Coláiste Pobail Setanta

Newsletter No. 150. Monday 17-10-2022


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Coláiste Pobail Setanta Admissions 2023-2024

The application process for admissions of 1st Years 2023-2024 has commenced.

Please visit the College Website for details

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12:00 noon 21-10-2022.

Applications received after this date will be considered and processed as late applications in accordance with the school’s Admission Policy

College Uniform

The expectations of the College when it comes to uniform is very clear on the College Website,


The Uniform Policy is very clear when it comes to the correct shirt for PE classes, hair styles, nails, make-up, jewellery and how to wear the uniform, jumpers are not to be tucked into skirts and skirts are not to be rolled up. Failure to wear the college uniform correctly will result in a Reminder Note with punishment work. Repeated failures will result in further sanctions. It is the responsibility of every parents to ensure their children are properly dressed for school each day and it is the responsibility of each students to wear their uniform properly.

Autumn is approaching

With Autumn approaching, students will need to wear their school jackets as per the school uniform policy. No other jacket is permitted, and non-uniform jackets will be confiscated whether they are being worn or carried. The only exception is a navy jacket to be worn while the school jacket is being repaired or washed.

Students Independence

I am very pleased with the huge reduction in parents’ cars on the grounds of Colaiste Pobail Setanta and with the marked increase of students walking and cycling to school. This achieves two goals of our College, to reduce our carbon footprint and CO2 emissions from cars and to promote students independence and self-reliance at being able to make their own way to school. As the weather becomes more like Winter, I expect the current trend to continue, so I am asking parents to purchase the College Coat and an umbrella for their children for when the rain returns.

3rd year Minecraft Coding Event
On Monday 17th October 3rd year Coding students have an opportunity to virtually join the DreamSpace Team in Microsoft for a celebration of EU CodeWeek. Students will develop coding and computational skills in an engaging way through the medium of Minecraft. This is a live event for students from all around the globe. Please remind your son/daughter to bring a set of earphones & their device charger with them on Monday. Students will meet Ms. Dunne in the Demo Room straight after lunch at 12:22 to join the event at 12:30.

Guidance Department News

This segment is of real value to our 5th and 6th Year students. Parents, please take the time to have a conversation with your son or daughter about the information below.

Saturday 15th October

Monday 17th October

Tuesday 18th October

Wednesday 19th October

Thursday 20th October

Friday 21st October

Saturday 22nd October

Saturday 26th November

Better Options

What: Free 1 day online event for students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties, and adults with disabilities, exploring post-secondary school options in education.

Available to: Adults returning to education or students with disabilities considering their post leaving cert educational options, parents and guidance counsellors in the Republic of Ireland.

Counselling and Psychotherapy Service

Blanchardstown Community Counselling Services,

01-8261289, 0858765856,

37C Mainstreet, Ongar Village, D15, D15RW61

Parking to the front of the building or in Dunnes Carpark, maximum stay 2 hours

Busses, 139, 39, 39A

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 17th October 2022 at 19.00

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 1996. 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 17th October 2022 at 19.00


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. 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 ______
  • Revolute ­­­______

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 for teacher

6th Year Parent/Student/Teacher Meeting

Our 6th year Parent-Student-Teacher Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 10th from 15.30-18.00.

You can now enter preferences for teachers you would like to speak with during this meeting.


  1. Go to
  2. Enter the school roll number: 76098W
  3. Enter your child's Vsware ID. (Your child will have this)
  4. Enter your preferences, 1 being most preferred.
  5. Save your appointments.

Please complete this step by 12pm on Friday, 21st October.

We will notify you after this date of the appointment slots assigned to you.

We look forward to meeting you and your child at the Parent- Student-Teacher meeting on the 10th November 2022

Kind regards,


Psychology Advice Clinic

Are you concerned about yourself, a child or another family member and would like some advice? WHEN: The Second & Fourth Tuesday of each month from 9.30 - 12.30, from January 2020.

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Foróige Career Paths News

Foróige is hosting 11 new Career Paths webinars throughout the school year.

Recognising a need amongst young people, Foróige is offering a series of Career Paths Webinars to empower the career choices of young people across the country. These free interactive webinars are open to all young people and are being offered through Eventbrite. Each webinar will focus on a different professional field and feature a panel of 3 Mentors. The webinar will inform the young people about (1) the different careers that exist within that profession and (2) the diverse paths that people take to their chosen career. Young people will be given a short bio of each panellist prior to the Career Path webinar, enabling them to prepare questions. Questions can be submitted through Eventbrite when acquiring a ticket or through the Chat. The webinars will take place every month from October to May. This is an incredible opportunity and we hope that you will help us in promoting it with your young people.

Follow us on Eventbrite and be notified as new Career Paths Webinars take place every month.

Get in touch if you have any questions. We would love to hear from you.

National Write a Poem Competition

PDST is now taking submissions for the National Write a Poem Competition 2022-2023 under two categories: Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle. We hope that this popular competition will encourage young writers to compose poetry, and we hope that it will assist teachers in supporting the writing of poetry in the classroom and beyond.
All submissions to be sent via email to in word format by Wednesday, 7 December 2022.

The Royal College of Surgeons In Ireland

The Royal College of Surgeons In Ireland are hosting a Mini Science TY programme on the 1st and 2nd of Feb 2023.

Please see this link for more information

If you are interested in applying for this course please complete this form

Registration form

Please note that Q10 of the form will require you to write about why you would like to attend this TY programme. Also, this is an onsite programme in the Royal College of Surgeons and places will be limited. If you are successful in gaining a place please complete the “Additional Work Experience Form”.

Study Workshops

Tuesday and Wednesday, 18th and 19th October will see our 6th Year students engage in their study workshops. This is the last of our study workshops and all year groups will have taken part in a study work shop by the end of week 7. We would always encourage students to speak with their class teacher for study techniques relating to their particular subject.

Borrow Box

We have the app BorrowBox link up on the school website under the student heading. This is a fantastic app which allows students, parents and teachers to borrow eBooks from their local library. Please follow the link to our website for details on how to set up an account and use this resource.

BorrowBox Library Access | Coláiste Pobail Setanta (

Diversity Committee

Yellow Flag Programme, promoting inclusion and celebrating diversity.

We are calling on any students who would like to join the diversity committee.

This committee will be involved in Black History Week and its preparation. This was a huge success last year. This committee will also be involved in making an action plan to celebrate cultural diversity in our school and help keep people safe from discrimination. We will also be writing up a diversity code for CPS. This diversity code will inform everyone on how our school thinks and feels about cultural diversity, it will also look at school rules & see if they need to be changed to foster greater equality.

Please give your name to Ms Kelly & Ms Baraut

Maths Week

Maths's week is due to take place from the 17th of October (week 7)✖️➗➖➕

We wanted to provide everyone with the details of the week's events 🙂

We would appreciate it if you could remind students of the events and encourage them to get involved.


Mr. Ludden has kindly agreed to give us a well-deserved laugh each day by telling some maths jokes over the intercom. Students are invited to email him daily with their best or worst maths jokes, and he will read out a selection each day. There will be a small prize for a joke of the day each day. Please remind you students in tutorial if possible.


Nerdle - the daily numbers game (

Nerdle is a maths sum version of wordle, for maths week we kindly ask all teachers to allow students to attempt to solve the daily nerdle for the last 5-10 mins of the very last class of the day. Any students who solve the nerdle are invited to submit screenshots (including time and date) of the finished screen to Ms Cassidy ( a couple of names will be randomly drawn for a small prize on Friday.
If students are really struggling, please feel free to turn it into a group effort if you would like. We want this to be used as a fun way to include maths everywhere, so we don't want the students sitting there not getting involved.

Student Problems

We will be sending all tutors a daily problem (kindly selected by Mr Nielsen) that we would like all students to complete during tutorial. We will send on the answer to the problem as well and would kindly ask that Tutors make a note of the student who solves the problem correctly first each morning and lets us know on Thursday so we can arrange a small prize for them on Friday.

Staff problem

We will also have a daily staff problem on the whiteboard, the staff member who figures out the correct answer first will get a small treat. Many thanks to Mr Gaul who selected the problems for this.

Poster Competiton

Ms Cahill will be running a poster competition; all students are invited to create a poster displaying an intriguing way maths is all around us. For further information students can ask their maths teachers. All completed entries can be handed to any maths teacher. There will a prizes for the best entries.

Be a teacher for a class

Ms O'Reilly is welcoming any TY students who would like to see what its like to be a teacher, to come to her with a short (30 minute) lesson plan, detailing what you would like to do with a class, and she will choose the best teacher/group to teach her first years.


Please find attached a link to some various puzzles that can be completed by all ages, which may be used in SPHE or wellbeing as a starter or finisher during the week.

Puzzles for All – MATHS WEEK IRELAND

Starter questions and video Links

Find attached a document with a list of videos, some are music maths questions and others are videos where maths can be found every day. Feel free to use one during a lesson. Attached is a power point with starter questions which you can use also.

For Irish classes here is a matching game on shapes. It might be of some use

Emoji equation questions to start a lesson. Answers are included

Lots of other resources can be found here:


Maths TV

A programme for secondary students will be broadcast on Maths TV from 11-12 each day. These programmes can be watched any time after that so feel free to show one during tutorial.

Thanks again everyone in advance for your support of Maths Week!

Cycle Against Suicide - Headstrong Committee

We are looking for teachers and students to form a Headstrong Committee within the school.

It is part of the Cycle Against Suicide programme which aims to promote positive mental health and break the stigma around poor mental health. Its ethos is that; "It is OK not to feel OK, and it is absolutely OK to ask for help". The headstrong programme can be used as part of the school's self-evaluation process in the area of well-being.

To cut to the chase!

The teacher and student committees would work together to organise 5 exercises or awareness campaigns to do over the course of the year. Whether it be poster competitions, fundraisers, tea mornings etc. Usually this would include a static cycle or actual cycle that students can take part in to raise awareness. There will also be an opportunity to attend the student congress in 2023. At the end of the year, the school will attain Ambassador status and receive a lovely plaque!

For the SPHE, CSPE and Well-being teachers, Headstrong is also providing resources and lesson plans that will suit TYs, 5th and 6th year students. So please contact me if you would like these!

Ideally, The headstrong committee is better suited to Senior Cycle students. Could any tutors of Prefects, TY's, 5th or 6th year please ask their students if this is something they would like to get involved in during tutorial tomorrow and get a list of names? I would really appreciate it!

There will be an hour-long online training session hosted by the Cycle Against Suicide Chief Executive Officer, for the teachers and students of the new committee from 9:15 to 10:45am on the 17th of October. I will supervise this, and I will let you know where the training will take place closer to the day. I know this is at an awkward time, but I can forward any teachers on the slides from C.A.S and we can go through it at a time that suits.

Kind regards,

Ms. K Wise

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