Oola National School

All classes are currently working on the Stay Safe Programme. The Stay Safe programme is a personal safety skills programme designed for use with primary school children from Junior Infants through to 6th class. The programme seeks to enhance children’s self-protective skills by participation in lessons on safe and unsafe situations, bullying, inappropriate touch, secrets, telling and stranger danger. The programme aims to give children the skills necessary to enable them to recognise and resist abuse/victimisation and teaches them that they should always tell (an adult that can help) about any situation which they find unsafe, upsetting, threatening, dangerous or abusive.

As the most important people in a child's life it is essential that parents/guardians are involved in the programme. It's been shown that programmes like Stay Safe are most effective when parents/guardians are actively involved in the process.

As this year we cannot send worksheets home for you to discuss with your child, we will be emailing worksheets over the coming weeks and we ask that you talk about the programme with your child / children. Many thanks for your continued support.

For more on the Stay Safe Programme click here.

Final orders being taken for Christmas annuals, €2 in an envelope with your child's name if you wish to purchase. Click here to view sample.

Homework has begun for all classes, each class teacher has controls put in place. The homework diary remains the primary tool for communication. Please continue to put notes re absences etc. in the usual way. Email and phone may also be used.

Parent/teacher meetings: These meetings will happen in Term 2. In the meantime if you wish to speak to your child's teacher you can arrange a phone appointment.

Coats and Hats: Please ensure your child has a coat and hat coming to school during the winter months and that all clothes are labeled.

Shoebox appeal: Oola N.S. participates in the Team Hope shoebox appeal annually. This year the shoebox appeal is running online. You can build your shoebox on www.teamhope.ie Every Christmas shoebox brings so much joy. COVID 19 has had a devastating impact on the partner countries so we encourage as many families as possible to take part.

Book rental: Gentle reminder if you need to pay book rental you can either do the bank transfer or contact the office.

Please click here to see the HSE advice if your child has COVID19 symptoms (updated 20th October)

hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/if-your-child-has-symptoms

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