Newsletter – Friday 20th January 2017

Welcome back!

A big welcome back to everyone after our Winter break. We hope you had a happy and peaceful time and are well rested for the new school term!

Facebook and twitter

We are on Facebook and twitter! Remember to like/follow us to keep up to date with everything that’s going on in TETNS. We now have over 200 likes – do you know someone who hasn’t heard that we are on Facebook/twitter yet? Let them know!


A revised Language Curriculum is being introduced nationwide from this year. As part of this, in-service training is being provided for teachers. Our school has been given the 2nd of March for this training. The school will be closed for pupils on this date.

Junior Infants 2017 – 18

Places are still available for Junior Infants for 2017-18. If you know of anyone looking for a place for their child, please refer them to the office.


Swimming classes will be commencing on Monday and Wednesday of next week. Notes have been sent out indicating which classes will go on each day.


We understand that traffic and other circumstances can cause anyone to be late occasionally. A small number of children are arriving late to school on a regular basis.

After school clubs

Details of After School Clubs for this term are posted on our website. You can view the timetable by going to .

Young Scientists

On Friday last, nine children from 5th Class brought their project on the possibility of human colonisation of Mars to the Primary Science Fair at the Young Scientists Exhibition. Their project attracted great interest on the day and they impressed the judge. We will post extracts from his report on the website shortly.

A big thanks to Elaine and to all the parents for making this adventure possible!

Geography Week

Our very first Geography Week will be held from 30th January to 3rd February. The Student Council are very busy with the organisation of activities for the week. More details to follow!

Contact details

If your contact details (telephone number, email or home address) have changed, please inform the office.

Head lice

We remind parents to continue to be vigilant about head lie. Head lice are extremely common among school-going children. We have had a number of reports from parents regarding head lice in recent days.

We ask that parents check their children’s hair regularly and take appropriate action if they notice head lice. More information can be found at

Junior Infants

This week Junior infants have started GAA with Larry where lots of fun was had.

Room 4 are preparing for Chinese New Year. We have a Chinese Restaurant where we cook and serve noodles with chopsticks. We’ve been practising Chinese writing too. We are singing Kung Hay Fat Choi, as well as reading the story of the Zodiac. 2017 is the year of the Rooster!

Senior Infants

Senior Infants have been taking part in the Mighty Mouth programme and have been learning all about how to take care of their teeth. All our Senior Infants got a new toothbrush and even toothpaste to help them practice. Remember to brush every morning and especially every evening! For more information, visit

Ciara’s 1st class

In Ciara’s class we are learning all about water safety before we start swimming lessons next week which we are very excited about. We can now play new tunes on the tin whistle. We are  learning all about the importance of healthy eating and creating our own food pyramids.

Claire N.’s 1st class

Claire’s class finished reading Charlie and the Chocolate factory and designed their own factories. The Outstanding Octopuses were the winners of Table of the Week.

Karen’s 1st class

This week we have been building towers with cubes. We had a competition to see which group could build the biggest tower.  The photo is of the winning group!

Denis’s 2nd class

2nd class have been using Knex to create some artistic engineering.

Bríd’s 2nd class

We have been learning lots of cool facts about Antarctica. We learned about some of the animals that live there and are creating our own animals that can adapt to life in the cold. We re-enacted Shackleton’s expedition to really experience what it was like for him and his crew.

Shona’s 3rd class

Shona’s third class as been a hive of activity this week as the children edit and proof read an extract their favourite story to publish on the website next month!

5th class

5th class have been busy this January learning about the solar system in science. We went to the Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS last Friday to see lots of great science projects and see the project that Elaine entered with some of our students. Francis’ class have been working on their novel ‘Duck and Swan’ and listening and responding to music from movies. Louise’s class have been reading their novel ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ and learning about newspaper articles in team teaching.