Roscommon Christmas Lights 2020
A Message from the Christmas Lights Committee:
The Christmas Lights Committee have been working hard erecting the Christmas lights so that Roscommon Town will be a beacon of hope and light for Christmas 2020. In keeping with Covid19 restrictions and in order to keep everyone safe, Santa Claus will be switching on the Christmas lights for Roscommon remotely from the North Pole on Sunday 29th November at 5pm. This is an online event and the switch on can be viewed via YouTube. Just search YouTube for the MMCStreaming channel, where the event will be broadcast from, or click on their Facebook page for more details.
Please feel free to post your pictures and videos of your children watching the switching on ceremony on the Roscommon Christmas Lights 2020 event which can be found on the Roscommon Chamber Facebook page.
Best regards, Roscommon Christmas Lights Committee
Planet Youth - Leisurecard Scheme
Parents, we would like to draw your attention to the following webinar. This is a webinar about Planet Youth in the West of Ireland, the extraordinary success of the fabulous Icelandic Leisurecard scheme and plans to introduce the scheme in our communities here.
The Leisurecard Scheme:
Every child in Iceland, from 6-18 years old, receives a €400 voucher to put towards supervised hobbies or sports, all administered through a centralised website. This scheme has been a key component in the success of the Planet Youth primary prevention programme and is credited with excellent health, wellbeing and life outcomes for a generation of young people in Iceland.
The benefits of such a scheme in our community are immense. We recommend viewing the webinar for more detailed information and particularly wish to draw your attention to Anne Rabbitte's contribution which begins at 54:00.
Parenting in the Digital Age: Online Seminar
Science Week ran from 8th-15th November. The children in St. Comán's Wood had a great week engaging in a range of science activities. Pupils from all classes took part in science experiments, activities and quizzes. Some photos of these activities are available to view in our gallery.
We would like to congratulate Sara Stephens (6th class) who was a well deserved runner up in the Club Rossie art competition recently. Sara won a Roscommon training top and all of the beautiful art work completed by the children was on display in Hyde Park for the Connacht Semi-Final between Roscommon and Mayo last weekend. Well done Sara!
Oíche Shamhna Shona Daoibh
We would like to wish all our pupils, parents and staff a very happy Halloween. Thank you for your support since our return to school in September. We hope you all have a safe, happy and healthy mid-term break and we look forward to seeing our pupils back in St. Comán's Wood on Monday, November 2nd. Have a look at some of the great fun had by both pupils and staff today!
Important Letter: 28th August 2020
We are looking forward to welcoming our pupils back to school on Tuesday, 1st September. We have been very busy putting plans in place for the safe re-opening of our school in line with Government guidelines. We ask parents to take a few minutes to read the following letter from Mrs. Feeley which contains important information regarding our re-opening. Please click on the image below to access the letter.
Returning Safely to St. Comán's Wood PS: Information for Parents 17/08/20
Please click here to read an important message (this is the 2nd letter you will have received) from Mrs Feeley regarding the return to school. Please keep an eye on the school website for further updates.
Returning Safely to St. Comán's Wood PS: Information for Parents 04/08/20
Please click here to read an important message from Mrs Feeley regarding the return to school. Please keep an eye on the school website for further updates.
Letter to Parents from Norma Foley, Minister for Education (July 27th 2020)
Please click here to read a letter from the Minister of Education to parents.
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:
Staff of St Comán's Wood 'Shine a Light'
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
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
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.
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.