Safe Reopening of Schools- Department of Education Inspection

Dear Ard Rí Community, Following a Department of Education inspection on 24.09.2020 titled- ‘Supporting the Safe Reopening of Schools‘ our Inspector- Ms Fiona Rushe, found Ard Rí Community NS: Fully compliant in the implementation of public health advice to provide safe working and learning environments for all while dealing with Covid-19   Fully compliant with Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 The full report is available here: 20352T_DES Insp Supporting the Safe Resumption of Schooling Report We have worked hard and we are delighted with the recognition that we have fully implemented the extensive guidelines which were provided to enable our pupils and staff return safely to school. That said, we cannot afford to become complacent. This report comes at a time where numbers of COVID cases in Ireland are rising at an alarming rate. We, as a community, must continue to follow guidelines and make every effort to stop the disease entering the school and spreading through the community. While on the school campus staying 2 meters apart from each other is difficult. Parents should wear a face covering while dropping off and collecting their children and must wear a face covering while talking to a member of school staff (HSE Guidelines) We are committed to continuing to work hard to keep our school a safe environment for every member of our community. Kind regards,...

Parish Catechetical Programme 2020-2021

Catechetical_Programme_2020_Registration Form  Hard copies of this form are available from your child’s class teacher upon request. Please complete the form and return to the Parish Office or to the sacristy of one of the churches at your early convenience. Letter from Fr Declan Hurley: Dear Parents/Guardians,   The restarting of the Parish Catechetical Programme this year presents some challenges, as I’m sure you can imagine.  The classrooms in St. Anne’s Resource Centre are of course too small, and an alternative venue is not easy to find!  However, after much deliberation and consultation, we are happy to announce the restart of the programme.  Some details have yet to be finalised following discussion and feedback, but for now we can confirm the following: The programme will be led by Fr. Sebi Tulbure who has replaced Fr. Shane Crombie.  Fr. Sebi is from Romania, and prior to joining us in Navan had ministered in Kells Parish since 2018.  He will be assisted by Barry White, a seminarian preparing for the priesthood, who has joined our Parish Team in Navan for the coming year. They will be assisted by teachers and other adult volunteers.  We are recruiting at the moment. The venue will be St. Oliver’s Church in Blackcastle, which is very spacious, and has ample parking facilities making it easier to arrange drop-off and pick-up. At this point, it is anticipated that the First Holy Communion preparation programme will take place on Tuesdays (starting Tuesday 3rd November) and the Confirmation preparation programme will take place on Wednesdays (starting Wednesday 4th November).  The time will be communicated at a later date. Please find attached the Registration Form. ...

Post-Primary Schools: Enrolment September 2021

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 in Navan. Click on a title below to visit the website. Details of each schools Admissions Statement will be available below. We will make hard copies of application forms available to you as required. I will update the list below as information becomes available: Beaufort College All applications to the First Year Group in Beaufort College will only be accepted after the 2nd October 2020 and the closing date for receipt of applications is the Monday 26th October 2020 at 4pm Enrolment information for the school year 2021/2022 Click here to take  virtual tour of Beaufort College Coláiste na Mí Enrolment for the school year 2021-2022 will open on the 2nd October. Please read our Admissions Policy and Admissions Notice. Application forms will be available and accepted from the 2nd October 2020. To view Admissions Policy and Notice click on: Enrolment information for the school year 2021/2022 Coláiste na Mí- 1st Year Enrolment   St Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School Information regarding Virtual Open Night and Admissions process will go live on 8th October...

School Photographer- Friday 18th September

Memory Lane School Photography will visit the school on Friday 18th September. Like every other aspect of school life we have to change our system to stay within Covid Guidelines. We will take class photos of Junior Infants and 6th Class. Instead of the group photo we will take a photo of each pod (the group your child sits with each day) and the photographer will merge the 5 or 6 images to create one cool class photo. Previously we took photos of every family. This year we will only take a family photo upon request. If you would like a family photo please send your request to ArdRiCNS@lmetb.ie. I would ask you only request a family photograph where you really want one. If you can go without one for this year please do. All children being photographed wear full formal uniform on the day. Kind regards,...

Tracksuit Days!!!

Good morning everyone, We are delighted to be back up and running! It will take a little bit of time for new routines to embed themselves in every day life but so far the measures we have put in place seem to be working well. We are reviewing the choreography in the car park and we will be in touch with you next week with any changes we will be making there. We will make sure children are outside as much as possible so send a coat every day and pupils from Junior Infants to First Class should have a pair of wellies in school. Tracksuit days are as follows: Múinteoir Day 1 Day 2 Tara Wednesday Friday Karen Tuesday Wednesday Naomi Tuesday Thursday Maria Wednesday Friday Edel & Catherine Tuesday Friday Cailín Monday Thursday Rachel Monday Thursday Sarah Monday Wednesday Niamh Monday Friday Jack Tuesday Thursday As explained in our Covid Response Plan: there are no recommendations in the public health advice to suggest an increased risk in wearing uniforms. The Department has not issued any guidance on the wearing of school uniforms in a COVID-19 environment. Normal washing and hygiene arrangements should apply to uniforms. We will review this advice if guidelines...

Back to school advice from the Department of Education

The re-opening of schools will require everyone to adjust and get used to new arrangements and routines. This change of culture won’t happen overnight and will take a bit of time in the initial re-opening period to get fully established and embedded into the daily operation of our school. The Department of Education have released a leaflet with advice for parents (click here) and 3 videos for families outlining what to expect when returning to school. I hope you find these resources useful....

New Entrants- September 2020

24.08.2020   Dear Parents of incoming Junior Infants, There are only 2 more sleeps until your child’s first day at big school. I am sure your emotions are a strong mixture of excitement and nerves. If there is anything you cannot get sorted before Wednesday please do not worry. We will be keeping very calm and relaxed about the whole thing. It is only 2 hours each day so the time will fly by and our teachers will do everything they can to make your child’s first day as positive as possible. Children should bring a tiny snack and a drink of water for their first day. We are working hard to make the school as safe as we can. In previous years we had lots of induction activities to prepare the children for school life. This year our overarching goal is to open and to stay open. Unfortunately coming together to celebrate this big occasion is not possible this year.  We will stagger opening on Wednesday. As per the time you received along with this message; at 9.45 we will welcome half of Rang Tara, at 10.00 we will welcome Rang Karen and at 10.15 we will welcome the rest of Rang Tara. Please park in the car park and walk up to the school. There will be lots of school staff on hand to direct you. We will accept the children into the school from the blue doors. Children only past the blue doors. Teachers will wear mask and visor until they are in the teacher zone in their classrooms. Two teachers have been assigned as official...

Have a Wonderful Summer

Dear Ard Rí Community,  Anyone who suffered illness or lost loved ones over the course of the Covid pandemic, on behalf of the team at Ard Rí Community National School I would like to offer you our deepest sympathies. No doubt it was a challenging time for everyone. Social distancing, job loss, cocooning, illness all causes grief, worry and anxiety.   As a community we definitely learned how to dance in the rain!   Our frontline workers rose to the challenge in caring for the evolved needs of the country. On behalf of everyone thank you.   Parents you worked hard to ensure your children were kept safe. You protected them. You embraced remote learning. You used the time not only to teach the academics but to pass on your own skills and funds of knowledge to your children. Through baking, cooking, gardening, teaching electronics and coding, sewing, playing, exercising you were educating your children…probably without even realizing. Well done.  I would like to thank our teachers who, in a few short weeks, shifted teaching and learning from their classrooms to online and into pupil’s homes. You were dynamic and positive throughout the last 16 weeks and I am very grateful for your commitment to the school and your profession. We are dedicated to working hard to follow all the advice and have all the recommendations in place to ensure we can provide a safe learning environment for our boys and girls in September. We look forward to welcoming 36 new Junior Infants to Ard Rí CNS. We will do everything we can to make your first day in big school one to remember. Teacher recruitment is currently underway. We will let you know who your child’s class teacher for next year will be as soon as the details are finalised. Most of...

New Track for Navan

On a Tuesday night every metre of track and field at Claremont Stadium is packed with boys and girls training for Navan Athletics Club. You will find lots of the Ard Rí Community among the athletes, coaches, volunteers and spectators and plenty of the Ard Rí mums, dads and teachers will be at the adult training afterwards. Claremont is also home to PT Fitness, Badminton, Basketball, Soccer, Wheelchair Sports, Special Olympics, Navan Men’s Shed. After 20 years of training for all ages and abilities and hosting schools, county and provincial competitions the track at Claremont is worn and torn. This summer a new state of the art track is being installed and the club need to raise €50,000 to get the job over the line. Ard Rí CNS medal winners 2019 schools competition at Claremont Stadium   How can we help? There are lots of runners and walkers among us. Why not take part in the Navan AC Virtual 5k and Family 2k Fun Run Take on the Tullys in a #60secondchallenge (video below). Complete your own family challenge then donate through Go Fund Me New Track 4 Navan  Sponsor local ultra runner Keith Russell as he completes a 220km 24hour run around the track at Claremont Stadium (video below). To sponsor Keith donate at Go Fund Me New Track 4 Navan To keep up to date and share the fundraising like New Track 4 Navan on Facebook  #60SecondChallenge Family Fitness Challenge, can you match the Tully Family, Tag a family you know with the #60SecondChallenge donate, if you can, to the #NTN fundraiser to be in with a...

Class Allocation

Dear Ard Rí Community, Staffing arrangements in Primary Schools for the 2020/21 school year are laid out in Department of Education Circular 0018/2020 . Our predicted September enrolment is 270 pupils. This allows us 10 mainstream class teachers. If, for any reason, your family will not be coming back to Ard Rí in September please let us know as knowing our predicted enrolment is very important. We will organise the 10 teachers as follows: There are two main areas of change: 2020 Senior Infants will be in two groups; Teacher 2 will teach Junior Infants and Senior Infants together in multi-grade and Teacher 3 will teach Senior Infants in single-grade. 2020 4th and 5th Classes will be split into two multi-grade classes; Teacher 8 will teach one set of 4th and 5th Class together and Teacher 9 will teach the other set of 4th and 5th Class together. Both in multi-grade. When dividing classes we balance; age, gender, siblings, Special Educational Needs and any other dynamics which may exist. Friendship is an important dynamic. If your child is going into Senior Infants, 4th Class or 5th Class we invite you to email us on ardricns@lmetb.ie a list of 2 or 3 friends your child would like in their class next year. It will not be possible to keep all friends together but we will try. If you would like your child to be in the Junior Infant/ Senior Infant multi-grade with Teacher 2 as above you can also let us know by email. Please notify us before close of business on Thursday. We will let you know which teacher each class...