Huge thanks to guest speaker Una Walsh who kindly joined our P6 online classroom yesterday for a virtual tour of South Armagh. Never one to be beaten by circumstances beyond her control, Una quickly adapted her annual bus tour for P6, presenting photos and a lively discussion on our virtual classroom Collaborate Ultra.
Bus tour, or virtual tour, pupils were enthralled with Una’s knowledge and stories of Ballykeel Dolmen, Jackson’s Follie, Carrive Mass Rock and St Monnina’s Well. A wonderful tour for everyone with excellent questions from the pupils prompting Una for more information. ( we are wondering if any parents P6 or not, would like a similar virtual experience with Una , if so please comment below and we will be in touch)
Well done P6 for your participation in the tour and making the experience a very enjoyable one for all involved.
Parenting NI is the leading charity for supporting Parents in Northern Ireland and their website has lots of general advice and useful links for Parents/Guardians in “normal times”. However, recognising that these are not “normal times”, they have added a very useful article with lots of ideas and advice for Parents/Guardians including strategies to help to improve communication with children and young people and thus reduce conflict in homes, as we all struggle to adapt to living and working in relatively confined circumstances.
Due to the uncertainity of the current situation, the Education Authority has made arrangements to prepare and issue notification of placement letters for P1 and Nursery, to Parents/Guardians receipt of which will be on Wednesday, 29th April 2020.
The letter will outline the application outcome, provide information on the appeals process and links to the EA website for more information.
As it is possible due to the Covid 19 that some post may take longer to deliever than usual, the “Citizien Portal” will be opened on Wednesday, 29th April and Parents/Guardians who have applied online can log in to view, their child’s pre-school/Nursery or Primary 1 placement. Guidance on how to log in and access placement offers will be accessible on the EA website the link is given below.
We have been asked to share the information below about the Covid 19 Community Helpline, further information can be found at the link at the end.
The Covid-19 Community Helpline went live on Friday 27 March and operates 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days per week initially, although this will be kept under review and the service can be increased if necessary. The Helpline has been taking calls from members of the public who need advice and support relating to the COVID 19 emergency, initially linking people into local services.
Some of the services which can be accessed via the helpline include: delivery of food parcels to vulnerable people including those in the shielded group who have no other way to access food deliveries; information about retailers offering delivery in a local area; help from the voluntary and community sector to deliver prescription medication and advice on claiming benefits. Advice NI have put in place a detailed directory of community and voluntary organisations at both a local and regional level covering everything from domestic abuse, to mental health to local sports groups willing to walk dogs for vulnerable people. Helpline staff will provide a warm handoff to the relevant service if they are unable to deal with a query themselves, and are aware of the need for a warm handoff to the Nexus service if a caller reports domestic abuse during the course of the conversation.
The helpline is for vulnerable people who have no other method of accessing support. If a vulnerable person already has sufficient support in place, either from family and friends or from a voluntary organisation then they should continue to rely on that in the first instance.
On the question of whether representatives could call the helpline on someone’s behalf the answer is yes, as long as the person has given permission to the representative to share their details and act on their behalf.
The Helpline service also offers e-mail and text message response facility.
As we can’t make it to the Good Friday Ceremonies today we thought you might like to share with us the “Stations of the Cross” with pictures drawn by our P5/6 and P6 pupils. They have been learning about Crosses from different parts of the world including, Ethiopia, El Salvador, and Syria/Lebanon.
We have added some reflections and music, we hope it brings a quiet moment of prayer and reflection into your homes this Good Friday, and it brings you Hope, Peace and Joy.
You are invited to join the priests of our Pastoral Area in Celebrating the Mass of the Lord’s Supper @ 7:30pm on Thursday (9 April). Like the weekly Sunday prayer, this Mass takes place in the Church of St Brigid. Celebrant for this Mass is Fr Vinod, PP Faughart Parish.
You can join us on Facebook @ Faughart Parish.
As with all liturgies these days, Thursday evening will be adapted to the times in which we are living. But what does not change is the hope and witness given to the world by the One who entered into the city of Jerusalem on a colt. This same city was to be the community of His death….and His resurrection.
We are far away from that part of the world; we are far away from that time in human history. May we be very near to Him whom we remember and adore. May we translate His call to serve concretely in our time – by helping those who are struggling because of the global pandemic; by supporting the vulnerable and the poor in our midst and beyond; by using our gifts and energy for others and the wider good of this society; by showing in practical terms to our young people what it means to live in the ways of Jesus.
The Washing of Feet will not be replicated during Mass on Thursday night….but how can each of us mirror the simple yet radical act of Jesus in our homes, our Parish, our land? What in our own culture witnesses to service and generosity?
Once again this Mass reminds us that receiving Communion is not possible in the way we know. Jesus still says, “This is my Body; this is my Blood”. During this time the powerful message of this prayer may help:
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen”.
Join us. Pray with us.
I warmly invite you to this first liturgy of what we call the Triduum.
Tomorrow is Palm Sunday and marks the beginning of Holy Week. As we aren’t in school to hear the story of Palm Sunday, we thought you might like to listen to the story of “Dan the Donkey”.
Dan is the youngest and smallest donkey in the field where he lives. He’s teased by the other donkeys, especially when he reveals his big dreams for the future.
But one day Dan’s dreams come true, he is chosen…
To find out more click on the link below to the BBC Schools’ Radio Page watch and listen.
We’d love to see Palm Sunday pictures, from all our boys and girls, so get busy draw your pictures, take a photograph of them and email them to your teacher or to Miss Mulkerns at her address: email@example.com. Be sure to include your names and classes in your emails please.
This is an ideal opportunity for our KS2 Pupils, (P5+P6+P7), to try out their own school email addresses, as their teachers have been encouraging them this week. All they need to do is to log into their MySchool Account, look for “Microsoft 365” on the Launch Pad, click on it and then on “Outlook”. Click on “New Message”, type in your teacher’s address at the “To”. The”attach” button on the tab at the top allows you to search for a picture stored in your computer files. When attached hit “Send”