Update - Tuesday 5th May

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope you had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend and availed of the fabulous weather and the opportunity to get outdoors, even if it is within a 2km limit.

As I’m sure you are all aware of by now, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, made the announcement on Friday evening that schools will remain closed until the Autumn.

I’m sure that tears have been shed in many a household since the announcement on Friday evening. Dreams of the longed-for end-of-year celebrations, school tours, sports day and football matches have all been shattered not to mention the disappointment for our 2nd and 6th Classes as their First Communion and Confirmation have been postponed.

My heart goes out particularly to our 6th Class students whose time in Primary School has been cut short so abruptly. However, we will mark their time at Glounaguillagh N.S. with a very special celebration when it is safe to do so.

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on us all. There is no doubt that our children have been asked to sacrifice a lot, however, they have shown us that they are very resilient and a great example to us all.

I know for some; the last couple of weeks have not been without challenge. I am conscious of the fact that the novelty of home learning may be wearing thin and that home learning fatigue may be setting in! This is perfectly normal and to be expected. The children are missing their friends and would like to get back to learning as they know it. My advice at this time remains the same – try not to stress about schoolwork. When school returns to normal, we will get your children back on track. In the meantime, remain positive, keep up with a daily routine and engage with learning activities that the children enjoy. It is important that the children try to link in with their teachers at least once a week so the teachers can see how they are getting on and offer any support they may need.

Let me finish by thanking you for the lovely messages of support and good wishes that we have received from so many of you over the last few weeks. I can’t tell you how much it means to us all. It is very much appreciated.

Say a big hello to the boys and girls for me!

Stay safe!

Sinéad Pigott

Principal

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