Christmas Message from the principal










 A Thuismitheoirí agus a Chairde,

Ba mhaith le múinteoirí agus foireann uillig i Bunscoil na Salíseach ár mbuíochas a ghabháil díbh ar fad as ucht an cabhair agus an tacaíocht a fuaireamar uaibh ó thús na scoil bliana go dtí an lá inniu. Tá atmaisféar álainn in ár scoil agus tagann sin ó chomhoibriú idir an scoil, na tuismitheoirí agus gan dabht na páistí.*

Thankfully, I am happy to report that during these challenging Pandemic times, our school is warm, happy, and comfortable. There is a wonderful, warm atmosphere between teachers and pupils. So much so that the Christmas elves visited and were busy at the beginning of December to ensure that our Crib, Christmas Trees, and lots of other colourful decorations were ready to glisten all around the school. These are some of the norms within the school which we continue to cherish.

On my return to school in October I wondered how the strange and alien protocols due to the COVID-19 Pandemic would affect the warmness and welcome that is the pride of Salesian PS. For this to happen Aisling Murray [Our Deputy Principal] and Claire Ryan [Assistant Principal] led the school community within a short space of time from the release of the Return to School Roadmap in late July 2020. Their efforts and personal sacrifices are the reason for our success. Parents can no longer come inside our school building or school grounds. Messages must be conveyed by telephone and email. Our website blogs [www.salesianprimary.ie] are being used along with Google Classroom to share information, pupils work and to support the pupils learning. When pupils go outside for their breaks, they have designated areas in which to play. 'Bubbles' and 'Pods' are words we now use daily. Staff, Pupils and the very few visitors to our wonderful school must wash sanitise their hands when they arrive and regularly continue do so during the day. Greetings have become waves and nods. Staff meetings, PA meetings and BoM meetings are now held via zoom or Google Meet. Various fun activities were cancelled or deferred. Sports and after school activities were cancelled. The natural order and routine of school life has been shaken to its core.

Despite all of this, I must compliment all our pupils, your children, who demonstrated amazing strength and resilience as they adapted to our new routines. Our pupils are incredibly happy which is a testament to both the co-operation of you, their parents, and the dedication of our staff. This transition to our new school routines did not happen without on-going effort and hard work. Aisling Murray [our Deputy Principal] and Claire Ryan [Assistant Principal] led the school community and worked unbelievably hard within a short space of time from the release of the DoES Return to School Roadmap in late July 2020. Our LWR team of  teacher volunteers Fiona Fitzpatrick, Mary Cahillane, Chloe Haugh and Bríd O' Malley have also ensured that our school continues to be save for learning and everyday school life. Throughout all these new procedures and changes, our teachers, SNAs and auxiliary staff have worked very conscientiously together. The implementation of our 'well-being programmes' proved successful. In addition, teachers continue to ensure that our curriculum is being taught to an excellent standard thus enabling our pupils to progress to the best of their abilities.  Our SNAs support normality for their pupils in their usual professional caring manner. Our Administrator is the heartbeat of our school and Ger Rea has been a stalwart to the whole of Salesian Community during these times. Our Cleaning Staff including Lorraine and Trish are just incredible. please know that the Salesian Team of staff want to be at school and much prefer to be at school rather than to be engaged in remote teaching and learning.

On a personal note, I wish to thank most sincerely our Board of Management, Parents' Association, Teachers, Special Needs Assistants, Administrator, Caretaking, Cleaning Staff and LWR team who have all worked hard throughout this term to keep school life enjoyable, safe and happy for all our pupils. I also wish to thank everyone involved in our school community and Parish including the Salesian Sisters, Fr McAuliffe, and Fr Ryan for their continued support during these challenging times.

Christmas is an incredibly special time as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. It is also a special time for all of us to spend time with our families. It is a time when we remember those who we have loved and lost along with those who are ill or struggling. We hope that the New Year brings hope to all.

My responsibility as Principal is to ensure that education can be safely continued in Salesian PS in the New Year. Therefore, I am reminding parents, staff, families, and pupils to comply with NPHET Guidelines during the Christmas Holidays.

Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise daoibh go léir ó fhoireann na scoile**.

Stay safe and well and we look forward to our return to school on the 6th of January 2020.

Claire Rea (Principal)

[Rough translation from Irish:

*Dear Parents and Friends, All the teachers and staff of Salesian Primary School would like to thank you all for the help and support we have received from the beginning of the school year to the present day. Our school has a beautiful atmosphere and that comes from co - operation between the school, the parents and of course the children.

** Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all from the school staff.]

Christmas Fun in Junior Infants
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