NEWSLETTER 25.05.2018

THE GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (GDPR) significantly changes data protection law in Europe. We have updated our policies to give you more information about the data we hold and what we do with that data. Please see the following documents on our website HERE.

SPONSORED WALK The children will be doing a sponsored walk at 9am on May 31st, as part of Active Schools Month. Historically, this has been our top fundraising activity in the year, so it’s an important event. We will need volunteers on the morning to help make the walk possible. Please contact parentssecretary@portobelloetns.org or your Class Rep or give your name to your teacher to let us know if you’ll be able to help out. We need volunteers to help supervise the walk so please try volunteer.  Thanks to the Student Council for consulting with the student body, and their input will flavour the walk – all to be arranged next week.

ETHOS EVENING Deirdre O’Donohoe from Educate Together will be joining us in the school to host an evening on Wednesday May 30th at 19.30HRS. This evening will allow the parent body to contribute to our Five Year Plan which we are working on currently. We shall be discussing our vision for the school for the next 5 years, and we can all contribute and prioritise practical steps to help us achieve our vision on a broad level. This is a really significant event for us and our school, and we look forward to seeing you there.

BUILDING UPDATE: We are currently planning for extra classrooms however it will be unlikely that they will be onsite in the yard for September. We still have spaces in our existing building which we will be using, and are presently arranging the building accordingly until the project is finalised and delivered.

POLICIES Thank-you for your input into our Special Education and Assessment policies which are now ratified and on the website HERE.

YOUNG PHILOSOPHERS – CONGRATULATIONS 4th CLASS CANALWAY! We are so proud to congratulate our 4th 5th 6th class students who represented us at The Young Philosophers Awards in Belfield UCD. Five students from 4th class scooped second place and first place in their category. President Higgins was there for the awards.

CRAFT-ED 4th/5th and 6th class have been involved in CraftED for the last few weeks. This is an initiative from the National Crafts council where a craftsperson is paired with a school for a five week collaborative art project. The children worked with textile artist Rose-Mary Cullen to learn new techniques such as hand-stitching, weaving and fraying. They brought all this work together in making a lovely hand-sewn logo for our school. They also undertook a research project to investigate the rich history of weaving in our area using the 1911 census and a visit from a local historian. Their work was showcased last night in Blackrock Education Centre and everyone was very impressed. Their work will also be displayed as part of the National Heritage week in August.

UPDATE FROM SECOND LEVEL CAMPAIGN ETHX On Friday 13th April 2018, the Department of Education and Skills announced plans to establish a new second-level school in 2020 at the Harold’s Cross Greyhound Track site. Dublin 8 and 12 arenot included in the catchment area for this school. It is crucial that as many public representatives as possible are contacted with a direct request to include Dublin 8 and Dublin 12 in the proposed school’s catchment.

It would really help the campaign if you could send your local TDs a letter and position paper, or even simply your own request along those lines, in the coming days. If you have signed up to tinyurl.com/ethx-list – please check your Promotion tab in your e-mail inbox for further details on how you can help. Thank you ETHX Committee
SCHOOL CLOSURES

Monday 4th Bank Holiday

Half Day June 29th and closed until 30th of August 2018

KEEP US UPDATED – If your contact details change or if you are planning on leaving our school before September, please keep us informed.

Hope you all get a chance to enjoy the sunshine this weekend,

Dermot.

NEWSLETTER 18.05.2018

Welcome to this week’s newsletter,

Muintir Canal Way

A big thank you to all the adults who came and visited for Muintir day this year. We have had two fantastic days of sharing our school with our aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends. Thanks to Hazel for organising and coordinating these days. Thanks to the parents association for the tea and coffee afterwards. See gallery for pictures http://www.canalwayetns.org/gallery.php#6557

September 2018

If any families are leaving the school between now and September please let the office know as soon as possible. Thank you. This affects families waiting for places in our school.

School Tours

Thanks to all who have paid for the school tours by e-payment. We would appreciate if all families could pay before the tours take place

Junior Infants and Senior Infants – ‘Hazel House’ Tuesday May 22nd Farm and woodcraft, more info see here https://www.thehazelhouse.ie/ This tour will cost €20 per child.

First Class and Second Class – Pine Forest Wednesday May 23rd - Forest trails and art workshop http://www.pineforestartcentre.com/ This tour will cost €20 per child.

Third / Fourth / Fifth / Sixth Class – Clara Lara Fun Park Friday June 8th - Adventure Funpark http://www.familyfun.ie/clara-lara-fun-park/ This tour will cost €25 per child.

Buses are arranged and will drop children back to school at normal collection times. The bus will need to leave at 08:30 sharp in order to allow enough time for an enjoyable tour so please ensure your children are promptly on the line on their tour day.

Children will need to bring a healthy packed lunch and appropriate clothing for a day spent mostly outdoors.

Please apply sun cream before children get to school.

Young Philosophers Day

Today our 4th 5th and 6th class pupils were representing the Canal Way ETNS at young philosophers day in UCD.

https://youngphilosopherawards.ucd.ie/

Five year plan

Reminder that there is a meeting on Thursday 30th of May at 19.30 for parents, this will be facilitated by Deirdre O’ Donohoe from Educate Together head office. This meeting will be working on our shared vision for the school.

SPONSORED WALK

The children will be doing a sponsored walk during school on May 31st, as part of Active Schools Week. Historically, this has been our top fundraising activity in the year, so it’s an important event! We will need volunteers on the morning to help make the walk possible. Please contact parentssecretary@portobelloetns.org or your Class Rep to let us know if you’ll be able to help out.

Thanks for your continued support,

Canal Way staff

NEWSLETTER 05.04.2018

Welcome to this week’s newsletter,

5 YEAR PLAN: Our school is completing its fifth year this year and management are in the process of writing a new five year plan for Canalway Educate Together. This is a road map for the school, and we shall be engaging with the parents at a workshop evening on May 30th 2018 at 19.30hrs. We will be considering what our vision is for our school and we will be gathering together under headings such as Ethos. Accommodation, Communication, Structures etc. Working groups will arise from this, and it will be facilitated by Deirdre O Donohoe, from Educate Together.

MUINTIR DAY: Our school will be celebrating Muintir Canal Way on Thursday the 17th and Friday the 18th of May from 10.30-12.30. It is a day to celebrate older people in our lives and invite them to visit our school, have a chat and share in our learning. Children are invited to ask a Grandparent, parent, aunt/uncle, a family friend etc. to share in this special morning. We have split this over two days and the schedule is as follows:

Thursday 18th May

Junior Infants Fiona

Senior Infants Jenny

First Class Simon

2nd Class Aileen

4th/5th/6th Doireann

 

Friday 19th May

Junior Infants Niamh

Senior Infants Aodan

First Class Cian

Third class Ciarán

 

We will welcome the visitors to our school at 10.30. They will then go to the child’s classroom for a chat followed by a joint assembly. Tea and coffee will be served after this until finish at 12.30. If it is a case that your child has sibling and their visitor can only come one of the days we can facilitate that the child would join in on their sibling’s day. Children also went home today with some research to do over the break which we would love to display on the day so please check the bags! If anyone would like to give any photos to display on the days please direct them to Hazel.

GARDEN UPDATEOur trees have been cut, so the garden looks brighter and is safer also. Our hens will be staying until the end of the school year. EVERYONE is delighted.

CALENDAR 2018 / 2019 Our school calendar on the home page is now updated until July 2019.

SCHOOL CLOSURES: School is closed for midterm break next week, and shall reopen on the 14th of May.

FAREWELL & THANKS TO OUR STUDENTS: Our student teachers are finished today, and we would like to thank them for all their hard work and for the care that have shown the children. It is a pleasure as always to host students from DCU annually – thanks to the whole school community for giving them our Canalway Welcome.

PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION

CLOTHES DRIVE Thanks to everyone who brought contribution for our clothes drive this week. It was a great success, and this is an initiative we plan to repeat a few times per year. We raised over two hundred euro this time.

SPONSORED WALK The children will be doing a sponsored walk during school on May 31st, as part of Active Schools Week. Historically, this has been our top fundraising activity in the year, so it’s an important event! We will need volunteers on the morning to help make the walk possible. Please contact parentssecretary@portobelloetns.org or your Class Rep to let us know if you’ll be able to help out. We will be in touch with the details of what the money will be spent on – Management are considering a few options at present. The Student Council are also consulting with the students for ideas to keep the event fresh and exciting, as well as slightly annoying !!

Enjoy Your Break,

Dermot.