Fundraising

 

This appeal is being made on behalf of St. Anne’s and is a request for you to support us to raise money to enhance the educational experience of our pupils and their learning environment.

 

Unfortunately every year we struggle financially to provide everything that is required to run our school and to provide enough resources to enable our pupils to access an appropriate education. 

Providing appropriately means access to sensory rooms to provide therapeutic supports, sensory diets or sometimes just fun for our pupils. We need to access a variety of sensory toys and equipment to provide for
individual needs and likes. Repairs and replacement of these can be very costly.

As a result of Covid – 19 we have separated our classes into bubbles for play times. Breaks are
organised according to age groups and as you can imagine this has stretched the few items of play
equipment we already have to the limit as they can no longer be shared easily.

We do receive grants from the Department of Education but these do cover the basic costs of
running our school most of the time, not to mention the nicer things in life such as play equipment
or sensory toys.

Our fund raising initiative for this year was cancelled and already we are struggling financially.
We need your help!

What will we buy? These are the items we have identified that our children will benefit most from:

€20,000 will get us;

The ability to make additional specialist resources e.g. cover costs of
photocopying and additional paper/ink required laminators and printers
for every class
Repair/provide laptop for every class that does not have one
Replace and improve supply of all curriculum based resources and
equipment and enough PE gear to provide separately to all classes
Portable barriers to divide play areas for bubbles/social distancing
Outdoor sensory panels, magnetic dry white boards with magnetic shapes,
letters etc.
Indoor activities for break times e.g. games consoles, table top
games/activities, CD players
To go towards and help alleviate high heating and electrical costs. We are a
relatively small special school but have similar number of classes to heat as
a school with a much larger pupil population

€50,000 will get us all the above plus;

Sensory room equipment e.g. .bubble tubes, projectors, music system,
sound to light interactive toys, interactive panels
Funds to service and clean existing sensory room equipment
Purchasing specialist kitchen equipment for the Home Economics Room e.g.
slow cooker, soup maker, food processor/mixer, cooker etc
Provide interactive white board for a classroom plus software/installation
Large outdoor play equipment e.g. slide/swing/climbing frame etc.
Ride on toys (bikes, pedal cars, snickers) for play areas
Install wheelchair swings
Provide adequate PE equipment
Pay ongoing annual subscription for Boardmaker communication system
(€170 minimum annually)

€70,000 and over will get us all the above plus;

Resurfacing play area, replacing grass with resilient surfacing
Awning to cover play area to protect the children from the weather
Outdoor sensory panels, music panels, bench games
Purchase two additional interactive white boards plus software and
installation
Fix roof leaks (for which funding was refused by DES as we will be getting a
new building in a couple of years time)
Continue to support additional heating/electrical costs

 

We depend very much on fundraising to provide additional educational resources as described and
any help we can get is very much appreciated. Thank you for considering our cause and please
support it by donating even the smallest amount to us.

 

 

To support us in our Fundraising please click here

Latest Information on Reopening St. Anne's School

  • 26th February 2021 - Letter from Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer  - available to view here
  • 24th February 2021 - We are delighted to announce that we will be back to full attendance for all of our pupils from Monday 1st March 2021 in line with Department of Education and Skills guidelines. We look forward to seeing all our children back in their classrooms and finally being able to get back to our typical school day of fun and learning. Thank you to our parents for your support and understanding during these difficult times. If it is your childs first day back, please ensure that you complete the declaration and send it in to school on Monday. A letter for parents from Minister Norma Foley is available to read here
  • 8th February 2021 - Our plan for re-opening has been finalised and appropriate class groupings have been drawn up. Your childs class teacher will be in touch with you today to let you know what dates your child will be attending. Important note: You must complete this declaration when your child returns to school. Please note that this form must be signed when our children are returning to school after any absence. St. Anne's Plan for Temporary Reduced Capacity is availble here
  • Updated Covid - 19 Response Plan Dated 8th February 2021 available to view here
  • 6th February 2021 - St. Anne's School will be re-opening on the 11th February with 50% occupancy in each class. Further information will be issued on Monday 8th regarding this.
  • 5th February 2021 - Information on the In-person Supplementary Programme to Support the Education or Care Needs of Pupils with complex Needs. This is now available to parents of children attending our school. Please click Grant Form to download and complete. 
  • 3rd February 2021 - Re-opening School - The school has yet to receive guidance on the re-opening of school from the Department of Education. We will be in touch with our plan as soon as possible once we receive this.
  • 18th January 2021 - Letter to Parents about re-opening on the 21st available here. Please advise us prior to Thursday as to whether or not your child will be attending when we re-open
  • 12th January 2021 - Letter from Minister Norma Foley available here
  • 8th January 2021 - Letter to Parents/guardians available here
  • 7th January 2021 - Letter to parents/guardians available here
  • 4th January 2021 - Parents, students, schools and school staff will find up to date information on reopening of schools here
  • Important Covid Information: 
  • St. Anne's Covid - 19 Response Plan
  • A Parents Guide to Close Contacts (HSE) 
  • Advice during COVID-19: Back to school - Advice for Parents 
  • :Reminder to anyone attending school who has travelled abroad:

Please check the following website for up to date guidelines regarding travel:

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/e40d7-travelling-outside-of-ireland/?referrer=http:

Useful Websites:

https://www.education.ie/en/covid-19/  

https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/ 

:https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/a128d-back-toschool/?referrer=http:

Supporting Learning From Home

 

Supporting your Child's Learning and Wellbeing

The staff of St. Anne's are very aware that these can be difficult times for parents trying to manage their families safely within the current restrictions. The teachers have linked together to come up with suggestions for activities that you might be interested in trying and which the family, as a group, can enjoy. 

We are thinking of you all in these difficult times and hope that we all come through it safely.

Please click here to access the link to suggested activities

Specific Curriculum Information

Home Economics - Video links to specific areas covered can be found here

 Lamh Free membership and access to online resources has been extended until the end of August 2020. Go to www.lamh.org  When you log on use code lovelamh to gain access.

 

Therapeutic supports  

 - Useful link for parents. The link has social stories about Covid and PPE and also tips from an SLT & OT covering communication, independent living skills etc. Please click on the following -https://www.enableireland.ie/parent%E2%80%99s-resources

 - Link to Covid - 19 social storyhttps://asiam.ie/social-story-covid-19-lockdown/ 

 -The National Council for Special Education (NCSE)

The link below is to materials have been developed by Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists.

   https://ncse.ie/online-resources

   https://ncse.ie/online-resources-for-parents

 - NCSE have published the first 4 of 7 behaviour resources on their website that might be of interest to you.               These have been developed by their Behaviour Practitioners and other Regional Team Members  

   https://ncse.ie/parent-primary-promoting-learning-and-behaviour-at-home

 

Latest Information from Sensational Kids

 

Food sensitivities and proclivities - 'Autism, a parents guide'

In episode 6, of our podcast series for parents/carers of children with autism, Dr. Vicki Ford, of the complex feeding team at Evalina London Children’s Hospital, looks how to build a healthy relationship with food whilst understanding the challenges for many autistic children. Full details here.

Dealing with apprehension and anxiety when returning to school

The charity Nip in the Bud has produced a short film and fact sheet to help parents and teachers deal with any potential feelings of apprehension and anxiety that children may experience on returning to school. Full details here.



The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health 

Last week Dr. Jon Goldin, Vice-Chair of the Child and Adolescent Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists spoke to ACAMH  - child mental health and Covid19, do please listen and share this podcast.

Coronavirus, and helping children with autism

New podcast, please share with relevant networks.


Dr. Ann Ozsivadjian and Dr. Marianna Murin discuss issues that may arise for autistic children including the disruption of closing schools, anxiety and obsessive behaviours. They focus on practical tips like how to help manage anxiety, maintain structure and support and explain the situation to young people. Additionally, tips on how to keep well as a parent and reliable sources for coronavirus updates. 

 

Sensational Kids has just announced a new innovative virtual care package

"Access to therapy supports for a child or adolescent can make all the difference in the world, which is why we are innovating to improve access to services and to look after our vulnerable children and adolescents, when clinic based services are unavailable. You can now connect with us remotely for Virtual Care."

https://www.sensationalkids.ie/online-therapy/

 

Make a Wish Ireland Fun Family Activities

https://www.makeawish.ie/get-involved/fun-family-activities 

 

29th Novemebr 2020

  • In light of not beig able to organise an annual fundraising event, we have launched a Go Fund me page to genenrate much needed funds. Read more here.

14th September 2020

  • Letter to parents issued today available here

9th August 2020 

  • DES COVID-19 Response Plan for the Safe and Sustainable Reopening of Primary and Special Schools. (27th July 2020) Please click here to read. 
  • Also check our policy section for our  Covid - 19 Policy Statement

27th July 2020

  • Click here to read Letter to Parents from Norma Foley TD Minister for Education 

1st May 2020  

  • Anouncement from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Schools to remain closed until September. 

10th April 2020  

  • Schools are closed until further notice due to Covid-19. Further updates will be published when available.

St Anne's Goes Country - Postponed until March 2021

  • On the advice of our events organiser we are now going to run this event in March 2021 and he is busy rescheduling a new date with all the performers. We sincerly apologise for this change as we were looking forward to the night and especially to the much needed funds it would generate.We would like to reassure everyone who purchased tickets that All tickets sold will be honoured on the  new date. However we are aware that any new arrangements may not suit everyone, should this be the case we will refund your money on presentation of your ticket.We promise that we will keep you informed on this as we get further information.

 

  • The calendar for 2020 - 2021 school year is now availale to view here

 

Enrolment

The application process for enrolment for September 2021 ended on 29th January 2021.

PLEASE NOTE  In line with our ENROLMENT POLICY (Sect 5.5e) P.8), the date by which applicants will be notified of the decision on their application is the 19th  February and not the 17th as written in our Admissions Notice. 

 

 

Our Enrolment Policy is available to view here

Our Admissions Notice  is available here

To download an application form please click here