Mungret Community College

Communication to Parents August 2021

Communication to Parents August 2021

Communication to Parents/Guardians - August 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope you and your family are well and that you are all looking forward to the start of the new school year at the end of August.

Return to School Dates

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we have a phased return of all years to school:

Monday 30th August - First Year Induction 9.00 - 1.15pm, Students only need to bring a snack, drink and pencil case for the Induction Day.

Tuesday 31st August - First Years in school, Third Years Return

Wednesday 1st September - Fifth Year Return, First & Third Year in school

Thursday 2nd September - First Years, Third Years, Fifth Years in school, Second Years Return

Friday 3rd September - Transition Year Return, Third, Second Years & TY in School & First Year remain at home.

The school building will be open each morning from 8.20am onwards.

School office hours are 8.30am - 4.20pm.

Students will not be required to complete a Back to School Declaration in accordance with Department of Education updated guidelines.

New Appointments

Over the summer months we have made a number of teacher appointments.

We are delighted to welcome to our school community:

Mr Niall Carmody - English, Drama & Environmental Studies

Ms Marie Finn - Home Economics, Religion and Resource

Ms Danielle Clancy - Business Studies and LCVP

Mr Darragh Bohannon - Mathematics and Physical Education

Mr Richard Foudy - Technology and Technical Graphics

Ms. Jessica Heffernan - Science and Chemistry

Ms Ciara Murphy - Digital Media literacy, Resource & Art

Mr Donal McCormack - English and History

Mr Sean Long - Irish and Physical Education

Ms Sinead Pearse - Geography and CSPE

Ms Ylva Waldron - Spanish

Ms Michelle Power - Special Needs Assistant

Ms. Stephanie Horgan - Second School Secretary

We wish them all the very best of luck.

Year Heads

Each group has a Yearhead who has overall responsibility for the students in the year group.

Year 1 Niamh Grealish

Year 2 Darragh Connolly

Year 3 Eanna Kennedy

Year 4 Sinèad Maher & Ciara Downey,

Year 5 Declan Fitzgerald

School Uniform

One area of importance for us in the school is the correct wearing of the school uniform. We acknowledge that due to the closure of retail outlets last year it was very difficult to get school uniforms for students. However, this difficulty is now over and we expect that all students will wear full school uniforms, including footwear, from September.

Students wearing the school uniform are representing the college and in this regard, it is expected that the complete uniform is worn at all times.

  • School Jumper with Mungret Community College Crest.
  • School Shirt, white in colour worn with the school tie at all times.
  • Uniform Grey skirt.
  • Trousers Grey.
  • Brown/Black/Navy leather shoes or deck shoes to be worn – no runners, converse, boots, ugg boots, canvas shoes etc.
  • In the interest of health and safety – jewellery must be kept to a minimum. One pair of stud earrings can be worn. (No spacers, bars or hoops allowed)
  • No facial or body piercing

School Uniform can be purchased from:

Mike O’Connell, 9 Catherine Street, Limerick.

Noel’s, Crescent Shopping Centre and Bedford Row, Limerick.

Full PE uniform must be worn on the day a student has PE and must not be worn other days.

Incoming first year PE uniform will be ready for collection and payment at the end of August. We will advise by text the dates of collection.

Roadmap for the Full Return to School

Key Messages for all Stakeholders (students, staff and Parents / Guardians)

  1. Everyone needs to play his/her part to minimise the risk of COVID-19 for staff, students, families and the wider community while recognising the importance of education for the health and wellbeing of students and society as a whole.
  2. Everyone must make every effort to minimise the risk of infection.
  3. Everyone needs to reduce the likelihood of the spread of COVID-19 within the school itself if an outbreak in the school is detected.

Hand Hygiene

  • Staff and students will be briefed on why hand hygiene is important as well as when and how to wash their hands.
  • We will promote good hygiene and display posters throughout the school on how to wash hands. Everyone should follow the HSE guidelines on handwashing.
  • Hand sanitiser dispensers will be deployed more, at exit and entry points of the school and classrooms.
  • Wash hand basins, running water, liquid soap and hand drying facilities are provided in all toilets and kitchens.

Physical Distancing

Physical distancing will be applied in so far as is possible and in a practical way to facilitate the learning environment. We will make all efforts to achieve this by increasing separation by utilising and reconfiguring all available space in the school. Other measures that have been taken include efforts to maximise physical distancing, reviewing timetables, reconfiguring classes and decreasing interaction.

Coming to and from school

All schools are encouraging students to walk or cycle to school if they can do so. Parents/guardians are required to observe and respect all social distancing protocols in relation to any contact with the school. This includes maintaining a two metre distance to other families when dropping off or collecting their children from the school and any contact with the school. All visits to the school are required to be made in advance through the school office.

When students arrive at school, they should proceed directly to their base classroom which will be assigned to them once they return to school. Students should not congregate in groups close to one another. Assigned entrances and exits will be given to all year groups when they return.

Face Coverings for Students

We are requesting that all students have their own supply of plain coloured face masks, which can be disposable or washable. Face masks are widely available and advice about the types of facemasks we recommend can be found via the HSE link below and on our website. We request that students refrain from wearing face masks that depict any imagery on them so as not to cause offence to others. Face masks will not need to be worn when students are exercising, eating or drinking. Students will also be able to remove face masks in classes where there is adequate social distancing. Additional information regarding face coverings is availabe from the HSE website -

School Transport to and from P.E.

  • A student is not to use school transport if they are displaying symptoms
  • Students are to maintain physical distancing while waiting for transport
  • Students are asked to sit in pre-assigned seating and next to a sibling or child from their class group (this should be the same child at all times)
  • Students are requested to use hand sanitiser on boarding the bus
  • Students should observe respiratory etiquette at all times while waiting for and on-board transport services
  • To disembark the bus one by one in an orderly fashion
  • With the exception of those children who for medical or special educational needs reasons are not in a position to wear a face mask or face covering, all other students travelling on the post-primary scheme are required to wear face coverings while waiting for and on-board transport services.

Contacting/visiting the school

Access to the school by parents and guardians will continue to be far more restricted than ever before while we live through the current pandemic. The advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) makes it clear that schools must restrict access to the campus outside of students and staff. Only in very exceptional circumstances should students be collected from school during the day. Appointments for students should be made outside of the school timetable if possible. If you wish to call the school, please contact the school office for an appointment.

We would like to thank you for your continued support of our school and we look forward to working with you over the coming academic year.

Kind regards,,

Liam O’Mahoney Helen Ryan

School Principal Deputy Principal

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