8 May 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As you have heard from the news, all schools will remain closed until the Autumn. We are very disappointed as a team with this news but we will continue to give support from home online to the school community until the end of term.
We are especially disappointed for our 6th Classes, but we are hopeful to gather together with the 6th Class children and their families when government approval of gatherings is permitted and when it is safe to do so.
We won’t be able to welcome our new 2nd Class children in person and give them a tour of the school before they begin the next school year but we will be in touch with all these parents about alternative plans for a welcome meeting.
It is also very disappointing that First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies have been cancelled for the months of May and June. When the Archbishop and the parish are in a position to give an update about these ceremonies we will be in touch with all families involved.
A reminder again to try and engage with a little school work every day from the plans provided by each individual teacher. This will give some structure to the children’s day and will ensure they don’t forget things that they have learned.
We understand that some families are finding it much more challenging to engage with the school work consistently for various reasons. Every family situation is different and everyone is doing the best that they can for their children at present. We recommend emphasising lots of play, time outside in the fresh air, their physical and mental wellbeing – these are the priorities at present. After that, try to keep up reading – Gaeilge and English – and some Maths too to keep literacy and numeracy skills going and anything extra after this is a bonus.
Next week we will have a slightly different plan of work for each class. This will be uploaded on the school website and a link will be texted out to parents.
We never wish to put more stress or pressure on any family. Teachers are available to give support and guidance – contact them by email.
We have an important note about books. Some of the books that went home on 12 March were from the school’s book rental scheme. These books include Treasury, Am don Leamh, etc. Library books also went home. To keep the cost down for our book rental scheme we will need to arrange to get these books back before 30 June. We need to order books for the new school year but this won’t be possible without having all of our current books returned. Please ensure you are taking care of all school books and we will be in touch about a drop off day in June.
We will be in contact with you all on an ongoing basis with any updates once we receive them ourselves.
Many thanks as always for your continued support and cooperation.