Salesian Primary School Easter Newsletter 2021


​New School Calendar 2021-2022

The following is the list of the school holidays for the school year 2021/2022.

New School Year Begins: School Reopens: Wednesday 1st September
October Mid Term: School Closed: Monday, 25th - Friday 29th October
School re-opens: Monday, 1st November
Christmas:School Closed: Wednesday, 22nd Dec @12 noon

School Reopens: Thursday, 6th Jan 2022

February Mid Term:School Closed: Monday, 21st - Friday 25th
School Reopens: Monday, 28th February.
St. Patrick's Day:

School Closed: Thursday, 17th & Friday 18th Mar.
School Reopens: Monday, 21st, March

Easter Holiday:School Closed: Friday, 8th April @ 12 noon
School Reopens: Monday, 25th April
May Bank Holiday:School Closed: Monday, 2nd May

School Reopens: Tuesday, 3rd May

June Bank Holiday:School Closed: Monday, 6th June
School Reopens: Tuesday, 7th June
Summer Holidays :Closing on: Thursday, 30th June @ 12 noon

Current School Calendar: 

A copy of the school calendar for the remainder of this school year can be found on the school website by following this link:

Dates for you Diary:

Please note that the school will be closed on the following dates:

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

-May Bank Holiday:School Closed: Friday, 30th April AND Monday, 3rd May

-June Bank Holiday:School Closed: Monday, 7th AND Tuesday, 8th

-Summer Holidays:Closing on: Friday, 25th June @ 12:00pm.

An Easter Message from the Principal 

Thank you to every member of our amazing school community for making our time since January 2021 so vibrant and happy despite all of the obstacles which were placed in our way.

It is honestly a privilege to be part of this fabulous Salesian Primary School. Let us all take a moment to proudly reflect upon the wonderful effort put in by each and every family with the dedicated support of teachers and SNAs to continue providing opportunities for their child's (and in many cases children's) remote learning. The Board of Management, Ms Murray and I are very appreciative of our whole staff team who continue working diligently for the sole benefit of your children every day.

I, at times, wonder as to how we made it appear so seamless? There has been a tremendous amount of work put into getting the school up and running again in order to ensure that the warm, enthusiastic and welcoming environment of which we are very proud continues to be our in-school reality. Thank you to all of our behind the scenes colleagues.

Now that your homes return to being family spaces again, please enjoy them.

With the optimism that spring and Easter evoke, we may look forward to returning to school together again on Monday the 12th April, 2021.

In the meantime, I wish you all a holy and happy Easter.

Ms Claire Rea


Highlights from Term 2 

Engineers Week

March saw the Salesian Primary School celebrate Engineers Week. Engineers Week is a nationwide event which aims to demonstrate the importance of engineering in our lives and what engineering is for young people. Engineers Week is always met with great enthusiasm, fun and excitement by all of the pupils and although this year our plans were a little more restricted than usual, we still managed to capture the inspiring world of engineering among our pupils. The STEM challenges which were presented to classes were a big hit both in school and at home, as some of our pupils continued to work remotely at this point. A big thank you to all of you who helped to engage your children in these projects within the home environment. Some of our classes also had the opportunity to attend online shows and workshops which captured various elements of engineering at an age appropriate level. Well done to everyone on yet another successful Engineers Week here in Salesian Primary School.

World Book Day

World Book Day is an annual highlight in our school to celebrate our love of reading. This year was no different and on Thursday 4th March we all enjoyed a day of fun and literature! The creativeness and enthusiasm of our staff and pupils was electric! Everyone enjoyed lots of diverse activities in classrooms and at home, from writing books and dramatising books, to listening to interviews by our favourite authors and illustrators, online book clubs, book reviews, chatting about our favourite books/characters, and good old story telling sessions. Children love to read and love being read to. It supports their wellbeing, helping them to relax and feel happy. In addition it improves their literacy skills which in turn helps their learning in all other subjects. At home, reading aloud to children, encouraging them to read, chatting to them about books, helping them to access interesting books, all helps to nurture life long readers with a deep love of reading. See our school blog for reading recommendations. For young and old 'reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are' (Mason Cooley)!

Seachtaine na Gaeilge

Seachtaine na Gaeilge is another annual highlight for us here at Salesian Primary School and this year was no different. The focus of this week was to highlight our Irish culture, heritage and traditions while also encouraging our pupils to use their 'cúpla focal' as much as possible throughout the week. Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste, ná Béarla cliste i rith Seachtain na Gaeilge! There were lots of music, art and dance activities, games such as BINGÓ, as well as storytime and Yoga as Gaeilge organised across the class levels. Sending a huge 'Go raibh míle maith agaibh' to all of our pupils who took part in our 'Lá Glás' on Tuesday March 16th along with a big 'bualadh bos' to all of the parents for your encouragement and cooperation for this event. Bhí spórt agus spraoi ag na páistí!

Bravo Ger!

History was made recently when our very own caretaker, Ger Purcell set a new Guinness World Record and became the world's oldest ice-mile swimmer. Ger completed the challenge which involved competitors swimming non-stop for a mile in waters below 5 degrees Celsius in just over 43 minutes. He became famous overnight after completing the swim in the River Shannon, making news headlines all over the world. 

The staff, pupils and wider school community of Salesian Primary School would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to him on this outstanding achievement. We are so proud to have a Guinness World Record holder working amongst us.

Not only is Ger our school caretaker but he is a proud husband, father, and grandfather, with 4 of his grandchildren currently attending school here in Salesians. We have no doubt that Holly, Shane, Lucy, and Sarah are so proud of their grandad's magnificent success.

What an inspiration you are for us all Ger! We hope you get to enjoy a few slightly more relaxed swims in the sea at Kilkee soon.

Wellbeing during the Easter Holidays

The Easter holidays are usually a time for celebrating with friends and family. However, this year, due to continued social restrictions, we are not able to celebrate Easter in the same way as we normally would. It is important to be mindful of our mental and physical health during this time and plan individual and family activities which will boost our overall Wellbeing.

Below are a list of ideas and activities for you and your family to do over the Easter holidays to make the most of this well deserved break!

Family cooking: Why not have a family cook off! The Change4Life website has lots of fantastic recipes which are easy for children to follow.

Gardening: Did you know you can make an edible garden from food scraps? To find out more, go to the Rural Sprout website.

At home craft ideas: If you need inspiration for things to do with your children over the Easter holidays, the Suntrap Centre has a wide range of fun, education ideas you can do with your family at home.

Keeping active: As the weather begins to improve, it is important to keep active. Keeping active is not only beneficial for our physical health but our mental health too. Some physical activity ideas include: Joe Wicks' PE lessons, Zumba, and Cosmic Kids Yoga. Kids can also keep active with Disney's 10-minute shake-up games and Disney Dance-Alongs. You could also head for a walk within your 5km local radius and spend time observing the changes Spring is bringing!

5 minute fun: This website is packed full of brilliant ideas to keep children entertained. There is a range of baking, learning and craft ideas that make use of things you already have lying around the house.

Relaxation: Lockdown and continued restrictions are extremely difficult for everyone. There are lots of relaxation activities like mindfulness, meditation, breathing exercises and yoga which can all be helpful for reducing stress and anxiety. Visit Niall Breslin's YouTube page which has lots of recordings to help children relax and become more mindful. and You can also find a range of activities for children on the Save the Children website. Adults can visit the HSE website for tips and advice on relaxation and stress management.

Symptoms of Covid

Parents are reminded of school policy in relation to children with symptoms of COVID-19:

  • DO NOT send your child to school if:
    • they are close contacts of a person with COVID19, are awaiting a test or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
    • they are identified by the HSE as a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19
    • they live with someone who has symptoms of the virus
    • they have travelled outside of Ireland; In such instances parents are advised to consult and follow latest Government advice in relation to foreign travel

Parents are requested to cooperate with any public health officials and the school for contact tracing purposes and follow any public health advice in the event of a case or outbreak in the school. 

Reminders for Parents 

Parents/ Guardians are reminded that you play a role in maintaining a safe environment for our school community in the following ways:

-Do not congregate at or near school - gates are only open from 8:40 each morning; please do not gather before this time.

-Only parents of pupils in Junior Infants are permitted to enter the premises in the mornings @ 8:40 and they must wear a mask.

-Parents of pupils in Junior and Senior Infants are permitted to enter the school yard at 1:30 to collect their children and they must wear a mask.

-Parents are asked to be respectful of other members of the school community outside of the gate. Please practice social distancing and if in close contact with others on the footpath consider mask wearing. Please be aware that some children are being collected by older family members and some parents / guardians are sharing homes with members of their family who are vulnerable at this time.

-Parents of pupils in 1st class are permitted to enter the grounds at 2:20 to collect their children and they must wear a mask.

-Communication with the school at this time is only by phone at 061 455442 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or with the Class Teacher via Google Classroom.

-Keep an eye on our school website for regular updates

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. Thank you for your cooperation to date. 

Parents Assosciation Message

Firstly we would like to say thank you to all the staff for a safe return to school.

Well done and a big congratulations to the teachers and staff for their support, encouragement and guidance during homeschooling. It wasn't easy but we got there in the end.

Well done to Gerry our caretaker on his recent Guinness World Record. He is an inspiration to us all.

As we look forward to next term, hopefully we might get the time to enjoy a few activities with the boys and girls before the summer holidays.

On behalf of the Parents Association I would like to wish you all a safe and happy Easter. 

Suzanne Browne. 

Chairperson of the Salesian PS' Parents Assosciation. 

Message from the Chairperson

As we come to the end of another stressful term, I would like to wish you all, pupils, teachers and all school staff, a very happy Easter.

Thank you all for complying with the regulations and restrictions which have been put in place for the safety of everyone. These are the right things to do, but they are not the easy things to do, and I think everyone deserves great praise for complying in such a positive and cheerful manner.

I hope you all have a nice break (and eat plenty of chocolate) and that the next term will see things look brighter for the whole country, as vaccines start to work and all of our lives start the journey back to normality.

Enjoy the break and thanks again.

All the best,


Chairperson of the Salesian PS' BoM

Return to Education Forms

In order for pupils to remain in their classes ALL schools are obliged to have a record of completed Return to Education Declaration Forms. Therefore, All parents / Guardians must complete the Return to Education Form for their child before the child returns to school after EVERY absence i.e. after remote learning, a holiday or an illness.This may be completed via the Aladdin App.

Alternatively if a parent / guardian has difficulty accessing the Aladdin App. An email may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. which includes the following wording:

"I have no reason to believe that my child has an infectious disease and that I have followed all medical and public health guidance with respect to the exclusion of my child from educational facilities."

Wishing you all a safe, happy and enjoyable Easter. 

Easter Celebrations in Miss Haugh’s Class.
Length in 2nd Class
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