As you are aware, despite the new stricter lockdown measures announced
by the government last night, schools all over Ireland will remain open. Thank
you all so much for your continued co-operation and help since school
re-opened. We really appreciate your support and adherence to all the public
health guidelines. It is this team effort among the whole school community
which will help us to keep the school as safe as possible for us all.
We are delighted to announce that our school has achieved an SFI
Discover Science & Maths Award for the 2019 / 2020 academic year. Our
sincere thanks to Miss Tyrrell for leading this for the school.
Our log of evidence showed evidence of the children’s engagement with
STEM in the following areas:
We met all the criteria for the Plaque of STEM award. Here is some of
the feedback we were given:
displayed a wide variety of STEM skills including problem solving, group
collaboration and have encouraged creativity amongst your students. This
is evident from the range of individuality in the projects carried out
throughout the school”.
“Great to see
your participation in Space week by inviting the engineer to speak to the
school via Skype from the European Space Agency. Well done to the learners
who showcased their knowledge about Engineers and Science experiments with
the whole school in assembly. Keep up the good work!”
Change to School Opening Time:
Pupils should not be gathering on the yard before 8:40am as the yard is
unsupervised at this time. In addition to this, it is also a Covid 19 risk that
we want to avoid. Pupils are to arrive between 8:40am and 8:50am where they
will go directly into their classrooms.
Raincoats & suitable footwear:
Please ensure your child brings their raincoat to school
and wears suitable footwear every day. The children will be going
outside for break every day so they will need to be suitably dressed for the
weather. Outdoor activity is being encouraged by the Department of Education.
Enrolments for Secondary School:
Presentation College: enrolment application forms
had to be submitted by 1pm on Friday October 16th.
Coláiste and Eachréidh: applications are open
until November 5th
Clarin College: visit www.clarincollege.ie Go to: Parents
& Students / Enrolment 2021 where you can request an application form
& a link for the Virtual Open Night 2021 / 2022. Applications will be
accepted from October 19th to November 19th 2020.
I will host a virtual assembly for all classes in
the school this week
In the interests of connecting with everybody
(while also promoting the Irish language) I have been looking in on all
classes weekly with either a face-to-face visit or by sending the class an
Irish voice over video.
Mrs Cronin compiled a short (5mins) iMovie of the
Holy Communion girls, which you can view on the school YouTube channel:
Friday October 23rd is a non-uniform
day. Your child may come to school dressed in their Halloween
costume or they may come to school in their normal clothes. It is their
choice, we certainly don’t want to put expense on parents having to buy a
Our only request is that props such as wands,
swords etc. are left at home. These items are always very
popular to share and due to current restrictions, it is better your child
just wears their costume / face paint (without any props) coming in to the
Please note also, correct footwear
is essential for the yard. (Most Disney princess shoes are not made for
running in the yard!)
In the past we have collected €1 / €2 from the
children on this non-uniform day and given the proceeds to Temple Street
hospital (“Trick or Treat for Temple St.”), as a number of our
pupils attend Temple Street hospital for various different reasons. Given
the current pandemic we didn’t think it wise to be collecting all these
coins from the children. So this year, in lieu of the normal fund-raising,
the Board of Management will make a small donation to Temple Street on
behalf of school.
The children will get their holidays for mid-term
break on Friday October 23rd. It is a normal school
day i.e. Junior & Senior infants finish at 1.30pm and all other
classes finish at 2.30pm. School re-opens on Monday November 2nd.
There will be a Cash4Clobber
collection on Monday November 9th, after the mid-term break.
Bags will not be brought
into the school building, given the current public health situation.
Instead we would ask that all bags be left in the shelter in the bottom
yard on the morning of Monday November 9th. As the bags will be
left outside until the truck comes to collect them, please make sure the
clothes are in plastic bags that are properly tied up and have no holes!
Miss Waldron’s 4th class:
We are delighted to welcome Mrs Neasa Duffy who will be teaching the
girls after the mid-term break.
Parent / Teacher meetings:
In the past parent / teacher meetings would have taken place in the
weeks between Halloween and Christmas. This will not be possible this year,
given the current public health situation. The current plan is to hold these
meetings in Term 3, but obviously this will have to be reviewed closer to the
time and will depend on the public health situation at that time.
It is understood
learning is not being actively considered by government, but staff
have to prepare for all eventualities. We thank families for their feedback in
the last survey and are taking on board constructive feedback from this. Seesaw
will be the main platform that will be used should we be instructed to close
Teachers have been
using class time to explain how the platform works to the children, so we trust
this will help both you and your child get established with Seesaw.
Parents can view
their child’s eportfolio on Seesaw by downloading the app and
using the access codes provided by the class teacher. There is some lovely
artwork to be seen there – not to be missed!
When requested you
will be able to upload your child’s work using Seesaw. It will be
securely saved on the platform and will be easily accessible by the class
teacher so they can correct pupils’ work.
If you have children
in more than one class please note that each child will have their
own individual log in details which are connected to their individual classes.
Therefore it is important that you keep the learning codes for each child to
enable logging in and out.
There is a “family
app” within Seesaw but this app just facilitates the parents in
contacting the teacher. Each class is seen as a separate entity or account.
It is possible for
children to use one device, but they must sign in & out with their
Please make sure that you have downloaded the
Aladdin app and have notifications switched on, as teachers may be using
it to correspond with you during the school year.
your child has been absent from school please record the reason for the absence
on the Aladdin app (you will need to wait
until teacher has marked your child absent first, before you will be given the
option to record the reason).
Team Hope Christmas Shoe Boxes:
The Christmas Shoebox Appeal is an annual
campaign where thousands of individuals in Ireland donate shoeboxes filled
with gifts to children affected by poverty in Africa and Eastern Europe.
It is an opportunity to share a little joy and excitement with children
who live in circumstances where these can sometimes be in short supply.
This year due to COVID-19 they are moving the
Every €20 donated will allow Team Hope’s partners
in Africa and Eastern Europe to purchase items for shoeboxes locally,
which will then be packaged and delivered directly into the hands of
To make a VIRTUAL BOX of your own with your child
you can visit www.teamhope.ie at any
time and choose the items you would like to add. Your child can also
personalise their shoebox by adding a colouring page they have completed,
to the box. (Just follow the steps online).
If you are interested in taking part in the
Christmas shoe box appeal; go www.teamhope.ie
and choose “Christmas Shoe Box Appeal”. When you are submitting your
details you can type in “Scoil Chroí Naofa” in the “Company Name” field.
Dealing with a
suspected case of Covid-19 in the school:
If your child becomes unwell at school and presents with symptoms
associated with Covid-19, we will follow the procedure that is set out in
Section 9 of the “SCN Covid-19 Response Plan”. (You can view this on the school website: Parents Hub / School
Re-opening 2020 / SCN Covid 19 Response Plan).
Bringing your child to a designated area
within the school. This area is called an “isolation area” and every
school is required to have such an area identified to deal with a
potential case of Covid-19
We will contact you and ask you to
collect your child as soon as possible
Please note that the school is not
required to inform anyone that your child has been removed due to his /
her symptoms. This procedure is purely precautionary.
If you have other children in the school,
they do not have to be removed from the school at this point.
You are required to contact your GP to
discuss concerns & we would ask that you keep the school updated on
the advice given by your GP. The next steps will depend on the advice
given to you by your GP
If your child is referred for a test,
all other members of the household that attend the school should remain at
If your child is confirmed positive for
Covid-19, the HSE will begin the process of contact tracing. This will
most likely mean that the school will be contacted to assess the Public
FROM THIS POINT ONWARDS, THE PROCESS WILL BE LED BY
THE PUBLIC HEALTH HSE.
The school cannot take any action in
relation to exclusion, part closure or full closure unless the Public
Health HSE determine that the action is required.
If any action of this nature is
required, the HSE will liaise with the school to provide clear guidance to
the school community.
If the school has not been contacted by
the Public Health HSE in relation to a confirmed case in the school
community, then contact with the school has not been deemed necessary.
Case of Covid-19 outside school:
We must again thank all the parents who
are playing their part and adhering to the public health guidelines.
There will be Covid-19 positive cases among
pupils & staff which will be identified outside of school, which is
what happened with the recent case. The person in question was not at
school during the infectious period and therefore we have not been
contacted by the HSE, as they have not deemed it necessary.
As Principal of Scoil Chroí Naofa my
duty is to the pupils, staff and parents of this school. For this reason I
will advise the school community of such cases, so that you are all fully
informed. Keeping our school community safe is the number one priority and
I am very grateful for your vigilance and co-operation.
It is a distressing time for families who are
dealing with a suspected or confirmed case and all pupils and their families
are entitled to confidentiality.
The school cannot & will not make the name of a
pupil with a suspected or confirmed case known to the public.
Unfortunately, we have no control over exchanges on
social media, where information based on hearsay is shared.
We would respectfully request that parents who
choose to communicate about this issue on social media should consider how
these comments could be misinterpreted.
Please refrain from naming pupils and their
families on these platforms.
We will continue to implement the measures set out
in the school’s Covid-19 Repsonse Plan to provide a safe learning environment
for our pupils and a safe and healthy workplace for all our staff, from