School Closure Update March 13th 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As you will be aware an announcement was made yesterday by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of the closure of schools until March 29th to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Sandymount Park ETSS will therefore be closed to students during this period.

We are very fortunate that our well-developed use of technology will allow teaching and learning to continue. All students are expected to follow their school timetable and engage with the content provided by teachers via Teams and OneNote. Student engagement will be monitored via their interactions and work submitted to teachers.

This period of closure may be unsettling for students; developing a routine that includes school related work, breaks, reading and exercise will help. Restricting access to smart phones during school hours, as per usual, may also be beneficial.

We hope that your child’s continued engagement with their teachers and their assigned learning will minimise the disruption caused by this closure and look forward to welcoming students back to school on March 30th.

The school office is closed but emails will be monitored. Any queries please mail us at office@sandymountparkettss.ie.

Best wishes to you all,

Paula Mulhall | Principal

BTYSE 2020

Best of luck to Greta, Sarah, Arlo and Harper. Well done on your hard work and thanks to Conor for his support and time.

BTYSE Projects – 2 climate action focused projects.

  1. Are you ready to tumble? Protecting oceans from the microplastics in laundry.
  2. The environmental impact of solar energy.

Sustainable Christmas Market

Don’t forget our Sustainable Christmas Market takes place on Friday 20th December from 11-1pm. Great opportunity for some last minute shopping. Beautiful handmade cards, decorations, gifts, baked goods, bric-a-brac, raffle and a music performance at 12pm. All welcome, proceeds to charity – Self Help Africa and Bothar.

Science Subject Inspection

On 1st October 2019 a Science Subject Inspection was carried out. The report has been published and is available below. The Board of Management welcomes the very positive findings of this inspection report. It is encouraging to see our vision and ethos evident in classroom practice, particularly the presence of the student voice, excellent relationships and skilful teaching that challenges all learners. Staff collaboration around whole-school approaches to group work, written work, assessment, differentiation and the use of digital technology are contributing to student learning and wellbeing; we are pleased to see this recognised in the report. The observation that students were highly involved in their learning, reflective and contributing confidently in a variety of formats is very encouraging in our ongoing efforts to realise the vision, aims and values of our developing school.

Enrolment for 2020/2021 has closed.

Enrolment for 2020/2021 closed on October 25th. As we are oversubscribed, a lottery was conducted at our Board of Management meeting on November 6th. We will be in touch with students on a rolling basis until all available places have been offered and accepted. We anticipate that this process will be completed by mid December. At that point we will notify those who have not been offered a place, of their wait list number. We appreciate your patience during this period.