Welcome to the Canal Way After School information page! The After School Activities programme is organized by the Parents Association. The goal is to provide a wide range of fun and educational courses for students, that will help them to grow, develop and try out new things. A full list of activities currently on offer is available below the Timetable below. Have a browse to get a full sense of what is on offer for your child to explore! Please note that booking and payment is carried out directly through the class provider, so please contact them with any questions about a specific course. (Details are provided in the table below.) You can direct any general queries or concerns about the After Schools Programme to canalwayafterschoolactivities@gmail.com. We are often looking for parent volunteers to support the programme on a day-to-day basis. If this is something you can help with, please contact the email address above. Garda vetting is be required for all volunteers.

Timetable September - December 2018

A full description of all the activities is available below, so you can read more about each course. Each entry describes what is covered in each activity, information about the instructor, and price and the number of weeks that the activity in this term.









Runner Beans Club

The Games Club









Ciarán's Room


Paper Craft









Hall Stage




Wellbeing Warriors

1st to 6th


2nd & 3rd








Classroom (TBD)


Classroom (TBD)


Senior Drama


3rd to 6th

1st to 6th





Classroom (TBD)









After School Activity Descriptions (A-Z)


During Art Classes children will explore and experiment with many different types of mediums, forms and techniques such as making prints, weaving, clay, cards, making paint, painting, drawing and so on. They will learn about pattern, line, colour (Klimt, Kandynsky and other influences). They will work on different themes like seasonal art (autumn, winter, spring and summer), nature, the built environment, people, animals, emotions, significant calendar dates, etc. Through the art activities children can develop abilities and skills that are useful in all areas of their early development. They also gain the confidence to express their own thoughts and feelings and develop an appreciation for the art of others.

The class will be run by Asha, a qualified Primary School and Pre-School art teacher with specialised expertise in children’s art education. Please contact her directly to book your child’s place.

Price: €112
Duration: 14 weeks
Contact: Asha
Email: asha@brightsparksart.com


Capoeira is a Brazilian art form that combines elements of dance, gymnastics, martial art, percussion musical instruments and singing. The classes are usually divided in six parts:
  1. Warm up and stretching
  2. Routines and combinations
  3. Development of movements in pairs
  4. Games
  5. Music: Children are introduced to the 5 percussion instruments of capoeira: Berimbau, Atabaque, Pandeiro, Agogo & Reco-Reco. Children are also introduced to the music & lyrics of capoeira which are in the Portuguese language.
  6. Roda: The Capoeira roda commences with children in a circle singing, clapping and playing the capoeira percussion instruments. In the roda, two capoeiristas (capoeira players) have fun playing capoeira & showing the skills learned during the class.
The class will be run by Sansao, a qualified Capoeira teacher.  He has attended the Code of Ethics training for working with children in sport in Ireland. Please contact him directly to book your child’s place.

Price: €66
Duration: 11 weeks (11 weeks - no classes on September 21st, October 5th and December 21st)
Contact: Sansao
Email: mestresansao@gmail.com


Any child with an interest in learning chess or improving their chess is welcome to attend. Chess rules, tactics, and play will be learned and developed. Children will be encouraged to develop their creativity, planning, and judgment via the chess board. The class will be run by Simon, a full time teacher at Canal Way Educate Together NS.  Please contact him directly to book your child’s place.

Price: TBD
Duration: TBD
Contact: Simon
Email: canalwaychess@gmail.com

(Senior) Drama

The Drama class will provide a structured framework for creative expression and aim to improve skills in communication, foster creative and imaginative thinking and enhance self-expression, self-confidence and self-esteem in the children. Speech, drama and communication activities contribute to the personal, social, intellectual and creative development of children of any age. Some of the activities included in the drama class will be:
  • Mime
  • Drama games
  • Movement to music
  • Voice exercises
  • Storytelling
  • Puppetry
  • Verse and prose speaking
  • Improvisation and creative drama
The class will be run by Hazel, a fully qualified speech and drama teacher. Hazel holds a Diploma of Associate (Teaching) with the Irish Board of Speech and Drama. She studied Drama and Theatre in UCC and was part of many productions both there and later on in the National University Maynooth. She was involved with The Young Irish Film-makers in Kilkenny for many years and was an active member of Dreamstuff Youth Theatre and Devious Theatre. Hazel previously taught drama to 5-7 year olds with Dreamstuff Youth Theatre and has also worked for Jesters Stage Academy- an acting school in Kilkenny of over 300 hundred students where she taught two separate classes of drama to both Junior’s and Senior’s and helped to manage the end of year show. Two years ago she co-wrote and co-directed the end of year show for sixth class in Griffith Barracks. Last year she taught speech and drama for two terms to both Junior and Senior classes in Canal Way Educate Together. Please contact her directly to book your child’s place.

Price: €70
Duration: 10 weeks
Contact: Hazel
Email: hazelfahy1@gmail.com

Games Club

The Games Club will be a mixture of lots of different games; board games, drama games, computer games, PE games, Sports games, and so on. Spaces are limited to 20 and it is first come, first served. The class will be run by Ciarán, who is a teacher at the school. Please contact him directly to book your child’s place.

Price: €70
Duration: 14 weeks
Instructor: Ciarán
Email: gamesclubcanalway@gmail.com

Lego® - Building With Confidence

Building with Confidence is a child led fun activity. In this Lego® construction workshop, each child has the opportunity to explore their own style of building. Week by week each child is encouraged to show their work as it progresses. This allows the opportunity for development of public speaking and listening skills. It also gives the children the opportunity to encourage each other. From these discussions it can become clear what interests each child and we can explore some design and construction ideas such as symmetry, use of colour and reinforcement There is no right or wrong way of building, it is really about each child expressing their ideas in a positive and fun way. The class will be run by Mary. Please contact her directly to book your child’s place.

Price: €70 (10% discount for siblings or low income families.)
Duration: 12 weeks
Contact: Mary
Email: mollymc085@gmail.com

Paper Craft

Paper Craft is the collection of art forms employing paper for the creation of three-dimensional objects. Paper is one of the most familiar and widely used materials in art and craft. It will help the children to create their own artwork applying the right techniques such as sticking, folding, gluing and cutting. Different types of paper will be used to make cards, flowers, wreaths, animals and other fun and decorative items. Paper Craft has many benefits:
  • Improve hand eye coordination
  • Developing fine motor skills
  • Learn to take instructions
  • Enhance problems solving skills
  • Creative thinking
  • Developing patience and focus
  • Build confidence
  • Excellent way to promote recycling
Paper Craft is a great opportunity to teach children to follow through with whatever they start so that the product is finished. They learn satisfaction and pride of completing a project. Every piece of craft is a work of art!

The class will be run by Szilvia, a qualified teacher with many years of experience teaching art and craft for children and adults. She works as an art therapist in a Mental Health Centre and she also works in the Sibling Hour Service at Canal Way Educate Together. Please contact her directly to book your child’s place.

Price: €98
Duration: 14 weeks
Instructor: Szilvia
Email: szilvia.nagydomokos@gmail.com

Runner Beans Club

The Runner Beans programme covers the following activities:
  • Javelin
  • Shot Put
  • Long Jump (indoor mat)
  • Hurdles (small)
  • Race Walking
  • Jogging
  • Junior Pole Vault (when weather/venue are suitable)
  • Agility, Balance & Coordination Skills
All the classes are fun based and non-competitive. Every child in the programme gains the benefit of a healthier lifestyle in a fun and non competitive environment while learning track & field events. Spaces are limited to 20. The class will be run by Janette, a fully qualified ‘AAI Level 2’ endurance coach and also a fully qualified PT and fitness instructor NTC qualification level 4. Please contact her directly to book your child's place.

Price: €80
Duration: 12 weeks
Instructor: Janette
Email: safejssafe@gmail.com


The classes will provide the children with a fun and enjoyable approach to learning a new language. Drama based activities, games, songs and structured class routines will be used to engage the children in learning Spanish and to ensure that each session is interactive and engaging. The class aims for the children to develop a love of Spanish and to learn the language effortlessly in a fun, caring and non-competitive environment. No previous knowledge is required. Some of the benefits of learning a second language are:
  • Boosts brain power, memory is improved & the mind becomes keener
  • Ability to multi-task is developed
  • Improved-decision-making ability
  • First language is improved
  • Performance in other academic areas is enhanced
  • Makes a person more flexible and open to other cultures
  • Builds self-confidence
  • Aids self-discovery
The class will be run by Sandra. Spaces are limited to 15 and it is first come, first served.

Price: €80 (10% discount for siblings or low income families, that is, €72.)
Duration: 14 weeks
Contact: Sandra
Email: thelatinspheretheatre@gmail.com

Wellbeing Warriors

Wellbeing Warriors will be piloted with 2nd and 3rd class focusing on mindset, communication and feelings. This is a fantastic opportunity for your child to become a champion of their own wellbeing through a variety of strategies such as circle time activities, meditation and social skills in a safe and nurturing environment. Places are expected to fill up fast, and it is first come, first served.

Price: €40
Duration: 6 weeks
Contact: Cían
Email: cianwellbeingwarriors@gmail.com