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22 September 2016 ~ Comments Off on Garda Vetting

Garda Vetting

Dear Parents,
The Board of Management has asked me to contact parents and inform them of new rules in place in connection with Garda Vetting and volunteering for any activities at school. Our school benefits greatly from parents taking part in various activities associated with the school. This could involve helping out occasionally in class with artwork or numeracy or literacy. It could involve looking after the library or an after-schools club. Any activity where a parent might have contact with children other than their own that is associated with the school could come under the rules mentioned above. These are laid out in a circular (0031/2016) from the Department for Education and Skills which is available at the following link ; http://www.education.ie/en/Circulars-and-Forms/Active-Circulars/cl0031_2016.pdf (It’s a hard read so please don’t feel you have to do so.)
Anyway, the long and the short of it all is that all adults who are volunteering with or employed by the school must be vetted. A new form for this has been devised and this is available at the secretary’s office. In addition to this a ‘statutory declaration’ must be filled out and signed by a peace commissioner or commissioner of oaths as well as a ‘form of undertaking’. And, as if that wasn’t enough, all persons applying to be vetted must also produce proof of address (recent utility bill, less than 6 months old – not a mobile phone bill) and photographic ID (passport or driver’s licence) and bring this to the school to be copied.
So, this involves a certain amount of time and effort on the part of any willing parent. I would appeal to you to consider putting yourself forward for this as we really depend on our pool of vetted volunteers at the school to help things to take place. There may be no specific reason right now to have been vetted, but, you may be happy to – for example – go on a school tour later in the year. The vetting process takes a number of weeks so it would be best to have gone through it and so be ‘ready to go’.
Any parent who has already been vetted before 29th April 2016 need not worry about this straight away. However, I understand that they will be retrospectively re-vetting these people. So, it might make sense to go through the process anyway.
Thanks for your attention. As I said, if you are happy to put yourself forward please, please do so. Just call in to Sharon at the office and she will give you the relevant forms.
Best regards,
Tomás

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29 June 2016 ~ Comments Off on Virtual Cycle

Virtual Cycle

The school raised over 8,500 euro. We had wonderful fun. Sylvia’s class raised the most and won a trip to storm in a tea cup. Thanks to everyone who took part.

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29 June 2016 ~ Comments Off on Senior infants school tour

Senior infants school tour

Senior infants went to Skerries Community Centre and had a great day on the bouncy castles and zorbing.

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29 June 2016 ~ Comments Off on Out and about with Jean’s 1st Class

Out and about with Jean’s 1st Class

Budding archaeologists from first class set off for Loughshinny in May to be close to the Roman settlement site discovered in nearby Drumanagh in recent years.  Peter O’Neill, poet and author, and father of Rebecca in first class,  worked with me to introduce the children to some of the ways of the Romans in the first century.   This project work included learning about the origins of the Roman Empire, schooldays, toys, games, food, clothes, roman numerals, roman pottery and even a little latin.   After a fortnight of classroom learning the children took part in a treasure hunt on Loughshinny beach, marched like legionnaires and some even attempted to play knucklebones (nowadays called Jacks).  The trip to Loughshinny included a visit to the boathouse.  Here, the children discovered an amazing monster made from recycled GAA footballs. Finally we headed back to Ardgillan playground for lots more fun!

Our school tour to Rathbeggan Lakes in June was great fun as we teamed up with Lauren’s and Sylvia’s classes for a action-packed fun-filled day.  A million thanks to all the parents who came along to help.

Finally, I would like to wish my class all the very best in second class!  You are truly wonderful and I will miss you!

JeanJean 11 Jean 10 Jean 9 Jean 8 Jean 7 Jean 6 Jean 5 Jean 4 Jean 3 Jean 2 Jean 1

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29 June 2016 ~ Comments Off on Message from Tomás

Message from Tomás

Hello to all children, staff and parents,

Imagine it’s the end of June and we’re all about to separate as we head off on our Summer holidays.  It has been another important year of growing and developing at our school.

Congratulations to all in the school community for the recent success with our Virtual Cycle. Imagine we raised over eight thousand euros! Thanks to the leaders who helped to organise it all.

Well done to everybody for all those other great things that happened during this past year – St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Seachtain na Gaeilge, Cor Fheile na Scoile, the Big Bear Planetarium, Friendship week and all the performances at assemblies and at the end of term. In fact, well done to all the children for their performances at our Graduation Ceremony when we all said goodbye to the 6th class of 2016. They were great!

Thank you to all the staff for your hard work throughout the year. Thanks also to parents for your support and, again, hard work throughout the year. Thank you to all the boys and girls at our school for being such fantastic people and for coming to our school every day and working as hard as they do!

I wish everybody a happy and fun-filled summer break. We will see you all on Wednesday 31st August. Slán,

Tomás

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16 June 2016 ~ Comments Off on Sports/Fun Day Friday 17th June.

Sports/Fun Day Friday 17th June.

We are holding the Sports /Fun day on Friday morning from 9am. It will be divided between junior and senior classes. The fun day will be held on the grass in front of the school and the sports day will take place in Kelly’s Bay green across from the school.

Junior classes (Junior Infants to 1st class) will have their sports day from 9 -10am and their fun day from 10.30-11.30am.

Senior Classes (2nd to 6th class) are having their fun day from 9-10am and their sports day from 10.30 to 11.30am.

Seolta sport/fun day is from 11.30-12.15pm.

We ask that pupils wear comfortable clothing and runners and have sunscreen applied.

Hopefully the sun will make an appearance tomorrow!

Sheila, Conor and Alison.

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13 May 2016 ~ Comments Off on Anti-Homophobic Bullying

Anti-Homophobic Bullying

13th May 2016,
Dear Parents,

As you know, Skerries Educate Together has an Anti-Bullying policy that was designed in collaboration with students, parents and staff. We see this as a vital document and we take any issues of bullying very seriously. In previous years we have been proactive about teaching children how to recognise bullying behaviours, such as Cyberbullying, and equipped them with strategies to deal with these situations. This year, the school has chosen to focus on Anti-Homophobic bullying. Lessons will be taught in the coming days on the topic of families. This will explore the different types of family that children and adults will grow up in and engage with in their community.
A committee in the school has researched various resources to support the teaching of these lessons and a presentation was made to our Board of Management. The Board was incredibly enthusiastic about these lessons and fully supports the school in this matter. In addition to supporting the Anti-Bullying Policy, these lessons also form part of the SPHE Curriculum under the Strand of ‘Myself and My Family’.
In the coming days all classes will be learning about families and we would encourage parents to talk to their children about these lessons and to alllow healthy, age-appropriate dialogue about bullying.
The lessons themselves have been designed by the Irish National Teachers Organisation INTO and can be accessed at the following link: https://www.into.ie/lgbt/EducationalResources/DifferentFamiliesSameLove_LessonResources.pdf

Kind regards,

Tomás

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18 June 2015 ~ Comments Off on Fun Sports Day 19th June 2015.

Fun Sports Day 19th June 2015.

Fun Sports Day tomorrow,

9-10.30am Jun-1st class

& 11-12.30 for 2nd-6th class.

Pupils need to wear runners and suncream! Parents welcome to watch the games. These will take place on Kelly’s Bay Green beside the school.

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26 May 2015 ~ Comments Off on Bank Holiday Arrangement

Bank Holiday Arrangement

Reminder school is closed on Fri 29/5 and will re-open on Wed 3rd of June at 8.30am, have a nice long weekend, Tomás.

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14 May 2015 ~ Comments Off on 6th Class Junior Entrepreneur Project

6th Class Junior Entrepreneur Project

We hope you enjoy our advertisement for ‘Picture This Pillows’.

If you would like your own personal customised pillow, call into our showcase event in the school hall on Friday the 22nd of May.

Alternatively, you can order now, by emailing a picture to [email protected], and we will do the rest.

Thanks, and stay tuned for more updates,

6th Class.

 

(Video script written by Ellen and Keith, starring Nova, Nina and Ellen, filmed by Emilia and Rois, edited by Emilia, Shona and Nina)

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