I hope that you are all well and managing to keep in good spirits, despite the difficult challenges that face us all at this time.
We are putting up further work today for all classes for this week (20th to 24th April) which you can access here on the school website under the Children’s Work tab. When putting up this work for your daughter, we are very mindful that all family circumstances are different. Some of your daughters may not have access to iPads or laptops or may have limited access due to parents working from home or older siblings requiring these devices for exam preparation. This has been a factor in planning the type of work we have set for your daughter. We also wish to emphasise that any work set by the class teacher is merely set, as a guideline and should be viewed as a menu, from which work can be selected by you. You should not feel under any undue pressure to complete everything that is listed. As parents/guardians, you are best placed to judge the individual circumstances in your home and the needs of your daughter and your family. However, I would ask that you please encourage your daughter to read as much as possible, in English or in her own mother tongue. If your daughter is a reluctant reader, why not try out the many audio books now available or set aside some time to share the pleasure of reading a story to her. Reading to children is not something that should be reserved only for younger age groups. Older children also really enjoy being read to. You could use the reading opportunity to expand into other areas such as summarising, comparing and contrasting plots and characters or predicting outcomes. The possibilities are endless.
Formal school work is important but there are equally important and valuable learning experiences that can be incorporated into your own new and unique, daily family routines. The school do not wish to place any additional burden on parents during what is already a stressful period for families. Staying well in mind and body is the most important thing for us all and cannot be underestimated. So remember, do what you can and don’t feel pressure to complete all the work.
Finally, I wish to inform you that we are currently working on setting up a new, more interactive school website and also additional ways of engaging with your daughters. We hope to have these ready shortly and I will keep you informed of this by text.
Dear Parents/ Guardians,
I hope that you are all keeping well and staying safe. This is a challenging time for us all, as we observe social distancing and are without so many of our normal, daily routines. As adults, we are finding it difficult to adapt and adjust to this new, curtailed way of living. However, it is even harder for young children, who may be very confused and worried at this time. It is up to us, to reassure them and to remind them, that this too will eventually pass. What is important is, that we work together, support each other and follow the trusted advice and guidance, being given to us daily by the government and the HSE.
Ireland is only a small nation but we can be justifiably proud of how we have all responded to date and complied with everything that has been asked of us. In an age, where there is often so much talk about personal rights, it is heart-warming to see that we are also keenly aware of our personal responsibilities to others and have risen to the challenges being presented to us. All of the small steps we take, will ensure that we safeguard and protect others in our family, our community and our wider, global community. Never before have our actions had the capacity to have such an immediate and visible effect on our fellow human beings worldwide. This in itself, is an important message and key learning experience for our children. It highlights the responsibility we all have to care for our fellow human beings. People of all nationalities, regardless of race, colour or creed, have united in a common purpose, to halt the spread of Covid– 19. This is what being a good citizen is all about.
There are two mottos displayed in Scoil Bhríde Cailíní, which I’m sure you’ve noticed when visiting the school. They both struck a chord with me when I first joined the staff last November. One is displayed in large writing downstairs, as you enter the school. It says, Treat each other as you would like to be treated. The other is displayed on a huge banner, made by the girls and is hanging upstairs. It reads, Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine, which literally translates as, ‘People live in each other’s shadows’. What this really means is, that we rely on each other for protection and shelter. Our response to the current crisis reflects this wise, old Irish proverb. We have stood tall and worked together to provide shelter and safety for each other. We must now continue to do so, for as long as is required.
I would like to assure you, that all staff are actively liaising and engaged in regular Microsoft Teams meetings to plan further activities and educational resources for your daughters. These will be posted on the school website directly after the Easter break, in the event that schools are instructed to remain closed. If you do wish to engage in some additional work, I would encourage you to check out the educational, online resources, already available on our website. These have been carefully selected by the staff and are added to on a regular basis. However, I would recommend, that the coming two weeks, should also provide some down time for your daughters, if possible.
I am aware that this Easter break will be a very different one for us all. However, on behalf of the entire staff of Scoil Bhríde Cailíní, I would like to extend our best wishes to you all and to wish you and your loved ones, both at home and abroad, every blessing at this time.
Take care agus go dté sibh slán.
The following websites and resources may be useful during the school closure.
Many of the publishers have given free access to their books:
The Association for Child and Adult Mental Health
The Coronavirus- A Social Story
Join the library!
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I wanted to let you know that a podcast to accompany the above Relaxation Techniques document is now available: https://soundcloud.com/user-719669409/relaxation-techniques-30-03-2020
24th March, 2020
I hope that you and your families are keeping well during this very difficult time. None of us have ever experienced anything like it before and it has presented many challenges for us all.
I have no doubt that Covid-19 has put huge pressure on families, who are trying to manage child care, work, care of elderly relatives and in some cases the loss of employment. However, I know that in the midst of this, many of you could readily testify to unexpected acts kindness from friends, neighbours and indeed strangers, all of which renew our faith in humanity and remind us of the resilience and resources that we all have within us. There is an old Irish proverb, ‘Níl in aon rud as seal’, which means ‘Nothing lasts forever’. This spell too will eventually pass and hopefully we will all emerge safely from it and be the stronger for it.
Many of you, our parents, are currently working directly in frontline services, trying to address Covid– 19. Several of you are in the healthcare sector, while others are in various service industries and are working long hours and extra shifts to keep supplies running smoothly. Our thoughts are with you all at this challenging time and we are indebted to you, for the work that you are doing, on behalf of us all. Míle buíochas libh go léir.
The staff of Scoil Bhríde Cailíní will continue to engage with you all, to ensure that your daughter has work to support her on-going learning. However, it is important for us all to remember, that some of the greatest learning experiences are life experiences, which occur outside the classroom. These experiences are the real university of life and in many ways shape who we become. So let us try and flip the coin and view this difficult time, in which we find ourselves, as an opportunity to reconnect with simple pastimes and skills, often overlooked in the pace of our hectic, modern lives. Maybe it will be an opportunity to do some gardening with your daughter, to learn how to sew a button or identify a garden bird. Maybe it will be an opportunity to watch an old movie or point out a constellation in the night sky. This time presents us all with an opportunity to slow down and reconnect with ourselves and our families. Sometimes the best lessons learned by our children are when we think they are not looking at all. Your daughter may already have witnessed you running an errand for an elderly relative or neighbour and quietly learned the real value of kindness. She may have witnessed you queuing patiently in line for groceries and learned the real importance of courtesy and respect. Or maybe she saw you trying to work from home whilst also juggling childcare and learned the real value of dedication and commitment. These are valuable lessons and once learned, will never, ever be forgotten.
I am conscious that we, the staff, have already sent out a considerable amount of work for all classes. I’d ask you to use your own discretion with this work and to tailor it to your own daughter’s needs. For the next period coming up to Easter, we would like to switch the focus to a more creative activity. The girls would normally create Easter bonnets at this time of year and so we would encourage you to experiment with this as a family activity at home. We would be delighted if you could then photograph your work and we will organise a display of these photos at a later point.
On another note, you may have heard that RTÉ television are planning to broadcast lessons for primary school children very shortly. I am delighted to announce that one of our own teachers, Clíona Ní Chiosáin, will be part of the teaching team leading these lessons. So this will be a lovely opportunity for us all to tune in and watch one of our own. Go n-éirí leat a Chlíona!
Finally, I look forward to seeing you all again very soon in the mornings and to hearing the cheery voices of all your little ladies, as they file in past me, wishing me a ‘Good Morning’ and brightening up yet another day.
Till then, take care of yourselves, your families and your loved ones. Go dté sibh slán.
The Department of Health and the HSE have produced Covid-19 resources in a range of languages which you can access below:
The languages currently available are Chinese, Italian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Latvian and Lithuanian.
We hope you are all keeping well and staying safe in these unprecedented times. As you are aware, class teachers have already given work for your child but we intend to stay in touch with you re on-going work.
This letter contains suggested activities for your child for the period 23rd– 27th March.
Firstly, we would ask that all our pupils continue to engage with the four activities listed below.
1. Family Board Games/Card Games benefits oral language, collaboration, problem solving, conflict resolution and fun! 2. Reading- Reading feeds brains! 3. Regular exercise. 4. Being helpful at home.
We would ask you to share these recommendations with your child, as they will already be familiar with them from discussing them in school.
Secondly, some of our pupils, in consultation with you our parents, might like to keep a journal/diary entry of their personal thoughts, feelings, activities etc. at this time.
These are the first generation of primary school children, who will have experienced anything like this in the history of the state.
Such a document would be a unique perspective and historical record of this unprecedented event.
It could be handwritten, typed or presented digitally. Illustrations, pictures or photos could be included if the children wish to add them. Children may prefer to keep this document for personal use or they may choose to share their insights with others.
Finally, please find here on the website, a list of specific work for your child’s class level and other activities which your child may complete over this time period. Individual class work can be found under the tab ‘Children’s Work’.
We ask you to use your own discretion in overseeing this work, based on your child’s individual needs.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding. Take care and stay safe.
Paula Dargan Anne McKeon
Principal Deputy Principal
12 March, 2020
STATEMENT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND SKLLS
An announcement was made this morning by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD of the closure of schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings, for a period until 29 March 2020, to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19. This will take effect from 6pm this evening, Thursday 12 March.This is in line with the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team.
All pupils and students, from pre-school to third level are urged to practice social distancing, and to minimise physical contact with each other, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. This should include minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space between them. Parents and guardians are urged to support their children to maintain this approach.
In order to minimise the impact on teaching and learning, all schools will be asked to continue to plan lessons and, where possible, provide online resources for students or online lessons where schools are equipped to do so. Schools are asked to be conscious of students that may not have access to online facilities and to consider this actively in their response.
Schools are asked to prioritise supporting exam classes to continue to prepare for State examinations.
Physical classes in universities and higher education facilities will not be held during the closure. Institutions can make other arrangements for teaching and learning and other activities in line with their business continuity plans and contingency planning.
Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD said:
“I am deeply conscious of the impact that school and education setting closures have on students, on families and on the wider community. This is a necessary and proportionate measure that we are taking as a pro-active measure to help contain the threat of Covid-19.
“This is the right decision at the right time. It is taken in the best interests of our children, our young people, our school and college communities and our wider society.
“At this point in time the closure is planned for two weeks, from tomorrow until 29 March. The Government, in conjunction with the public health authorities, will keep the situation under ongoing review. Any change to that date will be communicated widely.
“Pupils should take their books and learning materials home with them this evening.
“This is a very challenging time for our pupils, our teachers, our students and our colleagues in further and higher education.
“Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine – we all live in one another’s shadow. If there was ever a time for us to appreciate how closely we are connected, how much what we do matters to others, how much we rely on each other, this is it. This is a time where we all need to work together for the best possible outcome for our students. The support of everyone across the sector is vital, as we all strive to ensure that this threat is dealt with as effectively as possible.”
The Department of Education and Skills will remain open and will continue to provide supports to the education sector at this time.
The Department of Education and Skills has been liaising closely on a continual basis with the Department of Health in relation to Coronavirus/Covid-19 since early January. This will continue.
Department of Education and Skills Press office
T +353(0)1 8892304
Pearse Ó Caoimh
Higher Executive Officer — Communications.
An Roinn Oideachais agus Scileanna
Department of Education and Skills
Sráid Maoilbhríde, Baile Átha Cliath, D01 RC96.
Marlborough Street, Dublin, D01 RC96.
T +353(0)1 8892304
We are now taking enrolments for Junior Infants, for September 2020. The closing date for enrolment this year is February 14th. Any applications received after that date, will be placed on a waiting list.
In line with the Department of Education staffing allocations, it is more than likely, that we will only have one Junior Infant class next year. Therefore, it is extremely important that you submit a completed application form before the February 14th deadline. Please note, that siblings of pupils already enrolled in Scoil Bhríde Cailíní and Scoil Bhríde Buachaillí must also submit an application form by the set deadline. Places will be allocated strictly on the basis of the school’s enrolment policy. Unfortunately, once the places have been allocated, siblings who fail to make an application on time, will also have to be placed on a waiting list.
Application forms are now available and can be collected from the school office during school hours or downloaded here: /http://scoilbhridec.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/2019-application-form.pdf
Guardians of successful applicants will be notified within 21 days of the application closing date.