Healthy Me – Help Needed

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I have received a request for help from the Action Mental Health Team.  You will remember the team adapted their “Healthy Me” Programme and delivered it virtually to any interested Parents in June during lock-down. Their work is featuring this Saturday, 11th of July @ 11am on Radio Ulster’s John Toal Programme.  They have asked if any Parent(s) who took part in the programme would be willing to speak live? Parent(s) would speak about their experience of the Programme and if they found it useful, particularly in the current Covid 19 pandemic.

I am aware that this is short notice but your willingness to be involved would be greatly appreciated by the team. If you would be willing to speak I have given my email address below for you to contact me and I will pass on your details to the team.

Anyone interested in the work of the Action Mental Health Team or in making contact with them directly, a link to their website can be found below.

https://www.amh.org.uk/

Thank you,

P Mulkerns

pmulkerns611@c2ken.net

 

 

P5, P6, P7 Parents/Guardians

P5, P6, P7 Parents/Guardians

Dear Parent/Guardian,

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:

KS2 Teachers

Mr Mc Coy     Miss Mulkerns    Miss Crawley    Miss Mc Ardle

Parents’- Workshop

Dear Parent/Guardian,

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.

P Mulkerns

P6 Parents/Guardians- Transfer Information

P6 Parents/Guardians- Transfer Information

Dear P6 Parent/Guardian

It is come to my attention that some of you may be uncertain of the transfer arrangement for your child when they move into P7 and prepare for Secondary or Grammar school.

On 19th May 2020 the Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin asked that the Post-Primary Transfer Test be suspended this year in Northern Ireland due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the Education Minister Peter Weir rejecting the Bishop’s plea, on 29th May, the Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School, Our Lady’s Grammar School, Sacred Heart Grammar School, and St Colman’s College which are all in Newry, and St Louis Grammar School, in Kilkeel, announced they would act on the request of Bishop Martin and suspend the transfer test for this year.

Therefore, no Catholic pupils in the catchment area of these schools will be sitting the Transfer Test in the next academic year. The above named schools organise for the sitting and administration of the transfer test but next school year 2020/2021 they will not be producing a test.

The selection of pupils for the schools named will take place and these schools have outlined their selection criteria for the incoming year given the absence of the Transfer Test. The criteria laid out by individual schools should be available on their School Websites. Although there has been no mention of any test related criteria, including records of performances from Primary Schools, this could be a possibility. Key Stage 2 (P5/P6/P7) results have been requested in the past for the purpose of transferring to Grammar School. It could be the case that the Grammar Schools will look towards the standardised scores from previous years to make their selection.

Therefore, our focus for the pupils who will be entering into P7 this September 2020, will be to work towards the internal standardised tests that will be administered in the Spring term within our own school.

I hope that this communication goes some way to removing any misunderstanding you may have had in relation to transfer arrangements for this incoming P7 year 2020/2021.

Yours sincerely,

Peter McDonnell

Principal

P6 Parents/Guardians- “Healthy Me” Programme

Dear P6 Parent,

We are delighted to inform you that on Monday, 22nd of June @10 am as part of our normal Monday P6 “Live Lesson” we will have with us guest speakers from “Action Mental Health NI”.

They will deliver their “Healthy Me” Programme, which normally runs over a number of sessions in school but this has been tailored to suit our online environment, in fact we will be one of the first schools to take advantage of this new initiative.

“Healthy Me” positively promotes mental health, social and emotional well-being in children and has a strong focus on prevention and self-help and is of particular importance at this current time.

 

 

P7 Parents/Guardians- Transitioning Workshop

P7 Parents/Guardians- Transitioning Workshop

Dear P7 Parent/Guardian,

During the month of June as part of our Pastoral Programme we usually run a Parent/Pupil Transition workshop for all P 7’s as they begin to think of their next exciting but daunting step as they prepare to move on to Post Primary School.

We believe that this year it is even more important than ever to participate in this programme and have therefore rearranged this event as a “Virtual Workshop”.

It will take place next Thursday, 25th of June at 7 pm, a link to the virtual room will be sent on that day to your child’s Google Classroom. The workshop is facilitated by REIMS and funded through our  Extended Schools’ Cluster Group.

The workshop provides practical information, tips and guidance on how to make that transition with the minimum of stress for both you and your child.

Topics to be covered in the session include:

  • Getting used to your new school
  • New friendships
  • Communicating effectively

We look forward to greeting you and your P7 child “virtually” and ask that you spread the word to all P7 Parents, this is an important event. It will last approx 45 mins to 1 hour.

Thank You

Miss Mulkerns + Mr Mc Coy

The 2 Metre Rule

It’s really important to keep everyone safe, that while we start coming together that we remember to keep apart. This will be especially hard for children and they will all need some practice, to remember the distance. One of the best ways is for them to have a picture in their head of something that is 2 m so they know what 2 metres looks like.

So we suggest you measure together, so pieces of furniture around the house to see what they can find that is 2 metres. Or decorate a piece of wood or a strip of paper that measures 2 metres, any activity that reinforces the 2 metre rule and helps your child to understand what 2 metres looks like!

The video linked below may be useful

Digital Assistance

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Please see attached a flyer from Business in the Community NI with information on free assistance available for any one lacking the IT skills to complete necessary online transactions, or who is experiencing IT problems, e.g. with computer settings.

Digital Help flyer

They have also some useful resources for Parents to assist with reading, numeracy, creative activities,  exercise and much more on their website at the link below.

/https://www.bitcni.org.uk/programmes/3-covid-19-help-for-schools-and-parents/

Caroline O’ Hanlon

Caroline O’ Hanlon

A huge thank you to Caroline O’ Hanlon, for taking time out last night to speak with our KS2 girls and their Mums. Caroline told us how she became involved in sport from a young age, through her local Club and Primary School. She spoke about her many achievements, offered tips for continual skills development even during this period of lock-down.  She emphasised the importance of sport and exercise on all our health and well-being and encouraged our girls to get involved.

Well done also to our wonderful girls, they had great questions prepared and put them to Caroline with such confidence. They have all taken to this “virtual” world with ease!

Finally a big thank you to Miss Murphy for organising, Caroline is a wonderful role model for all our girls and everyone really took a lot away from the session, thank you.