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
Please see message from Fr Aidan below…
In response to the current restrictions to life at every level, I have met with Fr Vinod, (Faughart Parish) and Fr Seamus, (Dromintee Parish) to discuss how we could reach out to the three Parishes through a live Facebook link.
Beginning tomorrow, (Sunday, 22th of March), @ 10.30 am we plan to offer Mass live every Sunday from the church of St. Brigid, Kilcurry, for all the intentions across our three Parishes.
THE CURRENT RESTRICTIONS RE NO CONGREGATION BEING PRESENT AT MASS REMAIN IN PLACE – but we hope we can reach out to many families via available technology, in this way we can still pray together.
We hope as priests of the area to join together in prayer for our communities, exploring various opportunities for worship and spiritual invocation.
We will try to develop this outreach as far as is helpful.
PLEASE PASS ON THE WORD.
The Facebook Page to log onto is: Faughart Parish
I will be Celebrant for tomorrow’s Mass.
Blessings to all. Keep safe everybody…..
Teachers have been preparing homework packs and information for our Foundation and KS1 classes, (P1to P4.) these along with new exercise books for KS2 (P5 to P7) will be available for pick up in the Assembly Hall, tomorrow, 20th of March.
Please to protect your families and ours, observe the following protocol:
- Times for pick up are staggered. We have 189 families to accommodate, the greatest number of oldest in families are in KS2, so please come at the time of your youngest child. We have put a lot of thought into this and we hope that this will keep numbers to as safe a level as possible, we know we can rely on your support in this.
- When you come please pick up for all your children
- Entrance will be by the front door of the school. The main school carpark will be open for parking.
- Exit will be directly from the Assembly Hall to the carpark, via the door opening from the Assembly Hall.
- We will be restricting the number entering the building at any one time, so you may be asked to wait.
- Staff will be present to assist; but work is laid out on tables labelled by teacher’s name.
- Please do not bring children, practise social distancing, i.e. keep 2 metres apart if waiting. Please be advised that this is not an opportunity to speak to any teacher about your child or the current situation. In the interests of health & safety you must enter and exit the hall as quickly as possible.
- If you are unable to pick- up, please arrange for someone to do this for you.
Times: (Plan your visit on your youngest child)
P2+ P3- 10.30-11.15
P4 +P5 – 11.30-12.15
P6 +P7- 12.30- 1.15
Please continue to check the school website for updates.
On behalf of all the school staff, we wish all our families a safe confinement during your stay at home.
Peter Mc Donnell
Dear Parents/ Guardians
This is a communication all of you have been expecting as this gives notice that school is now closed. I don’t know how long this is going to be for but we will keep you informed.
This is a very serious but necessary measure in an attempt to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
It is vitally important that everyone clearly understands the reason for school closures. This is to limit social contact with a view to reducing the spread of the infection. For this measure to be effective it is absolutely necessary that children are not mixing with others, including neighbours and friends, while out of school. This is not a case of been given an unexpected holiday but a measure which will place huge demands on all of us. We all have older relatives or someone who has an underlying health issue, or a neighbour who may be vulnerable. We have a duty of care towards all such people in our community.
It is also important that you speak with your children and reassure them of the safety in following protocols that have been communicated by Public Health Agency (PHA). Kidshealth.org Coronavirus(COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child
The teachers have made preparations for the distribution of work activities for all pupils in the school. (See the school website this feeds automatically to our Facebook page)
I want to stress that the completion of school work is secondary to the health and well-being of your families and it should not take precedence over the demands that other restrictions may bring.
The resources available are a mixture of online work activities from familiar educational websites and pupils own workbooks. The nature of the activities is in keeping with the specific demands of the curriculum designed for your child/children.
We would recommend that reading requires daily practice and this is an appropriate activity for pupils across all year groups.
Pupils in KS2 can access activities posted on the Google Classroom Platform which they are all currently using. Work activities will be added to Google Classroom by KS2 teachers.
All children will be issued an exercise book for recording work during the isolation period, but this is NOT to be returned to school after the spell at home. Likewise, all other booklets must NOT be returned to school to avoid cross contamination. Work will not be collected or corrected by teachers, (KS2 will also upload answers for work), this is entirely at the parents’ discretion.
Further communications from the school to parents will be posted on our school website and Facebook page.
Finally, I want to thank all of you for your public and privately expressed support for us at this time. It is an extremely challenging time with the prospect of even greater hardship lying ahead. The staff of St. Mary’s sincerely wish you all the greatest resilience, good health, firm faith and the belief in the power of hope for the time that is in front of us.
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.
I wish to advise you to make preparations for a significantly long period of school closures.
At this point we cannot confirm if we will be reopening on Wednesday. We expect that a directive from the Assembly’s Ministers to close, is imminent.
We will continue to keep you updated as events unfold.
Please spread the word.
Peter Mc Donnell