Salesian Primary School December 2020 Newsletter

​School Closures for 2021

Follow the link below to the School Calendar to access the list of school holidays for Term 2 and Term 3.

Additional School Closures: 

As communicated earlier in the term there will be some additional closures in the new school year.

-Thursday 21st January: School closes for all pupils at 12:40pm to facilitate a staff meeting

-Thursday 29th April: School closes for all pupils at 12:40pm to facilitate a staff meeting

A Christmas Message from the Principal: 

Please follow the link below to read a Christmas message from the Principal:

Science Week

November saw the Salesian Primary School celebrate Science Week. Science Week is a nationwide festival and celebration of Science which raises awareness, sparks enthusiasm and celebrates Science through informative and fun activities. This is always a big hit in our School. Like everything this year, for Science Week we needed to think outside the box. Classes worked on individual projects, experiments and challenges within our pods and home challenges too. 1st - 6th class engaged in online virtual science shows and interactive workshops. It was fantastic to see the children buzzing with excitement and having such fun with their learning. Huge well done to everybody.

Science and Technology Laptops

Salesian Primary School would like to express our gratitude to Infinity 2 who sponsored us with two Dell laptops for the purposes of engaging with Science and Technology projects going forward.

They arrived just in time for some of our pupils to use them to access various webinars and workshops as part of Science Week. We look forward to having more opportunities to use these laptops going forward and we have no doubt that they will be hugely beneficial to all of our pupils in continuing to promote Science and Technology subjects in the future. 

'Fans in the Stands' Portraits

Limerick had a fantastic win in the all Ireland hurling final and we were very proud of the team and especially of past pupils Will O'Donoghue and Conor and Jerome Boylan. We were so delighted that 100 pupils in our school got the chance to be fans in the stand with Centra. They may not have been there in person but the children's art represented us so well. Thank you James Ryan and Centra Ireland. Luimneach Abu 💚

Symptoms of Covid

When to keep your child at home and phone your GP

Do not send your child to school or childcare if any of the following is true.

Your child has:

  • a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or more
  • any other common symptoms of COVID-19 - a new cough, loss or changed sense of taste or smell, or shortness of breath
  • been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • been living with someone who is unwell and may have COVID-19
  • an existing breathing condition that has recently got worse

This information has been taken from the HSE website. Please follow this link for further information:

Preparing for Winter

When we return to school in January windows and doors of classrooms will continue to be left open throughout the day. This helps us to maintain a constant supply of fresh air in our classrooms which is important when trying to reduce the spread of the Covid 19 infection. However, we are aware that outside temperatures could drop significantly in the coming weeks. Therefore,it is important for children to continue to wrap up well and wear additional warmer clothing coming to school. We suggest the following:

-children dress in layers rather than having only one heavy winter coat over their uniform

-girls may wear navy trousers

-fleeces are welcomed particularly if they are red or navy [note other colours are allowed this year].

Expectation of parents and visitors to our school

-Masks will be expected to be worn by all adults on school grounds
-Adults will be expected to model good sanitation habits.
-Adults will be expected to be socially distanced from each other at all times. We kindly ask that this continues outside of school gates as parents/guardians wait for their child/ren to leave the school.
-Limerick City and County Council expect that everyone will follow social distancing rules when being helped across the road by Raphael, our school warden.
-Face to face interactions will be minimised.
-Please ensure that you continue to follow NPHET guidelines over the Christmas holidays.

These guidelines are in place to ensure the health and safety of our pupils, parents and teachers. We thank you in advance for adhering to these guidelines and playing your part in helping to keep our school safe. 

The Show goes on - but not as we know it 

Mrs Dowling's 5 th class joined with Mrs Fitzpatrick / Ms O Malley's 5 th to put on the traditional Christmas show. It was a very different venture this year as it couldn't be performed on stage and much of the action had to be moved outside or recorded in separate "pods" and "bubbles" . What stayed the same though was the fun, the laughs and the enthusiasm as Salesian spirit broke through and ensured that the show went on. It brought some normality to the festive season and made us all smile a little. All of us teachers are very proud of the efforts made by 5 th class. Wishing you all a very happy Christmas.

A Special Visitor ..........

Santa Claus himself took us by surprise on Monday morning when he dropped by our school for a quick visit. He was very impressed with the work that the boys and girls were doing and left a little treat for everyone. He reminded all of the pupils to leave a carrot out for Rudolph on Christmas Eve. The boys and girls were delighted to see Santa and look forward to seeing what surprises he will leave for them all when he pays a visit to their houses on Christmas Eve,.

Reminders for Parents

  • We urge all parents to ensure that they have access to Aladdin Connect. We will continue to send important information, announcements and updates to parents via this app. If you haven't already done so please download the app. If you experience any difficulty in doing so. Please contact the school office in January. 
  • If your child has been absent from school, please update the reason for their absence via Aladdin Connect.
  • If you need to make contact with the school/ collect a child early etc...please contact the secretary in advance so that arrangements can be made for your child to be ready for you when you arrive.
  • Keep an eye on our school website for regular updates

Parents Association Message 

  • Firstly, the Parents Association would like to say a big thank you to all the staff at our school for making it fun filled and safe during this difficult year. They have went above and beyond to help everyone in the best way that they can.
  • We would like to congratulate the Salesian Sisters on the centenary.
  • We wish Sr. Frances a happy and healthy retirement.
  • We wrote to Santa to tell him that all the children in Salesian Primary have been really good and asked him if he might be able to give a little treat to everyone.
  • The Parents Association continues to work and support our school the best that we can during these uncertain times.
  • We wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and a happy and safe New year.
  • Thank you to everyone for your support during 2020

Parent Teacher Meetings

This years Parent Teacher Meetings will be held before midterm in February 2021.  

Further information will follow. 

The End of an Era - Goodbye Sr. Frances. 

As this term comes to an end, the staff and pupils of Salesian Primary School are a little sad to be saying 'goodbye' to a wonderful teacher and trusted colleague, Sr. Frances, as she retires from our school after 23 years. Sr. Frances began teaching in the infant school 'Scoil Croí Ró Naofa Íosa ' in 1997. She moved to the senior school 'Maria Auxiliatrix' in 1998 and she then joined the staff of the newly amalgamated Salesian Primary School thereafter. She is the last of the Salesian Sisters to retire from our school. 

Sr. Frances will be fondly remembered by many for her love of art and creativity. Many of us would frequently be in awe of her bright and colourful classroom displays. Sr. Frances enjoys baking and the pupils will often recall how Sr. Frances cooked pancakes with their class on Pancake Tuesday each year. This was always a big hit with the children. Sr. Frances spent many years working on various Green School Projects promoting a love for the environment among her pupils. She also looked after our school library and only just this summer spent many hours sorting boxes of books onto shelves in our new school library.

A special mass for Sr. Frances was celebrated in the Holy Rosary on December 16th followed by a wide variety of activities organised by various classes back at the school.

The staff and pupils of Salesian Primary School would like to take this opportunity to thank Sr. Frances for her commitment and dedication to Salesian Education over the past 23 years. We wish Sr. Frances a long, happy, and healthy retirement. 

Wishing you all a safe, happy and enjoyable Christmas. 

Nollaig Shona Daoibh ó Rang 6
Christmas in Room 1
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