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!