Welcome New Parents and Guardians!
We hope you are all keeping safe and well.
We are sorry we have not been able to host our parents evening for new entrants at school this year as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions. We are hoping to organise a ‘meet and greet’ for small groups in the school grounds in due course (following HSE guidelines). This will be an opportunity for you and your child to visit our school, to meet Ms Tansey and Mrs Kirby, and get a feel for our school environment in preparation for starting school on Wednesday 26th August.
We have created online presentations and videos which will provide you with lots of important and useful information on our school and the Junior Infant classroom.
This post includes:
We have created a separate blog post for our new Junior Infants to explore with videos of our current students, school activities and a message from Ms. Tansey. We posted that blog just before this one, it can be found by scrolling down or following this link: https://www.kilkerleyns.com/school-blog/special-videos-and-messages-for-our-new-entrants-2020
We hope you find the blog posts useful and informative!
Hello boys and girls!
This blog post is for our incoming Junior Infants. The post includes:
1. Hello from Ms Tansey
2. What is it like to be in Junior Infants? Interview video
3. Our school open day video
4. Familiar faces!
We hope you enjoy the videos. We can't wait to meet you!
Link to information videos for Parents/Guardians: https://www.kilkerleyns.com/school-blog/information-for-the-parentsguardians-of-our-new-entrants-2020
Please note that Fr Gerry and Fr Brian have a new improved webcam service for viewing live Mass and other ceremonies.
You can view by going to Our Lady Queen of Peace Pastoral Area website here, or alternatively directly from the churchmedia.tv website here.
Weekend Masses are being LIVE STREAMED from Kilkerley at 6pm on Saturdays and Knockbridge at 11:30am on Sundays. Mass is also being celebrated on weekdays at 9:30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Kilkerley.
Dear Parents/ Guardians,
Covid 19 has brought about many changes to our society and to family life and practices. One of these has been the reliance on social media to keep in touch. While social media has many advantages, it can also have disadvantages when not used correctly.
In February, our teachers conducted internet safety awareness lessons with their respective classes. Over the next two weeks, teachers will revise these key messages with their classes. It is very important that you and your child engage with these lessons.Apps such as Snapchat and Tik Tok are recommended for children aged 13 years and over. If your child is using these platforms then you need to be aware of this.These platforms can often be the setting for hurtful name-calling, verbal abuse and bullying.
As parents, we have a responsibility for educating and supporting our children in the correct use of the internet and social media platforms, as well as protecting them from accidentally causing hurt to themselves or others through what they post on social media platforms.
Your support in this matter is greatly appreciated.
As we near the end of the final term, we are mindful that Sports Day is an event that many children look forward to. We wanted to provide families with a way of bringing the fun and excitement of active challenges and games into their homes, so we discovered the Virtual Sports Day website, created by Sligo Education Centre.
Here is the link to the homepage: https://sites.google.com/holyangelsns.ie/virtualsportsday/home
This site has suggested events for you and your family to take part in, to host your own sports day or sports week at home.
The activities are as follows:
Under each of these headings there are three activities, requiring varying levels of competency and skill.
Activity 1 is generally suited to classes from Junior Infants to 1st class, Activity 2 for 2nd to 4th class and Activity 3 for 5th and 6th. You can choose what activities and what level suits your family best and there are videos to show you how to perform the activities.
Under the DOWNLOADS button you will find a planning template for your events, as well as equipment lists (using everyday items). There are even lively soundtracks to get you motivated!
We hope that you enjoy practicing new skills and being active together in this beautiful weather. We would love to see pictures and videos of what you get up to so please email or Tweet your events!
Reel Life Science are challenging you to create a one minute video about anything Science or STEM related. The contest is open to students all over Ireland representing their Primary school. Videos should be no longer than one minute in length and can be live action or animated in either English or as Gaeilge. You could win €1,000 for the school! You can find out more information on their website: https://reellifescience.com/ Get those wonderful thinking caps on and devices out! The closing date is May 29th.
For guidance on film making (not that you guys need it!) there are lots of great lessons and videos on the Fís Film Project website:
Niamh Shaw, an aspiring astronaut from Dundalk, is working with Macalla Teo TV production company who are making Home School Hub for RTÉ.
Home School Hub Extra is the user generated kids takeover show on RTE2 every evening. Ahead of Earth Day on April 22nd, we are asking kids to send in short videos (20-30 seconds) about how they are trying to save the planet and the environment, e.g. recycling, saving water, washing hands, anything at all you can think of. All you have to do is take a video with a phone (just make sure the phone is turned sideways so that the video is in landscape format) and email it to email@example.com
Agri Aware, Ireland's agri-food educational charity have relaunched their popular primary school programme Incredible Edibles and opened it up to families to participate during this time of isolation and school closures.
Since food has been flying off the shelves in many supermarkets across Ireland, Agri Aware are encouraging families to learn all about where that food comes from and the importance of consumption of Irish fruit and vegetables, for a healthy balanced diet.
There are five tasks to complete in this Family Challenge, on topics such as food origin, identifying Irish food, planting, cooking and healthy eating week. Any parent can sign up their kids for free and on completion of the 5 tasks, may be in with a chance to win some prizes worth up to €175.
Parents are simply asked to take pictures of the worksheets given and write a simple description on what they did for each task. There are also two levels to facilitate different abilities of learning, beginner and advanced.
To sign up to this free project, or for more information, visit: www.incredibleedibles.ie
With so many children and families staying safely at home during this difficult time, regular work and schoolwork is happening across many households in Ireland. In order to help children and their families focus on positive, hopeful messages, Make-A-Wish has put together some fun ideas for children and their families to do. These can be used as part of either the school day, or as part of family time at home. These materials are free for you to access and share.
Some lovely ideas here you might use over the Easter holidays before schoolwork begins again!
RTE are very busy trying to meet the educational needs of our young people.
The music department have been active in consultation with teachers and are making resources available through the Hub and accompanying Podcasts.
The Homeschool Hub Podcast is an extension of the TV Show on RTÉ 2. Every day RTE will add new audio material that supports the days TV lessons, but in a way that is not repetition but rather gives new media for kids to listen to rather than watch.
We will feature musicians talking about their instruments, Nature, Science, History, Geography and, each Friday we will post two table quizzes; one for 1st to 3rd Class, the other for 4th to 6th. The ideal way to complete the week and go back over all they were introduced to on both the Hub and the Podcast.
The TV show is invaluable for Parents and kids alike but this is another way to get kids engaged in learning without having to depend upon a screen.
It's available wherever people get their podcasts but the link is below.
RSS Feed: https://www.rte.ie/radio1/podcast/podcast_homeschoolhub.xml
Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/podcast/id1505305020
Originally posted in the group LONG Creations on Facebook:
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We are all living through history right now and I thought a "time capsule" would be an amazing way to document this experience to look back on, these worksheets were created by me for my family but I wanted to share with all my fans!
Simply download the 11 page PDF, print as many copies as you wish and work with your child to fill in the sheets!
>>On a side note<<
I have been contacted by many people regarding payment. This is something I designed for fellow families with children living through this difficult time, it is meant as a GIFT not for profit!
However should you wish and are able to, please consider donating to a local charity or passing on a random act of kindness within your community.
Natalie Long xoxo
Here is a list of podcasts for children, split into categories: stories, educational, meditation and music:
“Circle Round” — Folk tales from around the world, told with the help of celebrity readers.
“Stories Podcast” — A combination of classic children’s stories and original tales.
“Molly of Denali” — An eight-episode serialised narrative, based on the PBS Kids series.
“Story Pirates” — Stories written by kids are woven into a narrative about a musical-theatre company’s magical misadventures.
“What If World” — The improvisational storyteller Mr. Eric tells fantastic tales based on “What if?” questions submitted by listeners.
“Girl Tales” — Feminist fairy tales written and performed by playwrights and actors.
“Calm Kids Podcast” — Two sisters, Lucie and Charlotte (ages 11 and 8), share their original stories.
“Aaron’s World” — Aaron, a dinosaur lover, started this podcast when he was a kid to share dinosaur facts. It grew into a narrative adventure series that ran for five years.
“But Why?” — The public radio host Jane Lindholm helps answer kids’ most burning questions.
“Earth Rangers” — A sound-rich dive into nature and animal science, guided by Ranger Emma.
“Wow in the World” — Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas, radio and podcast stars, serve up science news with a heavy dose of silliness.
“Smash Boom Best” — This debate show pits two awesome things against each other, encouraging listeners to choose their own winner.
“Animal Sound Safari” — This Australian podcast travels in a Magic School Bus-style “safari mobile” to discover animals around the world.
“Pants on Fire” — Kids are challenged to “spot the liar” on this game show, co-hosted by a robot.
“Soundwalks” — Each short episode is a guided meditation through beautiful soundscapes.
“Bedtime Explorers” — Settle down for the night with stories of magical expeditions.
“Peace Out” — This calming podcast teaches meditation and self-regulation through stories.
“Ear Snacks” — The children’s musicians Andrew & Polly explore different themes through songs and interviews.
“Noodle Loaf” — A clever interactive music podcast that features echo songs, musical challenges and a kids’ choir that anyone can join.
“The Music Box” — Each episode is a lesson about a musical concept featuring interactive activities.
“Classical Kids Storytime” — A sneaky way to introduce your kids to classical music, with the help of children’s stories like Hansel and Gretel.
“Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child” — An hour long show that will introduce the family to the best in kids’ music, every week.
Fancy a fun challenge over the Easter break?
Attached to this post are pictures of the staff members of Scoil Mhuire gan Smál as children.
Included in the pictures are: Mrs. Kirby, Ciara, Tommy, Ms Fahy, Ms. Condron, Ms. Mulholland, Mrs. Kelly, Mrs. Halpin, Ms. Catherine, Mr. Loughran, Ms. Sarah, Mrs. Donnelly, Mrs. Johnston, Mrs. Cumiskey, Ms. O'Hanrahan, Mrs. Curran-Butler and Ms. Tansey.
Don't forget, there are pictures of us all on the school website: https://www.kilkerleyns.com/staff.html
Answers will be uploaded to the school blog on Friday 17th April! Good luck everyone.
Happy Easter!! :)
Hi 5th Class!
I hope you are all doing well, keeping safe, and continually learning, be it on screen, outside or helping those around you at home.
Remember, you can email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) any completed work from your list of work to complete. Thank you to those who have sent me some of their work already!
A few new ideas for you:
- Imagine Forest
Log on to Imagine Forest (Instructions below) and use the username and password in your homework journal. Feel free to complete the Creative Writing task that we were working on during English Stations, or complete the Character Challenge I have set. If you are unsure of your username or password, you can email me to let me know. :)
Log on to Mangahigh (once again, if you are unsure of your username or password, you can email me to let me know) and feel free to complete the assignments I have set - they are based on a revision of division and area.
Stay at Home Quiz on Seomra Ranga's Twitter page
Cad faoi do chuid Gaeilge a chleachtadh?
- Beidh "Futa Fata" ag cur físeáin ar Facebook gach lá ag 11 a chlog. Scéalta agus comhrá atá ann!
- Bíonn Yoga as Gaeilge ar súil ar YouTube!
Also, feel free to have a look at our SET Blog. There are lots of websites and games to keep your literacy and maths skills in check!
I miss you all, and hopefully see you soon!
Hope everyone is keeping well and that you all spoiled your Mammies yesterday on their special day. For anyone that has uploaded work online thank you and be sure to check back on completed assignments for feedback at the bottom. I know not everyone has access to work online so just try your best- helping out at home and keeping safe are much more important at this time.
I know this isn’t how you imagined your final months in Scoil Mhuire gan Smál would be and I’m sure it can feel disappointing at times. Remember everything being done is for the safety of people in the whole country and we all have our part to play.
Please god we will be back to normal routine in coming weeks however if not we will do everything we can, together with your parents, to ensure you get the Kilkerley send off you deserve at a time that is safe for everyone. (you didn’t think we were going to let you just slip out the gates quietly now did you?!)
As I said before any questions on your work or anything I can help you with you can contact me on the class email email@example.com
Hi 5th Class,
I hope you are all keeping well!
Just a quick update to let you know that I am available through email if you would like to send me any completed work, including your Mayan Projects, through email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I can correct it for you and/or offer any help needed. You can also send pictures of your completed handwritten work if you would like to.
Also, if you would like to self-correct your Master Your Maths work, I can send answers to the first week's work. Please don't feel pressure to do all this, this is optional and only if you would like to keep yourself busy. :)
Keep offering your help to parents and try to get outside as often as you can- the sun is shining!
Some tips to keep active and busy:
"The Body Coach" on YouTube is putting up a P.E. live stream every morning at 9am to keep you active and moving! Try bring it outside to the sunshine!
Mother's Day is around the corner (Sunday, 22nd March).. why not try to make something nice or bake something nice (with adult supervision, of course... what about our Healthy Banana Pancakes we made for Pancake Tuesday?) to show how much you appreciate her?
Hope you are all keeping safe and well!
Here is the link to a Short Story Competition for children ages 6 - 18. John Boyne, the author of "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" has asked children to write a story using only 300 words. You could be in with a chance of winning a €200 book voucher!
Did you know that Shakespeare wrote the famous play "King Lear" during the Plague?