Easter message

Easter Message

Easter is a joyous time – spring is in the air, the birds are singing, and the days ahead will be brighter as we turn the clock back an hour.

It is a time to reflect and be grateful for the many blessings in our lives. To remember loved ones we have lost, but who are still with us in spirit. And a time to look forward to the summer and better times ahead.

As we reflect on the past 12 months since last Easter, as a school community, we can give thanks that we had the resilience and strength to endure the many challenges that this strange new normal has brought to all of our lives. Thankfully, our school transitioned well to working remotely and the children embraced their on-line classes. Our school has remained safe and COVID-free since our return to the building. This is due in no small part to the hard work and dedication of our Staff, our Childrens’ adherence to our School protocols, and the cooperation and support of our Parents.

I hope that you get to enjoy the longer and hopefully brighter days ahead and that you adhere to the government health advice, so that we may all resume school safely after the Easter break.

We wish all our Children, Parents, Parents Association, and Staff, a very happy and safe Easter Holiday.

Bláithín Maguire, Principal

Back to School!

Our children were delighted to return to School and be re-united with their friends. The Staff settled the children back into our School routines and protocols and concentrated on their Well-being and a gentle easing back into schoolwork.

School re-opens, all going well, on Monday, 12th April. Our last term promises to be a busy one, for Staff and Children alike, so we hope that everyone comes back refreshed after the holidays.

Enrolment is still open for 3rd class for September 2021.

Parents please note that we still have some vacancies for 3rd class in September 2021.

Please see our school website for details, where you will find application forms and related details. School office is secretary should you have any queries.

Some of the fabulous Easter displays that the children have been busy working on this past week. Happy Easter everyone!


Some of the lovely tribute posters produced in honour of Frontline workers from the children in our school. The children are very aware of how hard all of our Frontline workers are working every day to keep us all safe and protected.

Mrs Fosters 5th walked along the beach to take a closer look at the features of the River Nanny. The children documented and sketched and enjoyed the fresh air.

On their return they created sea creatures using clay and natural materials. The resulting creations were astounding! Including tiny Tim, a baby sea turtle, a blobby Fish and even new species including an "Enplaning Colossus" and a "Megalomania" (which is the width of a school and 10 buildings high!)

The creative modellers hard at work creating their wonderful pieces.

Bláithín Maguire

Principal

Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh

Roll Number: 20017F

041 – 9828091


Letter to Principals updates

25 March 2021
Dear Principal,
As you are aware the Government decided on a phased return of Pupils to school during March and April. As we are now approaching Easter, I wish to reaffirm to you the government’s intention that all Students will return to school from Monday 12 April.

This is the final stage in the phased reopening of all schools and will see the return of all children to in-school learning, including the first to fourth year groups at post-primary level. The Department is aware of the immense efforts made by School Communities to ensure remote teaching and learning was running well for Pupils and to plan and arrange for the return to school for those Pupils that have returned. Thank you for your leadership and for the effort of all of your Teams.

The Department of Education, the Department of Health and the HSE are monitoring and reviewing the operation of schools on an ongoing basis. Weekly reports on the testing of close contact within the education system are published and available here. Public health keeps the infection prevention and control measures in place for Schools under review. The current measures in place to ensure safe operation of Schools are effective in minimising the risk of Covid-19 in Schools. It is important that all measures are followed carefully by Pupils, Staff and Parents.

The Department will continue to communicate with Schools through email and by posting details of new messages on Esi net and all information will be available through gov.ie/schools and on Twitter @Education_IRE. …..

It is important that we all continue to follow public health advice and limit our contacts during this period in order to minimise any opportunity for the virus to spread within our families and our communities. The Government and the Department will continue to support this with public health messaging to Parents and students on the need to abide by the public health advice, emphasising hygiene practices, social distancing and recognising symptoms of Covid. Particular attention will be paid to the issue of socialising and playdates. In relation to school transport and in advance of the return after the Easter break,

Bus Eireann will issue reminders to bus contractors, parents and students of their obligations to adhere rigorously to public health recommendations developed for school transport. Social distancing on post primary services of 50% capacity has now been achieved on virtually all routes on the post-primary scheme and for post-primary provision on the SEN scheme.

The Department acknowledges the ongoing significant effort of all School Staff and the whole School Community to support the education of children during this difficult time for all of society.

I hope you and your School Community have a safe and peaceful Easter break and a good term ahead.

Bláithín Maguire

Principal

Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh

Roll Number: 20017F

041 – 9828091


Full return to school 15th March

15th March 2021

Dear Parents & Guardians,

As we mark one year since we started our first lockdown, let’s think of the good times ahead. We have survived the ups and downs of the last year and at the end of the day, all that matters is our Health and Wellbeing. I am sure there is great excitement in your home at the prospect of returning to school in the morning. . The children have done amazingly well in our virtual school since Christmas, but it is certainly time for them to see their friends again.

The Staff too are looking forward to greeting your children and welcoming them back into their classes.

Amidst all this excitement it is very important to be mindful of the safety measures and COVID protocols that are in place for your safety.

As you are probably aware, there are roadworks within proximity to the school and with no parking facilities at the Parish Hall, parking will be very limited.

DROP, SET & GO is the RULE.

As a Senior Primary School, we continue to promote walking and cycling to school.

The school gates will be open to facilitate the children walk straight into the yard and on to their discs.

The Bus children have a designated line parallel to the perimeter wall in the junior yard.

Staff will commence supervision at 9am. We are encouraging the children to arrive to school as near to 9am as possible where there will be supervision when they arrive.

Parents are requested not to congregate at the school gates or wall. (Minimal congregation at or near school grounds)

There are new signs on the school walls to advice above.

A Return to Educational Facility Parental Declaration Google Form link has been shared to Parents on Class Dojo for completion in advance of their child returning to school.(Teachers shared this link on Friday 12th. Please complete

as near to 8am in the morning as possible) this will indicate to Staff that your child is symptom free.

Staff and Pupils who are feeling unwell have a moral imperative to stay at home

· Although facemasks are not mandatory for pupils under the age of 13 years, pupils are permitted to wear a mask.

· A reminder to Pupils to refill their COVID19 pack (Antibacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, tissues and 2 face masks)

· A reminder to Pupils to ensure they have all their own items in their pencil cases (pencil, rubber, whiteboard markers, red pen, colours and ruler as there will be no sharing)

As the windows will need to be kept open (in line with guidelines for Ventilation) an extra layer of clothing would be advised along with their coat and a bag to store it in.

· All Staff will wear full PPE to include upgraded medical masks KN95

· Outsource will provide an on-site cleaning service for the duration of the opening of the school.

· The caretaker will provide ongoing maintenance and monitor the heating system.

· The concerns and needs of vulnerable and at-risk Staff will be managed in line with approved policy and procedures

· Staff are being provided with all necessary PPE and protective clothing in accordance with identified Covid-19 exposure risks and in line with public health advice

· There is adequate Covid-19 signage and floor stickers on display throughout the school. Visible signage is in place that identifies general cleaning protocols, processes, and practices

· Appropriate social distancing to be maintained and necessary controls are in place to reduce transmission risks. Appropriate dispersion measures are used at all entrance and exit doors.

· The school maintains a log of contacts to facilitate contact tracing.

· We continue to have a NO VISITORS policy.

· Specific procedures are in place for the reception of goods and deliveries

· Digital tools and communication systems are used as an alternative to face-to-face meetings.

· There is a system in place to keep Staff and Parents up to date with the latest public health advice. Regular and transparent briefings/communications will be provided to Staff and Parents. (via Class Dojo, email, School Story & School website)

· Appropriate cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures are in place. There is also a cleaning schedule of any surfaces or equipment that is shared or used regularly by Staff and Pupils

· There is a plan in place as to what needs to be done if a Staff member or Pupil develops COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) while at school. All Staff and Pupils are aware of the relevant steps and procedures. (Isolation room protocols).

It is imperative that a Parent / Guardian is available should you receive a call from the office in relation to your child presenting with symptoms.

The Board of Management will continue to communicate regularly with Staff and Parents giving the ever-changing nature of this pandemic. Each of us needs to take personal responsibility for our actions in relation to Covid-19 and we must all work together to ensure the safety of every child and adult in our school community.

We would remind all members of the School community of the dangers of spreading this virus through congregation of groups of people. Please be mindful of this in relation to dropping off and collecting children at the school entrance.

While there is undoubtedly a long road ahead, there is hope that better times are imaginable with the availability of vaccines and the roll out of an inoculation programme.

We look forward to meeting you and your child on Monday the 15th of March.

Bláithin Maguire

Principal

Bláithín Maguire

Principal

Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh

Roll Number: 20017F

041 – 9828091