Dear Parents/Guardians                                                                                                          14-6-2018


It is with mixed emotions that I inform you that our Deputy Principal and longest serving teacher, Mr Martin Meehan, will retire on August 31st. While we are very sorry to say goodbye to Mr Meehan, we wish him all the very best of luck for the future. Martin has taught in Scoil Áine Naofa since 1981 and has been a driving force behind the growth of the school since then. I have only had the pleasure of knowing and working alongside Martin for a very short period of time but I can honestly say that it has been a pleasure. Martin is loved by children and staff here in Scoil Áine Naofa and he will be sorely missed. On behalf of the Board of Management, I would like to thank Martin for everything that he has done for the school. He has given so much to the school in terms of sport, special education and leadership and he leaves behind very large shoes to fill. Go n-éirí an bóthar leat a Mháirtín agus beidh fáilte romhat ar ais i Scoil Áine Naofa go deo. Best wishes for the future Martin and you are always very welcome back in Scoil Áine Naofa.




Is mise le meas,



Conor Reilly




A Chairde                                      11-6-18

The school will close at 12pm on Friday June 15th to facilitate staff training in Child Protection.


Le dea-ghuí

Conor Reilly




A Chairde                             11-6-18

I am delighted to inform you that the Girls Soccer Team have qualified for the cup final for the second year in a row. They will defend their title versus St Attractas in Peamount on Thursday June 14th at 12pm. Go n-éirí libh a chailíní!

Le dea-ghuí

Conor Reilly




The school is now on Twitter @scoilaineesker. Please follow for school updates and samples of work. No photographs/names will be published on Twitter


Le dea-ghuí

Conor Reilly



A Chairde,

The monthly newsletter is now available to view on the website under the heading, 'Newsletters'.

Le dea-ghuí

Conor Reilly





The school will be closed on Friday May 25th due to the building being used as a polling station.


Le dea-ghuí

Conor Reilly





Dear Parents/Guardians

There will be an information night for new parents/guardians on Wednesday June 13th at 7:30pm. This meeting will take place in the school hall. I look forward to meeting you all on the night.


Le dea-ghuí

Conor Reilly




Dear Parents                                                                                                                              

Parents have reported two adults ( woman and man , middle-aged) acting suspiciously at collection time (2.40 pm ). They have been spotted talking to children but do not appear to be collecting anybody. The matter has been referred to the Gardai. Please be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the school /Lucan Gardai immediately.

Le dea ghuí

Conor Reilly



Dear Parents/Guardians


I am delighted to inform you about a new scheme that we are providing in relation to the school meals project. Due to the fact that our school has excess funds from the school meals grant, we will be offering a full lunch for all of the children from May 14th. This scheme will continue for 6 weeks and the children will receive a sandwich and a snack every day. You have received a menu with this letter and the children can choose what type of sandwich and filling that they want. The menu must be returned to the school on/before Monday April 30th. I would urge you to speak to your child about selecting their lunch and encourage them to choose a variety of different breads/fillings etc. For the 6 week period of this scheme, the children will not need a lunch for their 12:45 break. A small snack for the morning and a drink will still be required. If you require further information in relation to this scheme or if your child has special dietary requirements, please don’t hesitate in contacting the school.


Is mise le meas,

Conor Reilly




Please note that we are in the process of replacing the prefab at the back of the school with a new prefab. The new prefab will be ready before we come back after the May mid-term break.


Le dea ghuí

Conor Reilly






Dear Parents/Guardians,


I would like to introduce myself to you all. My name is Conor Reilly and I am delighted to have taken up my role as principal in Scoil Áine Naofa. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first week here in the school. I would like to thank all of the parents who have wished me well this week and all of the staff members for being so helpful and considerate towards me as I have been settling in. I would also like to thank all of the children in the school. I have been very impressed with how well-behaved and mannerly the children are in the school. I have also been struck by how happy the children are in the school and this is evident by the welcome that I receive in the classrooms. I am very much looking forward to the future in Scoil Áine Naofa and meeting you all in the coming months. If there is anything that you would like to discuss with me, please don’t hesitate in contacting Rachel to arrange a meeting.


Is mise le meas,

Conor Reilly




Intercultural Policy

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

With your help, and that of schools staff and pupils, Scoil Áine Naofa recently undertook a review of Interculturalism in the school. The results of these have now been collated and a brief overview of them can be accessed below.

A committee, comprised of representatives from each of these groups will meet shortly to begin drafting a school policy, which will highlight strengths in our current practices, and which will address areas where we can improve.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey.

Interculturalism Survey Responses


Homework Club

Application Forms for after Easter now available from Room 10
Operates Monday-Thursday 14:40-16:00
Ms. Mc Goldrick


Yoga Term 3

I’m delighted to be in a position to offer the following Yoga Dates  in   Term 3

3rd Class Room 1

Lunchtime Wednesdays . Children to wear school tracksuit .

Dates Wednesday April 18, 25 & May 2nd


4th , 5th & 6th

2:40 to 3:40 Hall Fridays

Dates : April 13,20 & 27th .

 Permission slips available from Ms Whyte Room 7 should your child be interested.



Basketball Finals 2017

Congratulations to the Boys Team who won the A final v Killester 12-10 last Thursday. We are also very proud of the Girls Team who unfortunately lost their A Final 14-8 to Rush. Well done to team coaches Mr. Somers and Ms. Mc Goldrick.

Intel Science 2017

The Intel Mini Scientist was back  in Scoil Áine Naofa again during Science Week  from Nov.13th -16th .

The Mini Scientist is all about having a fun and exciting time with science for students of a young age.

126 6th class students took part and exhibited their innovative and imaginative science based projects. There were 46 projects in total.

It certainly was a fun filled few days in Scoil Áine. The children exhibited their knowledge of Science and  presented  their projects with purpose and confidence to a wide audience.  Parents, teachers, students and second class pupils from St.Thomas’ JNS all came to view the projects over a 3-day period.

Intel judge, Mike Nolan and his team of 3 other judges had the extremely difficult job of choosing the winning projects.

1st place winners were  Phargavi Shyam Sundar, Ayo Salawu, Leah Kiniry and Melissa McGrath with their project “Air Pollution”. They will go on to represent Scoil Áine Naofa at the Regional Finals in Intel in early December. We wish them every success!

In 2nd  place were Louise Bredin,  Hannah Lynch, Evlia Malaj and Isobel Kilduff  with their project “Cosmetics”. Well done Girls!

There were many other  very interesting projects on display and all the children were a credit to their teachers and their school. Congratulations to all those involved and  best of luck to the girls as they go on to compete in the Regional Finals.


14.09.2017 - Board of Management Parent/Guardian Nominees

Two vacancies have arisen on the Board of Management for Parent/Guardian Nominees due to the fact that the current nominees no longer have children attending the school.

I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the Board of Management to thank Stephen Jio and Mary Dwyer for their service to the Board over the last number of years.

An election to replace Stephen and Mary will take place before the Parents Association AGM on Tuesday September 26th at 19.45. Nominations will be invited for both vacancies at this meeting. A parents/guardian can nominate him/herself. If you are nominating someone other than yourself, please ensure that you have his/her agreement and consent. Each nomination will neeed to be seconded by another parent/guardian of a child in the school at the meeting.

If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Le meas,

Seán Hourihane


On behalf of the Board of Management


Cross Country Champions 2017

Congratulations to our Athletics Team, winners of the South Dublin County Cross Country Championship 2017. This was a fantastic result  for team with 68 schools and in excess of 3000 students involved over three days. Well done in particular to Gerard Gorman (6th) and Saoirse Fitzgerald (4th), both of whom secured 1st places in their respective races last week. Many thanks to coaches Mr. Lawlor (3rd class), Mr. O Sullivan (6th Class) and all other teachers/SNAs' that helped with supervision etc over the three days thatthe competition was held.


Talent Show 2017

Congratulations to all who participated in our Talent Show this year. As always, there was an exceptionally high standard with the children displaying a huge variety of talent. In the end 18 acts qualified for the Grand Final. The winners were:

3rd/4th Classes:

1st Place - Daniella Melnik [Gymnastics]

2nd Place - Elliot Kelly [Singing]

3rd Place - Daniel Anatjev [Piano]

5th/6th Classes

1st Place - Jessica Power [Piano/Singing]

2nd Place - Anna & Mattie Wanic [Singing/Guitar/Piano]

3rd Place - Kayleigh Kilduff Fox [Singing]

Many thanks to Mr. Greene [MC], Ms. Murphy, Ms. Zauers, Ms. Flanagan [Organisers] and all staff/parents who helped make the event a great success.


Intel Mini-Scientist Final beckons for Scoil Áine Naofa Students

Four pupils from 6th  class in Scoil Áine Naofa, Esker, Lucan have qualified for the Intel Mini Scientist Grand Final, to be held on Feb 3rd in The Helix. A big congratulations to  Katie Dwyer, Noor Mohammed, Joe Murphy and Erica Collins who put on an impressive display with their project “ The Heating Point of the Body”. They were praised for the quality of their work and their ability to deliver their project with such enthusiasm and confidence.

It started with tough competition in Scoil Áine itself with 50 projects  on display by all 6th class students in the school hall on Nov.15th &16th .  It was the first stage of the Intel Mini Scientist competition. Great credit is due to all these 6th class children and to their teachers. There were some very interesting projects on display. The children presented their work on a poster and in a folder, in addition to their table display. Project titles included “ The Self Inflating Balloon”, “ Do Energy Drinks Really Work?”, “Do Plants Change Colour?”. Some very innovative projects included  “ Birdhouse Electric”, “ How do Blind/Deaf People Play Sport?”, “How do Rollercoasters Defy Gravity?”  Concentration, The Brain , Memory were all topics that the children investigated.

The third, fourth and fifth classes came to see the projects. There was great excitement in the hall as the children explored each project. Proud parents also came to see the projects. The 2nd class pupils came to visit and were eager to learn about some of the experiments. On the final day in Scoil Áine five judges came to see the projects. Sarah Keegan, Siobhan Curtin, Cathy Cronin, Hariprasad Govindharajan and Wai C Yu were welcomed into the hall. The judges went to each table. They were intrigued by each project.

In second place was a very well researched and interactive project “ Killer Rain” by Anna Wanic, Fadilah Wan and Nicole Oncea. Well done girls! Erica, Joe, Noor and Katie secured first place and represented Scoil Áine, with their teacher Mr.Greene, in the Regional Finals in Intel on Dec 8th . The group successfully got through to the Intel Mini Scientist  Grand Final. We wish them every success.



First Sporting Event Held in Scoil Aine Naofa

The first ever sporting event was held in Scoil Aine Naofa on the 20th October 2016. The boys and girls basketball teams played a match in the hall and on the outside court against Mary Mother of Hope. There was great excitement in the school as some children and teachers all watched the intense games. The basketball team were delighted to play a game using their new basketball hoops.


The girls played on the inside court in the hall while the boys played outside.

The first quarter of the girls game started and the ball was hit down by Mary Mother of Hopes [MMH] tallest player into our hands but soon after we were tackled and MMH got possession of the ball and they scored from that. Five minutes later the score was 4-0 to MMH. Not long after that we got back with one basket and the first quarter ended 4-2 to MMH.

The second quarter started with a bang, with two baskets from SAN leaving the score 6-4 to us. After a few minutes it was 10-8 to us but a few seconds before the whistle blew MMH got a basket leaving that quarter at a draw at 10-10!

The third quarter was great! It started with two baskets by us but was then followed by two from them also. There then was another basket from both teams leaving the second last quarter as a draw.

The fourth quarter was intense and started off with a great basket almost straight away from us and then another one from MMH. The game ended 22-20 to MMH but it was a great game all the same! Well done Mary Mother of hope and hard luck to Scoil ‘Aine Naofa girls basketball team!

The boy’s basketball team also played Mary Mother of Hope on the 20th of October. They won by one basket. In the first quarter Mary Mother of Hope dominated. They played the ball to their quality players and scored as a result. In the second quarter Scoil Aine Naofa came fighting back. They were all over the opposition. The following two quarters were very challenging and both teams continued to score. The game went to extra time and Robert McCormack scored the winning basket in a very exciting game. Scoil Aine has one game left in the group. If they win the next game they will be through to the league final.

By Gerard Gorman and Katie Dwyer


Scoil Áine Naofa - A brief history....

Scoil Áine Naofa was founded in 1980 and is a Mixed Catholic Senior school (3rd - 6th classes) under the patronage of the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. Our mission is to create a warm welcoming environment wherein our students can learn and grow to their full potential. Our school motto "Unity is strength" encapsulates how we hope to achieve this. Staff, parents and students working together in partnership, ensures that students of all nationalities and backgrounds are embraced, their needs identified and addressed accordingly.



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