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Parents Association Christmas Message

Merry Christmas from the PSA

Thank you to the entire staff of St. Olivers for your incredible work in these strange and challenging times!

Due to Covid restrictions we were not able to have our AGM face to face, usually held in November,  so we have deferred it to the end of February in the hope that by then we will be able to meet again in person .

In the mean-time wishing all our families, students and staff a Happy and Healthy Christmas and every good wish for 2022.

Red Weather Warning 7th & 8th December

PARENTS,

AS THERE IS A RED WEATHER WARNING IN PLACE FOR KERRY , ST OLIVER'S N.S WILL BE CLOSED ON 7TH AND 8TH DECEMBER, AS ADVISED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION & SKILLS.

Parents Note 1st Dec. 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Department of Education announced last evening new requirements in relation to mask wearing for pupils from 3rd to 6th class in primary schools. Our school will be adopting a pragmatic approach to this new advice .Pupils are welcome to start wearing masks in these classes from today and from next Monday we aim to implement the requirements.

We appreciate that some pupils will be exempt from wearing masks on medical grounds and please contact your child’s teacher to discuss this. Please refer to the "Face Covering for Children" released last night.

Again, we thank everyone for cooperating to help keep our school as safe as possible.

Colm

 

Parents Note 31st Nov. Antigen Testing

Dear Parents,

I hope that you are well.  

Please click on the link "Letter to Parents from the Department of Education" explaining their plan to provide Antigen Tests to pupils who are part of a classroom POD in which there was a confirmed case of Covid 19. 

It continues to rely on parents to inform the school when their child has had a positive diagnosis.  Please continue to do this.  Schools have no other way of knowing about Covid cases amongst pupils. 

Thank you very much for your huge co-operation in keeping children at home when symptomatic.  This is the essential part - that we all work together to keep Covid out of our classrooms. 

Please see this link for information re when to keep your child at home from school:  https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a04fc-advice-for-students-and-their-families/#health-advice-for-parents 

Mise le meas, 

Colm ó Súilleabháin 

Mr. Tim Horgan Retires from St Oliver's

 

MR. TIM HORGAN, DEPUTY PRINCIPAL,  RETIRES FROM ST.OLIVER'S NATIONAL SCHOOL. 

Mr. Tim Horgan, Deputy Principal of St Oliver's has retired after 41 years of service to our school .  Please click on the following link to view a wonderful "Farewell Tim"  video which was made to wish him all the best in the future .

Much has been written and said about the value of a friend. The attributes often listed as a menu of laudable qualities that aim to encapsulate that feeling of trust and care a true friend provides. Of course, with Tim these qualities are apparent and easily recognised – calmness, care, intelligence, empathy, fun and I’m sure for each of us here a new and glowing adjective could be added to try and describe the man. However there is something else – something even greater than the sum of all these parts - a ‘Timness’ an essence of decency and care that is the bedrock, the foundation for the other obvious talents.

This ‘Timness’ is there in his teaching – 47 years of service, 41 years in this school. Thousands of children and hundreds of teachers and SNAs have benefitted from his care – in mainstream, Learning Support, Special Class and various Leadership roles. This ‘Timness’ is a unique mixture – his intelligence and curiosity encapsulate a ‘growth mindset’ – he will continue his studies after he retires from our school, his empathy and advice on professional and personal problems is based on listening and helping to make you feel better. Tim is well known as an athlete, but the power of his legs pales in comparison to the power of his empathy and decency.

Whenever we hit a problem in school, sought advice or wanted to know about the latest initiative there was always the ‘Ask Tim’ card and ,you know what, he was bound to know something about it! His Timness would quickly give you further reading and his boundless energy would lead you down a rabbit-hole of discovery about some new learning initiative.

We thank God for Tim – we have been blessed to know him, work with him and count him as a friend.

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