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Tony Walsh

Newly elected Student Council in HTETNS!

Today in Harcourt Terrace E.T.N.S our newly elected student council met for the first time to make two very important decisions. The student council has two representatives from every class in the school.

They decided that the school will pursue the Green flag as our next new initiative following on from the Amber flag. Further information on the Green flag is available here: Green-Schools – Working together for a sustainable future (


The second important decision taken was our school motto on well-being was decided. The motto is: “If you see someone without a smile give them yours.” This motto was created by Junior and Senior Infants. All classes put forward a motto but the student council thought that this was the best one for our school.

The Student council will meet every fortnight to make important decisions. As the saying goes “Nothing about us without us”.

Well done to all involved!

Autism Acceptance Month 2022

In April we celebrated Autism Acceptance month. It was a month where everyone in our school community came together. The parents hosted a coffee morning. The children and staff enjoyed lots of fun activities, celebrating how wonderful we all are together. We explored values like friendship, acceptance, inclusion and understanding. The children in our Autism classes and mainstream classes joined in classroom activities together. Check out how we got on in this short video:

#Autismacceptance #Autismappreciation #Autismparentsupport #Celebrated differences.

Spring Break Celebrations 2022

Dia dhaoibh a chairde(Hello friends),

Have a look at our video showcasing how we celebrated spring. We had an egg hunt, an art competition and a spring raffle.

Indeed everyone in Harcourt Terrace E.T.N.S has had a fantastic term 2!

Have a lovely break and see you all soon.

Slán go fóill(bye for now).

Ceol álainn le cloisteáil ag an Tionól!

Bhí ceol álainn le cloisteáil againn ag an Tionól. We all came together for our very first whole-school assembly of 2022. The children all sang, laughed and some even played the spoons for us. Dan presented his “Principal Awards” to some children who really excelled this week. Tá gach duine sa scoil ag deánamh sár-iarracht Gaeilge a labhairt i gcomhair seachtain na Gaeilge. We are really looking forward to our Lá Glás next Wednesday. Scoil Náisiúnta Ardán Fhearchair ag Foghlaim le Chéile abú!


Wellbeing Week 2022 in Harcourt Terrace E.T.N.S.

This week was Wellbeing Week in Harcourt Terrace E.T.N.S as part of  our Amber Flag application. We had a fantastic week with all members of our school community enjoying some wonderful, mindful activities. This was very much a child centred week, as the children created wellbeing choice boards, where they democratically selected the wellbeing activity they wished to do. Our wonderful staff went on a 5km walk and stopped off at our schools permanent location, which left everyone excited about our bright future. The children all took part in our couch to 5km challenge, travelling 1km a day. We had a virtual fundraiser in aid of Pieta house. Thank you to everyone who donated as it is very much appreciated. We are well on our way to become ambassadors for wellbeing, by obtaining an Amber Flag for our school. Check out how we got on in this short video:


LGBT+ Awareness week & World Children’s day in HTETNS

All of our children learned about different types of Families this week through stories. We identified how families can look different but have the same core values such as love, respect and care.

All of our classes responded to stories about families through artwork and discussion.

The children in 2nd class drew a family self-portrait. They also represented the love we have for our families by creating a collaborative class art piece.

We also celebrated World Children’s day in Harcourt Terrace E.T.N.S too. We asked all of our children to “Reimagine a better world”. The children came up with some lovely ideas. Check out how we got on below!

Science week 2021 in Harcourt Terrace E.T.N.S.


This week in Harcourt Terrace all the classes celebrated Science week. The children all became scientists in their classrooms. Let’s see how they all got on!

Science Week in Second Class: 

 Second class learned all about Energy this week. They learned about different types of energy such as solar energy, wind energy and electricity. We begin to understand how everything around us is made of atoms – both positive and negatively charged. Sometimes with a bit of friction these atoms can become charged! This is called Static Electricity. 

We completed an experiment on the power of Static Electricity. We investigated weather a balloon charged with static electricity could attract different materials. Our two items for our experiment were salt and rice krispies.  

First, we made a prediction on what we thought would happen. We completed the experiment and recorded our results with diagrams just like real Scientists do! 

First class:

First Class really enjoyed Science week. We did lots of experiments.  

We used food colouring to show how plants absorb water up their stem. We checked our heart rate after resting and after moving to see how much it changes. We made paper helicopters and got them to fly and spin!  

Finally, we worked in teams to build ramps that our toy cars can speed down. We figured out ways to make our cars go fast and slow on the ramp, and even tried to build a really long ramp in our classroom! Here are a few pictures of our ramps.  

Junior and Senior Infants:

Junior and Senior Infants were busy building rockets, making snowman coats and having a Science show and tell.

Tony & Ronnie’s class:

Tony and Ronnie’s classes made Volcano’s erupt, experimented with magnets and Checked what floats and what sinks. They also made a bottle of coke explode with some Mentos!