Newsletter 26th May

Covid Update
Vaccinations are progressing well which is great news. Unfortunately the pandemic is not over and the risk of transmission and disruption in the school community remains. There are currently three primary schools in the Carlow area with classrooms closed because of the virus. Please continue to follow public health guidelines at all times. Thank you all.

Bishop Denis Nulty has requested that in line with public health advice, there be no Communion or Confirmation ceremonies held this school year. While not unexpected, it still disappointing news. Arles Parish will monitor the situation with a view to organising these ceremonies as soon as is practicable, perhaps holding Confirmation in late summer and Communion before Halloween. This is a tentative plan and of course it is subject to change.

Reducing Anxiety in Children aged 4-14 Years
Free Zoom Webinar for Parents

Laois Education Centre in partnership with the Triple P Parenting Programme are delivering a Fear-Less webinar which will offer Parents of children 4 – 14 years of age tips and strategies to help their children manage their anxiety and provide practical evidence-based tips for parents and carers in these uncertain times.

Parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic is a unique challenge for all parents, caregivers and families. Children and parents are anxious, and families are under pressure like never before. Being a parent to a child/teenager who is experiencing anxiety can be tough.

Tuesday 29th June 2021
Facilitator: Deirdre Dowling, Triple P Practitioner
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Supporting Transitions from Primary School to Post-Primary School
This information webinar in collaboration with the National Parents Council will explore some of the key elements in preparing your child for post-primary school. For first time parents, the session will give you an understanding of what secondary school is like. We’ll look at ways in which parents can support their child through this time bearing in mind that going to First Year also coincides with adolescence for a young person.

The session will also give a brief overview of the Junior Cert and provide some website links where parents can keep on top of developments as their child moves forward. Furthermore, we will briefly look at the structure of parent/teacher meetings, home school communication and people your child might meet in post primary school.

Wednesday 2nd June 2021
7.30 – 9pm
Facilitator: Helen Mortimer, National Parents Council
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As some of you already know, Ms. Claire Cotter (Deputy Principal) will be retiring at the end of June after 42 years in Ballylinan. Her huge contribution to the life of the school will be recognised in the coming weeks. The Board of Management has appointed Mrs. Aileen Hurley to take up the position of Deputy Principal when Ms. Cotter retires.

Please remind your child to take care if they are walking on the footpath from the school to the church. This can be very busy and it is all too easy for a child to step onto the road into the path of a car. Please take care. Thank you for your support as always.

Newsletter 10th May

Covid Update
Please continue to adhere to public health guidelines and thank you for your cooperation. A Department of Education inspection last week found that we are doing everything we can to reduce the risk of transmission within the school. There is steady progress being made on the vaccine front and our grandparents and older fmaily members are being protected. Think for a moment however about all the pupils, their parents and the school staff (roughly 500 people). Almost none has been vaccinated yet. While the risks of serious health consequences are lower in younger age groups, the risk of disruption to the school (through enforced absences) remains. We have come so far this year with minimal disruption; let’s see it through to the end of the school year. Thanks again.

It feels like the school has been running in black and white this year. So much of our time and energy continues to be focused on just keeping things running safely. A little colour is returning with rugby and football coaching resuming for some classes. We are hoping to resume swimming and many other activities in the autumn if we continue to suppress the virus.

Unfortunately it looks like First Communion will not take place until the autumn. There is an outside chance of Confirmation taking place in June, but it is unlikely. If there is any update we will let you know immediately.

Táimid fós ag déanamh iarracht níos mó Gaeilge a úsáid i rith an lae. We’re trying to use a little more Irish during the day. Listen to some of our efforts. Bainigí triail as!

Enrolments are completed for next year. If you know of anyone who hasn’t contacted us or may be moving to the area, please let us know immediately, thank you.

Smart Devices
A reminder that phones, tablets etc. are not necessary for children during the day. In exceptional circumstances if they need to be brought, they must be turned off and handed to the class teacher in the morning.

Orders will soon be taken for September, we aim to organise it online. Details to follow.