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Dear Parents,

We wish to inform you that Athea N.S. is ready for opening on Thursday (27/08) at 9:10 following consultation with B.O.M. approval. All children will be met by a member of staff and will be hand sanitized on entering the school. Arrival of children will be in an orderly  manner with each child  entering the school immediately on arrival. Children will be escorted to the classroom where they will be met and placed at their desk. All parents are asked to remain outside the school gate with the exception of Junior Infants parents and parents of children for ASD classes and Early Intervention Room. Junior Infants will enter by Room 1 door. Junior Infants should be accompanied to the door initially by 1 parent. Children of the ASD class/Early Intervention Class will enter by the side door accompanied by a parent.

Pre-school children will enter by the lower gate and go to the entrance gate on the preschool side. There they will be met by a member of staff. Pre-school will be one session (morning) initially and will only take children due to begin Junior Infants in September ’21. There is an issue with the afternoon session due to the deep clean directive and the ability of staff to cover same. It is imperative that our school opens with as little risk as possible. The afternoon session is questionable until clarified is secured. We will issue further directive once the information is available to us.

If the event of a child feeling unwell during the school day we have a sick bay room and parents will be contacted immediately. Break times will be segregated, and teachers will comply with the designated time. There will be  little movement of children on the corridor and in the classroom. Children will follow the directives form their teachers. On leaving the school, parents are asked to sanitize their children’s belongings before items are returned to school on the following day.  The uniform is grey/maroon slacks, tracksuit, skirt or pinafore (no crest to cut down on cost). We ask that clothing be washed every evening.

Each child should have a lunch sized box of essential items i.e. sanitizer, face cloth, and antiseptic wipes. Clearly marked and replaced when necessary.

Needless to say, children should  not be send to school if they show any sign or symptoms related to COVID.  Together we can return our children to school in a safe manner as long as everyone plays their part and cooperates with the department directive on COVID safety.

This is the framework for returning to school thus far from Athea National School B.O.M and staff.

Any changes over the coming weeks will be updated as soon as become necessary.

Coronavirus Books For Children

Coronavirus Books For Young Children

Explaining the Coronavirus COVID-19 Epidemic to young children can be hard. Luckily books have been released for free download for parents, caretakers, and educators of young children to help them explain and discuss what is going on.

Coronavirus. A book for Children.

Why we stay home?

Why Can’t I Go to School?

Coronavirus Books For Young Children Available To Download For Free

Somerville’s own Candlewick Press has released Coronavirus: A Book for Children by Elizabeth Jenner and Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts which you can download for free here:

In their review of the book, The School Library Journal wrote “A diverse cast, a global stage, practical and expert advice, along with friendly, accessible illustrations by Scheffler make this free digital download a must-have in the home or collection of everyone on the planet”

The Pyramid Model Consortium has their book “Why Can’t I Go to School?” which is Scripted story it can download here.

Finally we have the book “Why We Are Staying Home” which is part of the Millie and Suzie series also available for free download here.

Books for September 2020

Please see attached book lists for the new school year 2020/2021.

Booklist Junior Infants Mrs Allen

Booklist Senior Infants Boys Mrs Allen

Booklist Senior Infants Girls Miss Prendiville

Booklist 1st Class Boys Miss Prendiville

Booklist 1st Class Girls Miss Quilty

Booklist 2nd Class Booklist Miss Quilty

Booklist 3rd Class Mrs Balfry (Ms. O’ Connell)

Booklist 4th Class Boys Mrs Balfry (Ms. O’ Connell)

Booklist 4th Class Girls Mrs O’Flaherty

Booklist 5th Class Boys Mrs O’Flaherty

Booklist 5th Class Girls Mrs McElligott

Booklist 6th Class Mrs McElligott





Sacramental Registration

Dear Parents, please visit the website of Diocese of Limerick to register your child to receive First Holy Communion or Confirmation. The deadline is June 12th 2020. We would encourage you to do this online, but if for some reason this is not possible you can supply the relevant details to the Diocesan office (061 350000) on the 8/9th/10th of June between 10am and 2pm.

Sacramental Registration

Special message form our SNA’s

Hello everybody,

Our Special Needs Assistants prepared a special messages to all our pupils and their families. We just want to let you know that we are thinking about you and we miss you all very much. We hope to see you soon again.














































Thinking of all our kiddies and hope your keeping well… missing you all so much… have a lovely summer, stay safe and look forward to being all together again soon!! ❤️❤️ Love, Mary












Confirmation and Ceremony of Light

Bishop Brendan, and several priests around the diocese, will include a special Confirmation message and Ceremony of Light during live-streamed Mass on Pentecost Sunday, 31 May.  Parents are invited to view the Mass with their children, participating in the Ceremony of Light (passing on the baptismal candle).

Bishop Brendan will celebrate Mass in St John’s Cathedral at 12 noon, live-streamed via
All are welcome to tune into the Cathedral Mass with the bishop.


Mindful Gnats         Mindful Gnats

This app is designed to teach young people simple mindfulness and relaxation skills. During this time of uncertainty it may be a useful support. It can be used to help mindfulness practice when playing the Mindful Gnats desktop game (see for details) or as a stand alone aid to mindful practice. Available also for Android and Apple devices (free).

Virtual Sports Day

Instead of a sports day this year Athea N.S has signed up for the healthykidz Virtual Sports Day. Preparation will begin on Monday the 25th May for virtual sports day on Saturday the 27th of June 2020. If interested you can sign up at

Once registered you will be emailed a username and password for app which you can download from apple app store or google play store. Any time pupils log activities on app teachers will be able to review on teachers dashboard. If you are interested in taking part you can get more information on the website or in the attached Sports day preparation pack.


See below videos and instructions!