25th March 2021
Dear Mams and Dads,
The school will close tomorrow for the Easter break. The girls will go home at the following times:
Junior and Senior Infants @ 12.10p.m. (Because both Infants classes are going home at the same time, there may be extra traffic in the car park. Please stay in your car and a staff member will bring your child to you. We will get you moving again as quickly as possible.)
First and Second Class @ 12.20p.m.
Third to Sixth Class @ 12.30p.m.
If you have a child in an older class, they may go home at the pick-up time for their younger sister.
We have all worked well together in keeping everyone safe over the past four weeks and please keep up the great work over the Easter break. We can get a bit fed up hearing the same messages over and over again, but if we want our school to stay open, then we have to keep going.
Dr Abigail Collins and Dr. Kevin Kelleher of the HSE have asked school Principals to pass on this message:
- Symptoms – Please make sure all staff and families are aware not to attend school if they have any symptoms of Covid-19 infection.
- Symptomatic household members – Please remind all staff and children that no-one should be attending school if they have any household member who has signs or symptoms of Covid-19; they should be restricting their movements until it is clear whether the household member has Covid-19 infection or not.
- Close contacts – Please remind all staff and children that they need to restrict their movements and undergo testing if they have been told by their doctor / HSE services that they are a close contact of a case of Covid-19; they should not be attending any school.
- Re-enforcing general public health messages – Please restrict your movements and social contacts (that means no play dates or sleep overs), social distancing, use face coverings and wash or sanitise your hands regularly.
The girls have been a credit to you since they came back to school. They are doing everything we have asked them to do and they are being kind to and considerate of everyone around them. Well done on the great effort to scoot, cycle or walk to school this week.
Have a lovely Easter break and we look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 12th April.
C. O’Reilly – Principal
Pick Up Times on Friday 26th
School will close for the Easter break on Friday 26th March. These are the pick-up times for Friday.
Junior and Senior Infants @ 12.10 p.m. As both Infant classes will go home at the same time, there may be extra traffic in the car park. Please stay in your car and the staff will bring your child to you.
First and Second Class @ 12.20 p.m.
Third to Sixth Class @ 12.30 p.m.
Video for Parents from the Department of Education
12th March 2021
On Monday next, 15th March our school re-opens for all pupils and staff. We are very much looking forward to having the girls from 3rd Class to 6th Class back with us again. Girls, please put your books and any other belongings in a plastic bag, write your name on the outside of the bag and bring it to school on Monday. Your things will be quarantined in your classroom until Thursday morning. Remember to bring your Return to School Form.
To try to cut down on the number of cars driving through the car park next week, we are encouraging as many of you as possible to walk, scoot or cycle safely to school. (Remember to wear your helmet!) Whether you are walking or coming by car, please wear your high-vis vest. It makes you more visible to traffic.
Our ‘Stop, Drop and Go’ system worked extremely well from September to Christmas. Please continue to use the system. Mams and Dads should stay in their cars, and a staff member will collect your child from the car or bring her to your car in the afternoon. It is absolutely essential that you wear a face covering and keep your distance. We need your help to keep our pupils and staff safe, and to keep the school open.
Wednesday of next week is St. Patrick’s Day – our national holiday. The girls may wear their national colours to school on Tuesday.
As a staff, we would like to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to all the superhero Mams and Dads who have been supporting their children with Home Learning since January 6th. We know that it has not been easy at times, and we truly appreciate the effort that you have made to help your children keep engaged in learning. We are very aware that the last thing you will want to do right now is deal with Homework. For the next two weeks, the girls will have only 1 easy task per week assigned for them on Seesaw by their teachers. It can be done and uploaded at a time of their choosing. This is to make sure that the girls, the staff and their parents stay familiar with all the online learning skills we have developed over the last few months.
Our lovely new classroom extension is almost finished. After Easter, Sixth Class will move into the new room for their final term in Primary school, and Fifth Class will move to a classroom upstairs.
Today, it is one year since the first lockdown began. We have learned to live in a different way and sometimes it has been difficult. However, we have made it through the year by working together and we have learned so much that will help us to keep going until life returns to some form of normality. Next week, we will do some collaborative artwork with the girls to help them to reflect on the past year, the tough times and the good times.
Thank you to everyone in our school community for your ongoing support. We look forward to the next couple of weeks leading up to the Easter break, and please God to a good final term to this school year.
Our most recent newsletter is available to read on the School Bell tab and girls, be extra nice to your Mams and Grans on Sunday!
Miss o’Reilly and all the staff of OUr Lady of Good Counsel GNS
Letter To Parents from Dr. Ronan Glynn
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Dear Mams and Dads,
School will re-open for Junior Infants, Senior Infants, First Class and Second Class on Monday 1st March 2021. We are looking forward to seeing our lovely Good Counsel girls again. We need your help and support to make sure that our school can remain open and to keep everyone safe.
This is what you can do to help:
- You will receive a letter in the post on Friday with a form enclosed.
- Read and sign the form. Make sure that your child brings it with her on Monday morning. Your child cannot return to school without a signed form. Just in case you do not receive the Return to School form through the post, you can download the form below this message and return it by email to your child’s class teacher no later than Friday evening 26th February at 5p.m.
- It is important that anyone in your house who has symptoms of Covid-19 stays at home and self-isolates. You should then contact the family doctor to arrange a test.
- Children should not return to or attend school:
- Ø if they are a close contact of a confirmed case of Covid-19
- Ø if they live with someone who has symptoms of the virus
- Ø if they have any symptoms of Covid-19
- Ø if they have travelled outside of Ireland
- Co-operate with any public health officials and the school for contact tracing purposes and follow any public health advice in the event of a case or outbreak in the school.
- Download the Covid-19 tracker App – You can download the free app from Apple’s AppStore or the GooglePlay store
- If you wish to speak with your child’s teacher, please call the school office on 051 832984.
- Do not gather outside the school at drop off or pick-up times. Follow Public Health advice and please wear a face covering and stay at least 2 metres away from everyone else.
We worked very well as a school community to keep our school open from September to Christmas, and we are asking you to keep up the good work from Monday onwards. Thank you for your great efforts with Home Learning and stay safe.
Miss O’Reilly, Miss Kelly and all the staff of Our Lady of Good Counsel GNS