Coláiste Pobail Setanta

Newsletter No.92 Monday 30-11-2020



Semester 2 Week 1

Welcome to Week 1 Semester 2 of our academic year as the school year move on relentlessly with an urgency that we are all to familiar with. I hope that you enjoyed the Toy Show at the weekend and that your appetitive for sport was quenched by the Irish Rugby team and the GAA championship. It is as important as ever to make our wellbeing deposits in our wellbeing banks because with shorter days and longer hours of darkness, the pressures of work and home, the lack of outlets until the current lockdown ends, we can find ourselves with raised stress levels that will find an outlet in ways that we could regret later. Just something to keep in mind.

Guidance Dept News.

College Awareness Week at CP Setanta takes place next week and we have the following activities/events organised. We hope that you and the students will enjoy the week and get involved in any way that you can. If you do get involved, please take pictures, and upload them to the school twitter or email them on to us. We really hope you enjoy the week and thank you all so much in advance for your support with #CAW@CPS2020.

Please note that due to Covid the talks for 6th Years are happening via Teams. Students will need to have their earphones in to listen in to the talks during class. Only students who have signed up for the talks should be logging in for them and it will be up to them to catch up on any classwork missed during this time. The time/day for each talk is listed on the table below so if you have 6th Yrs at any of these times please allow them to log in for the talk. Thank you for your co-operation with this





CAW@CPS Video Promo – tutor’s please show this video during tutorial this week. It’s only a few minutes long. Jodie Youmen, one of our fabulous 5th Yrs made this video promoting CAW @ CPS 😊

Link to video:!AuMoASQap5pNkiYFwgpoq4afjEkS

The Guidance Gallery – students and teachers are invited to visit ‘The Guidance Gallery’ on the red floor throughout the week.

CAW Bingo – teachers please see the Bingo sheet attached to this email – if you would like to, please upload this into your classes OneNote for them to complete throughout the week. Students can forward their completed Bingo sheet to no later than Thursday 3rd Dec. to be in with a chance of winning a prize.

CAW Kahoot – teachers please click this link Kahoot! to a Kahoot on what some celebrities studied in college – you may want to do this with some of your classes during CAW 2020. Let us know how you get on 😊

Teacher Slides – please click this link to the teacher slides College Awareness Week Staff Slides 2020 Proper Final 1.pptx ( Feel free to share your slide with your classes throughout the week. Students love to hear about how you got to where you are today.

CAW Various Activities – teachers please click this link CAW templates ( for a sheet of suggested activities for College Awareness Week. If you do, try any of them out please let us know how you get on.

All Week

Monday 30th Nov

Trinity College Dublin Talk for 6th Yrs


Tuesday 1st Dec

National College of Ireland Talk for 6th Yrs


Wednesday 2nd Dec

Trinity College Dublin ‘Community Mentoring’ Talk for TY’s

Dunboyne Talk for 6th Yrs



Thursday 3rd Dec

NUI Maynooth Talk for 6th Yrs


Friday 4th Dec

TU Dublin talk for 6th Yrs


**Monday 7th Dec**

Apprenticeships Talk for 6th Yr LCA & other interested students


SEN News

We mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities this Thursday December 3rd, 2020. The 2020 theme ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible’ also focuses on spreading awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent, such as mental illness, chronic pain or fatigue, sight or hearing impairments, diabetes, brain injuries, neurological disorders, learning differences and cognitive dysfunctions, among others.

According to the WHO World Report on Disability, 15% of the world’s population, or more than 1 billion people, are living with disability. Of this number, it’s estimated 450 million are living with a mental or neurological condition - and two-thirds of these people will not seek professional medical help, largely due to stigma, discrimination, and neglect.

Another 69 million individuals are estimated to sustain Traumatic Brain Injuries each year worldwide, while one in 160 children are identified as on the autism spectrum.

These are just some examples of the millions of people currently living with a disability that is not immediately apparent, and a reminder of the importance of removing barriers for all people living with disability, both visible and invisible.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, isolation, disconnect, disrupted routines and diminished services have greatly impacted the lives and mental well-being of people with disabilities right around the world. Spreading awareness of invisible disabilities, as well as these potentially detrimental- and not always immediately apparent- impacts to mental health, is crucial as the world continues to fight against the virus.

Colaiste Pobail Setanta always aspires to be a responsibly inclusive school. To Celebrate diversity and to create awareness around Disability in Colaiste Pobail Setanta the SEN Department will send via email daily fact sheets to all staff around particular disabilities this week.

Schedule for Disability Awareness Week in Colaiste Pobail Setanta:

Day 1 – (Monday 30th Nov 2020 - Overview of Disabilities

Day 2- (Tuesday 1st December 2020) - Developmental Disabilities (downs syndrome, autism, dyslexia, processing disorders)

Day 3 – (Wednesday 2nd December 2020) - Behavioural / Emotional (ADD, ADHD, bi-polar, ODD)

Day 4– (Thursday 3rd November 2020) - Physical (Cerebral Palsy, muscular dystrophy, MS, chronic asthma, epilepsy)

Day 5 – (Friday 4th November 2020)- Sensory Disability (Visual Impairment, Hearing Impairment (Deaf).

Please Note- All fact sheets will be also be uploaded on the Learning Register ONE NOTE for future reference.

Programme Coordinators News.

Transition Year

Transition Years have completed a very successful first Work Placement block, where the majority of students managed to find work placements for last week. The remaining small number of students worked on Certified Online Work-related courses. Feedback from employers was outstanding and a great tribute to the hard work and commitment of the students in TY this year.

Market Day

Rang Tara and Uisnigh are finalising their products this week for Market Day which will take place on Thursday 10th December. Marketing and advertising videos will be sent to staff this week so we would be grateful if you could play them to your class at that time or in tutorial.

Students will also visit classes during the week with their products.

It's important that you stress to students that pre-ordering is more important this year as it's likely that only 1st and 2nd years will attend market day due to social distancing and time constraints.

Semester 2 Know your City

The theme for TY this semester is "Know your City" and students will take part in a variety of projects and activities that link with a Dublin theme. As part of a History research and publishing project on this theme, TYs will be going on a trip to the Phoenix Park this Wednesday. They will hire bikes to take them around the park to complete their research group work. This is the first stage of a project which will see them eventually produce an eBook on the History and Facilities of the Parks of Dublin.

Leaving Cert Applied

Rang Turlach will embark on a one-week block of Work Experience this week.

We wish them all the best and hope to repeat a similar block after Christmas in their next session.

Ger and Laura

Wi-Fi and Broadband.

As you are aware, the IT department in DDLETB intend to roll out an upgrade of our Wi-Fi infrastructure very soon to rectify the very obvious issues we have with it. The current plan is to make the physical changes needed in the College during the Christmas Holidays so that our new and improved broadband will be fully operational for Semester 2 Week 5.

Apr 12
Apr 19
Literacy Week/ DEAR Initiative
Apr 22
CP Setanta incoming 1st incoming online information night
Apr 23
World Book Day
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