Coláiste Pobail Setanta

Newsletter No. 159, Monday 09-01-2023


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Welcome back to Colaiste Pobail Setanta after the Christmas Holidays. I hope that you have a very enjoyable holiday and that you have all returned with renewed energy

Students Attendance and Absence

As you are aware, we are now using the VS Ware App so that parents can communicate directly with the College regarding a student’s planned absence, appointments etc, or unplanned absence, illness etc. Please use VS Ware to input this information as we are no longer accepting notes in the journal to grant a student’s permission to leave for an appointment or to excuse an absence. From 5/1/23 we are only accepting communication through VS Ware on these items.

If you have any questions or issues with accessing VS Ware, please feel free to contact our Front Office Staff for assistance.

Guidance News


Please remember to apply for your CAO number by the 20th of January

Central Applications Office (


Please keep an eye out on all the different apprenticeships on offer

Generation Apprenticeship

PLC Courses

Please research keep an eye out on all the different plc courses offered. Apply directly to the college offering the course. Come speak to the Guidance Department for support in applying

HEAR & DARE Scheme

Online Application Information session for 2023 HEAR & DARE applicants

The online presentation will include a Q&A session

The Online Information Sessions and Presentations for 2023 DARE & HEAR Applications will take place on Saturday 14th January 2023. The webinars will give an opportunity for students, their parents/guardians and Guidance Counsellors to listen to and engage with members of the DARE and HEAR teams across all of the participating Higher Education Institutions. As well as explaining how both of the schemes work, participants will have the opportunity to have their questions answered in a Q & A session.

The times for each session are-

  • DARE Session – Sat 14th Jan 10.00am
  • HEAR Session – Sat 14th Jan 1.00pm

For more information on the DARE and HEAR Schemes please visit

Monday 9th January

Tuesday 10th January

  • Dublin Business School (DBS) Open Day- Online-Online Open Evening, Tuesday, January 10th, from 5pm-6:30pm.
    Click here to register.

Wednesday 11th January

  • Griffith College Dublin Open Evening-From 6-7pm Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Rd., Dublin 8. Follow & register for events:
  • Maynooth CAO Information Evening- 6pm for virtual CAO Information Evening. All are welcome to join webinars and ask questions about CAO level 8 study options, application, budgeting, accommodation, student life and much more. Q&A with the Admissions Team and Student Ambassadors about general course application and admissions questions
    To Register: Click Here

Saturday 14th January

  • DARE & HEAR Application online session. See
  • BIMM In Person Open Day Saturday 14th January 2023-11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Venue: BIMM Institute, 62-64 Francis St, Dublin. Please clearly specify your preferred session and any additional requirements when booking your place. Events & registration:
  • Engineering Open Day TUS - Limerick Campuses-TUS Moylish Campus Limerick. Register & follow for events:

The deadline for applications for undergraduate courses at the Lir Academy starting next September is Wednesday 1 February.

I've included some information that might be useful to any students considering making an application below. Students can also access our online prospectus here. If your students have any questions about making an application they can contact our admissions team directly at

Undergraduate applications

Numeracy Initiative in Colaiste Pobail Setanta

Commencing next week, our Numeracy Committee will commence an initiative to increase students problem solving capabilities through the use of Wordle like games in class. These will be used as class starters or as breaks in class from the work of the lesson. This has been piloted in a number of classes before Christmas and we are now rolling it out across the whole school. Problem solving is a life skill that needs to be nurtured and that is what this initiative is all about. Numeracy is more than numbers and maths, it is every day problem solving.

Best of luck, and have fun!

The Numeracy Committee

(Ronan, Hannah, Sarah, Leann, Edeline, Mairead)

Lámh at Coláiste Pobail Setanta  

Lamh is the sign language we are promoting in our school for students who have difficulties communicating verbally. Some of our students are non-verbal and we need them to feel accepted and comfortable in our school. For that reason there is going to be a lamh sign communicated to our students in every assembly, tutorial and class for the whole school to use throughout the day so that it becomes our norm and not just something we try to remember when we meet one of our friends that has communication difficulties. 

The Lamh signs are READY, COMPUTER, PAPER, TO CHOOSE. Please see videos attached.

READY - (749) Lámh Sign For READY - YouTube

COMPUTER (749) Lámh Sign For COMPUTER - YouTube

PAPER - (749) Lámh Sign For PAPER - YouTube

TO CHOOSE - (749) Lámh Sign For To Choose - YouTube

HSE Information

DATE: 6th January 2023

Significant increase in viral infections

We have seen a very significant increase in the usual winter viral infections. This includes an increase

in flu, RSV and now Covid-19. This is because we are all mixing together more.

We would like to thank you for supporting the dissemination of these important messages and thank

the whole school community for their efforts in following public health advice. As schools and other

activities re-open it is timely to remind the school community of the key measures outlined below.

Important messages for families and children regarding any infections:

1) The most important measure is to stay home if you are unwell.

Many children might have a runny nose or a slight cough in winter season. However, if a child is

feeling unwell they should be at home. For example, they may have:

  • fever
  • cough, and
  • sore throat

They should stay at home until those symptoms have finished. Children unwell with symptoms of

one infection are more likely to get ‘co-infected’ with another infection which might make them

more unwell, if they are exposed.


Staying home when unwell will help prevent spread to other children, families and staff.

2) Infection, prevention and control measures

  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Keep hands clean

Many of the measures that we all got used to with Covid-19 are still important. Hygiene measures

such as these should be encouraged for everyone. These measures help stop the spread of infection.

3) Vaccination

Making sure your child is up to date on all recommended vaccinations will help:

  • stop your child getting an infection and
  • make them less likely to be unwell if they do get an infection

Routine childhood vaccinations protect against many significant viral and bacterial infections.

More information is available at

Flu vaccine

Children and young people with underlying conditions, are at increased risk of severe complications

from flu and are recommended the flu vaccine.

It is important that all adults and children recommended the flu vaccine receive the vaccine. Check if

you are recommended the flu vaccine at

It is not too late to get your free flu vaccine.

More information is available at

Vaccination for Covid-19 is still available. Visit

The most important ways to prevent the spread of all infections are making sure:

  • anyone unwell stays at home
  • children and adults are up to date with their recommended vaccines, including flu
  1. If you are concerned about your child

If you are concerned your child may be unwell, please check There is information on coughs, colds, fever, rashes and symptoms of concern.

Advice on when to contact your GP or go to a hospital emergency department is available at

Typical symptoms of viral infections

Symptoms of viral infections typically include:

  • runny or blocked nose
  • mild fever
  • cough
  • lethargy (tiredness)

Many children with viral infections also have a generalised rash.

Most children with viral infections can safely be cared for at home.

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