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A few words to a very special group from the school principal and staff on June 24th , 2020
Dear Sixth Class Graduating Student
Stand in my shoes and you will understand
Thank you for sharing this 8 year journey with us.
As you journey on please
Be happy, be gentle, be yourself and be kind to yourself
Value yourself and others
Work hard, aim high, dream big and persist
Respect yourself and others
Do not be afraid to stand alone and be counted
Look after your spiritual self and pray
Take care of those around you
Take part in all that life has to offer
Mind old friends and make new friends
Come back and visit, we will always be here
We wish you happiness and peace!
Last week something very unusual happened at our school. A fairy door popped up, out of nowhere!
Luckily, Zuzanna who will be starting school in Scoil Naomh Eltin soon, has figured out the mystery of the fairy door. Thank you to her big brother Rafal in 5th Class for helping her to write all about it.
ELVIN FROM SCOIL NAOMH ELTIN
One day Elvin decided to move his house next to Scoil Naomh Eltin. He had realised that someone had to guard the school while it was empty for so long. The children couldn't be there due to Covid 19 and by now it was the Summer holidays. Elvin decided to keep an eye at school each day and night. He did a proper long check at night time, flying around the school, inside and out, through the empty classrooms, into the art cupboards, sliding down the staircases and he even checked out the staffroom!
Each day he gives his small report to Mrs. O'Hanrahan. So far, the school has been safe and sound.
It hasn't taken him long to decide, but he thinks he will stay by Scoil Naomh Eltin forever, as he already transformed the white concrete column by the gate/entrance to school into an elevator to the fairies underground world. Elvin can easily get to the underground fairy world through this door, which leads to an elevator that transports him underground where he plays with his fairy friends and meets with his fairy family.
He was overheard one day saying,'If Scoil Naomh Eltin is this good without the children then I can't wait until September when everyone will be back'.
Good morning students, parents/guardians
I hope that you are all well.
Today I have lots of news but I will try to be quick.
Reopening of Schools
On Friday 5 June, the government agreed to accelerate the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, which has been made possible thanks to the progress made by the Irish people in suppressing the virus.
The reconfigured Roadmap will consist of 4 Phases, instead of 5, with Phase 3 beginning on 29 June and Phase 4 on 20 July.
On Friday June 12 the Government published 2 documents of interest to our schools and students.
Planning for reopening schools in line with the Roadmap for reopening society and business(www.gov.ie)
The overall objective is to open schools in accordance with the normal start of the new school year to the fullest extent while minimising the risks from a public health perspective. Arrangements will allow for new routines to be established and bedded in within schools.
Public health guidance – Detailed work is being done in relation to development of public health guidance for school setting.
Guidance and templates to enable schools comply with the requirements of the national Return to Work Safely Protocol are being developed
Awareness raising and training – Guidance and on-line training modules, webinars etc. are being developed for use by schools, parents and students etc.
Enhanced cleaning regime – Additional resources will be provided to schools to enable enhanced cleaning regimes to be put in place for operation of schools.
Good hand hygiene –schools will purchase hand- sanitisers for use in the school and classroom.
It is not envisaged that significant PPE will be required in school settings
Mental health and Wellbeing – There will be a strong focus on supporting mental health and wellbeing of students and staff during the initial phase of re-opening schools.
Teaching and learning and curriculum: The Department is working with a number of bodies tailor teaching and learning appropriately to the needs of students as they reengage with school.
Blended learning/alternative provision: Planning for a blended learning approach (on-line/in school) will be a feature of the approach to planning to reopen schools as there may be circumstances where schools will have to respond quickly to changed circumstances at local, regional or national level.
Consultation and Communication – The Department of Education and Skills will continue to consult and communicate with stakeholders in relation to the development of guidance and supports for the re-opening of schools.
Summer Provision 2020(www.gov.ie)
The Department of Education has published the Summer Provision 2020 document which may be viewed at www.gov.ie.
The programmes outlined in this document will focus on children with complex needs, within defined categories. There are three programmes.
1. School-based programme of education for children with complex
2. Home-based programme for children with complex
3. HSE-led summer programme for children with complex needs,
based in community settings, such as school buildings.
Scoil Naomh Eltin does not run a School-based July Provision Programme but you may register your child if he/she qualifies for a Home-based Summer Programme on gov.ie/summer provision
School year 2020/2021 at Scoil Naomh Eltin
The staff of Scoil Naomh Eltin are busy preparing for the new school year 2020/2021.
School Year Calendar 2020/2021
A proposed 2020/2021 school calendar will issue this week. Please be informed however that this is subject to change following instruction from the Government and the Department of Education and Skills.
Classes for the school year 2020/2021
Classes and class teachers for the school year 2020/2021 are currently being finalised. Some classes are being reconfigured due to an increased allocation of staff. You will receive further communication in relation to this as school closes for the summer holidays.
Active Schools Week
The staff of Scoil Naomh Eltin continue to work with ours students who are to be congratulated for their participation and commitment.
We are nearing the end of our school year ( if you are not sure Scoil Naomh Eltin will close for the summer holidays on Wednesday June 24th). and this week we are celebrating Active Schools Week. Your teacher send you a plan and you will also see it on the school website.
Don’t forget look at Weplay.ie (week 6)and see what coach Claire has done. She has brought us back to school. Thank you Claire.
If you would like please send pictures and videos of yourself doing some fun activities this week. We would love to put them on the school website. Can I ask you also to remember to take the time to read each day during this week.
Return of Book Rental Books
Parents/Guardians as is usual at the end of the school year book rental books must be returned to school. You will be sent a message this week to advise of your allocated time slot to come to school on this Thursday June 18th. You will also be sent a list of the books to be returned. If you cannot manage to come to school then please ask a friend to do so in your place. It is very important that all books are returned.
Book lists for the school year 2020/2021 will be issued shortly. Please remember that you may email High Street Books who will post books to you.
End of year report cards will issue on Friday June 19th via Aladdin.
Our sixth class students will make history and celebrate their graduation from Scoil Naomh Eltin in an online celebration on Friday June 19th. We are looking forward to this celebration. Can you please think of them on this day and wish them well.
Now the week begins so let’s get active!!!
Be safe agus slán tamall !
Here is your plan for the last full week of school. The active schools week!!! Try your best to be active for st least 60 mins each day. Try your best with the activities and most importantly have loads and loads of fun. Remember to send us any photos or videos you have of you doing any activity that you enjoyed. We would love to share them with all your friends on the school web-page so keep an eye out.
June 2nd 2020
Good morning students, parents/guardians
I hope that you all had a very nice weekend and that you enjoyed the good weather safely.
Can you believe that we are now in the month of June. This is always a very exciting month in school. With only three and a half weeks left in school and as you have been working so hard your teacher has decided to give you a little less work during the next two weeks and more fun activities so be ready. Your last day of homework for this school year will be Friday June 12th.
Thank you for the pictures and the work that you have been sharing with your teacher. You have done a great job and even if You did not send in your work I know that you have been doing your best. Thank you to your teacher also for supporting you so well. Your class section on our website looks great.
Congratulations to Ethan on the wonderful Lockdown Video that he created. You can see it on the main page of our school website.
Blue Star Flag Entry
Thank you all for sending in your wonderful pictures and projects for our Blue Star Flag Entry. I think that we will do very well indeed. Lets wait and see. Wont it be great to raise a new flag next year. Well probably have to get another flagpole.
You might look at the mainpage of our website for a video trip down memory lane in 2013. Who do you recognise?
Congratulations to our Scoil Naomh Eltin teams who have been playing schools from counties all over Ireland . On Friday May 29th Scoil Naomh Eltin chess team was placed 6th in the country. Comhghairdeas libh.
During the months of April and May teachers have been setting students the challenge to be placed in the top 50 schools in the United Kingdom and Ireland in Managhigh online maths where students earn points by playing the maths games. In April as each student earned points which were then combined we managed to get to 73rd place . In the last week of May Scoil Naomh Eltin achieved its goal and was placed 45th . Comhghairdeas libh paisti.
Active Schools Week
During the week starting Monday June 15th Scoil Naomh Eltin will celebrate active schools week. On this week you will have no homework. An activity schedule will be placed on the school website and also sent to you by your teacher so be ready.
Sixth class students as you prepare to finish in Scoil Naomh Eltin your teachers and I have planned a number of online meetings with you. We look forward to hearing some of your memories from this time. We also look forward to celebrating your graduation with you also online for the first time ever. You are indeed making history. We look forward to seeing you all.
I wish to tell you that your end of year school report will be sent out to your parents/guardians in the third week in June.
Booklists for the next school year will be sent to your parents/guardians via email in the coming weeks. High Street Books have said that parents/guardians may send in booklists to them by email and the books will be posted out. We will give you further details as booklists are issued.
You will receive information regarding Book rental for the new school year in the coming weeks
Classes and the new school year.
We await guidance from the Department of Education and Skills in relation to the start date for the new school year and for how it will be managed.
Classes and teachers for the new school year are not yet finalised due to delays relating to Covid 19 and Department of Education and Skills Guidelines.
I will keep you informed as soon as we have any news on these matters.
I wish to remind you that Laura’s Schoolwear, which may be contacted on (021 4368210) or on firstname.lastname@example.org, are offering appointments to parents/guardians from Scoil Naomh Eltin to purchase uniforms on Saturday July 18th2020. Ideally they would like you to email your requirement in advance and they will have your package ready or they will post it to you.
Kinsale Arts Weekend
I have been asked to tell you that the organisers of Kinsale Arts Weekend which is due to be held on July 9th to 12th are looking for children who like to sing to take part in a virtual choir. If you are interested you will find details on our school website.
School will close for summer holidays on Wednesday June 24th at 12.30.
I just want to tell you that you have done a fantastic job since we closed school on Thursday March 12th. We are immensely proud of our students and we are keeping all our fingers and toes crossed that we will be back together in September.
Remember that you can help by washing your hands and social distancing.
Be safe and slán tamall