Author: Barbara Treacy

Incoming 1st Year Sports Camps

There are still spaces remaining on the Hockey, Rugby and Badminton camps for incoming 1st years.
The Basketball camp is now full.
Dates for camps
Week 1: 14th-18th August – Hockey for boys and girls
Week 2: 21st-25th August – Rugby for boys & Basketball for girls.
Saturday 19th August – Badminton camp for boys and girls

“Parent Talk Tuesday 4th April: Preventing alcohol and drug problems in teenagers, what parents can do.

Mount Temple PA Talk for Parents  (Healthy Living Week)
Tuesday 4th of April 2017 in the school library, 
Refreshments at 7.30 pm
8.00 pm start
Preventing Alcohol and Drug Problems in Teenagers  
what parents can do
Speaker: Dr. Bobby Smyth, child and adolescent psychiatrist and clinical senior lecturer in Trinity College and widely published researcher in the area of adolescent substance use.
The talk will address normal adolescent development and the role that alcohol and drug use can sometimes play in that process. The potential risks associated with adolescent drinking and drug use will be described. While teenagers are influenced by school, peers, community and wider culture, it appears clear that parents are the most important individual influence upon them. The positive steps which parents can take to support healthy adolescent development will be addressed. Clear advice will be provided on the parenting strategies which reduce the risk of teenagers developing alcohol and other substance abuse problems.

Mount Temple ‘Swish the Rails’

Mount Temple “Swish the Rails” on Thursday November 17th 8pm to 11pm

The Mount Temple Parents Association are holding a ‘Swish the Rails’ event on the 17th November 2016 in the school hall. There will be a fashion show on the night, as well as, quality used/designer clothes, handbag and jewellery for sale.

Tickets to this event cost €10 and these will go on sale shortly (limited availability).

We are looking for volunteers or any support that you can provide; such as goodie bag items (beauty/retail), wine, sponsorship such as advertising in the Hall area, vouchers, prizes for raffle, and various other support with regard to hosting the fashion show (please contact Barbara Levins 086 8722981 or Elaine O’Donnell 087-9581929 or email if you think you can help in any way).

In the meantime, can you do a big clear out of your wardrobe of those items that you no longer want or wear Dresses, Workwear, Partywear, Kids Partywear/Other Smart Clothes, Handbags, Shoes, Belts, Scarves and Jewellery and drop it off to the main office or school hall as set out below.

This will be very much appreciated and all proceeds from this event will be donated to the school as part of the Parents Association fundraising drive for 2016.

Drop off times:

7.15pm @ AGM Parents Association Wednesday 26th October(AGM commencing at 8pm.)

10am to 12am WEEKDAYS – Main office from November 7th.

10-12am SATURDAY 5th November – School Hall




Mount Temple Parents Association

Invitation to all Mount Temple parents to attend the Parents Association Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 26th of October in the school library.
The committee welcomes new members. Please come and become involved.
Doors open at 7.30 pm, meeting starts 8 pm, followed by Audrey Sheridan speaking on “Helping your teenager cope with anxiety.”
Audrey is a clinical psychologist and therapist teaching on child and adolescent mental health and a parent in the school.

Book & Bake Sale 8th October/Swish the Rails 17th November

MT Book & Bake Sale Saturday 8th October. Requires Books, CDs, DVDs, Games, Raffle Prizes, Cakes, TrayBakes, Mugs, Coffee, etc. Various drop-off dates available. Volunteers (help on the day/night before or bake a cake) please email
Also Swish the Rails on 17th Nov requires good quality clothes – we will be in touch later with regard to this. 

Free ‘Fighting Words’Summer Camps

Important Information For All Camps – Please Read Carefully

  • Apply for a place for your child by submitting the online application form on the website.   We will NOT hold a place for your child without a form – you MUST book a place by returning the form.  You can find the application form on the website
  • You will receive an onscreen confirmation after submitting an application form successfully – NOT an email.
  • Submitting a application form does not guarantee a place.
  • Age ranges: due to high demand for places, we are very strict in regard to the age ranges for each camp.  Application forms for children who are outside the age ranges will not be considered.
  • Places will be allocated using a lottery system to guarantee fairness.
  • In the case of siblings, please use separate application forms for each child.
  • If your child is interested in more than one camp, please complete a form for each camp. Please note that due to high demand, children are only permitted to attend one camp.
  • We will advise if your child has a place no later than Friday, June 17th.
  • Location: All camps take place at Fighting Words, Behan Square, 12-16 Russell Street, Dublin 1.
  • Times:  10am to 3pm for the older age groups (11 – 13 years and 14 – 17 years) and 10am to 2pm for the younger age group (8 – 10 years).
  • Camps will run for three or four days.   See the schedule below for full details.
  • We will provide all materials for each camp.  The only thing your child will need to bring is a packed lunch.
  • All camps are free of charge.
  • All participants are expected to abide by the Fighting Words Positive Behaviour Policy, which will be distributed to parents prior to the start of each camp.
  • All camps are run by experienced writers/artists.
  • Our tutors are trained in our child protection procedures and are Garda vetted.
  • Cancellation Policy: If your child is unable to attend a Fighting Words summer camp for any reason, please contact us as soon as possible. Any available places will be offered to children on the waiting list.

Camp Schedule
July 4 – 7 (Monday – Thursday):  Playwriting, 14-17 years  Participants will work with experienced script writers and theatre practiioners to begin developing a script, devisng characters and exploring stagecraft.

July 11 – 14 (Monday – Thursday):  Graphic Fiction, 11-13 years Participants will devise, write and illustrate a comic book with guidance and assistance from experienced artists. Think you can’t draw? We have tips and techniques to show you how!

July 19 – 21 (Tuesday – Thursday):  Photography and Narrative, 8-10 years  Participants will learn about taking brilliant photographs and then use the photos to illustrate their own stories.

July 25 – 28 (Monday – Thursday): Fiction Writing, 11-13 years  Participants will have the opportunity to explore various aspects of writing fiction with experienced writers.

August 2 – 4 (Tuesday – Thursday): Playwriting and Puppetry, 8-10 years Participants will write a play, create characters, make puppets and put on a performance!

August 8 – 11 (Monday – Thursday):   Cartoon Studies, 14-17 years Participants will work with a team of artists to create their own cartoon character and develop storylines. No drawing experience required.

August 15 – 18 (Monday – Thursday)Poetry and Performance, 14-17 years Participants will ahve the opportunity to explore various aspects of writing poetry with experienced writers, including song lyrics and spoken word.

August 22 – 25 (Monday – Thursday): Comedy Writing, 14-17 years Participants will have the opporutnity to write and perform their own stand-up comedy and comedy sketches.

Remember, you can only apply for a place by returning the registration form.  

Questions?  Please contact Sara Bennett in the Fighting Words office on email  or 01 894 4576.

Applications form can be found on

Compass Annual General Meeting – 7th May


National Association of COMPASS


Co-operation of Minority Religions & Protestant

Parent Associations (Post Primary)



Richard Brickenden:   Cratloe Woods, Cratloe, Co.Clare

Hon. Secretary:

Julie Carr:           4, Woodbrook, Sandpit, Termonfeckin, Co Louth.

Hon  Treasurer:

Alan Mulligan:                36, Glendale Drive, Bray. Co. Wicklow.


Tel: 061 357398  Mob: 086 6034410

Tel: 041 9822007  Mob:  087 9901981

Tel: 01 2863511


Compass Annual General Meeting – 7th May, 2016 in Wesley College, Dublin


All Parents from Compass Schools are invited to Wesley College on Saturday 7th May, 2016

Starting at 10.30 am sharp – coffee will be available from 10am.


‘BASE Jumping – Mentoring on the Edge’  – Rev. Nigel Mackey


Reassuring parents and helping to equip them to deal with challenging behaviours and to encourage them in addressing the many issues affecting their young people in school and at home.


We are delighted that Nigel Mackey, the Wesley College Chaplain has once again agreed to come and speak to Compass Parents, to share his vast experience of mentoring teenagers in the face of a rapidly changing world.


As this is also our AGM we ask each school to have their Compass Representative give a 3 minute update from their PTA on what’s been happening at their school in the past year.


The Compass Executive Committee strives to develop and promote the work we do, but we need the help and support of the PTA’s in all our schools. To assist us in our work we need a good flow of information to and from Compass and our schools.

Compass is the parent body representing our schools at national level with Government Departments and all the other Education Stakeholders, so it is vital that each of our schools takes the opportunity to appoint two parents

as your Compass representatives to ensure your schools voice is heard.

We want to welcome as many parents as possible to engage with Compass so please spread the word to the parents at your school so that they can have input and feedback on what’s happening in the Post Primary education which serves their children.


So get involved – bring this message back to your PTA – new ideas are always welcome


We hope that as many parents as possible from Compass affiliated schools can attend and we look forward to seeing you at Wesley College. School lunch will be available free of charge at 1.30pm (Please contact the Secretary on to advise how many will attend from your school and if they wish to stay for lunch.


We extend our thanks to the Principal Mr Chris Woods for facilitating the A.G.M.


Julie Carr – Secretary

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