Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope that you are staying well and that you are okay in the middle of all the changes which continue to happen all around us. We know that some of you are anxious and worried about health, loss of jobs, uncertainty about money and worries about your own safety, particularly for you who work in healthcare, who have underlying medical conditions or who care for vulnerable children or adults.
As you know, the Minister for Education has postponed the re-opening of our schools but has not given us a re-opening date. It will depend on how well our country manages this health emergency.
It is important that you know that there is no educational emergency – especially for Primary school children. Your children may enjoy doing some school work and you may be in a position to share some time with them as they do so. Equally, if, for whatever reason, this isn’t possible, do not worry! The staff at St.Columba’s look forward to meeting each pupil exactly where they are at on their learning journey when they return. It will take us some time to get everything back on track but every single teacher, pupil and school in the country will be in exactly the same position.
You may be receiving an e-mail today from your class teacher with suggested work topics and some resources which you may be able to access and use. Please do not let this become a point of conflict with your child. Do what you can with what you have, while juggling all the other things you have to do.
It is daunting after two weeks of having your child at home to think that this may go on for at least another few weeks. As always, in times of stress and trouble, the best advice is to take things one day at a time. Do your best today and let tomorrow take care of itself. Every pilot is taught that if anything goes wrong with a plane when it is in the sky, the most important thing is to keep flying the plane. If we all concentrate on keeping our routine as close as possible to normal, we have the best chance of keeping the children happy and balanced even though there is much uncertainty around us.
Ask your child to tell you again our story about filling people’s buckets. This is more important now than ever.
Given the small hopeful signs in our country’s management of the current crisis, we might dare to hope that life will be back to normal for us sooner than we think, that our Confirmation and First Holy Communion celebrations may be rescheduled with our family members able to be present and that the children can return to school to their learning, to extra curricular activities and to playing and mixing freely with their friends once again.
We look forward to seeing you all again soon.
With best wishes,
Triona Fitzgerald, Principal