Coláiste Pobail Setanta

Newsletter No.105 Monday 19-04-21



Semester Three Week Five

Welcome back after our 1st full week of school in our College building with all our year groups returned. We have enjoyed almost full attendance, a happy cohort of students, willing teachers and beautiful sunny weather for our first full week back. We have a lot to be thankful for. I would, like to thank all our parents/guardians for keeping your children, our students, safe and motivated at home while we were closed to in-person teaching. Despite the limitations of technology, considerable learning has taken place and a sustainable and positive learning experience was maintained. Credit to you all at home for making it work, and my thanks once again to our wonderful teachers who persevered with enthusiasm and good humour.

YSI News

The Rang Uisnigh YSI project is to raise awareness on the alleged Uyghur Muslims in camps in China. There hasn’t been much awareness brought to this situation in the media, although they have recently started to broadcast it, so we want to spread awareness about this around our school community.

Rang Uisnigh are hosting a Kahoot quiz among the 1st and 2nd years on different cultures in our school community as this will help us learn about and respect each other’s cultures and religions more. The winners of the quiz in each year get prizes, including One4All vouchers and a sweet hamper. The quiz will be held Friday 23rd April. 1st years will have their quiz during 1st period, and 2nd years will have their quiz during 2nd period.

To take part in this quiz, students must pay €2 as we are also raising money towards Amnesty International, which will help to fight this problem. Students who do not pay will not be able to participate in the quiz.

For the quiz, each class will stay in their own classroom and 2 people from our class will come down to their class to set up the quiz. We will also collect the money in polly pockets with gloves on, on the day of, just before the quiz starts.

Many Thanks,

Rang Uisnigh.


We are urgently looking for foster carers North Dublin to enable our young people to stay connected with their family & friends, community, schools & sporting clubs. Currently in North Dublin nearly one third of our care population are placed outside of the area which means that many of these children are separated not just from their family but also from their community. Local children need local carers.

We in North Dublin have nearly 200 foster carers who are transforming the lives of children every day but we need MORE! Join us for our online fostering information sessions on April 14th & 15th and connect with experienced foster carers through this interactive event.

At our virtual fostering event we will explore:

  • What is Foster Care? This includes explanations relating to respite foster care, emergency, short term foster care and long term fostering.
  • Some common myths about fostering – including who can foster.
  • What do I need to foster?
  • The assessment, training and support process.


Literacy Week April 19th – April 23rd

Good morning all,

Next week sees Literacy Week 2021 take place. The English Department have been busy planning a week filled with literacy fun. Please find attached a schedule of events for both students and staff. There is detailed information below on different events.

It would be great if students and staff could get involved as much as possible and promote literacy in their classes. If tutors and SPHE teachers could go through and explain the week's events in advance, I would really appreciate it. The week will culminate in a whole school literacy kahoot with prizes!! 🙂

Book Face Challenge - Complete the cover of your favourite book. Take a picture of yourself completing the cover of a book and email it to by Friday 23rd with subject line Book Face Competition. Search #bookface on Instagram for more inspiration. The best photo wins a prize.


Staff Responsibility



Staff Book Club – “Playing Nice” by JP Delaney

Aoife C M

Whole staff

May 14th @7pm via TEAMS

Short Story Competition

Bernie Kelly

Whole School

Deadline Friday 23rd.

Book mark/book cover design for 1st years

Lorraine Fallon

1st Years

Deadline Friday 23rd.

Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) Wednesday

Ellie G

Whole school

Wednesday 21st P1.

‘Word of the Day’ Posters dip

Bernie Kelly

Whole school


Staff/student literacy kahoot for World Book Day

Ger L /TY

Whole school

P4 Friday 23rd.

Book face

Aoife C M

Whole school

Throughout week

Real men read

Aoife C M/ Caolan Mc C

Whole Staff

Throughout week

Short Story Competition - There will be a short story competition for all students. It can be on any theme. If English teachers could promote this in their classes next week, I'd appreciate it. Short stories can be typed in word document and emailed to Deadline April 23rd. I will have posters around the school promoting this also.

Bookmark/Book cover design - First Year students have the opportunity to design a bookmark/book cover on a book of their choice. This can be emailed to Ms Fallon by Friday 23rd April.

DEAR - As part our 2021 Literacy Week in CP Setanta, we would like to invite students and staff to get involved in our Drop Everything and Read initiative during P1 on Wednesday 21st April. 📖📚📕

Could English teachers and tutors please remind their classes to bring a book, magazine, or comic into school next week and the English department will make an announcement on Wednesday morning to remind everyone to take that opportunity to switch off and drop everything and read. 😊🙂😄

Whole school literacy Kahoot - The TYs and Ger will organise a literacy kahoot for both staff and students. This will take place during P4 on Friday for the last 15-20 minutes. There will be prizes for 1st/2nd & 3rd place for both staff and students alike.

Word of the Day - There will be a word of the day poster displayed/email sent out at beginning of each day. Encourage students to look out for this.

Many thanks to you all for your support. 🙂

Student Resilience and Wellbeing News.

Last Friday, I shared a link to a webinar hosted by our patrons, DDLETB, on how parents/guardians can help their children that are experiencing anxiety. The link was shared using our College App.

Below is the latest newsletter from John Sharry of Solution Talks. It has many resources that may be of use and benefit to both students and families.

As the schools reopen, hopefully this is another step on the road back to normality for our children and teenagers after what has been a very challenging period for families.

In this newsletter, I provide some tips on getting back into the school routine ( in my new instagram account) as well as negotiating rules with teenagers. For those of you with young children I will be giving a 3-night course for parents of 1-6 year olds starting on May 6th. The numbers will be limited so early booking is advisable. I hope to run the next set of courses for parents in September.

Finally, the Dept of Children is looking for parents and professionals ideas on what supports parents might need and how services should be provided. If you would like to make a submission, I include some details and links below.

All the best,
John Sharry

New Course

‘Positive Parenting for 1-6 year olds’ with John Sharry
Thursdays 6th, 13th, 20th May 7.45-9.15pm, online by zoom

Promoting your child’s well-being and development, reducing your own stress, managing challenges and getting the most out of parenting.

Topics include:

  • ‘tuning in’ to and understanding your child’s needs
  • establishing good routines
  • encouraging your child’s language and learning
  • boosting your child’s well-being and self-esteem
  • managing challenges and problems

This course is:
– suitable for parents of children aged 1-6 years
– interactive with plenty of opportunity for Q&A and addressing individual concerns
– open to two parents in the same household to attend for the same cost
– includes notes and resource links that will be emailed after each session

Further information and bookings are available on the website here.

Parenting Tips

There are regular parenting and mental health tips posted on my instagram page here. There is also a book giveaway running on the page at the moment so do follow the page if you are on instagram.

If you are not on Instagram you can read some of the recent posts on my website:

Tips to Help Adjust Back to the School Routine

Tips to Look After Your Mental Health as a Parent

Tips to Negotiating Rules with your Teenager

Tips to Help Your Perfectionist Child

Tips to Overcome Bath Time Fears

What supports do parents need?

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) is currently developing a draft national model of parenting support services and are welcoming submissions from parents and professionals about what is the best model for supporting parents in Ireland.

The deadline to make a submission is April 16th. For more information on the work to develop a national model of parenting support services please click here and to make a submission click here. Hopefully this process will be a positive step towards better services for families.

Parenting Q&As

There are hundreds of articles on my website here. More recent articles are on The Irish Times website here. If you would like me to answer your parenting question anonymously through my Tuesday column, there is a new way to submit your question here.

Transition Year News

Wednesday 21st April.

Over the course of remote learning, TY students had 4 sessions online with

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the Irish Driving School of Excellence.

The practical part of this course is happening this coming Wednesday with the student driving lesson taking place on the basketball court in the school grounds; Rang Uisnigh before lunch, Rang Tara in the afternoon. Students are very excited about it and we’re looking forward to seeing them behind the wheel! They had a timely talk from the Road Safety Authority last Friday, so hopefully they are well prepared!

Thursday 22nd April

As part of our student Gaisce Award, we’re setting another Physical Challenge for our TY students next week. They will complete a 2 hour hike along the canal from Clonsilla to Ashtown next Thursday morning.

At this point in TY year, we want to see students work independently so they will walk in small pods/groups navigating their way towards Ashtown.

Students will have lunch at Ashtown and then may then get a lift home from a parent or return travel in a small pod/group of 3/4 students by train to Clonsilla.

Week 26th-30th April

The week of 26th-30th April is on the TY calendar as their final Work Experience block.

We are linking this week to their Gaisce award and re-naming is Community Work Week.

Students will come into school in tracksuits that week and will be involved on a number of community projects on the school grounds, notably, the courtyard garden, a mural project and “Adopt a Patch” for Fingal County Council. They will not have classes that week but will be supervised by their teachers in outdoor groups, working on these projects.

A timetable of where everyone will be based every morning and afternoon session will be drawn up this week, so students will not be wandering around away from their working group.

All encouragement for our TY students from their teachers will be much appreciated!

Let's hope the sun shines! ☀️😎

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Monica Roe, Anti Bullying Workshop
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6th Year PSTM Classes Finish at 3:00pm
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Monica Roe, Anti Bullying Workshop
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Monica Roe, Anti Bullying Workshop
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