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.
Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion
We are pleased to announce the following rescheduled dates for Confirmation and First Holy Communion in the parish:
Sat 29th August- Gaelscoil de hÍde & Kilteevan NS
Sat 5th & Sun 6th September- St Comán's Wood PS
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION:
Sun 8th November- St Comán's Wood
Sun 15th November-Gaelscoil de hÍde.
Parents and young people will be contacted in the coming days with specific times, etc.
We ask God's blessing on all our candidates at this special time in their lives of faith.
Wishing all our staff, pupils and parents a lovely summer break. Thank you for all your support and encouragement throughout this unusual year. Good luck to our wonderful 6th class pupils as they begin the next stage of their education. We look forward to welcoming our new Junior Infants in the new school year. We hope you all have a safe, relaxing and peaceful summer and we look forward with hope and positivity to the start of the new school year.
STEM Award for 2019/20 for St. Comán's Wood PS
We have been awarded the Plaque of STEM for 2019-20. Sincere thanks to our children, staff and parents for all their work on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths this year. This could not have been possible without the expert guidance of Ms J Mannion and Ms Duignan. What a wonderful way to end the school year!
Please click on the links below to view our STEM project:
A Message from Mrs Feeley for our 6th class pupils
Mrs Feeley has a special video message for our 6th class pupils as they graduate from St. Comán's Wood. Click here to view this video
A Message from Bishop Kevin for our 6th class pupils
Bishop Kevin also has a special video message for our 6th class pupils.
A Musical Tribute to Support the Warriors of Covid-19
The Indian community in Roscommon have made a musical tribute in support of the warriors of Covid-19. Most of the pupils who participated in this musical tribute are students of St. Comán's Wood PS. We would like to sincerely thank our Indian community for sharing this wonderful video with us. Well done to all involved.
Roscommon Library: Summer Stars
Summer Stars is the national reading programme for children taking place in all 330 public libraries and online throughout the country from the 15th of June until the end of August. Summer Stars is a completely free programme and open to all children. There are lots of fun activities planned for Summer Stars 2020. Click here for information.
Well-being Activities for everyone: June 22th-26th
As we approach the end of the school year we have attached some useful well-being activities which can be used this week and throughout the summer holidays. We hope you enjoy them. Please click here to access these activities
Fun and Games in Irish for Kids
Roscommon Library-Online Services
Please click here to view online services being offered by Roscommon Library which is now open again.
St. Comán's Wood Sports Week June 15th-19th
We have loads of fun activities for you all to try at home. Your teachers will link in via the school website and Seesaw. Get active, get exercising and have fun!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
Prevent the Spread of Germs!
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!
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.
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.