January 19th, 2024

Dublin 7 Educate Together Spelling Bee Champion

Good afternoon parents and guardians,

I hope you have had a nice week.

We have had another busy week in school.

We had our Spelling Bee competition this afternoon in the library. Afterwards many children were asking for spelling lists to learn for next year’s competition! Well done to our winner, Aoibhín, in 5th class. Thank you, Ciara, for coordinating this event.

We are on the hunt for an old iPad please. We need a basic iPad restored to factory settings to use as a communication device in our Assisted Learning Class.

If you have a device, you are no longer using and could donate to school, we’d be most appreciative.

You can email me

Gentle reminder that all medicines are stored in Celine’s office. Children are not allowed to administer their own medicines or store medicines in school bags.

Finally, best wishes to our 5th and 6th class children who are competing in the inaugural Indoor Primary Schools Indoor Track Relay Event at the National Indoor Arena in the Sports Campus in Blanchardstown. Thanks, Padraig, for coordinating the trials and transport to the event next Thursday.

Congratulation Fred

Congratulations to Fred from 4th Class who recently competed in the Cumann na mBunscoil handball competition in Croke Park. Representing D7 ET through his hurling club St Kevins, Fred won the Under 11 plate competition. Handball is another branch of Gaelic Games and hopefully in the future we might have a few more representatives from the school. There used to be a number of handball alleys in the grounds of St Brendan’s before the TUD redeveloped the site. Maith thú Fred.

Collins’ Barracks on Thursday

On Thursday Róisín and Katrina’s first class went to the National Museum in Collins’ Barracks for a Safari in Silver. At the museum we met Niamh and Courtney from their Education Team. They took us up to the Silver Gallery for our Workshop.

First we were shown real animal parts and allowed to examine them with our hands and eyes. We saw a goose feather, a cow bone, a hippopotamus tooth, mink fur and a bear claw. Next Niamh pointed out some of the animals sculpted or engraved on the silver artifacts in the gallery. Then we went on our own Safari in Silver. We found horses, hippogriffs, fish, unicorns and many more animals, real and mythical.

Courtney talked us through some of the different types of mythical creatures and how they are made up of 2 or 3 parts of different animals. We got a chance to create our own imaginary creature. We came back into our groups then and acted out our own different creatures.

First class had great fun on the trip despite the cold weather. We were all delighted to return to our warm classroom for a picnic lunch before hometime!

Thanks to Kiera, Sadhbh and Campbell for coming with us and helping to keep us safe on our walk.

Róisín and Edel.

Afterschool Activities

Thank you all for the interest and participation in the afterschool program this term.

There are still currently some places available in the following activities:

Karate – Monday

Karate is run by Hombu Dojo and the tutors are  Sensei Caitlin and Sensei Ben. 

There are two classes at 2:15 this term, divided by grade. 


Drama – Monday (1st – 3rd class group only)

Eva Hein West and Lorna Fox are drama teachers and actors with a background in film & tv, stage and dance.  

Booking link    The Drama Club (Jan-Mar. 2024-Term2 ) ( 

GAA – Tuesday

Brian Morgan and St Brendan’s GAA join the afterschool programme this term.  Brian is the Games Promotion Officer with St Brendan’s and already trains children in the school. 


Spanish – Tuesday

Classes are run by Olé School of Languages for beginners of all ages.  Olé has been providing excellent teaching in languages since 2012 and prides itself in innovative and fun teaching methods. Spanish classes are fun and productive and promote awareness of language and culture.


Please let us know if you have any questions on

Joana and Gary 

Have a lovely weekend,


Fionnuala McHugh, January 19, 2024