As we begin our final week of this school year I want to congratulate all of you and particularly your children on getting to grips with balancing learning from home and engaging so well with your teachers and practicing patience while the country and the education system tries to navigate our way through Covid-19. Thankfully our country is coming back to life again and hopefully our education system will get to grips with getting all our young people back to school properly and safely at the end of August.
6th Class Leavers
Tomorrow we formally mark our 6th class leavers end to their time in Scoil na Naomh Uilig. We wish each and every one of them success in their move to secondary school. Although it’s not the goodbye we had envisaged, it is being marked in a number of different ways by all the class teachers of The Poppies, The Sunflowers, The Bluebells and the 6th class rooms. A video will be uploaded on the website and myself and Ms. Goulding are hoping to meet the classes via Zoom tomorrow. Links have been sent to parents. Congratulations everyone but don’t forget to take part in our sports week next week!!!
Today, marks the beginning of Sports Week at Scoil na Naomh Uilig and the children will enjoy doing the activities set out by the teachers!
It was lovely to see so many of you again yesterday collecting and dropping back books, art materials etc.! It was heartening to see some life on the school grounds once again!
I want to draw your attention to a couple of items as follows:
School Reports were released to all parents on the Aladdin App yesterday along with booklists and the school calendar for next year. I hope the children were happy to get feedback from their teacher on how well they have done in school this year.
Booklists are also available on the school website, Farrell's bookshop in Newbridge and Easons bookstore in Whitewater.
We are still awaiting guidance from the Department of Education on what our return to school will look like on Thursday 27th August. We are working on the premise that all the children will be back in school on August 27th while complying with whatever directives are issued from the Department of Education.
School Enrolment numbers
If you are aware of any pupils that may be leaving or enrolling in Scoil na Naomh Uilig please ask them to contact the school on the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Class teachers for next year: because of the changes brought about by Covid19, school management has not yet received clarification from the Department of Education on staffing and the appointment of staff for the next school year. We will inform you of your child’s class teacher as soon as it is finalised.
GP/Book Rental Charge is available for payment on the Aladdin App.
Thank you to everyone who has paid online to date.
Full information on the details of what this charge covers is contained in the Book Lists. Because of the lockdown and the abrupt ending of school life in the school we have managed to save some money on the running of the school. Therefore, we have decided to reduce the charge for the coming year as follows:
€70 for 1 child
€120 for 2 children
€150 for 3 children or more
The school office is attended on Friday mornings until 1pm. If you have any queries in relation to school work, the aladdin app,or other queries, please phone the school office on 045 434853. Please do not come into the school building at this time. The school email is managed daily and parents/guardians can communicate through the following email address: email@example.com
Also a reminder to anyone who needs assistance during this difficult time or whose circumstances have changed as a result of te Covid-19 virus, to contact me, confidentially, through my personal email address as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will continue doing our utmost to support you and your children using our online systems and hope that you all keep well and stay safe during this time.
Best wishes for your continued good health
Thursday Note and school information also available on the school website www.snu.ie.
Thank you for your co-operation with the above.
You may be interested in the following local initiative:
June Fest 2020 are aiming to create more online events and projects for all community engagement and enjoyment. The organisation has been in contact with us to inform us of
June Fest - Lockdown Chats
Also on June Fest Newbridge Facebook, & YouTube platforms.
Writing & Illustrating Children’s Stories
Calling Parents, Teachers & Young Writers
The first chat in the series, in association with CelticCon Midlands Comic Convention, will see author, Mario Corrigan, and illustrator, Dave Butler, discussing their collaboration in the publication of the Do Fish Wear Pyjamas series of children’s books:
● How they formed the idea for the books
● Creating the characters
● Bringing the characters to life
● Designing and illustrating the publications
● Using local landscapes, folklore, & history as basis for stories
● Vagaries of self-publishing
● Workshopping ideas with children – children as co-authors
We hope our chat inspires people to write, draw, sing, dance - whatever it takes to be creative.
According to author Mario Corrigan:
In the Do Fish Wear Pyjamas series, Bebob and Gooey team up with Gonzo and Brídín, on a whirlwind adventure through ancient abbeys and secret tunnels. And their quest for the Great Book of Kildare becomes a deadly battle to save the world from a long dead Viking Lord and his Dark Army.