Coláiste Pobail Setanta

Newsletter No.148 Monday 03-10-22



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Coláiste Pobail Setanta Admissions 2023-2024

The application process for admissions of 1st Years 2023-2024 has commenced.

Please visit the College Website for details

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12:00 noon 21-10-2022.

Applications received after this date will be considered and processed as late applications in accordance with the school’s Admission Policy

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.

Students Independence

I am very pleased with the huge reduction in parents’ cars on the grounds of Colaiste Pobail Setanta and with the marked increase of students walking and cycling to school. This achieves two goals of our College, to reduce our carbon footprint and CO2 emissions from cars and to promote students independence and self-reliance at being able to make their own way to school. As the weather becomes more like Winter, I expect the current trend to continue, so I am asking parents to purchase the College Coat and an umbrella for their children for when the rain returns.

Blanchardstown Library Event: How to talk to children about digital technology & social media


To Register, please click below.


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

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


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

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


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.


The Royal College of Surgeons In Ireland are hosting a Mini Science TY programme on the 1st and 2nd of Feb 2023.

Please see this link for more information

If you are interested in applying for this course please complete this form

Registration form

Please note that Q10 of the form will require you to write about why you would like to attend this TY programme. Also, this is an onsite programme in the Royal College of Surgeons and places will be limited. If you are successful in gaining a place please complete the “Additional Work Experience Form”.


Family support and acceptance is critical to the wellbeing of LGBTQ+ young people. Belong To offers support to parents from expert Youth Workers available to answer questions and talk about:

  • Supporting Your Child
  • Supporting Yourself
  • Terminology And Language

Whether someone in your family has come out as LGBTQ+, or you think your child may be LGBTQ+, join us from 7-8pm on Tuesday, October 11th for this free event.
Click Here to Register


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