Koda Comes for a Visit

Koda Comes for a Visit

Today, we had a VERY special visitor to the school – Koda the dog! Koda is an Autism Assistance dog who assists a little girl called Charlotte.  Her Dad, John, who is a volunteer with Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland, brought Koda in to visit our Pre-school Unit and Junior and Senior Infants. John told us all about the amazing work that Koda does with Charlotte, going for walks, the cinema and helping out when needed. When Koda is not working, and her harness is off, she is back to being a regular dog, who likes to play and sniff and get rubs, but when she is working she is very alert and helpful. The boys gave her lots of cuddles and Koda did some tricks to show us how well trained she is.

We would like to thank John and Koda so much for taking the time to come in and visit us – we really had lots of fun learning about the amazing work Koda and other dogs like her do.

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