Choosing a Post Primary School

September 2021   Dear Parents of 5th & 6th Class pupils, Choosing a Post-Primary school is a big decision. Please find links to current Admissions Notices, Policies, Virtual Events and Application Forms below. Remember: Parents are responsible for making applications on behalf of their children.   Beaufort College: https://beaufortcollege.ie/ Video Messages, Tours and Admissions Docs: https://www.beaufortcollege.ie/enrolment-2022-2023-available-soon Coláiste na Mí: https://colaistenami.ie/ Virtual Open Day: https://www.thinglink.com/card/1499153782410313731  Admissions Docs: https://colaistenami.ie/index.php/latest-news/279-cnm-school-admissions-policy-2 St Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School: https://www.mercynavan.ie/ Admissions Notice and Online Applications: https://www.mercynavan.ie/index.php/1st-year-2022-applications-open-october-4th/ Loreto St Michael’s Secondary School: https://loretonavan.ie/ Admissions Notice and Admissions Policy: https://loretonavan.ie/page/Admissions/53621/Index.html St Patrick’s Classical School: https://www.stpatscs.com/ Admissions Notice, Principal’s Address and Virtual School Tour: https://www.stpatscs.com/admissions/ Coláiste Ríoga: https://colaisterioga.ie/ Open Evening- Wednesday 6th October 4-7.30pm   Visit from Coláiste na Mí Principal, Paddy Carr. Máistir Carr spoke to the children in 5th&6th Classes about their Post Primary School...

What to do if your child has symptoms of Covid-19

13.09.2021   07.09.2021 A rise in cases of Covid-19 among pupils and staff in local schools is a reminder to us all we must continue to implement Covid-19 control measures. Do not send your child to school or childcare if they have  the following symptoms of COVID-19 a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or more a new cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry loss or changed sense of taste or smell shortness of breath If your child has any of the above symptoms of COVID-19: Isolate your child from other people – this means keeping them in a room on their own and completely avoiding contact with other people, as much as possible. Phone a GP – they will tell you if your child needs a COVID-19 test. Everyone your child lives with should restrict their movements. This means not going to school, childcare or work until it is safe to do so. Treat your child at home for their symptoms. If your child has other symptoms not commonly associated with COVID-19 Less common symptoms of COVID-19 include: sore throat headaches feeling sick or vomiting If your child has any of these symptoms keep them at home for at least 48 hours. It’s unlikely they have COVID-19, but they could be a sign of another infectious illness. The people your child lives with do not need to restrict their movements as long as they feel OK. After 48 hours it’s OK to send your child back to school or childcare as long as: their symptoms do not get worse they do not develop new symptoms they have not...

#ArdRiUltra4Nahyan

28.05.2021 ‘Help Nahyan Fight Cancer’ https://gofund.me/5fee1cf0 We are delighted with the response we have gotten to our #ArdRiUltra4Nahyan fund-raiser. Ard Rí Community National School have a special interest in supporting Nahyan and the Javed family. Nahyan’s cousin attends Ard Rí and Nahyan will be joining Junior Infants in September. Warrior Nahyan is on all our minds as we move towards our Ultra Marathon event next Friday 4th June. The event itself is simple enough- Run 5, Nominate 5, Donate 5 At 8am Darragh will press the button on his GPS watch and start running laps of the 4 rugby pitches School staff will run from 8 to 8.30am Children can wear their own sports clothes on race day (optional red and black theme- Nahyan’s fav colours) and go straight to class at 9am as usual The track will be open for parents to run from 8.50-9.30am (parents responsible for their own Covid safety) Parent walkers are meeting at the front steps of the Rugby Club and will walk the SuperValu block from soon after 9am (parents responsible for their own Covid safety) From 9.30am each class will join Darragh on the track and children will run their miles. Each class’ miles will be added together to give a class total- an Ultra Marathon per class!! Children will receive a medal and a certificate to celebrate their achievement Children will receive a plain Dairy Milk bar, a packet of Tayto crisps and a bottle of still water to picnic on the grass All going well Darragh’s Ultra run will take 5-6 hours. There will be live updates of everyone’s progress...

New Entrants- September 2021

24.08.2021 Just one more sleep!! We are very excited to welcome all our Junior Infants to school tomorrow morning at 10am. We have been very busy getting ready and the place is looking great. Children wear their formal uniform for the first few days. Teacher will let you know tracksuit days for next week. It is going to be a sunny day so navy shorts and jumper off is not a problem- be comfy! Pack a small healthy lunch and a drink of water. Park in the car park and walk up the avenue. It will be difficult to ensure social distance so parents please wear a mask. We will divide the children into their two class groupings and families will meet Múinteoir Karen and Múinteoir Eimear in the yard. This might take a few minutes so please be patient. Children will then say good bye and walk to class. Unfortunately we cannot let parents in to the classrooms. We will make a video of the children’s first day at big school and share it with you as soon as we can. Darragh will meet all parents in the carpark after drop off for a quick chat and to answer any questions. School times Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th, Friday 27th August: 10.00 to 12.00 Monday 30th August to Friday 3rd September: 9.00 to 12.00 Monday 6th September and on: 9.00 to 1.40 Newsletter Return to School 13.08.2021 (click here) 12.05.2021 I hope everybody is safe and well. We are really looking forward to welcoming all new pupils to Ard Rí CNS on Wednesday 25th August 2021 at 10am. School...

#LotsOfSocks4DSI

  World Down Syndrome Day was celebrated on 21st March. For the last four years we have raised funds for Down Syndrome Ireland. Down Syndrome Ireland continues to serve their members and anyone who needs help during these difficult times. Now that we are all back together Ard Rí CNS Parent Association want to continue to support DSI by hosting ‘Lots of Socks’ day this Friday 14th of May. The ‘Lots of Socks’ campaign represents the extra chromosome that people with Down syndrome have and is internationally recognised to raise awareness about Down syndrome. We ask everyone to come to school on Friday rocking their most colourful and fun socks and to donate whatever you can afford to Down Syndrome Ireland by clicking on this link: https://www.idonate.ie/359_down-syndrome-ireland.html  ...

Post-Primary Schools: Cognitive Ability Tests Spring 2021

March 2021 St Patrick’s Classical School  have changed plans to hold Assessment Tests. A letter from Deputy Principal McGarry states- “In light of current public health advice, schools are advised not to conduct New Entrants 2021 Assessment Tests for September 2021 at this time. In our case, this was the Cognitive Ability Test (C.A.T.), due to be held in our school on Saturday 17th April 2021. The wellbeing and safety of students and staff is of the highest priority. Should restrictions ease it may be possible to hold these tests at a later date before the commencement of the 2021/22 school year, possibly in August 2021.”   Beaufort College have just informed us it is unlikely they will hold in person ability testing in advance of in-coming First Years starting school in September. They will more than likely wait until the children are in school and hold the CAT4 assessments then. We will be working with the Home School Liaison Team from Beaufort College to assist in the transition for all pupils from 6 Class to Post-Primary.   September 2020 Dear Parents of 5th & 6th Class pupils, Choosing a Post-Primary school is a big decision. Open Evenings are usually held at this time of year. Due to Covid, schools are unable to host Information Evenings for parents of Incoming 1st years. You will have to carry our your research online. Applications can only be made for September 2021, however I will include 5th Class in all correspondence as your time to apply will come before your know it. Parents are responsible for making applications on behalf of their children.  There are 5 Post Primary options...

Phased Reopening of School- 15th March 2021

08.03.2021 Schools have received confirmation that the reopening of classes 3rd to 6th can proceed as planned on Monday March 15th. We are confident we have all the required infection prevention and control measures in place. The Department of Health and the HSE have reaffirmed if we rigorously follow these measures we can keep the school community safe from COVID.   Schools are also asked to remind parents and pupils not to congregate in school grounds/at school gates. Remember; stand well back take your time and wear a mask at drop off and pick up.   Moving from Remote Teaching to the classroom requires a lot of planning. In order to give teachers time to plan, prepare and organise their rooms teachers in these classes will not be correcting or giving feedback on pupil work on Thursday and Friday of this week. Teachers will correct completed work and offer feedback when we return to in-class teaching.   On a very practical note please do not panic about uniforms not fitting etc. We know clothes shops are closed. Just do your best. To know your child’s tracksuit days click here   Please watch this short video which will tell you everything you need to know…   Return to Educational Facility Parental Declaration Form This form is to be used when children are returning to Ard Rí CNS after any absence. I hope you are looking forward to coming back to school. We are all so excited to see you. Please don’t be worried if you feel you have fallen behind because you have all come so far. If you are dedicated...

Phased Reopening of School- 1st March 2021

25.02.2021 I am delighted to announce the phased reopening of Ard Rí CNS. We will continue to work hard to ensure the safe operation of our school for students, families and staff. Please watch this short video which will tell you everything you need to know… Return to Educational Facility Parental Declaration Form This form is to be used when children are returning to Ard Rí CNS after any absence. 24.02.2021 Here are some really useful videos for parents and children about the return to school   23.02.2021 Dear Ard Rí Community, I hope everyone is safe and well. Preparations are underway for the phased reopening of Ard Rí starting on March 1st. Schools have not yet received direct advice from the Department of Education so we are drawing on our practical experience from Term 1 plus advice given to Special Classes and Special Schools who reopened this month. At this point I think it is best if families begin psychological and practical preparations for children in Junior, Senior Infants, First and Second to return to class in the school building next Monday. Moving from Remote Teaching to the classroom requires a lot of planning. In order to give teachers time to plan, prepare and organise their rooms teachers in these classes will not be correcting or giving feedback on pupil work on Thursday and Friday of this week. Teachers will correct completed work and offer feedback when we return to in-class teaching. On a very practical note please do not panic about uniforms not fitting etc. We know clothes shops are closed. Just do your best. Senior Classes...

New Entrants- September 2021

Dear Parents of incoming Junior Infants, The National Council for Special Education are hosting an online parental information seminar for parents of children who may have additional learning or care needs and who are due to start Primary School in September 2021. The presentation will be held on Thursday February 25th at 11am or Thursday March 4th at 11am If you wish to attend Contact our Special Educational Needs Organiser (SENO) Anita Bray: [email protected] (Tel. 01-6033230) NEW Parental Seminar poster Meath...

Book Collection, School Laptops & Seesaw Login

Book Collection Teachers are currently preparing packs of books to be sent home. Packs can be collected from the school car park on Monday 11.01.2020 as follows: First letter of Surname Time             A-C 11:30-11:45 D-G 11:45-12:00 H-L 12:00-12:15 M-O 12:15-12:30 P-Z 12:30-12:45 There will be a drive-through system in place. Remain in your car. Enter via the gate at the Tennis Club. Classes Junior Infants- 2nd can be collected from points at the tennis club end Classes 3rd- 6th can be collected from points at the town end Follow the one-way system and as you come to your child’s teacher they will hand you a bag. Follow the directions from stewards and proceed to exit. If you are on foot proceed directly to your child’s class teacher. School Laptops If you require the use of a school laptop to support Distance Learning in your home please contact us on [email protected] or via the Parent Association. We have 10 machines just waiting to be used! Seesaw Login If you require Seesaw login details please email [email protected] and Debi will be happy to send you your login details once...