Coláiste Pobail Setanta

Newsletter No. 152. Monday 31/10/2022


Newsletter Banner.JPG

For more news and pictures of the many activities that happen in our school every day, please follow us on twitter

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.

Guidance Department News.

Friday 4th November

  • CAO opens for applications. Students can apply through

Saturday 5th November

Tuesday 8th November

Wednesday 9th November

Saturday 12th November

Atlantic Technological University Open Days

  • ATU Open Days are taking place across its campuses in Galway, Mayo, Donegal and Sligo in the coming weeks.
  • Open Days are a great way for your students to meet lecturers and students, take campus tours and learn more about the wide range of programmes available!
  • ATU Galway Creative Pathways Open Day - Wellpark Road Campus - Thursday 3rd November 2022 10am-2pm
  • ATU Galway 4 Campus Open Day - Saturday 5th November 2022 10am-1pm
  • ATU Connemara Open Day - Friday 11th November 2022 11am-1pm
  • ATU Donegal Open Day - Letterkenny Campus - Thursday 17th November 2022 9.30am-2pm
  • ATU Sligo & St Angela’s Open Day – Friday November 25th 9am-1pm & Saturday November 26th 10am-2pm
  • ATU Mayo Open Day - Castlebar Campus – Wednesday 7th December 2022 10a

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. 

Last weeks signs were HELLO, FRIEND, I WANT, HELP 

Please practice this with your child at home to encourage our work as a whole school on inclusion for all. Put the 4 signs together into a sentence. 





Next weeks signs are as follows.

Quiet, To Wait, Please, Toilet.

QUIET (479) Lámh Sign For Quiet - YouTube

TO WAIT (479) Lámh Sign - To Wait - YouTube

PLEASE (479) Lámh Sign For Please - YouTube

TOILET (479) Lámh Sign - Toilet - YouTube

There is a weekly TV Show on RTE for Lámh also.

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.

IT News

Minecraft Mentors

Big thanks to our second year Digital Media Literacy students who have been acting as Minecraft Mentors for our first year Digital Media Literacy students this week. Our second years developed Minecraft guides for first year students to use when accessing Minecraft for the first time. Students joined paired games in class to learn the basics and then both class groups played a huge group game together. This was a great opportunity for second year students to showcase their learning and lead by example.

First Year Minecraft Event

Following their training this week, first year Digital Media Literacy students will be taking part in their very own Minecraft event on Monday 7th November during P4 & P5. Students need to remember to bring a set of earphones and their device chargers with them on Monday 7th November. Students will meet Ms. Dunne & Ms. Confrey at Rm 117 straight after lunch to join their event. Students will join a Teams call with the DreamSpace group in Microsoft to learn about Science week through coding.

1st Year Parent/Student/Teacher Meeting

The date for this meeting has been moved from Thursday 24/11/2022 to Thursday 01/12/2022 commencing at15:30.

Monday 7th November

This day will see the College end classes and release students 15 minutes early for a staff training event. Please ensure that you make arrangements for this early close.

Newsletter End.JPG

Sep 25
Sep 28
Oct 02
Oct 05
September 25th No.180
September 18th No.179
September 11th No.178
Phibblestown, Clonee, Dublin 15, D15 EY17
 01 640 2403

Uimhir Charthanais Chláraithe / Registered Charity Number: 20083526

One Good School Award 2022-2023
© 2023 Coláiste Pobail Setanta