I look forward to welcoming back pupils in the following Year Groups: Nursery, P1, P2 and P3, from this Monday, 8th March, for two weeks. To help keep everyone safe I ask that you read through the following procedures.
P Mc Donnell
Returning to school Procedures Mon 8th March
All of the previous routines that were in place before Christmas relating to: sanitising and washing hands, class bubbles, toileting, play activities and movement within the school and grounds will remain in place. In addition please note:
School buses to drop off and pick up as normal to begin with, but collection times may be revised when the demands of the secondary school have been established.
Children to enter school at the same points as before lock down. Key-workers’ children to enter by the front door if they don’t have a sibling entering at another point.
Children to exit from the same points as they entered school from.
Breaks and Dinners will be at the normal times. School meals are available to all children who wish to avail of the service either though free school meals entitlement or by paying. This provision is also available for the supervised children of Key Workers.
Pupils may use regular lunch bags, for packed lunches.
We will continue to accommodate Key Workers’ children up to 3.30 pm. Younger siblings of these supervised children (and other pupils who need), can join with them after 2 pm when their classes end. Please arrange this in advance through the Office.
Bus users may wait in school with the supervised children until the 3 pm pick-up. Please notify the Office if your child is to wait for a 3 pm bus.
Supervised children who have been attending St Mary’s have been following the online activities/lessons posted by their respective teachers and this will continue to be the case. The use of personal devices, if available, would help to reduce the demand on school owned machines.
If you haven’t already been using the supervision facility in St Mary’s and need a supervised place for your P4-7 child please contact us in advance on 028 -30888351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The 18th and 19th of March had been planned as Staff Days, with pupils off school. However with the recent announcement from the Minister Peter Weir, that Nursery to P3 pupils are to return to school for 2 weeks, these days are now deferred until the 30th and 31st of March, (Holy Week). This will ensure that except for St Patrick’s Day itself, the 2 weeks face to face in class time for Nursery to P3 will not be interrupted.
Children of Key Workers who are in P4-P7 will continue to be accommodated through this 2 week period and all Key Worker children can be accommodated on the 30th and 31st of March.
The AMAZING “Still Life” art work completed by P6 pupils in their live art lesson last Friday, with art teacher Sinead Campbell of “The Art and Design Factory”. We think each and every piece of work would grace the walls of any art gallery! Well done!!
This week was the turn of P5 and as soon as the boys of girls of P5 have upload their work we will bring it to you, here on our website.
If you’d like to learn more about Sinead’s work a link to her Facebook page is given below.
Firstly, let me congratulate you on the spectacular support you have given to your children during this time of home learning and online school activities.
We in St Mary’s have many issues to consider in how best to continue to support children and families at home and to manage the time taken to plan and prepare for such activities.
After close examination of the demands of continuing online activities both from a school and a home per perspective, I have decided to suspend all online activities on Fridays. This will now be a planning day for staff and a day for families and children to use away from the demands of online learning.
Your child’s teacher will be in contact with you after mid-term to organise a 10 min phone call, to discuss work done and the general progress of your child/children.
In the meantime if you have any issues of concern do not hesitate to contact me.
P6 are learning to code in their Live Lessons on a Tuesday. They have written their coding script so that their “sprite” follows their computer mouse along the river. Importantly they have been learning today while they can share the game they have created with others, they should NEVER USE THEIR REAL NAME OR GIVE OUT ANY PERSONAL DETAILS!
We were blown away by the work carried out for our recent celebration of Catholic School’s Week and had to share a selection from our KS2 Classes. There was such a high level of participation that it was almost impossible to pick out samples for the video attached below.
This week we marked the beginning of Spring with St Brigid’s Day, we all hope for brighter days ahead… but the fantastic work of our boys and girls should swell everyone’s heart in our school community with PRIDE. Well done boys and girls… YOU ARE AMAZING!!!✨👏
The Ring of Gullion ,“Dragons in the Hills” Project have teamed up with local artists to bring an exciting art competition for all classes to take part in. The theme is: “Reptiles, Amphibians and Habitats”, it’s a great excuse for everyone to get outside, have a explore of some likely habitats,- ponds, marshy ground, stone walls, … Why not take some photos, and then once back indoors get experimenting with different media, paint, pastels, collage – choose the piece you are most happy with and submit a photo via the link given below!
All work must be submitted by 17th March There are some great prizes up for grabs!
We have the the last in our series of Parent’s Talks this coming Tuesday evening @8 pm, via Zoom. This week’s speaker is Colette Delargy who will look at why children might struggle with Maths and what can be done to boost their knowledge, understanding and confidence.
As a teacher, adviser and tutor, Colette Delargy has devoted her working life to finding ways of making Maths more accessible to people. She particularly enjoys helping children who think they can’t do Maths, overcome their difficulties and succeed with a newfound confidence. As a member of the Family Learning Organisation, (FLO), Colette will show parents easy, fun activities they can do at home to help their children become better at Maths.
If you would like to attend, please email me at the address below, we have prepaid for places and there are still some available.
P3/4 have shared a video which encapsulates all of our messages for “Children’s Mental Health Week 2021”. Watch as they express themselves through art, music, dance, drama and play. Being creative in and out of school. Leaving us with a very important message…