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Catholic Schools Week 2021 - Grandparents day

posted by Owen Breslin

This week is Catholic Schools Week 2021. While we can not celebrate it in school this year, Fr John joined us this morning for a virtual celebration via the Killeigh parish facebook page and www.Killeigh.com parish website. 

We are very grateful to Fr John for including our school in the celebration of the mass. In his final song he encouraged us all to "Do what you do, do well".  What wonderful advice for everyone from a person who does well, what he does. We pray with him for anyone in the parish who is unwell at this moment in time. 

Move to Distance learning - Message from Ms Sheeran

posted Jan 7, 2021, 6:52 AM by Owen Breslin

Dear Parent,

I hope you are all keeping safe and well and that the children are enjoying the snow. 

Yesterday evening’s government announcement of mainstream school closures for the rest of January was something we had all hoped we could avoid and it is with heavy hearts that we return to the most severe restrictions for our school community.

We hope that this closure will be a very temporary one and that we will reopen again in a short few weeks when the transmission rate has greatly reduced and it is safer for us all to come together again.

While nothing can equal face-to-face teaching and learning, the preparatory work that has been
done since September in training and familiarising both staff and students with Seesaw, Google Classroom and Myon, as well as the development of our school’s Remote Learning Policy last October means that we are in a better position now to cope with the closure period ahead. 

This groundwork,  along with the excellent routines that were established during the last school closure, mean that students should adjust to this period of remote learning ahead with ease and with a shorter adjustment period. The fact that we now have a vaccine means that there is a lot of light at the end of the tunnel, and thankfully, that an end is in sight.

Our staff will be meeting remotely in order to finalise plans for distance learning over the the coming weeks and we will be in contact tomorrow with more details as to how we will proceed from Monday 11th.

Each week, work will be prepared for all classes and sent home at the begining of each week along with daily work and activities which will be available on Seesaw and Google Classroom. Teachers will be available daily to offer additional support, give feedback, and answer any questions you may have,  via email. They will be engaging with children's work each day via Seesaw and Google Classroom.We hope to be able to manage this as seamlessly as possible.

Over the past few months we have been monitoring children's  engagement with online aspect of homework and almost all children and families have been accessing online learning with ease. However, if you have any difficulty engaging with remote learning as a result of not having technology/ access to a device in the home, please contact me (email below) as soon as possible and we will try to support you in this matter.

We, like many of you, will be juggling childcare, work and remote learning and so would ask for your understanding and patience with regard to home-school communication and responses outside of working hours. 

All general enquiries should be emailed to office@scoilshinchill.com or for other queries my email is sandra.sheeran@scoilshinchill.com

Keep safe and please adhere to public health and safety guidelines. Hopefully we will see a decrease in the numbers of cases of Covid 19 and we look forward to returning to school when it is safe to do so.

With every best wish for the New Year and sending our kindest regards to all, 

Sandra Sheeran

Christmas Panto

posted Dec 18, 2020, 8:22 AM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Dec 20, 2020, 12:32 PM ]

Christmas Panto

The children and staff had a fabulous day at the Panto and we were treated to a surprise visit

from one of the stars of the show Buddy, who is played by local man, Colin Hughes.

We are definitely in the festive spirit in Killeigh N.S, and we are counting down to Tuesday.




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Christmas Raffle prize winners

posted Dec 18, 2020, 8:17 AM by Owen Breslin

Christmas Raffle

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our Christmas Raffle. A staggering €2,758  was raised and all monies raised will go towards school funds. 

Like everything else this year, the draw was held virtually. All classes and our Parents Association tuned in online, via Zoom.

The lucky winners were:

1st Prize: Ryan Daly (2nd Class)

2nd Prize: Conor Condron (5th Class)

3rd Prize: Cormac Staunton (6th Class)

4th Prize: Cian Brophy (3rd Class)

5th Prize: Killian Murray (4th Class)

6th Prize: Patrick Gallagher (2nd Class)

7th Prize: Evan O' Brien (Senior Infants)

8th Prize: Maeve O' Halloran

A huge thank you to our supportive Parents Association for organising and donating prizes towards the raffle. 

Due to restrictions, the raffle had to be organised online we would like to sincerely thank Stacey, in the office, for administering and coordinating the raffle,

and distributing a huge amount of tickets.

 

Christmas Panto

The children and staff had a fabulous day at the Panto and we were treated to a surprise visit

from one of the stars of the show Buddy, who is played by local man, Colin Hughes.

We are definitely in the festive spirit in Killeigh N.S, and we are counting down to Tuesday.

Photos are available on our school website

Parents Association Christmas Raffle

posted Dec 15, 2020, 7:48 AM by Sandra Sheeran   [ updated Dec 15, 2020, 7:59 AM ]


Killeigh N.S. Parents' Association

Christmas Raffle 2020

Due to restrictions our school's Christmas fundraising raffle will take place online, via Aladdin Connect.

A link has been sent to all families


1st Prize: Large Hamper and Reindeer (€120)

2nd Prize:  Large Hamper and Reindeer (€100)

3rd Prize: Large Hamper (€80)

4th Prize :  Christmas Hamper

5th Prize: Hamper

7th Prize: Sweet Hamper 

8th Prize: Sweet Hamper

9th Prize: Magic Set and Chocolates



The Christmas Raffle will take place on Friday the 18th December 2020 

Thank you for supporting our Christmas Raffle. All support is greatly appreciated.

 All proceeds are in aid of school funds.

Best of Luck!


#GRMA

posted Dec 11, 2020, 8:40 AM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Dec 14, 2020, 1:13 PM ]

A huge #GRMA (Go raibh maith agaibh) to all the staff in our school;  our wonderful teachers, SNAs, pupils, secretary, caretaker, cleaners, bus drivers, bus escorts, and our Board of Management and Parents Association, who have played a critical role in the lives of the students in our school. They have worked so hard this year to ensure that our school has been a happy and safe environment for all, in the midst if this pandemic.

A big GRMA to our fantastic pupils for their cooperation and support at this challenging time. They too, are playing a vital role in protecting each other.

 #GRMA to all school leaders, teachers, SNAs, pupils, office staff, caretakers, care assistants, bus drivers and escorts, BOM's, PA's in schools all over Ireland for their efforts and hard work this year, from a grateful country #IPPN #NAPD @Education_Ire-

https://youtu.be/rL7EsdOLLBs

 

Killeigh Girls fundraising efforts

posted Dec 9, 2020, 9:09 AM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Dec 9, 2020, 9:11 AM ]

We would like to congratulate Ava and Anna O'Brien who have been growing their hair for a very, very long time and have now shed their lengthy locks for a great cause.

Together they have raised €1,744 for the LauraLynn Foundation.

Ava and Anna's hair will be donated to the Princess Trust which makes wigs for children and young people undergoing cancer treatment.

More details can be found on the Offaly Express website here


Well done girls

Science Week 2020 - STEM fun in school

posted Nov 25, 2020, 10:39 PM by Owen Breslin

Pupils right throughout the school were very busy engaging in science experiments, activities and fun during Science Week 2020 which took place from 8th - 15th November. STEM is very important to us here in Killeigh and science week is always popular with our pupils.

Click here to see what each class got up to


Thinking of buy a new computing device?

posted Nov 23, 2020, 2:20 AM by Owen Breslin

With Christmas around the corner and Black Friday running at the moment, some of our parents may be considering purchasing a device for online learning.

Feedback from pupils suggests that using a phone to read online or to type out a response to an assignment can be problematic. Parents have also reported problems sharing devices at home so it might be a good idea to consider purchasing a more suitable device for children to use.

We also occasionally get asked for advice on what may be the most appropriate device to purchase for their child. Therefore, we have prepared a brief explanation of each type of device and the pros and cons for each one. Please note the following:

·         Pupils do not have to have their own device. This is completely up to parents. This advice sheet is for guidance only and we are not telling parents they have to buy a device for their child.

·         The sheet below is just our opinion and is not an exhaustive guidance document

If you are considering purchasing a device, then there are multiple options available. Like any purchase, a lot will depend on budget. Therefore we have included some guidance figures here. Please note that these are subject to change.

 

Device

Approximate Cost

Advantages / disadvantages

Windows Laptops

€350+

A laptop is a powerful tool that allows a huge amount of flexibility. Featuring a keyboard, pupils generally find it easier to type on a laptop.

Budget depends on how powerful a laptop you wish to invest in. When buying, look out for how much memory (Ram) and how much storage space (hard drive) the laptop has. Most laptops now feature an SSD hard drive. These are faster than the hard drives that were traditionally featured in laptops. RAM is the short term memory that each device uses for processing. There are huge differences between the processor (or brains) found in each laptop, however the range is so wide and varied that it would not be possible to give advice on this)

Entry level specs are 4Gb Ram and a 128GB SSD hard drive. To future proof your investment 8Gb Ram and 256Gb SSD would be even better.

Chromebooks

€200

Non touchscreen

€330

Touchscreen

Similar to a laptop, chromebooks feature a keyboard that the pupils can type on. The main differences between laptops and Chromebooks are that Chromebooks use the Google Chrome Operating system. Chromebooks also use “cloud storage”.

This means that to function properly they must be connected to the internet as most data is stored there.  If you have poor broadband then a Chromebook is not a suitable choice of device. However, if broadband is not an issue then these are worth considering. The school chromebooks are really popular with our pupils.

Chromebooks with a touchscreen are particularly user friendly and can also be used as a tablet, however it is not essential to have a touchscreen on a chromebook.

IPads

€360

IPads are user friendly, powerful devices that are built to last. All of the apps that are used in school will comfortably run on an IPad. There is no need for an IPad Pro. The 32Gb Ipad is more than suitable for school work. Beware of second hand Ipads., especially early generations. Recent models are fine but older models may no longer be supported and it may not be able to run some apps.

Android Tablet

From €160

Android Tablets run on Android – Googles operating system designed for phones and tablets. These are the alternative to the IPad. Featuring a wide variety of apps, android tablets are very user friendly. Beware of unknown brands and try and purchase a tablet with at least 32 Gb of Ram.

 

Amazon Fire Tablet

From €60

Amazons Fire tablets come in a range of sizes and capacities. Fire tablets run on a version of Google android but it is important to note that it does not come with Googles Play store. This means that not all apps are supported. It is not advised to purchase this device if using google classroom.

[Please note that while it is technically possible to put google playstore on an Amazon Fire tablet,  this requires some technical know-how and we are unable to provide advice on this]

 

 

The following Safety information from Zeeko Education, may also be of interest.

With many online retailers offering discounts on technology at the moment our blog this week offers some tips on putting online safety top of your list. Digital devices can be a great gift but it’s important to always be conscious of the age appropriateness of such a device and also the messages you need to be communicating with your child about staying safe online.

Take into account what age the child you are buying for is and indeed the other children that may also have access to this technology. Remember the age rating on a game is the minimum age that that game is aimed at. It’s absolutely natural for younger siblings to be curious of what their older siblings may be allowed to have technology wise, so having regular conversations about staying safe online is a great way to make kids of all ages aware of the potential dangers they may encounter when they are online.

Make sure you check how easy it is to activate and monitor the safety settings on any device you purchase. While safety settings are never a 100% guarantee of safety, they are certainly a step in the right direction.
Do your own research in advance of shopping: It’s easy to get carried away in the moment in when it comes to the sales…we’ve all been there! But do try to create a list and stick to it. There is usually so much information online about the specs regarding technology that it is a lot easier to do your research in advance and know exactly what you are looking for.
Regardless of the type of technology you may buy, regularly remind your child of the importance of and need for face to face communication as opposed to online messaging and spending time in front of a screen! It’s all about balance when it comes to the use of tech!

For older children and teens remind them that if they are using messaging apps on any new devices to only message their friends, people they know and have met, encourage them to exercise the same level of caution when they are online as they would when they are offline.

A growing number of devices include what is known as a digital assistant. The most commonly known of these is Siri. It’s a good idea to make sure these are turned off when your child is using a digital device.

No matter what the level of technology in your home there is no substitute for face to face communication about the importance of staying safe when it comes to using tech.

Zoom with Mr White - Bloody Sunday

posted Nov 20, 2020, 2:13 AM by Owen Breslin

The pupils of 6th class have been busy learning about the events of Bloody Sunday this week as the country prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of that fateful day. We would like to commend the GAA for the way in which they told the stories of the people that died that day as we have made extensive use of the Bloody Sunday section of the GAA website (https://www.gaa.ie/bloodysunday/)

As part of our studies we invited Mr White to join us via Zoom to discuss Bloody Sunday. Mr White is a member of the GAAs History and commemorations committee and has worked with Michael Foley and others to remember the victims of Bloody Sunday. 

Mr White discussed the background to Nov 21st 1920 and explained the events that morning in Dublin when the IRA targetted members of the British intelligence group known as the "Cairo Gang"  had led to the RIC, together with the Black and Tans and Auxilliaries travelling to Croke Park to look for those responsible. 

We had a great chat about it and the pupils put some very thoughtful questions to Mr White. 

We are very grateful to Mr White for joining us and the pupils are completing work on Bloody Sunday which we hope to post here in the week ahead.


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