School Reopens Wednesday 18th of October

A Chairde (friends),

The school will reopen as normal tomorrow. We have just done a thorough check and everything is in order. Looking forward to seeing you all back then,

Míle Buíochas (Many thanks),

Eddie

School Closed Tuesday 17th of October

A Chairde (Friends),

The Department of Education and Skills has confirmed that all schools will remain closed tomorrow Tuesday 17th of October. Please remember to stay indoors  and keep safe,

Míle Buíochas,

Eddie

 

School Closed Monday 16th October

The Met office has issued a red alert weather warning which means that the school will be closed tomorrow Monday 16th of October.

https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/1015/912467-ophelia/

 

Principal’s News

A chairde (Friends)

PTA AGM

There was a great turnout a the PTA AGM last Tuesday. A report on the night will follow in the next week and we look forward to working with the new committee and Niamh Brennan, the new chairperson over the coming year. There were lots of ideas for events and the PTA calendar of events will kick off with the Halloween disco. More details of this in the coming week. Lesley Fahy was elected as the parent representative on the Board of  Management and we would like to thank Nicola Kuss for all her work on the Board for the last two years.

Sponsored Walk

Many thanks to all the families who collected and took part in our sponsored walk. We raised over €2200 and this will go towards readers and sports equipment. It was a really enjoyable event and makes us appreciate the lovely parks we have in our area.

Clonburris SDZ

I am going to be preparing a submission to go from the school on the Clonburris masterplan in the next few weeks. Our submission will be based on the needs of the school and if you have any ideas or comments please do not hesitate to mail me at principal@lucaneastet.ie. We will also be working with the classes in the school for their ideas. Our student council is currently being elected and I hope that they will work on this a lot this year. You can access the masterplan and how it effects your area at clonburris.ie

Democracy in action

This week we are electing a new student council and this morning we had a great introduction from all the candidates. We talked about what it meant to be a good representative and what our common goal was which is to make the school a better place. We also are celebrating the One day Together Day which celebrates The 90 Educate Together schools we have in the country. Educate Together is the patron body for five primary schools in Lucan and promotes equality based education where no child is an outsider. The first Educate Together school was established in 1977 and the organisation has gone from strength in the last decade.

Sports

Well done to all our GAA teams who represented our school so well during the week. I had the pleasure of going with the Senior Boys team to Drimnagh and was really impressed by their sportsmanship, team spirit and commitment. There is also swimming going on for our outreach classes and Rang 2. We have Tag Rugby coaching and Gerry from Athletics Ireland is doing great work with the older classes who are also doing the Marathon challenge which is proving to be a great success.

Enrolment

Enrolment Forms for Junior Infants for 2018/2019 are available in the office and can be dropped back to any of the four Lucan Common Enrolment Schools every Wednesday

Bíodh Deireadh Seachtain deas agat (Have a lovely weekend)

Eddie

(Príomhoide)

PTA AGM

There was a great turnout at the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday evening.

The following parents volunteered as PTA committee members for the school year:

Niamh Brennan – Chairperson

Liz Nolan & Marta Estalayo – Treasurers

Shaista Zeb & Colette Darcy – Secretaries

Fintan Murphy – IT

Gillian Casey

Denise Moroney

Ruairí Hogan

Sinéad Battle

Suzanne O’Connor

Ardy Neyzam Ali

Therese Farrell

Georgina O’Halloran

 

The next PTA meeting will be held on Wednesday 11th October at 9am in the Parents Room.

The next event to be organised is the Halloween Disco, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday 26th October. More information to follow.

We are looking forward to the year ahead with lots of new ideas and events planned for Lucan East ETNS.

 

 

Parent Teacher Association AGM Tonight

Our Parent Teacher Association AGM takes place tonight at 7pm. All parents/Guardians are welcome. The PTA is a great way to meet new parents and friends and it is a critical part of our school community. It would be great to see as many parents as possible to get involved.DSC_0011

Fire Safety Audit

 

 

Our Patron body informed us yesterday evening that Lucan East ETNS  will undertake a fire safety audit in the near future.

 

The Department of Education and Skills informed Educate Together  that they will appoint an expert to check on all 36 schools who were part of the “rapid build” programme . Lucan East ETNS is one of these schools.

 

We wish the school community to be aware that these audits are a safety measure being taken by the Department and to also to ensure that there are no fire safety issues with any of the school buildings constructed during this period.

 

It is very important to highlight that the Department does not believe there are fire safety issues with the 36 schools generally.

We will keep everybody informed if there are any updates.

 

Below is a press Release from Educate Together

 

 

 

Educate Together Welcomes Minister’s Announcement on Fire Safety Audits

Educate Together today welcomes Minister Richard Bruton’s announcement that the Department of Education and Skills (DES) intends to carry out immediate precautionary fire safety audits on a number of schools around Ireland, including a number of Educate Together school buildings that were constructed under the Rapid Build Programme.

The Educate Together school buildings to be included in the new audit of school buildings are:

  • Tyrrelstown ETNS
  • Portlaoise ETNS
  • Lucan East ETNS
  • Carrigaline ETNS
  • Broombridge ETNS
  • Ashbourne ETNS
  • Griffeen Valley ETNS

 

Educate Together has been in contact with representatives from the schools in question and has been assured by the Department that the buildings are safe. Educate Together is in ongoing communication with these schools and the DES.

This is in addition to the recently announced DES spot-check on a representative sample of up to 30 school buildings around the country.

Today’s announcement comes in response to ‘fire stopping’ issues identified recently in a number of school buildings that were constructed under the Rapid Build Programme in 2008. Regarding these schools, three of which were under Educate Together patronage, a DES statement states that:

“It is worth noting again that the Department has no reason to believe that there are issues with fire safety provisions in schools generally. These additional steps are an added precaution being taken by the Department, prompted by recent concerns in Ireland and abroad regarding fire safety in public buildings.”

Three Educate Together schools in Letterkenny, Firhouse and Galway are currently under construction and Educate Together has been assured by the Department of Education that an independent auditor will remain on-site to supervise the building of these schools.

Educate Together is also encouraged to see that the Department has accepted Educate Together’s suggestion that a suitably qualified Clerk of Works is to be appointed to all future major building projects to enhance the oversight and inspection of works when they are being carried out. Amongst other measures announced today, an internal fire safety committee is also being established within the Department to keep lines of communications open between the DES, schools and patrons, which Educate Together welcomes.

It is anticipated it will take approximately six months to complete the fire safety audits on the school buildings that were constructed under the Rapid Build Programme. The sample audit is expected to be concluded by January 2018.

The Department has also set up a special email address to which schools can email any queries which arise from this announcement. The email address is PBUQueries@education.gov.ie

 

 

Girl’s Football team attend Women’s All Ireland Final

Up the Dubs!

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Principal’s News

It has been a busy but very productive month at Lucan East ETNS. It has been great meeting so many of you at the orientation meetings. There are a few meetings remaining as follows:

  1.  Friday 22nd – Chile  5th Class
  2. Tuesday 26th – France 6th Class
  3. Wednesday 27th  – Australia 6th Class
  4. Tuesday 3rd October – Ghana Class
  5. Wednesday 4th – Ireland Class
  6. Thursday 5th  –  Junior Infants Cuba
  7. Friday 6th – Junior infants Germany

Class meetings are a great way to meet the teacher and find out about the routines of the classroom, homework etc. We have had our best attendance ever this year so far which shows how much all the parent’s at Lucan East value education.

Sponsored Walk

Your child will receive a sponsored walk form home this evening. The sponsored walk is an annual fundraiser for the school. This year we are hoping to raise money for extra English readers for every class in the school. The walk will take place on Thursday 28th of September.  The walk will start at 1.30pm. Junior and Senior Infants can come along if accompanied by their parents and the older classes will go with their teacher. Parents in other classes are welcome to come along. The readers we buy will help to build emergent readers skill and concepts and already have been a great success in the school. The walk is always great fun and fits in to our active schools theme. Please return your form and money to your child’s teacher. We also hope to raise our Gaelbhratach  – our Irish Language flag on this day which celbrates all our efforts and achievements in the Irish language at Lucan East.

 

Pupil Insurance

The last day that pupil Insurance money will be accepted is MONDAY 25th SEPTEMBER. Many thanks to all parents who use the online payment facility. It really relieves the pressure on Lesley in the office. We hope to move to exclusively paying online next year.

 

Mental Health and Well Being Week

This week there have been a  huge number events to celebrate well being week Among the highlights included:

  1. Active Schools Committee attended the SDCC launch
  2. Yoga classes for parents and students
  3. Fruit and vegetable tasting and healthy eating promotion
  4. Friendship day
  5. 6th class meet their Junior Infant buddies
  6. Coffee morning for parents

Sport

Our sports teams have been doing a great job representing the school in the Girls and Boys Cumann na mbunscoil Gaelic football competitions.  You can follow all the action and photos on twitter (@lucaneastet). Many thanks to Paula, Orlagh, Simon, Colm, Niall, Tom and Ryan for all their hard work with the teams. This Sunda,y Paula and Orlagh will  be bringing a group from the girl’s team to Croke Park to watch the Women’s All Ireland Football final which will be contested by Mayo and Dublin in a repeat of last weeks men’s final. It promises to be a great day out and the Dubs will be looking to avenge their defeat to Cork last year.

Parking

Rebecca, our HSCL teacher will email out the parking plan to everybody in the next few days. Just a reminder to everyone that the children’s safety is our primary concern. Many thanks to all our walkers,scooters and cyclists to school.

Clonburris SDZ

Tomorrow the draft plan for the lands which border the school will be released  by South Dublin County Council. A two month consultation period will then follow. The school will be seeking playing fields close by and extra parking facilities to be made available as part of this plan. We ask that parents contact their local representatives to support us in this campaign. I hope to have more information on the plan and the consultation which I will share with everyone in the coming weeks once the plan has been released.

Other News

  • Every day is an active day at Lucan East  – make sure to have proper footwear
  • 5th class parents will have received a note from Rebecca about the local secondary schools, when the open evenings are on and the enrolment deadlines. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
  • All extra curricular activities are up and running and great fun is being had every day after school
  • The PTA will shortly send out a newsletter to parent and publish details of their annual general meeting (AGM). They also hope to sell the remaining cook books from last year.
  • Please make sure you have given a note to your child’s teacher if you are giving them permission to walk home.

Many thanks to you all for your continued support and don’t forget to follow us on twitter and on our website,

Míle Buíochas,

Eddie

Príomhoide

Health and Well-being Week in Lucan East

This week there have been lots of activities and events organised in Lucan East to celebrate health and well-being week. Among the highlights included:

  1. Active Schools Committee attended the SDCC launch
  2. Yoga classes for parents and students
  3. Fruit and vegetable tasting
  4. Healthy eating promotion
  5. Friendship Day
  6. Sports Circuits with the Senior Classes
  7. Mindful Walks with the Infant Classes
  8. 6th class met their Junior Infant buddies
  9. Coffee morning for parents

Thanks to all the parents who helped with the activities and who took part in the events.

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