Latest Covid Updates

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

  • 18th November 2020  - A Parents Guide to Close Contacts (HSE) 
  • 27th October 2020 - Letter to Parents/Guardians from Principal available here
  • 2nd October 2020 -  Covid Plan Updated - available here
  • 20th September 2020 - Letter to Parents/Guardians available to read here
  • 19th September 2020 - HSE Information for Parents  
  • 14th September 2020 - Letter to Parents/Guardians available to read here
  • 4th September 2020 - Letter to Parents/Guardians available to read here
  • 27th August 2020 - Letter to Parents/Guardians available to read here
  • 24th August 2020 - Advice during COVID-19: Back to school - Advice for Parents 
  • 22nd August 2020 - Letter to Parents regarding St. Anne's School Reopening dates here 
  • 18th August 2020 - St. Anne's Plan for Reopening School drawn up
  • 17th August 2020 - Latest Government Advice below:

Reminder to anyone attending school who has travelled abroad:

Government policy, which is based on official public health advice, continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas for everyone.

It is a requirement for anyone coming into Ireland, from locations other than those with a rating of ‘normal precautions’ (“green”), to restrict their movements for 14 days, and this includes school staff, parents and children or other students coming from abroad to attend school in Ireland.  Restricting your movements means staying indoors in one location and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.

  • 13th August 2020 - Letter to Parents  - click here 
  • 9th August 2020 - Letter from St. Anne's Board of Management to Parents  -  click here 
  • 27th July 2020 - Letter from Norma Foley Minister for Education - here

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 

 

22nd June 2020

 

Autism, Social Anxiety and Masking 

Social Anxiety effects most Autistic people, whether it’s the child who refuses to go to school or the adult who cannot leave their house.

During this webinar we will explore social anxiety and its causes, the impact social anxiety has on our communication and interactions with other people and ways we can overcome it.

We will also look at masking as a stress response to survive in an unaccepting world and share our own experiences with masking from an early age and de-masking as adults

This webinar would be highly beneficial to :

Parents of Autistic children who  find going new places difficult, find it difficult to leave their safe space or safe people, display situational mutism as a result of social anxiety, refuse to go to school or who lack confidence with their peers.

Professionals who work with Autistic children, teens and adults such as teachers, SNA’s, therapists, social care workers, mental health professionals.

Autistic people who would like to learn more about how the social environment impacts us, and ways to reconnect with your true self.

Join our 3 Autistic Speakers on Thurs July 2nd 7pm to 9.30pm

Webinar fee is €20 including

  • slides
  • certificate of attendance
  • full recording.  


Even if you can’t make the live webinar, sign up and watch it in our own time, at your own convenience.

Book My Place

 

Online Version of this course coming soon! 

 

2nd June 2020 

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.

Yasmin Ahmadzadeh summarising her paper published in the JCPP 20 May 2019. 'Anxiety in the family: a genetically informed analysis of transactional associations between mother, father and child anxiety symptoms'.
Open access: doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.13068
Press play to watch or visit the acamh website.

 
 

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.

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


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. 

 

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is providing online resources during this time.

The link below is to materials have been developed by Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists. We have been advised that more resources will be added in the coming days.

https://ncse.ie/online-resources 

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

NCSE Update 28th April 

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 

 

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 has now commenced.

Our Enrolment Policy is available to view here

Our Admissions Notice  is available here

To download an application form please click here