Healthy Kidz remain committed to ensuring that all pupils remain active throughout the duration of the school closures by providing a vast array of content via their YouTube channel and various Social Media platforms, as well as free access to their revamped Healthy Kidz App for children to record their activity.
You are invited to sign up to the Global Challenge. Go to the Healthy Kidz website before next week’s Challenge begins (Monday 6th April). The link to sign up to this FREE initiative is https://healthy-kidz.com/healthy-kidz-global-challenge/. Previous usernames and passwords are not required. Many families connected to our school have already signed up and are taking part in this current week’s challenge.
Please also note that if a pupil manages to record a 7 day streak on the App, they will be in with a chance of winning some great prizes. This week’s winner will receive a Fitbit Advanced Health and Fitness Tracker, while next week’s prize will be a StatSports Apex Athlete Series GPS Performance Tracker (RRP £250).
Good luck to all who enter!
Phew!!! We have all survived a most peculiar week, one which has rocked the normal rhythms of all our lives and we’d like to say Parents and Children, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
We have thrown “Google Classroom” at you, and Parents (and children), you have all done amazingly well!!!
The chat between the children has been wonderful and they have all remembered their on-line etiquette. There have been many wonderful examples of helping each other out and displays of good manners, well done children.
The enthusiasm from the children for work has also been wonderful. It is scheduled for 9 am each morning and answers to the day’s work for 8 pm. We ask you Parents, to please check the work, we will also be checking, but we will be focusing on a particular subject area or set of questions daily. We will send private messages when there are issues, please reciprocate if you are having issues.
The quantity and quality of work uploaded has blown us away. We have shared here some of the Art and Science work completed by P5 and P6 year Groups yesterday. If you’ve been wondering why rainbows are popping up in windows, they are being placed there to spread joy, in these otherwise dark days. We hope you enjoy our display.
We included a short survey in yesterday’s activities for feedback on activities to date. Thank you to all those children and Parents who completed this, (for anyone who hasn’t there is still time and we welcome your feedback for moving forward).
Finally Parents, C2K passwords have a security element which means that they have to be changed every 120 days, pupils did change them after Christmas but some may in the coming days needed changed again. A message will pop up on screen, to prompt this and it must be done on a PC. If there are any issues please email us as we can change them remotely.
Thank- you, have a lovely weekend, stay safe.
P Mc Coy, P Mulkerns , C Crawley, K Mc Ardle
Dear KS2 Parents/Guardians,
We are all set up and ready to go! Classwork should hit work stations at 9 am tomorrow. Judging from the online activity there are some eager beavers out there, we hope this enthusiasm keeps up!
There are 2 areas within Google Classroom: the Stream where pupils can comment/chat with each other and Classwork where assignments are posted.
We have worked hard to keep the process and instructions as clear as possible, work is in the main, a continuation of what pupils have been doing and are familiar with. This will hopefully make things easier for everyone. Everything that is needed is included as attachments, as we have no idea who has what books in school bags.
On Friday we produced and uploaded to the Stream our own “Google Classroom User Guide” in the form of a Google slideshow, with screen shots of steps to follow. Pupils all have access to the full suite of Goggle Apps through their My School Log in.
We expect there may be hitches to start with, but pupils have all experience of using Google Classroom and this is a good opportunity to practice independence and thinking skills. We will monitor and make adjustments if needed as we go along.
Whilst this may be a novelty with pupils, we are all too fully aware that in the grand scheme of things, school work isn’t high on anyone’s agenda at the moment. So please Parents/Guardians don’t stress over this, (it may prove to be a useful distraction), we want you, your children and wider families to be safe, that is and has to be the first priority.
Lastly, we are forever grateful to the Parents, friends and wider community who assisted and supported our ICT fund raising a number of years ago, your support at that time has placed us in the position we are today, ready and able to launch this approach to teaching and learning.
Keep safe and well,
P Mulkerns, C Crawley, P Mc Coy K Mc Ardle
Dear Parents/Guardians of P5, P6 + P7 Pupils
We are using these days to prepare work/activities for our classes. These we will be uploading to each classes’ Google Classroom, on a daily basis from Monday.
Last Friday all KS2 pupils took home a sheet with login and password details to check their home access, we know some have been successful because we can see their online activity, well done! However, there are still a number who have not yet accessed.
Parents we ask that today or tomorrow you please ask for the sheet, (it may still be buried in a school bag), and take the time to sit with your child and check their access. Sometimes Homepages etc. can look different when accessed outside of school and this can cause confusion for the child.
We will be in school over the next two days and are happy to answer questions or help if we can with access, issues. We have given our email addresses below and over the next 2 days we would like to get any access issues sorted, please email and if we can possibly help, we will.
We will upload tomorrow to the Google Classrooms a suggested timetable, with materials and resources uploaded from Monday for all KS2 classes- P5, P5/6, P6 and P7.
Details for other Year Groups will follow tomorrow.
Stay safe and well everyone.
There were numbers everywhere today, helping us to spread the important message, “Speak Out, Stay Safe”. Even Buddy the NSPCC mascot made a return visit to help out.
We hope you enjoy catching a glimpse of some of the activities we were involved in around the school. Watch out for more pictures in the local papers this week.
A big thank you to family and friends for sponsoring the children in their Dance- athon and to our student teachers Miss Hearty and Miss Murphy who led all the classes through their dance moves.
Finally a big thank you to Mrs O’ Hagan our Numeracy Co-ordinator for organising the day and promoting a love of Maths with all the boys and girls.
Monday 10th February,
@ 7.00 pm
St. Mary’s Primary School
To celebrate Safer Internet Day 2020, 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 year’s theme is:
‘Safer Internet Day: Free to be me – exploring identity online.’
So we are strongly recommending all Parents / Guardians to come along Monday night to explore ways in which we can help our young people to manage their online identity.
We are confident you will find the workshop very useful and informative.