We are safely back to school and now that we are into the third week it is obvious that children are enjoying coming to school and engaging with their teacher and friends.
I want to assure you that our dedicated staff is following HSE Guidelines, promoting sanitizing hands, washing hands, doing temperature checks, keeping classes in their designated areas at breaktimes and checking CO2 monitors to ensure proper ventilation in all classrooms. Noeleen and Teresa, our school cleaners are working hard to keep the school clean and Myles, our caretaker mists the school twice a week.
Our new and returning staff members are as follows:
Junior Infants- Ms Aideen Smyth
Senior Infants- Ms Shauna Doherty
First Class- Ms Maria O’ Rourke
Second Class- Ms Laura Halpenny
Third Class- Ms Selina Moore
Fourth Class- Ms Lambert
Fourth Class- Ms Patrice Bermingham
Fifth Class- Mr David McComish
Sixth Class- Mr Daire Smyth
SEN Staff- Ms Sara Loughran- Infant Corridor
Ms Chloe McArdle- Middle Corridor
Ms Liz Keane- Senior Corridor
Supply Panel Teachers- Mr Robert Griffin
Ms Louise Haran
Ms Yvonne Sheils
Confirmation for Sixth Class 2021 took place on Saturday, 4th September. I thank Fr Patrick McEnroe P.P. for a beautiful ceremony, sacristan and volunteers, Kevin, Marion, Catríona and Róisín for giving their time and help on the day and musicians, Ms Sara Loughran and Mr Pete Loughran for enhancing the ceremony. I would especially like to thank class teacher, Ms Keane for her dedication and commitment to preparing Sixth Class for Confirmation this year. It was a wonderful community occasion. We look forward to celebration First Communion with Second Class 2020 and Ms Selina Moore on Saturday, 25th September.
The Parents’ Council
The Parents’ Council has been fantastic in supporting the school in promoting many projects such as Healthy Eating with Fruit /Veg Days, fundraising Walks to provide the finances for School Wish List in June and I thank the many parents who have approached the school with offers of books, secondhand uniforms, fundraising ideas etc. It is obvious that we are all looking for ways to enhance the learning for the children.
Primary Language Curriculum Focus
Thank you to the parents who filled in the Parents’ Questionnaire in June re your child’s Reading Experience and Reading Preferences. The Primary Language Curriculum focus for St Peter’s School is Engagement and Motivation in Literacy for English and Irish. Your child will be aware of D.E.A.R.- Drop Everything and Read to encourage reading on a daily basis. The information from the questionnaire will inform teachers on providing suitable reading material for all ages and abilities. We ask you to support this by reading to/with your child, asking them questions and discussing what they read. If you have the time please join them in Dundalk/Ardee Libraries. We will also be focusing on Gaeilge- Words in their school environment so child will be aware of focail agus frásaí in use throughout the school.
Foghlaim – Cairdeas – Spraoi
Thank you for preparing your child for a great start to School Year 2021-22. The school motto- Foghlaim, Cairdeas, Spraoi – Learning, Friendship, Fun is what we are about and together we will do our best to fulfil that motto in a safe school environment.
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