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Storm Callum Update

We will open as normal today.

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Massive Congratulations to Róisín on the birth of her new baby boy!

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Irish Dancing Classes

Alyson Redmond, qualified Irish Dancing teacher, holds classes here at Ashbourne ETNS. Classes are every Thursday from 3pm-4pm and suitable for all ages and level of ability.

€7.50 per class – pay as you go.

For more information contact Alyson on: 0868430492

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AETNS Toilet Hygiene

Please be assured that classroom teachers strive to promote hygiene, privacy, comfort and health and safety in terms of toilet use.

The children are given regular lessons on toilet etiquette and hygiene and we will ask parents to practice these important life skills at home also

  • Toilet cubicles are lockable from Senior Infants onwards.
  • Boys will be expected to lift the toilet seat and aim at the water below. Intrinsic prompts (e.g. stickers on base of bowl) will be added for junior classes if required.
  • Flushing the toilet, wiping toilet seat, washing hands carefully and binning paper towels properly will be practised and encouraged from home.
  • If a child observes a bathroom to be in an unhygienic state on entering the child will be instructed to leave immediately and inform the class teacher with subtlety.
  • For older girls all bathrooms from 3rd Class up will be provided with sanitary bins.
  • Deliberate or repeat instances of unhygienic use of toilet or defacing toilet facilities will, as has always been the case, be considered a disciplinary matter and dealt with as such by the school.
  • Through SPHE lessons and class discussion children will be introduced to the change.
  • local arrangements at class level will be decided upon by teacher and students to ensure the comfort and privacy  for all. (e.g. “engaged” poster on door, knocking system, toilet monitoring sheet etc)

In Ashbourne ETNS, we have gender neutral bathrooms. Children will be reminded that all home bathrooms are gender neutral as are disability toilets. etc.  An increasing number of public toilets are gender neutral. Many café’s and restaurants and family swimming areas  are gender neutral and in this way school will be no different.None of the toilets in the school were built with urinals in place, therefore they are not gender -specific. Children will be reminded that it will reduce needless queuing and waiting time for toilets and help ensure we all learn to show respect for each other by learning to leave areas clean and as we found them.

Music focus in Emily’s Class

We have been having so much fun this month settling in, meeting our friends and sharing our summer holiday news. September has flown by so fast. We have been trying very hard to win dojo points and table of the week. Here are pictures of some of the winning tables this month

In music, we have been learning about how to compose our own graphic scores using pictures to match vocal sounds. We have had so much fun creating these graphic scores in our groups and then performing them for the class.