A Chairde (Friends),

I would like to thank all of you for all your kind words and messages. It has been really touching. I have enjoyed every minute of the last nine years and I am really proud of what we have all created here together. Lucan East ETNS is an amazing school built firmly on the values of Educate Together. I would like to sincerely thank all the staff and wish them well in the future. They are a really talented group of people. I have spoken about the parents in our school who are so invested in their children’s Education. It has been a privilege to work with them for the last 9 and a half years.

The new Principal has been appointed and is in the process of organising their departure from their current school. We will be able to announce the name of the new principal once this is done. They  will be arriving in the coming months. In the meantime Linda Maher and Niamh Byrne will be stepping into the role of acting principal deputy Principal. I know you will show them all the support and encouragement you have shown me over the years.

I will always be a friend of Lucan East ETNS and I look forward to meeting you all in the future,

Go neirí an bothar libh (May the road rise up to meet you and may the wind always be at your back),

Míle buíochas,



2017 Chess Final

The final of the 2017 Lucan East Chess Championship was held today. Well done to both players on a great match. Congratulations

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5th and 6th Class Marathon Challenge Final Mile

Congratulations to the boys and girls from 5th and 6th class who have completed a marathon over the last 8 weeks. Each child improved their fitness and general well-being. A visit from David Gillick spurred the children on to finish the 26.2 miles. Well done everyone!

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Hour of Code 2017

Many of the boys and girls in the school tried some coding for the 2017 ‘Hour of Code’. We had great fun using https://hourofcode.com/ie/learn. We looked at the Star Wars activity where we had to give BB-8 some instructions using code.


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Greece Class kick off ‘Hour of Code’ week in Lucan East

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Chess championship 2017

We had over 100 competitors in the annual Lucan East Chess Championship this year. We had some excellent matches throughout the tournament and the final 32 assembled for battle today. Well done to everyone! We now know our finalists and their match will be completed later this week.

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Shadow Shapers at Lucan East

Shadow Shapers


Click on the Shadow Shaper link above to find out about the great project that is currently underway in 3rd class.


So far this year, we have had lots of interesting parent classes, talks, parental involvement activities and PTA fundraisers. Here is a snapshot of some of the initiatives organised in collaboration with the HSCL teacher, Rebecca.

Adult Classes

  • Yoga Class for parents during Health & Wellbeing Week
  • 12 parents graduated from the Parents Plus Programme this week
  • Art Classes take place every Tuesday in the Parents Room from 9 – 11am
  • Beginners English Classes start on 23rd November every Thursday from 9 – 11am

Talks for Parents

  • All parents were invited to a Coffee Morning in September
  • Rachel from Carambola gave a very interesting nutrition talk about sugar to parents and 6th class students during Health & Wellbeing Week.
  • Maths Packs were given to all the 2nd Class parents. They contained a list of maths apps and websites and different games and ideas to promote maths in the home.

Talks for Children

  • Several principals came to talk to 5th & 6th class about their open evenings and about applying to secondary school.
  • The metalwork teacher from Adamstown Community College did a super workshop with 6th
  • Craig Stephens ‘The Mad Scientist’ will visit our school next week and perform science experiments for all the classes.

Parental Involvement

  • Fruit & Vegetable Tasting for Infants – 2nd Class during Health & Wellbeing Week
  • Clover Reading Packs in Junior Infants
  • Bedtime Reading Trolley in Senior Infants
  • Maths Packs in 2nd Class
  • Art Workshop in the Outreach – Ireland and Ghana Classes
  • Maths Trails (Maths Week)

PTA Events

  • PTA Annual General Meeting (3rd October)
  • Book Fair (23rd – 27th October)
  • Halloween Discos for Infants – 4th Class (26th October)
  • Movie Night for 5th & 6th Class (1st December)
  • Clothing Collection (27th November – 8th December)
  • Winter Raffle (December)

There will be lots more classes, talks, parental involvement activities and events organised in the New Year.

If you would like to get involved in any classes, help out with PTA events or volunteer to take part in the parental involvement activities this year, please get in touch with us.

Many Thanks,


Hygiene in School

A Chairde (Friends),

The weather is getting a bit colder as winter sets in and I wanted to remind you all of the hygiene rules that we have in place. We know that at some stage every child gets sick but these simple measures really reduce the risks of infections spreading and ensures that the children can be in school and not miss valuable learning time:

  1. Each child in the school should have their own towel for washing their hands. This can be the size of an adult face cloth and should be changed regularly. We will be checking regularly to see that each child has one. It means that germs will not spread by sharing towels.
  2. We will be working with the children on respiratory etiquette which is basically putting your hand  to your mouth or elbow when coughing etc. This will help everyone in and out of school.
  3. Each bathroom in the school has soap and water and we will be encouraging all members of the school community to make sure they wash their hands after they use the bathroom.

Following these simple rules will ensure we will reduce the risk of colds and viruses spreading. I will be visiting all the classes in the coming days to raise awareness on this and would really appreciate it if you would discuss this with your child as well.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions,

Kind regards,




Winter Concerts

A Chairde (friends),

Each year we hold a series of winter concert performances by the children. They are always one of the highlights of the school calendar. Below are the times and dates for the shows:

Wednesday 20th December

Show 1: 9.15 am – 10.45 Ji & SI

Show 2: 11am – 12.30 3rd & 4th

Thursday  21st December

Show 1: 9.15 am – 10.45 5th & 6th

Show 2: 11am – 12.30 1st & 2nd