A BIG thank you to Miss Mc Ardle’s P5 Class for the reminder that tomorrow is …. ODD SOCKS’ DAY at St Mary’s.
Odd Socks’ Day is an opportunity for everyone to express and celebrate their individuality. We are all unique, so search out those odd socks and have a listen to the theme song for tomorrow from Andy and the Odd Socks, When the kids are United!
This week Mrs. Murphy and most of Primary4/5 will be working from home as they are self-isolating. The pupils’ work-at-home packs, complete with a Google Classroom guidebook, are ready for collection. Siblings may take the packs home with them or parents can collect them from the front door during the hometime period 2 – 2.30pm tomorrow. The 5 pupils who were absent last Tuesday, and who therefore do not have to isolate, only need their GC guidebook brought home, as they may return to class this Wednesday 14th October after the deep clean. All other pupils and their teacher are due back at school on Wednesday 21st October. Shortly after this date it is anticipated that Mrs Murphy’s P5s will celebrate their First Holy Communion. Fingers crossed it’s Third Time Lucky!!
As of today, 6/10/20, both First Holy Communion services scheduled for the 10th and 17th October are still expected to take place. Naturally this is assessed on a daily basis as the health and well being of every pupil and member of staff is our paramount concern. We have no control over community transmission of Covid 19 but we are doing everything within our power to keep our school a safe place of learning.
To date one pupil and one staff member have tested positive for Coronavirus. A very small number of other staff and pupils are isolating at home under PHA regulations following “close contact” or negative results.
Fortunately, the one positive pupil was not at school for several days prior to showing symptoms and being tested. Accordingly, the PHA said their considerable absence from school ruled out the possibility of transmission. However staff took the precautionary measure of deep cleaning their classroom as well as toilets, cloakrooms and the Main Hall.
One member of staff, who had limited direct contact with a small number of pupils also tested positive at the weekend, again this followed an absence from school for a number of days. Under PHA guidance the parents of those pupils involved were directly contacted yesterday and informed of the situation and are subsequently following the regulatory advice to self isolate.
Pupils and Staff have been and continue to work in “class bubbles”. They avoid entering other classrooms and are undertaking daily additional cleaning of their work areas. We have taken direction from the EA cleaning services and have had an onsite visit from their consultant cleaning officer who further advised on every aspect of contact management.
Some parents have informed us of the decision to keep their own children at home due to concerns over rising cases in the community, or indeed due to someone in the family testing positive and we thank them for keeping us fully aware of all developments.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected and we wish our pupils and colleagues a safe return to school when the full isolation period has been exceeded.
As yet, Primary 5 remains unaffected, and 44 children are pinning their hopes on two momentous occasions being able to take place very soon. We ask our patrons to keep assumptions and speculation at an all time low to spare these families undue stress on the lead up to these dates. Please keep checking our school website where information will be posted as soon as anything changes and /or contact the school directly to speak to Miss Mulkerns or Mrs Murphy if you have further questions.
We will continue to keep the situation under daily review and update you if there are any changes in circumstances.
Stay safe, and help keep each other safe. We really are in this together.
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.
A reminder that tomorrow evening, Wednesday 23rd of June @ 7 pm we have a fantastic opportunity for Parents and Guardians to join virtually in a presentation to be given by Action Mental Health. The presentation will cover important issues such as supporting and improving social and emotional well being and self- care techniques.
A link will be posted in your child’s Google Classrooms- P5, P5/6 P6 and P7 tomorrow afternoon, the room will open 10/15 mins before the start time. Simply copy and paste the link into your Google Chrome Browser- other browsers will not support our video conferencing platform, Collaborate Ultra.
We look forward to welcoming you virtually:
Mr Mc Coy Miss Mulkerns Miss Crawley Miss Mc Ardle
I am delighted to offer you, the opportunity to take part in a “Healthy Me” -Virtual Workshop, this coming Wednesday, 24th June @ 7pm. This workshop is suitable for Parents, Carers and Teachers of children aged 8-11 years, (P5-P7). It will last around 1 hour and will deal with important issues such as:
How to start conversations about Mental Health
How to recognise signs/symptoms of mental ill-health
teach self care techniques building resilience and confidence
How and where to access support.
A link will be posted to your child’s Google Classroom on the day. Please ensure you use Google Chrome for the workshop, copy and paste the link into your Google browser. I look forward to welcoming you “Virtually” on Wednesday evening.