Our annual Winter concert and raffle will take place on Friday 22nd December, the last day of the school term. Families will be invited to come to our PE Hall and watch a show performed by the children. We will let you know more details closer to the time.
Sam Maguire came to our school on Tuesday 14th November and there was great excitement among both teachers and children. The visit of Sam comes just over a week after the Brendan Martin cup which the Dublin ladies won came to our school. Sam Maguire was brought to our school by Conor Lehane and Peter Elliot from our local GAA club, St Mary's Saggart. We thank them for the visit. This visit was particularly historic as Dublin have just completed 3 All Ireland's in a row, 2015, 2016 and 2017. We hope that the visits of these cups can inspire our children to work hard, train hard and achieve in their area of interest. And hopefully in years to come our present children will be returning with cups and trophies of their own.
Our Parents Association are looking forward to welcoming lots of parents and guardians to the school on the morning of 22nd November. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and guardians and maybe meet a like-minded person who will be a new friend for you!
You don't need to have fluent English to come along. Lots of our parents and guardians don't. You never know, you might meet another person who speaks your language!
Babies in buggies are welcome. Toddlers are fine to come along too as long as they are not allowed to run around the school or otherwise disrupt lessons.
Coffee mornings are FREE. There is no charge. The purpose of the event is to build community and to get parents and guardians in to the school and happy to be in our school.
We look forward to seeing you after school drop-off on 22nd November.
We reviewed our school assembly procedure at the start of this school year and made a few changes. For one, we divide into two groups for assembly with half of each year-group (one class at each level) attending each assembly. Secondly, our expectations of behaviour in assembly changed. We knew that the children were capable of better and also deserved better and we were right!
We spent the first half term with a totally-pared-back assembly where we focussed on teaching the children how to be in assembly rather than on the content of assembly and it totally paid off!
Assembly today was wonderful. Staff felt that the children were ready for more and so we introduced a longer assembly. It was such a joy and we were so proud of the journey taken by the staff and children over the last few months.
At assembly today, we celebrated:
PLEASE obey the car park rules. They are there for the safety of all of our children.
· No parking on the right, against the hedge, as you drive through the campus – these spaces are for Staff only.
· No parking in the Staff/Creche/Bus Car Park, which is inside the Exit gate - at any time.
· No parking in the Drop Off Zone AT ANY TIME.
· No parking on the road outside the campus.
· Use the Drop-Off facility to save time and relieve pressure for all in the car park.
· Walk, cycle or take the LUAS if at all possible.
Also, please be kind and considerate towards each other. Everyone is in a rush; everyone has children who are vulnerable; anyone could be having a bad day. Letting another parent out in front of you will cost you two seconds at most but changes their day - and your day - for the better.
Building on the success of our first Coding After-School Club, we are hoping to establish a CoderDojo here at Citywest ETNS early in 2018.
CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led, community based programming clubs for young people. At a Dojo, young people, between 7 and 17, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology in an informal and creative environment. In addition to learning to code, attendees meet like-minded people and are exposed to the possibilities of technology.
Within the CoderDojo Movement there is a focus on community, peer learning, youth mentoring and self led learning, with an emphasis on showing how coding is a force for change in the world. For more on CoderDojo, visit their website here.
In order for this to go ahead, we need volunteers who can help at the club each week, to guide and teach the children as they learn to code. There will be a clear structure in place, but we need more adults to ensure that each child gets maximum benefit from the class. Adults will not need to be coding experts, but prior experience with coding at some level would be very beneficial.
A meeting will be held at the school next Wednesday, 15th November at 7.30pm. If you are interested in helping out, and even if you can't make it next Wednesday, please fill out the form below.
Thanking you for your support,
Aoife & Caroline
We were delighted to welcome All Ireland winner and Dublin ladies footballer Olwen Carey to our school on November the 6th. Olwen brought along the Brendan Martin cup that was won by Dublin in Croke Park. Olwen played midfield for Dublin in the final and has recently been selected as Dublin's young player of the year. In our school Olwen gave some inspiring words and offered advice to the children about listening to coaches, playing as a team and training hard. A fantastic morning was had. Thank you Olwen.
Nicola Sherwood, who runs the Bokwa class in our school, has been on leave for the last few months and has had colleagues teaching her class.
Nicola returns to class on Monday 6th November and to celebrate, she is offering the class for free!
Go on, give it a go!
Citywest Educate Together NS PE Hall, 8pm to 9pm Mondays and Wednesdays
Details of all evening classes for adults here.
On Friday 27th October, we bid farewell to three staff members. Lindsey and Michael leave us as they each move to new schools after the mid-term, where they have secured more long-term positions than we can offer them. Avril leaves to take family leave for the rest of the school year. We wish all three the very best of luck in their adventures and thank them for their hard work for our school. We look forward to seeing Avril again next September.
We welcome Ciara Bregazzi-Nevin to the new teaching position at our school. Ciara's focus is on children who are learning English as an additional language. We also welcome back an old friend to our school, Cillian O'Reilly. Cillian will be key support teacher for 2nd class. Finally, we welcome Dorothy Donnelly to our school as SNA and bus escort. Dorothy worked in our school last July and got to know quite a few of us then. We look forward to welcoming her back!
Earlier this month, we welcomed Larysa Khudenko to our staff as cleaner and appointed Siobhan Naughton as administration assistant. We also welcomed Ciara Donohue to our school as part-time support teacher.
Its a busy school! We hope its not too hard to keep up!
Last year was a record year for attendance in our school, with our average monthly attendance staying above 90% for 9 out of 10 months, only dipping in June. This was an achievement we were very proud of - read more about that here.
So far this year, with the mid-term break just around the corner, the attendance in our school has averaged at 94%. This is consistent with previous years. Good attendance is highly valued in our school - to read more about attendance, and the obligations of the school, check out the Attendance page on our website. Please also remember to notify the school if your child misses a day.
Let's keep up the great work!