Coláiste Pobail Setanta

Newsletter 153 14-11-2022


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Students Attendance and Absence

This year we are 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 will be slowing phasing out the use of the school journal for this communication. From 5/1/2023 we will no longer accept 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 will only accept communication through VS Ware on these items

New Lunchtime Arrangements for 2nd Year Students.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

2nd Year Students have voiced their concerns through their Student Council over the current lunch arrangement, which sees all 2nd Year students stay in for lunch this academic year. Having given this due consideration the college have decided that 2nd Year students can now go home for lunch if they choose to do so. Students who wish to remain in school can also continue to do so. If you would like for your son or daughter to go home for lunch, please sign the section on page 2 of their journal. Insert their name in the line “I understand that _______________from (please insert 2nd Year) will go home for lunch.” Please then sign beside this. Once you have done this, the tutors or Year Head will stamp the journal with the college stamp.

2nd Year students must show their journal to the teacher on duty when exiting through the blue door each day.

We kindly ask that all parents and students read through the Lunchtime Information on Page 2 of the Student Journal together to remind themselves of the Guidelines in relation to Lunchtime Arrangements for students who choose to go home for lunch.

The new lunchtime arrangements will begin on Monday 7th November, allowing the 2nd Year Support team time to check through journals and stamp each one.

Thank you for your support and cooperation with this.

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. 

Next week's Lamh signs are: Lunch Box, Coat, Library, Cold. Please see videos attached.

LUNCH BOX - (553) Lámh Sign For LUNCH BOX - YouTube

COAT - (553) Lámh Sign For COAT - YouTube

Library - (553) Lámh Sign For LIBRARY - YouTube

COLD - (553) Lámh Sign For COLD - YouTube

Students can try put these signs together into a sentence.

Dyslexia Courses Ireland

3 Priory Drive, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

W: E: M: 087 2582345

Zoom webinar for parents on how to support their student with dyslexia at second level

Monday 14th November 2022 at 7.00 pm till 8.30

Many parents of students with dyslexia struggle to know how to support the student at second level as the challenges are different to those experienced at primary level. This webinar aims to give practical help and advice.

The topics addressed include:

  • How dyslexia affects the student at second level
  • How to support the student in the following areas
    • Organisation
    • Note-taking
    • Memory and Learning
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Spelling and Vocabulary.
  • Key educational choices such as subject choice, language exemptions etc.
  • Resources such as useful websites.

We have run this webinar on many occasions since 2020. What parents have said about the webinar.

  • ‘Gave me hope and ideas on how to help’.
  • ‘I found it brilliant, jam-packed with information and advice and it was performed in such a professional manner’.
  • Thank you very much!! Very informative and helpful. Lots of ideas going forward!


Wyn McCormack worked as guidance counsellor and special education teacher as well as the parent of sons with dyslexia. She has designed and presented courses on dyslexia for teachers, parents and students since the early 90’s. She is the author of the Factsheets on Dyslexia at Second Level (2014 and updated annually), Lost for Words 3rd Ed. 2007, and co-author of Dyslexia, an Irish Perspective 2nd Ed 2010

Cost The cost of the webinar is €20. To book a place, please use the booking form below.

Dyslexia Courses Ireland

W: E: P: 087 2582345

Zoom webinar for parents on how to support their student with dyslexia at second level

Monday 14th November 2022 at 7.00 pm


To book a place, return this section plus the fee €20 to Dyslexia Courses Ireland, 3 Priory Drive, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, Post Code A94XY17 or email it to The fee can be paid by cheque, postal order, electronic funds transfer (EFT) or by Revolut to 087 2582345. The bank details are as follows:

Account Name: Dyslexia Courses Ireland

IBAN: IE29AIBK93136520234022


Please, Please use your name on the EFT.

Name _____________________

Phone contact _____________________

Email ____________________

Name of School your child attends ­_________________

What year is your child in ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­_____________________

Please tick below

  • Fee attached ______
  • Electronic Funds transfer ______

The information on this form will be held until the webinar takes place. At that stage, only the email address will be retained to allow for circulation of newsletters about resources.

eBook self help guide on our Website

Our IT Coordinators, Ms. Dunne and Ms. Confrey have created a self help guide to downloading eBooks for our students and parents. Please follow the link below to our website for more information.

Consultation for the new policy on Irish-medium education outside of the Gaeltacht

A chara,

The Department of Education has launched a public consultation to inform the development of a new policy for Irish-medium education outside of the Gaeltacht.

The development of this new policy is being informed by the outcomes of the public consultation and by national and international research. Additionally, a report on current provision of Irish-medium education outside of the Gaeltacht has been published as an important reference point to inform the consultation and policy development process.

It is vital that the public consultation reaches a large number of people, so that a broad variety of stakeholder views and experiences can be captured. This includes those with a particular interest in the Irish language and Irish-medium education, but also those who do not regularly engage with the Irish language or Irish-medium education. To facilitate this, the Department is now seeking your assistance in the following ways:

  • We ask that you share the information about the public consultation and the link to the online questionnaire with staff and parents in your school.
  • Where appropriate, please share information about the consultation with your pupils/students and encourage them to participate and share their own views and experiences.
  • If your school would like to further contribute to the public consultation, you are also welcome to make a written submission to 16 January 2023.

The questionnaire will be available to complete until 16 January 2023.

In addition to the public consultation, the Department of Education will be holding focus groups with stakeholders in 2023 to further explore the themes that come to the fore in the online consultation and in the research currently underway.

The questionnaire, as well as further information on the consultation process, can be accessed at

Many thanks for your assistance.

Le gach dea-ghuí,

Department of Education.

Jigsaw Non-Uniform Day

There will be a non-uniform day to raise money for Jigsaw on Friday 18th November. Students will be basked to donate €2 for the privilege of not wearing their school uniform on that day.

This has been organised by our students in Croí

World Anti-Bullying Week

World Anti-Bullying Week takes place next week. This will see the roll-out of the Activating Social Empathy Programme to Junior Cycle students.

Activating Social Empathy (ASE) is an interactive, student-focused, social and emotional learning programme, which was developed in 2017, as a resource tool for post-primary schools. The ASE programme was developed by researchers at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre (UCFRC), in collaboration with partners at Foróige and Penn State University.

For students, there will be an Anti-Bullying Week poster competition with prizes to be won! The theme of the poster competition is “Don’t stand by“.

The Anti-Bullying Committee is working with Foróige to put together Anti-Bullying workshops. The workshops will take place over the coming weeks.

We remind students, parents and teachers that there is a confidential bullying referral form on the college’s website. Please report any bullying behaviour because it is not OK to stand by!

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