Home Based Learning- Next Steps

Dear Ard Rí Community, I hope everyone is well and taking good care during these unprecedented times. Schools are to remain closed until 19th April. However a return to school after Easter break is uncertain. After Easter our engagement with families will adopt a different format. Teachers will be in contact with the pupils in their classes directly via an app called Seesaw. Seesaw is an online education platform which allows a connection between pupils and teachers. We will still be suggesting wellness and inquiry based learning activities however we will also be revising academic work through Folens e-books and resources and another really useful tool called IXL.com. Initially we will use the app a lot like a homework notebook where your child gets some maths and English work to complete a few times a week. I advise you to pick up a copy book on your next trip to town for your child to write down their answers. We require your consent. Complete the following steps today: Read the Seesaw parental consent document: Seesaw consent form In order to progress we need to ensure we have one up to date parent email for each family (not child’s own email). If you agree to taking part in our Home Based Learning Program via Seesaw proceed to… Send an email to us at ardricns@lmetb.ie with the following details: I …………………………… (parent name) consent to Ard Rí CNS setting up a Seesaw account for my child/children _____________________(child name) _____________________(child name) _____________________(child name) _____________________(child name) I consent to Ard Rí Community NS adding this email address to the Ard Rí CNS Aladdin school database...

Learning at home during COVID-19 school closure

Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd April Ard Rí CNS- Home-Based Learning 2020 Edition 4 Here is latest Home Based Learning Guideline link. A blended approach incorporating aspects of these Inquiry-Based activities, the work pack we sent home, some reading, a few chores, the RTE Home School Hub and whatever springs from your own expertise and the funds of knowledge available in your home will work best. Do whatever you need to do to get through! The teachers are working hard this week to put a system in place which will allow them engage online with their pupils in a more tailored manor. This will be in place after Easter. Thank you to everyone who is sharing snippets from their own personal experiences of learning at home on Twitter. Share your hard work with the community @ArdRi_CNS !! ‘If we winter this one out, we can summer anywhere.’- Seamus Heaney Monday 30th & Tuesday 31st March Ard Rí CNS- Home-Based Learning 2020 Edition 3 I hope everyone is keeping safe and well. In a time when families are under pressure from many directions I hope your child’s school work is not adding to that pressure. Let me explain…the school curriculum works in two year blocks. The focus of the final school term is never academic. It is when we have our school tours, fun days, Active Weeks etc. Most of the academic learning objectives have either been covered in the previous year and a half or will be covered when we return to school. You are not expected to be a teacher.  These Home Based Learning Guidelines are ideas of activities you can do...

Coronavirus (Covid 19)

(Updated by DR 12.03.2020)   Dear Ard Rí Community, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced that from 6pm today schools will close. The restrictions will take place until 29 March. I am very aware this will be a stressful time for families. Talk to your children. They need factual, age appropriate information about the virus and concrete instruction about how to avoid spreading of the virus. Without the facts, they often imagine situations far worse than reality More info Reassure your child that everyone is working hard to keep them safe. Let the child/young person’s questions and their age guide as to how much information to provide: Very young children need brief, simple information and reassurance that they are safe and that the people they care about are safe. Reassure them that the Government is working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. Explain that at the present moment very few people in this country are sick with the virus. Tell them that not everyone will get the virus and that the vast majority who get it recover fully. (NEPS) Teachers have prepared small work packs for the children. Do not worry about your child falling behind. A little bit of reading, board games, colouring, LEGO and jig saws will keep them occupied. Most of all look after each other. Focus on the present moment. Reflect on what is important to you and treasure it. Kind regards, Darragh Roe Príomhoide talking-to-children-and-young-people-about-covid-19-coronavirus-advice-for-parents-and-schools   ************************************************************** (Updated by DR 11.03.2020 16:30) The Department of Education have released guidance on talking to children and young people about Covid-19. You can access this...

Interfaith Calendar

Ard Rí Community NS is a Multi-Denominational School. We model respect, celebrate and recognise diversity in all areas of human life. We endeavour to encourage children to have pride in what makes them different and a belief that difference, when respected and valued, gives strength and vibrancy to the school community and the wider community in which we live. In order to ensure we value all the beliefs and values in our community the staff at Ard Rí Community NS plan based upon our Inter-Faith Calendar. This document is a live document, a work in progress, one which changes as we reflect upon our teaching, as we receive feedback and as our community evolves. Ard Ri Interfaith...

Winners of our Winter Show Raffle!!

Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets throughout the morning at the Parent Association Cake Sale. Congratulations to our winners!! The draw has taken place and the winners can be seen below.  Prizes can be collected from the school on Thursday and Friday! Thank you to all our sponsors who supported us. Click on the Business name to link to their websites or social media. Well done to our Parent Association for organising the raffle. All money raised will go to the Winter Show and the Parent Association Fund. Business/ Prop Prize Winning Ticket Name Roberts Butchery and Smokehouse Hamper Bernie Leavy Roberts Butchery and Smokehouse Hamper John Boylan Roberts Butchery & Smokehouse Hamper Karina Petrov Moyvalley Hotel & Golf Resort Round of Golf for 4 people Aoife Bradley Aoife Bradley @ MyStudio Voucher Claire Farrell L’ Oreal Hamper Tara Kearns Crave Restraunt Voucher Cathy Clarke Audrey Clarke @ Haven Reformer Pilates Studios Voucher Tatiana Braila BodyWorks Voucher Darragh Coffey Flanagans Centra One4 All Voucher Susan O’Brien Flanagans Centra One4 All Voucher Nuno Moreira Equipet Voucher Susan Kavanagh Complete Body Fitness Voucher Layla Ali Cathy and Simon @ Sports Den Voucher Chris Moloney Making Memories by Rachel Ryan Personalised Frame Susan Kavanagh Nordic Craft Bespoke Christmas Decorations – Hans Christian Andersen Fairytales William Coffey Marta Nash Photography A Mini Portrait Session Tatiana Braila Ischia Hair, Beauty and Wig Salon L’oreal Conditioning treatment & blowdry Kate Matisans Brooke and Shoals Candle and Diffuser Seona Farrell Bottle of Wine Eileen Harney Mandy Mink @ KM Aroma Soy Candle & Aromatherapy Gift Box Fiona Healy Mandy Mink @ KM Aroma Soy...

Happy Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!!

Dear parents, As we approach the end of term, we are aware it is a busy time for everyone. Therefore, for our last week in school there will be no written homework. Instead we would like each pupil to pick one activity from this list each day:- spend some time reading Help prepare some food Tidy a room at home Help tidy away laundry Load or unload the dishwasher Empty the bins Read to or play with younger siblings Phone an older relative Send a Christmas card …any other activity that helps out at home We have explained all of the above to our pupils and we have asked that they would record their reading and activity each day in their homework journal. Thank you for your support in this initiative. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone From all the team at Ard Rí Community...

Winter Show; 18.12.2019- Ardboyne Hotel

Full Dress Rehearsal: There will be a full dress rehearsal on Friday 13.12.2019. Base costumes will go home on Thursday and children wear base costumes to school on Friday under their tracksuits and coats. We will not be sending home Santa Costumes, Sequined skirts etc. Parent Association Cake Sale: As per the timetable below there will be a Cake Sale in Navan Rugby Club on the day. Donate whatever you can afford. Contact a member of the Parent Association if you would like to donate some cakes, buns etc. Please pre slice your cakes for ease of serving. To abolish our reliance on single-use-plastic bring your own lunchbox/container to pack your buns and a keep-cup for tea/coffee on the day. I estimate this will easily save 200-300 pieces of single use plastic and polystyrene. If you get a take-away this weekend please wash the plastic containers and send them in to school. We will re-use these for serving also.Winter Show: All children come to school at the normal time on the day in full (or nearly full) costume. We will take the children to the Ardboyne for their performance. There will be plenty of space in the hall this year. Please do not start queueing too early. We do not have access to the room in advance of the show so it will be the children’s first time performing the show on the Ardboyne stage. Some patience may be required!! The Winter Show has a very special atmosphere. I encourage you to put your recording device down, to be present and to enjoy the live performance, to treasure the magic moments. If you do feel you need to...

Tin Whistle (Key of D)

  From January 2020 we will be teaching Tin Whistle to children from First to Sixth class during our curriculum Music lessons. Please buy a Tin Whistle in the Key of D and bring it to school in January. We will label each tin whistle and children will keep their whistle in school. Children can only use their own whistle etc. This could be a nice stocking filler idea for really good boys and girls…...

Team Hope Shoebox Appeal- November 2019

Well done to the wonderful Ard Rí CNS Community who came together to support Team Hope in their Shoebox Appeal. The Parent Association counted 150 gift-filled shoe boxes which will be transported to needy children in Eastern Europe and Africa over the coming weeks. We packed the shoeboxes into two cars and they are on their way to the Kells depot where they will be checked and sorted and will go from there to Dublin Port and from there by ship to their destinations. Happy...

Junior Infant Admissions September 2020

We are currently accepting Applications for Admission for Junior Infants September 2020. To be considered for the first round of offers you must return the Application Form and associated documents before 5pm on 22.11.2019. Call us on 087 1341007 today for a form. As per our Admissions Policy for Academic Year 2020-2021 we will offer places based on the following criteria:  1 Siblings of children already enrolled in the school  2 Children living in the Navan area (defined by the town speed limits)   3 All other applicants   We will apply these criteria to all applications received and notify all applicants both successful and unsuccessful by mail on Tuesday 26.11.2019.   If you have questions or require any support please contact me 087 1341007. Warm regards, Darragh Roe...