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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!


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!

World Book Day

Junior Infants brought in their favourite books on World Book Day!

The boys and girls in Junior Infants brought in their favourite books to share with the class on World Book Day! We had hoped to visit Dolphin’s Barn library for storytime on the day, but the weather was pretty cold and wet out there, so we stayed nice and cosy in the classroom instead. We hope to visit the newly refurbished Kevin Street Library very soon with the class, and we’ll share a post with you about it then. (It’s pretty amazing. There’s a slide!!!)

In the meantime, we were able to buy over 600 (YES 600!!) Oxford Reading Tree books with the money the parents fundraised from our Sponsored Walk. These will be such a huge help when we begin team-teaching for literacy and power hour in levelled reading groups next term 🙂

Sponsored Walk

We had a lovely day for our sponsored walk to the local Oscar’s Square Park. The boys and girls dressed up for the occasion, and some of the moms and dads did too! Thank you to the parents and pupils for raising almost 300 euros! We will be able to purchase supplementary reading material for our team-teaching literacy power hour with all of your help. Yay!