Dear Parents and Guardians/A Thuismitheoirí agus a Chaomhnóirí,
Face masks: we’re thrilled to be at the stage now where masks are no longer mandatory, and I have commended all the older children for their efforts over the last couple of months.
Physical distancing: I visited all classes this week to discuss upcoming changes and to listen to their views about the yard in particular. From Monday we will begin a new yard system where the children will mix with peers in the same year group. It’s interesting to hear how much the children love mixing with other classes, especially the younger ones with the older ones. So, we will be re-introducing paired reading and other activities.
Ventilation: Since Christmas, we installed a CO2 monitor in every classroom and have been gathering data to measure the air quality throughout the school. The Board were delighted to see that the air quality is very good with some slight variance due to specific circumstances. In general, maintaining the desired 16 degrees or above in classrooms is being achieved. We have ordered some Hepa Filters and are continuing to monitor air quality.
Traffic: As you’re aware Dublin City Council are continuing to develop cycling paths in the area. I am aware that this is an unwelcome change for some motorists, however it is much safer for our ongoing mission in promoting Green travel. Also, fortunately the School Mobility Outreach Officer in DCC is currently scoping out a suitable park and stride location within easy walking distance of the school. I will be in touch with more information as soon as possible. With both the lack of parking availability directly outside the school and the lifting of restrictions, we anticipate that the set down area within the school grounds will be used very soon. As part of the Health and Safety audit we are reviewing how we can enhance safety within the school grounds and will be in touch about this after St Patrick’s Day break.
Seachtain na Gaelige
Thanks to Aoife, Oisín and Pádraig we have a wonderful programme of events for this fortnight which began on Tuesday and includes
- Children reading the Frása on Lae over the PA system with a little irish music.
- Gaeilgeoir an Lae – a certificate given daily to one child in each class.
- Daily activity eg. Scéalta as Gaeilge, Ceol traidisiúnta, Cluichí as Gaeilge, Amhráin Gaeilge
- Tráth na gCeist ar Zoom
- Flash Mob
Helping Children of Ukraine
We are thrilled at the response to this opportunity to help our fellow citizens. We’re following guidance on how best to handle this sort of news with the children, and it is nice that they have a way to help in donating.
World Book Day
Its great to see so many children dressed up as their favourite book character and we are enjoying extra story time and DEAR time today.
Gaelic Football Matches
The Girls and Boys Gaelic teams play Glasnevin National School in St. Patricks College DCU today at 1pm. All support welcome!
Upcoming – Engineering Week starting Monday 7th March 2022
Reminder: School Closed on
- 17th March – St Patricks Day
- 18th March – Public Holiday
- 21st March – School Closed
Frása na Seachtaine: “Cé mhead daoine i do theaghlach?” – “How many people in your family?”