We now have 350 pupils across 15 classes - three mainstream classes each of Junior Infants and Senior Infants, two mainstream classes each of 1st class, 2nd class and 3rd class, one mainstream class each of 4th class and 5th class and one junior class for children with autism, where we have children attending at Junior Infant level, Senior Infant level, 1st class level and 2nd class level. All classes are full, apart from mainstream 2nd class and 3rd class, where we have limited places available.
We welcomed 10 new members of staff - Laura M, Ruth, Laura B, Tadhg, Stephen, Siobhan N, Hannah, Shane, Lindsey and Louise.
As well as the 66 children who joined our school in Junior Infants, we were delighted to welcome 2 new children to 2nd class, 2 new children to 3rd class, 5 new children to 4th class, 3 new children to 5th class and 2 new children to Leonie's class. So a total of 80 new children in 78 new families.
Our staff have rolled out a new induction programme for our new staff members, which will hopefully have them feeling at home in no time! We are thrilled to see our Student Council take on welcoming our new pupils - they plan to meet the new pupils (those in older classes) this week and talk with them about how they can best make them feel welcome. We sincerely hope that parents are welcoming new parents to our community in a similar fashion - sometimes all it takes is a smile and a "Hello!" to change someone's day. And starting a conversation could be the start of a brilliant friendship! Go on, be brave, give it a try!
We have just completed the creation of an amazing multi-sensory room, as part of the suite of rooms in the wing for Leonie's class. The room was partly paid for by a massive donation of 1600 euros from a fundraiser organised by one of our families over the summer. Indeed, some members of staff have been found barefoot and chilled out in this amazing room before and after school! Children in mainstream classes in need of sensory breaks benefit from this room also, which in turn makes all classrooms calmer and learning-centred.
In the coming fortnight, we will enjoy an additional 8 rooms for learning in. This is unprecedented in our history. Indeed, there can't be too many schools that have ever filled 8 new rooms in one school year.
It is a very exciting time to be part of the Citywest ETNS community. Thank you for being a part of it!