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CRUMLIN IPS Newsletter -February 2021

A Message From MR Young

Hello everyone, I have to say that beginning during lockdown was not the start that I had hoped for in my time at CRUMLIN Integrated PS. I have had opportunities to meet some of the pupils and parents and I look forward to getting to know you all when we make a return to normal school life.

I come to CRUMLIN IPS with twenty years experience as a teacher. Most of that time was spent at a school in North Belfast followed by three and a half years as Principal at Straidhavern PS in Nutt’s Corner.

Outside school I enjoy performing in amateur musical societies, something which I have missed greatly during the past year. I am also continuing with my studies and am currently completing a Masters in Autistic Spectrum Disorder at Queen’s University.

CRUMLIN IPS is a great school and Mrs Boal will be a hard act to follow. I am looking forward to the new challenges that the school will bring for me and I am excited to work with everyone at the school to support our pupils and make the school the best that it can be.

#thankful

Lockdown Learning

Throughout the lockdown, teachers have been providing remote learning opportunities for all pupils. Since the start of term we have provided online learning, support materials, ICT equipment and support for pupils as well as supporting parents by offering advice online and via telephone.

I have been very impressed with all of the teachers and the effort that they have put in to ensuring that learning has continued for our pupils. They have provided a range of opportunities for pupils and it is widely acknowledged that parents have had unprecedented access to school staff via online platforms. Many teaching staff are working well beyond their contracted hours, as well as trying to support their own families through the pandemic. In the last year our job has changed greatly and teachers across the world have risen to the challenge, providing remote learning and developing their own skills for the benefit of our pupils. We continue to learn, develop and improve and I thank you all for your support with remote learning.

The staff have been monitoring pupil engagement with home learning and sadly some pupils do not appear to be engaging with the work. It is important that we can see that pupils are at least making an effort to complete some of the work that is set by teachers. We are under pressure from the Department of Education to mark pupils absent if they are not taking part. While this is not a policy that I agree with, unfortunately it has come from above and we must follow the department’s policy. This does not mean that we will be marking pupils absent if they have not completed ALL of the work. We just need to see some engagement! Don’t worry if you don’t get tasks done on the day they are set, but instead you catch up later in the week. That is fine and still allows us to see that a child is engaged. I am not telling you this to add additional pressure to what is already a stressful time but must make you aware that failure to engage with school staff and the work that is set will result in your child being marked absent from school.

#youcandoit

During the current lockdown we have remained opened for the children of key workers and pupils classed as vulnerable. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without the support of our brilliant classroom assistants. Their support has allowed teaching staff to concentrate on the provision of remote learning opportunities. I want to thank them for all they have done to support our teachers and pupils during the lockdown.

THANKYOU!

CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE!

We hope that you like the new site. Over the coming weeks we will continue to populate the pages with new content.

CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK

We really enjoyed finding out about all of the activities that children had taken part in during children’s mental health week. You can check out some of our efforts on the schools Facebook page.

HALF TERM BREAK

Remote and supervised learning will end on 12th February and will restart again on Monday, 22nd February 2021.

Schools are due to resume face to face teaching on Monday, 8th March, however we are awaiting confirmation of this. Details will be posted on our website and social media when we get them.

I’m sure that you will join us in sending all of our best wishes to Year 6 teacher, Mrs Lambe, who begins her maternity leave at half-term. We can’t wait to hear all about the new arrival.

Enjoy half term & hopefully we will get back to some normality soon.