Across the country, children are coming to a new realisation that heroes come in many forms and that many of them in fact are in their own homes. In the face of the Global COVID-19 pandemic, these heroes are their parents, cousins, neighbours and friends who are spending long hours day and night, fighting to ensure that this virus is controlled and lives are protected.
IPPN, INTO, NAPD, TUI and ASTI are proposing that as a show of support for those workers and volunteers on front lines at this critical time, all children who have a flag in their county or club colours, or whatever team they follow across any code, would hang that flag from their gate posts, windows, or wherever they would normally place a flag when supporting their county club or team ahead of an important match.
While sports events at the moment are currently postponed, such a show of solidarity from the children of the country towards those on the front line will demonstrate our gratitude for their marvellous dedication to their critical work at this extraordinary time. Hanging out the flags will also provide colour to lift everybody at a time when people are psychologically feeling the effects of this terrible pandemic.
We are asking all education agencies and sports organisations to support the initiative and to use their communication platforms to share this information with members.
We hope that in the coming days, with your help, every road, street, lane, avenue, estate and apartment complex will be festooned with colour to honour our Heroes- our families neighbours and friends in the Frontline services.
We have been awarded our 7th Green Flag for Global Citizenship and Energy. A huge well done to everyone in Cloonakilla NS who worked so hard to achieve this flag. All our pupils and teachers hard work over the last two years means we will have a new flag to celebrate when we get back to school. A big thank you to our fantastic Green Schools Committee for all their Trojan work in achieving this flag for our school. We are very proud of you all!
ADDITIONAL SUPPORTS FOR PARENTS DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE.
There is a wide range of supports available to parents who are supporting their children’s learning at home. We have compiled links to these supports as well as links to useful websites, which provide extra activities that may be of benefit to some of you.
National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS)
The Department of Education and Skills’ NEPS psychologists have developed advice and some resources for young people to manage and stay well when schools are closed. Please click on the link below.
The languages currently available are Chinese, Italian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Latvian and Lithuanian.
The site above will continue to be updated with more resources, so we are all encouraged to check it regularly.
Online Teacher and Parent Resources.
In addition to the normal supports, the NCSE is currently preparing online resources for children with Special Educational Needs who are at home as a result of the schools’ closure. Click on the link below
This term children are using Book
Creator a simple tool for creating awesome digital books. Students combine text, images, audio and video to
create interactive stories, digital portfolios, research journals, poetry books,
science report, instruction manuals, ‘About me’ books and comic adventures. The children in 5th and 6th class
created eBooks using Book Creator on World Book Day Thursday the 5th
of March 2020.
Mr. O Leocháin will be interviewed on the R.T.E. Radio 1 programme “Mooney Goes Wild” on Monday the 23rd of March 2020 at 10pm. He will talk about bees, wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. Best of Luck Mr. O Leocháin from the parents, pupils and staff at Cloonakilla N.S..
Pope Francis encourages Catholics around the world to participate in the 24 Hours for the Lord initiative, and to unite themselves spiritually in those nations where public gatherings are banned due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“24 Hours for the Lord” is an initiative organized by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, and held annually on the Friday and Saturday preceding the fourth Sunday of Lent.
A church in every diocese around the world is kept open for 24 consecutive hours. The faithful are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to pray in spiritual union with the Holy Father.
At the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis called the initiative “an important Lenten appointment for prayer” and a good opportunity to go to Confession.
This year’s recurrence will take place under restricted circumstances, due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Many countries have banned public gatherings and limited some freedom of movement to stem the virus’ spread.
“Unfortunately in Rome, Italy, and in other nations this initiative cannot be held under its traditional format due to the coronavirus emergency,” said the Pope.
Pray to participate
But he urged Catholics in countries without restrictions on gatherings to continue “this beautiful tradition.”
“I encourage the faithful to draw near sincerely to the mercy of God in Confession and to pray especially for those suffering due to the pandemic.”
For those who are unable to participate directly in the 24 Hours for the Lord initiative, Pope Francis said he is certain they will be able to experience “this penitential moment through personal prayer.”
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