Dear parents

We are closing in on Hallowe’en now and all our staff are very pleased with how the pupils have settled back in to the new school routines. There is great excitement and anticipation among the children in the school at the moment as they look forward to the annual dress-up, dress down which takes place on this Friday, 23rd October. We are looking forward to a very enjoyable day.

Dates for your diary

 Hallowe’en Dress up dress down – Friday 23rd October

 Mid-term break: School closes on Friday 23rd October and re-opens on Monday 2nd November.        

 First Communion (3rd class) and Confirmation Dates (sixth class 2019/2020). 

Unfortunately, the November dates for both these ceremonies have now been deferred. We will let you know there is a new date.

 School Culture

We will continue to work on the value of RESPECT in the next term. The root belief that we are exploring with the children is as follows:

A safe and caring environment fosters kindness, love and respect

 

Health and Safety Reminders

Our thanks to all parents and teachers for their co-operation with new procedures and protocols in the school since our return. The children have adapted to new routines brilliantly and we will continue with these new routines after the mid-term break with some slight changes.

Curriculum 

 New Primary Language Curriculum  

Our teachers have been spending time over the last few weeks on planning for the new language curriculum across the classes.

It is recognised internationally that developing skills in one language will help children to develop similar skills in another language. An important part of this language-learning environment through the new curriculum will be an emphasis on playful and engaging experiences for younger children. In the classroom children are encouraged to talk and respond with opinions, thoughts and ideas alongside the work to develop reading and writing.

We are continuing to place an emphasis on reading at home and your continued support is much appreciated. Teachers have noticed that children know their sounds much better, reading fluency is improving and they are moving through the reading levels quickly.

Digital Strategy

Together with our Parents Association we have purchased 16 new iPads. This is brilliant news for our school as each child will now have access to their own iPad after the mid-term break.

Seesaw is up and running in the school and is proving popular with both children and teachers. It allows pupils to store their work in an online space and gain feedback from their teacher. It can be used on a computer (PC) or tablet. It effectively enables teachers to set tasks or assignments and include instructions or templates for students to use at home. The purpose for the parent or family account is for oversight only. Our communication with parents will continue to be through Aladdin, the school office and not seesaw messaging. There was a Seesaw webinar on Wednesday night which many of you will have accessed and  if not the  webinar was  recorded and will be available to watch on www.esci.ie at a later stage.

 Green Travel Flag

We received our travel flag during the week. Congratulations to the current sixth class and Ms. Lewis for their work on the travel flag last year. Fifth will continue to work on the Green flags that we have received to date this year and consolidate the key messages with all the children in the school.

Educational Visits

Child Protection and Anti Bullying

In accordance with the requirements of the Children First Act 2015, the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 and Tusla Guidance on the preparation of Child Safeguarding Statements, the Board of Management of the school has agreed a Child Safeguarding Statement and Assessment of Risk. This document may be viewed on our website at this link. It is important that parents are aware of the content of this document.

Should you need to report a child protection issue The DLP (Designated Liaison Person) for the school is Cyril Duggan and the deputy DLP is Florence Fennelly.

Student Council

Ms. Casey held meetings of the Student Council. They will be busy making suggestions and discussing the important school issues of the day. The Student Council for this year is as follows:

6th Class: Cóilí Coss.

5th Class: Jane Allen

4th Class: Cian Keegan Loughlin

3rd Class: Darragh Lawlor

2nd Class:  Robin Mitchell Leavy

1st Class: Darragh O’Keeffe

Sports

Our football leagues in fourth, fifth and sixth classes were completed last week and thoroughly enjoyed by the children who participated. Our thanks to Mr. Cushen, Ms. Casey, Ms. Lewis, Ms. Greene, Mr. Slevin and Mr. Costelloe for helping out with same. Laois GAA coach Donie Brennan will continue with football coaching after the break with 1st, 2nd and 3rd classes.

Kind regards,

Cyril Duggan

Priomhoide