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01 May 2018

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 1 progress update!

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 1 progress update!

We started our marathon yesterday in brilliant sunshine and the children together with the staff completed 308km.  On our virtual journey to Vietnam, we have travelled from Skerries to Rosslare, Co Wexford, before starting to run again in Fishguard and finishing up in Bridgend, Wales.  A first step but a very important and enjoyable one!  We’ll keep you posted with more updates as we go along.

Check out the link to see how far we’ve travelled so far:https://goo.gl/maps/7myJ1RQPqis

Thanks for your support!

30 April 2018

Parents Assembly

The next parent assembly is Friday 4th of May at 8.40am for junior infants to second class and at 10.30 am for 3rd to 6th class.  

Sixth class are having a bake sale after both assemblies also which we hope you can support. 

We look forward to seeing you all there.

25 April 2018

ASD Announcement

ASD Facility at Skerries Educate Together National School.

 

The Board of Management of Skerries Educate Together School wishes to announce that it has sought sanction from the National Council for Special Educational Needs to open a school-age facility for children who have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. This sanction was approved on 3rd April 2018. The Board must now move on to applying for the appropriate funding and, if this is granted, then proceed to overseeing the building of this facility commencing with sourcing suppliers and architects, agreeing draft plans, and applying for planning permission.

The Board recognises the difficulties faced by families within Skerries and indeed the wider area in seeking appropriate places for their children. There is undoubtedly a crisis emerging in relation to availability of school places for children in the area. The Board has every sympathy for the plight in which parents find themselves in not being able to access school places for their young children. It is hoped that when this facility has been built it will function as a robust and effective learning environment that caters appropriately for these children.

It is envisaged that when fully up and running this facility will have four classes. This will bring the number of classes catering specifically for children with ASD at Skerries Educate Together to a total of six when both Pre-school classes at Seolta are included. Classes will be opened on a phased basis.  

The decision to seek sanction for this has come about as a result of ongoing deliberations over the past two school years. The Board has already ensured that all teachers at Skerries Educate Together, during this period, have spent time both in Seolta and other school-age ASD facilities. This was envisaged as an important component in informing staff and the Board about the challenges and merits of proceeding with such an important development at our school. It is the vision of the Board that any facility provided for children with ASD would be of the highest standard. In this regard we aspire to building on the success of Seolta and providing a physical environment of equal quality. Of equal importance, we also seek to support an ongoing culture of appropriately trained and committed staff.

It is hoped that this facility will have been completed by September 2020. If it is completed before this time the Board will consider opening it at an earlier date. In recent weeks the Board has been approached by parents understandably seeking a facility to be provided for this coming school year. The Board, which has legal responsibility for any decisions it takes, did not see this as feasible. It would not have allowed for the appropriate preparation for establishing such a facility in all areas of concern. It would have been reckless and negligent of the Board to commit to something that it could not stand over as high quality with having had the required time for meaningful planning and preparation.

When fully functioning, assuming that funding is granted, this facility will be one of the largest of its kind to be part of a mainstream school in Ireland. This is therefore an exciting development not just for our school but for the area as a whole. We seek and look forward to support from our own school community and all others interested, or associated with ongoing delivery of education to children with ASD in Skerries and the wider area.

17 April 2018

2018-2019 School Calendar

2018-2019 School Calendar

20 March 2018

Easter Holidays

Dear Parents,

School closes at  11.40am on Friday 23rd of March for the Easter Holidays

and re-opens on

Monday 9th of April

 at 8.30am.

Hope everyone has a lovely break.

Tomás.

14 March 2018

Parents’ Assembly Friday 16th March 2018


 

The next parent assembly is Friday 16th of March at 8.40am for junior infants to second class and at 10.30 am for 3rd to 6th class.  We look forward to seeing you all there.

School is closed on Mon 19th March for the bank holiday also.

Have a nice bank holiday weekend.

Tomás.

09 March 2018

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 Seachtain na Gaeilge has arrived !! 

We have lots of fun activites planned next week for everybody in our school. 

Across the week, some classes will be inviting parents in to play games with the children. This however will not be possible in each class due to a variety of reasons. Teachers will contact you directly should they need volunteers. 

Every child will be receiving their very own customised Skerries Educate Together sticker to show that we are taking part in Seachtain na Gaeilge as a school.  

On Thursday, each  class will perform an Irish poem or Song for our Ceolchoirm. We will also be joined by musicians to play some traditional Irish music. We invite all children to dress in green for this day for the occasion. Unfortunately due to the whole school taking part in our Ceolchoirm, we will not have enough space for parents/guardians. 

Between now and after the Easter holidays, each class will be working on an exciting Gaeilge drama competition which will be judged by a director from RTE. 

If you are in the school over the next few weeks, keep an eye for our fantastic collaborate display which will involve each child creating their own Celtic Print to hang on the walls. 

We encourage everyone to try and use their cúpla focail over the course of the week in any way and most importantly,  to have fun! 

Go raibh míle maith agaibh,

Eleanor, Sylvia agus Laoíse.

28 February 2018

Weather Planning Update

UPDATE:

Due to continued  heavy snowfalls and an extension of the  Red Weather warning  from Met Eireann  our school will remain closed on Friday 2nd March and will re open on Monday.

Tomás (on behalf of Board of Management)

 

Dear Parents,

Due to heavy snowfalls and Red Weather warning  from Met Eireann from 5 am today until 12.pm tomorrow Thursday our school will be closed today and tomorrow. Please check school website for further updates regarding Friday www.skerrieseducatetogether.ie

Tomás (on behalf of Board of Management)

27 February 2018

Weather Warning

Dear Parents,
It is expected that a Status Orange Weather warning will issue later today. In this case school will open as usual tomorrow. Parents are advised to make their own decision as to the safety of their children on travelling to and from school. If this changes to a status Red warning then the school will not open.
Parents are also advised to look at the school website www.skerrieseducatetogether.ie for updates.
Tomas

13 February 2018

February Mid-term break

Dear Parents,

School is closed for February mid-term break on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February.

School re-opens as normal on Monday 19th February at 8.30am.

 Regards, Tomás.