Salesian Primary School October 2020 Newsletter

A Message from the Board of Management 

As the eighth week of our school being reopened draws to a close, the Board of Management of Salesian Primary School wishes to thank everyone for their support to date. We are glad that the Salesian philosophy of loving kindness and respect is still strong in the school.

We are very proud of the work that the management team has undertaken since last March. A huge amount of administrative work and physical changes to the school has had to happen to ensure the safety of staff, pupils and their families. They are to be commended for everything that has been achieved. That our pupils continue to be at the core of every safety and learning decision implemented by the staff in the Salesian Primary School makes us particularly proud.

Our school's celebrations of the religious sacraments of Communion and Confirmation have been very different this year, and yet this has made them extra special. It is important in these times to mark milestones in our pupils' lives, so we are very glad that these have happened.

Traditions and celebrations are important to us all here in Salesian PS. We are delighted to have been able to support our school's new fundraising efforts during Mission Week. Charity has always been cherished here. More so, we look forward to supporting the teachers in their quest to add familiar traditions and celebrations where possible throughout this school year.

As our society enters another lockdown for 6 weeks, we will continue to support our school community to keep our school open. Parents / guardians are asked to play their part. Please ensure your adherence to all the HSE guidelines. This means no one visiting the school is allowed on the campus without a mask and we ask that you observe social distancing guidelines by standing at an appropriate distance of 2 metres apart even outside of the gates.

A lot of our school community are nervous during this time and by us all doing our bit, it will alleviate some of their worries.

Please let us work together as a community to keep our pupils in school and to protect our vulnerable community members.

Thank you all for your continued support of our school.

Board of Management of Salesian Primary School 

October Midterm Break

​Our school will be closed from Monday 26th October until Friday 30th October. School reopens on Monday 2nd of November.

First Holy Communion and Confirmation 2020

Congratulations to our Communion and Confirmation classes who finally had the opportunity to receive the sacraments, which were postponed earlier in the year due to Covid restrictions. Although the children had to wait a little longer than usual to celebrate their special day, and celebrations may have been a little different, it didn't dampen their spirits. They are a credit to themselves, their parents and their families and we are very proud of them all. Well done to all involved and thank you to Fr. Ryan and Fr. Mc Auliffe for organising the ceremonies. 

Google Classroom

Google Classroom has been rolled out across all of the classrooms since the end of September. All class teachers are using Google Classroom as a way of communicating weekly homework assignments to their classes. We hope you are becoming more familiar with this platform as the weeks go on and that you are finding it useful. Please note, should we find ourselves in a situation whereby classes in our school are asked by the HSE to restrict their movements, Google Classroom will be used to engage and interact with pupils during this period, offering continuity of learning for our pupils. Therefore, if you have not yet succeeded in successfully setting up your child's Google Classroom account please email your child's class teacher from Monday Nov 2nd in order to set up relevant access for your child.

​Preparing for the Winter months: 

Throughout the coming winter months, windows and doors of classrooms will be left open throughout the day. This helps us to maintain a constant supply of fresh air in our classrooms which is necessary when trying to reduce the spread of the Covid 19 infection. Therefore, we feel that it is important for children 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 [going forward] may wear navy trousers

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

These options will be reviewed as the winter weather arrives. 

Symptoms of Covid 19

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:

  • Expectation for parents/ guardians 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.

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. 

Mission Week 

Traditionally, this past week has been an annual highlight in the Salesian Calendar where the boys and girls would have been involved in a wide variety of events such as Bingo, school disco and the ever popular Bake Sale to raise money for very worthy causes as part of Mission Week. Therefore, although some changes had to be made, it was important to us to keep this tradition going this year. Teachers planned and organised in-class events such as a class Discos, Bingo and Cinema Experience to replace our usual whole school events. Children were also invited to participate in Halloween Costume / Colours Day this Friday.

This year our chosen charities are:

1. Sr. Helen Hartnett, Daughter of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), who works with children who live in squatter camps outside Johannesburg in South Africa.

2.The Ennis Road Community First Responders who come to the school annually to teach CPR to our 6th classes and to train our teachers in First Aid and CPR.

This year funds will be collected:

- Using a GoFundMe collection, please follow the link:

Your support for these very worthy causes is very much appreciated.

Salesian Sisters centenary celebrations

Today, Friday the 23rd of October marks a very special day in our school as we celebrate the centenary of our Salesian Sisters here in Limerick and Ireland. Each class has lots of special activities planned for today to highlight this historic occasion with the pupils. Keep an eye out on the school blog for snapshots of some of the exciting activities which children engaged in throughout the day today. The staff, pupils and wider school community wish to congratulate the Salesian Sisters on this their centenary celebration and thank them for all they have done for the Salesian community over these past 100 years.

Farewell to the Salesian Sisters

For many years, we in Salesian Primary school, have been privileged to be neighbours to the extraordinary sisters of  the Salesian Convent, Fernbank. Today, we are sad to say goodbye to the Salesian Sisters as they prepare to leave Fernbank. So many of them have inspired us with their spirit, and helped us by sharing their many talents with us. It has always been a pleasure to meet smiling faces as we passed by, on our way in and out of school. The pupils, staff and wider school community would like to thank the Salesian Sisters for all they have been to us and we wish them well in their future homes.  

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.

-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.

-Requisites and book rental for the Year 2020/2021 are now due. Please note that all payments will be made through Aladdin Connect. Please contact the school directly if you have any concerns in relation to this.

-Keep an eye on our school website/ Facebook/ Twitter for regular updates. 

Parent's Association Message

Every parent / guardian of a pupil enrolled in Salesian Primary School is an automatic member of the Parents' Association.

Each year a committee representing the Parents / Guardians is elected by them.

Our present PA committee works with the Board of Management and the management of the school to develop the school for the benefit of our pupils.

They will soon share via a school information email how communication and meetings will occur during this year. 

Parent Teacher Meetings

With agreement from the BoM, this years Parent Teacher Meetings will be held in February 2021,

Further information will follow. 


The Staff of Salesian Primary School, wish to offer their sincere sympathies to Sr. Frances Beggan, the Beggan family and all the Salesian Sisters on the recent passing of Sr. Brigid Beggan. Sr Brigid, a former teacher in the Salesian Junior School was admired by her colleagues for her dedication, compassion and commitment to all the pupils she taught. In more recent years, she also volunteered to lead the 'Joy Club' in Salesian Primary School with her sister Sr Frances. In the past, Sr Brigid spent time in Thailand as a missionary so we have decided to dedicate our school's Mission efforts to her memory this year. We will miss her greatly. May she Rest In Peace.

Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable midterm break.

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