Message from Dermot.

This term has been memorable, mainly because of the lifting of restrictions and the return to whole school activities. It was so enjoyable to get the school back together for whole school activities, assemblies, visiting classes, extracurricular activities, singing, and so much more.

Thanks to the staff and children for making this term enjoyable, and thanks to our families for their support.

An finally, today we enjoyed the return of our annual EGG DROP CHALLENGE. See the 13 minute video of this event. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did in school this morning.


Enjoy your two week break and we look forward to seeing you in two weeks.

School closure

Spring break (end of term) – school will close at 12:00 on Friday 8th April for all classes and re-opens on Monday 25th April. 

Covid 19 update 

Thank you to all of the families for informing us when there are cases, it is really helping families to make informed decisions around Covid and school.  Please continue to keep symptomatic children at home until there are no new symptoms for 48 hours. Covid symptoms can be found HERE 

Kevins GAA – Hurling & Camogie 

Easter Camp 11th – 14th April daily from 10am – 2pm at Loreto College, Crumlin Road  Register here –   Jenny from Kevins club is currently working with 5th & 6th classes on Mondays at the school. 

Soccer Blitz – Fiona

Last week Fifth and Sixth class represented Canal Way in a local schools soccer tournament at Bluebell community centre. The group got the Luas to the venue and split into teams, each team played against the other seven schools. Our players showed great skills in playing football and encouraging those who are new to the sport to participate.  The sense of teamwork and encouraging each other was fantastic. Thanks to all the players and staff for making these events happen. 

I am really proud of all the footballers and I am already looking forward to the next opportunity pupils have to show their skills on the pitch – Fiona 

Science Blast 

Siobhan’s 5th class were very honoured on Tuesday 5th to welcome the Science Blast Roadshow to Canal Way, along with guest judge Paddy Hayes, CEO of ESB. Because of the ESB hydro electricity generating plant at Turlough Hill Paddy was especially interested to hear about how best to lift 1 litre of water. Unfortunately Paddy’s effort to lift 1 litre didn’t compare very well with the class average! 5th Class loved showing him our investigations into different pulley systems and love Science Blast!

2022/2023 School year – Junior Infants and Leavers. 

Final call for any families in the school who have a younger sibling due to start school in September. If you have not already contacted Eavan about enrolment please do so as soon as possible as the classes are full! [email protected] or call 014021418 

There will be a meeting on Thursday 28th April at 07:30pm for incoming Junior Infant families. 

Also if any families are in a situation where they will not be returning to the school in September can they please let the office know – for planning reasons. 

Geography Resource Boxes – thank you! 

Go raibh míle maith agaibh! Gracias! Merci! Thank you so much to everyone who donated supplies for our school geography boxes. The students are already enjoying exploring and engaging with the materials.

After School Clubs 

There are still places available in the Homework Club on Monday’s, Tuesdays and Thursdays – suitable for classes 1st – 6th. 

Also spaces in Music Club on Thursdays suitable for classes 2nd – 6th. 

See After School Activities on the school website for contact details for both classes 


We want to build up a collection of swimming gear  for children who forget their kits .

We are looking for the following :

Swimming togs  ( age 7-9)

Swimming trunks ( age 7-9)
Swimming hats
If you have any and would like to donate please send them into school for Aileen’s attention .

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Canal Way Cycle Bus Pilot (3CB)
April 2022

As an urban primary school with short distances to the surrounding catchment areas Canalway ETNS
is ideally situated for a cycle bus. Originating from the Netherlands, cycle busses aim to provide a
safe cycle route for primary school children and promote active living. In Ireland, the Galway Cycle
Bus is regarded as a very successful parent initiative, but in the last year also Dublin City Council
started to support the foundation of cycle busses (Irish Times).


Proposed Route and Fridays
Based on an earlier survey, we have already indicative routes from Inchicore and Crumlin. Yet, we
require a full update on demand. The proposed routes are subject to change and revisions would
consider demand, safety and feasibility. Bus stops are envisaged at key junctions and safe waiting

Initially, we are proposing to start with Fridays and gradually increase frequency.

Estimating demand and seeking volunteers

In this first step, the aim is to estimate demand and seek parent volunteers. For the route planning
we would require precise location data of pupils’ addresses. For instances, the final route can
include minor detours to meet high demand in certain streets and bus stops would be designed
around areas of high demand. Moreover, it is recommended to have a pool of about 15 volunteers
who act as cycle bus marshals, while the recommended minimum is 4 marshals at any one time. The
following link to the google from asks for your name, contact details, address, number of children
cycling and volunteering capacity. At this stage we only want to gather some basic information and
you can opt-in or out at any time. Please fill out the survey if you are interested in cycle busses along
other routes and these could be considered when expanding the cycle bus service.
Canalway Cycle Bus Survey:

Indicative Timeline
Survey deadline 29 April
Parents meeting 3-6 May
First pilot May

About us
We are a group of parents who walk, scoot or cycle most of the days for drop off and collection
times at Canalway. With the cycle bus we want to give our kids and their peers regular and safe
means to go to school.

Please get in touch if you have further questions via [email protected].
Stephan and Simon

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