Welcome to the Harold’s Cross National School Website
Please see link below for our School Calendar for the next academic year, 2020/2021
When the time comes, here are some tips and a short story to help parents to deal with any anxiety in your children going back to school.click on link below.
SOAPER HEROES by Roisín Brennan and some of her classmates from Senior Infants
Do you wonder about why it is so important to wash your hands with soap and warm water? Why is using soap so important? What is the science behind it all? Check out the AMAZING work put together by some of our Senior Infants students while working at home.
Please click on link below for a Press Release on upcoming online safety videos for Parents:
** Active Schools Week starts today the 5th of June**
BEAT THE TEACHERS CHALLENGE – Each day over the next week check this page where you will find a challenge set by some of the staff in our school. Today’s challenge is a figure of 8. Watch the video to see what you have to do. Ms. O’ Meara has completed 46 of these in the space of 1 minute. How many pupils can beat this score? We are dying to hear!
You can email your scores/photographs or videos directly to Ms. O ‘Meara at firstname.lastname@example.org
Try a new game with your family at home – Each day we will also put up a short video clip explaining a game that you can play at home wit your families. Today’s game is bowling.
Active Schools Slogan – Have a look on the Active Flag page and see some of the fantastic poster entries I have received so far. Remember you have until next Wednesday to get your message in to us. Your message has to be a catchy message to encourage our pupils to become more active. You can email them directly to email@example.com
We have just heard the fantastic news that HCNS has been awarded its fifth Green Flag for Biodiversity. The Green-Schools team were blown away by the knowledge, effort and manners of the children when they visited in February. A huge congratulations to everyone for all their hard work and dedication towards the theme over the past couple of years. Hopefully when we return to school we will be able to continue the great work.
The Board completed its annual review of the Child Safeguarding Policy at a meeting in February and of the Anti Bullying Policy in March.
Please click on the link below for Parent’s Agreed Report April 2020.
Online Zumba Classes for Parents with Louise! Every Monday and Thursday at 11.30.Contact Michelle at 0876945082 for the Passcodes.
Parents, we recommend that you establish a daily routine to ensure there is as much structure and consistency in your children’s lives as possible during the school closure.
A sample timetable (there are lots of these available online):
(bath & bedtime a little earlier for our youngest students!)
Our teachers may have sent home work with the class last Thursday or they may be in contact with you via email. We welcome any concerns or questions from you or our students so please email us if you need to.
Can you also let teachers know that you have received their work. Thank you !
There are lots of amazing resources online to assist home learning including:
- https://www.seomraranga.com/ is offering a free daily quiz (answers must be in by 3pm!) offering a daily prize of a €20 gift voucher, the winner each day will be announced on Twitter.
- https://www.twinkl.ie/offer is offering free access to parents: enter the code IRLTWINKLHELPS.
- https://dabbledoomusic.com/p/parents-subscription-full-access/product_id=1122889&coupon_code=19924I – our Dabbledoo music programme, free at home access
- https://www.typingclub.com/ (a free online site to learn touch typing skills)
- https://play.typeracer.com/ (another site to practice typing skills for free)
- http://khanacademy.org (free online lessons)
- https://scratch.mit.edu/ (online coding tutorials and challenges)
- https://hourofcode.com/ie/learn (more coding activities)
- https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ (online games for maths and English practice)
- https://fluencyandfitness.com/ (this site is offering 21days of free membership)
- https://rtejr.rte.ie/10at10/ (10 at 10, get active in English and as Gaeilge!)
- https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga (time to for a little peace and mindfulness!)
- https://family.gonoodle.com/ (our classes use GoNoodle for an active break in the classroom)
- https://www.youtube.com/user/StorylineOnline (video readings of children’s books)
- https://www.youtube.com/artforkidshub (lots of drawing tutorials for kids to follow)
- https://www.scoilnet.ie/scoilnet-services/world-book/ (excellent, reliable, age-appropriate information source for students)
- tinychat.com/room/johnboyne (children’s author John Boyne is hosting online chats every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 11 am)
- https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/ (the author of “Don’t Let the Pigeon on the Bus” and other children’s favourites is posting a drawing challenge each day.)
- https://www.librariesireland.ie/join-your-library (as the libraries are currently closed you can use your library card details or sign up at this link to get temporary card details, use the BORROWBOX app to download 5 books/ audiobooks as you would from the library)
- https://professornasty.com/ (a fun online podcast story)
- http://toytheater.com/category/art (online art tools, use the top menu to access the online instrument tools for music etc.)
- http://bomomo.com/ (online drawing canvas)
@magicmuinteoir on Facebook and Instagram has shared the following excellent activity grids you may like to use at home (click on the picture if you would like it as a printable pdf file):
Above all, stay safe and healthy. And please please remember, no Play Dates.
SAFER INTERNET DAY 2020
Well done to all the entrants of this year’s Safer Internet Day Poster Competition. The standard was very high and choosing a winner was extremely difficult. Nevertheless, finalists were chosen and the two over all winners were Adelina (2nd Class) and Matthew (6th Class). Congratulations you two! Below are the winning entries and those of the finalists.
For HSE advice on managing common illnesses in kids, see www.undertheweather.ie. This website focuses on reducing the use of antibiotics and empowering people to self manage simple illnesses ,such as colds,coughs,sore throats,earache,rashes and ‘flu.
Harold’s Cross Student Council
During the last week of February,many pupils were busy working on their speeches and manifestos in preparation for elections to the student council. We were delighted with the number of students who put themselves forward for election. Everyone took the whole process very seriously. Nineteen pupils in total from second to sixth will sit on the student council representing their classmates and working together to realise the wishes of the student body. Congratulations to all who were elected . Ms Kehoe and the board are very much looking forward to hearing all the terrific proposals.
THANK YOU so much to all our wonderful parents who were involved in our Paired Reading sessions in Second Class.The children enjoyed it so much and we really appreciate all the parents’ hard work and dedication!
National Online Safety have put together fantastic online safety resources for parents, around the area of social media,apps, online gaming and trending issues. Download them at https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/wake-up-wednesday/
Parents, Rathmines Library is a great resource for families. They have many events taking place throughout the year including a Children’s Bookclub which gets together every 3-4 weeks. Check their website for dates and times as they vary from branch to branch.
For recommended children’s books check out : www.dublincity.ie/recommended-tags/childrens-books.
Top five tips from parents to get your child to school on time :
- Remind your child of the fun things that they do in school and the happy stories that they tell you about school.
- Ensure that your child goes to bed on time, use blackout blinds in the summer.
- Stick to a morning routine. Give your children morning jobs (feeding the dog, taking out the lunches) to avoid distraction
- Kids hate being rushed- give yourself and your child enough time in the morning to avoid this.
- Walking or scootering to school means that you are not stuck in traffic. It also wakes up your child and gets them ready for their busy day.
Minding The Mind public lecture series is taking place in St John of God Hospital, stillorgan. For more details see www.stjohnofgodhospital.ie
In the mornings and at collection time, PLEASE walk your bike/ scooter in the yard. For safety reasons, bikes should not be cycled in the yard.
Healthy lunches!! Parents, please remember that we have a healthy lunch policy in this school. Please see the HSCL page for some healthy lunchbox ideas.
Parents can find the updated Internet Acceptable Use Policy and the new Restraint Policy on the School Policies Page here.
Our monthly assembly award photographs are on display here