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 email@example.com
Safer Internet Day 2021 “Together for a better Internet”
Each year in St Mary’s we recognise the importance of Safer Internet Day by hosting Parents’ and Pupils’ workshops.
So this year we are asking families to take time to explore the Internet Safety tab on our school website where you will find links to information and stories related to this year’s theme “Together for a better Internet”
And why not check out tomorrow’s C2K Newsdesk story line made famous by ex president Donald Trump “Fake News”
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!
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…
It is planned that First Holy Communion will take place on Saturday, 22nd May in St. Mary’s Church, Mullaghbawn. First Penance would normally take place during Lent, however until we know if and when the current restrictions are to be lifted we cannot arrange a date for this. We will update you as soon as the situation changes and we have more information.
Miss C Murphy’s P3/4 created a wonderful display in their classroom this week as a constant reminder that as a class they are united against bullying. Their messages were used to create a paper chain decoration for their display board. As individual messages they are so powerful that we zoomed in to share some of them with you. Well done P3/4
Smiles from those nominated in their classes for “Pupil of the Week” this week. Well done to everyone and keep up the great work. A special well done to Mrs Murphy’s P4/5 Class who were all nominated!!!
(Those missing from today’s post we will catch up with on Monday for a photo and post).
The groups for First Holy Communion on Saturday 10th and Saturday 17th October have now been assigned. Please check the document attached here. Written confirmation will be sent out as soon as possible and details about the ceremony will follow. If you have any problems concerning your child’s sacramental date please contact Mrs. Orla Murphy by telephoning the school.
We would like to say thank-you for all your support to St. Mary’s over the past year and in particular over the past difficult few months. You have helped us to support your child/children by ensuring that they have engaged with learning, both on and off line, it hasn’t been easy, we know. It was a steep learning curve for everyone and we appreciate you will have encountered many difficulties along the way, but you stuck with it and this very much encouraged us to continue with and develop new ways of reaching out to our children and families. The whole experience will have taught your children many new skills and developed important life skills- not least not giving up! We are very proud, our whole school community very much lived up to our school motto: “Never settle for less than your best!”
We are currently working on a plan for return to school in September we hope to be in a position to share this with you by the end of next week.
Thank you for all your messages and emails of support, we hope all our families have a lovely Summer Holiday and we look forward to working with you in the Autumn Term.
If your child left a coat, hat, lunchbox, football boots etc. in school, there is an opportunity tomorrow from 10 am to 12 noon to pick these up. Weather permitting they will be laid outside the main entrance on tables for collection. If weather does not allow tables will be placed in the dinning hall.
Please observe social distancing rules and if entering the school there will be a one in, one out policy, remember to use the hand sanitising station on entry.
Any items not claimed tomorrow, will be bagged up and sent to charity.