Loughmore NS

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Thank you...

We got the sudden and jarring news on March 12th that schools were to close and education to continue remotely due to the unprecedented Covid 19 Pandemic. It was a sombre moment listening to Leo Varadker that day, and the atmosphere in the school for the remainder of the day is hard to describe. Our primary concern was our pupils and their wellbeing and has remained so throughout lockdown 2020. 

We got to work remotely straight away and between Zooms and Seesaw, phone calls and videos, emails and WhatsApps, texts and photographs, we made sure that between us our pupils and children got what they needed, insofar as was humanely possible within the circumstances. 
I wish to take a moment to pay tribute to our fantastic staff. They have worked diligently and creatively to assist pupils and parents as best as possible throughout this time, and so much collaboration and planning has taken place behind the scenes  to plan curriculum delivery that would engage, meet targets, reduce pressure and maintain motivation and learning outcomes. When the chips are down there are no better colleagues than our teachers and SNAs, and as both principal and parent I wish to say a heartfelt thank you for your professionalism and team-work. I am conscious that there was no beginning or end to the school day and you worked tirelessly, while caring for your own families. Thank you and I wish you a restful summer. 

I wish to acknowledge and thank our very hard working Board of Management, for their time, volunteerism, guidance, due diligence, dedication and interest in our school. Several BOM Zooms have taken place over this school closure and I thank the board members for everything they do to support and progress our school, in the best interests of our pupils. 

Parents - you have been wonderful throughout this time and I thank you for your support, enthusiasm, positivity and hard work. I thank PA Chairperson Michelle for all your assistance with sharing information also, often receiving it at strange hours. This has not been an easy time for anyone, with anxiety, hardship, stress and pressures abounding, but you made sure to do the best possible for your children despite all that, and made our remote teaching and sna support plans work by your cooperation and dedication. Everyone has a unique set of family circumstances,  but  I hope that despite the struggles that this time definitely presented, that you enjoyed some aspects of having more time with your children and getting to teach them some of the more valuable lessons as their primary educator. The benefits of this will remain with your children for a lifetime. Well done and thank you all.  

I am proud of our school community for pulling together to get though this episode and I hope that the positive communication and mutual respect we have further developed, continues into the future. We are, and always will be, better together. 

We are coming to the end of an era as we prepare to say 'farewell' to both our 6th class pupils and also our wonderful secretary Bridie. To all we say thank you for the hard work, the great memories and wish you the very best of the next steps of your life journeys. 

To our pupils, I say WELL DONE! You have been troopers - every one of you and we are so proud of you all. We cannot wait to be back in school together in September, where we will all appreciate and enjoy each other and education that bit more. 


Have a super Summer! You are all fantastic! 

Very best wishes, 

Angela Dunne
Principal
Social Story Loughmore NS 2020-2021.pdf
Moving on to Secondary School.pdf
RSE – Relationships & Sexuality Education.pdf

Reopening Plan...

Welcome to our new Minister for Education and Skills Norma Foley TD. We look forward to proactive and positive changes to our education system,  making schools a more equitable, inclusive and supported place for all. Minister Foley has expressed her intention to assist school to re-open in late August/early September. We will keep parents notified as we receive health and safety guidance. 


Parents please Click here to download our remote teaching and learning plan information...

Loughmore NS Remote Teaching and Learning Plan March 2020.pdf
Pupil Contact Schedule May 2020+.pdf
Parent Letter May 2020.pdf

Noticeboard

  • Our virtual 6th class graduation Zoom will take place Monday 29th June @ 8pm. Check Seesaw, emails and text for login details. 
  • We wish our 6th class the very best of everything as they move to the next adventure and leave the door open for visits and friendship. 
  • loughmorensprincipal@gmail.com is our Principal's direct email. 
  • info@loughmorens.ie is our Office email. 
  • We wish a very happy retirement to our highly valued secretary Bridie Long. Bridie has been a rock to our school since her appointment in 2001 and has been an wonderful colleague and support to all in her time with us. We thank her for everything and look forward to celebrating this milestone with her as a school community when it is safe to do so. 
  • Contact PA Chairperson Michelle Cleary to be added to Parent Whatsapp group - 085 - 1039578.
  • Please note the PA WhatsApp Guidelines in place and adhere to them (in Parent Zone section). These were agreed by the PA and BOM. 
  • Enrolments for 2020-2021 are now closed. Contact us for more information. 
  • Please follow HSE advice on social distancing and stay well and safe. 
  • Please do not contact staff on Seesaw over the Summer months. 
  • The school Principal will be on annual leave and therefore uncontactable between July 11th and August 16th 2020. 
  • The school secretary is also on leave for the entire summer period. 

Our Vision

To staff of Loughmore NS will strive to promote the success of all pupils by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation and stewardship of a vision that is shared and supported by the community. This vision will manifest itself through a culture of collaboration and mutual support, through a climate of openness and trust. We endeavour to provide an environment in which every individual is cared for spiritually, morally, intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. We aspire to inspiring a passion for learning through the creation of a stimulating atmosphere where all pupils can recognise and achieve their fullest potential, regardless of ability, within a secure, caring and inclusive environment. We plan strategically, conscientiously and creatively to implement a curriculum that reflects the educational, cultural, social and economic needs of the community of Loughmore. We aim to promote the active involvement of teachers, parents, management, church and the wider community in this learning process. We hope to engender a strong sense of local identity in pupils and encourage them to make their best contribution to their community. We will continue to promote and participate in cultural and sporting activities synonymous with Loughmore’s rich heritage and traditions. We will celebrate the uniqueness of each person and endeavour to enable  each pupil to meet with confidence and assurance the demands of life both now and in the future. We aim to perpetuate Loughmore National School’s place as a ‘Luach Maigh’ (reward field) for the entire school community. 


Click here for our most recent newsletter...

Winter Newsletter 2019.pdf