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!

Mrs Senior’s Blog December 2020

Last term we said goodbye to Vonla Griffin and Elaine Carr. Vonla worked at this school for 41 years and was my Deputy Principal. Elaine Carr worked with us for 18 years as an SNA. They will both be badly missed in this school. Unfortunately, with this pandemic we were unable to give them the real send-off that they deserved. We put videos together for each of them with memories, pictures and anecdotes for them to see. We recorded a song for them which included all the children. They were recorded under difficult circumstances. Each class was recorded separately and with the help of Robert Gallagher the song was put together. Many thanks to Naomi Clarkson and Robert for their help with this. They were each given vouchers from the school and a painting for them to keep. When Covid disappears (We live in hope!) both ladies will be frequent visitors to the school. The staff will take them out also to help celebrate their retirement. I would like to wish them the very best in their retirement.

Congratulations to Norah Tinney in 6th Class on winning a writing competition held by Children’s Books Ireland, in the 5th and 6th class category.  The school was given books to the value of €250 for the library. She was also given a prize and promised a trip to RTE to have herself recorded telling her story. What an experience that will be for her.

Congratulations to Kate Delahunty who got a Certificate of Commendment from The judges of the Texaco Art Competition.

It is so great to see children participating in these events outside of school and representing the school in so doing. I am very proud of them both.

As a school we are collecting donations for the Zoo. The children are very upset that the zoo is struggling and want to help. Every child has drawn their favourite  zoo animal and this is displayed in the school. Donations are coming in and we are all very grateful.

We will all be wearing our Christmas jumpers on the last day of term. The children will bring in €3 and this will be given to Laura Lynn.

Mrs. Senior’s blog Nov 2020

November 2020

It has taken some time to settle back to school. A very strange school too. It amazes me how well the children adjust to new protocols. They accept all rules and carry on. The children have told us they do not want to return to home schooling. This can be seen in the way they approve of all changes and smile.

Assemblies, which were weekly, have been curtailed as we cannot mix. A class will take a theme each month instead and display pictures related to this theme facing outwards on their windows. Each teacher will be given a lesson related to the theme to teach their class. They can then walk around the building to see the display. Birthdays are announced over the intercom once a month.

PE and GAA take place outside in their individual bubbles. The children are delighted to see Aaron (Oreo) each week as they have missed him and the work he does. Steve, from the GAA, is a great addition and works really well with the children, taking no nonsense which they respect.

Naomi continues to come on a Thursday and uses the hall which is well ventilated with windows open. It is one of the highlights for the week.

We collected non-perishable goods for the charity Five Loaves in Bray who help the homeless.

Halloween was a fun time for us all with Pumpkin Carving, Dress Up and a Dance Party run by the PTA. Treat bags were put together for each child. We felt a little fun was required.

6th Class wrote cards to those who get meals on wheels. We could not do our normal harvest this year. Along with the cards they got a daffodil planted in a pot which they could nurture. The class are receiving letters of thanks for these and have really enjoyed the experience. Many thanks must go to Suzi Higgins who helped organise the bulbs, pots and planting.

These strange ways give us other opportunities which we are also enjoying.

Keep smiling!

Mrs Senior’s Blog October 2020

November 2020

It has taken some time to settle back to school. A very strange school too. It amazes me how well the children adjust to new protocols. They accept all rules and carry on. The children have told us they do not want to return to home schooling. This can be seen in the way they approve of all changes and smile.

We have a one-way system for entering and leaving the school. The car park is closed. The breaks and lunches are staggered. The classes are not allowed to mix. We have pods and bubbles – A new language. Even the staff have two separate staffrooms to avoid crossover!

Assemblies, which were weekly, have been curtailed as we cannot mix. A class will take a theme each month instead and display pictures related to this theme facing outwards on their windows. Each teacher will be given a lesson related to the theme to teach their class. They can then walk around the building to see the display. Birthdays are announced over the intercom once a month.

PE and GAA take place outside in their individual bubbles. The children are delighted to see Aaron (Oreo) each week as they have missed him and the work he does. Steve, from the GAA, is a great addition and works really well with the children, taking no nonsense which they respect.

Naomi continues to come on a Thursday and uses the hall which is well ventilated with windows open. It is one of the highlights for the week.

We look forward to Halloween where we are trying to make this a fun time for the children. So far we have been limited on what can be done as a whole school.

I hope you enjoy some of the artwork displayed here.

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