DSP is a Changemaker School!

Congratulations to the DSP community on being awarded the Changemaker School title! Miriam was presented with the award on Tuesday night 3rd October 2017 by Brian Mc Craith the president of D.C.U. and was asked to speak about the following:

  • a little about your school
  • what it means to you to be come a Changemaker School
  • what you hope to gain from being a Changemaker School and what you hope to add to the network.

We would like everybody in DSP to be part of this Changemaker conversation over the coming months. In school we will be exploring what it means to be a Changemaker: how am I a change maker for myself? How am I a change maker for those around me? How am I a change maker for the environment?


We have been working as change makers – without that title – since the school opened in 1978. At the presentation night last week, Brian McCraith acknowledged that the setting up of DSPNS was the start of educational change in Irish schools. As a school community we continue to flourish thanks to the professionalism and commitment of staff and the hard work and commitment of parents.

Would you like to contribute to a visioning exercise with a sentence/poem/picture/photo/description of your family’s vision of a beautiful/hopeful future for our locality and/or our school and/or our homes? Start the conversation at home and we will plan for a celebration/assembly, date to be confirmed.

5th class began talking about student voice and being a change maker. We brainstormed the topic then worked in small groups to come up with ideas.

It is very encouraging to hear our children thinking about others’ needs and having a vision for how to make lives more beautiful both inside and outside the school. We look forward to continuing change maker conversations over the coming months. Click here to learn more about Ashoka Changemaker Schools: https://ashokaireland.exposure.co/ashoka-ireland-changemaker-schools

Welcome to the first edition of the Ashoka Ireland Changemaker Schools Quarterly (CSQ) newsletter. Here, we will take you through all of the highlights from our 15 Changemaker Schools here in Ireland, as well as documenting some key updates in the education sector across the world. Want to know about our current schools? Go to our website.

Mental Health

Mental Health Ireland will host our 5000 Steps to Wellbeing Walk on Saturday 14th October. The venue is UCD’s Belfield Campus in Donnybrook/Clonskeagh.

People who sign up will learn about the Five Ways to Wellbeing throughout the walk – the walk is 3.8km as is at a very easy pace – dogs, buggies and scooters welcome!

It would be greatly appreciated if you could circulate this information to parents and teachers – we would love to see some of your school community in attendance!

Here is the link with all of the information. http://www.mentalhealthireland.ie/news-events/5000-steps-wellbeing-walk-14th-oct/ . And I’ve attached the poster too.

Many thanks

Jill @jilloherlihy

Head of Communications & Fundraising

Mental Health Ireland

087 795 7717 / 01-284 1166

In a crisis please call the Samaritans on their free phone number 116 12


TV3’s new series Showhouse Showdown

TV3’s new series Showhouse Showdownpresented by Neville Knott and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, is coming to Corrig Avenue Dún Laoghaire on Sunday 15th October! The Interior Design Show featuring two new builds with two interior designers competing for the best interior on Launch Day! 
The free event takes place Sunday 15th October at 1 pm. We would like to specially invite local families to our event to enjoy an exclusive tour of our designers’ Showhouses. This is a great opportunity to find some inspiration for their own homes and to get some tips from Ireland’s favourite interior designer, Neville Knott. 
Anyone who is interested or looking for more information can email showhouseshow@gmail.com or call 087 2173612.
I have attached a flyer with all the relevant information
The program is really promoting the area and hopefully, a good crowd on the day will give the place a great sense of community and fun!

Apple Pressing! Fresh apple juice – tomorrow Friday 29th September


GAA training with Barry

We’re looking forward to apple pressing on Friday to make our own apple juice. We would love to get some more apples so if you know anyone who has some to spare please bring them on Friday.

As it is last Friday of the month, you might want to help out at apple pressing time for a change. Our timetable is as follows:

Friday 29th September – Apple Pressing
Time Class
8.40 1st
9.10 Senior Infants
9.40 5th
Break Break
10.40 Junior Infants
11.10 3rd
11.40 2nd

As we come to end of the month, let’s make sure we keep up good habits in October. Punctuality is important for children to get the full class experience.

Younger children  can become upset if they miss out on activities by arriving 8:40 or 8:45 as they have a shorter time to do the activities compared to classmates who are ready to start at 8:30am. Children in 1st and 2nd class can have a nervous start to the day if they do not make it to the line before the teacher greets the children.

Have a think about what one thing you can change that might make make getting to school on time less stressful for you – leave clothes ready for dressing? Have schoolbags at the door? Have lunches packed? We cannot control traffic but we can make decisions for ourselves.


See you next Tuesday 26th September at PTA AGM 7:30pm!

Updating records

Do we have your correct home address and telephone number on file? We also need an emergency contact for every child in case you as parent are not contactable. If you are not sure, please send in details and we will check against our files.

Southside Sports

The Annual General Meeting of the PTA will be held on Tuesday Sept. 26th at 7:30pm in the Halla.


Time & Place: 7:30 pm (sharp) on Sept. 26th, 2017. Teas and Coffees beforehand

1. Fire Exits

2. Greetings and apologies

3. Chairpersons report.

4. Treasurers report.

5. ECA report.

6. Principal’s update

7. PTA committee elections.

8. AOB, incl. date of first PTA committee meeting

Thank you,


PTA News

National Parent Council Information and Thanks from Down Syndrome Ireland

Board of Management 2017 – 2018

Patron’s Nominees:   Ross McManus – Chairperson;  Simon Boucher – Communications

Elected Parents:  Paula Fagan – Treasurer: James Bannigan – Maintenance/Premises

Representative of the Wider Community : Jenny Adams – Voluntary Contributions; Mick Lamb – Buildings Project

Principal: Miriam Hurley – Secretary

Teachers’ Representative: Niamh Malin – Health and Safety

Summary Report from September meeting

A meeting of DSPNS Board of Management (BOM) was held on Monday 18th September 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 thanks Gráinne Cunningham for her work and commitment as Communications Liaison over the past four years. We welcome Jenny Adams who brings legal skills and experience to the Board.
  2. Voluntary Contributions letters will be issued in October. Thanks to parents/guardians who have already contributed.
  3. The Board ratified Parent Helper Guidelines and reviewed the Child Protection Policy.
  4. The DSP e-learning plan was presented to the Board.

Next meeting: Wednesday 18th October 2017 @ 7:30pm

Please note policies are accessible to parents/guardians on our website: 


Please phone the office if you would like a hard copy of any school policy.

Summary Report from June meeting

A meeting of DSPNS Board of Management (BOM) was held on Monday 19th June 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 thanks parents/guardians who contributed to VCs. Total amount to end of May is €29,317.
  2. The Board thanks Ethos Committee for their work on Wellness and Our Families event and approved plan to create an ethos pamphlet.
  3. The Board approved a spend of €15,200.00 on IT equipment.
  4. The Board approved new flooring in one Infants room as part of a phased whole school maintenance plan.

5th class tag rugby

Apples Apples Apples!

Thanks to those who have started our apple collection with delicious orchard apples. We need lots more to make apple juice for every class on Friday 29th September 2017 so do talk to family or friends who have fruit trees!

Save the Date! PTA AGM Tuesday Sept. 26th 7:30pm

5th class Dance with Caoimhe funded by PTA

Notification that the Annual General Meeting of the PTA will be held on Tuesday Sept. 26th at 7:30pm.
Venue: The Halla
This is a great opportunity for parents/guardians to participate in the social life of the school.

6th class dance lesson

Apples Apples Apples!

Start collecting apples for our end of month plan – we will have an Apple Press in school to make home-made apple juice on Friday 29th September 2017. Yum! It was a huge success last year.

Dyslexia Association of Ireland are hosting innovative workshops, ‘Dyslexia and Me’:

“We have finalised everything for the ‘Dyslexia and Me’ Workshops. I am very excited to be working on this and to have all the young people with us in October. We have chosen the October mid term to run the two dates. Please see the below links to both workshops and feel free to pass this on to anyone that you think would be interested.”

Amy Smyth | Information and Advocacy Coordinator | Dyslexia Association of Ireland

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/dyslexia-and-me-workshop-ages-9-12-tickets-37754109558 https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/dyslexia-and-me-workshop-junior-cert-cycle-1st-to-3rd-year-tickets-37754121594 —

Contact Denise for further information: charltondenise93@gmail.com or 0872215470

Folding Tables – do you have them at home?

We are missing some folding tables. If you borrowed them over summer please return to school asap. We store tables at 6th class and 3rd class entrances.

Pupil Personal Insurance

Lots of parents/guardians are availing of pupil personal insurance. Ask other parents/guardians about it. It can be useful for covering costs of accidental injuries.

Respect & Safety at the School Gates

Information Meetings

We invite you to Information Meetings with teachers. Please note Infant classes meetings start at 7:30pm. Apologies for the confusion in the email notification.

What happens for Infant classes? Parents/Guardians are invited to gather in Junior and Senior Infant classrooms on Tuesday 12th September 7.30pm. Class teachers and Early Intervention teachers will speak about plans for the year. Thanks to the PTA we will have tea coffee after the meetings, giving an opportunity for parents/guardians to get to know one another.

What happens for 1st – 6th classes? Information Meetings will be held from 8:30-9:05am in the Halla for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th classes. Resource Teachers will teach in class while class teachers outline expectations for the coming year.

Monday 11th September 8:30am – 2nd class

Tuesday 12th September 8:30am – 5th class

Tuesday 12th September 7.30pm – Junior and Senior Infants in classrooms

Wednesday 13th September 8:30am – 3rd class

Thursday 14th September 8:30am – 4th class

Friday 15th September 8:30am – 1st class

Monday 18th September 8:30am – 6th class

We look forward to sharing expectations for the school year e.g. everyday class routines, learning and teaching methodologies we will be practising at different class levels.

Junior Infants hometime is at 11:30am up to Wednesday 13th September 2017.

On Thursday 14th September regular hometime for Junior Infants will be at 1:10pm for the remainder of the school year.

Safe Traffic Plan

Thanks to parents/guardians  for parking at a distance from the gates at drop off. We’re off to a good start, developing a good habit of getting a walk to school in the mornings. Let’s keep the gates safe at pick up time too!

We need to pass the message on to all after-school clubs. Please tell grandparents, minders etc – do not pass Glenageary Lodge junction. Mike, Sheila, Betty and Miriam will act as traffic wardens to remind people over the next week or two.

When waiting for your child to come out to the gates, keep toddlers and younger children in sight. The car-parking area is not a playground and railings are not for climbing. Feel free to tell little ones that Principal Miriam says No running around cars or climbing near school gates!

Please click on link for Safe Traffic Code.

March 2017 Safe Traffic Code (Agreement) 

March 2017 Safe Traffic Code Map March 2017


Extra curricular Activities in school funded by PTA

Thanks to the great social and fundraising events organised by the PTA we continue to be able to offer a super range of ECA within school time. This week Southside Sports was enjoyed by Junior Infants, Senior Infants, 1st and 2nd classes. Claire led yoga practice for half of Junior Infants, 1st class, 3rd class, 5th class. After 5 sessions the groups will be swapped over. While half the class does yoga, the remainder works on Ethical Education or SPHE (Social Personal and Health Education) with the class teacher.

Forest Fridays will be experienced by 6th, 4th, 2nd and Senior Infants. 4th and 6th have their first sessions tomorrow. Both classes have experienced learning in the outdoors previously. We expect to see a significant deepening of learning over the next nine weeks. 2nd class will have the opportunity of a few Fridays at the beach this month also – weather permitting. Thanks to all staff and parents involved for being innovative, change making  educators!


ECA_Form_ Autumn 2017.docx (3)

Happy school year 2017-2018! Beannachtaí an bhliain 2017-2018!

We welcomed thirty new junior infants to school today. They enjoyed a super first day. All other classes were filled with happy, smiling children. It’s lovely to see people relaxed and rested after the summer break.

Our focus for the month of September is –


We will show respect to others by being polite and mannerly, kind and helpful.

We will show respect for our own property and that of others buy being careful with possessions and equipment.

We will respect our surroundings by being tidy.

We ask parents/guardians to talk with children at home and identify ways the focus of the month might make home life more enjoyable. We urge you to get into good habits at drop off and pick up. Respect our traffic plan.

Please do

  • Keep school gates safe by NOT driving past Glenageary Lodge junction
  • Park and walk; use this opportunity to teach children road safety and the pleasure of walking in fresh air
  • watch for children and allow pedestrians to cross in front of your vehicle.
  • observe common courtesy. Drop off and collection times can be stressful, we ask that pedestrians, cyclists and car drivers please be patient with each other.

Please don’t

  • drive or park you car past the Glenageary Lodge junction.
  • park in a position that might obstruct any of our neighbours from entering or exiting their drives.
  • park in a position that might prevent emergency vehicles from accessing the school or any of the residences in Glenageary Lodge, Arnold Grove or Hillcourt Road.

School traffic is discouraged from entering the last section of the Cul de Sac directly outside the school gates back to the next junction at Glenageary Lodge.

What are our options?

  1. Drop off older children on Arnold Grove, Hillcourt Road, Bellevue Road, Sallyglen Road.

If approaching school from Arnold Grove, turn right onto Hillcourt or Bellevue Road. The Hillcourt Road option provides a convenient one-way system for drivers. If approaching school from Hillcourt or Bellevue Road, turn left onto Arnold Grove.

  1. Park and walk with younger children. Hillcourt Road, Glenageary Park near Centra shop, Sallynoggin area near Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church, Arnold Grove, Glenageary Lodge, are all within easy walking distance of the school.
  2. Consider cycling or walking. There are cycle lanes along the Sallyglen Road and Avondale Road, two major approach routes to the school.

Staff Names

You may remember from last June that staff have decided to be called by their individual name preference. Below are preferences. Don’t worry if you forget – change takes time to assimilate. Part of what we hope to achieve is an appreciation community-wide for diversity and respect for differences – a principle central to our mission statement as the first Educate Together school in the country. Just as children are unique, so are the adults working or living with them!

Junior Infants – teacher Ms Flynn, SNA Carmel

Senior Infants – teacher Deborah, SNAs Joan and Lisa

Resource teacher – Clodagh

Early Intervention Infant teachers – Ms Malin and Jenny

Ist class – teachers Mr Finucane and Ms O’Donoghue, SNA Alice

Resource/Learning Support teacher – Ms D’Arcy

2nd class – teacher Maryrose, SNA Sharon

3rd class – teacher Ms O’Connell, SNA Debbie

Resource/Learning Support Teacher – Ms Kennedy

4th class – teacher Mr Mannion, SNA Sandra

5th class – teacher Ms Nea, SNA Ruth

Resource/Learning support teachers – Ms Beary and Ms Daly

6th class – teacher Mr Doohan, SNA Sheila

Resource teacher – Clodagh, Learning Support teacher – Ms D’Arcy

Resource teacher (shared) – Aisling, SNA (shared) – Betty

Secretary – Ms Hudson/Gillian

Caretaker – Mike



Good Sports and Class celebrations

Down Syndrome Ice-cream at Sports Day

The ice-cream/coffee stand raised just over €570 for Down Syndrome Ireland, which is a fantastic outcome for a very worthy cause. The children were great and waited patiently and politely for their turn. Thanks to the teachers for organizing the visits and to the volunteers manning the stand. And a very special thanks to those who arrived early for set up, made copious urns of coffee and then stayed late for dismantling and clean up. We simply couldn’t do it without you.

DSP Newsletter

Have you got your family copy of the summer issue of the DSP Newsletter ? It’s full of news and pictures about the school year 2016-2017.  Check schoolbags – the youngest child in every family is the one to take it home. Call in to the office if you did not get a copy.

Reports and Booklists

End of year reports and booklists for September 2017 will be issued tomorrow Thursday by email. Let us know if you do not receive an email or if would like a paper copy.

Dates for your diary

Thursday 22 June: Junior Infants songs and photos 9:00am – parents/guardians invited

Friday 23 June: 6th class soccer blitz at Monkstown ETNS

Monday 26 June: 2nd class Moving On ceremony 9:00am – parents/guardians invited

Tuesday 27 June: Final Whole School Assembly 11:00am

Wednesday 28 June: 6th class graduation 11:00 – parents/guardians invited

Friday 30 June: School closes for summer holidays  12:15

Sports Day Timetable Update

There have been a few changes made to the timetable. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Sports Day Timetable 2017

Junior Infants Senior Infants 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
8:50 – 09:10 Buddies Relay Buddies Relay Buddies Relay Buddies Relay
9.10 – 9.30 Sprints Hopper Race 3 – legged Race Egg & Spoon Parachute Games South Side Sports Dalkey United Station
9.30 – 9.50      Sack Race Sprints Hopper Race 3 – legged Race Parachute Games Ice – Cream Dalkey United Station
9.50 – 10:10  

South Side Sports

Sack Race Sprints Hopper Race Dalkey United Parachute Games Ice – Cream
10.10 – 10.30 Hopper Race Egg & Spoon Sack Race Sprints South Side Sports Ice – Cream Parachute Games
10.30 – 10:50 Partner Race Parachute Games Egg & Spoon Sack Race Ice – Cream Dalkey United Station South Side Sports 3 – legged Race
10.50 – 11.10 Egg & Spoon Dalkey United South Side Sports Ice – Cream Sprints Hopper Race 3 – legged Race Sack Race
11.40– 12.00 Ice Cream South Side Sports


Dalkey United Sack Race


Sprints Hopper Race Egg & Spoon
12.00 – 12.20 Ice – Cream Parachute Games South Side Sports Egg & Spoon Sack Race Sprints Hopper Race
12.20 – 12.40 Dalkey United Parachute Games 3 – legged Race Egg & Spoon Sack Race Sprints
12:40 – 13:00 Ice Cream Hopper Race 3 – legged Race Egg & Spoon South Side Sports
13:10 R E L A Y




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