Griffith Barracks Multi-Denominational School

After School Activities (ASAs)

After School Activities (ASAs)

Parents Association After-School Activities

The Parents Association After-School Committee offers a variety of sporting, musical, and creative after-school activities. Being involved in activities outside of the classroom enables students to widen their social skills, build lifelong skills, and develop a sense of belonging to our school community. We encourage all students to make the most of these amazing opportunities.

There are 3 types of after-school activities (ASA) in GBDMS:

  • The teacher-run after-school activities. These are subject to change but have included languages (French, Spanish..), art, and sports (hurling/camogie…). The teachers will contact parents directly regarding those.
  • The Parent Association activities. Note: The dates outlined below, run parallel with the teacher's Activities
  • The music activities are run by private music teachers (initial expressions of interest are gathered by the Parent Association)


  • Term 1 will commence the week of the 25th of September 2023 and run for 9 weeks.
  • Term 2 will commence the week of 22nd of January 2024 and run for 8 weeks
  • Term 3 will commence the week of the 22nd of April 2023 and run for 7 weeks.

(*Note: Dates are subject to change)

After-school activities for Junior Infants begin in Term 2, to give them a chance to settle into school life. ASA runs from Monday to Thursday.

You will be notified when the Forms go Live via the Schools Email System at the beginning of each Term.

Registration and Payment

An Expression of Interest Form will go live at the start of each term. Details of dates are published via the school newsletter, school email, and class WhatsApp groups. Parents should fill in the form before the deadline for their children to have a chance to participate in the activities. The Cost per Activity for each Term is outlined in the Expression of Interest Form.

The ASA Committee will issue an Invoice by email and payment will be requested via our online Stripe Payment System. Payment is required before the Payment Deadline to secure a place in advance of the class commencing.


We have a supervisor on-site to assist the younger children to the activity and bring the children to Sherpa or Collection point. All external tutors are Garda-vetted through the School Garda vetting system.

Class Cancellation

Notification of Cancellation: In the event, an activity is cancelled at short notice due to bad weather or a tutor is unable to perform, you will be notified via the school’s text system.

Substitute Class: A Board Game Class will be provided by the Supervisor on Site. This ensures that the children still have an organised and supervised activity to participate in. Children will not be allowed to leave the substitute class. This policy is in place to ensure the safety and well-being of the children.

The ASA committee will notify you via email if an extra date at the end of the term could be facilitated.

ASA Guidelines and Policy

  1. ASA places are allocated randomly following the child's class preference (1st choice vs 2nd choice, etc.) and the number of places already offered to that child (to ensure fairness across children).
  2. If a class is over-subscribed and your child is not offered a place in that class, you will be notified via email that your child is on a waiting list.
  3. Where possible, the allocation will prioritise siblings in the same activity.
  4. The ASAs are provided by third-party companies, therefore once enrolment has been accepted, payment is required for the full term.
  5. ASA runs parallel with the school calendar and activities will not be held during Mid-term breaks, School Holidays or on Bank Holidays.
  6. All children attending any ASA are under the same Code of Conduct as during school hours.
  7. Children must be collected on time. In the event your child is absent from school or cannot make a class, please notify the supervisor before the class. Contact details for the supervisor will be provided upon enrollment.



Smart Soccer Academy

2 classes: (1) Junior & Senior Infants Kickers at 1.20pm and (2) 1st to 4th Class at 2.20pm.

Coach: Redouane Saidi

Smart Soccer Academy takes a new approach to football, by teaching players how to understand soccer. These sessions build ABC fundamentals. Through fun games, kids receive technical instructions, which help them make their own decisions in play and enjoy soccer away from the pressure of teams and clubs. It’s the SMART way!


Class: Term 1 from 3rd to 6th Class at 2.20pm and in Term 2 and 3, 2nd class pupils will be accepted.

Coach: April Cronin

The Chess course will be facilitated by April Cronin, former Irish Ladies No. 1 chess player and retired principal teacher. April has been teaching chess and running school chess clubs throughout her career and has a wealth of experience to share. April also teaches chess to Rang 2 students in GBMDS. The sessions will be active and engaging, with plenty of time given over to practising the concepts.


Catch Dance Academy

2 Classes: (1) Junior & Senior Infants at 1.20pm and (2) 1st to 6th Class at 2.20pm.

Tutor: Melanie Berenger

Lauren is trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, musical theatre, and Irish dancing. Lauren has QQI level 5 qualifications in dance performance and dance production. Students will learn hip hop foundations, weekly choreography as well as freestyle. This class is very dynamic and helps children improve flexibility, musicality, rhythm, and coordination.


2 Classes: (1) Junior & Senior Infants at 1.20pm and (2) 1st to 6th Class at 2.20pm.

Tutor: Renato Scapin

Renato Scapin, known at Tatu by friends and on social media, began his Capoeira journey in the late 1990s and has since been dedicating himself to the study of this art that is now recognised as a Brazilian cultural heritage. In the mid-2000s, theater dances alongside with other arts, such as performing dance work in festivals, and the chance to direct musicals improved his abilities. To improve his studies, he graduated as a physical educator with a postgraduate degree in Psychomotricity. This led him to work with the motor rehabilitation of people with disabilities for almost a decade. Today Tatu lives in Dublin where he created the group Capoeira Malandragem and the recent course “The Capoeirista’s Body as a Tool for Modern Dance”. Tatu sees Capoeira not just as a game or dance. Capoeira is an expression, a struggle for freedom. It’s fun, a philosophy of life, as an old Master once said: “Capoeira is everything the mouth eats”


Junior & Senior Infants and 1st to 6th Class

Tutor: Rita Garland - Guitar Lessons

Rita Garland has been teaching Guitar at GBMDS since 2005. The lessons consist of teaching children how to play classical guitar and read music and acquiring simple chord shapes to accompany songs. There are elements of songwriting and games that encourage the child to explore their creative potential while learning guitar techniques in a playful way.

Rita studied Arts (Portuguese and English Literature) at Universidade de Coimbra in Portugal and in 1994 came to study in Dublin, UCD with the Erasmus Programme. Rita has studied with Eamon Sweeney, Conal Rae, Cecile Berranges and Alan Grundy. AVCM Royal Victoria College 2014, Grade 8 in DIT, 2018, and a Diploma in Community & Music Group Teaching at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, 2021.

Community Projects:

Some of the past projects Rita has been involved with include monthly music sessions for mothers and children in the context of HSE’s “Community Mothers” programme and guitar lessons/ music sessions facilitation with the residents at DEPAUL.

Rita has played with the Leonard Cohen tribute band, Leonard’s Corner, and played gigs at the Spirit of Folk festival, D8 Live show, Blue Light Festival and the Unitarian Church. Rita enjoys playing in unusual venues such as public buses and Pearse St. Station for Poetry Ireland. Rita is a long-term member of the Resistance choir, who sings in solidarity with social justice and human rights-related causes. Rita plays with a group called The Polytonitcs Guitar Quartet we aim to explore the rich classical and contemporary repertoire for classical guitar ensembles.

As part of Rita’s Riam Diploma, she created and facilitated weekly workshops with the Portuguese-speaking community in Dublin. Rita also collaborated with a multicultural music group associated with Balfolk Dublin as a musician playing world music at festivals, folk dance workshops, and other events.

Tutor: Arash Kazemi - Guitar Lessons

Arash has performed with Sophie Ellis-Bextor on the Late Late Show. He has won various prizes, such as Flood Trophy for Guitar Performance (2013) and RTE’s competition to attend a master class with the great flamenco guitarist Paco Peña and renowned classical guitarist John Williams. Arash was nominated for The Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year (2013). In 2012, Arash performed for President Michael D Higgins at the UN International Day, in Kilmainham, Dublin. Arash completed a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance with First class Honors, in 2013. Masters in Music Performance at the DIT Conservatory of Music in Dublin, 2016.


Tutor: Filipa Quintino - Vocal Coach

Vocal Coach and Early Years Music Teacher Filipa Quintino graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance from Newpark Music Centre in 2014. Filipa did 2 years of training in the 3-year teacher/singer Complete Vocal Technique course in Copenhagen, Denmark. With a passion for teaching and a broad understanding of music, she tailors each lesson to each individual/student creating an environment where you feel safe to explore and develop your voice. Jazz, MPB, Fado, Musical theatre, Pop and Rock.

“With The Flow” was Filipa’s debut album released in 2016. In 2020 Filipa released new music with in which Filipa and guitarist Chris Cole explore original music, Musical theatre, and some singer-songwriter covers creating a moment for their passion with improvised music.

Tutor: Caroline Moreau - Piano Lessons

Caroline is a French piano teacher, vocalist, performer, educator, composer and researcher in musical pedagogy.Piano Premier Prix (Marcq/Baroeul- France). Degree of DUMI (Pédagogie musicale-Diplôme Universitaire de Musicien Intervenant) University of Strasbourg. Director of “French Singing In Schools” since 2014

Contact Details

Queries can be sent directly to the ASA Committee at: or Eddie Fox at

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South Circular Road,
Dublin 8
D08 KVY4

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