Focus Ireland donations

December 22, 2017

A very big thank you to everybody who donated something towards our Focus Ireland donation drive. Here is our student council with all of the items collected from each of the classes. Wishing everybody a lovely winter break and a Happy New Year.

Sponsored Walk and Halloween Disco

October 25, 2017

The Parents Association Committee

The Halloween Fancy Dress Disco and Sponsored Walk will be taking place this Friday 27th October. Walk will start at 10:30am followed directly by the Halloween disco. Children and parents are invited to dress up for the day and take part. Classes will follow as normal.

Sponsored Walk card and money are to be returned to the main school office on Friday 27th October. Thank you for your support.

Clothes and Textiles Collection

October 19, 2017

Textiles and clothes collection the week of 16-20 October 2017 in aid of SETNS.

Textile Recycling

School building update

September 8, 2017

Great progress is being made on our new school building in Belarmine! It's really taking shape now! Cannot wait for 2018!

5th Anniversary Art Exhibition update

June 19, 2017

Stepaside Educate Together NS 5th Anniversary Art Exhibition
To celebrate the school’s 5th Anniversary
we are delighted to announce an exhibition of the SETNS pupils art.
We invite you to come along to the school hall
for an evening of fun for all the family on
Friday 23rd June 6.00pm – 7.30pm

The exhibition is an opportunity for everyone to shine, there are no competitions or prizes and everyone’s talent is displayed equally.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the event being held?
The pictures have all been professionally framed and catalogued for display in the school hall. The pupils will be brought down to the school hall during the day where they will get the chance to admire all their pictures. A class photograph will also be taken with each pupil holding their own framed picture.

Will the pictures be available to purchase?
Yes, the framed pictures are available for purchase on the evening;
• Framed artwork & class photograph (class holding their artwork) €15
• Siblings framed artwork & class photograph (class holding their artwork) €10
• Additional copies of the class photographs are available to purchase at €1 each
• Framed print copies of the original artwork can be ordered during the exhibition at €10 each

What payment methods are accepted?
Cash and cheque only.

How will I find my child’s picture?
An invite which has been sent home in your child’s school bag contains the number of your child’s picture. Please bring this with you on the night for reference.

What if I forget the invite with the picture number?
There will be list of names and associated picture numbers pinned to the walls around the hall.

What if I can’t attend on the night?
The exhibition will be open at collection times, 1.10pm and 2.10pm to accommodate the parents unable to attend in the evening. The framed pictures can be purchased at these times.

What if I want to buy my child’s picture, but will not be available on Friday 23rd June?
There will be an option to purchase your child’s framed picture from Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th June. There will be a Parent’s Association Committee representative available in the school’s office each of these mornings from 8:30 - 9am.

When will I receive my artwork?
The artwork will be distributed to pupils on Monday 26th. It will not be possible to take the artwork home on the day/night of the event. This is to facilitate parents to view the exhibition as a whole.

Will there be refreshments?
Yes, there will be tea and coffee, with finger food and cupcakes, and a few surprises for the children.

Will there be entertainment?
Yes, there will be a kids corner. The pupils of SETNS are excited to mark the 5 years and will be performing on the evening, making it a very special event.

What time will the pupils be performing?
The doors will be open at 6pm and the pupils will be performing at 6.15pm.

I would like to help, what can I do?
If you would like to bake some cupcakes, make finger food or cold canapés for the children and adults, the PAC would be grateful for your help.

When and where can I drop off the food?
You can drop off any contributions to Magda’s office at 8.30am on Friday morning. Alternatively you can drop any food to a PAC representative in the hall at 1.10pm (Ale) and 2.10pm (Maria).

We would like to thank you in advance for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you on what promises to be a memorable evening.

The Parents Association Committee

5th Anniversary Art Exhibition

June 12, 2017

We are celebrating our 5th anniversary this year! We are marking this very special occasion with an art exhibition of each pupil's artwork, and an evening of celebrations on the 23rd June. We would love as many of our parents as possible to join us to help us make this event an exceptional and memorable one.


Intercultural Week

June 1, 2017

Intercultural Day 2017! Celebrating our wonderfully multicultural school. Thank you to the families who put so much effort in to represent their countries so well. We all had a fantastic day!

Construction Begins for Our New School Building

May 2, 2017

Exciting news has finally arrived. The construction fences have gone up around of what will eventually become our long awaited school building. This means that a mid year move is on the cards, perhaps around the Easter break 2018. We will keep you posted as the timeframe becomes clearer. Watch this space!

Peace Proms

January 31, 2017

Exciting News Alert!! 
The school choir (some 2nd and 3rd class children) will be taking part in the wonderful PEACE PROMS show very soon. The event will be held in the RDS on Saturday February 4th at 8pm. All of the school community are more than welcome to come. To buy tickets and to find out more details please check the link below.

Raffle Winners

December 16, 2016

The winning tickets from the Winter Concert raffle are listed below. Have you won?

Ticket Colour Prize
16 Blue Zumba Class Voucher
26 Blue Zumba Class Voucher
120 Blue Gun Toy
128 Blue Fleurtatious Flowers
132 Blue Irish Cream
148 Blue Katy Perry Gift Set
149 Blue LC Tennis Voucher
153 Blue Fire & Stone 15€ voucher
324 Blue Rugby Ball & Towel
330 Blue Jigsaw Puzzle
341 Blue Thairapy Blow Dry
33 Green Happy Day Chocolate & Jar
44 Green Zumba Class Voucher
58 Green Red Wine from Fern & Co
67 Green White Wine from Fern & Co
91 Green LC Tennis Voucher
96 Green Finger Paints
100 Green Glass Candle Holder
13 Pink Zumba Class Voucher
25 Pink Happy Day Gift Set
34 Pink School Calendar
40 Pink Zumba Class Voucher
52 Pink Bottle of Wine from Nectar
54 Pink 7 week Pilates Course Voucher
73 Pink LC Tennis Voucher
80 Pink Fire & Stone 20€ voucher

SETNS 2017 Calendar

December 15, 2016

Newsflash! - extra 2017 calendars for sale at the Winter Concert

The SETNS 2017 calendar is now available to buy… and it looks amazing!!!  
Every class has contributed to help produce this wonderful keepsake, with each month showcasing the fantastic artwork created by your children.

A4 size with high quality images, and priced at €10, this is an ideal gift for family and friends this Christmas.
Order forms are being sent home with children this week – remember to place your orders by Friday! 

Downloadable order form is available here, please return to the office by Friday 2nd December : 2017-calendar-order-form


Friendship Bench ceremony

November 21, 2016

Today we had a small ceremony in the school to mark the end of Friendship Week and to introduce a friendship bench to the school yard. The theme of the week and of the assembly was friendship and it was a lovely celebration of that and also a reminder that the friendship bench is our way of remembering our past pupil Jim.

Junior Infants 2017/2018

October 26, 2016

We will start the process of offering places for the junior infants class of enrolment 2September 2017 on Friday the 18th November. Places will be offered by email to the email address on the pre-enrolment form unless parents have informed the school in writing of a change of email address prior to the offer being posted. A number of places will be offered at a time and parents are asked to respond within 4 days of the date of offer. Pre-enrolled siblings of current pupils will receive offers first. Remaining places will then be offered from the pre-enrolment list on a first come, first served basis. As acceptances come in those parents will be asked to fill in registration details and make a payment to hold their child’s place. As offers are declined we will then continue to move down the pre-enrolment list and this process will continue until all places have been filled. The whole process will take a number of weeks so please bear with us, it is a process which has to be followed.

We have a number of places available in our current 1st and 3rd class, please call the office for more information on 01 2946753.

Please let us know if you would like your child’s name to be removed from our pre-enrolment list.

Halloween Fundraiser

October 20, 2016

The Parents Association Committee are holding a Halloween sponsored walk and disco for the pupils on Wednesday 26th October to raise money for the school. We hope all of the children will come to school dressed in their fancy dress costumes and maybe teachers and parents too! Sponsorship forms will be sent home in your child's schoolbag this week.


October 10, 2016

Our thoughts today are with the Connors family and Lynch family on the anniversary of the tragedy which claimed so many lives. We especially remember our pupil Jim Connors with love.

christmas candles

Space Week

October 7, 2016

Space week has been wonderful and has really consumed the children’s attention. The pupils from each class shared their knowledge with each other today at assembly, with each class learning about one or two planets. They love to learn from each other and it was full of information and facts. Well done to all of the classes. A selection of the work from each class will stay on the wall outside Mallaidh’s classroom for everyone to enjoy for the next little while.

Airfield Food Festival

September 9, 2016

What a fantastic day out 2nd and 3rd class had at the 'Airfield Food Festival' yesterday. Take a look at some of the pictures from our trip.

Sports Day

June 30, 2016

On Monday the 27th June the whole school walked over to the new pitch beside the sports centre. We had a super day participating in different activities. Each pupil was either in the blue, green, red or yellow group and they came into school wearing this colour. Each class moved around the five fun stations. It was great to have parents helping out the boys and girls at each station and showing us how to do the activities. The stations were crazy waiter, beach ball travel, sack race, dress the scarecrow and the bucket and bean bag target game. There was lots of cheering and fun for the pupils as they raced through the activities. The mums and dads didn't hesitate to hop into a bag and take part in a sack race. The teachers and pupils had a great laugh participating in the sack race too. Stephanie surprised us all when she zoomed to the finishing line in no time. She must have been practising! There was delight when Anne brought each class over to the ice-cream van for a lovely treat. Well done to the green group who were the overall winners of the activities. More importantly it was lovely to see the pupils taking part, being good sports people by playing fairly and kindly and of course having fun. We were all very proud of our sparkly Stepaside Educate Together NS medals. A big thank you to all the parents who helped on the day and to Paula, Maya's Mum who organised the day.

Social Night

Friday 10th June from 8pm until late.
A reminder that the second parent and staff social night is being held in the Leopardstown Inn on Friday 10th June from 8pm.
Parents and guardians (and friends too!) of current and new pupils of the school are all welcome.
For further information please email:

 social night

Proclamation Day

March 15, 2016

In preparation for this day the pupils have been working on their own 'Proclamation for a new generation' which every school in the country is writing. Ours was made by combining lines from a range of the pupils own proclamations selected by members of the student council and we read this at the flag raising ceremony with Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua. We all sang the national anthem together also.

Stepaside ETNS Proclamation for a new generation

Stepaside Educate Together National School would like to thank the men and women of 1916 who fought courageously for our country and gave us the independent Ireland that we have today. In this school we believe that everyone deserves to be safe and loved, to have a family and friends, to have clean water, shelter and food. We believe that if you are sick you should have someone to take care of you and even if you are a grown-up you should have someone to rely on. We believe that everyone should be treated fairly and equally and everyone should be made welcome in this country.
Our wish for Ireland is that there will be no more homeless people, that citizens will be respected, that there will be only 20 pupils in each class, that we will have a nice health care service and that more women will be in charge so that everyone is equal.
In Stepaside Educate Together National School we ask you all to follow your dreams, to believe in yourselves and in each other and to have fun.
We believe that Ireland is our land.

Engineers Week

March 4, 2016

The engineering committee of parents have organised several activities throughout the week to create excitement about the engineering profession and to provide overview of the engineering sector, with the following 7 themes for the children to explore: Civil Engineering, Energy, Electrical/Electronics/Telecom/Robotics, Mechanical Design, Transport, Computing and Software, Biomedical. Introductory activity took place on Monday 29th February followed by class projects and activities on Tuesday – Thursday with results/projects showcased to the parents and all classes in the hall on Friday. Some parents visited the classes to give a short career talk during the week. Thank you to all those involved in this week. Photos of the event give an idea of the depth of preparation and thoughtfulness of the parents involved.

World Book Day

March 3, 2016

Today is World Book Day and what a wonderful day we have had! To celebrate children brought in their favourite books to school, many pupils dressed up as their favourite literary characters. We also had parent volunteers reading books in various languages throughout the morning reflecting the wonderful diversity in our school . Children have been listening to stories in Japanese, Spanish, Farsi, Czech, Polish, German, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese and Italian.
Happy reading!

Healthy Eating

February 26, 2016

Junior Infants have been learning all about healthy eating. We made a big food pyramid to help us to know the foods that we need lots of and foods we do not need every day. We also painted healthy meals on to paper plates - yummy!!

All the boys and girls in Junior Infants became master chefs for the day as we made sugar free scones, with the help of some very kind parents! The next day we had a picnic and ate scones and fruit. We had a lovely time and really enjoyed the delicious food.

Music Week

February 12, 2016

We have had a wonderful week here in SETNS. This has been our first music week and it has only been made possible by the expertise of some of our very talented parent body.

Parents provided percussion, drum and song-writing workshops to each class. It was wonderful and the pupils were completely engaged and entranced. They made their own instruments and wrote their own lyrics to some popular songs. These songs were all performed for each other at the assembly on Friday.

The school has also  invested in a music company to provide a series of pre-instrumental workshops for all the classes. This was our 4th week of these classes and Rebecca continued teaching the pupils about low/high notes, rhythm and tempo among other things.

The week ended with the assembly which celebrated the work that all the classes have done this week and it really finished a fantastic week off on a high.

An enormous thank you to Nora, Adrian, Ger, Naimee and Adam for everything this week.

December 18, 2015

SETNS Winter Concert

Stepaside ETNS Winter Concert 2015

December 9, 2015

Visit of Sam Maguire Cup

Special thanks to Kelly, our GAA coach who arranged for Sam Maguire to visit on Tuesday. It was a super occasion – Dean Rock answered questions and patiently posed for photos with all classes.

November 13, 2015

Junior Infants 2016/17enrolment

We will start the process of offering places for the junior infants class of September 2016 on Monday the 16th November. A number of places will be offered at a time and parents are asked to respond within 7 days of the date of offer. As acceptances come in those parents will be asked to fill in registration details and make a payment to hold their child’s place. As offers are declined we will then continue to move down the pre-enrolment list and this process will continue until all places have been filled. The whole process will take a number of weeks so please bear with us, it is a process which has to be followed.

We also have a number of places available in current Senior Infants and 2nd class, please call the office for more information on 01 2946753.

Please let us know if you would like your child’s name to be removed from our pre-enrolment list.

November 13, 2015

Science Week

This week all classes visited Imaginosity who are running science workshops for the schools as part of the Science Week. Apart from these trips science was also part of the classwork this week and we had pupils making butter and making rain among other exciting experiments!

September 30, 2015

Permanent location

We are delighted to be able to confirm that the permanent location of Stepaside Educate Together NS will be beside Gaelscoil Taobh na Coille in Belarmine. This news was conveyed to us this afternoon by our patron body, Educate Together. 

It is wonderful news and it is a great site. We cannot give you too much clarity on the time-frame for now, except to say that we would expect us to be here for all of this school year and most of the following school year at which point we would envisage us being in our final location at last. 

We have also learned that the site will be a temporary location for the new Educate Together second-level school due to open in September 2016. They will be housed in prefabs on this site while they await their own building. 

We hope that this news has made you all as pleased as we are here!

September 28, 2015

A visit from the Defence Forces

Today  we had a visit from the Defence Forces. They read the proclamation, presented us with the Irish flag and answered lots of our questions. It was a very informative and interesting morning and we look forward to preparing our own school proclamation for “Proclamation Day” March 15th 2016. Thank you to those of you who joined us and well done to the pupils who bravely and competently stood up in front of the audience as part of the ceremony.

September 23, 2015

Our building is on the way!

Olivia Mitchell, Fine Gael TD for Dublin South, welcomes confirmation that a permanent school building for Stepaside Educate Together National School has finally been acquired.
Speaking during a Dáil topical issue debate, Deputy Mitchell raised the absence of permanent sites for four schools that are planned for Dublin South.

“Stepaside Educate Together national school is currently located in its second temporary location in the constituency since it was opened in 2011. Confirmation by the Minister for Education that a permanent site has finally been acquired is great news for the school’s pupils and staff and will meet the needs of the many young families in the area.  Management will be informed shortly about the location of the school’s new site. 

“The lack of information around the location of the Educate Together post-primary school due to open in September 2016 is also causing huge confusion and distress to parents.  I have asked the Minister to ensure there is a sense of urgency about acquiring a site and making an announcement in that regard so families can plan now where their children will go to school for the next six years.”

Deputy Mitchell also raised the ongoing problem of acquiring scarce land at a reasonable price for future school needs in the area. “I believe educational infrastructure is at least as important as roads infrastructure and I ask the Minister to consider the introduction of legislation which would allow for compulsory purchase orders in respect of land for schools.”

September 18, 2015

Class meetings

Class meetings allow the teachers to provide an overview of the curriculum and to address some organisational matters. The teachers allow some time at the end of the meeting for questions which relate to what they have covered with you at the meeting. All meetings start at 8:50am. Teachers need to be back in their classes by 9.30am. Meetings take place in the Aistear room.

The dates for class meetings are as follows:

Mallaidh's class: Monday September 21st
Orla's class: Tuesday September 22nd
Sally Ann's class: Wednesday September 23rd
Stephanie's class: Thursday September 24th

September 11, 2015

Welcome back

We are delighted to be in our new school premises and to see happy faces coming in to school every morning. It really is great to see all our pupils enjoying our new premises and settling in to their classes. Our pupils, new and old, have been wonderful this week. They have taken to their new surroundings and new teachers like ducks to water and the atmosphere in here is warm and full of energy. It has been a busy but brilliant start to this new school year. Classrooms and corridors are already starting to look bright and cheery with children's artwork. Have a little look at the pictures below:

We still have a small number of places available in our Junior Infants, Senior Infants, First and Second Class. Pre-enrol here:

For more information please contact the office on 01 2946753, 085 7454998 or

June 17, 2015

School trip to Glenroe Farm

June 5, 2015

Move to Ballyogan

Stepaside Educate Together National School is now 3 years old. At the moment we are in temporary accommodation as we are on the Department of Education and Skills building list for 2015/2016. The school will be a beautiful 24 classroom school when completed and will be based in the Stepaside area.

In the interim Stepaside ETNS will share the fabulous new school building which Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua have in Ballyogan. Stepaside ETNS will have the top floor of this brand new school building while the Gaelscoil operates downstairs. It is an exciting step in our school's development and the pupils of SETNS will have the very best of everything in this new location as they await the eagerly anticipated move to their own school building within the next year or so. 

Stepaside ETNS will be based in the Ballyogan site from September 2015. In the meantime come and see us in Kirwan Park if you would like to learn more about our school or call Magda in the office on 01 2946753 or email us at

May 29, 2015

Fancy Dress Day

We held a sponsored fancy dress day today. We asked pupils to bring €2 in aid of the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. The children really enjoyed dressing up. We raised a total of €230 on the day.

May 28, 2015

First Class school trip to the Bloom Festival

May 25, 2015

Open Day

We are very much looking forward to meeting you on June 6th at the Stepaside Educate Together National School Open Day. It will run from 10am to 12pm in the new location (upstairs in Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua, Ballyogan Road, Ballyogan, D 18) and will have some games, art activities and lovely treats on offer. The current pupils are working on a short performance for their new schoolmates which will take place at about 11.30am.
Our incoming Junior Infants and all new pupils will get a chance to see the school and meet their classmates.
Hope to see you all there.

March 20, 2015

Solar Eclipse

Ireland experienced a partial solar eclipse this morning. How did you watch it? We viewed it through pinhole projectors which we made by putting a small hole in a piece of cardboard box, and projecting the sun onto another piece of paper or wall behind it. This allowed us to observe the sun safely. We saw it turn into a tiny crescent. 
If you missed the eclipse today you will have to wait another 11 years until 12 August 2026.

March 19, 2015

Enrolment update enrolment

We are still in the process of sending offers of places for the Junior Infant class of  September 2015. A number of places is offered at a time and parents are asked to respond within 7 days of the date of offer.

We also have a number of places available in our 2015/16 Senior Infants and Second Class. Pre-enrol here:

For more information please contact the office on 01 2946753 or

March 13, 2015

Seachtain na Gaeilge 1-17 Martá 2015


Seachtain na Gaeilge has begun and the children are taking part in a variety of activities celebrating Irish language and culture. Pupils are encouraged to speak Irish during the week.

The week began with the whole school assembly on Monday. We all sang Ireland's Call and talked about Seachtain na Gaeilge and Irish spirit. On Tuesday we had story time in Irish which we all enjoyed. On Wednesday we had Siopa Gaeilge. All children could buy something from the Irish shop as long as they asked for it 'as Gaeilge'. On Thursday all classes in our school did some céilí dancing. Every class performed during the 'Talent Show' on Friday with renditions of Irish poems and songs. The theme for Aistear this week was St. Patrick and you can read more about it here: Aistear blog 

March 5, 2015

World Book Day 2015

We all love reading! This year, as part of World Book Day celebrations, the pupils really enjoyed the book swap. A big thank you to members of the PA, who organised the posters, the leaflet reminders and the beautifully decorated boxes for the book swap. Thank you so much! See photos below.

Our baskets of books:

Our new books and the lovely bookmarks we made especially for World Book Day!

Yay! Books for all!
Yay! Books for all

Junior Infants read a book "The penguin who wanted to fly". They want to fly too! Take a look at their flying inventions. Patents pending 🙂

We read The penguin who wanted to fly

December 12, 2014

Junior Infants 2015/16 enrolment 2

We started the process of offering places for the junior infants class of September 2015 on Friday the 5th December. A number of places is offered at a time and parents are asked to respond within two weeks of the date of offer. As acceptances come in those parents will be asked to fill in registration details and make a payment to hold their child’s place. As offers are declined we will then continue to move down the pre-enrolment list and this process will continue until all places have been filled. The whole process will take a number of weeks so please bear with us, it is a process which has to be followed.

Please let us know if you would like your child’s name to be removed from our pre-enrolment list.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for news updates.

December 11, 2014

Stepaside Educate Together Secondary School - Admissions Policy

Dear Parents, enrolment ss

The Admissions Policy and Enrolment Procedures for Stepaside Educate Together Secondary School have been finalised. Please click on the link below to read: Stepaside ETSS Policy & Letter 


December 5, 2014

Sparkle Winter Fair

You are all welcome to attend The Sparkle Winter Fair which happens tomorrow, Saturday 6th December (11am -3pm), Stepaside ETNS grounds. A great day out for the whole family! Don't forget to come and tell all your friends and family. All money raised goes to our School.

There are lots of fun fairground games planned for the children. There will be an Exploratorium: Science demonstration, 3D printing, robot arm, LEGO city, and a sound and colour room for the children also.

The World Food Fair promises to be a great success. Cold food to be served from 11am. Teas, coffee and sweet treats will also be on sale.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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