School Closure Update

Our school will remain closed until 19th April 2020.
Parents, please click on the image below to read a letter from Úna Feeley, Principal, regarding our school's closure.

Assigned Work from Teachers

As a result of the extension to school closures, our teachers have prepared additional work for the children to complete at home. This work has been updated and you can access it by clicking on the 'Classes' tab in the menu above and selecting your child's class. Alternatively, click on the links below:

Junior Infants
Senior Infants
1st Class
2nd Class
3rd Class
4th Class
5th Class
6th Class
Speech and Language Class

Extra Information for Parents During School Closures

There are a wide range of supports available to parents who are supporting their children's learning at home. We have compiled links to these supports as well as links to useful websites which provide extra activities that may be of benefit to some of you. Click here to access this document.

Sacraments

Confirmation for 6th class on the 28th March is suspended. Arrangements will be made to Confirm the children as soon as it becomes possible to do so. Confessions for 2nd class is also cancelled. For now First Communion is going ahead. We will let you know if this changes.

Talking to Children and Young People about Covid-19

We would like to direct your attention to updated guidance on talking to children and young people about Covid-19.

You can access and download this guidance in both Irish and English from the Department of Education and Skills website by clicking here and looking under the heading ‘Talking to children and young people about Covid-19’.

We would also like to direct your attention to a child-friendly interview that Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn did with RTÉ’s new2day programme last week, that may also be a useful resource when talking about Covid-19 with children and students. You can access this interview by clicking here.

We ask God to be with us all at this time. We hope you all remain healthy and happy during this time off and look forward to seeing you back in school when we re-open.

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

Learning through different types of play in Junior Infants-Aistear

Gaelic football drills and skills during school closure

We hope you are all keeping healthy, happy and safe during this period of unprecedented school closure. If children wish to practise their Gaelic football skills there are some useful drills and skills here.

The 200 Touch Daily Challenge is also a great way for children to keep active and practise their Gaelic skills:

Covid-19 information available in different languages

Dear Principal and Teachers,

In the current climate of uncertainty, the Department of Education and Skills appreciates that students, staff and parents are being affected in various ways by the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are equally aware that there are many students and parents in Ireland for whom English/Irish is not their first language. With this in mind, the Department of Health and the HSE have produced Covid-19 resources in a range of languages other than Irish and English which you can access below:

https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/partner-resources/covid-19-translated-resources/

The languages currently available are Chinese, Italian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Latvian and Lithuanian.

It is vital that this information reaches the students and parents who need it most. Given the important role you play in your own communities around the country, we are asking you to share this information in a way that is appropriate to your school community.

The site above will continue to be updated with more resources, so we encourage you to check it regularly.We hope this information will be useful and that it will make important information more accessible to everybody.  Thank you very much for your continued efforts in getting these important messages out there. It is much appreciated.

Pearse Ó Caoimh

Higher Executive Officer — Communications.
An Roinn Oideachais agus Scileanna
Department of Education and Skills

Bishop Kevin's Message to Confirmation Candidates

Reminder

 

Children may (if they wish) dress in the Irish colours on Friday 13th and bring a coin. School closes for all children at 12.45pm on Friday 13th. It will reopen on Wednesday March 18th at 9.15am.

Is féile idirnáisiúnta Ghaeilge í Seachtain na Gaeilge, atá ar an gceiliúradh is mó dár dteanga agus dár gcultúr dúchais a bhíonn ar siúl in Éirinn agus fud fad an domhain gach bliain.

Beidh na daltaí go léir ag déanamh a lán gníomhaíochtaí i rith na seachtaine chun Seachtain na Gaeilge a cheiliúradh. Beidh comórtas ealaíne ann, comh maith le tráth na gceist agus céilí mór. Cuirfimid béim ar an teanga labhartha freisin agus déanfaidh gach páiste iarracht mór an teanga a usáid i rith an lae. Tugann an fhéile deis do gach éinne sult a bhaint as an nGaeilge. Bain Triail Aisti!

Well done Scott!

Well done to Scott in Ms. Mannion's 4th class on his swimming success at the weekend-he won 4 gold medals!

Engineers Week 2020

This week we are celebrating Engineers Week in our school. Have a look at some of the fun engineering challenges we are doing. Many thanks to Ms J Mannion for organising this exciting event.

Confirmation Commitment Ceremony

A reminder to Confirmation classes: Commitment Ceremony will take place in the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon on Wednesday March 4th at 7pm.

Well done Sarah!

Well done to Sarah in Ms. Mannions's 4th class on her swimming success at the weekend!

Prevent the Spread of Germs!

Well done Fiona!

Well done to Fiona in Ms. Leonard's 5th class, who won the Roscommon Arts Festival Essay Competition. Her winning entry is available to view here. She was up against hundreds of other entries, all of whom had to compose an essay taking inspiration from the titles of upcoming plays in Roscommon Arts Centre. We are very proud of you!

Well done Scott!

Congratulations to Scott Duda, 4th class,  who won 2 All Ireland gold medals in Breast-stroke and Butterfly representing St. Comán’s Woods in Dublin on Sunday last at the Irish Minor Schools Finals in Dublin. We are all very proud of this marvellous achievement.

Grandparents' Day

As part of Catholic School's Week, Grandparents' Day was held on Wednesday, 29th January. It was a wonderful day and it was great to have so many of our pupils' grandparents celebrating with us.

A special Grandparents' Day Mass was celebrated at 10am in the Sacred Heart Church by Fr. Kevin Fallon.  A large number of our pupils were involved in music, singing, readings and in the Offertory Procession. Afterwards, the grandparents were welcomed back to both sites, where they had a chance to mingle over teas and coffees while being entertained by our school band. They then visited with their grandchildren and visited their classrooms. It was a truly special day, one that was enjoyed by all members of our school community! Thank you to all involved in preparations!

Principal's Award

A big well done to the deserving recipients of January's Principal's Award. This award recognises good behaviour, hard work, kindness, thoughtfulness and those students who always try their best. Congratulations everyone!

 

Clothing Collection Update

A big thank you to everyone who brought in clothing for our Cash for Clobber Collection on Friday 17th January last. A total of 960kg was collected!

 

Intercultural Evening

Thank you to everyone involved in our recent intercultural evening. It was a huge success, with 11 different nationalities being represented. Many thanks to our Parents Association for their involvement in the organisation of this event.

New Aistear Resources

The children in our infant classes have enjoyed getting to grips with the new toys, games and equipment the school recently purchased for use in Aistear. Aistear is the Early Childhood curriculum framework for all children from birth to six years. Click here to read more information about it.

New Climbing Frame on the Senior Site

 

Our new climbing frame was installed on the Senior Site over the Halloween break and the children were delighted to try it when they returned to school. A huge thank you to our Parents' Association who fundraised for the equipment. 

Sacraments

Dates for your diaries:
Children in 2nd class will receive the Sacrament of First Confession on Thursday, 12th March 2020 and the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 16th 2020. 

Children in 6th class will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday, March 28th 2020.

 

Primary Language Curriculum

A big well done to Ms Dolan and all of the children in 2nd class (2018/2019) who were filmed back in April as part of the NCCA's development of online support materials for the new Primary Language Curriculum. (You can read all about the NCCA visit here.)

The new Primary Language Curriculum, which was introduced in 2016 to pupils in junior infants to 2nd class, is now being rolled out to all classes. The video of Ms. Dolan's class demonstrating narrative writing and the writing process is now available as part of the online toolkit of support materials for teachers.

Click on the image below to read more about the new Primary Language Curriculum.

 

Internet Safety

The Internet is a wonderful resource, but access to it has its hazards for children. Webwise.ie offer free information, advice and resources to help parents, teachers and students address internet safety issues. Click on the webwise logo below for an explanation of various apps available online and their associated benefits and risks.
Logo

 

Child Protection

On 11th December, 2017, new Child Protection Procedures were implemented for all primary and post-primary schools in line with the Children First Act.

This has brought about some changes to the way schools deal with child protection issues. 

For further information on Children First please click here.