As we enter another week of self isolation and home learning I want to reassure you that the Board of Governors, staff are myself are planning and thinking about how we will return to school. Like you, we would like to see this happen sooner rather than later.
As a school our first duty of care is to our pupils and although we are told that this virus does not usually affect children as severely as adults, and the elderly in particular, we are aware that our pupils are vulnerable in so many ways and many have underlying conditions that increase their risk.
Any return to school must be carefully risk assessed to ensure that safety of the pupils and staff is given the highest level of consideration.
We must be mindful of Government advice around social distancing, checking temperatures coming in to school, the need for staff to wear protective clothing to protect pupils and themselves and how our pupils will cope with all of this.
We must also look to how we clean school at the end of each session and further to this what sessions will look like and what resources can be used.
In short we do not think school will be as it was when we left it and this will be a challenge for us all, coupled with the underlying fear that at any point someone may become ill.
Please be assured that we will keep planning and moving toward opening school.
Summer scheme, although held in our schools is run by the Education Authority and the decision about whether there will be a summer scheme is in their hands and not in our control. I am not aware that any decision about Summer Scheme has been made at this point.
Teachers are working hard to make resources and find links that will engage pupils and there are songs and stories that are familiar to them.
They have contacted all parents this week and will do so again in the near future. I know a number of you were either not available to answer or did not pick up as the number was displayed as a private number so if you have any queries, concerns please send me an e -mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Dear Parents /Carers
We hope that you are all well and safe. The last two weeks have been hard for everyone as we adjust to a new way of working, you learn to cope with trying to occupy your children and keep your head and all this against a background of fear as we listen each night to the terrible statistics of cases of infection and the overwhelming sadness of the news of deaths.
We want you to know that the staff of Ceara are thinking of all our lovely pupils and families and if there is anything we can help you with please do not be afraid to ask. The Easter holidays may start on Monday but I will be checking my e- mail each day.
Easter is the most important celebration in the Christian calendar and a time when we think of new life and our pupils learn about lambs and chicks and spring flowers. Indeed our first ever art exhibition planned by the five special schools in the southern region to take place in May was entitled ‘New Life “
We also teach about the first Easter when after Good Friday and His death on the cross the disciples of Jesus must have despaired and felt that it was a disaster and the end, but the story ends with glorious victory as Jesus rose from the grave to defeat death
Easter tells us that despair does not win.
This crisis feels like a disaster. We are surrounded by sad news, unable to be close to those we love, unable to go places we love to go, unable to do things we have done but we look around at nature and new life surrounds us – buds on the trees, flowers blooming, lambs in the fields.
These things remain, reminding us that the world will go on and this time will pass.
Have a lovely Easter everyone. Stay in and enjoy being together as a family, rest, play, and eat chocolate.
Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils,
We hope and pray that you are all well and keeping busy with the work and activities the teachers have provided on the web and in the home learning packs.
We understand that many of you are juggling the needs and demands of more than one child and trying to navigate through work set for each child from their school, others will be just trying to survive the day and not even get to schoolwork.
This situation is one none of us have ever lived through and brings a whole realm of new stresses into lives and we know that with the vulnerability of many of our pupils the stress on parents is huge.
Teachers have provided many fun activities and you can do these as a family - arts, crafts, music, movement, games and challenges.
Take one day at a time.
Don’t worry about getting it all done – we wont be marking your child or asking to see their work- but would love to hear about how they are getting on and what they are enjoying. Teachers are setting up an area in their class home learning where you will be able to let us know how home learning is going on and share achievements and ask for help.
Please remember that many of our teachers have their kids at home and are trying to home teach too and so they may take a while to get back to you.
You can also contact me on email@example.com. but if there are high volumes of queries I also may take a while to answer you but will do so as soon as I can.
Hoping all our families stay safe through the following days
As we all navigate these unprecedented times, we at Parentline NI would like to remind you all that our Regional Parents Helpline is in full operation throughout this period. We can be contacted on freephone 0808 8020 400 to provide advice, support and guidance to parents and carers.
We are opened:
Monday- Thursday 9am-9pm
We would appreciate if you could share the attached information with parents so they know they can contact us at this time.
We would like to thank you all for your incredible work and dedication to all pupils and students throughout NI.
Please take good care of yourself and your loved ones throughout this time.
Children in Northern Ireland
Floor 4, 3 Glengall Street
Please telephone school by 3pm today (Friday 20th March) if you meet the criteria and wish to send your child to school.
WORLD BOOK DAY
Some pictures of our pupils enjoying our weather themed Literacy Week...
Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries across the world on Tuesday 11thFebruary 2020. The theme this year is ‘Together for a better internet’.
The internet is an amazing place! In our real lives, it provides us with entertainment, allows us to communicate and helps us learn new things. When we go online, we have an online identity. This is information about ourselves, our likes, what we share and how we talk to others.
On some apps, we can make an avatar or a profile that other people online can see. We aim to promote to our young pupils how they can keep safe the importance of not share private information or photographs to people they meet online.
We hope to empower them to know what to do if they see something that they do not like or makes them feel sad. It is always important that parents/guardians are aware of what their children are doing online.
Ceara Book Fair
Monday 4th - Friday 8th November 2019
Late Night Thursday 7th November
Ceara School Parents Survey
We value our partnership with parents.
Have your say! Please let us know how you feel about Ceara School. This will help us with future planning to make sure Ceara School is providing the best for our pupils.
Please click on the link below to complete the survey
The password will be sent via the school texting service.
Confirmed raffle prizes so far..... keep checking for updates and a massive thank you for all your support and donations!!
Some of the staff and students from the Clanrye Group showing their handiwork to Mrs Clarke. The students are studying horticulture at Slieve Gullion and they worked hard to dig out and plant seeds to make a Wild Flower Garden at Ceara.
Congratulations to pupils Annie Hyde, Shola Heath, Teresa Burns and past pupil Rachel Thompson who all received their bronze Pope John Paul II Award on Wednesday 21st March.
A great big THANKYOU to everyone for helping to raise £407.09 for Comic Relief on Friday 15th March. Staff and pupils had lots of fun dressing up in their pyjamas and we were treated to a special Red Nose Day Talent Show during our assembly. Well done to everyone!
World Book Day
Thursday 7th March 2019
Just a wee reminder that it is World Book Day on Thursday 7th March. Pupils are invited to dress up as a character from a favourite book. There are lots of fun activities planned in our classes so Thursday is shaping up to be a great day. Don't panic if you can't think of any costume ideas - here are a few ideas to help....
New Start Wrist Bands
Josh McGoldrick is the older brother of one of our pupils. Josh underwent a life saving heart transplant last summer at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester. He is selling wristbands that he designed to raise funds for Wythenshawe Hospital Transplant Fund. There are a number of these in the school office if you wish to make a donation.
Christmas Fun 2018
A big thank you to Jimmy Robinson who treated every child in Ceara to an ice cream from his ice cream van.
Pupils from classes 11 and 14 enjoyed a performance from Replay Theatre
BBC Children in Need
A big thank you to everyone who helped to raise funds for BBC Children in Need on Friday 16th November. Our Spotacular non uniform day raised an amazing £500.85
Female Fitness Studio Fundraiser
Maria McBride from Female Fitness Studios organised a Hallowe’en Charity Night on Thursday 1st November in aid of Ceara School. A big thank you to all who contributed to raising a grand total of £1300.
Highlights of our Maths Week
Ceara Pupils open the new Marks and Spencer Store at
Marlborough Retail Park, Craigavon.
Brid and Malachy travelled to Marlborough Retail Park on Thursday 4th October to cut the tape and officially open the new Marks and Spencer's Foodhall along with the Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon,
Councillor Julie Flaherty. The pupils were met by Manager of the store, Mr John Woods and were presented with gift bags.
Special guests Odhran from class 14 and Rory Best at the reopening of the Hydrotherapy Pool in the Physiotherapy Department at CraigavonArea Hospital on 5th September 2018