1st March 2012

Dear Parents/Guardians,

A note about Mary Lynch’s Retirement

As you will be aware, yesterday was Mary Lynch’s last day as Deputy Principal in SETNS. While we will greatly miss Mary’s presence in our school, equally we wish Mary a very long and happy retirement. On Tuesday morning the children and staff celebrated this very special occasion with Mary at our Whole School Assembly. Representatives from Educate Together, SETNS Board of Management (past and present) and SETNS PTA joined us for this assembly.  We were also delighted to be joined by Gerard Kelly (former principal), Seamus Shaw (principal of Gaelscoil Brian Boroimhe) and Mary’s husband Kevin. Invited speakers alluded to Mary’s outstanding commitment and contribution to the development of Swords Educate Together National School over the past 10 years.

Presentations were made to Mary on behalf of the BOM, the PTA and the Student Council whose Chairperson Tesleem and Deputy Chairperson Kate were very accomplished in capturing the sentiments of the children.  Two children from each class presented Mary with a Class Card and the pupil body sang songs throughout the assembly concluding with the School Anthem. There was much laughter in the hall as Mary shared some thoughts and anecdotes about her time in SETNS. The children of SETNS excelled in their positive participation at the Assembly.

I would like to acknowledge the huge contribution of all the staff who coordinated and organised this very fitting tribute to Mary. The Master of Ceremonies role was professionally and wonderfully undertaken by Bronagh. The PTA provided lunch for our invited guests on the day. Thank you all so very much!

Please check out some photographs of the school assembly for Mary which are now posted on our website under Events www.swordseducatetogether.ie


A note from the Board of ManagementAppointment of Deputy Principal

The Board of Management is delighted to announce the appointment of Karl Breen as Deputy Principal. We would like to congratulate Karl on his appointment and wish him well in this challenging and exciting role. We look forward to working with Karl as part of the in-school management team as we lead the school community in the future.


SEN Team

The SEN team (in particular Alice and Aoife) have ably co-ordinated the handover of Mary Lynch’s SEN co-ordinator duties in advance of Karl taking on this additional role. Karl will remain as class teacher to his current 2nd class until the end of the school year.

We are delighted to have Niamh Cassin join the SEN team until the end of this year. Many of the children will already know Niamh as she has worked in a substitute teacher capacity with some classes this year.


Amnesty Friendship Bracelets

An amazing €966 was raised for Amnesty International through the sale of Friendship Bracelets.  Well done everyone!!


SETNS Green Team

Congratulations to Bronagh, Marie, Deirdre Moffat and all on the Green Team who have successfully lead our school community in securing our second Green Flag. We have also been selected as Fingal Regional winners of the Go Recycle & Win Competition 2011. We are very proud of everyone involved in this fantastic achievement.


World Book Day

Today, 1st March, is WBkD.  We have always enjoyed celebrating this day in our school and acknowledging the important contribution that books make in our lives.  There were a number of events happening in the classrooms during the day.  We have encouraged children to bring their favourite book to school and some even dressed as a character from a book.  Every child received a book token in school today. Please encourage your child to read a book today and every day.


GAA season

The GAA season has started up and school teams are on the campaign trail again. Thanks to all the teachers who give of their time to ensure that both boys and girls have an opportunity to represent their school in both competitive and friendly GAA matches.


SETNS Home time

In the interest of safety for all pupils, I would respectfully ask you NOT to take your child from the class line at home time until the class teacher is aware of your intention to do so.



Communication is of great importance to us all and is essential for keeping you informed as to what is happening in school. To that end I will continue to send out Newsletters regularly (every second Thursday) and you can keep an eye on the school website as all Newsletters are posted on the website…just in case Newsletters get lost in the bottom of schoolbags!

We are currently investigating installing a school database so that later this year we should be in a position to offer you the option of receiving Newsletters by email.


Seachtain na Gaeilge 2012

We will celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge during the week of 12th – 16th March with activities such as a Céilí music and Quizes. We will place particular emphasis on children’s conversational use of Irish in school. Croí na Teanga – It’s You! (Heart of the Language – It’s You!) is the motto of the festival this year.

Yours sincerely,


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