Dear Parents Issue: 13 May 7th
hope you are all remaining healthy and safe in these strange times. It is hard
to believe it is now almost 8 weeks since we had to close the school – within
this time we have missed out on almost 30 school days, our sacrament
celebrations of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion and many more events we
had scheduled for our last term.
staff miss each and every student and their colleagues every day. It is amazing
how this situation has made us reflect on the fact that school is so much more
than a place of learning. It is a
vibrant, social, caring and fun place with so much human interaction each day.
We miss it and we miss every person that makes our school what it is!
this stage, we really want to reassure parents that you are doing enough for
your child – please don’t worry about your child in the academic sense. Our
teachers will re-engage with the students once we re-open. The current plan is
that this will be in September as per the government roadmap you were all
recently emailed. This re-opening will be different to all other re-openings
after a summer but how exactly it will be different we are not quite sure yet.
While we await public health and Department of Education guidelines nearer the
time for official direction, I feel it would be remiss of Management not to be
considering right now what September 2020 might really look like. Discussions
of this nature are taking place and as soon as I am in a position to share
anything concrete with you I will. What I can say with certainty is that we
will work from where your child is at when they return – don’t feel under
pressure to have them at a certain level, we know our job, we are professionals
and we will work with the children at the stage they are at when they return to
school. We are planning around this also.
will be no standardised tests this year. End of year report cards will be
completed in June, as normal, but will be available on Aladdin Connect instead
of being sent in the post.
student and every school is in the same position with all of this – the main
thing is that we are healthy and safe, no child will learn if they are anxious
or overwhelmed and they too are living through a lot of uncertainty at the
moment so we need to reassure them and ensure they are feeling happy and safe.
any parent of a student in 6th class – you are in our thoughts. This
is not the way we envisaged this stage of primary school coming to an end for
your child. We know they are feeling a lot of loss at this time with regard to
their JEP Programme, school tour, 6th class tour, cycling training,
internet safety talk, graduation mass, sports day and the many sporting
fixtures that 6th class get to partake in each year. It is hard for
them to accept, as these are events the classes look forward to up along the
school, the best part of being in 6th and we feel for each of them.
We’re discussing in detail how we could possibly hold some of these events in
alternative ways or/and at different times at the moment!! We will definitely
work something out! What exactly these arrangements are is impossible for me to
say at this point. Details will however be circulated very soon! We couldn’t
have our 6th class pupils leave without doing all we could in this
also think about our graduating 1st class boys. We were looking
forward to spending the last number of weeks with them and celebrating their
graduation mass. Regarding the latter, plans are being discussed to come up
with an alternative plan! Unlike our 6th class graduating girls, it
comforts us to know that this is not the end of the primary school experience
for our 1st class boys. They have many years of tours, sport and
enjoyment ahead of them in the Boys school. We wish them the very best of luck
in their transition and we were privileged to have played a part in their
secondary schools have reached out and are liaising with our staff to ensure
the transition between the primary and the secondary school will happen as
normal as possible this year. They too are at pains to point out that they will
be taking into account the closures when they take in their cohort of 1st
years. We will be in contact with parents of 6th class pupils
shortly with regard to paperwork required by the secondary schools. Mrs Monson
will also be looking for your consent to share information in relation to your
child with the secondary schools. This welcomed sharing of information between
schools is imperative so as to ensure a smooth and accommodating transition to
your child’s new environment. It’s a massive change for pupils every year but
one we know that all our girls will be more than capable of. We’ve every
confidence in them despite the broken year we’ve all had.
though we are not physically in the building, both the schoolwork for students
and the administration work of the school is still taking place. In fact it is
busier than ever as C-19 has forced us to change and come up with new ways of
doing the most simple of things. Staff like you all at home are trying to work
remotely while at the same time trying to organize and mind their own young children
in some cases.
are not the only ones doing a fantastic job, you the parents have been
brilliant during this very challenging time also. The way you’ve prioritised
your children’s education while trying to juggle working commitments and possible
care of ageing parents deserves a special mention. Doing all this while
adhering to social distancing rules and restrictions to movement has layered
the difficulty levels enormously for you. You’ve been simply amazing throughout
this whole crisis also.
challenging but I know we’ll all get there. Crises never last forever and there
will be many silver linings when this is all over i.e. more grateful for the
simple things, more IT savvy etc. The staff have had virtual
meetings/collaborations and the Board of Management have been a fantastic
are also being facilitated to video conferencing their pupils over the coming
days and weeks! The 1st zoom conference call by a teacher to their
pupils is taking place today! Virtual class-rooming! History in the making for
SCN! Check your inbox regularly and connect with your class teacher for
BOM recently prepared our new Admissions Policy. Many thanks for the feedback
received. As soon as it’s approved by the patron it will be ratified and
adopted by the BOM.
the roadmap issued by the government, we were delighted to see that staff will
be allowed access to the school building from May 18th for ‘… teachers for
organisation and distribution of remote learning.’ This will hugely support
staff. Parents will also like to know that you can now contact the school
either by phone or email should you wish to collect outstanding schools books
etc for your child. I’ve made arrangements to accommodate all such requests.
Many thanks to Eithne for making this new arrangement possible.
school has been deep-cleaned since the closure and Hand Sanitisers have also
been ordered and will be in place so that we are prepared when we get the
green-light to re-open the school.
the Department of Education and Skills have requested, continuity of learning
continues to take place – please find the daily Aladdin communication from your
child’s teacher. Please see this as a menu of options that you can work on as
suits your family situation at present. We understand that with the broadest
definition of learning in the home, this will be by no means the only learning
that takes place. If your child is overwhelmed, pick and choose from the work
and find what works best for your child – link in with the class teachers and
they will guide you with this.
importantly, stay safe and well.
look forward to seeing you all again and I’ll be in touch soon.
PS: “People will have to get used to a
“new normal” in behaviours as society comes to terms with Covid-19 in the long
term,” chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan has warned. “Society will have to
develop new behaviours, that are not part of how we used to do things”, he told
the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET)
briefing recently. “It will become “socially unacceptable” for people to go to
work or school with cold or flu symptoms,” he said. “The message will be,
almost like smoking in company, this is something we don’t do anymore. We have
to get used to a new normal.”
there’s some certainty now in relation to when we return to school there has
been no government communication at all in relation to what this return to
school will look like or how it will be attained. The recently published state
roadmap falls very short on specifics on these points. It’s my understanding
that guidelines re these specifics will issue as soon as the public health
picture becomes clearer nearer to September.
- Sincere thanks to all parents for engaging with
the school via the platform of Aladdin Connect. The teachers and I are
delighted with how the process is working.
check the Aladdin app for SCN communications, as this is how texts are now
being received by everybody.
are entirely grateful for the 215 responses made to the on-line survey (and
counting)!! It has been very informative and we will be taking on board what
you went to the trouble to communicate. It is already helping to guide us
through the unchartered territory we find ourselves in. Staff were also hugely
encouraged and are most grateful for the appreciation/compliments you have
expressed via the survey.
can see the summary of all results in the attached document.
- Please follow us on Twitter at @chroinaofa to keep up-to-date with news,
information and tips for parents during this school closure. We are also
tweeting some of the many wonderful things the children of SCN are getting
up to during this closure. Many thanks to those of you who have made
contributions to date. Our Twitter page has a link to our school website
where you can log on to our school blog.
- The School
Blog continues to be active during this closure. Please send any
news item you would like featured to Mrs Cronin at [email protected]. We love to
see what the children of SCN are getting up to and escpecially to share
our news with our school community. It’s our way of staying in touch
- Please visit our Covid 19 Resources Hub in the Parent Hub on the SCN
website to access information, advice and recommended resources including
useful Padlets for all
curricular areas and one specifically for Irish. It is updated regularly
so check in regularly to be fully informed. If you have anything you would
like to add to it, please email Mrs Cronin at the above email address.
Education Teachers are
connecting with their pupils using Aladdin Connect and e-mail.
- SNAs are awaiting Departmental guidelines with a view
to staying in touch with their pupils at this time. This is a very
welcomed development. Details should issue very soon.
devices are being purchased for a Scoil Chroí Naofa device loan scheme at this time to support families who may
have a need in this way!! Details of the
school scheme will issue very soon
First Confession & First Communion:
- The girls in 2nd class were due to
make their First Communion at the end of May. A date had not yet been
scheduled for the First Confession before the school closure, but it
should have happened April / May of this year. Trish Farrell (co-ordinator
of the Do This In Memory programme) has been in touch with Fr Benny to see
what will happen this year, given all the current restrictions. Fr Benny
confirmed that he is in touch with the diocese about this and will let us
know as soon as a decision has been made. The diocese are monitoring the
on-going developments and will follow the guidelines set out by the
government in relation to public health.
- Miss O’Byrne
and I will be making a video-conference call on the morning the communion
was to happen with the pupils!! Miss O’Byrne will be in touch with the
School Year 2020 / 2021:
- Parents are asked to voice any points they have
in relation to class splits / organisation in respect of their child(ren)
for the 2020 / 2021 school year as soon as possible and not later than 14/05/2020.
Please do so by email to the school only. While points raised will be
given consideration, no promises can ever be given in relation to requests
made. Parents are to note that every child in SCN will have to be placed
in a split class setting at least once in their primary school cycle. This
is true of most primary schools in the West of Ireland. The teachers have
not been assigned to their new classes yet. You will be notified of same
in due course.
allocations, Booklists, Book Rental and Classroom set ups etc are all being
worked on at the moment, details will issue in good time.
Is mise le meas