19th January 2012

Dear Parents and Guardians,


We hope you all had a very pleasant holiday and we wish you all the best for 2012!


Sympathy extended to Gerard

On behalf of the SETNS community I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to Gerard Kelly on the death of his mother Brigid at the end of December. Our thoughts remain with Gerard and his family at this time.


Chinese New Year

A very happy New Year to our Chinese and Vietnamese pupils who will celebrate the Chinese New Year on Monday 23rd January 2012 (Year of the Dragon). Also known as the spring festival, it is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar.


Welcome to SETNS

We are delighted to welcome Olivia Montague 6th Class and Ryan Chamberlain 5th class and hope that they are settling in well to their new classes and new school. We are also delighted to welcome Anna Mac Neill who is currently on Teaching Practice in 5th class. Anna is a 3rd year student with Hibernia College.


Amnesty International Workshops

On Wednesday 18th January 5th and 6th class pupils participated in a workshop facilitated by Amnesty International Officers on the theme of Child Labour.  The children engaged in discussions on the UN Convention of The Rights of a Child and examined case studies which highlight this issue. This proved a very informative session and will be further explored in their classes as part of the Learn Together Programme.


“Wassa Wassa” Drumming

“Wassa Wassa” drumming is a whole school event that will take place on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th January 2012.The children will be introduced to a variety of drums and
shakers as they embark on a journey across the colourful continent of Africa.
A variety of beats will be taught and children will invent their own drum solos
at the end of the lesson. A thrilling experience for all who take part!


RSE/Stay Safe programme

RSE Relationships and Sexuality Education will be introduced and taught in all classes from Junior Infants to 6th class this term, followed by the Stay Safe programme.


Swords Credit Union

On Tuesday Darren from Swords Credit Union remarked that savings this week were of the highest amount so far this year. Well done to all pupils saving every Tuesday…what a great way to start off the New Year!


Green Team

The New Green Team met for the first time on Monday 16th January. Children from Junior Infants to 6th class were in attendance. We await news from An Taisce about our second Green Flag. A huge thanks to all the children who brought in batteries and again we await news re the Battery Competition. Fingers crossed!

Check out “Green Tip of the Week” in the foyer. Thank you, Marie for looking after this.


Learning experiences and on-going school activities

I would like to acknowledge the commitment of the staff in ensuring that children have rich and varied learning experiences in class as well as opportunities to engage in on-going activities such as the Green Team, Choir, Student Council and Sporting Teams. On a ‘sporting’ note please ensure that your child wears suitable footwear on PE days and Friday running club days.


Birthday Cakes and Treats

In line with the school’s healthy eating policy and in cases of children with allergies we would ask you NOT to send in cakes and treats on the occasion of your child’s birthday. While we appreciate that your intentions in this regard are genuine and generous it may cause upset to your child if we cannot give out cakes and treats sent in. In classes where children do celebrate their birthdays teachers, SNAs and pupils will acknowledge your child’s birthday on the day.


NEWB National Education and Welfare Board

Schools are obliged by law to report on school attendance since the inception of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000. We are required to report on students who have been absent from school for a cumulative total of twenty days or more.

   Reminder: As per school policy, a written note is required for each absence.



Please ensure that your child arrives to school on time and is standing in their line by 8.30am. Late arrival to school can be unsettling for your child and for the class reception period generally. Your child should only enter the school building through the front reception area if the path gates are closed and in such cases this will be recorded in the Late Book. Your co-operation in this matter is very much appreciated.

Reminder: Please do not drop your child to school early as they will not be admitted to school prior to 8.30 am

Transition to Secondary Schools

Very best wishes to our 6th class pupils who will be sitting entrance exams and tests in the coming weeks!


Lost Property

A child’s pair of eyeglasses has been in the school office since December, please contact Catriona if you think they may belong to your child.

Lost Property will be recycled at the end of each month so please arrange to collect your child’s coat, sweatshirt or other clothes before the end of this month.


Winter Fair

The Winter Fair was a huge success and worked out very well in our school hall. Thank you for supporting this school event and we hope you enjoyed the cuppa and treats…the children certainly did! Huge thanks to the PTA supported by the SEN team on the day for a warm festive end to the term. The event raised an amazing €1960.00 for Special Educational Needs in our school!


Chicken Pox

For your information, I wish to advise you that we have had a few cases of Chicken Pox, throughout the school.  Parents/Guardians are advised that children with Chicken Pox should only return to school once the spots have crusted over, are dried and the child is feeling well in themselves.


Traffic Management

In the interest of pupil safety, please take the time to look at the Traffic Management Guidelines and in particular please note No cars on campus at home time and Observe Zebra Crossings.


Board of Management

On December 1st 2011 the new Board of Management for SETNS was constituted for a four year term. The Board of Management meet at least five times in the school year though more usually it meets monthly; we wish the Board every success for the duration of its term.

Board members are:

Elaine Bermingham – Chairperson and Educate Together Patron Nominee

Mark Fagan – Educate Together Patron Nominee

Niamh Kerrigan – Parent Nominee

Dave Mc Loughlin – Parent Nominee

Fiona Rushe – Principal

Karl Breen – Teacher Nominee

Michael Delaney – Community Nominee

Colette Caddle – Community Nominee



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