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Return to School Arrangements (3rd March ’21)

Posted on March 3, 2021

Return to School Arrangements


As you may be aware the N. Ireland Executive have now given some guidance towards a phased return to school and while we may have reservations about some aspects of the planning, we accept that these decisions were taken with the best of intentions and we will manage them as best we can.

As things stand, pupils in P1-P3 will return to school on Monday 8th March albeit for a relatively short period of time. The school will, of course be closed on 17th & 18th March but re-open on the 19th. From Monday 22nd March, P1-P3 pupils will resume remote learning once again until advised otherwise but hopefully this will be in the not too distant future. Pupils in P1 and P2 will finish their school day at the usual time of 2.15pm and P3 pupils will finish at 3.10pm.

Supervised learning remains available for children of Key Workers in P4-P7 in the current format although obviously they will be moving classrooms due to the P3’s return. This supervision is available from 9.00am -3.15pm.

Unfortunately, we can not offer an “After-School” facility for pupils in P1/2 in the short-term as this would constitute mixing “bubbles” with Key workers’ children.

Dinner will be available in school for all pupils.

We ask that all pupils attending on Monday wear their school uniform so as to avoid confusion for the younger pupils.

Obviously, this phased return is far from ideal and will continue to evolve but at least it is a step in the right direction. We shall, of course, keep you updated, when new guidance is issued.

Enforced School Closure (Covid19) Jan 2021

Posted on January 2, 2021

Please be aware that the ongoing increase in Covid19 cases throughout the North has prompted the Minister for Education to delay the re-opening of Primary schools after the Christmas Holidays. School will now re-open on Monday 11th January. We were due to return on Tuesday 5th Jan but the Minister has now asked that schools use this first day to organise remote learning for the rest of the week. Therefore, remote learning will be in operation from Wednesday until Friday largely via SeeSaw and/or Studyladder/LBQ. Should you need any assistance re SeeSaw or password reminders etc or indeed require the loan of electronic devices, please contact the school no later than Tuesday.

The school can offer in-school provision for children of Key Workers (from Wed-Fri) but again we stress that this should only be availed of as a last resort. Should you wish to avail of this provision, we respectfully ask you to email the school at no later than Monday morning at 10.00am so that we can establish the level of interest and organise appropriate supervision.

We aplologise for any inconvenience this change of plans may cause but trust that we can rely on your ongoing support as we all battle through these difficult times. Stay safe everyone.

Monday, 31st August 2020 Weekly Note

Posted on August 31, 2020


A big welcome back is extended to all our pupils throughout the school, with a particular welcome to our new recruits. Joining us in P.1 are Aoibheann, J.R., Saoirse, Cormac, Oisin, Cathal, Caitlin, Aine, Anna, Ava, Darcy & Cathair along with Dylan in P.4. We extend a warm welcome to all pupils new and ‘established’, we hope and trust that you will have a very enjoyable and rewarding year ahead.

As always we encourage parents to play an active role in their child/children’s education and invite you to contact the teacher concerned should your child encounter any trouble ‘settling in’ or indeed at any time of the year. Unfortunately we must ask that, unless absolutely necessary, communication is done via telephone to keep external traffic to the school to an absolute minimum.


All children are looking resplendent in their new school sweaters and cardigans. May we ask you to take time to ensure that all children’s clothing is labelled so as to avoid any unnecessary confusion.


This is not always a topic we like to discuss but just a simple reminder to remain vigilant as to the possibility of the presence of lice in your child’s hair.


We respectfully ask that any monies being sent to the school be in a sealed envelope, with name and purpose of payment etc. clearly indicated. These envelopes will be placed in a marked tray in each classroom before being picked up later by Nuala. These envelopes will be retained by the school as ‘proof of payment’ so it is essential that these are clearly labelled so as to avoid unnecessary confusion. We also ask that weekly payments should be made in one instalment rather than on a daily basis and that payments are restricted from Monday to Wednesday.


Dinners are available in the school from tomorrow Tuesday, 1st September. Cost £2.60.

Payment by cheque for school dinners should be made out to E A Western Region.


For those children who wish to take milk, the cost for the term which takes us to Christmas is £11.50. Milk will begin on Thursday of this week.


A list of holidays can be found under the ‘information’ tab of our School App.


Anyone who may have changed mobile numbers over the summer holiday is asked to notify the school to ensure that our records are up to date and that the school text messages are going to the correct number.


We welcome along Deborah O’Kane, who joins us as a Classroom Assistant to deputise for Brenda. You’re very welcome Deborah.


We ask that all pupils bring a clearly labelled plastic water-bottle to school. Unfortunately we are no longer in a position to distribute cups as we would have done in the past and children do like to drink water throughout the day.


We apologise for the seemingly endless list of do’s and don’ts but appreciate your patience and support in our efforts to get school life back to something resembling normal. Ultimately, we are endeavouring to keep the entire school community safe and thank you for your wonderful co-operation thus far.

P1 Starters 31st Aug. ’20 Arrangements/Timetable

Posted on August 26, 2020

Dear Parent


As you are aware your P.1 child will be commencing school next Monday, 31st August. Normally parents would accompany their child to the classroom for the first few days of their school journey.

Unfortunately, the current Covid 19 pandemic has forced changes to be made to ensure that our social bubbles can be maintained as far as possible. As a result, we are operating a staggered start on Monday morning in order to avoid any unnecessary over-crowding of ‘visitors’ to the classroom bubble. We respectfully ask that you (1 adult only) bring your P.1 child to Mrs Breen’s classroom at the allocated time and leave as promptly as possible before the next group of allocated pupils arrive. We do not wish to cause unnecessary offence, but parents will be asked to leave if overstaying.

Parents will be permitted to bring new starters in to the school up to Friday, 4th September (if necessary) but thereafter P.1 pupils must try to make their own way from the front door. Be assured that there will be plenty of adult support for the earliest days to ensure that our new P.1’s adapt to school life as smoothly as possible.

As mentioned previously, school will end for P.1 pupils at 12.00pm for the first 2 weeks (Fri. 11th). Pupils will be brought to the front door where they can be met by their parent/carer who should wait at the entrance to the school grounds.

Pupils are permitted to bring some fruit/veg for a snack with water/milk as a drink.

All other restart arrangements can be found on our school website but if you have any queries feel free to contact the school on 8224 4614.

I look forward to seeing you and your child on Monday morning.

Your sincerely


Jarlath McElholm





9.00am           Saoirse Gormley

                        Aine McKeown

                        Oisín McCarney

                        Aoibheann Donnelly


9.10am           Anna Mullan

                        Caitlin McElduff

                        Cathal McCusker

                        John Gilmurray


9.20am           Cathair Taggart

                        Cormac Lagan

                        Ava Mullan

                        Darcy O’Neill



  • 1 adult per child
  • Fruit/veg snack
  • Water/milk drink

School Restart Information 18/8/20

Posted on August 18, 2020

What Pupils Should Bring:

P.1/2 – rubber, colouring pencils, markers, pritt stick, tissues

P.3-7 – pritt stick type glue, pencil(s), sharpener, rubber, highlighters, colouring pencils, markers, packet of tissues

(these items will be kept in a plastic wallet in school with your child’s name on it)

  • School bags & pencil cases are not needed at this stage
  • If your child is bringing a packed lunch please use a hard plastic lunch box as opposed to the softer pliable type
  • Initially PE gear should be worn to school on PE days, although your child may slip on a school sweater and tracksuit bottoms when felt necessary. PE days will be confirmed at the start of term.  

Other Useful Information

  • Sadly, parents are not permitted within school grounds unless by appointment. Our new P.1 starters will be given some degree of flexibility over their 1st few days at school. Your teacher, can of course be contacted via telephone between 3.15 – 3.45pm.
  • Unfortunately at this time we cannot offer Wrap-Around-Care. Melanie remains hopeful that this may change in the near future.
  • Our ‘internal’ P.1/2 after-school facility for pupils up to 3.15pm will still be available. Cost is £2 daily (£1 for any additional sibling)
  • To ensure our protective bubbles remain intact the school doors will not open until 8.45am; this is purely to try to accommodate working parents to some degree – please do not send your child in any earlier than is necessary.       Class commences at 9.15am.
  • There will be slight changes at home time to enable staggering.      

Parents are respectfully asked to observe 2 metre social distancing at the school gate.

P.1 – P.2 2.15pm
P.3 – P.4 3.10pm
P.5/P.6/P.7 3.15pm
  • Please note that school dinners will not be available until Tuesday, 1st September so packed lunches will be required for Thurs. 27th, Fri. 28th and Mon. 31st Aug.
  • Further info about how to pay safely etc. will be issued next week.
  • Homework initially will be in electronic form. Parental support for homework remains more crucial than ever, so please try to take time to sit with your child during this time. Anyone in need of devices should contact the school to discuss.
  • Please do not send your child to school if they are unwell. If your child complains of feeling unwell, parents will be contacted immediately. Please ensure any change in mobile numbers, work numbers etc. are relayed to school at the start of term.

Please note that this is a guide to how we aim to begin our educational restart. It will be tweaked and modified over time, as we see what things are working or in need of change. Some things will impact significantly on what was once your ‘normal routine’ and for that we apologise. Nevertheless, we appreciate your support as we embark on our journey back to school and a different kind of normal.