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Sarah

Our New Team Having Ice-Cream

Lori & Dan treated us all to some ice-cream after we toured our gorgeous new building. Now to get down to the hard work of setting up these clean, empty rooms to make them the best classrooms in Dublin! We can’t wait to see you on Tuesday 31st of August!

Don’t forget we’re lining up at the FRONT of the building beside the library’s accessible entrance ready for school to start at 8.30am on Tuesday morning.

Our Clean, Safe (Empty!) New Classrooms are READY!

Goodbye to Niamh

We were very sad to say goodbye to our principal Niamh Cullen on Friday 25th June. We gathered in the yard for a whole school assembly to honour all that Niamh has done for us since we opened in September 2018. It’s been an amazing three years with Niamh at the front and center of our gorgeous school community. All the best to you Niamh on your new journey with Gracepark ETNS. Looking forward to inviting you back for the big official opening of our permanent school building in Harcourt Terrace in a couple of short years’ time. You’ll be missed.

Spring Break Activity Ideas

Don’t forget, the children are finishing up for their Spring break at 11.30am this Friday, 26th March. They’ll have two lovely weeks off to rest and recharge and will be back to school at 8.30am on Monday, 12th April.

Here are some ideas of activities for families while you’re enjoying your well-deserved holidays!

https://waterbottles.healthyhumanlife.com/27-creative-spring-break-ideas-kids/

First Class Múinteoirí

This week has been so lovely! Everyone is really happy to be back and there is definitely a nice buzz around the place 🙂

 

Here’s a picture of our Gaeilgóirí an Lae who are teaching Junior and Senior Infants our Seanfhocal of the week and another of  us reading an Irish book for Seachtain na Gaeilge!

 

We’ll have more pictures soon of World Book Day as well as some 3D work and engineering challenges we’re tackling so stay tuned for more news from First Class!

Back to School on Monday!

Back to School on Monday 1st March

We have been preparing for the return to on-site classes and we are delighted to be welcoming the children back from 8.30 0n Monday 1 March. Here are the important pieces of information for you.

Parental Declaration

Parents are required to confirm that children are well and that there is no public health reason for them not to return to school. We have set a message to arrive in the Aladdin Connect App on Sunday Feb 28th at 3pm. You simply confirm the declaration and return. Niamh will send a text message to remind you of this on Sunday. Parents must complete this declaration before the child comes back to school on Monday morning and after any absence from school after 1 March 2021.

Assembly and Dismissal

Parents are reminded that they should take extreme caution at assembly and dismissal times not to congregate and to remain at least 2 metres apart at all times. We know this is really hard and we are sure the children will be so excited to see their friends and their teachers, so let’s all work together to make the reunion happy and fun, being safe at the same time. Lots of smiling eyes and elbow bumps!

Ventilation

The Department of Education have instructed all schools to open doors and windows before and after school and during breaks to assist with ventilation.

Masks and PPE

All staff have been provided with medical/surgical grade masks. All Staff will wear masks, all of the time. Some staff may choose to wear visors as well as masks, but never instead of masks.

Focus for Learning

The main focus for the teaching and learning in the school between now and June will be on Literacy, Numeracy and Wellbeing, in line with the DES guidelines. We will also endeavour to take the children outdoors as much as possible, as before. Of course, we hope the weather will cooperate!

Covid-19 Response Plan

We are updating our policy documents to reflect the changes in the advice from government and they will be available to view on the Covid-19 section of the website over the weekend.

Support Videos and Books

The Department of Education has prepared some information notes and videos for parents and children and you can find them here. The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn and The Invisible String, by Patrice Karst are two lovely books that might be helpful if your child is a little nervous about leaving you and coming back to school.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you all back and hopefully this will be the last time that we have to have an extended closure.

See you all on Monday!