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...

Ard Rí CNS on Seesaw

Check your child’s school bag for a ‘Seesaw- Home Learning Code’ If you did not receive a code please complete this consent form and we will get you set up as soon as possible: Online Learning Consent Form Signing into your Seesaw account is very straightforward: Go to https://app.seesaw.me on a computer or install the Seesaw Class App on an iOS or Android device Choose ‘I’m a Student’ Scan the QR Code or type in the manual code (available on your child’s sheet) when prompted We will be using Seesaw to support home learning. We will be merging Seesaw and traditional homework. We will be using Seesaw for some homework tasks each week; e.g. children will link to an approved website to practice literacy or numeracy skills or to upload a photo of their work or inquiry based learning to their portfolio. We have listened to your feedback. We will refer to text books and we will avoid any tasks where families have to print off worksheets etc. From time to time children will access their Seesaw portfolio on school devices. We will also be using Seesaw to support your child’s learning in the event of a class being asked by HSE to restrict their movements. Again, we will aspire to distribute textbooks where possible. Seesaw is a portfolio of your child’s learning. If you want to link in with your child’s class teacher please do so by emailing the office on [email protected] If you do not have access to a computer please contact the office and we will support...