On the advice of the Department of Education and Skills , Esker Educate Together N.S. along with all schools and colleges in the country , is closed tomorrow. This is due to dangers posed by Hurricane Ophelia which is due to pass over Ireland tomorrow. it is envisaged that all schools will be open on Tuesday
I would particularly like to remind all parents of their responsibility for safe driving in and around the school, both at the main entrance and at the Castle Road entrance. Be mindful at all times that there are 430 children coming and going in this school. The Board of Management is extremely concerned about safety. Please be extremely careful to ensure your own child’s safety and the safety of all the children in this school. The best way to improve things would be for more parents to use the Castle -Road entrance. It is safer and quicker for the parents who use it at the moment. Be careful also of the children who are attending other schools on Castle Road. As parents we have responsibility to all children. Pedestrian/zebra crossings inside and outside the school are there to ensure that children can cross safely at strategic points on the road. I have had reports from Parents that some parents do not stop at the pedestrian crossing. This is the most serious road offence that you can make as children are taught that this is a safe place to cross. Be extra careful at pedestrian/zebra crossings . Please also be careful to be mannerly and careful with our neighbours, particularly in you are parking in their estate. We would like our relationships with our neighbours to be as friendly and polite as possible.
We had a very successful Health and Wellbeing week in the school last week. The children had a specific programme covering and participating in activities relating to the health of the body and the mind, including healthy eating, movement, introductions to mindfulness, yoga and self-care. Parents also were involved with a certified Paediatric First Aid course, a 5km walk, Mindfulness for parents and Encouraging Healthy Eating. The week concluded with a well-attended Coffee morning in the hall. I know that parents who took part were thrilled with the activities which were all provided free of charge for our parents. A very big thank you to South Dublin County Council who supported our endeavours with a very generous grant for the week’s activities. Thanks also to teachers, Jane and Aoife who were particularly involved and provided great support to Gemma, chief organiser of the week’s activities. Thanks Gemma for another worthwhile and well attended initiative.