Jubilee 1970-2020

A chairde, our school will be celebrating its Jubilee year in 2020. We are hoping to publish a Jubilee Book of memories stretching back to the very first day in the new school. We need your help in gathering information, photographs etc. Please spread the word to all your family, friends and past pupils wherever they may be around the world. Please send any and all correspondence to jubilee@bgns.ie or contact the school directly. This is a novel way to help celebrate our school and the history attached to it.

Super Troopers!

We are delighted to be taking part in Laya Healthcare’s Super Trooper programme to promote fun, family friendly activities to keep us active in 2019. Each student has received a Health Homework Journal to record their activities. Within these journals also are activity suggestions, games, recipes, mindfulness and challenges for all the family to get involved in. We look forward to tracking our progress over the coming months.

 

 

5th Class Vikings

5th class have been learning about the vikings. Everyone has been doing their own projects on paper or presented on a USB. We’ve learned lots about their customs, how they ate and their language.

The class worked together to make a Viking shields and a giant viking longship collage in our art.

By Kaiyah

Active School Challenge

Each class is taking on the Sights of Europe Running Challenge, trying to reach landmarks such as Big Ben, Leaning Tower of Pisa and Prague Castle. Each lap of the school yard is 1km and classes are trying to reach their destination before this challenge finishes at the end of the month. Keep running!

 

5th Class

Covid – 19 Response Plan

A chairde, please see the Covid – 19 Response Plan for our school.

This is a live document that may change in the future.

Covid 19 School Response Plan_27082020_154237

A chairde,

Please see below the attached document which details some advice in relation to the reopening of schools.

Please read and discuss at home.

General Advice for Families_26082020_142506

 

Niall Madden

Good Morning,

I hope all are well, the school is busy preparing for the reopening of our doors on September 1st.

To help all our families, please see the latest information in relation to school reopening.

Please see the different video and document links from the Dept. of Education in relation to “Back to School”

It is important that you discuss these topics and changes with your children at home in preparation for the starting/returning to school.



https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/2d3af-advice-during-covid-19-back-to-school-advice-for-parents/

School Reopening Logistics Plan

A chairde,

Please read the attached document as it outlines key information for the reopening of our school.

BGNS Logistics Plan for Parents

A chairde, please click on the link below to read the letter pertaining to the new Aladdin Connect App for our school.

Aladdin Connect Letter to Parents

A chairde, please click on the link below to read this document.

School Reopening Letter to School Community

Reopening of St. Mary’s NS

A chairde,

I hope you and your families are keeping well.

As you are aware, our school has now been closed since March 12th due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are now hoping to reopen our school safely and in line with current guidance and recommendations from the Department of Education and Skills.

Reopening the school safely will require the co-operation of all members of our school community – Board of Management, School Leadership, Staff, Parents and Pupils. We will all be called upon to play our part in ensuring that reopening of the school is organised in a safe manner which helps reduce the spread of the virus and allows the vital work of teaching and learning to proceed with as little disruption as possible.

We have been working on our plan for the safe reopening of our school for some weeks now and have published the DES COVID-19 Response Plan for the safe and sustainable reopening of Primary and Special Schools. See below.

COVID-19 Response Plan for Primary and Special Schools

The Response Plan gives details of

  • Physical preparation, signage, hand sanitiser stations.
  • Advice, procedures and training for the safe return to working in the school for all school staff and pupils.
  • General and specific advice on how all pupils, staff, parents and visitors will prevent the spread of the virus.

We are currently applying  these guidelines to our specific setting. Further information will follow over the coming weeks to ensure that everyone is as prepared as possible for our school’s reopening.

We have also published our COVID-19 Policy Statement. Our Board of Management will keep you informed as to the progress of our reopening plans and provide you with the information required by you to play your part in safely reopening the school.

Covid-19 Policy Statement

We are really looking forward to welcoming our pupils back to school on tuesday September 1st and will be doing all that we can to ensure that the return to school is a safe and enjoyable experience for our pupil and families.  Junior Infants will finish at 12 o’ clock for the first two weeks of school (September 1st – September 11th.) Senior Infants will finish at 1:40 pm and all other classes will finish at 2:40 pm as per usual. More information will follow and we will be in touch with you again before school reopens.

Le dea-ghuí

Niall Madden

Príomhoide

The following websites provide further information on COVID-19 and on government advice and recommendations regarding the re-opening of schools: –

Farewell to our 6th Class

This time of year is always particularly sad for our 6th class pupils as they graduate from primary school. Our group have missed some of the normal things 6th class pupils get to do in May and June. Here is a little slideshow to help them remember all the fond memories, friends and experiences that they have made and shared over the last 8 years. Please click on the above title to play!

Brainbreaks

Dear families,

Please have a look at these brainbreak ideas. These are really useful to help clear the mind and give focus to pupils.

12-mindful-minute-brainbreak

Thank you to Ms O’Sullivan for this idea and we hope it will be useful for our families.

Le meas,

Niall Madden

Message from Mr Madden May 11