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Thank you to all who supported our recent school marathon fundraiser. The children completed it in a record time of 2 hours and 23 minutes, 5 minutes faster than last years’ time. The children raised an incredible €4,930. Combined with money raised last year, we now have in excess of €10,000 that will be used to create our new sensory garden. Work will commence on the garden over the summer months and will hopefully be ready for use by all of our pupils in September.

Thank you again for your continued support.

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March 4th 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome back to everybody after mid-term break. We are gradually returning to what we once took for granted as ‘normal school life’. The latest easing of Covid-19 restrictions allows pupils to mix more freely (among and between classes). This means that many activities that were off the menu for the last two years can now resume. Masks for pupils and staff are no longer mandatory, although may still be worn if desired. Hand hygiene measures, additional cleaning routines and respiratory etiquette all continue as before. A summary of the latest guidelines can be found by clicking the tab above this message ‘Latest Covid Guidelines’.

We intend to proceed with caution in the interests of everybody’s physical and emotional wellbeing. Some immediate adjustments are outlined below, and we will keep you informed of further developments going forward.

From Monday March 7th, all pupils will go to the playground on arrival to school, rather than directly to their classes. This will allow them some ‘social time’ with their friends before lining up when the bell rings at 9:00am. The teachers will collect the pupils at 9 o clock and bring them to their classes. Pupils should arrive to school no earlier than 8:50am and no later than 9:00am. All pupils should enter via the main gates.

From Monday March 7th, we will no longer have separate junior and senior break times. We will however continue with 2 x 20-minute breaks for all pupils (rather than 10 minutes and 30 mins prior to Covid), as this measure has worked very well. Each pair of classes will have their own designated space in the yard/field, as was the case pre-Covid (JI & SI; 1st & 2nd; 3rd & 4th; 5th & 6th).

Restrictions have been lifted around singing and the playing of musical instruments. Sports training has already resumed, and inter-school sports fixtures will resume in the coming weeks now that pods and bubbles are no longer required. We hope that Friendship Club will resume soon for our younger pupils. All these measures will be of great benefit to pupils, both physically and emotionally.

We are very conscious that Covid-19 hasn’t gone away and that the measures outlined above may have to be slowed down or reversed, should the need arise. The wellbeing of the pupils underpins all decisions made, and we thank you all for your ongoing co-operation during this challenging time.

Le meas,

Brian Mullins

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