We had the first of our video conferences with P6 pupils today using Collaborate Ultra. A big congratualtions to all the boys and girls who took part, they all mangaged to join in and follow the instructions as we all became familiar with the platform.
We look forward to meeting 2 more groups tomorrow at 10 am and 11am. P6 Parents information was posted today in Google Classrooms if you haven’t been told about it! There are slots available tomorrow and Wednesday please let us know the day and time that suits.
During these times of social isolation we are all using free video chat Apps such as “Zoom” and “Houseparty”, to stay in touch with friends and family. But, did you know you can be “Zoombombed” or that complete strangers can make contact through Houseparty?
As many children are using these Apps, we ask Parents/Guardians to please read the information from the NSPCC at the links below. There you will find easy to follow steps to take to change the privacy settings within the Apps’.
We want everyone to stay safe, not only from the Covid 19 virus, but also whilst online!
Thank you for all coming today to pick up your packs, contained within will be log in Usernames and Passwords as well as web addresses for a variety of on line resources.
KS2 pupils will be accessing all materials/resources through their Google Classrooms. We are scheduling work to post to the Classrooms at 9 am each morning and we expect that at the very latest pupils would have completed their work for the day by 8pm, allowing plenty of “Blue light” free time before bedtime.
With increased access to the internet please be vigilant and ensure your child remembers the “E safety Code” – Be SMART!
See guidelines for both Primary aged pupils attached.
P5 are looking forward to a busy couple of days, as they begin their “Goat Project”. They will be welcoming as part of the project, staff and pupils from Dromintee PS and Mulranny National School, Co. Mayo.
Taking inspiration from our shared heritage, the herd of ancient wild goats, which can be found on the slopes of Slieve Gullion and other mountains here in the Ring of Gullion, as well as in Mulranny, pupils will be engaging in a range of activities. At one time South Armagh was known as the “Goat Droving Capital of Ireland” and the “Goat Men of South Armagh” were central to the Irish travelling herd trade, taking goats from the West and exporting to England and beyond.
Over the next couple of days, pupils will have the opportunity to work together alongside, professionals in the fields of ICT and Art: creating films, building virtual replicas of their villages and creating art works through the mediums of glass and felting.
So, if you see the Mayo flag, flying over school tomorrow, you will know it is to welcome our guests from the West who will be staying in Ti Chulainn over the next few nights. We hope they enjoy their first visit to St. Mary’s and South Armagh.
Following from my recent trip to Prague at the start of June, I am delighted to announce that our Nursery is eTwinned with a Kindergarten in Norway. The Scandinavian approach to play is extremely interesting and I’m really looking forward to introducing new ideas that I have learnt from our Norwegian friends and to continue developing our project. It is an honour to be part of the exciting eTwinning network.
Thank you for all the well wishes that I received on the school’s Facebook page, it meant a lot and showing it to other participants they all commented on what a supportive school community we have.
Thank you to the large number of Mammys and Daddys who attended our Internet Safety meeting this evening. Thanks to our training providers REIM Training Solutions who shared with us the most up to date information and advice for safe use of the Internet.
As mentioned at the meeting we remind you to visit the Internet Safety link on our school website stmarysps.org to access links to useful websites and information for children and parents.
To celebrate Safer Internet Day we would like to invite all Parents / Guardians to this free workshop where you will learn about:
* Internet Browser security*
*”Hot” websites that may cause concern*
This event to open to all parents and members of our local community. Feedback from previous years’ workshops was very positive. Parents attending commented on the practical tips and advice shared by our experts , one parent evaluation read, “Very useful advice and easy to apply”.
So we are strongly recommending all Parents / Guardians to come along Monday night. Knowledge around internet safety is paramount to keeping our children safe and the content of the workshop is updated annually. We are confident you will find this workshop very useful and informative.