Welcome back and a huge well done to you all. We have been very busy in school ensuring our whole school community’s safe return to St. Patrick’s and I would like to thank every single pupil, parent and staff member thus far for such a positive start in a challenging time. Our school motto ‘From each person their best’ can be seen in the efforts and commitment of all to our school’s safety and care. Let’s keep it up! It makes our school such a wonderful place to teach, learn and have fun.
Please familiarise yourself with the following information updates:
Morning Traffic can be very busy on Gardiner’s Hill. If your son can walk to the school gates by himself, dropping him near the shop, triangle, scout hall or nearby could help both you and your son in the mornings. If you are driving on Gardiner’s Hill, please drive down the hill.
BOYS SHOULD NOT ENTER SCHOOL GATES BEFORE 8:30. THEY ARE NOT SUPERVISED. WE CANNOT ENSURE THEIR SAFETY/SHELTER FROM RAIN AT THAT TIME. STAFF WILL BE SUPERVISING FROM 8:30-
Boys should come to school every day with a
Please ensure that your son has a healthy lunch and bottle of water coming to school each day. Your son’s uniform and tracksuit days are written below.
Book Rental of €75 should be paid by this Friday. If you wish to avail of 24hr school insurance for your son, the cost is €8 per pupil. This is an optional fee but may prove helpful if your son has an accident. Homework Journals: 1st and 2nd class boys €3 for journal. 3rd-
To help pupils and teachers become very comfortable with classroom and school environment safety and hygiene practises, we will be temporarily holding back on some initiatives or daily procedures. We will be reviewing all in mid to late October and hope to gradually introduce these in a safe and controlled manner. For the first term, there will be no homework club or after school activities. There will also be no breakfast club and we will not be providing school milk.
Uniform/Tracksuit/Own clothes Your teacher will have sent home a note today with the days for your son's uniform etc.
Reminder for home time: If your son is leaving the grounds by himself or with a sibling, please ensure his teacher has received a note to inform him/her of this.
1st and 2nd Class pupils: finish at 14:20 (1st classes from 7th Sept)
3rd and 4th Class pupils: finish at 14:25
5th and 6th class pupils: finish at 14:30
Over the coming weeks and months, there will be slight changes to the systems we are now using. These changes will be necessary to ensure your son’s and whole school safety. Please be patient and trust that we will rise to this challenge together as we have always done so.
Thanking you for your continued support,
Systems Check: The Final Countdown
Isn't it fantastic. We are ready to return!
Don't worry, this time in a few days, we will all feel a little more relaxed about our school reopening. We will make sure that our boys have a safe and happy return to St. Patrick's B.N.S.. Any challenges which will surely arise, we will endeavour to resolve as promptly as possible.
You should also prepare for procedural/system changes after a few weeks. This is because, we will have a better picture of what is necessary once we are in full swing.
Please be aware of the following updates regarding reopening procedures. If you haven't had a chance to read the rest of the Saint Patrick's B.N.S. Response Plan, the information is below.
1. Please watch the informative video above which indicates the entry/exit points for your son. (Thank you Ronan -
Again, it would be a good idea to send your son to school with a note for his teacher if he is leaving the grounds by himself or with a sibling (preferred for social distancing)
2. Please only include a hand sanitiser and wipes suitable for your son in his washbag. The boys
3. If you haven't already paid, Book Rental fee of €75 can be given in an envelope to the class teacher by your son.
4. First Class parents, if you haven't already sent in, Enrolment Forms can be given in an envelope to the class teacher by your son.
5. Homework Journals: Reduce Reuse Recycle
There have been a lot of new never used journals leftover from the past two years. 3rd class to 6th class pupils will be able to purchase these journals for €1.
The 1st class and 2nd class pupils will be getting new edition journlas for €3 each.
This money can be given to the class teacher in an envelope.
6. There will be no written homework for the boys for the first 7 days of school. This will then be reviewed and amended/not as needed. However, there may be notes/information in the homework journal which you should check for on a daily basis.
7. Please ensure name labels on your son's items e.g. coats, uniform etc., lunch box, drink container
8. We will very soon have a price from the insurance company for annual pupil insurance cover (optional)
If you have any queries/wish to discuss any item: please email firstname.lastname@example.org
RE: Fáilte ar ais
The BoM and School Staff are looking forward to welcoming all our pupils and parents / guardians back to school for the 2020/2021 school year Thursday next, 27th August.
We are satisfied that we have control measures in place to ensure that this will be a safe re-
We would like to thank you for your co-
RE PREPARING YOU AND YOUR SON FOR RETURN: DROPPING AND COLLECTING, TOILETING, LACES, USING WASHBAGS, BEHAVIOUR
Parents should have a plan in place for socially distant dropping off and collecting their sons. We encourage all able/confident pupils to enter and leave school grounds themselves, and go home or meet parents at a point safely. Remember the side gate between the boys and girls school will be locked. Therefore entry and exit to St. Patrick's Boys School will be by the main gate on Gardiners Hill or the lower laneway gate on Ballyhooly Rd. Not the entry by the Lollipop lady. This is to help promote social distancing and safety for whole campus.
In the mornings, boys can enter the school at their class entry point described below from 8:30-
FIRST CLASS BOYS WILL FINISH AT 1:15P.M. FOR THE FIRST 7 SCHOOLDAYS I.E. 27TH AUGUST-
At hometime; for any boy who is leaving the school grounds by himself or with his brother, a note should be given by the pupil on the first day return to school. We encourage all able/confident pupils to leave the grounds independently.
If necessary parents should collect their son at the collection point outlined in plan below at the allocated time. Parents and pupils should then leave the grounds promptly to promote safe, social distancing for whole school community.
Parents should ensure that pupils are confident in using toilets by themselves, washing hands, sanitising and using their washbag described below. Maybe a little practice at home for younger or more dependent boys. Laces: all pupils should learn to tie their own laces if they have laced shoes/trainers. We encourage velcro strap shoes/trainers for pupils unable to tie laces. This is to promote socially distant interactions between staff and pupils.
Behaviour: This is a very testing time for all in school. So many precautions, protocols and procedures for all boys, staff and parents to follow to ensure we open and remain open. We will be having lots of fun returning to our learning and play but obviously we as a school community have behaviours/habits/routines we need to ensure promote whole school safety. Hands off People and their belongings: It is vital that your son keeps his hands off other pupils and their belongings. This message needs to be delivered by you as parents as we will be in school. As caring staff, we will be promoting and teaching this message to the boys.
If a pupil's poor behaviour puts their own or anyone else's safety at risk, disciplinary sanctions will be necessary.
Parents and guardians are reminded to ensure that all students come to school with a washbag.
Washbags must include
Boys must bring their washbags home with them everyday. Towels or cloths must be washed regularly and washbags must be stocked properly every day.
Dear Parent / Guardian, Staff Member,
I hope you and your families are keeping well.
As you are aware, our school has now been closed since 12 th March due to the COVID-
We have been working on our plan for the safe reopening of the school for some weeks now and have published the DES COVID-
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 have also published our COVID-
We are really looking forward to welcoming our children back to school and will be doing all that we can to ensure that the return to school is a safe and enjoyable experience for the children.
RE: Physical Distancing and Safe School Attendance
We are currently working on upgrading our procedures and routines within the school to ensure that there is as much Physical Distancing as is possible in our building. We will apply physical distancing in a practical and sensible way, recognising that the learning environment cannot be dominated by a potentially counterproductive focus on this issue.
Physical Distancing will be achieved in two ways: -
Increasing Separation. This will be achieved by re-
Decreasing Interaction. This will be achieved by decreasing the potential for children from different bubbles to interact. Bubbles will have different mid-
While all children will be welcome back to school, we would remind parents that, where children are displaying colds, coughs or flu like symptoms, they should not be sent to school. Children who display such symptoms in school will be isolated and parents asked to collect them from the school.
Children who have travelled from countries not on the Green List should not attend school during the 14-
Further information on COVID-
Teachers will make children aware of the proper hygiene procedures regarding hand washing and etiquette related to sneezing, coughing or spitting. We would be grateful if you could also emphasise safe behaviour in this regard to your children at home as part of the preparation for returning to school.
Our aim remains to re-
The BoM and the School Leadership Team have been working to ensure a safe return to school for all pupils and staff in two weeks’ time. We have now finalised our plans for drop-
St. Patrick’s B.N.S. appreciates your support as we try to safely reopen the school building. If at all possible we request you not to come onto the school grounds or into the school building unless it is essential. We appreciate that dropping off the first class pupils to their entry point on site in is essential, but for the older pupils a drop off at the school gate or nearby is desirable. It is desirable that parents do not enter the grounds of the school if possible. You may need to arrange and prepare a new drop off/collection point with your son that is not on the grounds. It is desirable that pupils will be able to enter and leave the grounds independently.
Understandably for younger or some individual pupils, parents may need to enter the school grounds for drop off/collection.
Working together we hope to be able to progress the reopening in as safe a manner as possible for all.
We would ask all parents to familiarise themselves with the following drop-
It is imperative that
• adults do not come within 2m of each other
• parents do not try to have meetings with members of staff in the grounds/ at gates at drop-
• all parents adhere to the drop-
The Boys’ school main gate entrance on Gardiners Hill and the Boys laneway gate on Ballyhooly Road (not Girl’s school laneway entrance) will be the entry and exit gates for all boys and parents. The gate in wall (by Áras Phádraig) between the girls and boys campus will be locked at all times. Pupils should enter the grounds between 8:30-
First class parents (Ms. Murray and Ms. O’ Connor) may accompany pupils to their entry point Door B at bottom of hill. Parents will not be allowed to enter the building without permission/appointment.
Second Class Pupils (Ms. Harrington) and Third Class Pupils (Ms. Kelleher) will enter Door C at side of building.
Second Class Pupils (Mr. Horgan), Sixth Class Pupils (Mr. Mullins and Ms. Butler) will enter Door D at the back of the building.
Fourth Class Pupils (Mr. O’ Mahony), Fifth Class Pupils (Ms. Mullane and Mr. Walsh) will enter Door A at front of building by office.
End of the school day: Children will exit the building calmly while being supervised & escorted via their designated exit points in a staggered manner commencing with 4 classes at 2.20, 2 classes at 2.25 & 4 at 2.30.
The 1st class children will be collected from the bottom of the drive where they will be joined by older siblings from other classes while the 2nd classes will be collected from the upper yard where they too will be joined by older siblings.
Children and parents/ guardians will be requested to vacate the school grounds immediately. Likewise will occur for the remaining classes. All children will be out of the school building by 2.30.
Bottom of Hill by School Building Upper Yard
2:20 1st Class 2nd Class
2:25 3rd Class 4th Class
2:30 6th Class 5th Class
Children that are not collected on time will be asked to line up in a socially distanced manner by Áras Phádraig where they will be supervised until they are collected.
St. Patrick’s B.NS. COVID-
Key facts for Parents:
COVID – 19 is a new illness that can affect the lungs and airways and is caused by a new virus called the Coronavirus.
Coronavirus is spread in sneeze or cough droplets. To infect you, it has to get from an infected person's nose or mouth into your eyes, nose or mouth. This can be direct or indirect (on hands, objects, surfaces). If you come into close contact with someone who is shedding the virus and who is coughing or sneezing or if you touch -
• HSE Hub: https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/
• Department of Health: https://www.gov.ie/en/news/7e0924-
The most common symptoms of Covid 19 are:
• Cough -
• Fever -
• Shortness of Breath
• Breathing Difficulties
• Lack of smell.
Symptomatic people appear to be most infectious for other people in the early days after symptoms begin. Infection can also spread from people in the day or two before they get symptoms and it can spread from some people who get an infection but have no symptoms or such mild symptoms that they take little notice of them (asymptomatic spread). People are no longer infectious for other people 14 days after they have developed symptoms.
Best practice for Parents and Pupils: In order to prevent the spread of the virus -
• if you have been in contact with someone who is displaying any COVID-
• If you have coughed or sneezed
• if you were in contact with someone who has a fever or respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing)
• if you have been on public transport,
• if you have been in a crowd (especially an indoor crowd)
• if you have handled animals or animal waste
• If you move from one room to another room or from inside to outside areas
• If you have physical contact with a child from another group other than their own group
• if your hands are dirty
• when you arrive and leave buildings including your home or anyone else's home
• After using the toilet
• Before having a cigarette or vaping before and after eating
• Before and after preparing food
• Before and after eating your own food – breaks/lunches
• After assisting a child to use the toilet or using the toilet themselves
• After contact with bodily fluids (runny nose, spit, vomit, blood, faeces)
• After cleaning tasks
You must -
You must -
You must -
Must not engage in handshaking or hugging
Must avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth – if you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself
Keep your hands in good condition. Moisturise them often. Any basic product that is not perfumed or coloured is OK.
The staff will complete multiple lessons on correct hygiene, lining up, the importance of hand sanitising , staying within their pods/bubbles etc. with the children during the first weeks back in school.
Role of Parents:
It is important that parents have a clear understanding of the benefits and risk of childcare and that it is not possible to guarantee that infection can be prevented in any setting either in a childcare centre, school or in the home.
The following are protocols that are put in place to safeguard the health and safety of each other. Parents are expected to abide by them and failure to do so may result in a parent being instructed to remove a child from the school building/yard, and or to leave the school premises themselves. If serious breaches of safety measures occur, the board may be informed.
Under no circumstances is a parent to bring a child to school if -
• if the child is exhibiting any symptoms of Covid 19-
• If the child has a temperature, is sneezing, coughing, who has been vomiting or has diahorrea.
• If a child has been outside of the country in the 14 days prior to August 27th, they are not to attend school but must isolate
• If the child has been in contact with any family member and or other person who has Covid.
Arrival and departure procedures for children and parents:
• Parents must arrive on time for leaving in and collecting their child.
• Only parents or carers who are well and have no symptoms of COVID-
• Any parent who is in a high risk category should not drop off or collect children in order to protect themselves. (This of course is at the discretion of the individual parent/carer/grandparent’s discretion)
• Pupils may arrive to school grounds between 8.30-
• Pupils should enter the grounds between 8:30-
• First class parents (Ms. Murray and Ms. O’ Connor) may accompany pupils to their entry point Door B at bottom of hill. Parents will not be allowed to enter the building without permission/appointment.
• Second Class Pupils (Ms. Harrington) and Third Class Pupils (Ms. Kelleher) will enter Door C at side of building.
• Second Class Pupils (Mr. Horgan), Sixth Class Pupils (Mr. Mullins and Ms. Butler) will enter Door D at the back of the building.
• Fourth Class Pupils (Mr. O’ Mahony), Fifth Class Pupils (Ms. Mullane and Mr. Walsh) will enter Door A at front of building by office.
• If necessary to enter the school grounds, a parent must proceed immediately to their child’s entry/collection area. They are not to congregate in groups or stand around chatting.
• Under no circumstances are parents to linger in the yard after the child entered school/been collected but are to leave immediately.
• If a parent has more than one child, the other children stay with them and having handed over the first child, they may proceed to the second entry area. Older pupils should be able to do this independently.
• Collection Plan
• Pupil Leaving/Collection Staggered Timetable
• End of the school day: Children will exit the building calmly while being supervised & escorted via their designated exit points in a staggered manner commencing with 4 classes at 2.20, 2 classes at 2.25 & 4 at 2.30.
• The 1st class children will be collected from the bottom of the drive where they will be joined by older siblings from other classes while the 2nd classes will be collected from the upper yard where they too will be joined by older siblings.
• Children and parents/ guardians will be requested to vacate the school grounds immediately. Likewise will occur for the remaining classes. All children will be out of the school building by 2.30.
Bottom of Ramp Upper Yard
2:20 1st Class 2nd Class FIRST CLASS BOYS WILL FINISH AT 1:15P.M. FOR THE FIRST 7 SCHOOLDAYS I.E. 27TH AUGUST-
2:25 3rd Class 4th Class
2:30 6th Class 5th Class
• Children that are not collected on time will be asked to line up in a socially distanced manner by Áras Phádraig where they will be supervised until they are collected.
• Home times will be staggered for classes from first to sixth-
• Parents must wait outside the school grounds (where possible) and maintain social distancing in the evening time when waiting to collect a child.
• All must leave the yard immediately after collection.
• No parent will be allowed within the school building.
• Should a matter of urgency arise for parents, they must phone the office and make an appointment or access.
Access will only be permitted once their temperature has been taken and they have used the hand sanitiser. Once inside the school building they must maintain the required social distance and follow the directions of the principal/staff member.
• At arrival and departure times of children, social distancing is to be maintained by children and parents.
• Under no circumstances are parents and carers to gather in groups while waiting for the bell to sound
• Arrival and collection times will be spread out/ staggered to avoid groups of parents/children congregating together
• Classes have been assigned specific doors noted Doors A to D (which will be labelled)
If a child appears unwell on entering the classroom, the child’s temperature will be taken and in the interests of the safety of the staff and the other children, the principal will contact the parent and ask the parent to take the child home immediately if deemed necessary.
Other Responsibilities for Parents:
• Parents must ensure that their child has his/her own small labelled sanitary box/bag including hand sanitiser, tissues, wipes and a small dry cloth/towel which are coming to school. These must be replaced when empty. Parents must ensure that all of the child’s equipment/books/copies are labelled with the child’s name as equipment/books cannot be shared.
• Parents are to ensure that their child knows and uses the protocols around coughing/sneezing/use of tissues/hand sanitisers prior to returning to school.
• Parents must ensure that all books/writing equipment/lunch boxes/water bottles are sanitised on completion of homework before being placed in the child’s schoolbag.
• Water bottles are to be filled at home every evening.
• Children are to go to the bathroom before they leave home for school daily.
• Children are to wash their hands before leaving for school
Parents and Uniforms:
• Children’s uniforms/tracksuits must be clean and washed regularly as a child may have coughed or sneezed into their sleeve as per coughing protocols.
• To help parents facilitate the washing and drying of school clothing; To begin the year, all pupils are asked to wear the school uniform on Monday and Tuesday, any clean own clothes on Wednesday and the school tracksuit on Thursday and Friday. It is recommended that all children have two jumpers. (There are a number of jumpers in the lost property if any parent wants to take them) Reasonably priced uniforms can be bought in Lidl/Pennys/Marks & Spencers & Dunnes or from Buckley’s on Shandon St. (more expensive)
Children who may have symptoms:
• Any child who is unwell with a fever, has a cold, influenza or infectious respiratory symptoms or is displaying any of the symptoms of coronavirus is to stay at home.
The child’s parent should contact their GP and seek their guidance on referral for coronavirus testing.
• Discreet and sensitive temperature testing will take place as is currently the practice for children who may be unwell. Parents will be contacted immediately and must remove the child if the temperature is over 37.5 C.
Protocols if a child becomes unwell or presents as a suspected case of COVID-
• The child will be brought to the Isolation Room in Áras Phádraig by a staff member keeping at least 2 meters apart from the staff member.
• The parent will be immediately contacted and asked to come to the school to take the child either to the doctor or home. The handover will take place at the front of Áras Phádraig.
• The secretary/principal/SNA will remain with the child until he/she is picked up.
• Dedicated waste bins will be in use.
• The staff member caring for the child in isolation should wear personal protective equipment i.e. face mask, disposable apron and gloves.
• The child should be encouraged not to touch surfaces, people or any objects.
• Public transport of any kind should not be used by the parent to take the child home.
• Appropriate cleaning and disinfection of the isolation area and the child’s work station will be carried out immediately.
• The principal and the DLW will carry out an assessment of the incident which will form any part of follow up actions.
• The principal will inform the HSE in line with correct protocols.
If there is a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-
• The school will be contacted by local Public Health staff of the HSE to discuss the case. They will identify people who have been in contact with the person and advise on any actions or precautions that should be taken.
• An assessment will be undertaken by HSE public health staff.
• Advice on the management of children and staff who came into contact with the person will be based on this assessment.
Symptomatic people should self-
Children in High Risk Groups: Parents should seek advice from their GP/Specialist if they think their child is in a high risk group. They must make an informed decision if it is safe for their child to return to school on August 27th. They should inform the principal of the advice given. The principal has already contacted parents of pupils known to her during August to discuss any possible concerns they might have. If there are any parents out there who have concerns about their child’s health, please contact the principal via email at email@example.com or school office 0214502024
The Minister of Health recently announced that the flu vaccine will be available free to all children aged between 2 and 12 in the coming weeks. The vaccine will be given as drops on the tongue. We are awaiting further information on this and will let you know as soon as we get an update. It is more than likely that the vaccine will be given in the schools so as to avoid thousands of families descending on GPs.
Use of Face masks:
• It is currently not recommended in Ireland for children under 13 to wear face masks as a mitigation strategy against the transmission of the coronavirus. It is currently the opinion of public health that their use, especially among young children, has the potential to cause more harm than good..
• If a parent wishes their child to wear a mask, this will be permitted. The use of a visor instead will be recommended.
Children’s learning spaces:
• All excess furniture will be removed from the classroom where possible so as to provide additional space.
• All staff will reconfigure their classrooms to ensure a one metre distance between classrrom pods. Pupils will be organised into pods within the classroom.
• Classes will be organised into bubbles and interaction between classes outside of the bubble is not to take place.
• Resources that can be easily cleaned will be used and toys and materials that are difficult to clean e.g. dress up clothes or soft toys during this temporary Covid-
• Pupils will hand sanitise before and after using any materials.
• Pupils will not be allowed to share materials/resources.
• Toilet breaks will be staggered.
• The tables/toilets/surfaces will disinfected be by teachers/SNAs/caretaker/cleaner in the middle and at the end of the day. And also if soiled/contaminated during the day.
• Additional time will be spent by the hygiene staff in cleaning the school.
• In SEN rooms, the tables and surfaces will be disinfected after each pod of pupils use.
Thanking you for your continued support,
Philip O’ Kelly Shane Foley
Chairperson of Board of Management Principal
The following websites provide further information on COVID-
To All Our Graduating Boys and Parents who finish their time in St. Patrick's B.N.S. this Wednesday:
A special note of congratulations and thanks to our graduation classes of 2020. For the past 6 years( 7 for some), because of these 43 young men's dedication, talents, personalities, successes and challenges; St. Patrick's B.N.S. has been made even more a special place to learn, work and grow for so many of these boys, their parents and their teachers. The Parents Group has grown from strength to strength and been very well supported by these parents. Thank you for your time and care. Ms. Murphy, Mr. Mullins and the boys teachers are preparing a Video Graduation this Tuesday for each class and maybe a little surprise on Wednesday.
Mr. Mullins and Mr. M. O' Mahony put their vip contacts and video editing skills to good use to create the heartfelt, memorable and special videos above for our Graduation Class of 2020. We hope you enjoy them!
We will be having a special graduation ceremony when the opportunity arises.
But for now, Boys and Parents: We are so proud of each and everyone one of you. Well done all!
Boys you have so many special memories and learning from St. Patrick's to help you on the road ahead. We know that your St. Patrick's foundation offers you so much potential in your lifelong learning journey.
Mr. Horgan (Sport and Wellbeing Coordinator) and the teachers have been busy putting an active fun remote learning week together for our boys to try at home. He's been trying it out at home with his own busy bunch and they all give it a thumbs up!
Why not have a look at your classwebpage and take on an activity or more each day this week, our last school week and give it your best, have lots of fun. You deserve it!
Well done on all your learning connections, online activities, emails to teachers, Zoom Calls, phone calls, video messages, Google Classroom learning, projects and huge efforts in continuing your school work at home.
We at school think you are absolutely amazing and we want to especially thank the mums and dads for becoming the teachers, snas, caretakers, secretaries and principals of your home school during this closure.
As always, St. Patrick's boys, parents and teachers have worked together and played a blinder in spite of the many challenges we faced together. And again, our school motto guides and defines our work together and our pathway to resounding success!
Ó gach duine a dhícheall!
From each person their best!
We are back to school on August 27th. We we will know more about how those returning days will look in the near future. You, your sons and all our St. Patrick's B.N.S. staff safety and wellbeing will be our first priority as we follow Departmental guidelines for schools.
For now, enjoy our last week of school in difficult circumstances. Have a lovely summer break and if you need anything just let us know
Take a bow mums, dads and boys. You just stole the show! Maith sibh go léir!
We are nearing the end of an exceptional school year. We at school wish to thank you for all your support this year, especially in very difficult circumstances. We have been inspired by the positive stories and news from so many of you and our boys.
We have felt honored to provide many supports to you and your sons' learning, social care and wellbeing. We look forward to our return and we will know more about how schools will operate in the near future. We will as always be keeping you up to date with any changes.
A special note of congratulations and thanks to our graduation classes of 2020. For the past 6 years( 7 for some), because of these 43 young men's dedication, talents, personalities, successes and challenges; St. Patrick's B.N.S. has been made even more a special place to learn, work and grow for so many of these boys, their parents and their teachers. The Parents Group has grown from strength to strength and been very well supported by these parents. Thank you for your time and care. They will be having a special graduation ceremony when the opportunity arises but for now, parents and boys, we are so proud of you all. We know that your St. Patrick's foundation offers you so much potential in your lifelong learning journey.
New safety systems/restrictions/guidelines: We at St.Patrick's B.N.S. are awaiting safety guidelines from the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Health with regards to reopening and returning to schools. As of yet, we have no new information for parents but will ensure to plan accordingly and inform you as soon as we know.
Parents To Do List
1. Return Books: We ask all parents/boys who have taken books from school before or during the school closure to firstly ensure the books are tidied/cleaned before returning the school books to school this coming Thursday 11/18th June. These books will need to be prepared for next year's classes. The teachers in school will prepare to ensure that your sons will not need their school books for the remainder of the school closure.
Please clean the book covers, erase any pencil/pen marks from the school books which need returning. One person (where possible) should return all the books to school at allocated times below. You will be met by a school staff member at the front door. There will be a one way, sanitized, social distancing, drop and pay system in place in the school.
Thursday 11/18th June between 10:00 and 11:00
Ms Tavolieri + Mr. Doolan 1st Classes Return: Starlight Core Reader and any other school books/library books you may have.
Ms. Kelleher's 2nd: Return Busy at Maths, Starlight Core Reader to school and any other school books/library books you may have.
Thursday 11/18th June between 11:15 and 12:15
Mr. Duffy's + Mr. O' Mahony's 3rd Classes Return
Mr. Walsh's + Ms. Mullane's 4th Classes: Return Books to school
Thursday 11/18th June between 12:30 and 13:30
Ms. Butler's + Mr. O' Mahony's 5th Classes Return: Small World, Earthlink, New Wave English, Away with Words, Busy at Maths, Maths Challenge, Bun go Barr, Starlight to school and any other school books/library books you may have.
Mr. Mullin's + Ms. Murphy's 6th Classes: Return Books (********) to school Thursday 11th June between 12:30 and 13:30
2. Pay Book Rental Fees of €75 for all classes: Any parent who wishes to avail of the school rental scheme should pay the €75 on Thursday 11th of June. There will be a payment desk set up to do so. If unable to pay on Thursday 11th of June, there will be another opportunity on Thursday the 18th of June. It is very important that parents pay for book rental on either of these dates, if you wish the school to provide books for your son next academic year. (If you have two sons, the fee is €140, three sons €210)
3. Pupil Insurance Fees: If parents wish to avail of Pupil 24hr insurance, there will be a fee between €5-
4. End of year reports: will be posted to family addresses before the 23rd of June. The school closure on the 12th March and the fact that each pupil has received a mid year February report has been taken into consideration whilst preparing these reports.
5. Next Year's Classes:
Your son's class teacher for 2020/2021 is listed here. There will also be Special Education Teachers and Special Needs Assistants support allocated to each class.
First Classes: Ms. Joy Murray, Ms. Ruth O' Connor
Second Classes: Mr. Damien Horgan (with Mr. Doolan's first Class), Ms. Clair Harrington (with Ms. Tavolieri's first class)
Third Class: Ms Kelleher (same boys)
Fourth Class: Mr. O' Mahony (same boys + Mr. Duffy's boys)
Fifth Classes: Mr. Walsh (same boys), Ms. Mullane (same boys)
Sixth Classes: Ms. Butler (same boys), Mr. Mullins (Mr. O' Mahony's fifth)
Buckley Uniforms (Shandon St.) will have a social distancing customer system in place. They may not be sizing boys in the store. If you are visiting Buckleys, it may be best to give them a ring first and check availability on 0214304426.
School tracksuit is €55. This can only be purchased in Buckleys.
School tie is €9. This can only be purchased in Buckleys.
School Jumper is €25. (If you wish to purchase a plain dark green school jumper elsewhere, please do)
School Pants are €15 (If you wish to purchase a grey/dark grey school pants elsewhere, please do.)
A plain grey school shirt can be purchased anywhere.
Boys should wear black shoes/trainers with their school uniforms.
Boys should wear comfortable trainers on PE days with their school tracksuit.
6. Items you will need to purchase for your son:
The class teacher will have emailed you your son's list of any books/ items are NOT covered by the scheme and are to be provided by parents/guardians:
Homework Journal @ €3 – available in school
7. Personal Wash/Hygiene Bags:
Each pupil is asked to have a small personal hygiene bag in his school bag coming to school. It should include hand sanitiser, baby wipes/wipes and a small hand towel. This is to help promote good hygiene practices for your son, his classmates and the school.
Please let us know by emailing back if you have any
Thanking you for your continued support;
Keep up the great parenting/teaching/entertaining/coaching/caring jobs you are all doing at home for your wonderful sons and families. We are getting there. St. Patrick's B.N.S. is continuing its learning and wellbeing support of your boys and we are already planning our much anticipated return to school in September. As of yet in the changing climate of national phases and restrictions, there has been much speculation and media talk of what may happen in schools in September with regards to safely returning. For now, be assured that we will be putting every necessary precaution in place once the guidelines for schools have been issued by the Department of Health and the Department of Education.
As we prepare to end this exceptional school year, you will receive information emails and correspondence from the school. These emails, messages or phonecalls will require you to complete forms, return schoolbooks, pay school fees and prepare for next year. Please keep an eye on the school Facebook Page/your email address for any updates or required actions.
Thinking of you and your boys;
All at St. Patrick's B.N.S.
It has been lovely to hear from our teachers and staff how well you are doing during the lockdown. The reports back from our boys and parents through video call, phone call, gmail and now Google Classroom in senior classes have been inspiring. Keep up the great work at home. Be kind to eachother! Be safe!
We have also noted and are very aware of how difficult the current school closure is for some families and are very glad to help in any way we can. Any support that we offer is done so in a non-
A special mention to our Communion boys and teachers in Ms. Kelleher's second class. Unfortunately, they miss out on their special day this weekend. Ms. Kelleher, Ms. Fitzgerald and Ms. Kiely are very sad for the boys and families but are also looking forward to planning their new communion date when the opportunity arises. We hope you like the Communion Message video for the boys prepared by Ronan Lettis, Ms. Kelleher and the teachers.Don't worry boys and parents, our special day will come!
Our country is beginning Phase 1 and we look forward to working with you and your sons to finish this school year and prepare for our hopeful return in September. Please stick to all necessary restrictions to help ensure that our country, you and your boys will return to normal as quickly as possible.
Our teachers and staff have been enjoying connecting with our boys and families using the website, emails, phonecalls, class video conference calls, post cards and now in senior classes the Google Classroom Online Platform for teaching and learning.
Our Secretary, Homeschool and School Completion teachers have felt of great purpose providing food, wellbeing and social support to many families in the school who are glad of the hand during this difficult time.
If you need to contact the school office, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need food, wellbeing or social support at this time you can ring or text Ronan(HSCL) during school hours on 0867844845
If you need to contact your son's teachers, the email addresses are available on the class webpage.
Department of Education updates can be found at https://twitter.com/Education_Ire?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
Dear Parents/ Guardians;
It was very welcoming news to hear Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announce the ‘Roadmap to Recovery Plan’ from our current crisis. Even though we still have some way to go, there is light at the end of the tunnel with a plan and possible dates for the whole country returning to the 'new' normal.
We now know that St. Patrick’s B.N.S. will not be re-
I would like to say thank you and well done to all our parents, teachers, SNAs, pupils and school community in ensuring that the connections between us have remained supportive and fluid and that the opportunity for your sons to continue their connection with learning in this very difficult time has been well established. The teachers have been adaptive, intuitive and enthusiastic in providing educational and wellbeing support to the pupils, in spite of all the challenges which were presented to them. The secretary, SNAs, Home School Community Links and School Completion staff have all worked together to provide activity resources, food and support for many boys and families throughout this testing time and will continue to do so. The Parents’ Group have been refreshing the school Facebook Page with fun activities and links to keep parents and boys active and happy and have many more to come.
The teachers will provide educational support for your son by updating the website weekly with learning links and activities. They will continue to engage and respond to the many emails they are receiving and will check in from time to time via phonecalls and stimulating class video calls for all pupils. It is a good idea to keep an eye on the class website page as it is updated weekly. You will also be receiving occasional emails from the school or your son's teachers. If you need to contact the school or class teachers, please do so by replying to the email address you’ve received correspondence from. To contact the Principal or Secretary, please use email@example.com
We understand these are very trying times and know that each home has different circumstances and appreciate that not every child or parent will have the opportunity to engage in learning activities. We fully appreciate that in some homes on some days the added pressure of learning links can make home life extremely difficult. Please use these provisions when and if you deem fit. Take only what you need, when you need it, from what we have to offer and only what is helpful to your son. If you need any assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Regarding the First Holy Communion we understand how disappointing it must have been for you but please do not worry. You will have your big day in St. Joseph's church at some point during the next academic year. The teachers are keeping a watchful eye on the Diocesan Office website for any updates and once we know the exact date we will let you know and begin planning and preparing.
A special mention and thought for our 6th class boys and families who not only missed out on their Confirmation celebration but now because of the extended closure, they will not be returning to schooling in St. Patrick's B.N.S.. While we fully appreciate how distressing this has been for them and their families, it is genuinely upsetting for the teachers and staff of St. Patrick's B.N.S. also. Rest assured that when we return to normal, we will ensure that they return to school and celebrate their graduation together. We will also be following the guidelines from the Diocesan Office with regards to Confirmation celebrations and keep you up to date. Between now and the end of June, 6th class boys can still look forward to linking in with their teachers and classmates via website, email, google classroom and video calls. We will still be preparing for secondary school together and giving our best!
I would like to take this opportunity to say how proud we are as a staff to hear through phonecalls, video calls and emails how great so many of you are doing, keeping active, supporting each other, learning at home and most importantly staying safe. The positive feedback the teachers and staff, along with myself have been getting is so encouraging and uplifting.
On a final note: We will return to a sense of normality soon, school will resume, the boys will skip into their classrooms and with it we will have another great year in St. Patrick's B.N.S. full of learning, fun and reaching our potential together.
But firstly, we will endeavour to finish this school year, using these new digital connections to stay together in learning. Ó gach duine a dhícheall!
Stay safe, best wishes and thank you all for your continued support in these unusual times.
Dear Parents/ Guardians:
We hope you are all well. Stay Safe. Follow the Guidelines!
For this phase of school closure; please note the following:
It is very likely that Communion and Confirmation will be cancelled or postponed to a more suitable time in the future when school returns to normal.
This website will be updated weekly at your son's class teacher page with weekly learning links and supports which may be helpful at this time. Should you need any assistance, you can contact teachers using their teacher emails on the class webpage. Teachers will be using your parent emails to contact you with class social connection or teaching and learning updates which may be helpful to our boys st this time. Please ensure we have your current email address and keep an eye out for this contact.
If you need to contact school office, Secretary or Principal please use firstname.lastname@example.org
Our thoughts are with our school past teacher Miriam O Driscoll's family, friends and colleagues at this awfully sad time of her passing. For many years, Miriam was a stalwart in St. Patrick's B.N.S., a brilliant educator and a huge influence in the lives and learning of many boys, families, teachers, SNAs and whole school community. She fought a brave battle with illness since her retirement from teaching in St. Patrick's B.N.S. but always ensured she lived life to the full. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. RIP Miriam.
We hope that you, your boys and families are all safe. From the phonecalls home before Easter, it was great to hear from the teachers, parents and boys how well families are doing in lockdown. The phonecalls were very positive all around.
We would love to be in our classrooms today hearing about their Easter break, but it will make school return all the more sweeter whenever that is. It looks like the school will be closed for at least another few weeks.
The school website will be updated tomorrow evening (TUES) with your son's class teacher weekly learning links and support email address. These may be of help to you and your son for weekly home learning during the closure.
The school teachers will be in contact with you and our boys again in the coming weeks to provide and offer support and an opportunity for a social connection with his classmates. We reiterate again, that all these supports are offers of help, but ask parents and families not to feel pressurised by school connections. Please ensure the school has an up to date email address for you. You can email email@example.com with your son's name and class if you are unsure.
During school closure on an ongoing basis, if you need any food support from school, please text Ronan (HSCL) at 0867844845 before 5 pm in any Tuesday.
Thinking of you all. Stay Safe.
The Principal, teachers and staff of St. Patrick's B.N.S
Have a lovely restful Easter with your boys and families. We know this is difficult in our current circumstances but it's important to try to enjoy this time at home together as much as possible.
It was lovely to hear back from all St. Patrick's B.N.S. teachers that the phonecalls home last week informed them of how well you as parents and your sons are doing at home in spite of all the challenges. We heard many stories of boys and families working as a team and being creative and productive at home to face this lockdown challenge. The teachers were delighted to hear this good news and also offer any support we can.
Stay Safe! Stay apart! Follow all HSE and Government Guidelines!
Assuming further school closure, your son's class webpage will be updated again after the Easter Break with learning links and support from his class teacher. For this Easter Break, we have included some optional fun activities on each class page which may help at home.
Safe, Happy and Healthy Easter Break to you, your boys and your families,
Shane Foley (Principal)
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
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-
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-
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. School Secretary Sandra can be contacted at 0214502024 this Thurs and Friday morning from 10-
Again, thinking of you, your wonderful boys and families; take care!
Shane Foley (Principal), teachers and staff of St. Patrick's B.N.S.
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-
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.
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-
HSE advice: https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIi9yB8ayr6AIVia3tCh2QhgmeEAAYASAAEgIF1vD_BwE
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-
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-
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
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-
minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space between
them. Parents and guardians are urged to support their children to maintain this
All contact parents will have received a text message regarding COVID-
All information from the Department of Education regarding COVID-
All information from the HSE regarding COVID-
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-
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.
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 -
School now enroling 1st to 6th class pupils for 2019/2020.
Please feel free to contact our Super Secretary Sandra (021-
Likewise, call in anyday to see us on Gardiner's Hill, for a tour of the school and meet our helpful staff and bright, happy pupils.
See why you should be choosing St. Patrick's for you and your son's most important steps.