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Parents and boys: During this closure, can the school or teachers be of any support to you or your boys?



If there's anything you need from St. Patrick's B.N.S. or our caring staff thinking of you, please email stpatricksboysschool@gmail.com and we will do our best to help.
Ronan Lettis HSCL Teacher is available during school hours at 0867844845

Update 27/03/2020

Teacher's learning connection to their boys can be found at your son's Class Page on this website. Just click on the link above.

Parents/Guardians: Please ensure that you and your family
stay safe at this time by following all government and hse guidelines

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/protect-yourself.html


Update 25/03/2020


Please click here for a pdf of  St. Patrick's B.N.S. Extended Closure Information
below

Dear Parents/ Guardians:  Please read this full school information update.

As you are probably aware; all school closures have now been extended by the Government until 19th April at least. Again this date may be extended but for now, I would like to let you know that myself, our teachers, our SNAs and staff are all thinking of you, your boys and your families wellbeing at home. We hope that you are all keeping safe by following all necessary government guidelines during this difficult time. Stay safe, stay apart!

Keeping a happy, healthy and stress-free home at this time can be testing but as parents, you are the primary caregivers and you know best how to ensure that your home, your boys and your family get through this difficult time. We know as parents and family members ourselves that this is a new and challenging experience for you all. For public safety, we are bombarded with new restrictions and guidelines in a national crisis. The Easter holidays will  have a different feel.

This is a whole new experience for the staff of St. Patrick's B.N.S. also. Thank you to all parents who responded to our parental survey on how the school can support any optional home learning at this time. There is a lot of praise for the system used on last closure date 12th March and we will continue to provide this mode of optional home learning support. Thanks to your responses, we now have great food for thought and school learning idea plans for  future development when our school community is back at learning, work and fun.

As a parent, you are your child’s prime educator and this is now more relevant than ever. Any school learning activities are optional. Whether you have the opportunity to help your son complete some or all of these is a choice you need to make. My own son is sitting across from me as I type, excited to be nearly finished with his Maths Challenge, whilst the youngest is trying to climb my leg and use my laptop as a drum kit. We understand!

We at St. Patrick's B.N.S. are providing these activities and resources as something which may bring  a bit of learning  routine and normality to your home. But we know that every home and every learner has different needs, so you decide what's best in your home. There will be no pressure on pupils/parents when returning to school to have all of these activities completed. We in school will be busy teaching when we return, so parents should not be stressing at home about difficult items to cover or putting unnecessary pressure on themselves or our boys. When we return, our staff will be ensuring  that any necessary steps will be taken to cover the learning curriculum with your boys. When preparing learning activities for your son,  all teachers have considered the extended closure, and Easter holiday until 19 April.
All learning activities can for now be accessed through the use of this school website at your son’s class page in the classes tab above.  Your son’s class webpage will be updated by his teacher  this Friday.  There will be activities,digital links to activities and digital links to online books which you and your son may access and use. Your son’s schoolbooks  should be non-essential during this time. All the main book companies are offering free access to online schoolbooks to help in this closure. These links will be posted on your son’s webpage.
Remember these are optional activities designed to not put any unnecessary pressure on families. We understand that not all families have suitable laptops/wifi/tablets for access to our learning digitally. We know that every pupil is different. If the school/staff can help with your son’s learning wellbeing in any way please email stpatricksboysschool@gmail.com We will do our best to assist in the current climate!

None of us know when schools will return, but be assured that our teachers and staff will continue to offer optional support for your son’s learning wellbeing at home.  We will work together to get through this difficult time until the school bell in St. Patrick's B.N.S. rings again, the staff and boys all fill their classrooms with fun and learning and we are all ready to return to normality.

To stay informed, monitor our website home page  http://www.stpatricksboys.net/  or Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/groups/197972123960878/   If you need to contact the school/ staff, please email stpatricksboysschool@gmail.com. School Secretary Sandra can be contacted at 0214502024  this Thurs and Friday morning from 10-12. Ronan Lettis our Home School Community Link teacher can be contacted on 0867844845 during school hours.

Again, thinking of you, your wonderful boys and families; take care!

Shane Foley (Principal), teachers and staff of St. Patrick's B.N.S.




Update 21/03/20


Dear Parents/Guardians,
We hope that you, your sons and your family are keeping safe at the moment. The staff and teachers of the school are thinking of you at home and we know as parents and family members ourselves that this is a new and challenging experience for us all. Keeping a happy, healthy and stress-free home at this time can be testing but as parents, you are the primary care givers and you know best how to ensure that your home, your boys and your family get through this difficult time.
Before the school closure last Thursday, all of our staff worked efficiently and proactively in a short time frame, to help ensure that your son can continue his educational journey at home. We did so by ensuring every parent/pupil has access to learning activities which can support his time at home. These activities have been posted by your son's teachers on our school website class pages and  more general fun activities have been posted on the school facebook page. The National Parents Council, and teacher organisations (IPPN and INTO) have praised schools for using Distance Learning strategies.
As a parent, you are your child’s prime educator and this is now more relevant than ever. These learning activities are optional. Whether you have the opportunity to help your son complete some or all of these is a choice you need to make. We at St. Patrick's B.N.S. are providing these activities and resources as something which may bring  a bit of learning  routine and normality to your home. But we know that every home and every learner has different needs, so you decide what's best in your home. There will be no pressure on pupils/parents when returning to school to have all of these activities completed.
As we are all aware, none of us know when  schools will return to normal. We want to give our pupils and parents learning support which works for you.To best support you, we need feedback from you in relation to Distance Learning  and we are asking you to complete the short questionnaire below. We would like to know if you and your son have used our online resources and how they have helped you recently. Your answers will help us greatly and be assured that all answers are anonymous. There are 12 questions to complete. Please click on the link below and complete before 6p.m. on this Sunday 22nd.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeu3ryHlcyMPtvGTS3sCosW9SL9hpkSlxXPr8EUZLeQgxzlHA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR1-7NuA5dDMKDgTIlKndtLi90qg8D6iy5FIn_ZZfldT2wMoRtLdXaEzGn0

We will be using your feedback to help the school plan any future possible Distance Learning. We will work together to get through this difficult time until the school bell in St. Patrick's B.N.S. rings again, the staff and boys all fill their classrooms with fun and learning and we are all ready to return to normality.

Thank you for your continued support.

S. Foley Principal,
R. Lettis HSCL,
Staff of St. Patrick's B.N.S.


Department of Education: https://www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2020-press-releases/PR20-03-19.html

https://twitter.com/Education_Ire?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

HSE advice: https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIi9yB8ayr6AIVia3tCh2QhgmeEAAYASAAEgIF1vD_BwE

Update 18/03/20

Possibility of extended closure past 29th March: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hinted that schools may be closed for longer than initially perceived. We can assume from his COVID-19 address to the Nation last night that it is possible that we will not be returning to  school on the 30th March. All questions/queries regarding this possibility will be addressed in due course if and when we have received confirmation from the Department. We hope your boys have plenty to keep them busy learning and having fun until 29th of March.

https://www.rte.ie/news/2020/0317/1123774-taoiseach-to-broadcast-to-country-on-covid-19-at-9pm/


Update 13/03/2020

Parents, today we are hearing many reports from our national broadcaster, news sources and social media about social distancing for all children and adults during school closures. The idea of social distancing is to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Please consider you, your sons and families social interactions during this testing time. There are also guidelines for parents about protecting the vulnerable elderly members of our families and communities (grandparents) from coming in contact with younger carriers of COVID-19.

Please read below and click on the links for official Government advice for parents.

Department of Health advisory video: https://twitter.com/roinnslainte/status/1238437570645823488?s=04&fbclid=IwAR1zxmLSpVeGaTPg8wJi8MF7IKkNoSueOYEP9XZGFNxEbcVPMKW_TkdZnOU

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/178c07-covid-19-coronavirus-health-advice-for-children/?fbclid=IwAR0IZV4hMDrDe4J0_FcZNuRLdcLHQ4Xv93xz9_s3RzMOxAlMugHm_-vrXfw

13/03/2020 Department of Education Guidelines schools: General Secretary Seán Ó Foghlú

During school closure:

All pupils in schools are urged to practise social distancing, and to minimise physical
contact with each other, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. This should include
minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space between
them. Parents and guardians are urged to support their children to maintain this
approach.

During school closure, If you need to contact the school, you can email stpatricksboysschool@gmail.com or ring the school secretary Sandra on 0214502024  in the office on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th between 10-12 in the mornings.


Update 12/03/2020

All contact parents will have received a text message regarding COVID-19 school closure. Preliminary info: All schools finishing today 12/03 until 30/03. Your school text message will have a link to your son's class web page on this website where activities for home to support your son's learning during the school closure can be found and are encouraged. The teachers have specifically designed these activities for their pupils. We hope that they will keep those young minds buzzing and give them a break from the gaming. Please try to ensure your sons don't spend the whole closure on the gaming consoles.


All information from the Department of Education regarding COVID-19 can be found at this link:

https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Announcements/information-for-schools-preschools-and-third-level-institutions-on-the-coronavirus.html


All information from the HSE regarding COVID-19 can be found at this link:

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html

If you need to contact the school, you can ring the  secretary on 0214502024  in the office on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th between 10-12 in the mornings.

Take care of your boys, and yourselves. Hopefully we will be back to normal in the not too distant future. We wish you and yours well during this closure.

Míle buíochas,

Shane Foley
Principal.

St. Patrick's Boys' National School is situated in Gardiner's Hill, Montenotte, on the north side of Cork City. We are a Catholic boys' primary school under the patronage of the Bishop of Cork and Ross. Pupils of other faiths who respect the Catholic ethos are welcome to enrol. The school serves a wide catchment area comprising Montenotte, Dillon's Cross, Mayfield, The Glen and Lower Road areas.

The academic tradition of St. Patrick’s Boys’ National School dates back to 1841 when the school was located at St. Luke’s Cross, Cork. We have had many illustrious past pupils over the years, including the writer, Frank O’ Connor, and Donal Lenihan, the former Irish Rugby Captain, to name but a few.

We aim to provide a caring, happy and stimulating environment,which promotes the holistic development of our pupils.
Our school motto is “Ó gach duine a dhícheall” (From each person, their best). Our staff is committed to helping each pupil realise his full potential with the help of his parents. Indeed our Parents’ Association provides great support to the school on an ongoing basis.In addition to the Principal and mainstream class teachers, we have highly qualified teachers working in the areas of Learning Support,Resource/Special Needs, Language Support and Home/School liaison. Our Special Needs Assistants cater for pupils’ individual care needs. We provide a homework club and after school activities for pupils attending the school.

We welcome performers from the Dramatic and Visual Arts to the school on a regular basis. Sport is an integral part of the curriculum at St. Patrick’s B.N.S. with many different sports being played. Information technology is also well catered for in the school and we have a dedicated computer room for that purpose.

If you would like your child to be part of the St. Patrick’s experience please contact us to arrange a visit or to find out more about enrolment procedure.

Shane Foley - Principal


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