I’m glad we are back
At school today
You’ve been missed
While we were away!
Things are different,
As you know,
But we are here
To learn and grow
We’ll be careful not to
Spread any germs
By social distancing
And waiting turns
Washing your hands
And keeping clean
Are more important
Than they’ve ever been.
Sneeze into your elbow
And cover your coughs
Stay two metres away
From people not in your pod.
We can do this!
We’re in this together!
We need to stay safe
’til the worth gets better.
adapted from a poem by Dawn Motz
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to school. We will add information for children on this page. We are all in this together.
If you are not in school, you could try activities from the following list. You can click into these on the menu on the left hand side of this page, where you see ‘Recommended Education Links’. There is something there for everyone.
Click on THIS link to see two videos for children about the return to school from the Department of Education. One is for children Junior Infants to 2nd and the other is for classes 3rd to 6th.
As the summer holidays come to an end it’s hard to believe that you haven’t been in the school building in five months. We have missed you all so much and are really looking forward to seeing you again in four days time. We’re sure you’re excited to come back to St. Brigid’s to see your friends, teachers and other staff members but we also understand that you might be a little nervous about coming back and that is totally normal too.
St. Brigid’s will still be the school you know and love but there will be some changes that we have put in place to keep everybody safe. Your parents and teachers will talk to you about these changes.
Some of these changes include:
- New routines for coming into school in the morning
- New routines for leaving the school in the evening
- Designated Gate entrances for drop off and collection
- Designated Yard Zones for each class level
- Two separate yard times- One for Infants to 3rd and and one for 4th to 6th
- The staff will be wearing face coverings, masks or visors, like what you may have seen in other workplaces or shops. However, we will still be the same people, just five months older!!
In the first few days and weeks we will be going back over key work that you might have done last year to help you get used to being back in school again.
We will also be reminding you about catching coughs and sneezes safely in a tissue or your elbow, regular hand washing, use of hand sanitiser and social distancing which we’re sure you have become very familiar with over the last few months.
It has been a difficult few months for most people but we have been working hard to make sure that school will be a safe and fun place for you to learn and we look forward to seeing you all on the 27th of August.
If you have any questions or concerns that you would like to ask us, please email the school (get your parent(s) to help) and we will do our very best to answer them as best we can!.
Enjoy the last few days of the summer holidays. See you all on Thursday
Ms. Costello and all the Staff
Newletter 13th August, 2020 Back to School Plan. What Children Need to Know!
1.We are looking forward to seeing you in school in St. Brigid’s really soon. Some things will be a little different when we get back. Some of these things you will know already. Washing your hands is so important! Please wash them before you eat, if you sneeze/cough and when you come in from the playground. One of the changes you will see is hand sanitizer in school. Mrs. Costello has bought clever automatic dispensers. You don’t even have to push a button to get the hand sanitizer! You must only come to school if you are feeling well. Check with your parents. If they agree that you are not feeling well you must stay at home
2. Because there are so many of us, we will need to use lots of different gates to come to school. Ask your parents what gate you are to use. We will let them know closer to the time. Remember to use the same gate every time you come to and leave school. You can say good bye to your parents and minders at the gate. A teacher will be waiting to say hello to you there.
3.To keep you safe, your class will be your ‘bubble’. You will sit with some of your friends and you will stick together to help keep everyone safe. Each class ‘bubble’ will stick together, even in the playground.
4.Imagine after all the times we told you that ‘caring is sharing’, we are now saying we don’t want you to share you with your friends, so make sure you have everything you need as for this year only we would prefer you not to share!
5.We know how much you love your toys, but we want to keep them safe, just as much as you. Please leave all your toys, teddies, trading cards etc. at home and only bring things you need for school in your bag
6.If you have any questions about this ask your parents. If there are any questions they can’t answer teacher will try to answer them when you get back to school. Enjoy the rest of your Summer holidays and see you soon!
Adapted from ‘All Things Primary’ and ‘Playful_Classroom’ who generously shared their newsletters for free on Mash.ie
You will know a lot of the following already. You are probably an expert.
We will all need wash our hands arriving in school, before and after eating, after going to the toilet, after coughing or sneezing and before leaving school.