October 15th, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We continue to be so grateful to all of you, for the continued co-operation in sustaining our school reopening plans. It is important to remember that the sustainability of our school remaining open is closely linked to the current Covid numbers in our local community. Could we respectfully continue to ask that there is no congregation outside the gates at arrival and collection times? We continue to advise you to wear a mask for the protection of all.
Pupils and Support
The girls have been working very hard with their teachers in the classrooms. This work has centered around the curriculum for this year at each class level. The Support Team have been working in all classrooms providing in-class support and monitoring learning and any gaps in learning with the class teachers since our return. This was very important work and needed to be taken slowly.
To that end, we took a decision to conduct testing in literacy, numeracy and spelling as would have been done last May. This was done in order to give us a clear picture and good baseline evidence in order to move forward. The gaps identified were definitely not as great as we expected. Where a gap has been identified in your child’s learning, the class teacher and or Support Teacher will be in touch with you re-provision of support for the months ahead. If you do not hear, you can take it that there is no concern and a further discussion will take place after Christmas at the Parent/Teacher meetings.
The girls are anxious that all the fun elements of school would continue in some form, and rightly so. We will have Halloween dress-up day on next Friday, October 23rd, but no whole school concert this year. The class teachers will be in touch with class arrangements.
Remote Teaching and Continuity of Learning Policy and Plan
Our Policy and Plan was ratified at the Board of Management meeting on 13/10/2020. Please find it attached with this letter. It is also available on the school website. Thank you to all for the consent reuse of Seesaw as our whole school platform for homework and class communication this year. The girls have been set up on “Mathletics” and “Spellings for Me” individual programmes, and a lot of work has been done in school to ensure a smooth transition when it goes home for homework. In order to provide equity of access to digital resources can you please inform the school if your daughter does not have access to a digital device at home. If any other support is needed in this area please let us know. We are here to support and to help.
Many thanks to our Parents’ Association, who have donated €1500 on your behalf to the Board of Management for the school. The Board of Management has made a decision to contribute it to the purchase of more IPads for the school.
We want to congratulate Ms. Ann Marie Reid and Ms. Joann Breen on their permanent appointment to the staff of the school. We welcome Mr. John Copas as a new class teacher in Junior Infants.
It is important that we all recognise the efforts of all the staff in maintaining a degree of normality in school life at this time, when everything about the way we work has changed. We are indeed fortunate in this school to have such a dedicated and committed team.
Finally, a thought for the times in which we live. Our health and wellbeing is our most precious resource, let us remember to nurture it.
Thank you for your continued co-operation. We hope all of you and your families have a happy and safe Halloween this year.