Only 3 more sleeps until the Winter Market @ DSP

Reminder that it’s Winter Market time this Saturday 9th from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm. Admission: Adult €2, Children €1, Family €5

Join Santa and his Elves for a festive, fun day. See the poster for all the fantastic activities happening on the day.

Don’t forget that lots of your shopping can be done at the market – handmade crafts, the ever-popular Dalkey School Produce, Christmas Trees and Wreaths, School Calendar, our new Seasonal Tee-shirts and maybe a bottle (or three) of Mulled Wine.

If Lady Luck is smiling on you, you might win BIG in the bumper raffle, with lots of other opportunities also to win during the day.

A final call-out for

  • Bottles or other prizes for the Tombola, and donations for the Books, Toys and Accessories stalls
  • donations of home baking on the day for the ever-popular Cake Stall
  • and, not forgetting, helpers on the day

Don’t forget to get you raffle lines in by Wednesday 6th December to be included in the student draws. 12 great prizes to be won as a big Thank You for selling the lines

Looking forward to seeing you on the day – come hail, wind or snow : )

In case you miss any of the communications, why not follow us via social media to keep up to date with this magical event? Like, Share and Tweet using the following links

FACEBOOK:  or @WinterMarket.DSP   While you are there make sure to Like, Comment and Share the page, and why not invite your friends, family and loved ones to the page and event listing

INSTAGRAM: or @WinterMarket.DSP

TWITTER: or @WinterMarketDSP


3rd Class Inner City Helping Homeless Christmas Shoebox Appeal


3rd Class are collecting Christmas Shoe boxes for the Inner City Helping Homeless appeal.  ICHH will distribute the shoe boxes to every age from new born babies through teenager’s to adults right across emergency accommodation to rough sleepers on our streets.

ICHH currently have over 3500 children registered as homeless and living in emergency accommodation.  These children are mostly living in one room with their families and eating, sleeping and doing homework  all in this one room. It is so hard to imagine what it would be like but hopefully we never have to actually live the reality of it.

Want to help? Here’s what to do.

Get a shoebox, mark it male or female. If you would like to do a Shoebox for a child please mark it Male/Female and specify the age group it is for  e.g girl age 6-8 or adult female etc

Fill it with items such as:

Hats, scarves, gloves, underwear, socks, chocolate/sweets, roll on deodorants, toothbrush/paste, soap, gift vouchers or a Christmas Card.

*No aerosols, perfumes, aftershaves, mouthwash or hand sanitizers.

Drop the shoebox into Ms O’Connell in 3rd class on the 12th or 13th December. (School is very busy with the Winter Market before this so boxes cannot be stored before the 12th Dec)


Science Week in Junior Infants & Winter Market

Science Week in Junior Infants

Last week to celebrate Science Week we explored different materials in Junior Infants.

We have been reading the story of The Three Little Pigs and we decided to design and build some different homes for our little pup.

First we needed to make a plan just like an architect does before a house can be built.

Blueprints for homes

Designing Homes

Then we had to use our different material to build the houses we had planned. We built houses using straws, paper, cardboard, wood and bricks.

Using paper and cardboard

Using straws

Using wooden blocks (or sticks!)

Using large bricks (lego!)

Using small bricks (lego!)

Pup really liked all of the houses we built- but the Big Bad Wolf came to try and blow the houses down!



We learnt that houses that were stuck together properly were harder to blow down and that different materials were better than others when building a home.

We also thought  about how the wind can be such a strong and powerful force like we saw during ex-hurricane Ophelia.

TWO WEEKS to the DSP Winter Market!!

PTA News

FOUR and a HALF WEEKS until Christmas!

Even more important – it’s a little over TWO WEEKS to the DSP Winter Market!!

Planning and preparation for the highlight of the PTA year is reaching fever point. We’ve been working on this event since before the Halloween Disco and we are now counting down the days until we open the doors.

Keep an eye on the school bags over the coming days as order forms and raffle tickets go home. We will send out brief reminders as the key dates approach.

As always, the market can’t take place without volunteers and this week the class reps will be looking for help. Please be as generous as possible with your time. Every little helps.

So – what happens at the Winder Market? Where do we start? – Santa, Christmas Trees, Dalkey School Produce, Buzzing Food Hall, Cakes and Yummy Treats, Mulled Wine Café, Gifts & Crafts Stalls, Awesome DSP Seasonal Tee-Shirts, Tombola, Toys, Books, Accessories plus lots, lots more.

There is so much going on its difficult to fit it all onto the blog. Why don’t you follow us via social media to keep up to date with this magical event? Like, Share and Tweet using the following links

FACEBOOK: or @WinterMarket.DSP   While you are there make sure to Like and Share the page, and why not invite your friends, family and loved ones to the page and event listing

INSTAGRAM: or http://@WinterMarket.DSP

TWITTER: or @WinterMarketDSP


IMC Dun Laoghaire 2 hats left behind – held for collection

We ask that any family who did not pay for last week’s cinema trip (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th classes) send in the money asap to the office.

Dear Principal,

I am writing to let you know of an evening talk ‘Building Children’s and Teenagers Self-Esteem: Bringing Up Confident, Happy Children’ with John Sharry in the Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Dublin on Tuesday 28th November, which may be of interest to your parents and school staff.

Further information is available below and on John’s website A poster on the event is also attached. You may also be interested in reading John’s six-part series on this topic here.


Grainne Hampson

Ph: 086 7340114


Building Children’s Self-Esteem: Bringing Up Confident, Happy Children Talk

Many parents are concerned about their children and teenager’s lack of self-esteem and worry that this will lead to poor confidence as they grow up.  In this talk, based on his latest book ‘Bringing Up Confident, Happy Children’ John Sharry, will present a new model of self-esteem that focuses on core parenting values and what facilitates people to lead content happy lives. Practical tips will be provided on how to motivate children to learn in a positive way that builds on their strengths and which increases their sense of value and self-esteem.


Dr. John Sharry is a social worker and psychotherapist with over 25 years experience as a child and adolescent mental health professional. He is co-developer of the award-winning Parents Plus programmes, and adjunct senior lecturer in the Dept of Psychology UCD as well writing on parenting every Tuesday in The Irish Times newspaper.  He has written 13 best-selling books on parenting and positive psychology, including ‘Positive Parenting’‘Parenting Teenagers’ and ‘Counselling Children and Adolescents’. For further details on John Sharry, please visit:


This evening talk will take place at Stillorgan Park Hotel, Tuesday November 28th 2017 at 8pm

Cost: €25 (for one), €43 (for two)


Places are limited, Pre-booking is essential. 

We cannot guarantee that places will be available on the night without booking.

Parent Teacher meetings Wednesday and Thursday this week

Thanks to everyone who has booked a time to meet teachers. Meeting for classes Junior Infants to 2nd class take place tomorrow Wednesday.

School closes 15 minutes early at 1:55pm on Thursday to allow teachers time to set up for afternoon meetings. Please let minders and after-school pick-ups know! Below are the rooms used for meetings:

Parent/Teacher Meetings Wednesday 22nd November 2017 / 8.30 – 2.00pm

Where is your Parent/Teacher Meeting?

Teacher P/T Meeting Room
Ms Flynn

Junior Infants

Ms D’Arcy’s

Mini Resource Room (Upstairs)


Senior Infants


Staffroom or Principal’s Room (Downstairs)

Ms O’Donohue/Mr Finucane

1st class

Ms Malin/Jenny’s

Resource Room (Upstairs)


2nd class


Resource Room (Downstairs)

In order to keep meeting on time we ask that you knock loudly on meeting room door to let teacher know you have arrived. Waiting area  for parents/guardians upstairs is in the corridor between Junior Infants and Senior Infants.

Waiting area for parents/guardians downstairs is in the corridor between 4th class and 5th class and in reception area beside the secretary’s office.

Teaching in Class:

Junior Infants    –        Cathy

Senior Infants    –        Jenny/Ms Malin

1st class               –        Ms Beary

2nd class              –        Ms Kennedy

Parent/Teacher Meetings Thursday 23rd November 2017 / 8.30am – 1.50pm

Where is your Parent/Teacher Meeting?

Teacher Room
Ms O’Connell

3rd class

Ms D’Arcy’s

Mini Resource Room (Upstairs)

Ms Nea

5th class

Ms Malin/Jenny’s

Resource Room (Upstairs)

Mr. Doohan

6th class


Resource Room (Downstairs)

Mr Mannion

4th class


Staffroom or Principal’s Room (Downstairs)

Teaching in Class:

3rd class      –        Cathy

4th class      –        Ms Daly

5th class      –        Ms D’Arcy

6th class      –        Clodagh


Meetings after 2:10pm on Thursday 23rd November will be held in regular classrooms e.g. 6th in 6th class etc.

Youth Mindfulness Course –

Great feedback from course below if any families are interested in trying out:









































AGM 7:30pm next Tuesday 14th November 2017

4th class enjoyed  a walk to the Lexicon in Dun Laoghaire on Monday. Sarah Webb, writer-in-residence, discussed the exhibition of children’s writings on display in the library. Congratulations to Sarah and Eve who are part of this exhibition. 4th class wrote poems, I am the Lexicon, capturing the sounds, smells and sights of the library. Be sure to come in to the school and read their poems on display outside their classroom.

We are fortunate to have Sarah Webb offering a Writing Club as an ECA at DSP in January so look out for that! It’s a great opportunity for children to have a playful time writing.

We are grateful to Maryrose for leading choir sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays as an optional activity for children during big break. We hope to do some seasonal singing in Dun Laoghaire or Dalkey in December.

AGM 7:30pm Tuesday 14th November 2017

We are scheduling the AGM for the earlier start of 7:30pm next Tuesday to allow for soccer fans to get home for the Ireland match. The AGM will include reports from the Chairperson, Principal and Treasurer. All parent/guardians are welcome to attend.

Peer Mediation training in 5th class is progressing really well led by Miriam and Ms Flynn, with Ms Nea and Ms Daly. We play lots of games, do role plays and discuss the many feelings behind conflict and what skills we need to be good peer mediators or problem solvers.

PTA news: Halloween Disco – thank you

A big welcome back to all after a well deserved mid-term break. Didn’t we have a fabulous Halloween Disco to send us on our way into the break. Well done to all the ghouls, zombies and princesses who were very well behaved indeed. There was lots of scary fun to be had, as well as something a little quieter if needed, such as
– having your fortune told by Zoltar the Great
– dancing the afternoon away with Superman the Super!
– having your face painted by our visiting students from BFEI
– having nails decorated and tattoos tattooed by our fab volunteers
– being creative and enjoying a story with the crew in the No-Scare Zone
– not to forget enjoying the delights of the fruit stand and tuck shop.

And now our focus turns to the Winter Market (Dec. 9th). Keep watching the blog for updates.

Parent Teacher Meetings

Have you checked your emails recently? We issued invites to P/T meetings yesterday by email. Meetings are scheduled for Wednesday 22nd November and Thursday 23rd November 2017.

Invitation from North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School

You are invited to join us at our Open Night next Thursday 16th November from 5.30pm to 8pm.  The Open Night will be held at North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School, Putland Road, Bray.

This relaxed and informative evening is open to all prospective students and parents/guardians/carers.  There will be a presentation by the Principal at 6pm and 7.30pm, in addition to guided tours of the school.

We have now opened applications for First Year entry in September 2019.  Applications are taken online only  – please see our website here for further information:

We look forward to seeing you next Thursday. Please feel free to spread the word – all welcome.

Best regards,

Jonathan Browner – Principal

North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School

Putland Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow, A98 CK73

Tel: 01 282 9606


AGM Board of Management Tuesday 14th November 2017 8:00pm – all welcome!

Board of Management  Summary Report

A meeting of DSPNS Board of Management (BOM) was held on Wednesday 25th October 2017

Items on the agenda included the Treasurer’s Report, Principal’s Report, Communications Report, Maintenance report, Voluntary Contributions report, and Buildings report. Specific items included:

1. The Board ratified the DSPNS e-Learning plan. It is available from the office and will be uploaded to the policies page on the website.

2. The Board thanks those who have submitted Voluntary Contributions and remind parents/guardians all contributions make a difference.

3. The AGM of the Board of Management will be held on Tuesday 14th November 2017 @8:00pm

4. The Board has initiated plans for 40th birthday celebrations of DSP. DSP will be established 40 years in September 2018.

Next meeting: 7:30pm BoM meet to ratify decision of Selection Panel following interviews

All parents/guardians and staff are invited to BOM AGM 8:00pm Tuesday 14th November 2017

Educate Together Survey

Dear Parent / Guardian,
Educate Together would love to hear from you!
The Educate Together national office is reviewing the organisation’s communication materials and needs your help. To ensure that our message accurately reflects what is happening in the network of schools, we are asking parents, together with their child/children, for feedback. Your feedback is valued and will be used to strengthen Educate Together going forward. The online survey will only take a few minutes to complete and will conclude next week, so thank you in advance for your participation! 
You can access the survey here:
Many thanks, 
The Educate Together National Office

FYI 895 people have expressed an interest in joining DSP for the year 2018-2019. Gillian and Miriam are ‘busy’ processing applications!

Cooperating to make a great Halloween celebration

Halloween Disco

We’re all set to welcome the monsters and ghouls and vampires and princesses to the Halloween disco on Friday 27th. Timing is from 3 to 4:30pm. Entry Fee is €3 per child, accompanying adults go free!. The tuck-shop will be selling €2 goody-bags, fruit and water also provided free of charge.

As with all fun events there needs to be a few rules in place to keep it fun for everyone. Basically the normal school code of behavior continues to apply. In particular we would highlight the following
– For safety reasons there is no exit and re-entry option. All unaccompanied children must stay until the end. There will be an area where children can get some air/cool down but the yard is off limits.
– The Quiet Areas are ‘no-Scare’ zones for the little ones who are timid and/or frightened. Please respect this.
– Be respectful of our neighbours.
Unacceptable behavior will be followed up in accordance with the school policy

Please ensure that your child is aware that they are committing to this code of conduct by entering the disco.

Parents/Guardians!! Your child must be collected at 2:10pm on Friday and brought back to school for Halloween party – if they choose to go to the event. There is no supervision  from 2:10pm – 3:00pm unless you organise it yourselves.

Winter Market

Keep the date – The Winter Market will take place on Dec. 9th. Lots of planning activity is happening already for this event. All volunteers welcomed with open arms.


A Message from the Ethos Committee

Here’s something to think about over the mid-term break…
What makes our school different from other Primary Schools?
Educate Together schools have a unique ethos! Our committee exists to support and strengthen the ‘lived ethos’ of DSP by engaging, motivating and aligning our school community behind our ethos. A major part of this will be communication and sharing information with parents and families on all the great, ethos related things that are happening in our classrooms.
We are a fairly new committee and would really welcome people to come on board and be part of this process. Please see the piece in the DSP Newsletter for a little more information too.
So if the ethos of DSP is important to you and you feel that you have a little time available, please contact us at

We are proud of our Girls GAA team!

We are very proud of our girls who played very well in the semi finals of their league. They were super representatives of the school. Though they did not get through to the final, they can hold their heads high and congratulate themselves on their tremendous teamwork, skilful playing and respect for all.

Thanks and congrats to coaches Jane O’Connell and Brian Mannion and to parent/guardian supporters!

Look out for DSP wheelbarrow in Dalkey this weekend !


Big thanks to Ruth, Sheila and Betty for showing the children how to plant and water seeds and plants and how to create an attractive display. DSP has two wheelbarrows in the Dalkey Creates display.

Thanks to Debbie, Anna and Robin for taking some of 5th class to Dalkey today to add our wheelbarrow to the collection in the church grounds. If you’re in Dalkey at the weekend, look out for the one with the pumpkin theme!

Wear blue for whole school photo on Monday 23rd November

We plan to take a whole school photo on Monday 23rd November 2017. Wear something blue – an opportunity for Dublin supporters to wear their jerseys again?!

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