We celebrated World Book Day on Thursday March 4th. Those of us who were in school had book scavenger hunts, we painted our favourite characters and some of us explored our feelings through stories. Those who continue with homelearning explored the World Book Day website with its many ideas and some re-created the covers of their favourite books.
Here is just a sample of what we did!
World Wildlife Day was on March 3rd and the boys and girls in 3rd Class, who are still working at home, took on the challenge to create their very own imaginary animals. Have a look at what they came up with!
The latest Board of Management meeting was held on Wednesday, Feb 24th. You can view the report here.
BOM Agreed Report Term 2 2021
We were delighted to welcome back Juniors, Seniors, 1st and 2nd classes today following their half term of homelearning. We took advantage of the sun and we had regular breaks outside and we even had class outside for part of the day!
We would like to remind parents of their duty to comply with Level 5 Lockdown Restrictions. This implies no playdates or socialising at the school gates.
The school acknowledges and appreciates your cooperation.
The BoM and School Staff are prepared to welcome pupils from Junior Infants to Second Class and parents / guardians back to school on Monday March 1st for the remainder of Term 2 2021 .
We are satisfied that we have control measures in place to ensure that this will be a safe re-opening. The BoM have run a risk assessment and prepared same. It will take some time for all of us to get used to the “latest new circumstances” as we become familiar with the new routines, new PPE and new procedures designed to keep everyone safe and to prevent the spread of the virus.
We would like to thank you for your co-operation and patience over the last number of weeks and we look forward to working with you as we assist the children adapt to the return. We are also conscious of the fact that our pupils have not been in school since December and that they are looking forward to coming back to school to meet and play with their friends again. We aim to make the return to school as free from stress as possible.
An e-mail detailing the protocol for return to school has been sent to all families of children returning. As previously. the Board of Management is happy for children to wear whatever is manageable, practical, appropriate and comfortable for parents/guardians for the return to school.
You will find links to the following by clicking on each one
Covid 19 Response Plan Return to School.
2020 Ratheniska School Policy Statement
Risk Assessment Covid 19
2021 Pupil Return to School Form
Minister Foley’s Letter to parents and guardians 24 Feb
Remember that all children must submit a 2021 Pupil Return to School Form on Monday March 1st and on their return following any absence from school . Please be advised by your GP if you are in any way unsure about your child’s health . Under no circumstance should a child who presents as feeling unwell be sent to school.
The school can only remain functioning if staff are available and well enough to work .
Wishing everybody a safe and happy St. Valentine’s weekend!
Safer Internet Day was never more important than it is this year as both young and old engage more and more in the world of the internet. All classes were given information on how to keep safe online on Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 9th.We hope they will take on some of the advice as they continue with their remote learning. Some of their work can be seen among the examples of work done by many pupils this week.
Amidst the couple of thousand pieces of work submitted and reviewed in the last week the following are just a quick sample. Birthdays celebrated at home, engineers honing their skills, artists busy cutting, sticking and creating and. of course, celebrations of St Brigid!
We are all now well settled into our new learning at home routine. As we continue our remote teaching and learning, many pupils take a break from Literacy and Numeracy by getting creative. The following short video has just a small selection of work from all classes in the school. It is very uplifting to have so many talented children in our midst.