We are so proud of our Summer Camp Junior Class who made puppets and puppet theatres this week and used them to perform. They even recorded their performance so we could all enjoy it! Massive well done to you all!
We have had a wonderful week here in the school.
It is so great to see and hear children in this building again. Everyone has a wonderful attitude and is so positive and helpful. Here are some photos of what we've gotten up to. We have created a bug hotel for our school, created stop motion videos, made puppets, rice krispie buns and snot slime! And so much more!
Thank you so much for your wonderful engagement with this survey.
Results are as follows:
It seems very clear that our community is broadly in favour of this plan and so we will proceed with it. We aim to let you know on Monday 24th August which day your child is asked to come.
It is now two weeks until school restarts. Two weeks is the crucial incubation time for Covid-19 and so it is time for us all to stop and think and dial back our interactions so as to care for each other and, in particular, for those most vulnerable in our community.
You will be asked to answer the following questions about your child in the week before school restarts. These 14 days bring us back to today.
The Board of Management of Citywest ETNS met on 6th August 2020.
At that meeting, the Board ratified the Response Plan for Summer Provision and discussed the documents that have been published by the Department of Education over the last month in relation to reopening the full school. The Board of Management will meet again on 17th August with a view to ratifying a Response Plan for reopening the full school.
The Board is encouraged by the work done by school staff, in conjunction with the Chairperson of the Parents Association, to date. The Board is aware that the various reopening planning groups are meeting over the coming 7 weekdays - Friday 7th to Monday 17th - once Summer Provision has finished for the day. The Board commends our staff and leadership team for their commitment and looks forward to publishing a thorough plan following the next meeting of the Board.
The Board is aware of anxiety felt by parents and by school staff, as well as by some children. To that end, we hope to email one full plan rather than drip-feeding pieces of information to families. However, the Board is encouraged by the engagement on social media and encouraged the school leadership team to continue to post updates there, as has been happening this week. In this way, parents and staff members can choose whether to receive the information or not. We hope that this helps everyone to build up positively to returning to school without adding to anyone's stress or anxiety.
I acknowledge the publication of the Roadmap for Reopening Schools, published by our government in the last 24 hours. My first read through all the documents shows that our planning before the summer closure was very much in the right direction. There is very little in the plan that is a surprise and therefore there is no need to change our schedule at this point. The Summer Provision team will return from 4th August to plan for Summer Provision, which starts on 10th August. Other planning teams will return from 11th August to plan for the broader return of the school community. As promised, we will email parents between 14th and 21st August with the plan for reopening our school.
As indicated by the Minister, all children are expected to return, other than those in high risk categories. There will be staggered arrival and dismissal and we intend to facilitate families in that to make it easier for parents i.e. siblings will be expected to arrive at the same time rather than at different times.
The office will reopen in late August and incoming emails will be checked then.
We appreciate your patience and trust in giving us time to fine-tune our plans. While we will do our best to create a thorough plan, we fully expect there to be unexpected events and areas not considered and we trust that our community will work together in highlighting and addressing those.
For now, a reminder of our Summer Survival page, which includes advice on preparing your child for returning to school. I suggest not going into too much detail with your children about the recent announcements. Worrying about what might happen will only rob the children of their summer and won't help their return. Remind them that they go to a happy school with good teachers who care about them and will work to keep them safe AND happy!
All the best,
We are very excited to be one of just 200 schools across Ireland taking part in Summer Provision 2020. We have taken part in July Provision every year since our Class for Children with Autism opened and we were delighted to hear the Minister's announcement that we could welcome more children this year.
Citywest ETNS looks forward to welcoming 31 children to Summer Provision this year. The children will work across 6 classes with a total of 21 staff members. Other than the 6 children in the Early Intervention Class for Children with Autism, who will be focusing on getting used to school, the 25 children in other classes will work on getting the school ready for everyone else to return, as well as trying out games, yards and mobility plans for everyone. These children will be our Safety Champions when everyone else returns at the end of August.
We hope they will enjoy the summer camp. We know for sure that they will take their roles as Safety Champions seriously and we look forward to working as a team to set up our school for reopening! What a great community we have!
I'm sure it's not news to anyone that, while the Department of Education have been promising guidelines for over a month now, they are yet to issue anything to or for schools on how we are to reopen. It has been very frustrating and we are regretful that we don't have any certainties to offer to parents as we finish up this school year as to what school will look like in the new school year.
We are, however, primed and ready to go again in mid August, in the hopes that guidelines will have reached us by that stage.
We have various reopening committees who have been planning as far as we can plan:
We have plans for a full reopening, partial reopening and distance reopening. We have plans for lunches, yards, arrival and dismissal. We have plans for support teaching, co-teaching, resources and movement breaks.
We are as set up as we can be at this stage.
Whatever scenario greets us at the end of August, we have identified a number of areas where we expect children to struggle. We will be focusing on those areas in September and we encourage you to do what you can to set your child up for success too.
We expect to have a plan to share with you some time between 14th and 21st August. If you have any feedback that will help us in planning for next year, particularly in relation to how distance learning went, please let us know below. We will not be able to reply to each one but we will take it into account when planning in mid August.
This bunch of really cool people have made history from their first day of school right to their last!
On their first day of Junior Infants, they OPENED A SCHOOL! Their first day of Junior Infants was also the first day of Citywest ETNS!
And they finished with a bang too - with a unique virtual graduation!
We are so so proud of them and we wish them the very very best as they move on to the next stage of their lives.
PS We were very impressed at how reluctant every single child was to step off the path and onto the bedding area. They all went to walk around the path and had to be persuaded that it was ok THIS ONCE to walk on the mulch. These children are the best!
PPS You won't be able to see the photos on the mobile version of the website. Please go to Web version to see the photos. Thanks.
As we all adjusted to working and learning from home over the past few months, we decided to trial Zoom calls with our pupils. The aim of these calls was to provide greater connection between home and school. The schedule for the school Zoom account quickly filled up with assemblies, weekly ANA calls and individual class calls.
This week is the last week of the school year, meaning we are currently participating in the final Zoom calls for each class. This gives pupils the opportunity to see their friends and classmates once more before the summer holidays. Caitríona also hosted a final assembly on Zoom last Friday - another lovely way to mark the end of the academic year!