Statement from Governors of Ceara School, Lurgan.
While we are delighted to hear of many positive experiences families are having at this time when we have to be together, we understand that some families are struggling as Ceara remains closed to pupils due to Covid 19. We sympathise and fully understand that although teachers and classroom assistants are working extremely hard to provide on-line learning, video lessons and live lessons on-line to keep pupils engaged and learning, this is, in some cases difficult for pupils and for parents to manage for their child.
Many of our teachers are, at this time juggling to balance their work and home life and home schooling their own children while providing for pupils in Ceara, and we acknowledge the exceptional response they have had to this change in situation. They are being expected to complete two full time job roles throughout and be present for your child and their own child(ren) every day.
We thank the teachers, classroom assistants, therapists, school counsellors, administrative staff and our building supervisors for their collaborative work in supporting pupils and families.
We are working on a daily basis, alongside the Acting principal Mrs Evans, EA and Health and Social services to mitigate the risks inherent with this virus, to get staff training and guidelines and the correct protective equipment they need to work safely with your children and keep your child and our staff safe. This is of paramount importance and we cannot afford to get this wrong.
Only when we have all this in place can we safely open school for any child.
If this is before the End of term for vulnerable pupils identified by Social services, we want to make it clear that this would be for respite and will not be school as the pupil understands it.
These pupils will not be back at school to continue their learning or meet their friends.
Indeed, we share the principal’s concern for pupils that they would have to cope with staff wearing face masks and face visors, they may be with unfamiliar staff on a rota basis and they will probably be in a classroom on their own with a limited range of resources.
There is a huge amount to consider in keeping everyone safe in the event of school opening for pupils and staff and all our families and we wish to assure you that we are all working extremely diligently to progress all these considerations to get to a position where we can safely open.
We look forward to the day we can all return to the happy place that is Ceara school.
Joe Nelson, Chair
Diane McClelland, Vice Chair
Eimear Thompson, Parents representative, Designated Governor for child protection
Eileen McCabe, Parents’ Representative
Dan Corr, Education Authority Representative
Ruth Sears, Department of Education Representative
Heidi Clarke, Teachers’ Representative
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!
EA Guidance for Vulnerable Children and Young People
Support for those children and young people who may be particularly vulnerable at this time https://www.eani.org.uk/vulnerable-children-and-young-people
Ceara Bake Off ! Get those apron on!
This weeks video task coincides with Mental Health Awareness week so we are doing a bake off activity whilst raising money for a much needed mental health charity PIPS.
Please send all photos to email@example.com
to be in with a chance of the special prize.
You can donate to Ceara School Just Giving page for PIPS by clicking
Attention Autism Training for parents
Our pupils love Attention Autism, often referred to in class as the bucket. Many of our teachers have had the full training and lots of our staff have been taking part in online training in the recent weeks. For the first time there is going to be training for parents. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about this strategy and to then be able to implement it into home life. http://ginadavies.co.uk/parent-courses/?fbclid=IwAR0RyhiWdAyovppao8waMYhZZtSqen8yTZE-qQRTlOKOeljpBUrHGg9HjCY
On Gina Davis' facebook page there are lots of videos of attention autism that can be used at home https://www.facebook.com/ginadaviesautism/
Thank you to everyone who contributed to making Earth Day 2020 a very special day.
We have proven that even though we're apart, we can still contribute together to make something wonderful.
We thoroughly enjoyed receiving all of your photos and videos and are missing you all very much. We hope you all enjoy the compilation video.
We will be together soon and keep looking after our beautiful planet.
Remember... Every day is Earth day xxx
Ceara School is a controlled interdenominational school for pupils aged from 3 years to 19 years old. There are currently 174 pupils on role. The school moved to a purpose built facility at Sloan Avenue in 2001 but due to increasing numbers each year we have had extensions added in 2009 and only last year we had five new classrooms and a music room added.
Our school motto is ‘forward together‘ and we have a team of dedicated and skilled teachers and classroom assistants who work with every child to ensure that they grow and develop skills, knowledge and independence in a safe, caring and empowering environment and move forward. We recognise each child’s specific needs and believe that Forward is forward no matter what the speed.
We hope that you enjoy reading about the fantastic achievements of our pupils on our web page.
Pam Evans (Acting Principal)
Ceara School is currently closed
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Latest year calendar Events
- Head of School Meetings08Jun2020
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
- Horse Riding09Jun2020
11:00 am - 12:00 pm @ Ballyknock Stables
- Primary Counsellor10Jun2020
12:00 am - 1:00 am
- Art @ Lurgan College10Jun2020
9:30 am - 11:30 am