Colette

Colette

We were so proud, "pleased as punch" to hear that Esker ETNS Gardening Club, were crowned "Winners of the Community/School Garden or Allotment award 2017" at the Red Cow Moran Hotel on Saturday, 25th November 2017 #sdcommunityendeavour This group, represented by Ivana, Farzana, Maureen and Milena (not forgetting Maha who was unable to attend the ceremony) have been instrumental in changing what was a bland piece of grass outside 1st and 2nd classes to the beautiful, colourful, interesting and enticing space that it is now. This transformation was helped along the way by a team of very helpful parent volunteers, as well as Barry, Gemma and Tomislav. Our gardening committee team were congrautalted by Maeve Murphy  of Global Gardening Clondalkin. " "Esker ETNS could lead the way in demonstrating having a passion and love for the work that you are doing": And indeed they have! They have shown such passion and enthusiasm, as well as determination in creating our treasured space. The prize was a beautiful plaque as well as €1,000, which will be used by the team to continue improving our surroundings. We cannot wait to see what you do next! Take a look at the PTA page in the "For Parents" section of the website. See also the gallery section where new photos from their application have been uploaded.

Garden Club Endeavour Award Pictures

Gardening Club wins major award! Last night ETNS Gardening Club won the Category G (Community/School Garden or Allotment)Award at the South Dublin Community Endeavour Awards. This is wonderful achievement and a fantastic accolade for our School. Congratulations to all involved in Gardening Club. A special prize of €1000 was awarded by South Dublin County Council which is a huge boost for Gardening Club. Well done to all our Gardening Club members who worked so hard over the past year to create our Magical Fairy Village - a beautiful resource for our school community. Please click below for more details on our fantastic win. https://eskeretns.ie/index.php/2013-08-13-14-36-00/parent-teacher-association/item/744-gardening-club-wins-prestigious-award

Farzana Shah, Chairperson PTA

Monday, November 20th 2017 will go down in our history as an extraordinary, extra-special and exceptional day for Esker Educate Together. We welcomed the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins along with Mrs. Higgins to our school. The excitement was palpable in the air as children stood around the perimeter waving their flags and cheering as the black car of the President came in to view.  President Higgins and Mrs Higgins were met by our oldest and youngest students, who presented them with flowers. Then President Higgins was introduced to Cllr. Paul Gogarty (Mayor of South Dublin County) Paul Rowe (CEO of Educate Together), Vivienne Roche (Artist), Fergus Cronin (advisor to the Project), Colm O’Brien (Managing Director of Carambola), members of the Board of Management, members of the Parent-Teacher Association and Tom Costelloe (our retired Deputy Principal).

He then moved inside, where he was given a really interesting talk by the Green School/Global Citizenship Committee representatives about climate change, whilst accompanied by their teachers Paula and Niamh. The President was told about how we could make a difference to our planet and how we should try to reduce our ecological footprint. As an exceptional poet himself, he was treated to a poem by one of our budding young poets about how we could ensure our successful future by minding our earth and changing our wasteful habits.

A short walk away, through a very lively and excited guard of honour of senior infants led to the gazebo, where the artist Vivienne Roche discussed the art installations in the garden. The President opened "The Book of Climate Bells" and two sixth class children and Gemma rang the school bell three times to signify a warning bell, a call to action, and the power of individual and group action in looking after our environment. Earth Overshoot Day 2017 was also recorded, which tells us that we are using more ecological resources and services than we can renew or regenerate. The party then moved to the Sunbell Garden, designed by Vivienne Roche and sponsored by Carambola. This outdoor classroom is made of Corten steel with a perspex sun and an old ship's bronze bell. When the sun shines at midday, it will throw a beautiful light through the window on to the ground. Once the steel has fully rusted, we will be able to use this space to teach the children and to immerse them in nature.

Next, the Presidential party moved in to the hall, welcomed by the Presidential Salute. Catherine then formally introduced President Higgins and Mrs. Higgins. Senior infants told the story of Eddie the Penguin, who wanted to save the earth. They were joined in song by the choir. Rousing speeches followed by Peggy (Chairperson of the BOM), President Higgins and Colette. The choir sang about the future being in our "Own two hands"; that we could effect change by taking responsibility for our planet. The President was presented with a specially commissioned calligraphy version of the "Proclamation for a New Generation", which we wrote for the centenary of the Easter Rising 1916, last year. Three children read out some very poignant excerpts. The choir finished with our school song, "What a Wonderful World". Then President Higgins and Mrs. Higgins met the choir, local faith and non-faith representatives, as well as many of the invited guests. A small jig began and the President and Mrs. Higgins departed to a standing ovation from the audience.

The invited guests, followed by the parents filled in to the staff room to sample beautiful food by Mr. Khan and served by the PTA. The junior infant classrooms were decorated by the PTA and were made the most airy and cheerful restaurant. Many parents and staff had contributed delicious desserts, which were quickly gobbled up by the crowd. Parents then went up to see their children in the classrooms. The PTA had very kindly funded a "Madagascar" themed circus. Popcorn and candyfloss were served to eager, delighted children who settled down for the show. (Our healthy eating policy returned the next day!) The children saw a magnificent magician's show and then several enormous "Madagascar" characters emerged from the PE storeroom! The day ended with a countdown as the children and staff of the school celebrated 10 years of education, friendship and fun.

This day would not have been possible without the support of the children, PTA, staff and community: It is these that make our school a truly unique and wonderful school. We know that our children will treasure the memories that were created on this special day, as we will.

President Higgins and Mrs Higgins were given a really interesting talk by the Green School/Global Citizenship Committee representatives about climate change, whilst accompanied by their teachers Paula and Niamh. The President was told about how we could make a difference to our planet and how we should try to reduce our ecological footprint. As an exceptional poet himself, he was treated to a poem by one of our budding young poets about how we could ensure our successful future by minding our earth and changing our wasteful habits.
President Michael D. Higgins , Mrs. Sabina Higgins and Artist and sculptor Vivienne Roche after President Higgins opened the Book of Climate Bells, November 20th 2017.
The President was presented with a specially commissioned calligraphy version of the "Proclamation for a New Generation", which we wrote for the centenary of the Easter Rising 1916, last year. Three children read out some very poignant excerpts. The choir finished with our school song, "What a Wonderful World".

Visit of President Michael D. Higgins on Monday 20th November. Revised time 11;30am Please read carefully the letter sent home today Thursday with revised details about the visit. This letter contains lots of details about the day, the party for the children and arrangements for the day. I have copied and pasted it below Please note change of time: Invited guests (holders of invitations) to be in the hall at 11:30 am and not 10:30 as previously advised. Junior and Senior Infants going home at 3 pm instead of 2 pm on the day for 10th Anniversary Party. The President’s office contacted us last night to say that due to unforeseen circumstances, the President’s visit to our school has to be put back by one hour. This means that all guests must be seated in the school hall at 11:30 am (and not 10:30 as written on the invitation). Everybody is really excited and working hard to make this another great day in our school. Our sculpture will be unveiled and we will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Esker Educate Together N.S. We wanted to give you some guidelines before the big day to avoid any confusions. We would like to say a huge thank you to our PTA for all of their help with this event, and to all our parent volunteers who have offered to help on the Sunday and Monday. We couldn’t do this without you all. Please note that the PTA are sponsoring the very exciting party for your children. School day The school opens as usual at 9.20 am for all children and will finish at 3:00 for infants (not 2pm) and also 3:00 as usual the rest of the children. The late home time for infants is due to the later arrival of the President, pushing back the children’s party by an hour. We ask that if you are attending the ceremony, you do not take your child home early because we will have celebrations for the children from 1:40 to 3 pm. Children do not need to bring school bags on this day. Parking There is no parking at all in the school for parents or teachers on Monday 20th November. Parents and teachers may park at the Castle Road entrance. We would advise you to walk, scoot or cycle to school that day as parking will be very restricted. You will be allowed in the school gates to drop off your children or dessert donations to school between 9:00 and 9:20am. All cars must be out of the school grounds at 9.30am. Please be clear, even if you have a ticket to the event, there is no parking for parents. The 34 spaces are reserved for our invited guests who are not parents of the school. Going home time All children, Infants to 6th are going home at the same time 3 pm on Monday. Please avoid driving into the school to collect your children to avoid traffic problems in the school grounds. Desserts Parent and owner of Lakeview Café in City West, Mr. Khan is catering the main course lunch for the celebration. We are asking our parents and teachers to make cakes and desserts for event. Please can you mark all containers with your child’s name and class. If the dessert is Halal, can you label it as Halal clearly. Desserts can be dropped off on Monday (20th November) morning between 8.45am – 9.15am at the side entrance, at the front of the building (where 3rd and 4th exit the building). There will be teachers there on that morning, accepting your kind donations. Protocols We have been instructed that while the President is here, that this is a very formal event, and we have to follow the strict protocols that have been provided to us by the Protocol Office 1. Guests are advised that informal photographs of the President may be taken, but given time constraints, the President SHOULD NOT be asked to pose for photographs/sign autographs. 2. Guest are advised that MOBILE PHONES ARE TURNED OFF. 3. If you are in conversation with the President, he should be addressed as President, a Uachtarain, or President Higgins. 4. At the end of the official programme, the President will be introduced to the faith / non faith representatives. He has indicated he would like to mingle with guests, but given the time constraints, he will only be able to meet a small few. Tickets If you were picked for the lottery, you will have received your tickets by now. If you haven’t already done so, please RSVP as soon as possible. YOU WILL NEED TO SHOW YOUR TICKETS ON THE DAY TO ACCESS THE HALL. If you do not have a ticket, you will not get in, so please do not turn up. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU CANNOT PARK IN THE SCHOOL GROUNDS. Parents who have tickets are advised that babies and young children are not allowed in the hall on that day. We have two groups of guests. We have invited local Politicians, principals, faith and non-faith representatives and relatives of the staff. These are our invited guests. Parents who have tickets are our parent guests. The Day 8.45 – 9.45am Dropping off cakes to the side entrance 9.10 am Children line up as normal in the yard. 9.30 All cars cleared from school grounds. 11:20-11:30 Guest with Tickets arrive to the hall and take their seats 12.00 President arrives and guests make their way to the sculpture 12.15 Return to hall (to the same seat) for ceremony 12.50 The departure of the President is announced 1.00 Invited guest to go for lunch (first sitting). Parent guests to go to child’s classroom in the school. 1.30 Parent guests will be called to lunch (second sitting) 1;45. Entertainment begins for the children. Entertainment for children: The PTA have organised and paid for a big celebration for the children once the President leaves. This will start about 1:40 pm in the hall and continue until 3 pm. Popcorn or candyfloss will be provided, and the circus is coming to town! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Gemma or Colette at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Thank you for your understanding and co-operation Colette Kavanagh
The President’s office contacted us last night to say that due to unforeseen circumstances, the President’s visit to our school has to be put back by one hour. This means that all guests must be seated in the school hall at 11:30 am (and not 10:30 as written on the invitation) on Monday 20th November. Parking for a limited number of invited guests in the school grounds. All parents and staff are asked to park at Castle Road entrance or elsewhere outside of the school grounds. The President is invited to unveil the school’s new sculpture “The Book of Climate Bells” by renowned Cork artist, Vivienne Roche. Vivienne has designed this sculpture to be an inspiration to the children of Esker Educate Together NS and our wider school community, encouraging them to address the challenge of climate change. The piece was sponsored by the DES Percent for Art scheme. On the day of the unveiling, we will also be formally launching our new Sunbell Garden, which is an outdoor garden/classroom, located near the Book of Climate Bells. This garden was also designed by Vivienne Roche and was created to complement the Book of Climate Bells. This piece was sponsored by Carambola, the company which supply our schools lunches. We will also use the opportunity to mark the ten year anniversary of our school’s opening in 2007.
Directions to Esker ETNS From the west Leave the N4 at Junction 3 and merge onto the R136. At traffic lights turn right onto the R136. At traffic lights continue forward onto Dublin Outer Ring Road (R 136 signposted Grange Castle, Adamstown). Take first turn right onto Willsbrook. At the roundabout turn right onto Elmbrook Avenue. Continue forward. School 500 metres (approx.) on left hand side of road. From M50 From M50, take Junction 7 and merge onto Lucan Road signposted N4 (Sligo, Westport, Galway). Leave the N4 at Junction 3 and turn left at top of slip road onto R136. Take first turn right onto Willsbrook. At the roundabout turn right onto Elmbrook Avenue. Continue forward. School 500 metres (approx.) on left hand side of road.
The Department of Education and Skills have instructed all schools to remain closed tomorrow, Tuesday 17th, due to safety concerns following Storm Ophelia. It is hoped that everything will be back to normal on Wednesday and Esker ETNS will be open again. Can I remind all of our families to take care and to follow the advice from governmental agencies to sat indoors for the rest of today
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