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Nuacht 12/11/2018


Nuacht 12/11/2018

Dates for your diary

15.11.2018 Intel Mini-Scientist Exhibition in school hall from10am-2pm

25.11.2018 CETNS Winter Fair in school hall from 2pm-5pm

27 & 29.10.2018 Parent-Teacher Meetings S.Infants-6th Classes (time slots sent home this week)

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Here is some of the latest news from CETNS since our last newsletter and some information about what is to come during the next few weeks in school. We remind all parents communications from the school are mainly given via the fortnightly newsletters (Nuacht CETNS) on the website, additional website updates and via the CETNS School App. Please make sure you are signed up and you will receive all notifications relevant to your child(ren)’s class(es).

2nd class assembly

We had a wonderful Learn Together assembly hosted by Pat & Sarah’s classes about the Marine environment. It was a very informative assembly teaching us how badly we need to look after the marine environment for our survival and the ‘single use plastic’ culture which is damaging our marine life. The children worked hard preparing the assembly and made some very useful posters as a reminder to us all. Their message in the assembly though serious was uplifting as we can all help in our own little way and we especially loved their singing and dancing. Thank you to Sarah, Pat and all the children in Rang 2J!

Hallowe’en News

Garda visit at Hallowe’en

Just before the midterm break the Community Gardaí from Blanchardstown station came to visit the children from 4th and 5th classes to talk about safety around Hallowe’en time and in particular around bonfires and fireworks. We really appreciate their time and are happy to have the benefit of learning from their experiences to ensure our safety.

Hallowe’en songs for infant classes

Thank you to the many parents and family members who came along to the infant classrooms on the Friday for the Hallowe’en songs. We hope you enjoyed the unexpected Hallowe’en treat from the children. Thank you to all staff who helped prepare the children so well, Sinéad, JP, Ruth, Susan, Michelle and Leha.

CETNS Spooky Sponsored Walk

We all enjoyed the CETNS Spooky Sponsored Walk on the 26th and the weather was such a big help too. We couldn’t have planned better. A special thank you to all the children, staff and parents who made a huge effort to pound the pavements in fancy dress. I know a lot of those voting for the Presidential election in the local school enjoyed seeing everyone on the day. We raised plenty of money for school projects too and wish to thank all who contributed so generously so soon after our cake sale. So far the total has reached €5,262.87. If you have any more cards/monies at home please remember to send them into the school office. Some images available of the day



Green Team

The Green Team met and discussed a number of initiatives in the school and 4 members of the team attended a workshop on Wednesday last where they learnt a lot about the simple changes we can all make to improve environmental awareness. They will be in touch shortly with some information for all but I know they came away with many ideas and strategies to help. Thank you to Elaine for organising this visit and accompanying the children on the day.

Hello, my name is Nancy. I had an amazing opportunity from my school, C.E.T.N.S. for our green team to go to Tallaght and learn about the marine environment.

We went to the Maldron Hotel and learned so much more. Three other people from the green team came too. We had great fun. First we were given bits of rubbish and asked to figure out how it got into the sea e.g., “How did this piece of lego get into our marine environment?” We suggested that our sewerage systems were not working correctly and that a small child could have flushed it down the toilet.

After that we had to make mandalas out of different coloured rubbish. My group was given earth as a mandala. It was great. Then we did a science experiment; “How long does an air stuffed balloon last for with a lit match held underneath it?” Half a second.

Then we filled a balloon with water and it lasted for thirty seconds. We also got to look at dogshark eggs.

I am really grateful for my opportunity to go to this event.

By Nancy-Jean O Rourke, 4th class

Student Council

Thank you to the children from the Student Council who helped with the recent cake sale. I’m certain we all agree they were an asset on such a busy day in school life and helped enormously in the promotion of the cake sale throughout the school. Congratulations to winners of the various competitions during the day and thank you to children, staff and parents who supported the cake sale also. The monies raised will go a long way to supporting the violin project in the school. Thank you to Romey for organising this project.

Visitors at CETNS

Tag-Rugby has started on Mondays for 5th and 6th classes. GAA continues for Junior Infants and 2nd classes on Wednesdays as well as Mouse visiting 4th classes. Beginning next Tuesday Eileen will be coming in to work with 2nd classes on a project all about myths and legends for a number of weeks.

Lost & Found Items

It is really shocking the amount of clothing items left around the school and on school grounds each day. Children should be more careful and appreciative of the clothing they are so lucky to have. All lost & found items are being stored under the table in the main foyer of the school for the moment but staff would really like to get to a point where we no longer need to store such items as they are unsightly around the school. Please talk to your child about looking after their clothing and please make sure to write childrens’ names on all items of clothing particularly coats/jumpers/cardigans and other items they may remove if they get too warm. This will greatly assist us in returning items to their rightful owners.

Science Week & Intel Mini-Scientist Exhibition

Science week takes place throughout the school in all classes this week. Each year the staff, children and parents of 5th and 6th classes work on collaborative projects to display in the school hall for all children in the school to see. Intel judges call in and meet with each project group to hear all about what they have learnt through their investigations. It is a wonderful opportunity for the children and a huge amount of work is put in by all. Thank you in advance and we hope parents will come in to view the projects from 10am-2pm. Please allow classes the time to set up their projects prior to visiting at 10am and remember at 2pm the children will begin to clear the hall again in time for after school activities. Good luck to all J!

Parent-Teacher meetings

By now you will be aware that parent-teacher meetings will take place Tuesday/Thursday 27th/29th November respectively for parents of children from Senior Infants to 6th classes. As we have had many disruptions in corridors and outside classrooms in the past years staff have asked for arrangements to be made for all children to be supervised outside the school building during these meeting times. It is important to note meetings are for parents/ guardians only and you will shortly receive an allocated time to meet with your child’s teacher. It is also important to let the teacher know in advance should you be unable to make the meeting. Thank you.

Rainy Day Supervision

On wet mornings, children from Infants-2nd classes wait in their lines in the school hall. It is important for the children to be able to see their lines when they arrive and to that end we would ask all adults to please stand at the wall to allow this. Unlike normal morning supervision in the yard, the hall is restricted in size and we would prefer if the children were dropped in & left, it minimises disruption transitioning to their classrooms and also helps keep the hall floor dry as oftentimes it can be very wet after umbrellas and wet shoes. We use the hall daily at 9am for gym activities.

Parent-Teacher Association

The PTA AGM took place on the 24th October. The meeting saw the election of the new PTA committee members. A sincere thank you to Dr Tonya Leonard, outgoing PTA Chairperson, who worked tirelessly over the past year to support the work of the school. We look forward to working with the new committee members over the course of the next year.

Work is well underway for the CETNS Winter Fair which will take place on Sunday 25th November from 2pm-5pm. Please come along and join us on the day.

Beir bua,


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