March/April newsletter

Here’s a new edition of our newsletter for March/April. Enjoy! Click on this link to access:


Snow Dive Challenge for Cystic Fibrosis

School Re-Opening Monday 5th March 2018 – Delayed until 12pm

On inspection of the school grounds this afternoon, it is not going to be possible for the school to operate as normal tomorrow due to the compacted snow and accumulated snow drifts in the schoolyard and around the toilet blocks. We are hoping to gain access to a digger to clear the snow, but in the interim and in the interests of safety, we are delaying opening the school until 12 pm on Monday 5th March.

We will be in touch in the morning via text, email and the school website with an update on the situation.

We apologise for any further inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.

School Closure – Red Weather Warning

Following the advice of the Minister for Education & Skills, SETSS will be closed on Thursday 1st March & Friday 2nd March. The planned trip to Croke Park on Saturday 3rd March has also been postponed.

Work has been and will be uploaded for the students on Schoology or OneNote.

Stay safe everyone!

February newsletter

We all hope you enjoy a digital version of our February newsletter.

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January Newsletter

We are delighted to be sharing with you digital version of our January newsletter.

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Newsletter November 2017

We are delighted to be sharing with you the first digital version of the school newsletter. The news team, along with the help of Garry and Colin, have worked tirelessly to collate information and reports on the activities and achievements of the school body over the past month.


In this month’s newsletter:

  • P.B.L. Week, a report by Matthew Quinn
  •  2nd Year visit to Leinster House and the National Gallery, reports by Benat Potokci and Shane Downes
  • Photos from our Halloween Fancy Dress and details about the winner
  •  Over the Rainbow, an interview with Stepaside ETSS student Erwin Wright
  •  Gaelic Football Team Stand Tall, a report by Warren Chong
  •  Details on our Poetry Aloud Pioneers
  •  This Country Life, a report on the Second Year ecology trip, by Sarah Mulvey
  •  Information on Guidance
  • Photographs of our brilliant committee members
  • Information on our school Shoebox Appeal for Christmas


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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.