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SEN Padlet
SEN Padlet

We recognise that for many of our families, children may be facing additional challenges through this period of school closure. Our SEN team have therefore devised the following Padlet to support our families and learners, specifically in SEN – but could be applied to all learners in our school. To visit the Padlet, please click here.

The Padlet include ideas, information, advice and practical support on the following areas:

·         Literacy Resources

·         Numeracy Resources

·         Speech and Language

·         Fine and Gross Motor Skills

·         Sensory

·         Wellbeing

·         EAL

·         Social Skills

·         Regulation Resources

·         PEC’s, Visual Schedule and Visual Aids

·         Fun Activities

·         Supports for Parents

Message from our School
Message from our School

All our staff at St. Mary’s want to send a special message to all our students and parents this week, as we welcome back some of our students to school. So have a look at our message below…

World Book Day Resources
World Book Day Resources

World Book Day is just around the corner on March 4th.

Mrs. O’Reilly has put together a fantastic group of resources for both our junior (Junior Infants to 2nd Class) and senior (3rd to 6th Class) classes.

To have a look at the resources, click the link below:

Junior Classes Padlet of Resources

Senior Classes Padlet of Resources

Traditional Irish Musical Instrument Tutorials
Traditional Irish Musical Instrument Tutorials

Ms Geoghegan has been very busy and with help of family and friends, made these amazing traditional Irish music video tutorials. The videos introduce musical instruments, their appearance, characteristics and sounds. We are then also treated to samples of traditional reels and jigs being played on the instrument in question.

They’re a lovely resource to have and something different to add to our homeschool resources. Enjoy below.

The Irish Flute
The Banjo
The Button Accordian
Uilleann Pipes Explanation
The Uilleann Pipes Jig
The Harp
Concertina Explanation
Concertina Reel
Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2020

We normally have started our Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal at this point of the year. But like so many things, this year’s appeal will be a little different.

Due to the effects of Covid-19 restrictions, it is not possible to send gift-filled shoeboxes from Ireland this year, so we’re asking everybody within our school community and around Virginia to #TeamUpForTeamHope by donating gift-filled shoeboxes online.

We’re asking people to visit https://www.teamhope.ie/christmas-shoebox-appeal where you can donate. There’s also some really nice activities for families to digitally pack their box and decorate their box before making their donation.

You can do your shoebox any time up until 23rd December but from 9th – 15th November, Team Hope are running the Christmas Shoebox Appeal Week. We will be celebrating and sharing awareness about the appeal that week in our school.

Although this year may be different, the need for shoebox gifts is more important than ever. Help us spread the word and continue to bring joy to children affected by poverty. Each gift-filled shoebox is €20.

These donations will allow Team Hope’s network of local partners in Africa and Eastern Europe to purchase items for shoeboxes, which will then be delivered straight into the hands of children affected by poverty. Often these shoeboxes are the only gift that a child will receive at Christmas and the joy that they deliver is incredible.

Have a look at the video below to find our more about the appeal and what it means to those it serves.

End of Year Video
End of Year Video

As today was supposed to be our last day in school this school year, we’ve put together a short video to celebrate the great work, resilience and enthusiastic nature of our students and also everyone in our school community. This year has certainly been strange, demanding and quite difficult but we have come together (from a distance!) and overcome so many of the challenges the pandemic set us. Well done, everyone and we can’t wait to see everyone again soon.

Please do not share the below video via social media. It will always be available on this page.

Our Positivity Posters
Our Positivity Posters

You truly are an awesome group of pupils. We’ve had an amazing response to our Positivity Poster activity throughout the school in the last 2 weeks. We asked you to create a poster displaying a positive message to reflect how positive and resilient we have all been in these last 3 months during this strange time.

See if you can see your poster above or below. We will add all individual posters to our Activity Gallery in the coming days.

A Message from Ms Jordan
A Message from Ms Jordan
Positivity Poster
Positivity Poster

We’ve been so impressed with our pupils’ positivity and resilience during this challenging time. To celebrate this, we’re asking all our pupils to create a ‘Poster of Positivity’. We’d really love to get as many entries as possible as the final product would make a lovely end-of-year keepsake that we could put together and display here on the website and our class blog pages.

Your poster could contain a positive message, slogan or quote and a picture to go with it – something that makes you smile. It could contain drawings of things, activities or people that have brought you happiness during this time. We’ve included some sample slogans you could use below but feel free to make up your own of course! Be as creative as you’d like.

Please send us a photo or scan of the poster to your class teachers at the usual addresses by Friday 19th June.

Junior Infants – juniorinfantsteachers@virginians.ie

Senior Infants – seniorinfantsteachers@virginians.ie

1st Class – 1stclassteachers@virginians.ie

2nd Class – 2ndclassteachers@virginians.ie

3rd Class – 3rdclassteachers@virginians.ie

4th Class – 4thclassteachers@virginians.ie

5th Class – 5thclassteachers@virginisns.ie

6th Class – 6thclassteachers@virginians.ie

The DEN – denteacher@virginians.ie

Every class will be putting their posters together to make one big collage of positivity that truly represents how strong and adaptable our fantastic pupils are! We look forward to seeing your entries.

Sample slogans and quotes for your poster:

  • Keep smiling!
  • Keep calm and carry on.
  • Difficult roads often lead to beautiful places.
  • “Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.” – John Wooden
  • “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene

Amber Flag Award
Amber Flag Award

St. Mary’s N.S. has recently been awarded the Pieta House Amber Flag for promoting Positive
Mental Health in our school for the school year 2019-2020. We set and achieved goals
throughout the year.

We established a Healthy Minds Committee with pupils from 1st to 6th class. We had monthly
meetings with the Healthy Minds Committee where the pupils discussed ideas for promoting
mental health and wellbeing in our school. They worked very hard during the year.

We ran a Jersey Day for World Mental Health Day in October 2019, where we raised money for
Pieta House. We ran a Health and Wellbeing Week in January 2020. We had lots of activities
incorporating mental health, wellness and mindfulness. We also ran a Health and Wellbeing
Poster Competition as part of Wellbeing Week. We also have a Health and Wellbeing
noticeboard in the corridor, which we added to each term and displayed the winning posters.

Thank you to Mrs Brennan, Ms Lawlor, Mrs McHugh, Mrs O’Reilly, Ms McLean, Mrs Clerkin, Ms
O’ Reilly, Ms Olwill and Ms Gilcreest who were the staff Amber Flag Committee members.

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