Welcome to the Harold’s Cross National School Website
Please see link below, for advice from the Department of Education regarding Covid-19 (Corona Virus) and the accompanying letter.
Parents, as your children return to their school work on Wednesday morning we recommend that you establish a daily routine to ensure there is as much structure and consistency in their 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.
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.
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):
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.
Board of Management Review: The Board of Management carried out its annual review of the Child Safe Guarding Policy and Risk Assessment , on February 25,2020.
EASTER FAMILY ACTIVITIES:
The National Museum of Archaelogy,Decorative Arts and History and The Natural History Museum are free and have free events running over Easter. Go to firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
For more Family events in Dublin, check the following websites-www.familyfun.ie and www.mykidstime.com.
Don’t forget that your local Dublin City Library is a wonderful resource for free events , kids book clubs etc, throughout the year.
INSECT HOTEL – Many thanks to all who brought in materials for our new Insect Hotel that was made for us by Terenure Men’s Shed. We hope to attract many different insects and hope they will be very happy here.
A big big THANK YOU to all our wonderful parents, who are involved in our ongoing Paired Reading sessions in Second Class.The children are enjoying it so much and we really appreciate all the parents’ hard work and dedication!
Zumba , Pilates and Cardio classes for parents are all taking place in the school.Call into Elizabeth’s office for more details or email email@example.com
Recipe Club in the Parent’s Room on Tuesdays at 8.35 am– sample and share healthy and delicious recipes made at home ! All welcome!
**Please note , there will be no Recipe Club on Tuesday, March 31st.**
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