19th June 2020
I hope that you and the pupils are all keeping well. The past few months have been most testing and very difficult for everyone but the main thing is that we have all remained safe in Sligo.
Firstly I would like to compliment those of you who were able to home school. This in itself was most challenging but remember that every piece of work that was completed will be of benefit. If you were unable to complete all of the activities please do not be stressing as we will leave no stone unturned to simply catch up. Thanks also to all our teachers for preparing the work and to Mr. Hartnett who ensured that the work was up loaded weekly.
On Friday last the Department of Education published some guidelines for September but to be honest it is quite vague and will require further clarification. Teachers, where possible, will be remaining in the same classrooms with their respective classes for the 2020-2021 academic year. This will allow each teacher to continue on from where they left off when the ‘lockdown’ commenced. To accommodate this, teachers will be utilising the current text books for the first number of weeks to help ‘catch up’ on the curriculum that was missed. I will inform all parents of the exact plan closer to the commencement of the new academic year when further guidelines become available.
The Book Rental Scheme will also continue for the 2020/2021 academic year. Please call into the school between 11am – 3pm this week if you wish to avail of the Book Rental Scheme. Our phone system is presently not working due to a lightening strike. We hope to have this problem rectified as soon as possible. Please also ensure that all books on the present book rental scheme are gathered up and kept safe as they will be required in September. A reminder to the 6th class pupils to please return all the books on the Book Rental Scheme to the school by Friday 26th June as they will be required by the incoming 6th class.
We also plan to stage a ‘farewell gathering’ for our 6th class pupils when the circumstances permit.
There is still no official word on when the Sacraments will take place but we will inform you all well in advance of any developments.
Enclosed also is the end of year school report. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this report only covers the period from September 2019 to March 2020. In the absence of the end of year standardised test results, the report is based on teacher observations and continuous assessment which were carried out on a weekly basis. We do however intend to carry out these standardised tests at a later date when normality resumes.
The report will hopefully give you a synopsis of how well your child is performing as well as identifying some areas that require more focus. I would also encourage all pupils to read as much and as often over the official summer break. This would ensure that the children maintain a good standard of literacy skills as well as having an enjoyable pastime.
Finally, I would like to wish Ms. Aoife Rattigan and Ms. Orla Collery the very best on their pending arrivals.
I hope that you all have a relaxing summer and a well deserved break from the home schooling.
Take care and keep safe.