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            [title] => School Finishing @ 11:54
            [description] => Hi All,

Reminder that school will finish tomorrow ( Thursday) @ 11:54. All students will have 3 class periods with no break.

Many thanks.
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Reminder that school will finish tomorrow ( Thursday) @ 11:54. All students will have 3 class periods with no break.

Many thanks.
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            [title] => School Uniform Reminder
            [description] => Hi All,

I want to take this opportunity to remind you of some key parts of our uniform policy to avoid unnecessary confusion at you prepare for the start of the school year.

Our uniform policy will be strictly enforced in this academic year and students who are not wearing the correct uniform will not be allowed to attend lessons until the issue has been fully resolved. In order to avoid this situation occurring we need your cooperation. We all place great emphasis on good attendance at school and at lessons so we want to minimise disruption.

School shoes should be flat, black or navy shoe-style footwear. They should not be runners or runner type shoe eg Nike, Vans etc. Many students wear ' Dubes' as school shoes. These are acceptable school shoes but they are not compulsory.

Please find the full policy information on Our Code of Behaviour about our school uniform for 2020.

Yours sinceraly,

Fernanda Roos
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I want to take this opportunity to remind you of some key parts of our uniform policy to avoid unnecessary confusion at you prepare for the start of the school year.

Our uniform policy will be strictly enforced in this academic year and students who are not wearing the correct uniform will not be allowed to attend lessons until the issue has been fully resolved. In order to avoid this situation occurring we need your cooperation. We all place great emphasis on good attendance at school and at lessons so we want to minimise disruption.

School shoes should be flat, black or navy shoe-style footwear. They should not be runners or runner type shoe eg Nike, Vans etc. Many students wear ' Dubes' as school shoes. These are acceptable school shoes but they are not compulsory.

Please find the full policy information on Our Code of Behaviour about our school uniform for 2020.

Yours sinceraly,

Fernanda Roos
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            [title] => Reminder to anyone attending school who has travel abroad
            [description] => Information form the Department of Education

Government policy, which is based 0n official public health advice, continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas  for everyone. 
It is a requirement for anyone coming into Ireland. from locations other than those with a rating of 'normal precautions' (green), to restrict their movements for 14 days, and this includes school staff, parents and children or other students coming from abroad to attend school in Ireland.
Restricting your movements means staying indoors in one location  and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.
            [html_desc] => Information form the Department of Education

Government policy, which is based 0n official public health advice, continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas  for everyone. 
It is a requirement for anyone coming into Ireland. from locations other than those with a rating of 'normal precautions' (green), to restrict their movements for 14 days, and this includes school staff, parents and children or other students coming from abroad to attend school in Ireland.
Restricting your movements means staying indoors in one location  and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.
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            [title] => Welcome back
            [description] => A great welcome back to all the students 
            [html_desc] => A great welcome back to all the students 
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            [formatted_modified_date] => Sep 23, 2020
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            [title] => Music Department Information
            [description] => Private Music Lessons:  Sign-up for individual music lessons will take place on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 September for all existing music students.  Sign-up for new students will take place on Friday 4 September.  Please email musiclessons@st-andrews.ie to sign up for lessons or if you have any questions.  More information in pdf below.

Extra-Curricular Music Activities:  Due to Covid-19 restrictions the provision of extra-curricular activities in the Music Department is under review and subject to change.  To organise any activity we need to know precise numbers in advance.  If you would like to sign-up, please download the Extra Curricular Activity Form below and return it by email to Ms Sawyer by Friday 11 September.
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Extra-Curricular Music Activities:  Due to Covid-19 restrictions the provision of extra-curricular activities in the Music Department is under review and subject to change.  To organise any activity we need to know precise numbers in advance.  If you would like to sign-up, please download the Extra Curricular Activity Form below and return it by email to Ms Sawyer by Friday 11 September.
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            [title] => News
            [description] => Staff meeting at two
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            [created_date] => 2020/09/16 10:34:53
            [formatted_created_date] => Sep 16, 2020
            [modified_date] => 2020/09/16 10:34:53
            [formatted_modified_date] => Sep 16, 2020
            [category_id] => 0
            [category_name] => 
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            [link] => https://www.uniqueschoolapp.ie/site/post/id/91806/type/notification
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            [title] => Welcome Back
            [description] => We want to wish all the students a very warm welcome back
            [html_desc] => We want to wish all the students a very warm welcome back
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            [created_date] => 2020/08/13 11:40:01
            [formatted_created_date] => Aug 13, 2020
            [modified_date] => 2020/08/13 11:40:01
            [formatted_modified_date] => Aug 13, 2020
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            [title] => Free Counselling Service
            [description] => Turn2me is a safe space to talk with a professional counsellor to help you understand your feelings and work together to develop the tools you need to get through tough times. It is a HSE funded initiative.

If you are under 18 counselling must be booked through your parent or guardian's account as parental consent is a legal requirement for counselling in Ireland.
All turn2me child and adolescent counsellors are fully qualified and accredited. They provide individual counselling online by video.
Please see the turn2me website for further details: 
https://turn2me.ie
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If you are under 18 counselling must be booked through your parent or guardian's account as parental consent is a legal requirement for counselling in Ireland.
All turn2me child and adolescent counsellors are fully qualified and accredited. They provide individual counselling online by video.
Please see the turn2me website for further details: 
<a href=https://turn2me.ie target=_blank title=https://turn2me.ie>https://turn2me.ie</a>
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            [title] => Prep and Planning for September
            [description] => Dear Parents of all Year Groups,

Unfortunately I am not able to tell you today what the plan for late August/September will look like, but neither is the Government. The unpredictability of Covid-19 continues to determine our movements and lifestyles. We have learned many lessons from those 3 months and that is what I want to discuss with you now. This is how I see it:
     1. Schools will open, in some shape or form. They may also close partially/fully again at some point. 
     2. Teachers will be in the school building,  teaching either in person or live on Microsoft Teams,  according to the normal 9-4 timetable. Their classrooms may be full, empty or half full. 
     3. Your son will be expected to attend as usual from 9-4, either in person or online.
     4. Attendance times may be staggered, or selective to certain year groups, in keeping with the Guidelines of the time.
     5. It will be live teaching for all - with the teacher looking at the class. Last  term there was a reliance on putting up assignments and sending back corrected work. Microsoft Teams did not have the capability to view at the full class on screen then, but now it does. 
     5. Attendance taking, homework, assignments etc will continue as per normal. Grading will have to be based on the expectation of daily attendance and submission of work.
     6. Parents want their sons to be taught. You want them to be prepared for their next CBA, Xmas Exam, JC, LC, and catch up on what they missed last year. You don't want to  micro-manage their work as well as cope with your own. 

I am not pre-empting any announcement the government will make in the next month. I am being practical. The past week has seen us take a step back from reaching normal. I’m asking you to consider how all your school going family will cope when all schools will be doing the same 9-4/9-3 timetable? Please consider these issues within your own family’s context.

     * If there is only 1 laptop or tablet in the house but more than one student in your house, how will that work for them?
     * If the parent(s) is still working from home and those hours are also normal business hours?
      *Their phone, which has data, may be the only education device. (in many cases)
     *From September 2021, our school will require the iPad for all incoming First Years, which is something to keep in the back of your mind.
      *Consider that all teachers will be using more and more of the Microsoft Teams platform to support their teaching, because it enhances both teaching and learning so much.  We have come to see how the entire world is now turning on the use of IT, whether you want it or not. Covid pushed everyone over that line. We are preparing our students for  the 2020's, not the 1990's. We will never return to dependence on paper copies alone, face to face meetings only  and just physical books. This is the 'blended learning' you hear mentioned.
So, even if we were to be in school as normal, the usage of Microsoft 365 and Teams will be a far greater part of the teaching and learning than ever before. Because it enhances learning.
     
 Can I ask you to consider, if you can, having your son set up with the iPad before September. It is managed, so only education apps can be downloaded. You can check their screen time usage in a second.  To support parents there are ‘how to’ videos on managing what their son uses the device for. There are ‘how to’ videos for students and parents on how to use both iPad and Teams. 
They will be independent learners no matter if they are in school or at home. It is a better device than a phone to view. If your WiFi is poor at home, has it ever stopped them from using social media? Probably not. Use the unlimited data which phone sims have to provide the hotspot for the iPad or laptop. 

Flexi-Fi finance is available if you wish to avail of this.
The Wriggle store can be viewed at https://www.wriggle.ie/OnlineStoreLogin 
Our School Store Code is 02742671, the same for all year group stores. 
Paul Cahillane’s, (our IT and iPad Coordinator) email is pcahillane@portlaoisecbs.com and he will be happy to answer any queries you may have.
Book Rental monies will be refunded if you move to the iPad.

Thank you for your time to read this, take care and keep well, Maura Murphy

            [html_desc] => Dear Parents of all Year Groups,

Unfortunately I am not able to tell you today what the plan for late August/September will look like, but neither is the Government. The unpredictability of Covid-19 continues to determine our movements and lifestyles. We have learned many lessons from those 3 months and that is what I want to discuss with you now. This is how I see it:
     1. Schools will open, in some shape or form. They may also close partially/fully again at some point. 
     2. Teachers will be in the school building,  teaching either in person or live on Microsoft Teams,  according to the normal 9-4 timetable. Their classrooms may be full, empty or half full. 
     3. Your son will be expected to attend as usual from 9-4, either in person or online.
     4. Attendance times may be staggered, or selective to certain year groups, in keeping with the Guidelines of the time.
     5. It will be live teaching for all - with the teacher looking at the class. Last  term there was a reliance on putting up assignments and sending back corrected work. Microsoft Teams did not have the capability to view at the full class on screen then, but now it does. 
     5. Attendance taking, homework, assignments etc will continue as per normal. Grading will have to be based on the expectation of daily attendance and submission of work.
     6. Parents want their sons to be taught. You want them to be prepared for their next CBA, Xmas Exam, JC, LC, and catch up on what they missed last year. You don't want to  micro-manage their work as well as cope with your own. 

I am not pre-empting any announcement the government will make in the next month. I am being practical. The past week has seen us take a step back from reaching normal. I’m asking you to consider how all your school going family will cope when all schools will be doing the same 9-4/9-3 timetable? Please consider these issues within your own family’s context.

     * If there is only 1 laptop or tablet in the house but more than one student in your house, how will that work for them?
     * If the parent(s) is still working from home and those hours are also normal business hours?
      *Their phone, which has data, may be the only education device. (in many cases)
     *From September 2021, our school will require the iPad for all incoming First Years, which is something to keep in the back of your mind.
      *Consider that all teachers will be using more and more of the Microsoft Teams platform to support their teaching, because it enhances both teaching and learning so much.  We have come to see how the entire world is now turning on the use of IT, whether you want it or not. Covid pushed everyone over that line. We are preparing our students for  the 2020's, not the 1990's. We will never return to dependence on paper copies alone, face to face meetings only  and just physical books. This is the 'blended learning' you hear mentioned.
So, even if we were to be in school as normal, the usage of Microsoft 365 and Teams will be a far greater part of the teaching and learning than ever before. Because it enhances learning.
     
 Can I ask you to consider, if you can, having your son set up with the iPad before September. It is managed, so only education apps can be downloaded. You can check their screen time usage in a second.  To support parents there are ‘how to’ videos on managing what their son uses the device for. There are ‘how to’ videos for students and parents on how to use both iPad and Teams. 
They will be independent learners no matter if they are in school or at home. It is a better device than a phone to view. If your WiFi is poor at home, has it ever stopped them from using social media? Probably not. Use the unlimited data which phone sims have to provide the hotspot for the iPad or laptop. 

Flexi-Fi finance is available if you wish to avail of this.
The Wriggle store can be viewed at <a href=https://www.wriggle.ie/OnlineStoreLogin target=_blank title=https://www.wriggle.ie/OnlineStoreLogin>https://www.wriggle.ie/OnlineStoreLogin</a> 
Our School Store Code is 02742671, the same for all year group stores. 
Paul Cahillane’s, (our IT and iPad Coordinator) email is pcahillane@<a href=http://portlaoisecbs.com target=_blank title=portlaoisecbs.com>portlaoisecbs.com</a> and he will be happy to answer any queries you may have.
Book Rental monies will be refunded if you move to the iPad.

Thank you for your time to read this, take care and keep well, Maura Murphy

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