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Situation after midterm

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),


ASTI withdrawal from Supervision and Substitution


As you are aware from the media, the ASTI has directed its members to withdraw from supervision and substitution duties with effect from 7th November 2016. This follows the repudiation by ASTI members of the Lansdowne Road Agreement.


Health and Safety legislation and the in loco parentis principle place a duty of care on school management to ensure the safety, health and welfare of pupils.  The Board of Management wishes to keep the school open if at all possible.  To this end school management have assessed the supervision and substitution needs of the school and have put in place arrangements for the provision of supervision of pupils.

As of our understanding of the current situation today, 28th October, we have decided that we will be open for all students on Monday 7th November – unless you are notified otherwise in the interim.

The Board of Management wish to assure you that it will continue to make every effort to provide education and care for our pupils and values your support in this endeavour.

ASTI Strike Day November 8th

Regrettably ASTI has also notified the Board of Management of a Strike Day on November 8th.  If this strike day goes ahead as planned the Board of Management will not be in a position to discharge its responsibility with regard to the care of students in its charge.

The Board of Management is therefore requesting you not to send your son/daughter to school on November 8th.

The Board of Management will notify parents of arrangements regarding any further strike dates as they arise.

The Board of Management regrets this course of action is necessary.  The Board has no wish to interrupt the education of students in this school; and will make judgements based on the best interest of our students in subsequent days.

Yours sincerely,


Canon Robert Deane                                     Liam Wegimont

Chairperson – Board of Management            Secretary – Board of Management

Thursday 27th Oct – Industrial Action

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

The Association of Community and Comprehensive Schools has informed the Board of Management that all ASTI members have been directed to take strike action on Thursday October 27th. Pickets will be placed on all schools where ASTI members are employed on that day.
If the strike goes ahead as planned the Board of Management will not be in a position to discharge its responsibilities with regard to the care of students in its charge.
The Board of Management is therefore requesting you not to send your son/daughter to school on Thursday, October 27th.
The Board of Management regrets that this course of action is necessary. The Board has no wish to interrupt the education of students in this school.
Yours sincerely,
Canon Robert Deane
Chairperson Board of Management.

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 barbaralevins@beaumont.ie 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




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 www.fightingwords.ie/




The Parents Association are running a fundraising Table Quiz

at the Clontarf Rugby Club

on Thursday April 21st 2016 at 8pm

Doors open at 7.30pm for registration

Max 4 members per team – Admission €40 per team – Register on the night.

Raffle on the night, with lots of prizes, so please come along and support the school or buy some raffle tickets at the office (1 strip for €5 and 3 strips for €10).


All Welcome


The next meeting of the Learning Parent Support Group will take place on Wednesday April 13th at 7:45pm in the Library.  The meeting will cover Assistive Technology and other matters and will be presented by:

James Northridge Bio:

James experiences the challenges that come with a specific learning difficulty on a daily basis and knows its impact on education and life all too well. Having struggled during school and dropping out from University, he turned his career around when a second shot of college came his way. He grabbed it with both hands and never looked back! He tacked the Dragon’s on RTE’s and ended up winning investment for his business UrAbility, which supply’s assistive technology training and software to schools and businesses around Ireland and the UK.

Topics to include:

Succeeding with Assistive Technology

Technology is all around us, however are we using it in the right way? Is it being used effectively to ensure that learners that most need help are getting the support they need to succeed in the classroom? James will draw on both his personal, work and academic experiences to enlighten the group as to how we can use technology to empower all students. Parents will walk away from the session with practical solutions to current issues and insights on how best to use some common technology for their children.

James will review software that can be used both in the classroom and at home to aid struggling learners, showing how to use them and of course when they are best used. James will give his personal success story on what worked best for him in education and some techniques that should make life a bit easier for your children.  He might even give a few tips on dealing with investors from his successful appearance on Dragon’s Den.



The fifth year play this year is ‘The Exam’ by Andy Hamilton (writer and comic).
15 students are involved and they will travel to Malta from March 1-5 to participate in a local theatre festival before putting it on in the Mount Temple Hall on Thursday, the 10th and Friday, the 11th of March at 8 o’clock.

Malahide Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3, Ireland. Email: info@mounttemple.ie | Telephone: +353-1-833-6984