Dear Parents, Guardians & Pupils,
I hope you are all keeping well in this ongoing strange and often worrying time.
Hopefully, you all
got some form of rest and a break over Easter and Thank God, the weather at least has been good.
These are trying and testing times, yet, we are tough people and have been meeting the challenge of Covid19 admirably. We shall continue to do so. Please
try not to worry. We shall overcome it! You must realise that I am very proud of and thankful to you all in the way in which you have adapted to the extreme, yet necessary conditions placed on us all with the advice of the experts in Government and the HSE.
Please, continue to follow this guidance until we are informed otherwise directly by them especially about good and frequent hand-washing, 2 metre social distancing, and not gathering in groups. Your health and the health of your loved ones depends on maintaining
these habits for the foreseeable future. Whether school will re-open after May 5th in some form of phased basis or other format suggested, remains uncertain and we await to be advised formally.
This note is basically just a short update to say
hello and let you know that there are new suggested work updates for pupils from all classes on the website under the tabs Breaking News & Work and Suggested Activities. I wish to thank the teachers for their cooperation
and assistance on this.The working from home situation is not ideal and has thrown up some challenges for us all. The most important thing to remember however, is to remain calm and not worry about trying to get all this suggested work done perfectly to completion.
It is just a suggested activity and we as a school were expected to provide such suggested work by the Departments of Education & Skills and the Inspectorate.
We were not in a position to provide safe, secure online platforms for video classroom
settings like some other schools which have not been without their own difficulties both technologically and security wise. While that is something I admire in others, I am not disappointed by our efforts and more importantly yours. Please, keep up the good
As mentioned in my first note on the website similar to this, to be found under the ' Breaking nes & work' tab further down the page under Class teachers suggested plans of work, on the "Home School Links Suggested Websites" the following
are suggestions for work continuation and loose time structures.
The time you should be spending on subjects in any order ( but best stick to your timetables if possible) are as follows:
English daily: 60 minutes include a spelling, reading and
Maths: 4 hors 10 per week = 74 minutes daily
Gaeilge: 3 hours 30 per week = 42 nóiméad gach lá : Litriú, leitheoireacht (léamh) agus Scríbhneoireacht (scríobh)
Geography, Science: Weekly 3 hours but daily if you wish = 36 minutes each
Arts Education: Visual Arts, Music, Drama: 3 hours weekly: =daily 36 minutes
Religion: 30 minutes daily ( Now may be a good time to learn the prayers and responses for
Handwriting practice 15 minutes daily where possible.
SPHE: Healthy Eating Activities and Wellbeing exercises should be focussed on especially from any valid source.
PE can be in the form of any physical movement and exercise and
even better if you can make a game out of it. It’s important to eat healthily and keep fit at least 40-60 minutes of moderate exercise daily.
Take regular breaks and move around, have lunch etc.
The links below this message
on the next page of the website are shared lists that are recommended for continuing learning from home and are edited and added to regularly.
They also include links to access online versions of school books and other resources.
was given to the possibility of opening the school briefly and on a strict, phased basis allowing only one person per household to collect books or materials at designated time opportunities. Above this note is update on this. It is critical that we do not
create panic or an opportunity where groups of people are coming into the school in close contact to collect these books or materials. The perceived good that might come from that could be hazardous and detrimental to the great effort and progress that has
already been achieved by something like that if not handled and managed with extreme caution.
My thoughts and prayers go to all of you for your continued good health and also my sympathies and prayers to anyone in the school community
who has been sadly affected by Covid19 Coronavirus, particularly those who may have loved ones in hospital receiving care or those who have been sadly bereaved. May the Souls of the faithfully departed, rest in peace.
Please feel free to contact me
by email at firstname.lastname@example.org should you need to for any reason and I will try to reply as soon as I can to you.
Wishing you all and our pupils well and continued good health.
Mr. Mark Loftus.