What a wonderful day we had! We would like to thank everyone who came to celebrate with us. It was an amazing day with our pupils, guests, staff and supportive parents who helped a lot during this day. Without you all we couldn’t celebrate such an important event. It always seems impossible until it’s done! Well done to all involved! The photos will speak by themselves.
The Department of Education released information about the 2022 Home-Based Summer Programme to Support the Education or Care Needs of Students with Complex Needs. For the 2022 Home-Based Summer Programme, the Department has introduced an Online Sanctioning Portal. Where parents wish to participate in the scheme, schools are asked to submit the details of applicant students onto this portal. This will allow the Department to confirm eligibility automatically and issue a sanction email to the parent along with a link to the Grant Claim Form for the programme. By using this Sanctioning Portal for the 2022 programme it is hoped that this will provide clarity to the parents regarding the number of hours their child has been allocated. Please see attached form below.
During this difficult time and in an effort to ensure the safety of all children in our classrooms the Board of Management decided to purchase air purifiers with no fund support from DES. We choose RENSAIR. It is a hospital-grade air purifier developed to destroy 99.97% of airborne particles including allergens, bacteria, fungus and viruses (including the Coronavirus family). This device uses the H13 Hospital-grade HEPA filter and UVC light which destroys all pathogens and viruses. It has been approved by WHO and DES. RENSAIR will provide clean air, a safe, warm and comfortable environment. There will be no need to open the windows and doors to provide ventilation. Our children’s health is the priority.
A huge thank you to Siobhian Kelly and all involved for the donation of €500 to our ASD class. The money was raised through Fancy Dress Fundraiser on Saturday 23rd October at Brown Joes Bar in Athea. Once again thank you 🙂 The money will be put towards educational equipment for our classroom.
Recently our pupils started Yoga classes with our Yoga instructor Tara.
It is a great opportunity for all children to explore yoga poses and their benefits.
In the current situation it is important to show children how to reduce stress or anxiety or how to relax and connect with nature.
7 Benefits of Yoga for Young Children:
Yoga helps children manage their anxiety.
Yoga improves children’s emotional regulation.
Yoga boosts children’s self-esteem.
Yoga increases children’s body awareness and mindfulness.
Yoga enhances children’s concentration and memory.
Yoga develops children’s strength and flexibility.
Tara also gives private classes to all age groups including adults.
If you will need more information, please contact Tara directly by email: [email protected] or 0894593987.
There is also a video message from Public Health Consultant Dr Abigail Collins available here: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a0bff-reopening-our-primary-and-special-schools/#public-health-guidance-for-schools , in which she outlines how to ensure the safe return of special schools and classes.
The below two documents from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) feature the latest public health advice and might also be useful to parents at this time:
Meet Athea’s newest Superheroes from Athea GAA. They need your help, they are looking for names. There will be a prize for the chosen names so send in your suggestions to @AtheaGAA by Facebook, twitter or Instagram. Ath an tsleibhe Abu. 👏
We had a school colouring competition to celebrate Limerick being in the hurling final on Sunday. Thanks to Athea Gaa for giving us the prizes. Some wonderful art wad created and it was very hard to judge. A winner was picked from each class. Thank you to all who participated in our competition. Luimneach Abú.
As you know Athea N.S. is taking part in the Green-Schools Programme and are now working on the Travel theme. As part of ”Clean Air” Week next week we have launched a ”No Idling” campaign outside the school gates. All vehicle owners are asked to turn their engines off whilst they wait to help improve air quality, reduce emissions and create a healthier environment around our school gates. Thank you for your support.