Coláiste Pobail Setanta

Newsletter No.135 Monday 14-03-22


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Newsletter No.135 Monday 14-03-22

Semester 3 Week 2

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.


CareersPortal 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.

State Examinations Timetables

Please visit our school website for details on the state examinations timetables.

Students who present as sick in class.

Students with Covid symptoms must be brought to the isolation rooms as normal by the teachers of that class. The teacher must then inform the office to call home so that the student can go home. Front Office will then update the students VS Ware for the rest of the day and email the Year Head. No paperwork needed.


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Guidance Dept News

6th Year Career News:

15th of March: All supporting documents for HEAR and DARE needs to be submitted to CAO.

16th of March: Pearse College PLC Open Day Pearse College – EDUCATION SHOULD FOSTER, EDUCATION SHOULD INSPIRE.

16th of March: Closing date for applications for An Garda Siochanna Garda Trainee 2022 | An Garda Síochána -

16th of March: Crumlin College Open Day Welcome (

16th of March: Blackrock FEI Beauty Department Open Day College Courses Dublin, Day, Morning & Evening | BFEI

20th of March: Deadline for submission of Portfolio for IT Sligo for Fine Art

TY Career News :

Work Experience:

TY students will be going on another week of Work Experience from the 25th to the 29th of April. Students are asked to begin preparing for this and securing their work placement.

AIB Careers Skill Competition:

TY students are also preparing to enter the AIB career skills competition.

The competition, now in its 11th year, promotes the development of key career skills and highlights the importance of self-directed career research. Students are working on this in their career classes. Prizes are awarded for the top three entries in each of three categories including MacBook Air laptops, GoPro Cameras, Bluetooth Speakers, Tablets, and €1,000 cash prizes for the winning schools. The winners also get to hold the National Career Skills Competition Perpetual Trophy for the full year. Prizes are presented in a ceremony in the Department of Education and Skills.

Many thanks

Susan & Debs, Guidance Counsellors CP Setanta

Support Hub Week

We held our third Self School Evaluation meeting after school on Thursday. This meeting shared the feedback from our student, parent and teacher surveys following our Semester two Support Hub. We gained some valuable insights from our surveys; our key learnings were as follows:

  1. Student Voice – Students want more say in what we cover in our Support Hubs.
  2. Early promotion - It is important to promote the initiative early in the college. We will benefit from the return of our school assemblies for Support Hub 3.
  3. Whole School – The key focus of our third Support Hub is ‘Support’ and it requires all department to take part.
  4. Engaging – Aim to make these weeks more group-work focused, active and engaging now that restrictions have been lifted.

Our Support Hub 3 will take place in week 6, the 25th to 29th of April. Our focus is on supporting our students as they near the end of this academic year and we will engage in Active Learning strategies across the school.

Glendalough Trip:
After two cancellations due to Covid restrictions, the annual Glendalough Trip is finally back.

2nd Year Trip will take place on Monday March 14th. All 2nd year tutor groups and Croí will attend.
Collection time at Setanta: 8.45am

Destination: Glendalough

Departure time from venue: 1.45pm

What do wear? School P.E uniform school jacket and comfortable runners. Please do not wear brand new runners as they will hurt your feet during the walk! Students should bring a hat also.

What to bring? Packed lunch and water. The kiosks will be open if students want to buy lunch, but an extra snack will be important on the walk.

Class Changes for 2022/2023

As are result of the restrictions that were imposed on all schools due to Covid-19, we had to move from classes of 30 to classes of 24 and therefore had to create extra tutor groups in each year group. From September next year, we will be going back to classes of 30 and reducing the number of tutor groups to 7 in each year group. Students will be informed of the changes closer to the end of the year when they are told the new classes they are going into because the class they are currently in is being dissolved.

International Women's Day:

Staff and students marked and celebrated International Women's Day on Tuesday, March 8th. The female members of our school community received flowers, chocolates, compliments, and additional kindness. Students worked incredible hard on a mural and petition. While some staff put together a bench dedication. All of these can be seen, with greater detail, on the school Twitter.

Seachtaine na Gaeilge:

Seachtaine na Gaeilge is taking place next week (14th-16th). Tá súil againn (we hope) that you will all take part and encourage your students to take part also.

We would appreciate it if tutors would please read out the announcements highlighted in green with their tutorial groups.

Below is a list of activities taking place school wide, along with some activities you can use in your own subject throughout the week 🙂

School wide activities:

Comórtas Póstaeir - We will be asking all Junior Cycle students to create a poster with cúpla focail or a seanfhocal. Students can submit their posters to their Irish teacher. Prizes available for the top three.

Comórtas Ceoil – We will be asking all students, who have an interest in music, to submit a short video or them singing a song as Gaeilge, or playing traditional Irish music. Students can submit their entries to their Irish teacher. Prizes available for the top three.

Raising of the Flag – On Tuesday the 16th at 11am, there will be a short ceremony in the courtyard to raise the Irish flag. This is in association with the Thomas Meagher Foundation; Thomas Meagher created the Irish flag. Student representatives along with a member of our Parent's Association and Board of Management will be present. Any teachers free at this time are welcome to attend.

Junior Cycle merit competition - there will be a whole-school class merit competition. If any teacher hears a student or group of students speaking Irish or sharing cúpla focail, please give them merits for this. The class with the most merits by Wednesday P6, will get a sweet surprise.

Céilií - there will be céilií on throughout the week for different year-groups. TY students will be down in the hall at these times also, so if you are supervising TYs, please come down to the hall at these times.

- 1st year - Tuesday P2 and Wednesday P5

- 2nd year - Tuesday P3 and Tuesday P5

-3rd year - Tuesday P4 and Wednesday P6

-Croí students are welcome down at any of these times to take part

-Students in these year groups completing Learning Support at these times, can be brought down, and supervised by their teachers, if they wish.

Speed-dating - 6th year students will engage in a 'speed dating' style revision of their oral material, during Wednesday P1 and Wednesday P5. This will take place in the hall.

Movie - 5th year students will watch Arracht in Irish class (this movie is available on YouTube for anyone to watch), Wednesday P2.

Lá Glas – On Wednesday the 16th , we will ask all staff and students to wear green. There will be no charge for this. The best efforts will receive prizes. It would be greatly appreciated it all teachers could remind their students of this 🙂

Staff Kahoot – on Wednesday the 16th, there will be a Kahoot for all staff members, with prizes available for the top participants .

TG4 player - If you wanted to show a documentary, tv show etc. in your lessons there are plenty to choose from here

Do you have Netflix? - If you wanted a fun class for students or you are teaching media/animation, SpongeBob SquarePants is now available on Netflix as Gaeilge.

How can I incorporate Gaeilge into my subject? – please find a list of subjects and activities/videos/information you could use during the week

Subject specific activities:

PE / Corpoideachas

Zumba -

Irish Dance fitness work out -

History / Stair

Information on Thomas Meagher Foundation & the history of the Irish flag -

Music / Ceol

Information on the history of traditional Irish music -


Ioga/Yoga as Gaeilge -

Religion / Reiligiún

Story of Saint Patrick -

Art / Ealaín

Historical Irish architecture -

Maths / Mata

Vocabulary for Maths as Gaeilge -

French / Fraincis

Irish words that are similar to French -

Spanish / Spáinnis

Irish words that are similar to Spanish -

Geography / Tíreolaíocht

Irish words in relation to European countries -

German / Gearmánis

German students experience completing an exchange in Ireland -

Home Ec / Eacnamaíocht Bhaile

Making Apple Tart as Gaeilge -

Science / Eoláiocht

Lesson on sounds as Gaeilge -

If you have any questions, please do no hesitate to ask any member of the Irish department for help 🙂

1St Year Homework Club:

Homework club will commence on Monday 14th of March and run each Monday afternoon from 3.30-4.30pm for the duration of Semester 3. Homework club is free of charge for our students. It is supported by our staff and senior prefects on a voluntary basis.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Confrey, Ms. Kinsella and Ms. O'Grady.

Staff meeting. 24/03/2022

There is a staff meeting on Thursday 10/03/2022 with classes finishing at 2:00.

The agenda for the meeting is in the staff SharePoint, in news and announcements.

Day off.

Monday 21/03/2022 is a non-school day as per our calendar.

Climb With Charlie: 

Climb with Charlie is a national fundraising event organised by Charlie Bird, formally of RTE, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2021. He is hiking Croagh Patrick on the 2nd of April with family and friends to raise funds for two Irish Charities- Irish Motor Neurone Disease and Pieta House. To support Charlie on his campaign Rang Tara and Rang Uisnigh will be hiking the Great Sugarloaf in County Wicklow on the 14th of March with their tutors Ms Mullins & Ms Doyle. While our TY students are hiking up the Great Sugarloaf, our entire school will walk the loop in our locality to support them. €5 has been added to the enrol of each student in our college. Parents, if they wish, can donate to this fundraiser by logging onto enrol and paying any amount up to €5. We appreciate all support for this worthwhile cause.
Rang Uisnigh & Rang Tara.


Have a lovely weekend,


Liam Walsh, Principal.


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