Healthy Kidz Global Challenge

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!

KS2 -Week 1

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

 

 

 

 

Free School Meals

Dear Parents/Guardians

We believe from Posts on the “Education Authority Twitter Account”, that they will be making payments of £2.70/child /day for all families currently eligible for Free School Meals. Payments will be made directly into bank accounts on a fortnightly basis and will continue over the Easter Holidays. For those families for whom the Education Authority does not have bank details they will send a text to you to direct you to their website where there will be a form to complete. Please be aware with phone coverage in our area, texts may not reach you and you may need to follow up directly with the Education Authority.

For anyone finding their circumstances may have changed below is the link for downloading the form for applying for Free School Meals.

https://www.eani.org.uk/sites/default/files/2019-05/Final%20General%2019-20%20GG.pdf

Live History Lesson

 

A great opportunity tomorrow to take part in a live history lesson on life in WW2 Wartime Liverpool. It is aimed at Upper Primary school age and takes place tomorrow Wednesday, 25th of March  at 1 pm. It is particularly relevant to our P5/6 Class who just recently read “Letters from the Lighthouse” which is set in WW2.

The lesson will include a tour around Western Approaches Secret WW2 HQ in Liverpool city centre and will discuss the Battle of The Atlantic, the role of Liverpool during the war, rationing, air raids and more.
The Facebook link is:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2474586906125611/?active_tab=about

P6 Parents

Dear P6 Parents / Guardians

Miss Mulkerns’ class experienced problems today accessing Google Classroom we think the reason for this is the increased amount of traffic through the C2k system. We believe that C2k were working on it over the weekend whilst we were assigning tasks.

Hopefully all problems are solved and we should be ready to go in the morning.

Thank you for your patience

Miss Mulkerns

Parents- Key Workers

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Recently, the Minister for Education, Northern Ireland, Peter Weir MLA, made a statement outlining that over the coming days and weeks the impact of the spread of the Covid -19 will be extremely significant for everyone in our community.

The overriding priority is to reduce the spread of the virus. Using social distancing and effective hygiene are the best ways to do this. This is why Churches, Schools, Community and Sporting Organisations are closed.

You also can play your part: limit unnecessary journeys, avoid crowded spaces, practice good hand washing hygiene, spend precious time with your children and keep in contact with your child’s teacher as they endeavour to support  you through home packs and online activities as has been previously communicated.

At this time, we are mindful of the additional pressures and expectations on the medical and caring professions. As a Community, we will seek to support front line service workers: doctors, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, etc to enable them to support the most vulnerable people. To that end it is necessary to support identified Key Workers.  (See link below to the Northern Ireland Department of Education website, for more information)

We will observe the advice regarding social distancing. Keeping the numbers of children and staff very low and limiting contact between them as much as possible. Whilst open as normal, 9 to 3.00 to facilitate Key Workers, we will not be able to operate anything like a “normal” school day. There will be no school transport and a packed lunch will be required.  We already have a significant reduction in staffing and this will probably continue to get worse over time.

It is important that we are made aware of the number of children of Key Workers who will be attending school tomorrow, Monday,23rd March. Please email this evening by 8 pm to the address below, with the following information:

  • Parent’s Name
  • Names of Children + Classes
  • Parent’s Occupation
  • Contact Details for all with Parental Responsibility
  • Pick up arrangements for home time

pmcdonnell667@c2kni.net

I would advise that sending children to school could potentially facilitate the transfer of the virus so only use the service if you would otherwise be dependent on Grandparents or vulnerable adults to look after your children.

I would also ask that all who are designated as “Key Workers” continue to lobby for COVID-19 virus testing to facilitate the management of our response to the virus.

In the interim keep safe and thank you for your continued support in these most challenging times.

P Mc Donnell

 

https://www.education-ni.gov.uk/news/list-key-workers

 

 

KS2 Parents

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,

God Bless

P Mulkerns, C Crawley, P Mc Coy K Mc Ardle

 

 

 

Parish News

Please see message from Fr Aidan below…

Dear Parishioners,

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…..

Fr Aidan

Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day

Today is a very special day because we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day.  So a big shout out to our new pupil, Anton.  Anton has only been with us a short while but we have already fallen for that big smile, inquisitive face and loving charm.  Traditionally on this day we wear odd socks to school….. so if any of Anton’s classmates want to share pictures of them wearing odd socks – please do! School  settings doesn’t permit us to share photos in the comments. We  might not be together for a while but we can still stay connected. 😊 Enjoy your day Anton.