Coláiste Pobail Setanta

Newsletter No.147 Monday 26-09-22



Newsletter No.147 Monday 26-09-22

Semester 1 Week 4

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Colaiste Pobail Setanta Open Evening 2022

Thursday 29th September from 18:00 to 20:00

Everybody is welcome to view and take a tour of our college, especially current 6th class students

Arrive on time, doors open at 18:00


Welcome to Señora Medina´s Spanish Club for 6thyears.

We will start next Tuesday 20th of September.

Please get a signature from home to allow you to stay in school for lunch if you need to.

If you live nearby you can go home for lunch and come back in time for the Spanish Language Club. Please bring all your notes for the Spanish Oral, the Spanish Roleplays and chapters in

“ Español bien hablado”.

¡Hasta el martes!

Saludos cordiales de

Señora Medina


IASA is running the Career Expo in The Hogan Suite, Croke Park Conference Centre, on Wednesday, the 12th of October 2022, from 10:00 am-12:00 pm.
Transition Year, Fifth and Sixth Year students may find this most interesting and tickets are free.
This is a great opportunity for students to explore the aviation industry, with industry speakers and workshops offering information.
The following link will bring you directly to the registration site. IASA Career Expo Tickets, Wed 12 Oct 2022 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

National Write a Poem Competition

PDST is now taking submissions for the National Write a Poem Competition 2022-2023 under two categories: Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle. We hope that this popular competition will encourage young writers to compose poetry, and we hope that it will assist teachers in supporting the writing of poetry in the classroom and beyond.

All submissions to be sent via email to in word format by Wednesday, 7 December 2022.

Student Lockers

Currently, all students who have paid for a locker have been allocated a locker. I am encouraging students to use their lockers to ensure their school bags are as light as possible and to store valuable in. It is important that the lock is thick enough to ensure the locker cannot be opened. Locks with a very thin shackle will allow the locker to open even with thew lock in place. Please get a lock with a thick shackle.


College Uniform

The expectations of the College when it comes to uniform is very clear on the College Website,


The Uniform Policy is very clear when it comes to the correct shirt for PE classes, hair styles, nails, make-up, jewellery and how to wear the uniform, jumpers are not to be tucked into skirts and skirts are not to be rolled up. Failure to wear the college uniform correctly will result in a Reminder Note with punishment work. Repeated failures will result in further sanctions. It is the responsibility of every parents to ensure their children are properly dressed for school each day and it is the responsibility of each students to wear their uniform properly.

Autumn is approaching

With Autumn approaching, students will need to wear their school jackets as per the school uniform policy. No other jacket is permitted, and non-uniform jackets will be confiscated whether they are being worn or carried. The only exception is a navy jacket to be worn while the school jacket is being repaired or washed.

1st and 2nd Year Bag Racks

As our 1st and 2nd Years are the only 2 year groups that must stay in school for lunch, they now have bag racks to store their school bags on while they go to the canteen for lunch. Schoolbags are not allowed in the canteen. The bag racks are named for each class and are located beside their tutor rooms. Please have a conversation with your child about this.

Parents VS Ware Notices.

I would like to thank all parents and guardians who have successfully engaged with VSD Ware to record planned absences for their child’s tutor to approve. This is a very positive step in the move to a totally electronic attendance monitoring system with the removal of the absence note after Christmas.

From Friday 16-09-2022, our Front Office Staff will send a notification to parents on VS Ware when your child is absent at either the AM Roll Call or the PM Roll Call. This notification will arrive in your VS Ware account at 09:00 and at 13:00. It is the responsibility of every parent/guardian to ensure that this notification is acted upon as soon as possible to ensure our roll call records are accurate. This is another step towards all our roll calls being administered online without the need

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The Douglas Hyde, in collaboration with students from their TY Work Experience Project, is present their first TY Festival.

TY Festival is a day-long programme for transition year students and home-educated students from across the country (aged 15 to 18) to learn, play and explore their creativity through art-making workshops.

The Festival will take place on Saturday, 1st October next and the deadline for applications is Friday, September 23rd . To find out more information and apply for a spot please follow the link HERE

My European Union, My Ireland, My EU50!
To commemorate 50 years of EU membership in Ireland, the Government of Ireland in partnership with European Movement Ireland want to celebrate with young people across the country and to see their creativity and new ideas about Ireland and Europe. ‘MyEU50: The Ireland EU50 Youth Competition’ will run throughout the 2022/2023 academic term, over all three levels of education in Ireland; primary, post-primary and third level.
The winner at primary and post-primary school levels will receive a prize of €2,000!
So join us and let’s get creative about Ireland and Europe!
Closing Date for receipt of entries is 28th October 2022.
Find out more and register your interest now to receive resources -

The closing date for entries to the BT Young Scientist competition is only a few weeks away. Any students who are interested in competing should start work on an entry form right away

This would be particularly suitable for any student who competed in Scifest in recent years. They could even use the same project as their starting point.
There'll be loads of artwork available at BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition


Dr Tony Humphreys
Upcoming Seminar -
Understanding Teenagers: Somtimes Wild, Always Wise
For details please click

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 17th October 2022 at 19.00

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 1996. 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 17th October 2022 at 19.00


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. 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 ______
  • Revolute ­­­______

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

Setanta’s Got Talent

With covid restrictions lifted and a music department all out of excuses it is time we put on a school show again.

We have decided not to do a musical this year but would like to put on a performance of an equally professional standard.

On Thursday 17 November we will host a school talent show. Before the musical took over, Setanta's Got Talent was the main music event of the school year, and it was always a great night. We hope this year will be just as good.

All interested students must give their names to their Tutor or to Ms. Cunningham or Ms. Baraut.

There will be a first audition round from which we will narrow down the numbers to a group of finalists who will perform on the night.


Boys Basketball

Our U16 and U19 boys faced off against Coláiste Chiarain on Monday, September 19th. Unfortunately, the U16 team were unsuccessful in their game. However, congratulations to the U19 team on their great win. Both teams face off against Coolmine CS next week, we wish them the best of luck.


September 2022

Dear Parent/Legal Guardian,

You will soon receive/have received a HSE School Vaccination Pack (HPV; TDap & MenACWY) for your 1st Year Student. Please complete the consent form and return to the school (even if you do not wish your child to be vaccinated) as soon as possible. Unfortunately this year we will not be in a position to offer the school vaccination programme within the school setting.

The Mass Vaccination Centre at the National Show Centre, Stocklane Lane, Cloghran, Swords & Croke Park have been made available to us for a number of dates in October/November 22 to complete this programme. Parents who return the completed consent form for their child will receive an appointment by text to have their child vaccinated at the National Show Centre. Please note these vaccinations are a very important health intervention for your child.

On the day of the vaccination we ask you to observe the following:

  • Child needs to be well, wear a short-sleeved top and have eaten their breakfast/ lunch before they attend
  • There is no need to leave any time interval between the Covid vaccine and HPV/Tdap vaccinations.
  • Please do not attend if your child or any member of the family has Covid-19 or is awaiting a Covid-19 test result.

Kind Regards

School Immunisation Team


As you know our 1st and 2nd Year students must stay in the College for lunch every day. They must bring a packed lunch and sit with their Rang in the canteen and then go to yard once their lunch is eaten. This is to help students to forge friendships and to settle into the routine of our College. We do not provide lunches and we do not have microwaves or sandwich makers yet, but will let you know when these have been organised. We will not be providing boiling water to students and the use of lunches that require boiling water to be added is not allowed.

It is great to see our canteen full of students again after being empty for so long.

Students Bikes

All students cycling to and from school, must lock their bikes at the back of the college where the back gates are locked to keep them safe. Do not lock your bike at the back of the community centre or at the front of the school as it will not be safe there. It is extremely important that your child’s bike is locked with a good quality lock at all times.

Students Drop off

As you are aware, our campus is very busy with three different buildings all being accessed every morning. Our primary school students walk to school mostly while the pre-school students are mostly dropped off in cars. I am asking that our secondary school students are encouraged to come to school in as independent way as possible. Students of 1st Year to 6th Year should be able to walk or cycle to school with independence. Only students with specific mobility and or independence issues need to be dropped off by car. It can be a very dangerous experience when at the end of the school day, there are over 1000 students leaving the school while there are cars coming in against them to pick students up. Parking on then double lines and footpaths/cycle paths outside the school is not permitted either. As a school we will be monitoring the situation closely

Get Active Week

As you know Get Active Week is beginning next week 🏃‍♂️🏊‍♂️🚴‍♀️🤸‍♂️

Everyone's favourite week of the year purely because everyone (students and teachers) gets the chance to dress like the PE Department!

So, break out the trackies and the runners and enjoy some comfort for the week🙂

We have lots of events for the students next week and lists of students that will be out of class will be up on the SharePoint to see.

If any of your students are out of class because of these activities please mark them as 'school activity' on your roll.

For the attention of all 1st and 2nd year SPHE and Wellbeing teachers:

We will be running a poster competition for all these students. If you could give them the time maybe during SPHE, Wellbeing and tutorial to work on their posters, that would be great.

The theme of the poster is 'The Importance of Being Active'.

Posters are to be submitted to any of the PE Department by Friday morning and there will be prizes for the winners.

Competition for The Teachers:

Get your Fitbits, apple watches, Garmin's or Health apps out ladies and gents!

There will be a step competition for all teachers running from Monday to Thursday.

All you have to do is send your evidence to me at the end of each day and the person with the most steps by Friday morning will be the winner, simples! 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️

Thanks so much to all.

Kind regards,

Sarah O'Connor and all in the PE Department.

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