April Newsletter

Posted on Monday, April 26, 2021

Dear Parent/Guardian,
We have settled in to our summer term and looking forward finishing the school year with lots of learning and fun.  While there are many limitations with Covid this year, you'll see in the events listed below that we still have our usual events planned for the pupils.

4th June          Infant open day at 1pm.  Infants and 1st class will go home at 12:00 that day. 
17th June        School tour day.  There will be a junior tour (infants to 3rd class) and a senior tour (4th, 5th & 6th class).  Details in a few weeks when we have it all finalised.
21st June        School sports day.   (This date could change weather depending)
22nd June       Graduation for 6th class.  Details will be finalised in the coming weeks. 
24th June        School closes for summer holidays.

Pupils will also be delighted with the return of hurling coaching with Liam Jordan every Thursday, 2nd class to 6th class. 

Cash for Clobber collection Tuesday 8th of June.  Any bags of unwanted clothes, shoes etc can be brought into the school now for this collection. 

Internet Safety
We participated in internet safety workshops in February and learned a lot.  Unfortunately on the return to school, pupils gaming and use of devices at home are inpacting on their relationships at school.  Traditionally these problems would only surface in the senior room but we are seeing it right down the school. In real life you cannot "pause" or "restart" the game if you are losing.  Young children get very upset on yard because they are only developing their emotional intelligence. 
This is nobody's fault, we are in unprecedented times. Children were on devices a lot over the winter, parents were trying to work from home, the weather was bad, we were in lockdown. I would ask parents to browse through this link , it is the resources from the internet safety workshops. I would also ask parents to set up clear rules at home for devices. With the fine weather and the return to sport, devices should be kept for the weekends. There are less than 9 weeks to the holidays.  Talk to other parents and if every child in the the class is under the same "rules" it's a lot easier all round. 

Finally, we have very significant school news to share:
Mrs Barrett will be retiring this summer.  Mrs Barrett began her teaching career in Eyrecourt and has seen the school through so many changes in her 39 years as teacher and deputy principal.  Her expertise, experience and kindness to pupils, colleagues and the Eyrecourt community will be greatly missed in September and impossible to replace.   We hope to give her a really enjoyable final term in Eyrecourt NS. 

Kind regards,
√Čilis Treacy
Principal
etreacy@eyrecourtns.ie

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