Newsletter Volume 24, Issue 1, 10.12.20
First Holy Communion
The boys in 3rd Class will receive their First Holy Communion on Monday, 14th & Tuesday, 15th December. We wish them the very best as they prepare for this very special occasion.
As we approach Christmas, we have a number of events planned to celebrate. Due to the safety procedures in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19 within the school, we have had to make a number of changes to our traditional Christmas celebrations, but are confident that the children will enjoy the remaining days of the term. The school hall has been decorated with an Advent wreath made by some of the boys, a large crib, Christmas tree and the children’s artwork. The boys are singing carols outdoors and next week there will be a quiz for the senior classes, the children will have an opportunity to see the Helix’s online Pantomime and Santa will be calling in to visit the younger children.
Parents’ Association - Christmas Raffle
The winning tickets in the Christmas Raffle will be drawn on Friday, 18 December. Please return all tickets by Thursday morning. Tickets cost €2 each and are available from the office. Many thanks to the businesses and individuals who donated prizes, bought / sold tickets or helped in any way. There are over 30 prizes to be won!
We thank the members of the Parents’ Association for their support and co-operation during the past year, and wish them well for the coming year. We encourage parents to become actively involved in the Parents’ Association.
Non-Uniform Day – Tuesday, 22nd December
At this time of the year, the emphasis among our school community is on giving rather than on receiving. The staff and pupils will be making contributions to the Society of St Vincent de Paul. There will be a non-uniform day on Tuesday, 22nd December. Christmas jumpers are welcome (but not essential). A voluntary contribution of €2 (or more) may be brought to school. All money collected will be donated to the local St Vincent de Paul Society in Swords.
Children handling/ sharing items
In recent years, some children have brought Christmas cards for all of their classmates. Unfortunately the Covid-19 procedures advise that children do not share items with each other and sadly this extends to them sharing Christmas cards with all of their classmates. We have told the boys this and asked them to wish each other a happy Christmas without the cards, for this year.
Absence due to Illness
If your son is unwell and unable to attend school, please send the ‘Return to Educational Facility Parental Declaration From’ to his teacher on his return. This form is available from the hpsc.ie website or by following the following link: https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/guidance/educationguidance/Return%20to%20Educational%20Facility%20declaration%20form.pdf
If the illness is likely to affect other boys or staff (Covid-19, chicken pox, mumps, slapped cheek etc.) we would appreciate a phone call or email as soon as you are aware of the illness.
From time to time, we have pupils and staff members who are receiving treatment for serious illnesses and this information may be important. In addition, there are a number of common childhood illnesses which can be harmful to pregnant women. We appreciate your thoughtfulness in this regard.
Further information on common childhood illnesses is available in our Illnesses and Medications policy available on our website http://colmcilles.net/ .
Administration of Medicines
Parents and Guardians are reminded that children are not permitted to bring medicines to school without the prior written agreement of the Board of Management. If your son needs to take any prescription medicine (including inhalers, epipens etc.) during school hours, you should contact the office for a permission form. Non-prescription medicines must not be brought to school at any time.
Enrolment - Junior Infants, for School Year 2021 / 2022
Parents are advised to return completed forms accompanied by a birth certificate and proof of address by Friday, 8 January 2021. Application forms are available on our website www.colmcilles.net . Applications received after the closing date will be placed on a waiting list.
We would like to thank the teachers who rebuilt our school’s website over the past year. We are delighted with the fresh new look. We would also like to thank Dean in 5th Class who provided the drone footage of our school site.
Duty of Care / Behaviour Prior to 8.50 a.m.
This is a reminder with regard to the commencement of the School’s Duty of Care. It is important to bear in mind that parents/ guardians are responsible for their children prior to 8.50 a.m. The boys should arrive in the school grounds between 8.40 a.m. and 9.05 a.m. Pupils who arrive before 8.50 a.m. should line up in the yard with their classmates and wait for their teacher. Pupils who arrive after their class has been brought into the school, should go directly to their classrooms.
Traffic in School Grounds
Our insurers have asked that attention be drawn to the importance of preventing unauthorised access to the school grounds by people driving children to school. There is no permission for parents / guardians to drive cars into the school grounds.
Dogs in School Grounds
Dogs are not permitted in the school grounds – with the exception of guide dogs.
Face coverings to be worn in the School Grounds
All adults who come into the school grounds are required to wear a face covering in line with the Government’s guidelines.
Bicycles and Scooters in the School Grounds
For safety reasons, bicycles and scooters should not be ridden inside the school grounds. Pupils and parents who ride bicycles /scooters should walk with their bicycle or scooter while inside the school grounds.
Each year, dozens of items of school clothes are left in the Lost Property box. Many of the jumpers/ tracksuit tops do not have pupils’ names on them and therefore it is impossible to return them to their owners. Please write your son’s name on all of his belongings, including his jumper and tracksuit top in particular.
School closes for Christmas Holidays at 11:50 a.m. for Junior and Senior Infants and at 12.00 p.m. for classes from 1st – 6th on Tuesday, 22 December 2020
School re-opens at 8.50 a.m. on Wednesday, 6 January 2020.
Please note: if your son travels abroad during the Christmas break (or at any other time) he may be required to restrict his movements on his return. If he cannot return to school on 6th January, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
Dates for your Diary
Mid-term break: School closed: Monday 15 – Friday 19 February inclusive
2020 / 2021 Academic Year
Details of holidays and closures for the remainder of this school year are available on the school’s website www.colmcilles.net.
- to everyone who supported the Sponsored Jog. The amount raised was €4060. This money will be used to help purchase two touchscreen panels and two additional iPads.
- to the families and businesses who donated so many prizes for our Christmas Raffle
- to The Parents’ Association for the tremendous work they do to help our school
There has been a lovely atmosphere in the school since the boys returned in August. It has been a challenging term for us all, but the boys settled back, and got used to the new procedures very quickly. We would like to thank all families for their courtesy, support and co-operation as we endeavour to do our very best for the boys entrusted to our care. We wish you and your loved ones a very peaceful Christmas and every good wish for the New Year.
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