Dear Parents

Welcome back to Maynooth Educate Together National School to commence yet another school year.  The staff and I are looking forward to teaching your children and working with you in the course of the year.

As we commence our 10th year we take pride in how our school has grown and developed since 2008. Over this school year we will host many events to celebrate this. These events will embrace the culture of our school and will be both educational and enjoyable. More about this later.


On August 31st, Mr Paul Rowe CEO of Educate Together visited our school. He visited every classroom, met with all staff and pupils and enjoyed refreshments with our parent volunteers on the day. He congratulated us on our 10 year history and achievements and outlined his vision for Educate Together education in our area in the future.


Paul Rowe also formally launched our school website which is now up and running. Local media reported the event and many photographs were taken to record the event. Some of these are now posted on our school website.

The children are settled back to work now. Most pupils have all of their school books and thank you for this. Please inform the class teacher if your child is missing any class list books.

As pupil numbers continue to grow, I am pleased to welcome two additional permanent teaching staff Mary Quinn and Catherine Collins. Due to a variety of employment situations this year I am also delighted to welcome Andrea Keane and Elma Rafferty to the school teaching staff and Cristina Onofreiciuc and Pamela Brunton to our Special Needs Assistant team. I would also like to welcome Eddie Tobin who has been appointed as a Patron nominee to the Board of Management.

This school year is an important one for the school. We have planning permission for a new school building with work expected to start in early 2018. There will be some inconvenience during the building phase but it will be worth it.

Please feel free to introduce yourself to your child’s teacher and if you wish to make an appointment to meet with the teacher please contact the school at to arrange a mutually suitable time.


Marie Hand. School Principal.


2017-2018 : School Staff

Principal: Marie Hand

Deputy Principal: Elaine Phelan

Special Duties Post Holder: Aimee Egan

Class Teachers:

Clare Dooley: Junior Infants

Elaine Phelan: Senior Infants.

Robert Leonard: First Class.

Claire Dixon: Second Class.

Naos Connaughton: Third Class.

Mary Quinn: Fourth Class.

Aimee Egan/Noreen Keane: Fifth Class (shared post)

Noel Carey: Sixth Class

Stephanie Mc Cormac : Junior ASD class

Robert Potter: Senior ASD Class.


Support Teaching team:

Angela Langan/Elma Rafferty (shared post)

Eoin Mac Domhnaill

Catherine Collins

Andrea Keane


Special Needs Assistants:

Pat Cannon/Cristina Onofreiciuc

Alison Monaghan

Joan Eley

Anne Downes

Eileen Neary

Pamela Brunton

Ann Weigel Bus Escort

School Secretary: Hilary Kellett.

School Caretaker: Martin Maher.


Dates to remember:

Maths Week October 16-20

Spooky Sponsored Walk: Thursday October 26.

RSE meeting in school: October 18th at 8pm.


The 2017/2018 school calendar can be found on the school website Just click on the Parents tab on the homepage and click on school calendar. There are other dates that we would like to draw to your attention so please see this information attached to this newsletter.

Our School Website is a communication tool between school and home and will be updated regularly.


Epayments of school Payments :

As part of the development of our new website we have also set up a link on our parents page to facilitate online payments to our school. This is in response to being frequently asked about such a facility which is common in other schools.

We are delighted to announce that we are rolling out the Aladdin ePayment system to parents/guardians of children in our school.  

Our school uses the Aladdin software service for administrative purposes and the ePayment system will give you access from an internet browser on your computer, phone or tablet to make secure payments to the school using your credit or debit card.  The purpose of the ePayment system is to facilitate the easier payment of school money collections for parent/guardians and to reduce the amount of cash and cheques being sent into our school in line with recent central bank directives.  

Aladdin uses state of the art security to safeguard information entered by you and the school and data is stored and processed in strict compliance with Irish data protection laws.

Going forward, when money is due for any school activity that is relevant to your children, you will receive a text/email message containing your payment access link.  This will bring you to a parent payment page which will contain all payments requested for all siblings in a family.  There is only one link per family ensuring you have the option to pay all amounts due for all your children in one transaction. Once you have completed your payment, you will be issued with a reference number. You will also receive an email receipt which will contain details of the transaction and reference number. Please quote this reference number in any queries you may have as regards this payment with the school.

On the parents page of our website you will see an epayments badge. If you click on this badge, you will be directed through the process.

We hope that you will find the Aladdin ePayments facility useful and that it is a very successful system for all. Myself or the School Secretary will welcome any feedback or questions you may have.


Update of parent email addresses and mobile phone numbers: You should have received a copy of your contact details as recorded on our Aladdin School Information system.   Please return the information slip, indicating either that the details are correct or alternatively make the necessary changes. Our epayment system is dependent on email addresses so it is crucial that our database contains the current addresses and numbers being used by you.

Additionally in this school year as part of our environmentally friendly actions we will discontinue sending home printed school newsletters and instead we will send it to you by email and it will also be posted on our school website.

Child Safety/reported incidents: in recent days you have been notified of incidents of concern re child safety. All such incidents are taken seriously and are reported to local gardaí. We have in place procedures to ensure that your children are safe at school and we constantly review these procedures. Our school gate is closed each morning at 9.00am and remains closed until 12.45pm. Children are supervised at playtimes and in recent days pupils have been instructed to stay off the grass along the roadside perimeter fence.

Children walking home unaccompanied/ Dangerous Play: it has been brought to our attention that some of our pupils are engaging in dangerous play on the way home from school ie pushing and shoving each other on to the road. All classes have been spoken to on this issue and all classes agree that this is foolish behaviour. All children have been encouraged to report any such behaviour if they witness it. We ask that you reinforce this message from home.

Pupil Expenses letter: a letter from the Board of Management requesting payment of €50 pupil expenses has been sent home from school in the schoolbag today. This letter outlines the expenditure covered by this payment. An email/text will be sent to you in the coming days containing your payment access link. Thank you for your co-operation in advance. Junior Infants do not pay this expense as the enrolment fee covers payment.

Allianz Pupil Insurance: In recent years we have bulk purchased pupil insurance at a reduced rate. Your payment of this insurance is included in the €50 pupil expenses that we request is paid for each pupil in our school.


Other Important School Information


Nut Allergy Awareness

We currently have children with nut allergies attending our school.  To ensure that children with a nut allergy are protected from an unintentional exposure to nuts we do not permit nuts or nut products in lunch boxes ie nutella, peanut butter, nutty bars etc. Thank you in advance for your co-operation with this very serious issue.


School Attendance (As per our school attendance policy)

Maynooth Educate Together NS recognises the direct link between school attendance and pupil progress. Therefore we promote good attendance throughout the school year and request that all absences from school are explained. Parents are requested to provide the class teacher with a written explanation for all absences.






















Expansion of School Book Rental Scheme

The Board of Management is committed to continue to expand the School Book Rental Scheme as this provides a significant reduction in the outlay that parents incur in purchasing school textbooks. A great number of school books have been taken off the school booklist e.g  Gaeilge books, English readers, History, Geography and Science books. These books are provided for pupils through our book rental grant. These books must be well looked after and students are not permitted to write on them, as they will be used for a number of years. Books damaged or lost by students must be replaced by the student. In order to fund the scheme Parents are requested to pay €10 rental per child for these books. We will send a text of request for this payment shortly.



  1. School Library: Our school library is located on the ground floor.  This room will be locked at the end of each school day.


Afterschools sports club:  This club is up and running every Tuesday for 1st class to 3rd class and Thursday for 4th to 6th class until the Halloween break

For the attention of parents of 5th and 6th class pupils:

Relationships and Sexuality Education: As in previous years Mary Glynn, RSE facilitator, will meet with parents of 5th and 6th class pupils on Wednesday October 18 in the school at 8pm. She will outline the RSE programme that she will teach to the 5th and 6th class pupils. The programme will focus mainly on the Busy Bodies booklet .  On Tuesday October 24th she will teach the puberty section of the RSE policy to 5th class children. On Thursday October 26th she will send the day with 6th class teaching them the puberty, relationships, conception and birth elements of the programme. It is very important that parents attend this meeting and also that parents familiarise themselves with the BusBodies booklet which will be sent home. This programme may be viewed online also. Please return the Busy Bodies booklets to the school  after the Halloween break.


Gaeilge: Parent Survey: In this school year we are working specifically on improving the teaching and learning of  the Irish language ie Gaeilge. Your input will help us gain a wider understanding of Gaeilge (Irish) throughout the school and the community. We would appreciate it if parents could complete a short online survey that is available through our school website ( ). The survey is located under the 'School' tab and in the 'Gaeilge' section. Alternatively, visit . It should only take 3 - 4 minute. 




  1. Tin Whistle and Flute lessons: after Halloween Eoin will start advanced Tin whistle and beginner flute lessons. The school has received a grant from Kildare County Council to purchase six new flutes. So there will be initially six places available in the flute class.  There will also be six places available initially for the tin whistle classes. However, this may be increased if there is sufficient demand. Lessons will take place each Wednesday after school. A letter with more details will be sent home shortly.


  1. School Basketball League: On Tuesday children from fifth and sixth classes began a lunchtime basketball league. This league will continue until October mid-term break. These children are getting the opportunity to learn and to practice new skills and most importantly, they are getting exercise and having fun. The competition is tough and the matches are closely contested. Already the teams have made great progress and we greatly look forward to seeing this progress continue over the next 4 weeks. Very sincere thanks to Mary, 4th class teacher, for running this competition.




  1. Junior Infants Photos: on Thursday 26 October, County Photos will visit our school to take the school photographs of the Junior Infants.



All parents volunteering must be Garda Vetted by the National Vetting Bureau. Please contact Marie, Principal, for the Garda Vetting forms. Please note that when Parents or other want to volunteer in the school they must specifically indicate the area of activity in which they want to volunteer and may not commence volunteering until they have their Garda vetting status confirmed by the School Principal.




The Board of Management has approved the purchase of a school  Pupil Personal Accident Insurance policy from Allianz, which provides 24 hr accident cover. This reduces the price for each pupil by 33% making it more affordable for families. This cover can prove very beneficial as a relatively cheap cover from which to claim back medical expenses.  You need to pay the €6 premium to avail of this insurance cover. The premium is included in the school expenses fee of €50.




Advance notice of School Events



  • Date

Maths Week

16th – 20thOctober 2017


Tuesday17th October

Annual Spooky Walk

26thOctober 2017

Parent/Teacher Meetings

14th/15thNovember 2017

4th Class Intel Science Fair

Wednesday Nov 22nd

Science Week

12th to 19th November

Book Fair

20-22 November

Winter Concert

15th December 2017

Internet Safety Week

22-26 January

Teacher Professional Development on the New Language Curriculum


Multi-Cultural School Day


Chinese New Year( Rooster)

Engineers Week

Wednesday 7th February 2018. School Closed



Friday 9th February


February 16th

February 26 – March 2

School “March Hare Run”

Friday 2nd March 2018

Public “March Hare Run”

Sunday 4th March 2018

Seachtain na Gaeilge

5-16 March

School Céilí/Lá Gaeilge

March 16th

St Patrick's day Parade

March 17th

Autism Awareness day

April 11th

World Book Day

April 23rd

School Tours in May

Dates TBD

Sports Week

14-18 May

Multinational Food Picnic

May 18th

New Parents Evening

May 20th

Standard Testing

21st May -1

School Pages

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