19th May 2020

In Conversation... Prof Argyris Stringaris

In this podcast Professor Argyris Stringaris discusses his research, including the effects of experience on mood and machine learning and bio-statistics discussed in this JCPP editorial. He also talks about The CoRonavIruS Health Impact Survey (CRISIS) an international project working to understand the coronavirus’ impact on mental health

Let's talk about ADHD

Much of the available information on ADHD is aimed at parents and carers rather than children. The ADHD Animation Research Team at Cardiff university talk about the medium for addressing children in this new blog.

Brioney Gee gives a 4 min video abstract of her ‘Practitioner Review: Effectiveness of indicated schoolbased interventions for adolescent depression and anxiety – a metaanalytic review’ first published in Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry (JCPP) 6 April 2020. Press play to watch on YouTube, or watch via our website by clicking here. 

Improve the mood of children and families during lockdown

In this short article Dr. Andrew Beck looks at how an evidence-based treatment for depression called Behavioural Activation (BA) could be helpful for families in lockdown.

New CAMH Editorial, a must read

"Since its inception in 1980, the term PDA has generated much debate, indeed, arguably few subjects have generated such controversy in the neurodevelopmental literature." New CAMH Editorial from Dr. Ann Ozsivadjian.

The Bridge new issue

The latest issue of The Bridge, our free online publication presenting the most clinically-relevant research from our two peer reviewed journals, focuses on ‘Deafness in Children'. Read each of the 7 articles online of download The Bridge as a pdf.
For the latest releases of our research digests follow our new twitter handle @researchdigests


6th May 2020  Middletown Centre Webinar Series May 2020
In order to provide support during the suspension of our face to face delivery Middletown is offering a series of twice weekly live webinars. These sessions will feature members of our own multi-disciplinary team and international speakers on a series of themes.
Please click on the link beside each name to read more about the session and register to attend a live session. 

Stephen Shore - 
Being Autistic in a Time of Uncertainty
Tuesday 5th May 2020 - 19:00

Adam Harris
What Works for Me
Thursday 7th May 2020 - 19:00

Frances O’Neill 
Visual Supports for Anxiety Management
Tuesday 12th May 2020 - 19:00

Kari Dunn Buron
5-Point Scale
Thursday 14th May 2020 - 19:00

Tara Vernon
Promoting Sleep
Thursday 19th May 2020 - 19:00

Jed Baker
Managing Meltdowns
Tuesday 21st May 2020 - 19:00

Tony Attwood
Stress and Coping
Thursday 28th May 2020 - 10:00am **Live Only Session**

The live sessions will host a maximum of 500 delegates live and most sessions will be posted on social media the following day. Sessions marked ‘live only’ will not. Please consider the maximum number of places available when booking your place. 


1st May 2020  Anouncement from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Schools to remain closed until September. 

We hope all our families, and particularly our pupils, continue to have good health. We all miss the children and we look forward to the time when we can continue to work with them and when it safe to do so. Thinking of you all.

28th April 2020 NCSE Update 

NCSE have published the first 4 of 7 behaviour resources on their website that might be of interest to you.  These have been developed by their Behaviour Practitioners and other Regional Team Members  https://ncse.ie/parent-primary-promoting-learning-and-behaviour-at-home 


10th  April 2020  - News today - schools are closed until further notice due to Covid-19. Further updates will be published when available



In light of the current situation with COVID-19 this event has been cancelled temporarily. Advice received is that schools must close until September 2020. It is uncertain, at this stage, what opening our school will look like at that time. We hope it will be back to fully functioning.

On the advice of our events organiser we are now going to run this event in March 2121 and he is busy rescheduling a new date with all the performers. We sincerly apologise for this change as we were looking forward to the night and especially to the much needed funds it would generate.

 We would like to reassure everyone who purchased tickets that All tickets sold will be honoured on the  new date.  However we are aware that any new arrangements may not suit everyone, should this be the case we will refund your money on presentation of your ticket.

We promise that we will keep you informed on this as we get further information.

Apologies to all but we look forward to meeting you all at this great event


A reminder of some important dates coming up during this school year:  

Friday 27th March 2020 - Benefit Night - to be rescheduled

Friday 12th June 2020 - Sports Day - cancelled

Thursday 18th June 2020 - Graduation Night  - to be rescheduled


The calendar for 2020 - 2021 school year is now availale to view here


Supporting Learning From Home


Supporting your Child's Learning and Wellbeing

The staff of St. Anne's are very aware that these can be difficult times for parents trying to manage their families safely within the current restrictions. The teachers have linked together to come up with suggestions for activities that you might be interested in trying and which the family, as a group, can enjoy. 

We are thinking of you all in these difficult times and hope that we all come through it safely.

Please click here to access the link to suggested activities

Specific Curriculum Information

Home Economics - Video links to specific areas covered can be found here


Therapeutic supports 

2nd June 2020


Food sensitivities and proclivities - 'Autism, a parents guide'

In episode 6, of our podcast series for parents/carers of children with autism, Dr. Vicki Ford, of the complex feeding team at Evalina London Children’s Hospital, looks how to build a healthy relationship with food whilst understanding the challenges for many autistic children. Full details here.

Yasmin Ahmadzadeh summarising her paper published in the JCPP 20 May 2019. 'Anxiety in the family: a genetically informed analysis of transactional associations between mother, father and child anxiety symptoms'.
Open access: doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.13068
Press play to watch or visit the acamh website.


Dealing with apprehension and anxiety when returning to school

The charity Nip in the Bud has produced a short film and fact sheet to help parents and teachers deal with any potential feelings of apprehension and anxiety that children may experience on returning to school. Full details here.

Link to Covid - 19 social storyhttps://asiam.ie/social-story-covid-19-lockdown/

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health 

Last week Dr. Jon Goldin, Vice-Chair of the Child and Adolescent Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists spoke to ACAMH  - child mental health and Covid19, do please listen and share this podcast.

Coronavirus, and helping children with autism

New podcast, please share with relevant networks.

Dr. Ann Ozsivadjian and Dr. Marianna Murin discuss issues that may arise for autistic children including the disruption of closing schools, anxiety and obsessive behaviours. They focus on practical tips like how to help manage anxiety, maintain structure and support and explain the situation to young people. Additionally, tips on how to keep well as a parent and reliable sources for coronavirus updates. 


The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is providing online resources during this time.

The link below is to materials have been developed by Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists. We have been advised that more resources will be added in the coming days.



NCSE Update 28th April 

NCSE have published the first 4 of 7 behaviour resources on their website that might be of interest to you.  These have been developed by their Behaviour Practitioners and other Regional Team Members  https://ncse.ie/parent-primary-promoting-learning-and-behaviour-at-home 


Sensational Kids has just announced a new innovative virtual care package

"Access to therapy supports for a child or adolescent can make all the difference in the world, which is why we are innovating to improve access to services and to look after our vulnerable children and adolescents, when clinic based services are unavailable. You can now connect with us remotely for Virtual Care."



Make a Wish Ireland Fun Family Activities



Child Safeguarding Statement

Child Safeguarding Statement

St. Anne's School

Roll Number 19277B


  St. Anne’s School is a primary special school providing primary and post-primary education to pupils from Junior One to Senior Six (5 to 18 years of age) 


In accordance with the requirements of the Children First Act 2015, Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017, the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 and Tusla Guidance on the preparation of Child Safeguarding Statements, the Board of Management of St. Anne’s School has agreed the Child Safeguarding Statement set out in this document.


1       The Board of Management has adopted and will implement fully and without modification the Department’s Child Protection Procedures for primary and post-primary Schools 2017 as part of this overall Child Safeguarding Statement.  

2       The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is: Pauline Dempsey___  

3       The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP is: Mary Fleming__  

4       The Board of Management recognises that child protection and welfare considerations permeate all aspects of school life and must be reflected in all of the school’s policies, procedures, practices and activities. The school will  adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare.  The school will: 

  1. recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance, regardless of all other considerations
  2. fully comply with its statutory obligations under the Children First Act 2015 and other relevant legislation relating to the protection and welfare of children
  3. fully co-operate with the relevant statutory authorities in relation to child protection and welfare matters
  4. adopt safe practices to minimise the possibility of harm or accidents happening to children and protect workers from the necessity to take unnecessary risks that may leave themselves open to accusations of abuse or neglect
  5. develop a practice of openness with parents and encourage parental involvement in the education of their children; and
  6. fully respect confidentiality requirements in dealing with child protection matters 

The school will also adhere to the above principles in relation to any adult pupil with a special vulnerability. 

5       The following procedures/measures are in place: 

  1. In relation to any member of staff who is the subject of any investigation (howsoever described) in respect of any act, omission or circumstance in respect of a child attending the school, the school adheres to the relevant procedures set out in Chapter 7 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 and to the relevant agreed disciplinary procedures for school staff which are published on the DES website 
  2. In relation to the selection or recruitment of staff and their suitability to work with children, the school adheres to the statutory vetting requirements of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 and to the wider duty of care guidance set out in relevant Garda vetting and recruitment circulars published by the DES and available on the DES website
  3. In relation to the provision of information and, where necessary instruction and training to staff in respect of the identification of the occurrence of harm (as defined in the 2015 Act) the school:                                  

                               i. Has provided each member of staff with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement

                              ii. Ensures all new staff  are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement

                             iii. Encourages staff to avail of relevant training

                             iv. Encourages Board of Management members to avail of relevant training

                             v. The Board of Management maintains records of all staff and Board member training.


In relation to reporting of child protection concerns to Tusla, all school personnel are required to adhere to the procedures set out in the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017, including in the case of registered teachers, those in relation to mandated reporting under the Children First Act 2015

  1. In this school, the Board has appointed the above named DLP as the ‘relevant person’ (as defined in the Children First Act 2015) to be the first point of contact in respect of the school’s child safeguarding statement. 

3   All registered teachers employed by the school are mandated persons under the Children First Act 2015 

4   In accordance with the Children First Act 2015, the Board has carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while attending the school or participating in school activities. A written assessment setting out the areas of risk identified and the school’s procedures for managing those risks is attached as an appendix to these procedures 

5  The various procedures referred to in this Statement can be accessed via the school’s website, the DES website or will be made available on request by the school 

Note:  The above is not intended as an exhaustive list. Individual Boards of Management shall also include in this section such other procedures/measures that are of relevance to the school in question                       


6       This statement has been published on the school’s website and has been provided to all members of school personnel, the Parents’ Association (if any) and the patron.  It is readily accessible to parents and guardians on request. A copy of this Statement will be made available to Tusla and the Department if requested. 

7       This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed annually or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which this statement refers


This Child Safeguarding Statement was adopted by the Board of Management on 6th March 2018    



The application process for enrolment for September 2020 has now been completed. All places offered have been accepted.

Our Enrolment Policy was updated for September 2020 and is available to view here


Education (Admissions to Schools) Act 2018

The Minister for Education and Skills has brought to the attention of school authorities the commencement of a number of sections of the above act which will require changes to school admission policies and processes. The new arrangements will apply to school admissions for the 2021/22 school year and subsequent years. 

Based on this advice, our Enrolment Policy for 2021 school year is under review and will be published later this year.