Learn more about our School,
our ethos and history and FAQs
our ethos and history and FAQs
Canal Way Educate Together is a popular national school in Dublin 8. On the edge of Dublin City Centre and right beside the Luas, we are accessible to many.
An exciting school, we truly values each student’s voice. We nurture the well-being of every child in our school, and are focused on creating the best learning environments for each student. Our friendly and diverse school community has a shared vision, creating a happy and welcoming experience for all.
We are responsive, creative and like to try new ways of doing things. We have a great team of enthusiastic staff who bring to the school many skills and talents which enhance the day to day experience for all of our school community. Our staff and Principal are totally committed to our developing school.
Our Patron Body is Educate Together and they assist us in developing our ethos, and in managing our school.
Everything we do in CWETNS is based around the children, their education and their happiness and well-being. We strive to make learning fun and enjoyable, and always aim to deliver the highest standard of education to our children.
We are very proud of our whole school community and nurture an inclusive welcoming environment for every member in our community. We love performing, arts, sport, big thinking, science and always strive to have active enjoyable days every day.
We have a beautiful garden area which is an oasis in the city. Here we do planting, enjoying, learning and harvesting!
If you’d like to have a visit, please get in touch.
08.30 – 08.45 Gates are open and children are admitted to school.
08.45 – 10.00 Teaching and Learning (roll call at 09.30am)
10.00 – 10.10 Children eat their own packed lunch in the classroom
10.10 – 10.20 Yard Time
10.20 – 12.00 Teaching and Learning
12.00 – 12.10 Children eat their own packed lunch in the classroom
12.10 – 12.35 Yard Time
12.35 – 13.10 Teaching and Learning (junior & senior infants dismissed)
12.35 – 14.10 Teaching and Learning (1st to 6th dismissed)
The above timeframe is set out by the Department of Education, and we are bound by this being a state national school. LINK HERE (P70)
ROLL CALL is 09.30am. Children arriving after 09.30am will be marked absent on the roll in accordance with ‘Rules for National Schools’. You will have an opportunity to enter arrival time on ‘Alladin Connect’ and this will be noted by management in reporting attendance both internally and externally.
Educate Together are state run multi-denominational schools offering equality based education. The ethos is defined under the following pillars –
Equality Based – all children having equal rights of access to the school, and children of all social, cultural and religious backgrounds being equally respected.
Coeducational and committed to encouraging all children to explore their full range of abilities and opportunities.
Child centred in their approach to education.
Democratically run with active participation by parents in the daily life of the school, whilst positively affirming the professional role of teachers.
Canal Way Educate Together was founded by a group of parents in Dublin 8. The group formed in 2010, and after 3 years of campaigning, the school was recognised in January 2013.
Canal Way Educate Together opened in temporary accommodation in Harcourt Terrace, with two teachers, and thirty eight children in September 2013. The school moved to its current premises in 2014, the premises being the first building to be divested from a religious body to the state, for multi-denominational education. Following the Forum on Patronage.
Since then, Canal Way Educate Together has continued to grow and the school will be fully developed into a two stream by 2022. We currently have 368 children enrolled, 25 staff, and offer classes up to sixth class.
In the first 6 years of our school, we have succeeded in building a happy, enthusiastic school, with a fantastic whole school community.
We have achieved the following accreditations:
Green Schools Flag
Active Schools Flag
Science and Maths Excellence Annual Awards
Winners of Young Philosophers Awards
Whole School Evaluation LINK
Our start time is 8.30am.
Our finish time is 1.10pm for Junior Infants and Senior Infants.
1st class—6th class finish at 2.10pm.
Make yourself familiar with key school dates here.
We have a healthy eating policy in place. We have two eating breaks per day and our healthy eating policy, click here, will help guide you on your child’s lunch box. Nuts and seeds are not permitted due to allergies.
We do not have a school uniform. We are happy for children to come to school in clothes that will help them be comfortable, keeping in mind we are often outdoors and we have PE a few times a week.
To find out more about Additional Needs supports, click here.
All of our school policies and documents are available here.
Here is a quick link to our booklists, right hand column.
We have been able to offer some after school services at our school, but these are currently suspended due to covid.
Childcare facilities in Dublin 8 offering After School Care
This list is by no means comprehensive and Canal Way ETNS does not endorse or recommend any of the facilities by association.
Footprints Early Years, St Catherines Sports Centre, Dublin 8 083 4899826
Carefree Days, Sarsfield Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8. Tel: 01 6264743
Creative Kids, The Haven, Basin Street, Dublin 8. Tel: 087 6836863
WaterLily Montessori, 22 Old Kilmainham, Corner of Shannon Terrace, Kilmainham, Tel: 01 5518354 www.waterlily.ie
Child’s Play, 1A St Kevins Avenue, Blackpitts House, Blackpitts, Dublin 8. Tel: 01 4544463 www.childs-play.ie
Safari Childcare Hibernia Building, Heuston South Quarter, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8. 01 5241247 www.safarichildcare.ie
The Nest Creche, Brabazon Hall, Ardee Street, Dublin 8. Tel: 086 0469012 www.thenestchildcare.com
First Steps Preschool Montessori & Afterschool, 2 Huxley Crescent, Off Cork Street, Dublin 8. Tel: 01 4544603 www.firststepsmontessori.ie
Kids Inc, 60 Grosvenor Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6. Tel: 01 4911925 www.kidsinc.ie
Kiddies Korner, 292 Sundrive Rd, Dublin 12. Tel: 01 4730783