We hope you are all healthy and keeping well, as we now approach the end of a memorable school year. Since our closure in March we have engaged with families via SeeSaw, Padlet, Text-A-Parent and the school website. Thank you to, staff, pupils and parents for their continued engagement and positive feedback as we all adapted to this this new way of learning.
Ms. Crowe: As Ms. Crowe comes to the end of her time with us we wish her every success in her future career. She was a wonderful addition to the school during Mrs. Kirby’s maternity leave. We look forward to welcoming Mrs Kirby back for the final week of the school term.
Communion & Confirmation: Bishop Leahy hopes to begin First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies in August. We encourage parents of Communion and Confirmation recipients to register at the following link, as requested by Bishop Leahy. http://www.martinstownns.com/2020/06/sacramental-registration/
Graduation: Graduation ceremony for 6th class pupils will be held on Monday 22nd at 11am on Zoom. A link will be sent to all 6th class parents.
Teacher Allocation: The following is the teacher class allocations for school year 2020/21:
- Juniors/Seniors – Mrs. Kirby
- 1st/2nd class – Ms. Anglim
- 3rd/4th class – Ms. Butler
- 5th/6th class – Mr. Gilbourne
- Resource – Ms. Clarke
- Learning Support – Ms. Thornton
Book Rental and Photocopying: The cost of Book Rental remains that same at €50 per child and photocopying charge will be €25 per family. Payments can be made when school reopens in September.
Refunds: Refunds for swimming and school tours have been issued. If you requested a refund and have not yet received it please email the school.
Clár Funding: We are in the process of submitting another application to resurface the church car park. As we were second on the list of applications last year, we would hope to be successful this year. We are also submitting an application for a school playground and all-weather surface play area. We will keep you updated on these applications.
Amber Flag.: We are delighted to announce that our Amber Flag has arrived. Well done to Ms. Butler and 5th and 6th class for all the hard work they’ve put in this year. We look forward to raising it when school reopens.
School Opening: School will reopen on Friday 28th August, this date is subject to change when the Government issues new guidelines.
New Entrants: We look forward to welcoming our 8 new Junior Infants when we reopen on Friday 28th August. Mrs. Kirby will be in contact with infant parents shortly.
Afterschool: Afterschool service is available from Sunshine Kids Kilfinane, homework time, home cooked warm snack, activities available each day. Funding available for parents through National Childcare Scheme Contact Melissa for more information 0872726627.
Thank you to the Board of Management for their support throughout the year. Policies which were reviewed and updated this year include: Admissions Policy, Whistle-blower Policy, Substance Abuse Policy and Code of Behaviour.
We continue to pray for Daithi and his family every day, we wish him well on his road to recovery.
Best wishes to our 6th class, we wish them every success in secondary school. We look forward to their traditional return visit in September.
Wishing you all a wonderful summer, we look forward to welcoming you all back to school on the 28th August.
Majella Clarke, Principal.
Please see the attached letter from Bishop Leahy with information on how children who wish to receive Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, or Confirmation must register online as soon as possible. Parents can opt-in for their child’s sacraments by completing the simple form on the Diocese of Limerick website www.limerickdiocese.org or by calling the Limerick Diocesan office on specified days.
Full details attached:
As June would usually be a time for revision and lots of fun activities in schools, with school tours and sports days, we have decided to implement to following plan of work with all classes for the coming month.
English and Maths revision for all classes each week. (additional formal class work available from class teachers on request)
Week 1: Science, see link below. (Thank you to Ms. Crowe!)
Week 2: Art
Week 3: PE
Week 4: Monday 22nd – Zoom Graduation (6th class only)
In the coming weeks we will contact you with a time and date when you can drop off school books and collect any items left in school belonging to your child/children. School reports will be available for collection on that day also.
Enjoy the long weekend, stay safe!
A message from Bishop Leahy for Confirmation children and parents:
We hope you are all healthy and keeping well. I would like to thank you all for the fantastic work you are doing in supporting your children with their learning at home. We appreciate the effort that you continue to make in helping us to deliver a remote learning programme our pupils. We miss seeing them all so much and look forward to returning to school.
Thank you to all who completed the online survey on Home Learning. The feedback we received was very positive and encouraging, we are glad to see the continued level of engagement from children and parents, thank you for your support. Teachers will continue to engage with children online via Seesaw and we are looking at ways to increase our interaction with pupils and parents, we’ll keep you updated on this.
Thank you to Ms Anglim, Ms. Butler and Fr. Chris for arranging online masses for First Holy Communion and Confirmation classes. While it’s not how children would have imagined their special day, it is certainly a new unique part of history! We look forward to celebrating these sacraments together in the future when permitted.
We will be starting a Transition Programme for 6th class pupils in the coming weeks. I have been in contact with secondary school principals, and can reassure our 6th class pupils that they are working hard to ensure a smooth transition for incoming 1st years into secondary school.
Following the announcement that schools will not reopen until September, we must now begin planning from the 2020/21 school year.
In the coming weeks we will be updating parents on the following:
- Teacher/Class allocations for 2020/21
- End of Year Graduation for 6th class
- Refunds of School Tour/Swimming monies paid
- School photos taken by Chantal prior to closure
- 2020/21 School Calendar
- 2020/21 Book Rental
- Items needed for September
The Department of Education has not yet issued guidelines on what measures schools need to implement to ensure the safe reopening of schools in September, we will keep families updated as we receive information. In the meantime stay healthy and stay safe.