Information/correspondance from the Principal/School relevant to parents will be posted on this page.
State Examinations Commission
I refer to the announcements made by the Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Joe Mc Hugh T.D., on Friday 10th April and Friday 8th May regarding the postponement and the revised arrangements of the Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate examinations. As a result of these decision I wish to confirm that the State Examinations Commission (SEC) is refunding all candidates who have paid their examination fee for 2020.
Refunds were processed on May 26th for all candidates that paid the examination fee online. Refunds will go back to the card/account which was used to pay the fee. The process can take up to 7 days to process.
If candidates have not received the refund by June 10th , they should email us at email@example.com with their exam number.
Please bring the contents of this email to the attention of the candidates/parents/guardians.
I want to thank you for your continued co-operation and support in this regard, it is very much appreciated.
Higher Executive Officer
11/05/2020 Below are some resources to support parents.
29/04/2020 Middletown Centre for Autism
Throughout the month of May Middletown is providing a series of Webinars featuring the Centre’s specialist team and international experts: Click here for more information
24/04/2020 Fingal Children and Young Peoples Services Committees
FCYPSC have updated their site/resources.
There may be something useful for schools there.
24/04/2020 News Bites Media
Just to remind you, News Bites Media have published their curriculum-linked news magazines online with FREE ACCESS TO ALL until schools reopen. Please share with families and teachers as these magazines are loved by children and provide hours of reading, fun and quality learning for primary school children.
Families can logo on to https://www.newsmagmedia.ie/ and choose from:
The Primary Planet (9-12-year-olds)
News Flash (7-10-year-olds)
Eipic (Irish language news magazine for 11+)
Also, school-at-home activities are posted online at https://www.theprimaryplanet.ie/ every weekday morning
Barnardos has launched a national telephone support service for parents in response to the challenges they are facing during the Covid-19 pandemic. This service will be staffed by Barnardos project workers who are trained professionals
The government’s response to Covid-19 has meant that normal routines and sources of support are currently unavailable to many families.
Through our dedicated telephone support service Barnardos staff can provide support and advice to parents on the following issues:
How to talk to your children about the corona virus
Setting a good routine
Managing children’s behaviours and sibling dynamics
Managing aggression and family discord
Home schooling/managing school expectations.
Fostering natural learning opportunities in the home
Accessing fun and educational activities for families and individual children
Managing your child’s worries
Self-care for parents
Helping parents manage their own worries and anxieties
Managing children’s online activity
Barnardos also provides specialist services and support in relation to bereavement, adoption and fostering.
Message re Texaco Art Competition
All submitted artworks have been opened and categorised and Preliminary Judging has taken place. However, due to the ongoing public health crisis, we have made a decision to stop the process at this point and place matters in abeyance until it becomes safe to proceed with Final Adjudication.
Subsequently, the results of this year's Competition will be delayed until further notice and not announced to the media and posted on this website on Wednesday, 15th April 2020 as originally anticipated.
A further update will be posted here once Final Adjudication commences and the dates for our Media Reception and Awards Ceremony have been re-scheduled.
Fingal Co. Council email to schools
I hope you are all doing ok. I wanted to inform you of this great Nature Activities competition for all ages if you wish to share it in your communications or maybe post it on your website and social media that would be so great. There are a few different age categories and twenty-five €50 voucher prizes for grabs!!
The details area here.
Thank you everyone,
087 980 8507
Environmental Awareness & Climate Action Department
Fingal County Council
Agri Aware Email to Schools
Dear Parents - for your attention
Agri Aware, Ireland's agri-food educational charity has relaunched their popular primary school programme Incredible Edibles and opened it up to families to participate during this time of isolation and school closures.
Since food has been flying off the shelves in many supermarkets across Ireland, Agri Aware are encouraging families to learn all about where that food comes from and the importance of consumption of Irish fruit and vegetables, for a healthy balanced diet.
There are five tasks to complete in this Family Challenge, on topics such as food origin, identifying Irish food, planting, cooking and healthy eating week. Any parent can sign up their kids for free and on completion of the 5 tasks, may be in with a chance to win some prizes worth up to €175.
Parents are simply asked to take pictures of the worksheets given and write a simple description on what they did for each task. There are also two levels to facilitate different abilities of learning, beginner and advanced.
To sign up to this free project, or for more information, visit: www.incredibleedibles.ie
Please note: This is an add on to our school project, to adapt to current times and encourage those at home to participate in agri-food education. We would like to get as many students participating at home as possible and would greatly appreciate if you could help us spread the word by sending this out to your students if possible or sign up yourselves with your own family!
Programme and Events Manager
A parent has asked that the following letter be shared.
The Kildare Gallery is running a childrens open art competition in response to this crisis to encourage artistic creativity, originality and self expression. The competition has 4 different age categories and a category for under 18 children with special needs. We want children in Ireland to produce and submit an original piece of artwork to do with absolutely anything that interests them. We have an amazing selection of Judges below and are so grateful to them for helping out.
Art critic Cristin Leach
Art Critic Waldemar Januszczak
Artist Patrick O’Reilly
Dire Straits musician and artist John Illsley
Artist Jade Butler
Journalist Jim Carroll
The Kildare Gallery is sponsoring a prize pool with a total of €1,575. To enter email your painting or drawing to firstname.lastname@example.org check out the link below for more information.