Wishing you all a wonderful mid-term break. I look forward to working with you again from 22nd February.
End of this half term
5 weeks of distance learning, a whole half term. Well done to all!
Well done to parents - you supported your children through Seesaw, Zoom, workbooks, activities and more. We know it hasn’t been an easy 5 weeks. You did really well. Thank you.
Well done to our children who adapted and learned and engaged and did super work.
And particularly, thank you to our school staff who again flipped their teaching and supporting methodologies and learned how to teach remotely, recorded videos and voice clips, hosted Zoom calls and made phone calls, created accessible lessons for Seesaw and wrote mid-year progress reports on top of it all.
Particular thanks to Sarah C and Emma G who organised Environmental Awareness Fortnight for us all. We hope you enjoyed it. Take a look at some of the great engagement we’ve had - in the junior end and in the senior end.
What a great community we are. Thank you, one and all.
If we were in the building today, we would be marking the end of the half term. It would be easy for the children to know that school is now finished and there won’t be school again for over a week.
I encourage you to do similar with your children today. Coming back to “class” on 22nd February will be somewhat easier if the boundaries of “school” and “holidays” have been clearly set. Pack the books and pencil cases away, close the Seesaw tab, announce the mid-term with some sort of a “Ta-da!”, be that a walk outside, a treat after dinner, a shout of “Hurrah!” or whatever works for your family. It is important for our brains to get that message in more than just plain words. Enjoy the celebration!
Next half term
There are a few changes coming in the next half term. First of all, we have 12 children and 10 staff members returning to the building on 22nd February for the reopening of special classes, the first phase of the partial return to school. We look forward to seeing the children and hope they enjoy being back in school.
Secondly, there will be the roll-out of the Department of Education’s supplementary programme for children in mainstream classes with additional needs. This is a home-based programme organised by parents with the support of the school. We will be sending information to parents of eligible children later today.
In the next half term, we will also be reviewing support plans for those children in mainstream classes who have support plans. We hope to work with parents in planning which objectives can be progressed during distance learning and which can be progressed when the children return to the building.
We will also have Seachtain na Gaeilge in early March, which Sharon, Stephanie and Trisha are busy organising for us.
We don’t know when more children are to be brought back into the building or whether that will be on a phased basis. Media reports around this are unhelpful and likely to raise false hope a number of times before they get it right. I encourage you to take them with a pinch of salt and to wait for a confirmed announcement before making plans.
News from around the school:
- Read the agreed reports from our Board of Management meetings
- 4th class have been learning about Children’s Rights
- 3rd class wrote wonderful Winter Poems
- 2nd class have been making beautiful Art at home
- Sarah C’s class Term 1 summed up
- Junior Infants learn animal facts - you might learn something here yourself!