Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire

Hale Street, Ardee, Co. Louth, A92FR58, Tel: +353-41-6853152, Email: office@smntardee.ie

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Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire

Hale Street, Ardee, Co. Louth, A92FR58, Tel: +353-41-6853152, Email: office@smntardee.ie

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Class of 2020
Message from Mrs Sweeney - 24th June

We wish everyone a safe and happy summer holiday. Best of luck to 6th class as they move on to Secondary School. Please scroll down for our latest news including our June Newsletter, our 6th Class Graduation Video, our Discovery Primary Science & Maths Logbook 2020 and our Junior Infants’ Information 2020. Keep an eye on our website for our Back to School Information later in the summer. We look forward to seeing all our pupils and new infants in late August.

Best wishes from Mrs Sweeney and staff

June 2020 Newsletter

The June 2020 Newsletter is available on our website now. Click here to view the newsletter.

6th Class Graduation - 2020
Prayer for our 6th Class Graduates
Discover Primary Science and Maths STEM Logbook for 2020

The Discover Primary Science and Maths STEM Logbook for 2020 is available on our website now. Click here to view the logbook.

Message from Mrs Sweeney - 19th June

We’re nearly there! Next week is our last week of school – we get our summer holidays on 25th June. Well done everybody on all your great work, you’ve been amazing. In the Parents’ Section of our website you will find your child’s booklist for next year and our provisional school calendar. The school reports and booklists were posted to all families this week. Please follow the links below for Mrs Sweeney’s letter and for details of our 6th Class Graduation. Teachers have prepared fun activities for the last week of school with virtual school tours all over the world, Sports Day events and much more – enjoy! Pupils’ work on Seesaw is fantastic and teachers really appreciate all their work, voice messages and videos so well done girls! Next week we will post our final messages before the holidays including our school newsletter and end of year video so make sure to check in!

Best wishes from Mrs Sweeney and staff

Welcome Pack for new Junior Infants 2020
Principal's Letter - 19th June
6th Class Graduation 2020
June 2020 Photo Gallery

Message from Mrs. Sweeney

Message from Mrs Sweeney 5th June 2020

Dear parents and pupils,

Once again you will find the home learning activities for next week in the lists below. Teachers have included lessons on road, farm and water safety – people are on the move a bit more so please take extra care if you are out and about.

We are waiting on guidance from the Department of Education & Skills on the re-opening of schools and we will keep you informed when we know more. Meanwhile, we are busy working on school reports, booklists, staffing and all the other planning needed for September. Please keep up the good work at home – your support is so valuable and is much appreciated.

Best wishes,

Mrs Sweeney & Staff

Message from Mrs. Sweeney - 29th May 2020

Dear Parents and Pupils,

We’re starting into the last few weeks of school – the weather is glorious, but we hope the girls will keep up their home learning right up to summer holidays on 25th June. We are so impressed with the work the girls upload on Seesaw – well done girls, you’re the best! Your teachers are still working really hard and they love to see you working too. For June, we’ll have “Feel Good Friday” every week. On Fridays, girls can catch up on unfinished work, take a break from the “screens” and choose some fun ideas from the grid (see below) or from teacher’s list on Seesaw. Have a look at this month’s Photo Gallery – your great work is shining through!

Best wishes from Mrs Sweeney & Staff

Shine your Way - Picture Gallery May 2020

Message from Mrs. Sweeney

Message from Mrs Sweeney 22nd May 2020

We are facing into the last week in May – where has the time gone? Today we would like you to take note of the following important messages:

  • As per our School Calendar there is no school on Friday 29th May or on Monday 1st June so there will be no home learning activities assigned for those days. We hope that will give everyone a little break from all the hard work to date.
  • From next week, teachers will no longer email learning activities to pupils. Instead, the activities can be accessed on Seesaw or on our website. Teachers will continue to give feedback via Seesaw, and it is important that pupils engage with the Seesaw work as much as possible.
  • We have a very important message about collecting your child’s books and belongings next Tuesday morning – please click here for details:  Collecting Your Child’s Books
  • Finally, we are thinking of all the children and families in the parish who should be celebrating their Confirmation this weekend. Ms McKenna has prepared a lovely PowerPoint message for the girls – scroll down and have a look.

Kind regards,
Mrs Sweeney and staff

Powerpoint Presentation for Confirmation Class

Message from Mrs. Sweeney

Message from Mrs Sweeney 15th May

Nine weeks have passed since school closed and, in that time, life has changed considerably for you, your family and for the entire country. Well done on adapting and rising to the challenges of learning from home. The photo gallery below shows the very “rounded” learning that is happening – well done. We’ve enjoyed looking at all your lovely work and activities; sorry I didn’t use all your photos this week but keep an eye out in the weeks ahead! Keep up the good work on Seesaw – you will also find a summary of teachers’ suggested learning activities for next week by following the links below.

Stay safe and well,

Mrs Sweeney and Staff

Smiling Through It All

Message from Mrs. Sweeney

8th May 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you know, primary schools will not open until September. We were preparing for that eventuality but when it became a reality last Friday we were saddened and also very aware of how our pupils must feel knowing they won’t get to finish their year with their teachers and friends.
Ní bhíonn in aon rud ach seal – Nothing lasts forever, so all teachers and staff are looking forward to getting back to our classrooms and are busy making plans for the new school year, working on class allocations, booklists, school reports and much more. If you have not emailed me using your personal email address, please do so as soon as possible at dsweeneysmntardee@gmail.com as your daughter’s booklist and school report will be emailed to you in the coming weeks. (Please don’t assume that we have your email address.)

You will find the suggested Home Learning Activities for each class for the week of 11-15 May by clicking on the links below. There are seven weeks left in the school year so it’s important that pupils try to keep up their good home learning work. Pupils made a great start this week with the Seesaw online learning platform, well done girls. Please help your child log in to her Seesaw account where she will find very interactive activities – it’s important that your child gets used to using Seesaw where she can also enjoy feedback from her teacher, making her home learning even more worthwhile. Seesaw is new to everyone, it’s early days so we’re taking it step by step to allow you and your child get used to the various features of the platform. We know many families are under pressure to find time for schoolwork on top of their own work and family commitments – we cannot emphasise enough that these are suggested learning activities so don’t get stressed if you cannot do it all.

Renewed thanks for your amazing support, we really appreciate it.

Kind regards,

Mrs Sweeney & Staff

Website Updates for Week of Tuesday 5th- Friday 8th May – What’s New?

Our website has some new updates: Our Newsletter No.5, our updated Home Learning Activities  from all teachers and a lovely PowerPoint tribute for the pupils in Second Classes from their teachers Mrs O’Malley and Ms Clinton. Scroll down and have a look – we’re sure you’ll be charmed!

Enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend – from Mrs Sweeney & Staff

Newsletter - April 2020

Newsletter April 2020 – Front Page. Click the link below to download the full edition

Powerpoint Tribute for 2nd Class


Message from Mrs. Sweeney

24th April 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Once again, our teachers have worked hard to prepare suggested Learning Activities to support your daughter’s home learning for next week, 27th April – 1st May, and you can find all the activities by following the links below.

I want to say a heartfelt thanks to our staff for keeping in contact with you and your child by email and for all their work both online and behind the scenes at this time. Our school doors may be shut but we are still available to help in any way we can, so if you have any questions please email us.

We are very grateful for all the lovely messages of thanks, feedback and support received to date from parents and pupils – thank you for your kindness. We also want to acknowledge the great efforts being made by families to complete schoolwork and in supporting children’s wellbeing – well done.

We are now ready to move on to a new, very child-friendly, online learning platform called Seesaw, which our staff has explored in recent weeks. We are very confident that the children (and parents!) will take to this like “ducks to water” so to speak, so don’t worry, we will be with you to guide you along every step of the way. All details will be emailed to you in the coming days, so if you haven’t sent me your personal email address yet please email me at dsweeneysmntardee@gmail.com. Likewise, if you still have to set up your child’s new Gmail address please click here and follow the Gmail Setup Instructions. We will maintain our email communication and website content for the next few weeks also.

Next week is National Active School Week and it’s normally a very enjoyable part of the school year for children. We have been working on our Active School Flag renewal and as we are keen to keep up that good work, we are inviting our pupils to participate in the “Active HOME Week” challenge instead – please click here for more information. Remember our school’s Active Slogan – Be Wise, Exercise!

As we approach the month of May we think especially of our pupils in 2nd Class who were due to celebrate their First Holy Communion on 2nd May. Their teachers Mrs O’Malley and Ms Clinton, and all our staff are thinking of the girls, and whilst the girls may be disappointed we know that a new date will be set, new plans will be made and in due course we will get to celebrate and enjoy this wonderful occasion.

Tabhair aire, fanaigí slán agus sona.

Take care, stay safe and well,

Mrs Sweeney

Message from Mrs. Sweeney

17th April

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you and your family had a lovely Easter and some well-earned rest. Thank God the weather was so good, I’m sure the break from schoolwork cleared the heads and hopefully children will come back to their new “home learning” refreshed and ready to do their best again.

We want to keep the lines of communication open with you and your child so thank you for creating a new Gmail address for your child. If you haven’t had time to do that yet, please read my letter from 3rd  April (see below) and follow the steps outlined. I would also be grateful if parents  could email me at dsweeneysmntardee@gmail.com so that I have an up-to-date parent email address for all families. If you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to email me or your child’s teacher.

Our teachers have prepared suggested learning activities for the week of 20th-24th April, these are posted below, and your child’s teacher will also email the work. We encourage you to maintain some routine for children and so the activities teachers have prepared can provide a structure to help you keep children’s brains ticking over while at home. However, I know I speak for all our staff when I say that we are not expecting you to run a school at the kitchen table every day. Trying to work, parent, keep children entertained and juggle all your other commitments is challenging at the best of times, so trying to educate children as well can cause undue stress for you and your child. Please just do your best, a little bit every week will help children maintain their skills and knowledge. Children the world over are in the same boat and our teachers will bridge any gaps in children’s learning when we get back to our classrooms.  

Please talk to your child about the need to balance online activities with other ways of learning and with exercise and creative play. Online activity needs to be monitored and now is a good time to have that chat with your child.

  • Agree some simple rules around devices, where and how long your child can be on devices, device-free mealtimes, games they can play etc.
  • Talk about the fun stuff as well as the potential bad stuff they may encounter online. Talk about the fact that people may not always be who they say they are online. Talk about being kind online.
  • Keep informed about the apps and games your children use and how to set privacy settings and parental controls. Check out Webwise.ie, cybersafeireland.org and commonsensemedia.org to learn more.
  • Visit https://sites.google.com/cybersafeireland.org/csi-stuck-at-home/home which has a hub of recommended educational apps, games and resources.
  • The most important thing is to let your children know they can come to you about online content that makes them uncomfortable or that they’re not sure about. If they think this may result in them losing their device this will lessen the chances of them coming to you….it’s best to talk over the problem calmly and to help your child learn how to prevent it happening again.

So that’s all for now. I’ll email all the girls this week so tell your child I’m looking forward to hearing from her with all her news!

Kind regards,

Mrs. Sweeney

New School Gmail – Guidance for Families

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for setting up your child’s new school Gmail address. We want to communicate with our pupils and parents by email in a positive, supportive way. As this is a new way of communicating with pupils, we would like to offer some guidance for families:

  1. We ask all families to supervise their child’s online learning work. Please monitor your child’s emails to teacher to ensure you are happy with the content.
  2. When/If requested by teacher, pupils may email their work or projects to teacher for feedback.
  3. Every Friday teachers will email new Home Learning Activities which will be the suggested work for the following week. This work will also be posted on our school website.
  4. Teachers will endeavour to reply to pupils’ email correspondence in a timely manner.
  5. Please email teacher during school hours.
  6. Email correspondence between your child and her teacher is strictly confidential and should not be copied or re-distributed in any manner.

Thank you for you very good work to date supporting your child’s home learning activities.

Mrs Sweeney & staff

 

Login for Schoolbooks Online

Information for Parents: How to Register/Login for Online Schoolbooks

Most of the schoolbook publishers have opened access to their online books and activities so we recommend that you sign up to these if you can as we have included lots of resources from these websites in our work.

We will try to send direct links to resources to make things easier for you but unfortunately sometimes the link may not work, and you may need to search for the resource manually on the website or copy the link into your browser.  

Please follow the instructions to access schoolbooks online here:    Schoolbooks Online Instructions

Message from Mrs. Sweeney
3rd April 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope that you and your family are keeping well. Three weeks have passed since we’ve been in school and it’s safe to say that we miss being in our classrooms. In the likely event that school closures will extend beyond 19th April our teachers are busy preparing learning activities for after the Easter holidays and are working hard to make this work as accessible as possible. The suggested work will be forwarded to you by 17th April.

Please don’t be under pressure to get all the suggested work done or to follow the routine of a school day – just do what works best for your family. Families face new challenges these days and have new priorities. I’m sure many parents are working in front line services, in health care, in shops, delivery services and many more – we are so grateful to you…thank you. We hope the Easter break will give children time to relax, to play and to take a break from the more formal aspects of schoolwork.

In the coming weeks our teachers would like to further support you and your child with the home learning activities, so we want to set up an email contact between your child and her teacher. All pupils will need parental help and supervision with this form of communication and realistically younger pupils will need their parents to manage emails.

Set Up Gmail for your Child

Steps to follow:

  1. At your earliest convenience please create a new Gmail account for your daughter. You can do this on any device – a phone will do, but a PC, laptop, iPad or tablet is best.
  2. For help with this Google “Create a Gmail account” or click here
  3. Create your child’s new Gmail account with your child’s initial, surname and class followed by smnt@gmail.com

for example

  1. Remember to write down/remember your password!
  2. You can install the Gmail app on your iPhone, iPad or android device.
  3. If you have more than one daughter in Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire you need to set up a new Gmail account for each of your daughters.
  4. When you have your new Gmail account set up please send an email to your child’s teacher using her address from the list below. In the email please write your own name, your child’s name and the teacher’s name.
  5. Please send a separate email to me at dsweeneysmntardee@gmail.com and make sure to include your name, your child’s name and her class.
  6. If your child attends Ms Lynch or Ms Sheridan for extra help with English, maths or other support please email the relevant teacher as well, once again stating your child’s name and class.

When all the emails are collated your child’s teacher(s) will send a “Welcome” email to her class. We will also email a list of guidelines that will help everyone to engage positively with this new system. This remote learning is new to all of us, but we will work through any teething problems together. We await further clarification from the Department of Education about school closures and we will contact you as soon as this information is announced.

Thank you for your attention to this letter and I wish you and your family a happy and safe Easter.

Kind regards

Mrs Sweeney, Principal.

 

Class Teacher Gmail address
Junior Infants Mrs K Rust krustsmntardee@gmail.com

 

Senior Infants Ms D McGeeney dmcgeeneysmntardee@gmail.com

 

Senior Infants Ms D Haughian dhaughiansmntardee@gmail.com

 

1st Class Ms E Farrell efarrellsmntardee@gmail.com

 

2nd Class Mrs M O’Malley momalleysmntardee@gmail.com

 

2nd Class Ms J Clinton jclintonsmntardee@gmail.com

 

3rd Class Ms Greenan & Ms McClean 3rdsmntardee@gmail.com

 

4th Class Ms S Mason smasonsmnt@gmail.com

 

5th Class Ms E Sheridan esheridansmntardee@gmail.com

 

5th Class Ms R Clerkin rclerkinsmntardee@gmail.com

 

6th Class Ms O McKenna omckennasmntardee@gmail.com

 

Sp. Education Teacher Ms C Lynch clynchsmntardee@gmail.com

 

Sp. Education Teacher Ms C Sheridan csheridan145@gmail.com

 

All parents to email Principal Mrs D Sweeney dsweeneysmntardee@gmail.com

 


Message from Mrs. Sweeney

25th March 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians

 I hope you and your family are keeping well during these very tough and worrying days. As stated in our previous letters and texts, the priority for all families is to keep everyone safe and well and to cope with the new challenges we’re facing.

You are probably aware that our Taoiseach has announced that school closures will extend until April 19th. The 12th of March, when schools closed, already seems like a long time ago. On that day we sent work home to cover the two-week period up to 27th March. Our teachers have prepared work for the week of Monday 30th March to Friday 3rd April and this will be posted on our website on Friday 27th March. Meanwhile, we are exploring new ways of communicating with you and we will share our plans with you in the coming weeks. This is an experience that none of us has ever had before and we thank you for your patience and support as we work to manage it with you.

During the “Easter Break” we would encourage pupils to catch up on any unfinished work, enjoy the great outdoors whilst observing social distancing, do fun activities like making Easter cards and playing board games, learn some age-appropriate life skills ( for example learn how to tie laces or for older pupils learn to sort the laundry & turn on the washing machine at the right setting etc) . Focus on making positive memories of these extraordinary times we’re living through.

 As a parent I am very aware of the challenges families face in relation to this new way of schoolwork. I know many of you may be working from home so there may be limited time and IT facilities to accommodate everyone’s needs. Please don’t be under too much pressure to try to replicate the work of teachers. Remind children that their education is important but don’t let schoolwork be a source of conflict or stress in your home. Happy minds all round is more important than worksheets completed. One to two hours of “schoolwork” a day, with breaks as needed, will go a long way and all you and your child can do is “your best”.

These are unprecedented times and children may pick up on the anxiety in this new world we’re living in. The reality of having to stay at home, not seeing their friends is probably sinking in. You may see some changes in their behaviour, and this is normal under the circumstances. Right now, children need to feel loved and re-assured, so take the time to talk, relax and share some reading time together…. when all else fails…. Read, read, read!

We’ll be in contact again very soon,

Kind regards,

Mrs Sweeney


Covid-19: School Closure Notification

12th March 2020

Dear Parent(s) / Guardian(s)

We have been advised by the HSE / Department of Education and Skills to close our school for a period of time, from 6pm today 12th March to 29th March.

We fully understand that you are concerned about your daughter’s welfare and education during this period of school closure.

  • Our teachers have planned some activities to help your child continue with learning at home for a two-week period. The necessary books are in your child’s school bag. We recognise that this is not a substitute for actual teaching in school but will help children practise some skills they have been working on. The activities listed should be spread over the two-week period and any guidance and support you can offer will be useful.
  • If you have access to the internet in your home, we have also listed some Website Activities that children can explore.
  • Your priority is to keep your children and family safe and well. Keep up the good work reminding children to wash hands properly and often and to sneeze/cough into the bend of their elbow.
  • Please exercise good judgement and best practice to ensure you, your family and our community at school and at home keep safe and well. There are many vulnerable people in our communities and it’s our duty to do as much as we can to protect our school family and those at home. Please continue to follow all the advice, guidance and up to date information on the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) at www.hse.ie

Re-assure your child that things will be alright and that their teachers are looking forward to seeing them soon. Please note that any information regarding the re-opening of school and other updates will be texted to you.

We look forward to seeing all our pupils and families back in school soon and we wish you and your family an illness free break from school. 

Yours sincerely

Deirdre Sweeney & staff


Talking to your child about Covid-19

Please click below for more information on how to talk to your child  about Covid-19:

https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Announcements/talking-to-children-and-young-people-about-covid-19-coronavirus-advice-for-parents-and-schools.pdf

Your Child's Learning Activities

We have uploaded some activity sheets to keep your daughter/s involved during the school closure. Please click on the links below to access the activity sheets for your children:

Please note: These worksheets open in a new window. You may need to allow popups from the school website in your browser.


 

Fáilte Romhaibh

It is my pleasure to welcome you to our school website which I hope gives you the essential school information you seek as well as an insight into the happy, vibrant and productive life of Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire. In our school you will find happy children supported by a team of dedicated and enthusiastic staff. It is with immense pride that I carry out my duties as Principal and I am always extremely grateful for the hard work and support of our parents, pupils, staff, Board of Management and Parents’ Association and the wider community who make Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire the unique and welcoming school that it is. Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire has been serving the town of Ardee since 1956 and our dedicated staff and Board of Management continuously work to build on our excellent reputation and caring ethos. Our website will give you a flavour of the many activities we undertake to develop the intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and emotional well-being of our pupils.
Bainigí taitneamh as.
Deirdre Sweeney
Principal

Active Schools

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Parents' Association

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Our History

The motto on the Ardee Crest reads – Ná bris sith, ná bris cairdis – Don’t break peace, Don’t break friendship. Ardee gets its name from the Irish Áth Fhirida, the Ford of Ferdia, where the legendary hero Cúchulainn defeated his friend Ferdia on the banks of the River Dee….  Read More

Our School

Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire operates under the rules for National Schools and Department of Education Circulars. It is funded by grants provided by the Department of Education and Science (DES). We follow the curricular programmes laid down by the DES.