National Tree Day

For our first house project of the year, we celebrated National Tree Day on October 5th by creating our own house trees with the hand prints of each of the house members.  Here’s Seiceamar’s efforts.

Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador Award

Poppy meets Kayleigh Cullinan at the School Ambassador Awards Ceremony

On Tuesday last, September 12th, the now annual Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador School Awards ceremony was held at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham. These awards recognised the immense efforts of 89 schools around the island of Ireland who have completed the Ambassador School Programme, and became actively involved in mental health promotion. The Ambassador School Programme is one aspect of a wide range of Cycle Against Suicide initiatives and programmes, is school-led, and involves the completion of “Five Gears” over the course of a year, all of which are aimed at raising awareness of the message that “It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help”.

The Programme provides a framework for schools to integrate mental health activities into the school plan, and rewards schools who go the extra mile. The Programme also aims to recognise innovative and effective initiatives, and facilitates schools to share and showcase good practice.

At the special reception, Stepaside Educate Together Secondary School was awarded the prestigious status of Ambassador School by Cycle Against Suicide in recognition of their fulfilment of the Five Gears, and their exceptional commitment to the promotion of positive mental health.

Stepaside Educate Together Secondary School was represented at the event by Link Teacher Sallie Ennis and student Poppy Stafford, who understandably are very proud of their achievements. “The Ambassador School Awards ceremony was a great day. It’s wonderful to attend such a positive event, and have the efforts of the students recognised. Our participation in the Ambassador School Programme has had an enormously positive impact on our school community, fostered a school-wide approach to the promotion of positive mental health, and provided incredible opportunities for student leadership”. Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee presented the awards to students on what was a very positive enjoyable day for all involved. More information on the Ambassador School Programme is available on

Good Luck Sarah!

We would like to wish Sarah all the best in her new position as Deputy Principal at Calasanctius College in Oranmore, Galway. Sarah was hugely instrumental in establishing our school wide commitment to kindness and respect and we will miss her greatly. We know she will be watching developments at SETSS with interest and love.

Celebration of Achievements Day

Here’s a few photos form our Celebration of Achievement Day. Well done to everyone!

Aran Islands trip

Here’s a few photos from the Aran Islands Trip.

WorldWise Global Passport Awards

The WorldWise Global Schools programme was delighted to award Stepaside Educate Together Secondary School the Diplomatic category of Passport at our Annual Conference in Croke Park on the 27th April.

The Global Passport Award was established in 2014 to recognise and validate schools’ Development Education (DE) achievements and progress across different aspects of school life. These areas are represented through the 7 Passport Stamps:

  • Curriculum
  • Extra-curricular Activities
  • Teacher Capacity
  • Student Capacity
  • Policy and Ethos
  • School Leadership
  • Community Engagement

Our school has been awarded a Global Passport this year in recognition of its excellent DE work, particularly in the areas of Extra-curricular Activities and Student Capacity and School Leadership. We hope that this Award, which is valid until 2019, will help to spark further interest and engagement in DE across our school community, and motivate teachers, students and parents to continue to explore and act on issues of global justice.

As part of the Global Passport Ceremony, Michael Doorley, of Concern WorldWide, presented our school with the Award. Michael is a lead on the consortium, which oversees this Irish Aid Funded programme. Well done again on all the excellent DE work all involved have been undertaking in our school!

NO REPRO FEE 27/4/2017 Tackling climate change and ensuring a more sustainable world for all are the headline issues being addressed at this year’s WorldWise Global Schools (WWGS) Annual Conference today in Croke Park. Pictured at the conference winning the Diplomatic Global Passport Award is Luke Williams and teacher Sallie Ennis from Stepaside Educate Together Secondary School in Dublin with Michael Doorly, Head of Active Citizenship at Concern. The event will provide a platform for Irish secondary school students to speak out and take action on critical global issues, as they call for the Irish government to take the issue of sustainability seriously. 300 students from over 60 schools across the country, along with their teachers, convened in Croke Park for the 4th WorldWise Global Schools Annual Conference. The event provides a platform for participants to discuss and debate three of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which provide the framework for reducing poverty and inequality globally by 2030. PHOTO: Mark Stedman

Capital Credit Union sponsorship

Thanks to the Capital Credit Union (formerly Dundrum Credit Union) for sponsoring our first ever jerseys!  Mr Declan Connolly arrived this morning to hand the cheque to Feargal and Ross. We are delighted with the very generous donation of €1200.

Darkness into Light 2017

We are very proud of our students, staff and Stepaside ETSS families who took part in the Darkness into Light run on Saturday May 6th 2017.

Stepaside ETSS at their first East Leinsters

In a sun kissed Santry stadium, Stepaside ETSS shone a bright light at the East Leinster Schools Track and Field event today. Our school has created a new tradition. With  lots of determination, the athletes from the South County have led the way forward for future events of such nature.

Thanks to a lot of hard graft behind the scenes by coaches Sallie Ennis and Ross McNerney, our athletes well and truly showed true grit today. Besides the effort shown on the track, many remarked on the Olympic spirit shown by our sport stars both prior and post-race. This writer witnessed handshakes and congratulations offered to rival athletes; old friendships rekindled; and most importantly very vocal support for their peers.

Nicole ran an incredible race and was placed 4th in her sprint. She narrowly missed out on qualification for the next round and she is well on her way to great things on the track in the near future. Kuba gave great service to the school in the Minor hurdle event. He can be hugely proud of his performance and like Nicole is one for the future in this discipline.

Cian also narrowly lost out on qualification in the 500m event with a very strong finish. This writer is of the opinion that with further training and a step up in distance would bear fruit. Mallaidh and Alannah gave trojan performances in this event and were both hugely unlucky. Mallaidh got boxed in quite early which cost her in the run in for home. While Alannah, reminiscent of Grimm’s Cinderella, discarded half of her footwear in the early stages of the race.

A fairy tale meeting for Stepaside continued with Dylan who showed a great start in his 500m event. A shortening of trip may also be on the cards for this local man. The school has a lot to be hopeful for per the performances of Dominic and Guy in the 1100m. With temperatures reaching 20 degrees for this event, this pair of first timers can take many positives from today. 

 Runs from Kelly, Ben, Bilal, Shannon, Kyle, Manuel and Sadbh showed a sample of the talent we have in our school. Indeed further training and focus on these events will lead to greater success.

 Finally, Matthew’s performance in the 1500 is one that had the entire group of spectators on their feet cheering. His 6th place performance was one for the ages. While he did not conquer today he fought well and truly captured the spirit of all that is good in athletics. The teachers who accompanied the athletes were absolutely thrilled with performances, the effort shown and the exemplary behaviour displayed by this group of students. Not only were they athletes, but wonderful ambassadors for our school and Educate Together Secondary Schools as a whole. The future is indeed bright.

By Thomas Cashin