September 2021

School returned on Monday 30th August to our new normal! The staff and I are getting very used to our new guidelines and regulations. The pupils take everything in their stride and are just happy to be back in school. We are all very grateful for the lovely summer we have had and welcome the good weather on our return to school.

We hope to have swimming and occasional tours this year as we missed this last year. Choir and music will only be allowed in well ventilated rooms like our hall, but the children must be socially distanced.

Our after school games will continue with the children in their class bubbles.

In June the PTA organized a fun day for the whole school. This was Hawaiian themed and everyone really got into the spirit of things and there were colourful shirts, grass skirts, and lei garlands as far as the eye could see. It was a beautiful day and the children had a wonderful time limbo and hula dancing and eating hot dogs. There was a real festival atmosphere to the day. Thanks to the PTA Committee for all its hard work and creativity.

As part of World Oceans Day, 5th Class went to Shankill Beach to do a clean-up. They did an amazing job and plenty of rubbish bags were filled. It certainly gave the children an insight into how easily litter builds up and the potential damage it can do to the seas and sealife.

 Mrs Crammond and 6th Class have put together a fantastic video full of memories, aspirations and prayers at the end of the year. This was kindly filmed by Paul Barron and the link will be sent to families before the end of term.

Our Talent Show, raised over €2,000 for Church Funds which is an amazing figure – thanks to everyone who contributed.

With the vaccinations we do feel a lot safer but protocols must remain in place to keep the whole school safe.

Many thanks to Revd Sean Hanily for his lovely ‘Back to School’ service on Sunday 29th August and indeed welcome to the new Hanily baby, Felicity. What a lovely start to the new school year!

Newsletter/ Scan – Dec

We have had a busy month. As children are not allowed to mix bubbles/classes it has been hard to buddy up. Each class has a buddy in another class. Normally we would read to each other, make cards, create stories, play games, do artwork together. The lost we can do is deliver cards to the door of a classroom or go outside and do something in the fresh air. 4th Class and Senior Infants did treasure hunt together outside This was great fun for both classes.

The PTA were able to hold a dance day for the children when they dressed up. The hall had windows and doors open and music blared allowing children to dance about. The PTA decorated the hall to create a festive atmosphere. Fun was had by all.

Pumpkins came in the same day and we held a competition. This was almost impossible to judge as the creativity was wild!!

Following midterm, we collected boxes for Team Hope. Cathy and James Malseed came in to school to give an account of where the boxes would be going and various stories about children who received the boxes. It is a great school community effort which we have not been able to do because of Covid. It was great to be able to get involved with this charity once again.

Heidi Good came in to school to give a talk to all the classes on Field of Life. We sponsor two children, Caleb and Mercy. Heidi was able to show us pictures of Caleb and Mercy. She read out a letter which they had written and reported on where the money from the school went every month. It also was a great catch up for the children.

Covid has attacked most schools at this stage in some way or another. We continue to do the best we can to keep everyone safe.

October 2021

We are back to school for a month now. Things are calm but very busy. The children are delighted to be back in school and run in with happy faces every morning.

The Lunch Bag is a new initiative which has been very positive with the parents. An app on the phone allows parents to choose from a large menu and lunches are delivered to the school at a very low cost to the parent. The food is fresh and in good condition when it arrives. Thursdays and Fridays are particularly popular amongst the children and the staff! We are monitoring its progress.

Homework has changed also in Rathmichael. No longer do we set written homework. The emphasis is being put on Learning work. This does involve writing for Mental Maths and spelling workbooks. Project work will be given occasionally. More time needs to be given to the learning aspect of education. This is a trial and we will review this in the New Year. We have found that written work is the least beneficial aspect of homework.

4th Class went to the beach and worked on relevant worksheets whilst there. It was a lovely trip out in the open air.

Midterm approaches and the weather is definitely changing. The heating is starting to come on and the winter clothes appearing. It’s all good.

Caroline Senior

June 2021

On 4th June, the PTA Committee organized a fun day for the whole school. This was Hawaiian themed and everyone really got into the spirit of things and there were colourful shirts, grass skirts, and lei garlands as far as the eye could see. It was a beautiful day and the children had a wonderful time limbo and hula dancing and eating hot dogs. There was a real festival atmosphere to the day. Thanks to the PTA Committee for all its hard work and creativity.

Also on 4th June, as part of World Oceans Day, 5th Class went to Shankill Beach to do a clean-up. They did an amazing job and plenty of rubbish bags were filled. It certainly gave the children an insight into how easily litter builds up and the potential damage it can do to the seas and sealife.

As we are unable to hold our annual End of Term Service, Mrs Crammond and 6th Class have put together a fantastic video full of memories, aspirations and prayers. This was kindly filmed by Paul Barron and the link will be sent to families before the end of term.

The Junior Classes in the school are having a Fun Day on Friday 11th with outside co-ordinators coming into the classes. This promises to be a very entertaining and exciting day.

The week commencing 14th June sees our Active Week with plenty of activities planned for the classes. We will be holding Senior and Junior Sports Days and these will also be filmed for families by Paul as unfortunately we cannot have parents or family members in to spectate.  Cups will be presented to those pupils who have both excelled in their respective sports and have also proven to be helpful and encouraging to their classmates.

The Senior Classes will have Science Workshops on 16th June also which should be enlightening and informative.

Our Talent Show, held at the end of May, raised over €2,000 for Church Funds which is an amazing figure – thanks to everyone who contributed.

Caroline Senior

May 2021

May 2021

Restrictions are lifting but schools still are social distancing and cannot sing indoors. Birthdays are hummed over the PA system.  Music takes place outside. No events with parents can be held which is unfortunate for the 6th Class leaving. However, videos are being sent to families for Open Day and End of Year. Sports Day will be live streamed for the parents and can be watched with the children in the evening.

We have caterpillars transforming into butterflies at present and this has been very interesting to watch. The whole process takes a few weeks and it was fascinating to see tiny caterpillars become fat caterpillars, chrysalis and now butterflies. So much better than reading it in a book.

Cycling started for 6th class also which is outdoors on the pitch. This is great fun for the children and teaches them safety on our roads before they leave for Secondary School.

Raised beds have been planted by 1st Class and we wait to see what appears.

The summer looks brighter for everyone. Roll on the vaccines and some sense of normality.

Mrs. Senior’s Blog March 2021

 The school remained close until 1st March when we reopened for Junior Infants to 2nd Class. All parents had to sign a declaration to say their children were well and able to return to school. They also got documentation regarding Covid absences, protocol for returning and Covid etiquette.

3rd – 6th classes continued to work remotely with their teachers. Today they returned to school. Students from DCU also came to the school today to work with the children till Easter. They had been working from home for college and recently have been working remotely alongside the class teachers with the classes whom they will now be with. Shared teaching will take place for the next two weeks. It will be good for the teachers to have an extra hand in the classroom. This will allow them to work individually and in groups with weaker children who need to catch up.

We have taken all the required precautions for returning to school and we remain vigilant.

We observed an Internet Safety Day on 9th led by Susan Crammond. Also various workshops in other curricular areas were provided for the classes online. This was to try and keep the work as varied as possible. Southside Sports provided PE classes.

Most parents and children settled into their new way of working and teachers were more experienced at providing online support in the way of daily videos and social zoom calls, along with Dojo and Seasaw.

Weaker children who needed daily contact were contacted both by either the teacher, SNA or Special Needs team  to help bring them along. 6 Staff members took 6 individual children after school hours for Supplementary Teaching hours. This gave them even more one to one teaching which they needed. I feel our children with Special Needs were well looked after.

We are sending Assemblies around the classrooms and Rev Sean Hanily has become a regular visitor to the school. He visited the four youngest classes to say hello and will visit the older classes this week. He also helped us with Lenten classes by sending us booklets and information. Sean has been coming up to the school once a week in the morning to see parishioners and introduce himself. Obviously all this is carried out wearing masks and with social distancing.

Spanish and Music are stopped for now and we hope to continue with them in the Summer term. GAA, PE and Extra Curricular Activities have also been curtailed, according to Government guidelines, for the time being.

Seachtain na Gaeilge is this week and we are doing our best within the classes to carry this out. The staff have received work to help them with this involving, quizzes, colouring, word searches and games. A short Assembly as Gaeilge was also sent around.

We will be dressing yellow for Daffodil Day on the last day of term to help Cancer research. This is just for a bit of fun. Fun is needed in any way we can manufacture it at the moment.

The staff and children are delighted to be back however I remain anxious and look forward to the vaccine when it finally arrives!

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