Coláiste Pobail Setanta

Newsletter No.128 Monday 17-01-22


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Newsletter No.128 Monday 17-01-22

Semester 2 Week 6

6th Year News.

Open day season will kick off in earnest over the coming weeks. It is important to regularly check the Events Calendar on either Qualifax or Careersportal to select the events you wish to attend.


is Ireland's leading Careers Guidance website. It is a one-stop-shop for people of all ages who need information and guidance regarding their next career decision.

Career Events - QualifaX
Qualifax - National Learners' Database of course and career information. The site has a listing of all courses in Ireland.

Leaving Certificate Entries 2022

In 2021 the State Examinations Commission as part of its digital strategy, introduced a facility to allow Leaving Certificate candidates to confirm their subject and level entry details online (including adding or withdrawing from subjects), replacing the previous system of using individual Leaving Certificate candidate (E7) entry forms. The use of the online system will continue for the 2022 Leaving Certificate.

It is expected that the Candidate Self Service Portal (CSSP) will open for this purpose in the week beginning Monday 31 January. The SEC will be in contact with schools closer to that time with further details.

Irish Times Article

DCU Information

Dear Guidance Parent/Guardian,

Happy New Year to you. We hope you are well and looking forward to brighter evenings that are on the way!
We would be grateful if you can remind interested students that DCU will be hosting a CAO Information Evening (virtual) on 18th January between 4.00-7.00pm which will help them as they continue to think about their CAO preferences, and what’s next:
CAO Information Evening: Tuesday 18th of January

  • 4.00pm to 5.00pm: ‘Applying through the CAO’: Online via Zoom
  • 5.00pm to 7.00pm: Course Presentations: Online via Unibuddy
  1. ‘Applying through the CAO’ webinartakes place on zoom from 4.00-5.00pm­­­ (the actual presentation will be approx. 20 mins leaving time to ask questions). This information session will take students and parents/guardians through the process of applying through the CAO – who applies, where to find key information, as well as information on entry requirements and where to find them for DCU courses. Register for this webinar HERE.
  2. Students can then make their way to the Unibuddy Platformfor the second part of our information evening. They will have the chance to hear from current DCU students and staff about some of the exciting courses on offer at DCU with the opportunity to ask their own questions. A detailed schedule is available to view HERE but in the meantime, we would encourage students to create their Unibuddy account HERE (if they do not already have an account) as it will save time on the day!
  3. Besides course presentations, students can tune into a talk on HEAR and DARE entry pathways, Sports at DCU, Erasmus/Study abroad opportunities, and DCU’s Mature Student Officer will also be providing an information session.

Don’t forget, you can still book a DCU school presentation by emailing or you can fill out the online booking form HERE.

We will be relaunching our ‘Discover Your Future’ Weekly Webinars soon and if you have a request for a specific subject or topic, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Previous weekly webinar recordings are still available HERE.
Please email if you have any questions. We look forward to staying in touch.

kind regards,
DCU Schools Liaison Team

Dyslexia Ireland News.

  • Dyslexia Association of Ireland Study Skills webinars.
  • Educational textbooks available on Bookshare Ireland.
  • NEPs Booklet on Effective Interventions for Struggling Readers.
  • OAKA - Additional Science Revision packs.
  • OAKA – Games to help with learning key facts in Map Skills and Science
  • Reading Progress in Microsoft Teams to improve student reading fluency.
  • Teaching Science to Dyslexic Children and Teens: a new book.
  • TTRS Touch type, Read and Spell - available for free in Library system.
  • Courses for Teachers, both in-service for whole school staff and through the Education Centres.

Dyslexia Association of Ireland Study Skills Webinars

The DAI have uploaded webinars onto Youtube at this link

They include:

  • 6 webinars on Study Skills with very practical advice for students with dyslexia.
  • Self Esteem and Well Being in our Young People with Dyslexia.
  • Transition to Secondary School.
  • Preparing and Writing assignments.
  • Webinars on aspects of Assistive Technology such as the C PEN Reader Pen, Text to Speech, Speech to text, My Study Bar, etc.

Educational textbooks available on Bookshare Ireland

Bookshare Ireland is the largest accessible library in the country available for all people with visual impairment or print disabilities. The service is available to students with dyslexia. Launched in November 2019, it is a partnership between the National Council of the Blind and the Department of Education and Skills. It is a free service for those who qualify with over half a million books, which are available in a range of formats including audio, digital Braille, Word, and PDF. For the student with dyslexia, the EasyReaderApp facilitates dyslexia friendly fonts, increased size of font, highlighting text etc. it is also possible to access audio recordings of books. CJ Fallon and Edco have their books available on Bookshare and Folens are in the processing of making them available. The other publishers are likely to follow.

NEPs Booklet on Effective Interventions for Struggling Readers

The 2019 version of the Booklet on Effective Interventions for Struggling Readers is available at It aims to help teachers by sharing information about evidence-based approaches to teaching reading to struggling readers. It also encompasses all students with reading difficulties, including those who have dyslexia (specific learning difficulties), as well as those who have made poor progress in reading and may or may not have additional general learning difficulties.

There is a section that describes the different approaches that have been found to work in Irish schools including links to seeing them in action in schools. They include:

  • Reading Recovery
  • Literacy Lift-Off
  • Edmark
  • Acceleread/ Accelewrite
  • Paired Reading
  • Toe by Toe & Toe by Toe with Oral Guided Reading
  • Precision Teaching and SNIP
  • Wordsworth
  • The Wilson Reading System
  • Catch-Up Literacy
  • Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies
  • Accelerated Reader
  • SRA Reading Labs
  • Data-informed Intervention

OAKA - Additional Science Revision packs

I have mentioned Oaka revision packs before. Bambi Gardiner and her husband set up Oaka Books because there were no text books that their dyslexic daughter could work with. Written by experienced science teachers and SEN experts, they are perfect for visual learners; designed for dyslexics (complete with phonetic spellings and packed with illustrations) but are effective for all pupils. Topic packs include a topic booklet, workbook and Q&A cards for effective active learning.

The revision packs cover Science, Geography and French.

They have just published more revision packs. Topics in Science now are:

  • Cell Biology
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
  • Rates of Reaction
  • Enzymes
  • Osmosis
  • Kidney functions
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Electrolytic Processes
  • Electroplating and Purifying with Electrolysis
  • Writing word Equations
  • The Periodic Table
  • Preparing insoluble Salts
  • Momentum and Collisions
  • Thermal Energy Processes
  • Chemical Titration

OAKA – Games to help with learning key facts in Map Skills and Science

Oaka have also developed games to help with learning key facts. They include

o A Map Skills board game

o Board games for Physics, Biology and Chemistry.

Reading Progress in Microsoft Teams to improve student reading fluency

Reading Progress is a free tool designed to support educators in creating personalized reading experiences that build confidence and reading fluency in their students. Built into Assignments in Teams, Reading Progress passages are easy to create and differentiate for impactful instruction.

Reading Progress is free and built-in to Microsoft Teams Assignments and works on all platforms, including Desktop, Mac, web, iOS and Android. Educators upload a single reading fluency passage or differentiate for their class’s many levels. Students read their passages out loud, creating a recording teachers can access and review at their convenience. Creating recordings allows educators to check students’ progress more regularly while also freeing up time for active instruction. By empowering students to complete their reading fluency assignments regularly and independently, Reading Progress keeps the focus on practice and growth, not performing under pressure.

Teaching Science to Dyslexic Children and Teens: a new book

Hudson D. Exploring Science with Dyslexic Children and Teens: Creative multi-sensory ideas, games, and activities to support learning. Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2021)

The writer Diana Hudson says ‘The book begins by describing the strengths and weaknesses of creative thinkers who have dyslexia. It outlines the reasons that they may struggle in science and gives examples of specific areas of the school science curriculum that are often very challenging for them…It is, however, possible for them to learn and excel in science if a more creative and multi-sensory approach is taken…” Diana has an added advantage as a teacher of dyslexic students (and teacher of teachers who teach dyslexic students!) because she is dyslexic herself.

TTRS Touch Type, Read And Spell

For over 25 years, TTRS has offered a comprehensive, multi-sensory, touch-typing course based on a structured program of phonics with word lists based on the Alpha to Omega Programme. The program aims to build literacy skills and increase confidence and self-esteem in users as they master the art of keyboarding. In addition to developing typing skills, TTRS is designed to benefit students of all ages who experience spelling, reading, or writing difficulties. Learners with dyslexia or literacy issues have found it helpful. The course has a user-friendly interface, and, from the very start of the course, students are prompted and talked through what to do, for example: where to place their fingers on the keyboard etc.

It is now available for free through the libraries across the county. All that is needed is that the user is a member of a library. They then get a username and password and can use it on a computer at home or in school.

Courses for Teachers: both in-service for whole school staff and through the Education Centres.

We continue to offer schools in-service for the whole school staff. At the moment it is offered as a zoom webinar. It is an hour in length and costs €200.

In January/February we are presenting some courses on dyslexia through the Education Support Centres.


Dyslexia Courses Ireland

W: E: P: 087 2582345

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

Wednesday 19th January 2021 at 19.00


To book a place, return this section plus the fee €21 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 ______

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

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Transition Year Application Process 22-23

Dear Parents/Guardians and students,

The application forms for current third year students for Transition Year next year went live on the school website on Thursday January 13th, the deadline for their return is Wednesday January 19th with interviews to follow on the 24th and 25th of January.

Transition year in Colaiste Pobail Setanta is designed to offer students an opportunity to engage in independent, self-directed learning and to develop new skills both academic and personal.

It also gives the time to students to mature and develop without the pressure of an examination. Many new and exciting modules are offered in Transition Year including Coding, LIFT Leadership initiative, Hair & Beauty, Car Maintenance and many more. For more information on the application process email Ms Mullins

Please click the link below to access the Transition Year Policy which contains important information regarding the application process & the selection process. The second link contains the application form which can be completed online.

If you have any queries or questions about the application, please do not hesitate to contact the college by email

Transition Year Policy

Transition Year Application Form

Ad Astra, UCD

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I write to you in relation to the Ad Astra Academy Scholarship Programme which may be of interest to students within your school.

The programme offers scholarships in Academia, Elite Sports and Performing Arts. Applications are currently open for our Elite Sports and Performing Arts Programmes and will close on 31st January 2022. Applications to our Academic Scholarships will open on the 1st of February and close 21st August 2022.

We will be hosting a live Q&A with three of our current scholars from each of our programmes next Wednesday, 19th January at 1 PM. Each scholar will explain what made them apply to the Academy, how they found the recruitment process, the best part about being in it and of course, to answer any questions/queries that you may have! This would be of great interest to fifth- and sixth-year students, parents, guidance counsellors, or for anyone who would like to find out more.

To register for the event, please click on the link below before Monday, 17th January.

Register Live Q&A with Ad Astra Scholars Wed 19th Jan at 1 PM

The following Academy Scholars will be talking about their experiences:

  • Jennifer Fogarty, Medicine, Academic Scholar from Co. Tipperary
  • Dónal O'Shea, Hurling, Economics & Finance, Elite Sports and Academic Scholar from Co. Galway
  • Carla Fusciardi Walace, Drama, Law, Performing Arts Scholar from Co. Wexford

Best wishes,

Darina O'Hanlon

Ad Astra Academy Manager and Academic Scholarship Programme Manager

Ad Astra Academy

Student Centre

University College Dublin

Belfield, Dublin 4

Tel: 01 716 3105 Web:




Basketball News

1st and 2nd year basketball has started with Mr Luke Gilmartin, Ms Chloe Mc Donnell and Ms Holy Brennan McLoughlin taking the boys teams and Ms Danielle Ryan and Ms Megan Byrne taking the girls teams.

Any players looking to get involved should contact the above coaches. If any other staff member is looking to get involved or lend a hand, please also let the above coaches know.

All at Setanta wish each team the very best of luck in all competitions.

Covid-19 News.

There are a considerable number of broken masks on the school grounds every evening as a result of students ripping the masks from each other’s faces. This is a very dangerous exercise and one that the school does not condone. This behaviour is unwelcome interference with another student’s facial protection and will result is a serious sanction foe any students that engages in this behaviour. I am asking parents and guardians to have a conversation with their children to stop this behaviour both in and outside school.

Support Hubs

We are running our second week of Support Hubs next week, Monday 17th January until Friday the 21st.

The purpose of our Support Hubs is to provide students with a dedicated week to cover an area of the curriculum or skills that they missed out on as a result of the pandemic and remote learning last year.

Following our semester one Support Hub, we have taken on board the feedback from our students who wanted to have a greater say in what was covered. Based on the survey answers we received each department have used this information to help plan their lesson for the week.

We are excited about this week, and we hope it is valuable and enjoyable for all of our students.

Dear parents of 1st years September 2022,

We are delighted to have your child start with us in September. We are now starting the process of getting them set up here. If you haven't already, please complete the following:

1. Download the school app- this is our primary means of communication with our parents and through we send you important information. Please see guidance on how to do this here:


New App | Coláiste Pobail Setanta

This app will be used as the following: Main communication link to parents/guardians from the college. Sharing the college newsletter. Sharing Booklists, Policy Documents…..etc.

The validation code is CPS2009. It is important if you have previously downloaded the app because another of your children attends Coláiste Pobail Setanta, that you link you child to your existing account. You will not receive information for incoming first years 2022 otherwise.

2. Ensure you can access VSWare. You have received log-in details through text message. It is essential that you log in here: as you need access to help your child choose their preferred option subjects and modern foreign language when this opens 31st Jan - 4th Feb. If there are any issues with logging in, please contact us, well in advance of 31st January, on 01 6402403 or at and we will assist you.

3. Please view a video on our school and options available with your child before choosing option subjects on 31st January. Please follow this link: and view the relevant clips is titled: 'Click below to view the College Subject Options booklet' & First Year Subject Options Explained

We are looking forward to working with you this year as we prepare for your child's entry to our school in September 2022.

3rd year Subject Choice

The Guidance Department will be going into all third-year classes next week to discuss their senior cycle options. This will include TY, LCA, Traditional Leaving Certificate and LCVP. It will also cover Leaving Certificate subject options. The relevant teachers will be emailed with the timetable.

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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