There was a sea of blue in St. Michael’s N.S. on Friday 16th April as we celebrated our first annual Autism Awareness Day on Friday 16th April. The children in each class took part in various lessons throughout the day to raise awareness about autism. They learned what autism is, how to communicate with someone with autism, and how we could make school life easier for someone with autism. We wore blue on the day in support of autism awareness.
We also completed a whole-school collaborative art project which you can view below. The puzzle pattern reflects the complexity of the autism spectrum. It also shows that although we all have different personalities and abilities, we all fit together to create one amazing school community.
The children engaged really well and learned a lot! Well done boys and girls!
The boys and girls have been ‘busy bunnies’ in the week leading up to the Easter holidays. They learned about the Easter Story and the reason that we celebrate Easter. We also learned about the origins of Easter and how it is celebrated around the world.
We learned lots of Irish words around the theme of Easter. We also completed some ‘eggcellent’ Easter art too, which the children really enjoyed.
Have a ‘Hoppy Easter’ boys and girls and enjoy your Easter Holidays!
We were very lucky to have Miss O’ Brien with us for the past three weeks. We hope that she enjoyed her teaching practice experience in St Michael’s N.S. Donaghmoyne and we wish her every success in her future studies.
We are absolutely delighted with the announcement that primary schools will commence a phased reopening from Monday 1st March. We are extremely excited about welcoming all our students back over the coming weeks. We would like to thank you all for your hard work and participation in our remote learning over the past two months and would urge any students from 3rd- 6th class who are not returning for two more weeks, to remain focused and try your very best to partake in seesaw until you return to school. We know for many families that this phased approach may be challenging, with some siblings working from home and others attending school. However, this is a step in the right direction and one that will hopefully see us all, back in school full-time, for the remainder of the school year. We have decided to extend our zoom art classes for an additional two weeks to include, Friday 5th and Friday 12th March. A perfect way to keep the home-school link alive, with some students zooming from home and others zooming from school. The children have really enjoyed taking part in these classes and we hope they continue to engage in them in the coming weeks.
Below are a list of important points that we would ask parents to pay specific attention to, in advance of our opening on Monday
Please fill in and return your child’s Return to Education form before Friday
Please ensure your child’s school bag and pencil case are machine washed in advance of returning to school. If possible, we would ask that this is repeated every weekend.
Use antibacterial wipes/ cloth to clean books, copies, pencils before returning to school and nightly.
Please ensure your child has all the required resources including a new glue stick, rubber, sharpener, whiteboard marker, pencils, colours, rulers, spare copies etc. Children will not be allowed to share these items.
Please make sure your child has a wash bag containing soap and a hand towel with them at school daily. Replace the hand towel nightly
You may provide your child with their own sanitiser if you wish.
Your child can, if they wish, wear a mask in school
Please do your very best to wash your child’s uniform nightly. We understand that this can be very time consuming and therefore we are happy for you to alternate between the uniform and school tracksuit. We will also allow students to wear alternative clothing on days while parents are trying to dry uniforms.
Please only communicate with staff via email or phonecall. Although I will be greeting the children in the morning and seeing them off safely in the evenings, I will no longer be able to engage in impromptu meetings with parents. This is to protect myself, the staff and the children I interact with throughout the day.
Please do not congregate outside the school gates. This is unfair for the children who have to walk past adults to enter and leave the school.
Please always wear a face covering when outside the school
Please do not send your child to school if they have any symptoms of Covid 19, have been identified as a close contact or are awaiting a test.
Please remind your child of the one student in the bathroom rule- where possible we will try to uphold this as it is impossible for us to ensure distancing and prevent children interacting while in the bathroom
Please remind your child of the importance of hand hygiene, coughing and sneezing etiquette and the importance of avoiding physical contact with others.
Teachers are conscious of cross contamination between items being taken from home to school and vice versa and therefore they may decide to limit the books being sent home weekly.
MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL- please work with us on this and be patient. I can assure you all that our priority every day will be to protect your children. We will not take risks, we will always do what we feel is in the best interest of our students. We want to keep our school doors opened, and need everyone working together to help achieve this.
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