March Newsletter

Spring has sprung in St. Aengus N.S. and another busy, fun, educational month is behind us. Please make sure your child has coats, hat and gloves coming into school. If in the event, we have to close the school we will let people know as soon as possible. There are a number of factors the school must take into account before a decision can be made and we must as always put the health and safety of the children and staff first. If the children are in school and snow is lying on the ground the children must have wellies, snow boots to be allowed outside.

School closure: THe school must close on Wednesday the 25th of March for Primary Language Curriculum training. This is something that is imposed on the school. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes. The will be one further full-day school closure later on in the last term. When I know I will inform the parents.

Covid-19

We are all aware of reports in the media and the best way we can stop the spread of the virus is by washing our hands. Lesson have been done in school. Please remind your child to wash and dry their hands properly after using the toilet or coughing and sneezing. Underneath is the official department of education advice.

The Department of Education and Skills has updated information for schools, preschools and third level institutions on Covid-19; provided by the Department of Health and HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre following a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team.

Public health doctors are available to liaise with schools and advise on precautions if staff and/or students have any concerns.

Anyone who has been to affected regions in the last 14 days and has a cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties or fever should self-isolate and phone their GP immediately.

Anyone who has travelled from the affected regions and has no symptoms should visit http://www.hse.ie/ for advice.

The most important action we can take to protect ourselves from Covid-19 is regular hand-washing and good respiratory hygiene.

As further advice or information is provided, it will be issued to schools and posted on the Department’s website.

Travel advice for all Irish citizens is provided through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Note – The Covid-19 affected regions are listed as mainland China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Iran and the following regions of northern Italy – Lombardy, Veneto Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont.

Enrolments: Parents of children looking to enrol should fill out a form which can be downloaded from the website or also available in the office.

Fashion show: This will take place on Friday the 6th of March at 7.30pm in An Grainan hotel. Extra tickets are on sale in the office. Please return any unused tickets/ money to the office by Thursady. Tickets will be available at the door on the night.

Clearing of land:

A big thank you to Damien McDaid who cleared an area of wasteland behind the goals. The McDaids have done huge work in the school with the pitch, track and carparks. The school grounds are really taking shape.

Student council:

With the new area created behind the goals the student council came up with an idea for another play park. We have been donated a play park by Lily and Senna in the school and we hope to put this up soon. Keep coming with those great ideas Student Council.

Green school: Our theme is reduce, reuse and recycle. We recycled a lot of clothes during our Junk Kouture Fashion show and it was a great success. We hope that this will be an annual event for wannabe designers. Check out our style on the website.

Stem Week: We just complete STEM week which stands for Science, Technology, Engineers and Maths. There are loads of pictures and stories on the website

Book Week: This week we celebrate Book Week. We encourage you to read to your child every night. On Thursday the children can come into school dressed up in their favourite book character.

Head lice: There have been a number of incidences of head lice in the last number of weeks. Please check your child’s hair regularly for any unwanted guest.

My door is always open,

Séamus

 

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