School Closure Activities

Please find suggested activities for the week of 30th March at the links below.

 

 

Covid-19 School Closure Update 03/04/20 1.30pm

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope that you are all doing well. We appreciate your patience while we have been trying to figure out the best way to move forward with distance learning. Initially, we were only to be closed for two weeks and we set work for this time period. We wanted to give time and space to families to adjust to their new lifestyles and we hope that we have succeeded in doing so.

As you are aware, Scoil Íde is a large school with almost 800 pupils, 44 teaching staff and nine special needs assistants and communication under the current circumstances is much more difficult and requires more time.  We appreciate your understanding in this regard. The staff have been working together to plan a whole school approach to a longer term school closure. We are assuming that the school closure will be extended after the Easter holidays and have planned for this eventuality. We have received feedback from teachers and also sent a parent and pupil survey to random households in order to listen to the opinions of all stakeholders and take a balanced approach moving forward.  

There have been queries about collecting books from school. At present, access to the school is not permitted under Government guidelines. If these guidelines change, we will let you know. We would ask that for after Easter, all children have a copybook and/or paper on which to write if they do not already have so.

As communication with parents/pupils is taking place online and some activities for pupils will be online (e.g suggested websites/apps, Google classroom activities etc.), I ask you to draw your attention to our ICT and Social Media Expected Use Policy https://scoilide.ie/about/school-policies/information-a-communications-technology

If the school closure extends beyond the Easter holidays, work will be posted on the homepage of the school website on Sunday 19th April. We will set out a structured plan for communication between parents/pupils and teachers. Once again, we want to take a balanced, whole-school approach as much as possible.

We have updated the website links and phone numbers for a variety of services which may be of use to families at this time which can be found here: https://scoilide.ie/parent-portal/useful-links

We have sent out our online only March Newsletter to our mailing list. You can access it here: https://scoilide.ie/images/2020_March_Special_Ed.pdf

Work will not be sent home during the Easter holidays, a message which is supported by the Irish National Teachers Organisation and other educational bodies. We realise that you may be concerned about your child's progress but we urge you not to be. We will catch up on material that was not covered when we do return to school. 

Once again, we thank you for your patience and understanding and for the positive feedback which has come through the surveys. We appreciate that parents, pupils and teachers alike are all doing their best at this difficult time.

Best wishes,

Grace Burke

Principal

Covid-19 School Closure Update 27/03/20 3.15pm 

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope that you and your families continue to stay safe and keep well. We wish to say a big hello to all of our pupils. We look forward to seeing them again in the near future.

Pupils received work from their teachers on the day of the school closure. This was to be for two weeks duration. We have since been informed that school will close for one more week, therefore teachers have been working together remotely to create a list of suggested activities for each standard. These have been made accessible at the links above.

Staff are working on a contingency plan for a possible further school closure. We will keep you updated on this should the need arise. This situation is far from ideal and we are striving to do our best under the circumstances.

We hope that the activities provided are helpful to you. We are conscious that every household is different and we aim to have a balanced approach to 'distance learning'. The most important thing at this time is the safety and wellbeing of the school community. We are aware that there are members of our school community working on the frontline at this time and we wish to thank them for all that they are doing.

Due to social distancing guidelines and the request from the Government for people to remain at home where possible, the school is not accessible to parents. If you need to contact the school urgently you may call 089 4022227 during school hours. If you have not subscribed to our e-newsletter, I would ask that you do so today. 

I wish to take this opportunity to thank staff and parents for their cooperation, patience and support during what is a challenging time for all. We look forward to our doors re-opening and welcoming you back.

Slán go fóill,

Grace Burke

Principal

  

Covid-19 School Closure Update 24/03/20 6.45pm

The school closure has been extended by one week. We will be in contact with you in the coming days regarding suggested pupil activities for this time.

 

Covid-19 School Closure Update 19/03/20 3.00pm


Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well during what is a very surreal time for all.

Following the address by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on St. Patrick's Day, it is very likely that there will be an extended school closure. The school awaits notification of this from the Department of Education and will keep you up to date. Staff will work together to put a system in place should this arise, however, social distancing restrictions make this more challenging so please bear with us.

For now, your child has been provided with suggested school work. It is recommended that children do a selection of these activities daily but it is important to realise that children cannot be expected to do the same volume of work at home as they would do in school. We would suggest that your child reads, engages in some number/maths work and some writing daily. Other recommended activities include project work, revising spellings/tables and some form of physical activity.

Technology is a very welcome and useful resource at this time, however, we must bear in mind that not every family has sufficient access, particularly when there are a number of school-going pupils in a household. We understand that this is a very stressful time for many and we do not want to burden you with copious amounts of work. Schools have a team of staff from class teachers to special education teachers and special needs assistants working together to support the children's learning and this level of support simply cannot be replicated in the home. 

We will do our utmost to support your child's learning during this time. 

We would recommend that you check our website regularly for updates.

Follow @ScoilIde on Twitter and the Scoil Ide Parents' Association Facebook page for some ideas and suggestions for further pupil activities. 

Thank you for your support at this time. 

Stay safe. 

Grace Burke

Principal


Covid-19 Update 16/03/20 11.00am

The school is closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak and is currently due to and reopen on the 30th March.

Suggested activities have been sent home with your child and can be found here:

http://scoilide.ie/parent-portal/suggested-activities-for-school-closure

Follow us on Twitter @ScoilIde for more ideas and information

The Confirmation has been postponed until further notice.

Latest update from the HSE

Covid 19

All pupils and students, from pre-school to third level are urged to practice social distancing, and to minimise physical contact with each other, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. This should include minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space between them. Parents and guardians are urged to support their children to maintain this approach.

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Below is a link to a guide on talking to children about Covid-19:

https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Announcements/talking-to-children-and-young-people-about-covid-19-coronavirus-advice-for-parents-and-schools.pdf

 

 

 

Welcome to Scoil Íde

 

 

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Welcome to the website of Scoil Íde which is the primary school for the Parish of St. Nicholas and the surrounding areas. It opened in September 1964 with three classrooms and was run by the Mercy Order for the then Parish of St. Mary's. As Limerick developed and Corbally experienced a growth in housing developments the school grew to accommodate the local population. At the present Scoil Íde has a student population of almost eight hundred pupils and 44 full time teaching staff including principal Grace Burke, deputy principal Ray D'Arcy, class teachers, special education teachers and special needs assistants.  Scoil Íde plays a central role in the community and our past pupils have gone on to excel in academics, sports and the arts. As the Sixth Classes leave us each June we remind them that no matter which institution claims them in later years, they were ours first!

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Growth and learning are the summation of all we try to do with the children who are entrusted to our care. We aim to do the very best we can for every child who comes into our school, to maximise their talents and potential, to give them a solid grounding in basic academic work and to open their eyes and minds to the world that awaits them.

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In recent years we have increased the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) emphasis in our teaching and learning. Through parental support we have invested in a Science Room, Outdoor Classroom and technology kits. Scratch programming is taught from 1st to 6th class. We are committed to improving teaching and learning through the support of the parents and the Board of Management.

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