Bremore Educate Together Secondary School


News from Bremore ETSS


Bremore ETSS Open Night

WHEN – Thursday 26th September

WHERE – Bremore Educate Together Secondary School, Stephenstown Campus, Balbriggan

TIME – 6:00pm – 8:00pm

There will be a chance to explore the new school, meet the staff and students and find out about the Educate Together ethos at Second Level.


Ailna Carr
Board of Management elections

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The term of office of the Bremore ETSS Board of Management is due expire and a new Board of Management is to be established.

The Board comprises eleven members. Two are nominated by the Parents/Guardians, two by the teaching staff, two by the Trustees, two community representatives and two student associate members. The Board operates as a corporate body and all members are appointed by the Trustees.

Two parents/guardians of children enrolled in the school (one being a female and the other a male) must be elected by the general body of parents of children enrolled in the school.

Parents/guardians are invited to a meeting in the school on Wednesday 11th September 2019 at 7.30pm. This is a general meeting of all parents called for the purpose of making nominations for election to the Board, an election will also be held by secret ballot of all those present. This meeting is organised by the Parents Council and is open to all parents/legal guardians. It should be advised that the consent of the nominee has to be sought before putting the name forward. Those standing do not have to attend but will need to have a proposer and seconder present at the meeting. If you wish to be nominated but cannot attend Wednesday’s meeting you can email your expression of interest and a short bio. to

If only one female and one male are nominated they will be deemed elected. In the event of a tied vote the elected parent is determined by lot. Voting will be on a ‘first past the post basis’ i.e. each person shall have one, non-transferable vote.

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the current Parent Nominees, Judith Makris and Mbemba Jabbi for their commitment and hard work. I have really enjoyed working with them. A special debt of gratitude is owed to all those who serve on our current Board of Management. In agreeing to their appointment to a Board of Management a member of a Board is undertaking the valuable task of helping to shape and manage the voluntary secondary schools entrusted to their care. This work is done on a voluntary basis and while much of it is routine, nevertheless, it requires a commitment in terms of time and goodwill that is, perhaps, sometimes taken for granted. With the involvement of parents, teachers and trustee nominees, Boards of Management in our schools represent a true example of local partnership in action.

Kathy Jones

Ailna Carr
School App

Please download our new school app from the App Store “iclasscms”. Once you install the app, Select School (It will prompt your nearest school, if not simply type school name) then Add Student Details and click Register and that’s it. Stay up to date with latest news, events and school, you will be able to give permission for school activities and you will also be able to send absentee notices through the app

Click here for more instructions

Ailna Carr
Parent/Guardian Coffee Morning
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To celebrate World Book Day and International Women's Day, we are holding a coffee morning for all parents/guardians this Friday 8th March from 9:30 - 10:45 am in the main atrium. Feel free to bring along any of your favourite female authors, or just even to share stories about inspirational women in your life! Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Ailna Carr
Read All About It!

This term we launched Bremore ETSS new online newsletter. We hope you enjoy our new format which includes stories and articles from students, teachers and parents. We decided to move away from the printed format to save money and also be more environmentally friendly. We are always looking for new writers and stories. Please contact Saadia for more information. You will find a link to the Newsletter below.

January Online Newsletter

Kathy Jones
Online payment system

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Our aim is to become a cashless school over time and to this end we are introducing Way2Pay, Ireland's fastest growing Parental Payment System. While Way2Pay is designed to help schools manage, receipt, track and audit school money, it also provides a comprehensive system for parents. Parents can enjoy the ease of paying by text, and/or an online dashboard with lots of information, receipt, history etc. To pay online parents have two options:




You will receive a Text Message from the School “Please pay for...” Click on the link on your phone

·        Enter last 4 digits of your mobile phone number

·        Select a bill, agree to T&C and click “Pay Now”. Then enter your Credit Card details to pay

Note: Click on Plus Icon ( + ) to add payment amount. Paying by text: you will be asked a security question before seeing your bills.



You can go to Way2Pay online and enter your user name and password details to access your dashboard

·        Log on to

·        Click – Login

·        Enter Mobile phone number for your Username & Password

 This will allow you to Login at any time and view all activities and bills from your child’s school.     

 In your Way2Pay dashboard you can see all activities for all your childrens including payment history and up-coming bills. You can store your card details, pay by instalments, up-load credit and make financial plans. 



Simply go to, enter your phone number and click to receive a new link to pay any outstanding bills.

Note: Click on Plus Icon ( + ) to add payment amount. Paying by text: you will be asked a security question before seeing your bills.





Way2Pay offers support directly to parents so if you are having any difficulty using any of the options above please get in touch directly with their help desk on 061-203355 during office hours or email                     


We thank you for using Way2Pay and help our school in our aim to go cashless.


Thank you,


Kathy Jones


Ailna Carr
October Newsletter

Newsletter - October 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are almost at the half-way point of our first term and what a busy time it has been! We finally made the move into our new building and all of the staff have been extremely busy getting us settled in. It has not been an easy move and ideally, we would have had the summer to set up the school but it was not to be.  We still have a long way to go but I am very pleased that we recently took possession of the PE Hall and we are hopeful that we will receive the other areas in the near future.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our students, staff and you, the parents for your support during the move. The phone lines are now up and running using the Internet as we are still waiting on Eir to install cables to the school.  We hope there will be no more issues with communication.

Homework/Study Club

Our Homework/Study Club begins after the midterm break. It will run two days per week (Monday and Tuesday) from 3:45 -4:45pm. Students must sign up and it is offered on a first-come first-served basis. Places are limited so students who are interested should sign up through their tutors.

Extra-Curricular Activities

There are many extra-curricular clubs up and running in the school. The range of activities on offer is fantastic and this is a testament to our staff and the commitment they have to the students in the school. I would like to remind parents/guardians that it is the responsibility of students to inform their parents if they are staying late for clubs, training etc. It is not possible for us to allow students to ring home each day.


Thank you to all of the first-year parents who attended the recent Wriggle iPad Training evening. It was great to meet with you all. I would like to remind all parents to familiarise themselves with the iPad Acceptable Usage Policy on the website and to discuss responsible usage with your son/daughter. The school carries out regular iPad checks to encourage appropriate usage of ICT. If you have any queries or concerns about Apps, emails etc, please email 

 Parents Council

Thank you to the Parents Council for hosting the recent coffee morning. We will be in touch in the near future about our AGM and we are always looking for new parents to get involved. It is really important that we have strong parental involvement as the school grows and develops.

Punctuality Drive

Good attendance and punctuality are important life skills for us to instil in our students. The school opens at 8:15 am each morning and students should be in school no later than 8:25am in order for them to use their locker and be in tutorial for 8:30am.  Students who arrive late twice in a week or three times in a month, will be asked to attend an after-school learning opportunity every Thursday from 3:35-4:05 pm. We all have occasional days whereby we are late; however, we hope our Punctuality Drive will encourage students to be on time each day.

Inspectorate Visit

We recently had two Department of Education inspectors visit the school for a subject inspection. They found the teaching and learning standard to be of a very high quality and they noted the exemplary behaviour of our students. We are really proud of the standard of education that we are achieving in Bremore ETSS. Our staff are fully committed to innovative and effective practice and it is very affirmative to have this recognised by the Inspectorate.

Lunch Time

All students should bring a healthy and nutritious lunch with them each day. This will help sustain them through their busy day and support their learning. Every Monday and Tuesday, we have a tuck shop open and students can buy rolls, salads etc. We hope to have a fully operational canteen following a tender process.

3rd Year Information Evening

We look forward to welcoming our third-year students and parents this Wednesday evening for an Information session from 6:30-7:30 pm.

The third-year students are our first cohort to participate in State Examinations and we wish them every success in their studies this year. The evening will focus on information about examinations, study skills, student wellbeing, Transition Year etc. so please try your best to attend.



All teachers are engaged in ongoing assessment of students learning. Indeed, here at Bremore ETSS, we also encourage students to be engaged in self and peer assessment to support them to recognise and take responsibility for their own progress.

Formal Winter Assessment weeks take place for each year group. During this time, students will participate in classroom tests. The results of these will be shared with students and parents through a written report, which will be posted home. The reports will also be shared on VS Ware. Each year group also has one parent-teacher meeting per year and students are encouraged to attend with their parents/guardians. If you have any concerns about your child’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact the school to discuss this with the relevant subject teacher, Tutor or Clann Leader.

Winter Assessment dates:

3rd Year: 12th – 16th November

1st and 2nd Year: 26th – 30th November

First Year Subject Options

All first-year students are currently in the process of sampling their subject options. It is important that all parents have logged into VS Ware using the login details provided to you. Towards the end of November, your son/daughter will be invited to choose their options in order of preference and this must be completed through your VS Ware account.

Lithuanian Heritage Language Class

Bremore ETSS are delighted to have been chosen to be part of the Heritage Language Initiative run by the Department of Education. We have been allocated a Lithuanian Language teacher, Jurgita, and students have the option to attend Lithuanian Language classes every Tuesday after school. As an Educate Together school, we are delighted that heritage languages are being formally recognised and promoted. We would love if the Language Initiative could be offered to other students in the future.

This Tuesday, we welcome the Lithuanian Ambassador in Ireland to Bremore ETSS. All families with Lithuanian Heritage are invited to the launch of the Initiative and we look forward to meeting with you and celebrating your culture!

Second Year Junior Cycle Information Evening

All second-year students and their parents/guardians are invited to a Junior Cycle Information Evening on Thursday 8th November at 7pm. This session will outline the significant changes to the Junior Cycle and key dates for Classroom Based Assessments which take place throughout the year, and form part of the new Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Code of Positive Behaviour

Our school promotes a Restorative Practice Approach towards managing conflict. When difficult situations arise, we endeavour to use these as learning opportunities and to develop relationships and skills amongst our students. Good discipline supports learning and a safe environment is essential.

Behaviour outside of school

In recent weeks, there have been some external situations happening which have had potential to affect our school environment. We ask all parents to support the school by talking to their children about their behaviour outside of school and in the local community.  Whilst we cannot be responsible for behaviour which happens outside of the school, we do aim to support conflict resolution and work with those involved. All members of our school community, whatever their social, cultural, belief or background, are expected to work together in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.

Council of Europe ECW Conference - Oslo

We are thrilled to have been recognised for our democratic practice in Bremore ETSS. The Council of Europe Education Department have invited one staff representative from Bremore ETSS to present at the conference ‘Democratic Schools for All’ in Oslo this November. The recognition comes from our whole-school approach to being democratic in our practice. Keep an eye on our Twitter page for more news on this! 

Student Committees

The following committees are now back up and running in the school, Student Council, Relationship Keepers, Green Schools, Amber Flag, LGBTI+, Development Education.  These student-led committees provide an opportunity for listening to our student’s voice and to include them in the development of the school.

Mid-Term Awards Celebration 

All students are invited to express themselves through fancy dress next Friday 26th October as we finish up for the Mid-Term break. This invitation is not exclusively for Halloween fancy dress. An Awards Assembly for students will also take place, recognising the achievement and hard work of our fantastic student cohort. Wishing you all a very happy and safe midterm break.

Kathy Jones, Principal. 

Ailna Carr
Open Night


WHEN       – Thursday the 27th September

WHERE      – Bremore Educate Together Secondary School,

Stephenstown Campus, Balbriggan.

TIME         – 6:00pm – 8:00pm

There will be a chance to explore the new school, meet the staff and students and find out about the Educate Together ethos at Second Level.

Parents/Guardians and students in 5th and 6th class are welcome to attend.

Currently enrolling Student Entry, 1st year September 2019 Only

Enrolment for Student Entry, 1st Year September 2020 will begin in May 2019

Ailna Carr
Tuck Shop

Lunch Menu


Available to buy from the ‘Tuck Shop’ every Monday & Tuesday


Rolls  €3.50 each   


Choice of Fillings:

Ø Chicken fillet

Ø Chicken salad

Ø Ham and cheese

Ø Cheese, tomato and onion


Healthy/Cereal bars €1.50



Bottled Water   €1

         Vit hits    €2



‘Meal Deal’  -- Roll + Bar + Water = €5

Ailna Carr
Newsletter May 2018

Newsletter May 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We have had a very busy and successful few months here in Bremore E.T.S.S. All of our staff, students and parents are working hard to support the continued growth and development of the school.

Here are just some of the things that have been happening over the past number of months….

Digital School of Excellence Fund

Bremore E.T.S.S., along with three other partner schools have been granted the Digital School of Excellence Fund. This entails us working collaboratively on an innovative project in teaching and learning that uses digital technologies. The focus of our project is ‘Assessment in Junior Cycle’. This exciting project allows us to continue the work we have begun with Trinity College and Bridge 21.

Amber Flag

Our Amber Flag Committee held a very successful whole school ‘Sunrise Walk’ recognising and acknowledging the importance of minding our mental health. We are proud to say that this event, alongside the work they have carried out through the year has earned us our Amber Flag! Staff and students will attend a ceremony in Cork next week to receive our flag. We look forward to raising this together next year.

Centre for Talented Youth Ireland (C.T.Y.I.), D.C.U.

We are delighted to have secured four more student scholarships in the C.T.Y.I. Programme this year. We are very proud of our students’ achievement in this area and we are sure they will enjoy this opportunity.

World Wise Global Schools and Development Education

Our work in this area is progressing very well. Our staff have been collaborating with other Educate Together schools and this week we will display our work at a showcase event in Hansfield E.T.S.S. All of our first year students also visited Sonairte Centre and our Business Studies students held a Fair Trade food market. Our Green Schools Committee have also been working hard …They recently received an award for participation in the An Taisce ‘Neat Streets’ programme and we are well on our way to achieving our Green Flag.

Phenomenon Based Learning

Before the Winter break, all students participated in a Phenomenon Based Learning (P.B.L.) event in the area of ‘Climate Change’. Before the summer holidays, we will explore a Philosophy themed P.B.L. This innovative practice allows students to engage in enquiry based learning at their own pace and offers them opportunities to think critically and engage in topics in a meaningful way.

Literacy Events

Before Spring break, all students participated in a very successful reading initiative ‘Drop Everything and Read’. Thanks to those families who donated books to our book drive, we have created class libraries for all classes in the school and we would hope to increase these in the future. Students also participated in several other literacy themed initiatives which aimed to raise the profile of reading in our school. These include a weekly Book Club, World Book Day Fancy Dress and Literary pairs competition. Thanks to all those involved.

Active Schools Week

Thanks to our P.E. teacher Mike for organising an excellent Active Schools Week which culminated in our whole-school trip to Clogherhead Adventure Centre. We are proud that being active is such an integral part of the student experience in Bremore E.T.S.S.

Parents Council

Our Parents Council are working tirelessly to support and enhance the work we do in the school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their commitment and dedication to the school. Every parent/guardian of a child in the school is automatically a member of our Parents Association and we need your support to work together in partnership to develop our school. Please get involved in any way that you can.

Sports Day & Barbeque 2018

Our Sports Day is scheduled to take place on Monday 28th May, weather permitting. More information to follow but please keep this date in your diary as we will invite our families to a whole-school barbeque that afternoon. Our Parents Council will also be looking for volunteers to help organise this.

Summer Examinations

Formal Summer Examinations will take place from Monday 21st – Thursday 24th May. Students will receive an exam timetable so please note alternative finish times on these days. Please ensure that students are well prepared with all equipment needed for each exam. Formal reports will be sent home to all students by the end of the year.

Whole-School Trip to Planetarium

The whole-school will visit the Planetarium in Armagh on Monday 14th May. These co-curricular activities really support student learning and offer them excellent opportunities for experiential learning.

Classroom Based Assessments (C.B.A.’s) for Junior Cycle Certification

Our first cohort of students in 2nd year are currently engaged in C.B.A.’s which will form part of their Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement. As we have developed a policy of having C.B.A.’s in all subject areas, our students are well prepared for this form of assessment. We wish them all the best and look forward to seeing their results.

Attendance Policy

Thank you to all who attended our ‘P.M.I.’ on the attendance policy. It is important that the voices of all educational partners are included as we develop policies in the school. The Policy is now available on our website. Please note that the policy states that students will not be permitted to leave school for any reason without being collected by a parent/guardian. All absences must be explained in writing. You may use the journal to communicate with the class tutor.

Re-Enrolment Forms

All students have been given re-enrolment forms for the 2018-19 Academic Year. Completed forms and school fees must be returned by Friday 25th of May. Equipment lists and School Calendar for 2018-2019 will be posted during the summer.

Enrolment for 2019-20

Enrolment for 1st year 2019-20 will open on Monday 21st May. More details can be found on our website:

Awards Ceremony

Our end of year Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday 30th May at 1:45 pm. As always, we invite families to join us in recognising and celebrating student achievement.

New Building

Our new school building is progressing well and the most recent date we have been given for moving is mid-June. To facilitate the move and packing up of our temporary accommodation, school term will end for all students on Wednesday 30th May. We look forward to showing you around the new school building in August.  I would like to take the opportunity to sincerely thank all the staff and students for a hugely successful year. Looking forward to continuing our journey in our new building next year.

Kathy Jones, Principal

Ailna Carr
Early closing

Re: New Child Protection Procedures

Dear Parents/Guardians,

In accordance with Circular 0081/2017 issued by the Department of Education and Skills, all schools are permitted two half-day school closures in order for staff to upskill in the important area of Child Protection. 
The release of the Children First Bill 2017, Child Protection Procedures and Child Safeguarding Statement give new mandated responsibilities to all teachers and it is essential that staff receive adequate training in these areas. 
As such, we will close at 11:55am on both Tuesday 8th of May and Wednesday 9th of May to allow for this training to take place. There will be no after-school activities on these days and all students must leave the building at 11:55 am. 

Yours sincerely, 

Kathy Jones

Ailna Carr
World Book Day

World Book Day Dress Up 

Staff and students were invited to dress up as famous literary characters. There was great excitement first thing in the morning as staff and students tried to guess who everyone was supposed to be. Students were greeted by The Mad Hatter, Little Red Riding Hood, The Queen Of Hearts and Wally as they entered the school, setting the tone for a literary day where they would be taught English by Superman and The Cat in the Hat, French by Triss from the Divergent series and Irish by Harry Potter. Prizes were awarded to the three best costumed students with first place for an excellent Katniss Everdeen complete with bow and arrow. The event created good conversations about the books chosen by staff and students to represent and the bar has been set high for next year.  


Literary Pairs Competition 

This involved staff each wearing a badge with the name of a famous literary character. Students then had to match pairs of characters from famous books. Think George and Lennie from Of Mice and Men, Jane Eyre and Rochester from Jane Eyre and Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games. There was a fantastic buzz around the school as students searched the entire building trying to find all of the literary pairs. First prize was won by Break-Time by an enterprising student who deducted that our principal Kathy was Sherlock Holmes. As an English teacher, the highlight of my day was a student pulling Of Mice and Men out of the book box during DEAR (Drop everything and read) Time, asking me was I Lennie from this book, and deciding to read the book.  

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Ailna Carr
Amber Flag

On Friday 23rd of March Bremore Educate Together Secondary School launched our official campaign for an Amber Flag.   The Amber Flag is a flag awarded to schools and colleges in recognition of their contribution towards promoting positive mental health, an issue that is high on the agenda of students and teachers in our school

The Amber Flag Committee was set up in September and have been working tirelessly to come up with a positive, community spirited event that focused on the issue at hand, teenager wellbeing and from that the Sunrise Walk was suggested.  As promoting positive mental health and Wellbeing are at the forefront of not only society needs but also curriculum demands of the new Junior Certificate, this school thought there was no better group of students up to the challenge.

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On Friday morning a large group of students, parents and staff met at 6am and walked from the school to Balbriggan beach arriving for sunrise.  Here they gathered and remembered the reasons behind this campaign.

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The group then walked back to the school for a well deserved breakfast for students, parents and staff.  The community breakfast was kindly sponsored by local businesses Borza (Traditional Fish and Chips) and Supervalu Balbriggan. As a new school, with such a small community at the minute, it is a real pleasure to be able to initiate this close knit community with parents and local people at this stage setting the precedent for when we grow and move into our permanent premises soon.

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All students also had the chance to meet and chat with representatives from Samaritans - the committee’s chosen charity for this fundraising event.

Ailna Carr
Tuck shop - lunch menu


Lunch Menu

Available to buy from the ‘Tuck Shop’ every Monday & Tuesday

Rolls  €3.50 each   

Choice of Fillings:

Ø Chicken fillet

Ø Chicken salad

Ø Ham and cheese

Ø Cheese, tomato and onion


Healthy/Cereal bars €1.50



Bottled Water   €1

Vit hits    €2


‘Meal Deal’  -- Roll + Bar + Water = €5

Ailna Carr
Literacy Drive - January 2018

Re: Literacy Drive

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As part of our schools Literacy Drive, we have identified several areas of focus for the coming term and beyond. We would like to take this opportunity to inform you of these plans and ask for support in running them. Our identified Literacy Targets are:

1.      To raise awareness of and promote literacy in the school. 

2.      To promote reading for pleasure. 

3.      To improve the reading ages of students through a targeted intervention of ‘DEAR Time’ 


Upcoming events:

Friday 26th January – Book Drive. We are asking for donations of suitable books for teens to support the creation of our ‘class libraries’. Each student who donates a book will be awarded VS Ware points.

Monday 19th February – Friday 23rd March - DEAR Time Initiative (Drop Everything and Read). We will dedicate 15 minutes of each day to Reading for Pleasure for a five week period. Students will keep track of their progress on a class wallchart. We will use the materials from the Book Drive and our own collection of books to ensure each student follows our ‘book in the bag’ policy.

As part of our extra-curricular programme, we will soon be launching a weekly Book Club. More details will be shared with the students as to exact times etc. in the coming days. The chosen book is ‘Spirit of the Titanic’ and we have already secured a visit from the author, Nicole Pierce in the near future.

We also hope to have several more exciting activities surrounding World Book Day whereby we hope to raise the profile of literacy in the school.

In addition to this, please find attached a recommended Reading List for your child. We would also encourage your child to join the local library and make reading part of their everyday habit. Research shows that teenagers who regularly read have a broader vocabulary and improved writing skills. It can also improve their critical thinking skills amongst a range of other benefits.

If you have any queries/concerns regarding our Literacy plan, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you as always for your support.

Yours sincerely,


Kathy Jones, Principal



First Year Recommended Reading List:

In Pieces – Trinity Comprehensive Writing Group 

Tuck Everlasting – Nicole Babbitt

The Real Rebecca - Anna Carey

Girl Stolen – April Henry 

Night John – Gary Paulsen

Half the Man, Twice the Lawyer – John Grisham

The Cay – Theodore Taylor 

Buddy – Nigel Hinton 

Skellig – David Almond 

Wonder - R.J. Palacio 

Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer 

Wilderness – Roddy Doyle 

Coraline – Neil Gaiman 

Girl Missing – Sophie McKenzie 

Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo 

Cirque du Freak – Darren Shan

The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkein 

The Scarecrow and his Servant – Philip Pullman  

Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy 

The Boy who Lost his Face - Louis Sachar   



Second Year Recommended Reading List:

Stone Cold – Robert Swindells 

The Dare – John Boyne

Shadows on our Skin – Jennifer Johnson 

The Weight of Water – Sarah Crossan

Lord of the Flies – William Golding 

The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee 

Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman 

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë

Once - Morris Gleitzman

Animal Farm – George Orwell

The Book of Lost Things – John Connolly 

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

Chalkline – Jane Mitchell 

Trash – Andy Mulligan

True Grit – Charles Portis 

The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness 

Into the Grey – Celine Kiernan

My Ántonia– Willa Cather

The Wind Singer – William Nicholson


*Please note that these lists are guidelines only and have been taken from the JCT website.

Ailna Carr
Newsletter - 4th of December 2017

As we approach our second Winter Holidays as a new school we would like to take this opportunity to say how much we enjoy working in partnership with the students, staff and parents/guardians.  We are making excellent progress in the development of the school thanks to this team effort.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.  Please see announcements below for your information.


Parent Council

All parents/guardians are automatically part of the Parents Association of the school and are encouraged to get actively involved.  Our Parent Council held their AGM recently and the members were elected.  Please follow their Twitter page @BRE_ETSS_PA


Brennan Insurance

The Parent Council are organising Personal Accident Insurance for the students in the school. Please see the accompanying form for details.  There are two options available:

·         Option A          24 hour cover                                      €8.40 per student per annum

·         Option B          School related activities only              €5.40 per student per annum

This Insurance is optional, however if your wish to avail of one of these options, please return to your child’s tutor, the completed form with the exact amount only in an envelope with your child’s name and class by Monday 11th of December.


Class Library Book Drive

In an attempt to promote reading, the school Literacy Team are in the process of creating Class Libraries for each group in the school. If any families have books that would be suitable reading for 1st or 2nd year students and wish to donate them, we would greatly appreciate it. Book boxes will be left in the main hall and students can drop books in each morning.


Phenomenon Based Learning

The week beginning the 18th of December, all of our students will be working on a Phenomenon Based Learning (PBL) project.  This is an innovative and exciting approach to learning that our staff have been planning with the Bridge 21 Team in Trinity College Dublin.  Parents/Guardians will be invited into a display of the PBL work and to our Winter Awards Ceremony during that week.  More details to follow.


University trips

At present all Clann leaders are arranging visits to universities for all class groups.  We hope that these experiences will motivate your child to think about their future choices.



Please check and sign your child’s homework journal on a weekly basis.  All teachers assign regular homework and students should record all their homework in the journal, even if it is uploaded to One Note.



All students must bring lunch with them every day to school.  Please remember that there are no facilities to purchase food in the school.


Cold Weather

As we are currently experiencing very cold weather we would like to remind you that every student should wear a jacket/coat to school.  Please also make sure that students who cycle to school wear a safety helmet.



A reminder that school begins each morning at 8.30am.  Supervision on the school premises begins at 8.20am.  Please ensure your child arrives on time each morning to school to prevent disruption to class.


New School Building

The architects have been in touch with a building completion date of end April/ early May 2018.  This is great news and we will keep you informed of any further developments as we have them.

Sarah Jane Willis
Newsletter - 13th of November 2017


School Closure

Please note that school will be closed for the full day on Thursday 30th of November to facilitate further Junior Cycle Training.


2nd Year Parent Teacher Meetings - change of calendar date

2nd Year Parent Teacher Meetings will now take place on Wednesday 29th of November from 4.15pm – 6.45pm.


Parent Council Coffee Morning

The Parents Council would like to invite all parents and guardians to a coffee morning in the school at 11.10am on Wednesday 15th of November.  All are welcome to attend.


Parent Council AGM

The Parents Council AGM will take place in the school at 7pm on Wednesday 22nd of November.  All parents and guardians are encouraged to attend.


Ailna Carr