Action Day 2020

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Action Day 2020

On Wednesday the 5th of February we held an action day for our fourth Green Flag under the theme of travel. We had loads of fun in all the classes! Junior and Senior Infants visited Sylvia our Lollipop Lady to learn about her job in the community. The junior classes also had transport-themed Aistear. First class took part in an action sensory walk in the hall, designed by boys in 4th class with Ms. Keoghan. Second Class went on a transport Eye Spy of Cabra, to see the Luas, the buses, bikes, cars etc. They also played transport Bingo with Alison, our Travel Officer from Green Schools. Sixth class designed cars of the future and had a debate about on the motion ‘We should have a car-free zone outside the school’.

All of the senior boys got a visit from the Gardaí to hear all about road safety. The junior end of the school talked to the Gardaí about what they should do if they get lost, how to be safe on their bikes, and as an amazing treat they even got to sit in the patrol car, put the sirens on and play with the walkie talkie!

At the end of the day Niall, Caleb, Lucas and Sorin from 5th and 6th class represented our Green Commitee to talk Alison through all of the work we did as part of our renewal visit. A big thanks to these super boys for all of their hard work. We will find out after Easter how we got on.

School Closure UpdateCOVID-19

Dear Parents,

I hope that you are all well and safe. We are living in very difficult times. I understand that juggling life’s demands is particularly challenging at present. There are different contexts for each family, with some caring for elderly relatives, some working from home and some people with the worry of losing their jobs. In light of this, the school understands that your circumstances will dictate what you can or cannot provide for your child in the home at this time. No-one is expecting you to be a teacher, but we are aware of concerns parents have around their children’s education. We will support you in every way that we can.

My advice is that education happens in lots of different ways, so don’t be hard on yourself or feel guilty if it’s not happening daily. There’s more to education than curriculum and books. Your child may pick up other useful skills during these weeks. Your focus at this time is of course to keep your family safe and happy.

Some parents have expressed an interest in a more structured timetable of suggested activities for their child. There is a wealth of resources available on the web, but we are aware of everyone feeling overwhelmed and we don’t want to contribute further to this. We have put a timetable up on our website for those who are looking for more structure in their day, but it is only a suggested timetable and is totally optional.

The staff is continuing to support the learning that will be taking place at home. We are exploring a number of online options at the moment and we will be in touch via school text. We will set up a facility for you to contact teachers in the coming weeks in case you have any problems or need support. Please keep an eye on the website for updates, and if anyone needs to talk to us, the school mobile is on 087-9004025 (Ms. Daly), and the school email finbarrs43@gmail.com, or stfinbarrshscl@gmail.com ( Eoin 089-4987936) and these are regularly being checked during school hours.

We are missing the daily interaction with the boys and look forward to re-opening the school when it is safe to do so. Stay safe and keep well and remember that we will bounce back from this and we will be stronger as a result. Enjoy the Easter break and take the time to rest if you are working from home.

Take care everyone,
Maeve and Staff