th 2018 Last year the PAC put on a night of music in the Bello Bar, Portobello. All the entertainment the night was provided by CWET parents and their friends. It was a lot of fun and it was a great fundraiser for the school.

We’re doing it again this year and we’re looking for parents to take part. Fancy doing a few tunes on guitar or piano? Are you in a band? Are you a DJ or poet? We’re looking for sets of between 5 and 20 minutes, nothing too taxing.  If you’re interested contact any member of the PAC, email parentssecretary@portobelloetns.org or talk to Mark Jordan in the yard.

CANALWAY HOODIES AND HATS

You can now purchase Canal Way clobber for your kids, embroidered with a colourful version of the school logo! Red or navy hoodies are available for €25, and navy beany hats for €10. If you are interested, please email iseultcoffey@gmail.com with the subject line Canal Way Clothes. All profits will be invested in the school.

Best Wishes,

Dermot.

NEWSLETTER – 09.02.2018

ETHOS – Antibullying Fortnight happening now. Web Safety discussed in classes and at assembly today. We use teaching resources from Webwise and they have lots of great information for parents on website also. PLEASE CLICK FOR WEBSITE  Thanks for all your contributions the anti-bullying policy review.

STUDENT COUNCIL: The old Student council have handed over to the newly elected student council this afternoon. Congratulations to Holly, Ethan, Izzy, Jack, Khadija, aaaa

SCHOOL CLOSURES:

HALF DAY WEDNESDAY 14th February – School Closes at 12noon for Staff Training – new guidelines on Child Protection.

SCHOOL CLOSED Thursday 15th & Friday 16th February for midterm break.

SWIMMING POLICY  There is a Swimming Policy Draft online in downloads section of the website HERE. Please read and email me directly with contributions or if you want to discuss anything please catch me in the mornings for a chat.     principal.cwetns@gmail.com

ACCOMODATION & SITE: The Board of Management are considering the approval for portacabins to go onsite to facilitate our growing school. Thank-you for all the support in escalating this matter with our local representatives. We have had numerous visits by local representatives which resulted in Dáil questions and just this week Senator Maura Devine questioned Minister Bruton in the Seanad, on the lease arrangement in our school. SEE COVERAGE HERE The media piece has been recorded and will be going out on RTE next week, on Morning Ireland. We will be in touch when we get times etc.

TEACHING AND LEARNING: We had Zac’s dad Brian in today, who works in James’s, and he told Niamh’s class about his super power XRAY vision – thanks Brian. We are learning Mr Tembo in assembly and it sounds brilliant. Ann from the National Heritage Association came into our school today and brought Tomás the lamb and two chickens. The children have had a ball today in the garden learning and having the craic with the three of them. Not too sure how they will feel about a roast dinner on Sunday though – you’ve been warned. Thanks Wilma for sorting this one, from the staff and children.

PARENTS ASSOCIATION

PERFORMERS WANTED Rock The Way 2018 – Parents Performance Night, April 13th 2018 Last year the PAC put on a night of music in the Bello Bar, Portobello. All the entertainment the night was provided by CWET parents and their friends. It was a lot of fun and it was a great fundraiser for the school.

We’re doing it again this year and we’re looking for parents to take part. Fancy doing a few tunes on guitar or piano? Are you in a band? Are you a DJ or poet? We’re looking for sets of between 5 and 20 minutes, nothing too taxing.  If you’re interested contact any member of the PAC, email parentssecretary@portobelloetns.org or talk to Mark Jordan* in the yard.

*Mark can usually be found in the mornings standing in Niamh’s junior infants line in a bright orange bicycle helmet wondering where his children are.

COMEDY NIGHT Our Comedy Night last week in MVP was a great success. Many thanks to everyone who attended and to the folks put the show on the road – both behind the scenes and up on stage. We raised €850, which the school will be investing in sports equipment.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO SUPPORT AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES   We need individuals who can help us to keep the After School Activities programme running. If you can be there between 14:10 – 15:10 any day from Monday - Thursday, please let us know. It’s light work – escorting kids to the loo, helping out with any of the Activities that may require it, etc. The reality is, we will not be able to continue our amazing After School Activities programme unless more people pitch in. So please, if you can, do! Email  canalwayafterschool@gmail.com. All volunteers must be Garda vetted.

SAVE THE DATE  We are running a Table Quiz on March 9th in McGowans of Harold’s Cross. This is an annual event by now, and is always great fun. Start gathering your teams and get ready to rumble! All funds raised will be invested in new books for the school.

Also, if you can contribute prizes for the night (for the raffle or the quiz), it would be super! Please contact Thom Malone directly, or email  parentssecretary@portobelloetns.org.

SECONDARY SCHOOL CAMPAIGN Update from ETH-X 2nd level school campaign

We are a start-up campaign for a co-educational, multi denominational, non-feeing paying secondary school in Dublin South West City with Educate Together patronage.

Join the campaign at:

  1. http://tinyurl.com/ethx-list
  2. https://www.ethx.irish/
  3. Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ETHX2ND/

CANALWAY HOODIES AND HATS You can now purchase Canal Way clobber for your kids, embroidered with a colourful version of the school logo! Red or navy hoodies are available for €25, and navy beany hats for €10. If you are interested, please email iseultcoffey@gmail.com with the subject line Canal Way Clothes. All profits will be invested in the school.

Thanks and have a lovely weekend,

Dermot