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Important information: Reopening notice 2017-2018.

Reopening notice 2017



First Year Monday August 28th 9:00 – 12:00pm

and Tuesday August 29th 9:00 – 12:00pm

Second Year Monday August 28th 10:30am-1:00pm

Third Year Monday August 28th 12:00pm

Fourth Year Tuesday August 29th 9.00am – 1:00pm approx

Fifth Year Tuesday August 29th 10:30 am

Sixth Year Tuesday August 29th 12:00pm

  • Incoming First Years must attend Monday and Tuesday for induction. One parent/guardian should accompany first years on Monday for a brief meeting.

  • Second years will have team building activities after a short assembly – wear tracksuits and runners.

  • It is important for all other pupils to attend the assembly scheduled for them.

  • Timetables and other important materials will be distributed at these assemblies.

Full classes commence on Wednesday 30th August at 8:40am – all pupils (except TY) should have timetables, books and €10 for journal & €10 for locker. This payment can be made online at or by cash/cheque to form teacher.

Mount Temple’s BOOK LISTS, school policies and upcoming events may be viewed on the school website at & the School App


Text books ordered in advance through the school can be collected and paid for at the following times:-

1st/2nd/3rd years on Monday August 28th 10:00am – 2:00 pm

4th/5th/6th years on Tuesday August 29th 9:00am – 10:30 am

Collection can be made on either day to facilitate students in different years.

Subsequent inquiries will be dealt with by staff from the Book Haven – 01 8353806 or


A single Voluntary Contribution of €250 per family is the norm.

While those who can often contribute above, it is a voluntary contribution.

This tax-back Support Scheme allows the school to directly access tax paid by parents (e.g. €181 at 41% rate on €250). Amounts given are dealt with confidentially by the Principal.

See Voluntary Subscription Form for details

In brief:

  • The school is obliged to keep accurate attendance records for each pupil and an explanation for each absence must be provided by parent / guardian in the appropriate section of the journal.

Parents/Guardians are requested to text the absence phone (083 1308857) if the student is late or absent for any reason. This phone is not attended and should not be used for any other purpose.

Texts are sent from the school if your child is marked absent at roll call (and no explanatory text is received).

  • Appropriate clothes should be worn to school. Tracksuits, obvious leisure wear and provocative clothing is unacceptable.

  • Appropriate clothing also required for PE – Note CONVERSE runners are not suitable footwear for PE.

  • The school accepts no liability for loss of such items as coats, bicycles, watches, mobile phones, mp3s, ipods etc and parents/guardians are advised that it is possible to obtain insurance cover for same by a personal effects extension to the householder’s policy. Parents/guardians are advised not to allow pupils to bring large sums of money or other valuables to school.

  • Only students living near the school may go home for lunch, if they have received permission from the school to do so. Sixth years may apply for permission to leave the school at lunch time only (1:05 – 1:45pm) subject to parental approval. No other pupils may leave during the school day without permission to sign out. The school does not take responsibility for any harm befalling students who leave the premises.

  • When teachers are unavoidably absent through illness, every effort is made to arrange for substitution, and occasionally the timetable has to be adjusted. When this is not possible, it is sometimes arranged for the pupils in particular classes to be sent home early. If, due to special home circumstances, there are parents who do not find this latter arrangement convenient, they must inform the Principal or Deputy-Principal in writing, before the beginning of next term. We will then ensure that the pupil concerned remains in school until the normal closing time.

  • All pupils must vacate the school premises within 15 minutes of the end of classes unless involved in school activities.


Supervised Study will be available to 3rd and 6th year students once again this year provided sufficient numbers are interested. Application forms will be available on start up.


Piano, guitar, drums and singing tuition are possible optional extras. The charge for each is between €150 and €200 payable in each of Sept, Nov and March.


Department of Education & Science fees for these exams are due from February 2018, and the amount is likely to be around €100. Exact details will be issued to pupils by the Department of Education & Science, through the school.


The Parents’ Association is very active and provides support essential to the continuation and development of the schools policies, practices and extra-curricular programme. It is desirable for the full education of the pupils that they participate in as wide a range of activities as possible. The school encourages all parents to join the Parents’ Association and get involved!


The focus of the Council is the organisation and funding of sport in the school. Students, staff and parents participate in this vibrant and important group. New members are always welcome.


Mount Temple benefits greatly from the hard work of a number of dedicated volunteers in the areas of library, canteen, sickbay etc. If you have a few hours to spare your assistance would be much appreciated. Due to the major cutbacks, the number of trips usually embarked on may not be possible next year – if you would be available to accompany pupils on such trips or sporting activities please contact the school office and Garda vetting will be organised.

Who wants to be a Thousandaire?

Who Wants to be a Thousandaire?

On Thursday 25th May at 8.00pm

In Clontarf Castle

This major fund-raising event will provide a great night’s entertainment and nine lucky audience members will have the chance of winning €1,000 each.

We need you to come along on the night and to bring, friends, relations and neighbours with you. The more people in the Castle on the night, the better fun there will be. Tickets are €20, in books of four for €60. Contact the Rector, or one of the committee members,

Contact email;

Who gets to compete for the money?

Nine names will be drawn from the among the audience members on the night. There’ll also be some fun with spot prizes.

What if I buy a ticket but can’t attend?

You can nominate someone to play for you if your ticket is drawn.

What if I’m there but don’t want to go up to answer questions?

You can nominate someone who is with you, or the committee can nominate someone to play on your behalf. All these options are available on the ticket stubs.

Are there Life Lines, like in the TV show?

Yes, contestants nominate their  Phone a Friend person who is brought to another room for that round of questions; Ask the Audience is done by a show of hands; and 50:50 knocks out 2 incorrect answers.

Where should I be on May 25?

Clontarf Castle!

The Surf Project Youth Club Activity Day Saturday 27 May 2017

The Surf Project Youth Club Activity Day 

Saturday 27 May 2017, 2-8pm

Dollymount Strand & Church of St. John the Baptist, Clontarf

An afternoon of surfing and water games for secondary school students
by fully accredited instructors approved by the ISA (Irish Surfing Association),
followed by food and a creative and interactive workshop in the church, which
explores relevant issues such as identity, trust, fear and self-esteem,
looking specifically to the Bible and how Jesus can help us in our daily lives.

Cost (subsidized) €20 includes all activities and food

Meet at rocks, Wooden Bridge end of the beach @ 2pm

Booking essential by Tuesday 23rd May

Completed booking forms available from the Rector 

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.

JC Science Coursework

Important information regarding Junior Certificate Science 2017


Dear Parents & Guardians,


Please read the information provided below, in particular the section about Coursework B.

The rest of this term will almost entirely be spend working on this part of the Junior

Cert Science course.




There are three parts to the Junior Cert assessment process in Science:


Coursework A = 10%


Coursework B = 25%


Terminal Examination = 65%




Coursework A: Students must complete 30 mandatory activities as specified in the syllabus. Each student has their own laboratory copy with a written report of each activity. These have been kept in the labs under the supervision of the teachers throughout the three years of the Junior Certificate course.This must be available in the school for inspection. Students sign off on those activities they have completed by the end of April 2017



Coursework B: Each student undertakes two prescribed  investigations based on topics in the syllabus.  The investigations will be prepared, carried out and reports written up in class time between now and the Easter holidays.  Report booklets to be signed off by the end of April 2017. Some research and preparation may be done at home but must be the student’s own work. Most materials for the investigations this year should be available in the science laboratories though students may be asked to supply some materials themselves.

It is imperative that all students are present at all their scheduled Science classes during this half term to complete the investigations (preparation, carrying out and reporting), otherwise incomplete coursework will have to be submitted.




Terminal examination: this will consist of a written paper on Mon 12th June  which will cover the three areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and which may be taken at Ordinary or Higher level.




Thank you for your ongoing support.


M Geary, B Kearns, C Leavy, J Purdy, H Rochford


(Teachers of Third Year Science)           February 28, 2017

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