Coláiste Pobail Setanta

Newsletter No.120 08-11-21



Newsletter No.120 Monday 08-11-21

Semester 1 Week 9

Heating and Windows in classrooms

As winter approaches, we are ever more conscious of the covid-19 restrictions and regulations around a safe classroom. The windows in classrooms should be fully opened when students are not present and only partially opened when the students are in the classroom. This is to ensure the classroom environment is as comfortable as we can make it while ensuring a safe atmosphere in the classroom. For that reason, I am requesting that when students go to their classes in the morning that the teacher ensures that all windows are partially opened. When the students leave the classroom that the windows are fully opened again and the next teacher in that room will close them partially when they arrive. At the end of last class, I am asking that all windows are closed so that the rooms will be warm the following morning. The times that the heating will operate in the school are as follows, morning from 07:00 to 08:15 with the windows closed so that the classroom is warm when students arrive, and again from 12:15 to 13:30 so that the rooms will be warm for the afternoon classes. I must ask teachers to ensure the classroom windows are closed after last class and that they are partially opened when students are in class and fully opened when the room is empty. Students are allowed to wear their coats in class if they are cold.

School Jackets

The school jacket is very clearly described in the college Uniform Policy on the College website, and the only exception to wearing the College Jacket is when it is in for repairs or being cleaned when a NAVY jacket is acceptable. Please ensure that your child has the correct jacket coming and going to school in this winter weather as all other jackets will be confiscated.

Busses for school trips.

At last, we can use school busses at 100% again and so trips and sports matches that require buses can be booked again through Denise in the Front Office. TY students and students who are going on organised trips such as the 6th year Geography Trip to Kippure must pay for their busses as part of the organised trip and the teacher is responsible for that. Students going to matches and games that require a bus must now pay €4.00 towards the trip to subsidise the cost of busses to the school. This charge will be collected by the organising teacher/coach in cash on the day of the match. Our home games do not require a bus as we have the use of our own Sports Hall, soccer pitches at the rear of the school and the GAA pitch in Hazlebury Park.

Semester 1 Exams

The Semester 1 Exams will commence in the College on Monday 22/11/2021. The timetable for the exams will be posted to our website shortly.

Student Progress Report

The 1st Year Parent, Students, Teachers Meeting which was due not be held on Thursday 4/11/2021 is now taking the format of a Students Progress Report which will be available on VS Ware to parents and guardians on Thursday 18/11/2021 after 16:00.

College Awareness Week

CAW will commence in the College on Monday 29/11/2021 and run for the week. Our Guidance Department will communicate the extent of the activities for that week in due course.

6th Year Field Study.
I wanted to let you know that the 6th year field study will take place on 10th December in Kippure Estate. The cost of the trip is €40 (includes bus hire, Kippure Estate, worksheets, hands-on experiments etc.), this is now live on Enrol. Can you please inform your students that the deadline for payment is the 24th of November, an App Text has been sent out to inform parents/guardians.

*If a student does not pay, they will not have permission to go on the field trip and they will lose 20% of their grade.

Can you please inform them of the following.

  • There are 15 students per group - these are chosen by the teacher.
  • All aspects of the trip will take place outdoors.
  • Students will need to wear masks throughout the day - even though they are outdoors. It is Kippure's policy, if students fail to comply, they will be excluded and unable to complete the experiments.
  • Students must bring a packed lunch - there is no shop and no stopping either on the way to or way home from the trip.
  • Students need to be in school before 8am as the bus leaves at 8am. If they are not there on time, they will miss the bus.
  • Students must wear warm clothes - remember it will be December 10th in the Wicklow mountains (last year we had snow!).
  • Students are advised to bring spare socks to change into after if their socks are wet.
  • Students will need a pen/pencil - they will be completing their experiments outdoors on worksheets.

SPHE and RSE Week beginning Monday 8/11/2021

This week all SPHE Classes will cover the topic of RSE, Relationships and Sexual Education in every year group. As a College we are mandated to cover these topics with our students to ensure appropriate behaviour and their safety.

Merits on VS Ware

As we make even more use of the digital tools at our disposal, we are now moving to recording merits for our students on VS Ware. This removes the need for teachers to record the merits on the student’s journal and for the need to collect journals to count merits at the end of the month. From now on you will be able to view your child’s merits on VS Ware by logging in to view them under the behaviour tab.


Our AP1 competition is now over, and I would, like to congratulate the successful staff members who have now taken up their new roles.

Aisling Corcoran is now Year Zero YH

Krista Dunne is IT Coordinator

Kristan Fox is 6th Year YH

Laura Mullins is 5th Year YH

Mairead Synan is 2nd Year YH

Simon McLean is IT Coordinator

Erasmus Plus Programme

Poland, Bulgaria, and Spain are in Italy at present for our Erasmus Plus Programme. We, in Ireland, are joining them online today (all day), Monday & Tuesday (periods1-4 both days). The Theme is Food: Past & Present.

Today, all countries introduce themselves, we watch videos of each other schools, we all present about foods that are traditional in our countries and do a workshop together.

On Monday and Tuesday, Italy have organised workshops for students and workshops for teachers in around the theme of Food. e.g., cookery demonstrations, pastry making, etc.

We hope to welcome the other countries to Ireland in April 2022, and we hope to travel to Spain to meet with all countries in May 2022, in line with Covid 19 restrictions.

Teachers involved in this conference: Mairead McGuire, Medb Farrell, Alejandro Lopez, Carthach Ban Breathnach.

Other teachers involved: Aisling Corcoran, Emine Mulcahy, Caolan Mc Carthy, Karla Medina

Students involved are from TY & 5th year. They are:

  1.  Lujain Abdelrahman
  1. Sneha Bebin
  1. Derron Jacob
  2. Tarz Mahedvi
  3. Emma Rossignuolo
  4. Katie Murphy
  5. Lorenzo Labitan
  6. Ava Ballagh
  7. Cillian O Sullivan
  8. Marguerite Da Ponte
  9. Katie Mc Eldowney
  10. Naomi Ashibuogwu
  11. Kene Chuckwu

Keep an eye on the school twitter page for updates!

School Jackets

Currently we are asking students and parents to make a decision regarding our school jacket.

Below is a picture of both jackets, the current jacket is on the right and the proposed new jacket is on the left.


Setanta Jacket Properties

CURRENT JACKET €64.95 from May 2022

Navy with Heavy Navy Fleece Lining


Taped seams


Concealed Hood

Breathable with Moisture wicking

2 outer zip pockets

2 internal pockets with Clear Phone Pocket

Reflective Trim

Proposed New Style Jacket €59.95 from May 2022

Navy with Micro Fleece Backing powered by New Technology which allows this Lighter Weight more Streamlined Jacket to maintain Body Temperature similar to the bulkier Original Jacket

Colour matched trims

Colour Matched Fleece Collar

Waterproof fabric


Concealed Hood

Breathable with Moisture Wicking

2 outer Zip pockets

Internal Phone pocket with Earphone access

Adjustable Cuffs

Adjustable Waist

The 2 jackets will behave in a very similar fashion with the main difference being that the Proposed New Style Jacket is Lighter, more Streamlined and can maintain the Price-point of €59.95.

Please follow the link below to can your vote on which Jacket you would like to see being used in CP Setanta next year.

May 26
Summer Awards Ceremony / TY Graduation Ceremony (Evening)
May 27
May 27
6th year Graduation Ceremony 12:00
May 30
Semester 3 Week 11 Week Block Revision 3rd and 6th years
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