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The new academic year 2020/2021 starts soon…

Hello there everybody! We are delighted to confirm that City Quay National School will be reopening for all pupils on September 1st 2020. Of course there will be a few changes since the start of the pandemic but rest assured there will also be lots of things that will remain the same.

Below you will find a link to the Department’s Covid-Response Plan. This document is the departmental advice regarding how to reopen all our schools as safely as possible while Covid-19 continues.

In line with that advice we have prepared our own school’s policy statement which you will find here

How to prevent the spread of covid-19

The advice for all of us remains largely the same since the beginning, whether we are in school or at home. Handwashing, covering our mouths when coughing or sneezing, avoiding touching our face, regular cleaning and physical distancing will all help. Knowing the symptoms is also as important as ever as no child should come to school if displaying any symptoms of Coronavirus.

The same and the different

You will notice that most pupils will have the same familiar face as their class teacher and the teachers absolutely cannot wait to see their classes again. The gleaming City Quay NS uniforms will no doubt match the children’s smiles as they reconnect with their friends. As mentioned, there will also be a few changes to how we operate so that we can keep people as safe as possible and for this reason there will be three entrances/exits at the school this year.

Entrances and exits

The first one is the main entrance, the second is the Moss Street end of school entrance (beside the school stairs) and the final (new) entrance is at the Grant Thornton end of school. Pupils will now enter and exit the school at these specific points. Hopefully this will help keep Covid-19 from spreading by avoiding groups congregating at these drop-off and collection times.

Entrance and Exit Points Number 
Grant Thornton end of school 1 
Main Entrance to School 2 
Moss Street end of school 3 

Entrance & Exit Points for Specific Classes 

Teacher  Class Entrance & Exit Point 
Ms. Hennigan Jun Inf 2 
Ms. Gray Sen Inf 2 
Ms. Maguire 1st  Class 1 
Ms. Barry 2nd Class 1 
Ms. Kelly 3rd Class 1 
Ms. Brennan 4th Class 3 
Ms. McDonnell 5th Class 3 
Ms. Campbell 6th Class 3 

Junior Infants 2020

Junior Infants are starting at the same time as everyone else and, despite the strange times we find ourselves in right now, we can assure you that the same great care and attention will be taken with your little ones as always has been. Every year the Junior Infants add a new dimension to our school and this year will be no different. We can’t wait to meet the new personalities, encourage them in their learning and admire and nurture their individual talents and gifts.

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Please note

As one of the many measures taken to help them in settling in to their new school, Junior Infants will go home at the earlier time of 12:15 the first week of school.

Inside the school building

Behind the scenes we are working hard to make the school day run as smoothly as possible during these times too. We have installed new elbow-operated hand-sanitiser units all around the school and we are currently getting work done to ensure there is warm water in all classrooms to help make handwashing even easier.

warm water to aid regular handwashing
Our new hand sanitising stations

Please keep an eye on this website for further details regarding the reopening of City Quay National School. Encourage your children to look at the information with you and explain a little about what they can expect. We will be posting weekly updates between now and school reopening. Next Friday on this site you will find further details about groupings and physical distancing during the typical school day.

๐Ÿ‘‹Goodbye for now and see you SOON!!๐Ÿ‘‹

Our school calendar for next year is available here ๐Ÿ‘‡

“Signing off for the summer” with Ms. Conway

๐ŸŒˆIn a world where you can be anything, be kind ๐ŸŒˆ

Have a look at our well-being section for some ideas of random acts of kindness you can do today ๐Ÿ‘‰

Don’t forget, we all need help sometimes ๐Ÿค—

(Illustrations from โ€œThe boy, the mole, the fox and the horseโ€ by Charlie Mackesy)

Donโ€™t forget to email your teachers this week! Send a letter or a picture to or send a message to 085 8330498

Letโ€™s remember this time ๐Ÿค” ๐Ÿ’ญ ๐Ÿ–Š ๐ŸŽจ โœ๏ธ ๐Ÿ˜Š

The past few months have been unique and special as well as challenging. Letโ€™s take a few moments to write or draw our best memories of our time together.
What have you enjoyed doing? Who have you missed most? What have you missed doing? Where do you want to go? Have you learned new skills? Have you learned anything about yourself?
We can look back on these memories in the future and remember this time when our schools closed and we stayed at home to protect each other.

๐Ÿ‘‡Download a Gratitude Jar page here ๐Ÿ‘‡ or you can design your own!

Covid time capsule download

Why not complete some of the pages in the time capsule activity? You can print them off or have a look at them online and design your own time capsule pages!

๐Ÿ‘‡You can download the time capsule book here ๐Ÿ‘‡