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Room 12 have had fun learning about the centre of gravity in the past week.

School Re-opening

Dear Parents/Guardians

We would like to welcome you back to St. Paul’s Primary School for a new school year.  We hope you had a lovely summer in these challenging times we all face and are looking forward to the year ahead.  

It is not possible to eliminate the risk of infection. However, with the co-operation of all members of our school community, it is possible to minimise the risk of the virus being introduced to school and the consequent risk of its spread. We therefore appeal to all members of the school community to observe all the protocols with regard to Covid 19. 

We set out hereunder important information for the reopening of St. Paul’s Primary School.  Please read carefully so that you can be rest assured we are doing our very best to keep everyone safe and well.        

The DES published a roadmap for reopening schools: https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/a128d-back-to-school/?referrer=http://www.gov.ie/backtoschool/

In line with these guidelines we have created a Covid Response Plan, carried out risk assessment and an Action Plan for Improvement. These are ‘fluid’ documents that will need to be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Covid-19 Lead Person/ Lead Worker Representative:

Donna Connolly will have responsibility for the plan and be the link person for the school community and Principal/ BOM.

Some Important Information for you

Back to school:

  • School fees ( Book rental and School Uniform):  Wednesday August 26th 9.30- 12.30
  • Please have the exact money in an envelope with your child’s name on it.  It’s €160 for book rental and two uniforms or €130 for  book rental and one uniform
  • Back to school Date for pupils : Thursday 27th August
  • Please make sure your child has all their own copies and stationary as sharing will not be allowed.  These will remain in school to prevent cross-contamination

Physical Distancing:

  • A distance of 1 metre should be maintained between desks or between individual pupils from 3rd to 6th class
  • The risk of spread of infection may be reduced by structuring pupils and their teachers into Class Bubbles and groups or ‘Pods’ within those class bubbles
  • If a class is divided into Pods(groups), there will be at least 1m distance between individual Pods within the Class Bubble and between individuals in the pod, whenever possible. 
  • The aim of the system within the school, is that each class grouping mix only with their own class from arrival at school in the morning until departure at the end of the school day. 

Hygiene:

  • All staff and children must sanitise their hands every time they enter the school/classroom.
  • It is intended that all common touch areas will be disinfected during the school day and again after school. All classrooms will be cleaned each day. 
  • All internal classroom doors, where practical, to be left open, to minimise touching of common areas.
  • Masks and visors have been purchased for all staff. Following the recommendation by the HSE all staff will wear masks or visors when it is not possible to maintain a distance of 2m.
  • Masks for school pupils are not mandatory but your child may wear them if you wish.
  • Parents asked to wash the school uniform as much as possible to prevent contamination

School Visitors:

  • No adults other than staff members should enter the school building, meetings by phone or appointment only.
  • Messages for teachers/principal/SNA/secretary can be sent by email info@brunnerprimary.ie  or by phoning the school office on 01-8722167

Special Arrangements for school entry and Exit:

  • Children will  be able to access the school through the Main gate/Front Door and the Side Gate/Red Cow
  • We ask for co-operation with these times as it will mean that the numbers congregating at the gate of the school at any one time will be minimised. 

Please Note:

  • Group A – 2nd, 3rd and 4th –school starts at 8.40am and finishes at 2.20pm
  • Group B – 4th , 5th and 6th Class – school starts at 8.50am and finishes at 2.30pm

2nd class, 5th/6th  and 6th enter through Main gate

3rd,4th and 5th enter through Side gate entrance (Red cow)

Illness:

  • Please do not send your child to school if they are unwell
  • If a child displays symptoms at school, parents/ guardians will be asked to collect them. Parents/guardians will be contacted immediately by telephone. To help us in this regard, parents/guardians are asked to make sure that their contact details are kept up to date at all times.
  • Any child who displays Covid-19 symptoms will be directed to the isolation room on the second floor. Chairs will be placed there and the child will be asked to wear a mask and will be supervised until collected. Nobody else may enter this area while a child is awaiting collection. It will be sanitised by cleaning staff after the child leaves.
  • Children who have returned home after travelling abroad from a non-green list destination must self-isolate for a period of 14 days, before returning to school. For everyone’s safety children cannot be allowed into school if they have not completed the self-isolation. Please see government guidelines on travel and countries not on the green list.

Break and Lunch times:

  • Our school breakfast and lunch clubs will continue.
  • Our 7 mainstream classes will each constitute as a bubble and each bubble will have access to yard. Classes will take supervised breaks within their class bubble at staggered times during the day. 
  • Parents/Guardians must make sure that children bring their lunches to school to avoid adults having to come to the school during the day. Please remind your children not to share their food or drinks with other children.

School Activities

  • There will be no extra curricular activities i.e. football, swimming etc. for the foreseeable future in school. We will review this at different stages throughout the year.


We are looking forward to welcoming all members of our school community back to school. Our aim is to re-open the school in an orderly safe manner, while reassuring everyone in our school community and making them feel comfortable, safe and ready to work and learn in our new school environment. This will be achieved by all of us working together towards this common goal.

If you have any concerns please feel free to contact me on 01 8722167 or principal@brunnerprimary.ie or call Ms Aoife Martin our HSCL teacher on 087 3874725

Kind regards, 

____Ruth Coghlan_______

Ruth Coghlan 

Principal.

6th Class Slideshow 2020

On Friday the 6th class in St Paul’s completed their primary education with a zoom graduation. It was not the end that we had envisioned but it was a nice way to share some memories and pictures of the boy’s time in Brunner. Here is the video of the 6th class having fun during their days in the school.

Great Memories Of 4th. Class

Click on the video to play and see our fond memories of 4th. class 2019/20.

Communion & Confirmation update from Fr. Martin.

Confirmation & Communion, Update 29 April 2020

Dear Pupils, Parents and Teachers, I hope you are keeping well at this time. As the restrictions imposed by the Government are set to continue for some time, it was with great sadness that we had to cancel the Confirmation ceremony planned for the 25th of March 2020 & the Communion ceremony planned for May 22nd. I know how disappointing this was for you and I also know how much preparation you had put into getting ready for the Confirmation and Communion . Please don’t lose heart. As soon as the restrictions are lifted and we are given the go ahead, we can set a new date. Sadly, at this time, we don’t know when this will be. As large gatherings will probably not be permitted for a long time to come, we may have to look at having Confirmation for smaller groups. We can explore all options when the time comes. For now, we have to follow closely the guidelines provided for the safety and well being of everyone so that we can all gather together again sooner rather than later. We will continue update you on any further developments regarding the celebration of Communion & Confirmation as we receive them.

May the Lord bless you and your family, and keep you safe

Fr Marti Bennett cap Parish Priest, St Michan’s Church, Halston Street Parish,

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