Patrick Jackson, a local environmentalist visited the school on Tuesday and spoke to the 3rd and 6th classes on caring for our planet and local area. He brought along his "Cloak of Howth" (which Mr. McInerney is modelling in the attached picture) which is full of items he has collected on the beaches around the Howth Peninsula. It is a great visual reminder of the amount of rubbish that pollutes or local area and to do something about it he is organising a beach clean up on Sutton Beach on Saturday 11th, November at 11 o'clock. (@11 on 11/11). For anyone going along bring wellies and rubber/garden gloves. Bags will be provided and all are welcome. Meet on grass area opposite Santa Sabina. We thank Patrick for his visit and wish him all the best with his work and his beach clean up.




The Department of Education have advised that in response to the imminent Storm Ophelia, all schools & colleges are to remain closed, tomorrow 16th October.

Change of Dates to School Calendar

Dear Parents

Last year the Department of Education and Skills began training teachers due to the introduction of the New Language Curriculum in Gaeilge and English.

This year, there is again a one day seminar for all teachers and this happens on a staff by staff basis. We have recently been informed by the Department of Education that our school staff will be attending the seminar on Friday, December 8th.  As a consequence the children will not be in school on that day.

With regard to the May bank holiday next year we had planned to extend it by being off on the Friday and Tuesday. However, Confirmation is likely (but not definitely confirmed) to be on Thursday 3rd May. Photographs are usually taken in the school on the Friday as a consequence there will be a change in the arrangements for the May bank holiday. The school will now be closed on Monday 7th to Wednesday 9th May and not on the Friday as previously advised.

We hope that by giving plenty of notice on both these dates that parents have sufficient time to make alternative child-minding arrangements.


Martin McInerney,


School Calendar 2017/2018

School reopens Thursday 31st August 2017 8.50am

October Midterm Break

School closed Monday 30th October 2017 to Friday 3rd November 2017 inclusive

In Service Day – Friday 8th December

Christmas Holiday

School closes 12.00 Friday 22nd December 2017

School reopens Monday 8th January 2018

February mid term

School closed Thursday 15th February and Friday 16th February 2018

St Patrick’s Day

School closed Monday 19th March 2018

Easter Holidays

School closed 12.00 Friday 23rd March 2018

School reopens Monday 9th April 2018

May Bank Holiday weekend

School closed Monday 7th May 2018 to Wednesday 9th May 2018 inclusive

June Bank Holiday weekend

School closed Friday 1st June 2018, Monday 4th June 2018 and Tuesday 5th June 2018.

Summer holidays

School closed 12.00 on Friday 29th June

Well done to our 5th and 6th class students who took part in the Leinster Schools Orienteering on Wednesday in Tymon Park, Templeogue.  Despite the inclement weather conditions, St Fintan's did extremely well.  Louis Martin and James McCormack came second in the 5th class boys section.  We also did exceptionally well in the 5th class girls section with 3 teams featuring in the top 5 - Olivia Giblin and Ella McCann (1st),  Emma Cooling & Aisling McGoldrick (2nd) and Melanie Gallagher and Grace McCarrick (5th).  Well done to everyone for representing the school so well!