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Dear Parents, Children and Staff,

I hope that you will all enjoy the June Bank Holiday weekend and that the sun will shine for us.

Please continue to follow all the guidelines about mask wearing, coughing and social distancing. As recently as yesterday, a Waterford school had to close a class due to a Covid case so please help us to make sure that we do not have any closures over the next few weeks.

Look after yourselves and each other and we will see you all again on Tuesday June 8th, le cúnamh Dé.

With kind regards,

C. O’Reilly

Friendship Friday

Today is all about being a good friend.

At school:

  • A friendly message on the intercom from Mrs. Shanahan to start the day.
  • Each class will meditate for a period during the day.
  • The Special Education Team will make Friendship Bracelets with all the classes. We hope the girls have been tuning in to the Seesaw videos that Miss Power uploaded for you.

At home:

We all know the value of a true friend. Maybe today, you might call your best friend to tell them how much you appreciate him or her. If you don’t know what to say, you could simply read out this beautiful poem.


Friends give hope

When life is low.

Friends are a place

Where we can go.

Friends are precious,

Honest and true.

I feel so lucky

My friend is you.

By Natalie and Emily – Fourth Class

Eid Mubarak from all of us to you and your loved ones. We wish you good health and happiness on this special occasion.

. نتمنى لكم الصحة والسعادة بهذه المناسبة الخاصة.

eyd mubarak minna jmyeaan lakum wali’ahbayikum. natamanaa lakum alsihat walsaeadat bihadhih almunasibat alkhasat.

Thoughtful Thursday

At school:

  • A ‘thoughtful’ Intercom message from Mrs. Shanahan to start the day
  • Each class will meditate for a period during the day.
  • Today, we are going to focus on being kind and thoughtful towards a classmate. Given the circumstances, the girls will focus on the girl they sit beside or a girl in their pod. 
  • We will do random acts of kindness
  • The Daily Mile and Kidz Bop on YouTube

At home:

During the past year, the staff has had some lovely messages of support and thanks from Mams and Dads. They have meant a lot to us, so today, we simply want to say ‘Thank You’ to everyone in our school community who goes that extra mile to be kind and thoughtful.

Wellbeing Wednesday

We have a beautiful rainbow of colours in our school today! Thank you, girls for your great effort to dress in bright colours.

At school:

  • An Intercom message from Mrs. Shanahan to brighten the day.
  • Each class will meditate for a period during the day.
  • We will talk about positive emotions and how to ‘turn that frown upside down’.
  • Go Noodle fun
  • The Daily Mile/ WOW Walk on Wednesday – on our walks today, we will look at the nature’s bright colours.

At home: Our Good Counsel girls brighten our lives at school, and at home, every day. Listen to this lovely poem ‘All The Colours of the Earth’ by Sheila Hanamaka and take a bow Mams and Dads – you are doing an amazing job.

Thankful Tuesday

At school:

  • Intercom message from Mrs. Shanahan to start the day on a thankful note.
  • Each class will meditate during the day.
  • Each child can write/ draw three things she is thankful for.
  • Some girls may write a thankful note/card to a family member.  
  • We will say ‘Grace After Meals’ to thank God for all the wonderful gifts he has given us.
  • The Daily Mile and Brain breaks

At home:

Mams and Dads, did you know that research links being thankful with lots of benefits, including strengthening your immune system and improving sleep, feeling optimistic and experiencing more joy and pleasure and feeling less lonely and isolated.  

Check out the poem ‘Weather Report’ by BJ Gallagher.

Wellbeing and Friendship Week

This week, we are highlighting the importance of wellbeing and friendship in our lives. Each day we will focus on a different aspect of wellbeing, and we will do lots of lovely activities that will help us to stay well, both physically and mentally. We will also learn new ways of making and keeping friends. We would love Mams and Dads to join in too because more than anyone, you need a little time and space for yourself. Check in here every day to read about some of the things we are doing and for some ideas for Mams and Dads.

P.S.  – Get your brightest, most colourful clothes ready for Wednesday!

Mindful Monday

At school

  • Intercom message from Mrs. Shanahan to start the day on a positive note.
  • Each will class meditate for a period during the day. We will use our senses – sit very still and notice one thing we can see, hear, feel, taste and smell.
  • We will learn a breathing technique to help us when we are upset.
  • Mindful colouring, the Daily Mile and Yoga

For Mams and Dads


  • Today, when you are having a cup of tea or coffee: Pause before the first sip. Smell the aroma, feel the heat of the mug on your hand, and take three deep breaths. Now enjoy.
  • Today at work or at home: Each time you sit down, take a pause. Close your eyes, notice the sensation of your feet on the floor, your body in your chair, feel your breath come in and out of your body. Continue with your day.