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October 1st 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It’s hard to believe that a month has passed already since the school re-opened.

Covid-19 has necessitated huge levels of planning, patience, hard work & flexibility on the part of pupils, teachers, parents, SNAs, secretarial, caretaking & cleaning staff.

Thanks to everybody’s diligence & co-operation, we’ve had a really smooth transition back to school. Routine is such an important element in all of our lives & many of us have missed it a lot during the last 6 months. I think we’re all glad to be getting back into the rhythm of school life. Slowly and steadily, our pupils are re-acquainting themselves with how life was before lockdown. Things may be slightly different, but just as good (or even better in some respects). A whole new vocabulary has become commonplace (pods; bubbles; social distancing; sanitising; restricted movement; self-isolation etc. etc.). As always, our pupils have proven themselves to be adaptable & resilient.

As reported in earlier communications, the wellbeing of the entire school community is our greatest concern and I’m glad to report that pupils are adapting really well to all the new arrangements & that anxiety levels are being kept in check.

Some of the notable events that have taken place during the last month include:

  • 32 Junior Infants joined us this year & have adapted brilliantly to life in ‘Big School’.

  • Confirmation for last year’s 6th Class took place with Bishop Deenihan in Trim at the end of August.

  • First Holy Communion was held on 2 Saturdays in September for our 3rd Class pupils. Thanks to Fr. Toner, Ms. Carrick & Ms. Carolan for organising 2 lovely ceremonies & for arranging such fine weather too.

  • Our new iPads & laptops have arrived & are being put to fantastic use in all classes.

  • Football coaching has resumed (initially for 2nd - 6th Classes) with GPO, Aileen. Junior Infants to 1st are scheduled for later in the year.

  • Rugby coaching has been arranged (3rd to 6th Classes) with coach, Evan.

  • Homework is being re-introduced, albeit in a slightly different format than before. We would urge you all to familiarise yourselves with these new arrangements, especially the online (SeeSaw) elements. If there are any teething problems, please let the teacher know.

  • Applications to Enrol in September 2021 are now being accepted (all forms, policies & information are available on the website).

We are looking forward to working with all families throughout the year ahead in order to achieve the best outcomes for all children in our school. Please keep an eye on the school website regularly for more news & updates.

 

Is mise le meas,

Brian Mullins

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St. Joseph's National School,             

Main St.,                                      Email: info@kilmessanns.ie

Kilmessan,

Co. Meath

C15 TE28