At Home with Weaving Well Being

During challenging times, it’s more important than ever to look after your child’s well-being. To help parents to
help their children, Outside the Box has produced a FREE activity journal (At Home with Weaving Well-Being)
to help children to enhance their mental well-being through a range of activities. It’s probably most suitable for
children aged 8 to 12 years old but can certainly be adapted for younger or older children. It was released as a
response to the current crisis.
You can download it and print it out for your child/children or, if you don’t have access to a printer, your child can
get the activity idea from the screen and do it on a blank sheet of paper. Click on the image below to access this resource

 

School Closure Update

Schools will remain closed until the beginning of the new academic year in September 2020.

Assigned Work from Teachers

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

 

Homeschool Learning

We are so proud of and impressed by all of the wonderful work being done at home. We look forward to your work being sent to us each day. Have a look at just some of the work done at home over the last few weeks. We will be adding photos to this daily.

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Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental health information for young people, their parents and guardians, and those who work with young people. Get practical advice from Jigsaw Clinicians who work with young people everyday. Click on the icon below to access a range of resources and advice.

Free Ebook

Written and illustrated by Jon Burgerman

In this bright and friendly picture book, children learn that it’s okay to worry about coronavirus.

Everybody Worries offers your child the reassuring message that this crisis will pass, we are there for them, and we will get through this together.

Click on the book cover to read the ebook.

May is the Month of Mary

We remember our Lady, Mary during the month of May. Usually we honour Mary during this month by creating a May altar on both sites of our school. Some of you may wish to celebrate this month by creating a May altar at home instead. For this, you will need to set up a prayer space. We usually use a white or blue cloth, both of which are colours we associate with Mary. You will need a statue of Mary (this could be homemade), candles, vases of flowers and rosary beads if you have them. You could write your own prayer to Mary and display it on the May altar. During the month we pray to Mary and remember her love for us all.

Hail Mary, Full of Grace,

The Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou among women,

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.

Amen

The NCSE has released a number of booklets on 'Promoting Learning and Positive Behaviour in the Home', containing information and helpful strategies which may be of benefit to any parent who is finding it challenging to manage their children's behaviour and their engagement with learning during this period of school closure. While these resources are geared towards parents of children with additional needs, the information may be beneficial to others also. Click on the links below to access these documents.

NCSE: Behaviour Support Pack

NCSE: Home Routines

NCSE: Using Reward Systems

NCSE: Behaviour Contracts

Staff of St Comán's Wood 'Shine a Light'

Candles lit by staff of St. Comán's Wood

During a recent staff meeting via Zoom, the staff of St. Comán's Wood held a short prayer service and lit a candle in support of frontline workers fighting against coronavirus and those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic-both near and far.  

 

Parents, please click on the image below to read a letter from Úna Feeley, Principal, regarding our school's closure.

Please click here to view the above letter in Polish

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.

The following resource might help some parents to explain the whole area of Covid-19 testing to young children. Click on the picture below to access this document

Explaining Covid-19 testing to young children

We would also like to draw your attention to an excellent resource-RTE Home School Hub where children can watch, download and engage with curriculum-based content, project work, and fun activities that will keep them entertained and learning. Click on the image below to view the content that will be covered over the next few weeks

TG4 have also announced that a new programme, Cúla4 Ar Scoil will commence on Monday 20 April 2020, broadcasting on weekdays at 10a.m. Click on the image below to find out more information

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

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.
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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.