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Engineers week - Challenge 1 - Design a zip line for a Lego minifigure / doll

posted by Owen Breslin

Hi everyone
This week is Engineers week. Every class is participating and many classes are taking on engineering challenges during the week.
Today you are being challenged to design and build your own zip line capable of carrying a small figure such as a Lego mini figure or a doll. 

Please watch the following videos for some ideas. 

zipline.mp4


Please send any possible solutions to your teacher via Google classroom or seesaw or by email to Mr breslin admin@scoilshinchill.com



Updated parent advice from HSE

posted Feb 26, 2021, 8:35 AM by Owen Breslin


Planned school reopening and updated covid - response plan

posted Feb 26, 2021, 8:32 AM by Owen Breslin

Dear Parents,

I hope you are keeping well. As you are aware, The Department of Education announced the phased return of children to schools, which will begin next Monday, March 1st, for pupils from Junior Infants to 2nd Class. The pupils in 3rd - 6th Class will continue to work remotely, as per government guidelines and will return on March 15th. Please note that children who are due to return to school on Monday 1st March will no longer be facilitated with remote teaching and learning if they do not return to school, unless the have  previously been categorised in the very high risk category

We will be forwarding more information in the coming days and parents will be required to familiarise themselves with the latest health and safety guidelines regarding Covid 19. Our school's Updated Covid Response Plan is available on our school website here. All drop off and collection times and procedures that were in place before Christmas will resume next week. It is extremely important that all guidelines are adhered to and that there is absolutely no congregating of adults outside the school gates in the morning/evening. Children displaying any symptom of Covid 19 MUST not attend school and we will be calling parents to collect any child that is unwell. Please do not send your child to school if a family member is displaying signs or symptoms of Covid. If in doubt, we encourage you all to seek medical advice as we need to be cautious in order to stop the spread of the virus. The safety of the whole school community is everyone's responsibility and we all need to be vigilant in implementing current health and safety advice.

Parents will be requested to submit a Return to School Declaration for each child when they are returning to school. This declaration will be available on the Aladdin Connect App in the coming days.

The school lunch service will be operation form Monday 1st for those wishing to avail of the service.

If you have any queries you can email me at sandra.sheeran@scoilshinchill.com or call the school, 0579344349, as we are currently back in school.

Looking forward to seeing all your children back in school in the coming weeks.

Kind regards,

Sandra Sheeran


Updated Covid response plan is available here

Best of luck Jack

posted Feb 22, 2021, 2:14 AM by Owen Breslin

We would like to send our 3rd class pupil, Jack McDermott our very best wishes as he has undertaken a fundraiser for Crumlin Hospital Day unit. Jacks aim is to walk 150km in the 28 days of February and he has already collected a fantastic sum of money. We are very proud of your efforts Jack and we encourage you all to donate at the following link. https://gofund.me/2de81275

Midterm Break

posted Feb 16, 2021, 12:09 PM by Owen Breslin

I am sure you are all looking forward to Mid Term and a break from remote learning for a few days. 

Wishing everyone a happy, relaxing and safe midterm break. Thank you for the tremendous effort with remote learning. Enjoy a well earned rest from school work and we will see you all online again on Monday 22nd February.

Tugaigí aire agus coinnigí slán.

Sandra Sheeran 


Midterm Break


Safer Internet Day 2021

posted Feb 9, 2021, 9:08 AM by Owen Breslin

Over the last year, thanks to restrictions placed on everyone due to Covid-19, we are all finding ourselves using technology in ways that we never before envisioned. Technology has enabled us all to stay going as much as possible, from the young using technology for distance learning, to adults working from home and everyone using technology to stay in touch with friends and loved ones we are unable to visit.

It is also, perhaps, the perfect time to think about our safe use of technology and in particular how our children are using it. Today is  Safer Internet Day and we are asked to think about how we can use technology safely. Common issues that can crop up for our children may include

  • overuse of smartphones, tablets, gamesystems - do we need to take a break? 
  • keeping our identity safe online - personal information should always be kept personal, do I know what my child shares online?
  • who is my child communicating with online? do I know the people that my child is actually communicating with?
  • digital footprint - what are they sharing online? is the material appropriate?
  • what to do if they see something inappropriate or something that makes them feel uncomfortable?
  • what apps are appropriate? everyday more and more new apps appear, which ones are safe for my child to use?
The most important advice we can give is to foster a healthy relationship with your child in relation to the safe use of technology. Do not ban a device straight away, discuss any issues with your child. Help them to see any potential dangers. Let them know the importance of open discussion of issues relating to technology. Also make sure they are aware of their responsibilities to act appropriately. 

There is a wealth of advice out there about how we can try and stay safe online.  We have included a number of resources below you may find interesting.







Catholic Schools Week 2021 - Grandparents day

posted Jan 27, 2021, 2:44 AM by Owen Breslin

This week is Catholic Schools Week 2021. While we can not celebrate it in school this year, Fr John joined us this morning for a virtual celebration via the Killeigh parish facebook page and www.Killeigh.com parish website. 

We are very grateful to Fr John for including our school in the celebration of the mass. In his final song he encouraged us all to "Do what you do, do well".  What wonderful advice for everyone from a person who does well, what he does. We pray with him for anyone in the parish who is unwell at this moment in time. 

Move to Distance learning - Message from Ms Sheeran

posted Jan 7, 2021, 6:52 AM by Owen Breslin

Dear Parent,

I hope you are all keeping safe and well and that the children are enjoying the snow. 

Yesterday evening’s government announcement of mainstream school closures for the rest of January was something we had all hoped we could avoid and it is with heavy hearts that we return to the most severe restrictions for our school community.

We hope that this closure will be a very temporary one and that we will reopen again in a short few weeks when the transmission rate has greatly reduced and it is safer for us all to come together again.

While nothing can equal face-to-face teaching and learning, the preparatory work that has been
done since September in training and familiarising both staff and students with Seesaw, Google Classroom and Myon, as well as the development of our school’s Remote Learning Policy last October means that we are in a better position now to cope with the closure period ahead. 

This groundwork,  along with the excellent routines that were established during the last school closure, mean that students should adjust to this period of remote learning ahead with ease and with a shorter adjustment period. The fact that we now have a vaccine means that there is a lot of light at the end of the tunnel, and thankfully, that an end is in sight.

Our staff will be meeting remotely in order to finalise plans for distance learning over the the coming weeks and we will be in contact tomorrow with more details as to how we will proceed from Monday 11th.

Each week, work will be prepared for all classes and sent home at the begining of each week along with daily work and activities which will be available on Seesaw and Google Classroom. Teachers will be available daily to offer additional support, give feedback, and answer any questions you may have,  via email. They will be engaging with children's work each day via Seesaw and Google Classroom.We hope to be able to manage this as seamlessly as possible.

Over the past few months we have been monitoring children's  engagement with online aspect of homework and almost all children and families have been accessing online learning with ease. However, if you have any difficulty engaging with remote learning as a result of not having technology/ access to a device in the home, please contact me (email below) as soon as possible and we will try to support you in this matter.

We, like many of you, will be juggling childcare, work and remote learning and so would ask for your understanding and patience with regard to home-school communication and responses outside of working hours. 

All general enquiries should be emailed to office@scoilshinchill.com or for other queries my email is sandra.sheeran@scoilshinchill.com

Keep safe and please adhere to public health and safety guidelines. Hopefully we will see a decrease in the numbers of cases of Covid 19 and we look forward to returning to school when it is safe to do so.

With every best wish for the New Year and sending our kindest regards to all, 

Sandra Sheeran

Christmas Panto

posted Dec 18, 2020, 8:22 AM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Dec 20, 2020, 12:32 PM ]

Christmas Panto

The children and staff had a fabulous day at the Panto and we were treated to a surprise visit

from one of the stars of the show Buddy, who is played by local man, Colin Hughes.

We are definitely in the festive spirit in Killeigh N.S, and we are counting down to Tuesday.




panto







Christmas Raffle prize winners

posted Dec 18, 2020, 8:17 AM by Owen Breslin

Christmas Raffle

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our Christmas Raffle. A staggering €2,758  was raised and all monies raised will go towards school funds. 

Like everything else this year, the draw was held virtually. All classes and our Parents Association tuned in online, via Zoom.

The lucky winners were:

1st Prize: Ryan Daly (2nd Class)

2nd Prize: Conor Condron (5th Class)

3rd Prize: Cormac Staunton (6th Class)

4th Prize: Cian Brophy (3rd Class)

5th Prize: Killian Murray (4th Class)

6th Prize: Patrick Gallagher (2nd Class)

7th Prize: Evan O' Brien (Senior Infants)

8th Prize: Maeve O' Halloran

A huge thank you to our supportive Parents Association for organising and donating prizes towards the raffle. 

Due to restrictions, the raffle had to be organised online we would like to sincerely thank Stacey, in the office, for administering and coordinating the raffle,

and distributing a huge amount of tickets.

 

Christmas Panto

The children and staff had a fabulous day at the Panto and we were treated to a surprise visit

from one of the stars of the show Buddy, who is played by local man, Colin Hughes.

We are definitely in the festive spirit in Killeigh N.S, and we are counting down to Tuesday.

Photos are available on our school website

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