Crochet on-line classes for parents

Dear parent/guardians,

I would like to welcome you all back after the extended break and I would especially like to extend a warm welcome to our new parents.

Unfortunately due to government guidelines regarding COVID-19, parent classes cannot be held in school.

Geraldine, our wonderful crochet tutor has offered to host crochet classes online. The classes are for beginners or you can pick up where you left off in March.

It will be an opportunity for parents to chat to one another from the comfort of their own home.

The course is due to start on Thursday 1st October from 10am to 12pm.

If interested, please text your name and email address to 087-1838649 by 18th September.

Vivienne Lamont HSCL 

Information for parents about COVID-19 testing

Thankfully we have had no cases of COVID-19 at St. Joseph’s but it is important for parents and children to attend for a test if their GP refers them.  At the moment one in four people are not turning up for tests.

If your GP refers you or your child for a test, you will first need ti isolate while you wait for the test. The people in your household will need to restrict their movements. Therefore, if anyone in the house has been referred for a test, the children cannot come to school until the test results are known.

If you have symptoms:

1. Self-isolate

2. Phone your GP

3. GP will send electronic referral for test.

4. you will get a text with a date, time and location for the test.

5. If you do not drive, tell your GP and they will let the test centre know to organise transport.

6. The entire service is free. Referrals and tests are available seven days a week.

7. If test results are negative, you will get a text message saying  “not detected”. If the test result is positive, you will get a phone call and contact tracing will begin. Further HSE guidelines will follow.

Historic Day for St. Joseph’s CBS

St. Joseph’s CBS welcomed girls into Junior Infants for the first time in the history of the school.

There was great excitement as all staff came out to greet the girls and boys of Junior Infants.

They were accompanied by their proud parents and a tear or two was shed as they began their educational journey at St. Joseph’s.

A historic and happy day for St. Joseph’s! Here are some photographs of the day……..

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Open letter from Acting Chief Medical Officer to parents and guardians of school children and to teachers and affiliated school staff


Please find a letter below published by the HSE on 31/08/2020 from the Acting Chief Medical Officer.

To parents and guardians of school children in Ireland,


I am very aware that many of you are worried about the reopening of schools and the associated risk of COVID-19 for your children. This concern is natural and is to be fully expected after a period of six months during which we have all had to adapt to the challenges posed by COVID-19.


The decision to reopen schools has not been taken lightly and has been based on guidance produced by international bodies including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC); scientific evidence regarding the risk of COVID-19 in school children and staff; the experience of other countries that have not closed, or have reopened, their schools; our own experience having reopened childcare settings and summer camps since June; and evidence regarding the importance of school for the overall health and wellbeing of children.


International evidence shows us that child-to-child and child-to-adult transmission of COVID-19 in schools is uncommon. In addition, our own experience to date in Ireland, and indeed that reported internationally, demonstrates that for the overwhelming majority of children who are diagnosed with COVID-19, their symptoms will be mild.


The importance of schools for the overall health and wellbeing of children cannot be overstated, and the risk of COVID-19 has been carefully weighed against the very real harm that can be caused by sustained school closures. Schools play a fundamental role in the social life of children; they are where children are educated, make friends, share interests, learn social skills like self-confidence and empathy, and participate in sport and cultural activities.


Of course, as we continue to navigate our way through this pandemic, there are no zero risk options for reopening schools or indeed any other environment; the aim, therefore, is to reopen in as safe a way as possible by ensuring that all appropriate public health measures such as physical distancing, hand washing and respiratory hygiene are implemented where appropriate.


Schools are at the heart of our communities and the best way to protect them is to keep the level of COVID-19 in the community low. As parents and guardians, you can play a key role in this, both through your own actions and through the influence that you have on your family and friends. If all of us continue to make small changes to the way we live, we can – together – starve this virus of opportunities to transmit.


While it is okay to send your child to school or childcare if they only have a runny nose or a sneeze, if you have any concerns that your child has symptoms of COVID-19 – fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell – then please keep them at home until you have spoken with your GP by phone. Lots more information is available at and


There will be cases of COVID-19 among children over the coming days and weeks, as there have been throughout this pandemic to date. But when this happens our public health teams in the HSE will respond and liaise closely with the school involved and ensure that all necessary measures are taken to protect other students and school staff.


Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all you have done to keep your family and our communities safe over the past seven months. I also want to thank all teachers, principals and school staff who have worked so hard to ensure that our schools are ready to reopen – it is just one more example of the incredible solidarity that has defined the way in which people all across the country have come together to play their part in getting us through this pandemic.



Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health.


Information For Third/Fourth Class Parents. G3 – Ms. Dillane

Dear parents/guardians,

My name is Ellen Dillane, I will be your son’s third class teacher. There will be third and fourth class in our room this year. I am looking forward to working alongside you to ensure your child’s re-introduction to school life is fully supported.

Please be assured that I will do my upmost to ensure your son feels safe, secure and happy in his new school environment, at St. Josephs CBS.

As I am sure you’re already aware school life this year will look slightly different to previous years; to allow for safety precautions to be introduced to assist in minimising the risk of Covid-19 for our entire school community.

Please find below some points to be aware of going forward for the coming school year.

  • Your son’s classroom will be located in the Green Building (which can be seen inside the main school gates.)

His classroom is called G3. This classroom is found at the end of the corridor, on the ground floor.

He will use the main school gates each day to enter and exit the school grounds.

  • On Thursday, 27th of August, I will collect your son and his classmates from the yard outside the Green Building and walk them to their new classroom. I will ensure the class know where amenities such as toilets are located.
  • From Monday, 31st of August onwards, your son should immediately walk to his new classroom on his arrival at school. He will enter through the brown door, located on the left-hand side of the Green Building. I will be waiting in the classroom to greet the students.
  • Inside the classroom, the students will be organised into groups called pods. Each pod is at least 1 metre from other pupils and 2 metres from my teaching station; as recommended by the Department of Education.
  • I will also be wearing a mask inside the classroom, as I am pregnant. I will be using a voice amplifier to ensure all pupils can clearly hear me.
  • Students will be asked to sanitise their hands as they enter and exit the classroom, before they eat and at regular appointed times during the course of the school day.
  • Please ensure your son is familiar with and practices coughing and handwashing etiquette before returning to school.
  • Each class i.e. class bubble will mix only with their own individual class from arrival at school in the morning until departure at the end of the school day. The class will have their own designated area on the school yard.
  • Your son will use his own stationary, including pencils, rubbers, sharpener, colours, glue etc. Please label all your son’s uniform, bag and other items.
  • Talk positively about the return to school with your child. I understand that both you the parent, and your son will be anxious about returning to school and I will do everything I can to make this transition as smooth and as happy as possible. I will focus on wellbeing and friendship (SPHE), PE in the first few weeks as well as revision and catch up work in the areas of language development (Irish and English), Mathematics.

Information for Fourth Class Parents. G5 – Mr. Carberry

Dear parent/guardian

My name is Martin Carberry and I will be your son’s 4th class teacher. I am looking forward to working with you in supporting your child’s transition back to school. You can be assured that I, and all the staff at St. Joseph’s, will do our absolute best to make sure your son feels safe and happy in their return to our school.

As you can imagine, life at school will look a little different this school year as measures have been put in place to help minimise the risk of Covid-19. Below are some points that hopefully will help to answer some of the many questions you may have.

  • Your son’s classroom will be located in the Green Building, just as last year.
  • His classroom will be G5, which is located upstairs in the building.
  • Your child will enter and exit the school yard everyday through the main gates at the front of the school.
  • On Friday August 28th, I will collect your son and his classmates from the Green Yard and guide them through the procedures we have put in place for lining up in a socially distant matter, entering/exiting the building, location of the new toilets (inside the Green Building) and show them to their new classroom.
  • Students will be shown the procedure for storage of coats and school bags etc.
  • From Monday August 31st onwards, upon arrival to school, children will proceed straight to their new classroom. They will enter the Green Building using the white door. I will be in the classroom as the students arrive.
  • Students of G5 will be seated in groups or pods of between 4 and 6. Pods are situated at least 1 metre from one another and at least 2 metres from my own desk and teaching area as recommended by the Department of Education.
  • Students/staff will be asked to sanitise hands on any occasion they enter or leave the classroom, prior to eating and at regular intervals throughout the day.
  • Each class will limit their interaction with other students as much as possible – our class will remain together throughout the day as well as having a designated area in the yard during breaks.
  • Time will be taken on the return to school to guide children back to the pace of learning and the pace of the school day. We will concentrate on language development (English and Irish) Mathematics, SPHE and PE.
  • Over the coming days other health and safety procedures will be finalised within the classroom and children will be guided on this in order to ensure the upmost is being done to keep our students and staff safe.


Looking forward to seeing you all back at St. Joseph’s for this new school year.  It may be challenging but working together we will rise above these challenges and enjoy our school once again.



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Information for Sixth Class Parents

What will a day in 6th Class look like?


Dear Students, Parents/Guardians


We would like to welcome you to 6th class. We are very much looking forward to starting this, your final year in Primary school on a postitive note!

Things will look at bit different at first and we will all need to get used to the new routines. No situation is completely without risk but we are committed to creating a safe, secure, orderly and enjoyable learning environment for all. We would ask you to please talk to your son in a positive manner about returning to school and the importance of his co-operating with new procedures.


School Starts at 8:50am –


Please make sure you’ve gone to the toilet before arriving at school to reduce toilet breaks during lessons to a minimum.


School gates open at 8:50am go straight to your class at this time.


When entering the school building use the automatic hand sanitiser to sanitise your hands.


When you enter the classroom sit at your desk and read quietly until your teacher begins the lesson.


Toilets and wash your hands before break.


When you come in from break, wash your hands again when your teacher calls your table – lesson will continue while you wash your hands.


Toilets and wash your hands before lunch.


When you come in from lunch, wash your hands again when your teacher calls your table – lesson will continue while you wash your hands.


At 2:30pm school will finish and your teacher will walk you to the gate (King St. entrance), make sure you sanitise your hands when leaving the building.


Don’t hang around chatting at the gate after school, go straight home or to your lift.



6th Class General Covid Rules


  1. Wash your hands and sanitise throughout the day.
  2. No sharing anything with classmates, for example: Pencils, rubbers, lunches, etc..
  3. If you need to sneeze do it into your sleeve.
  4. When in class, stay in your seat unless your teacher has given you permission to leave it.
  5. Your bag should only have your lunch/snack and a water bottle.
  6. All pencil cases and stationery should be kept in school to avoid contamination from home.


Typical Day


8:50am School Starts – Santise upon entry to the building
8:50am – 9:50am Lesson 1
9:50am – 10:50am Lesson 2
10:50am – 11:00am Toilets and Wash Hands
11:00am – 11:15am Break
11:15am – 12:00pm Lesson 3 (Each pod to wash hands during)
12:00pm – 12:35pm Lesson 4
12:35pm – 12:45pm Toilets and Wash Hands
12:45pm – 1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm – 2:00pm Lesson 5 (Each pod to wash hands during)
2:00pm – 2:30pm Lesson 6
2:30pm School ends – sanitise hands when leaving the building. Teacher will walk you to the gate. Don’t hang around at the gates chatting.




Mr Mulroy R12

Mr Hughes R9



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