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Reminder: Closing date for Enrolment to Junior infants 2022
(575) Thursday, January 13, 2022

Dear Parents

We hope you are well.

Just a reminder that the school shall cease accepting applications for admission to Junior Infants 2022 on 21st January 2022.

If you wish to enrol your child for Junior infants 2022 at St. Luke's NS please do so before the closing date.

Many thanks

Ms Bourke 

School reopening after Storm Barra
(574) Wednesday, December 8, 2021

We are delighted to announce that the school will reopen tomorrow Thursday 9/12/2021 at 0900

School closed
(573) Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Due to a redirection of Dublin area  to status Orange weather warning, the school will remain closed tomorrow Wednesday 8/12/2021


Please ignore earlier reopening directive.

School reopening after Storm Barra
(572) Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Good evening 


School will reopen tomorrow. 


Thank you

Ms Bourke 

Storm Barra
(571) Monday, December 6, 2021

Dear Parents

The Department of Education published advice a few minutes ago that schools in Dublin will have to close tomorrow as a safety precaution for Storm Barra.

This is an exceptional closure without notice and it is hoped we will return to school on Wednesday. As happened in this case before, school work will not be provided. Neither children nor teachers have books etc and there is a risk that power may be lost in some areas.

We appreciate also that it will be difficult for parents to arrange childminding, not to mention doing school work.

We hope to see everyone again on Wednesday and in the meantime, may you all stay safe and well.

Take care 

Ms Bourke

Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation
(570) Friday, September 3, 2021

Dear Parents


We will celebrate the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation for the classes who missed their chance to celebrate them last year (2020) and the year before (2019) due to the pandemic. (This year’s 2nd class and 6th class will not have their Sacramental events until next year 2022.)


The services will be held in St. Luke the Evangelist church in Mulhuddart Dublin 15 by Monsignor Eoin Thynne.


The church can only hold 50 people due to Covid restrictions at this time. Each child may bring 3 other adults/family members with them so it will be child plus 3 others. We must ask you to stick to this so that all children will be able to receive the Sacraments on the day.


If your child has not been baptised it is very important that you contact the parish office immediately to try to schedule a baptism for your child.


If your child has been baptised the church will need a copy of your baptismal cert from the church where the baptism took place, before your child receives the Sacrament of First Holy Communion or Confirmation. This is very important.


The Sacrament of First Confession will take place during the First Holy Communion ceremony at the beginning of the mass. It is important that you arrive on time.


If you have any questions please contact the Parish office on 01- 8205480 or the school office on 01-8856015.


Warm regards

Ms. Bourke

First Holy Communion September 14th 2021 (4th Class)

11am Last years Ms Phelans class (this year Ms. Mc Guane is the teacher)

12:30pm Last years Ms McGuane’s class (this year Mr. Molloy is the teacher)

2pm Last years Ms Dolphin’s class (this year Mr. Lynch is the teacher)

3:30pm Last year Ms Barrett’s class  (this year Mr. Costello is the teacher)


First Holy Communion September 16th 2021 (3rd Class)

11am Last years Ms. Byrne’s class (this year Ms. Phelan is the teacher)

12:30pm Last years Ms. Cooney’s class (this year Ms. Dolphin is the teacher)

2pm Last years Ms. Ni Lorcain’s class (this year Ms. Walsh is the teacher)


Confirmation September 24th 2021 (Last year’s 6th class)

11am Last years Ms Kilcommin’s class

12pm Last years Ms Jordan’s class

1pm Last years Ms Rao’s class

Return to School August 26th 2021. Important Notice
(569) Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Dear Parents

We are so excited to welcome everyone back tomorrow. We hope that you all had a lovely Summer break.

Please see the start and end times for the first day back at school tomorrow for every class. Please also note the start and end times for the rest of the school year. Please note that we are asking children to come in at different times for the first day only. Junior infants will start on September 1st.

Please tell your child the room number that they need to go to tomorrow. This is very important. If your child does not know the room number they will end up walking around unable to find their classroom. Their new teacher and class will be waiting for them in their new room.

Please make sure that you have completed the Return to School Declaration form on Aladdin before your child returns to school tomorrow. If you have travelled in the past 2 weeks please see the Department of Foreign Affairs Website for information about quarantine and isolation requirements for Covid19.

Last year the health and safety system worked well and we thank you for your co-operation. We will follow all of the same health and safety protocols as last year in terms of sanitisation:

-           Children will sanitise their hands as they come in through the school gates each morning.

-          Staff will wear masks.

-          Children will wash their hands throughout the day.

-          Classrooms will be well ventilated throughout the day. If your child is cold they may wear a jacket in the classroom or an extra jumper.

-          Parents will only be permitted through the front gate for exceptional circumstances.

-          We ask all parents to wear a mask when they are on the school campus to drop or collect their child.

-          There is no parking on site. Please walk or cycle to school if possible.

Common questions and answers:

-          If you don’t have the books please try to get them as soon as possible. But if you don’t have them on the first day that is ok.

-          If you don’t have the school uniform please try to get it as soon as possible. But if you don’t have it on the first day your child can wear a comfortable tracksuit.

-          We will sell school crests from the office and they will be available from next week onwards. Please do not try to buy them on the first day as the office will be very busy

-          Please give your child a healthy lunch and water. Please read our healthy lunch policy

-          If you have any queries you can contact the school office on 018856015 or email    Please note that the office will be very busy at the start of the school year.

-          Older brothers and sisters may wait at the front of the school for younger siblings to be dismissed.


Senior infants

26th August at  9am Senior infants will line up outside in their two lines near the PE hall same as last year. Teachers will collect them and bring them to their new rooms (5 and 6). The will go home at 1:40pm and will be dismissed from the same two lines out in the front yard.

For the rest of the year children will arrive at 9:00am and go home at 1:40pm

1st Class

26th August arrive at 9:15am and will go straight to their new rooms.

Last year Ms Kindlon’s class will go to room 4

Last year Ms Walsh’s class will go to room 2

Last year Ms Mc Nally’s class will go to room 3

Children will be dismissed from the front yard at 2:40pm

For the rest of the year children will arrive at 9:00am and go home at 2:40pm

2nd Class

26th August arrive at 9:30am and will go straight to their new rooms.

Last year Mr Nulty’s class will go to room 1

Last year Mr Mulvaney’s class will go to room 18

Last year Ms Yeates’s class will go to room 17

Children will be dismissed from the front yard at 2:35pm

For the rest of the year children will arrive at 9:00am and go home at 2:35pm

3rd Class

26th August arrive at 9:45am and will go straight to their new rooms.

Last year Ms Byrne ’s class will go to room 16

Last year Ms Cooney’s class will go to room 15

Last year Ms Ni Lorcain’s  class will go to room 14

Children will be dismissed from the front yard at 2:30pm

For the rest of the year children will arrive at 9:00am and go home at 2:30pm

4th Class

26th August arrive at 9:45am and will go straight to their new rooms.

Last year Ms Phelan ’s class will go to room 13

Last year Ms McGuane’s class will go to room 12

Last year Ms Dolphin’s  class will go to room 10

Last year Ms Barrett’s class will go to room 11

Children will be dismissed from the front yard at 2:25pm

For the rest of the year children will arrive at 9:00am and go home at 2:25pm

5th Class

26th August arrive at 9:45am and will go straight to their new rooms.

Last year Mr Costello ’s class will go to room 21

Last year Mr Lynch’s class will go to room 19

Last year Mr Molloy’s  class will go to room 20

Children will be dismissed from the front yard at 2:20pm

For the rest of the year children will arrive at 9:00am and go home at 2:20pm

6th Class

26th August arrive at 9:45am and will go straight to their new rooms.

Last year Ms Lennon ’s class will go to room 22

Last year Ms Cullinan’s class will go to room 24

Last year Mr Lowther’s  class will go to room 23

Children will be dismissed from the front yard at 2:20pm

For the rest of the year children will arrive at 9:00am and go home at 2:20pm


Happy Christmas
(567) Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Dear Parents, Students and Staff

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year!

Tomorrow, Tuesday 22/12/2020,  is our last day. Junior and Senior infants will go home at 11:30am and 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes will go home at 11:45am.

Please enjoy our Christmas video which contains some of the beautiful art work done by our students. You will enjoy the poem reading at the end too!

Thank you to all of our wonderful staff who have worked so hard and sacrificed so much to get us all safely to this day. 

Enjoy the holidays everyone. We look forward to seeing you all on January 6th 2021 at 9am!

Take care

Ms. Bourke

Vivienne Bourke
St. Luke's National School
Hollywood Road
Dublin 15
Ph: 01-8856015
Roll Number 16675V

Garda Band
(566) Thursday, December 10, 2020

Dear Parents,


Due to COVID 19 restrictions the Garda Band are unable to visit schools in the run up to Christmas, please see attached link to virtual concert which your younger students may find interesting -


A very happy and safe Christmas to all your pupils and teachers from us here in the Garda Press Office

FREE Christmas Magic Show with RTE's Joe Daly
(565) Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Fingal Community Centres Presents: Christmas Magic Show, Live on Zoom with Joe Daly of RTE's 'After-school Club' and ' AbraKIDabra'

About this Event

Joe Daly, the resident magician on RTE's afterschool hub will host this FREE online event, LIVE on ZOOM.

The Irish Times..." Joe Daly is Ireland's leading Children's Magician"


Date And Time

Tue, 15 December 2020

16:00 – 17:00 GMT

Christmas Raffle 2020
(564) Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Dear Parents, Guardians and Children,


We hope to hold our annual Christmas raffle on Wednesday 17th December 2020.Prizes include toys, food hampers and vouchers for local businesses. We would appreciate your support.


Due to Covid restrictions we will not be selling tickets in the traditional way. Instead your child can enter the draw by bringing in an envelope (or folded paper) containing €2 with the child's name and teacher's name clearly written on the envelope. 


Your child can enter the draw as often as they like using separate envelopes as above.


All monies raised will go towards school resources and we will also make a donation to Saving Dylan and Chambu Primary School in  Malawi, Africa.


Many thanks for your continued support,


Kind regards


Ms Bourke

Positive Covid cases St Luke's NS
(563) Friday, November 27, 2020

Positive Covid cases St Luke's NS

Children and staff members in Mr. Molloy's 4th class and Ms Phelan's 3rd  class are being asked to stay at home as of today Friday 27th November until Thursday 10th December and to restrict their movements and not attend school. The school is working with Public Health following notification of a case of COVID19 in these two classes. All those identified as close contacts will be contacted by the HSE.
Restricted movements means not attending school, not going on public transport, not having visitors to the house or visiting other people’s houses. However, provided the child is asymptomatic they can go outside for walks/exercise, but only with members of their own household.
There are no requirements for household members of these children to restrict their movements. However should any of the children develop symptoms such as cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, fever or loss of taste and smell, then all members of the household should self-isolate and they should contact their GP.
Children will be referred for testing which is a routine part of contact tracing. Appointments will be sent to the parents by text message. Should any children develop symptoms before or after this testing session, they should contact their GP to arrange another test.
Please email if you have any queries. We will send work home to pupils in these two classes on Monday via the Aladdin Connect App.
Many thanks and please take care
Ms Bourke 

School closure 27/11/2020
(562) Thursday, November 26, 2020

Dear Parents and staff

We have just received notification from Irish Water that there will be a water outage in Tyrrelstown from today November 26th at 10am until tomorrow Friday 27th November at 3pm.

This water outage will affect St Luke's NS and all other schools in the area.

We have enough water in the water tanks at the school to get us through the requirements for today but we will not have enough water to get us through tomorrow.

Due to the hygiene and handwashing requirements in the fight against Covid19, our Board of Management, regrettably, has decided that we must close the school tomorrow.

The Board regrets any inconvenience that this may cause. However, the school authorities were only informed by Irish Water today at 11:30am.

Other primary schools in the area will also shut tomorrow. We will send home extra homework with the pupils today to make up for the closure tomorrow.

We look forward to seeing you all again on Monday.

Many thanks

Vivienne Bourke

Electric Scooters
(561) Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Dear Parents,


We wish to advise that the children are not to bring electric scooters to school as we believe they may present a safety risk , particularly with respect tothe  pedestrian and vehicular movement in our environment.



Liam Neary

Deputy Principal 

If your child has symptoms of COVID-19
(560) Tuesday, October 20, 2020

If your child has symptoms of COVID-19


Please ckick the link below.

Bridie Poole, RIP
(559) Friday, October 16, 2020


On behalf of the school community at Saint Luke's National School, Tyrrelstown, formerly Mulhuddart National School (aka The Village School !), I wish to offer our sincere condolences to Johnny Poole & family on the passing of Bridie Poole. Bridie worked in the school in Mulhuddart Village for many many years and was loved by children and staff alike. She worked as our lollipop lady and cleaner for roughly 20 years. Bridie always watched out for the children and took an active interest in their welfare and safety. Bridie always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye and she had a great way of telling a story. Bridie was sorely missed when she retired from the school.Please remember her in your prayers and ask the children to remember her in their prayers. May she rest in peace.



Liam Neary

Deputy Principal




Free Flu Vaccine
(558) Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Please see information on free flu vaccine for children below.

School Start and Finish Times
(557) Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Dear Parents


Thank you for your co-operation over these past few weeks. The children are very good at coming to and going from school now and everything is settling down. We are now able to change the start and finish times a little and make everything more streamlined.


From Monday Sept 14th the start and finish times for pupils will be as follows:


Junior infants: 9am - 1:40pm

Senior infants: 9am -1:40pm


Parents may come into the front yard to collect their child. Please wear a face covering.


1st class: 9am -2:30pm

2nd class: 9am - 2:30pm


Parents may stand outside the school gates and collect child from there. Older siblings may collect child from their teacher when they come out from their class at 2:40pm. Children will remain with teacher until parent or sibling arrives to collect. Please wear a face covering.



3rd class: 9:10am- 2:40pm

4th class: 9:10am - 2:40pm

5th class: 9:10am - 2:40pm

6th class: 9:10am - 2:40pm


Siblings may come at the earlier time of 9am if they need to bring a younger sibling to school. All pupils will be dismissed at front gate at 2:40pm and are free to walk home.



Please wear a face covering whilst on the school campus. Please do not park in the car park.


If you need to contact the school for any reason the details are Phone: 01-8856015 Email: (Secretary) and (Principal). 


Please do not send your child to school if they have a sick stomach, headache, cough, fever, fatigue, loss of taste or smell or have returned from travelling from a non green listed country within the last 14 days. 


We are setting up EPayments over the next couple of weeks and you will be able to pay your school resources money when that has been set up. We are in the process of getting new school crests made and they will be available from the school office at the end of the month. We will notify you all when both of these things become available.


Many thanks


Ms. Bourke



School Return
(556) Friday, September 4, 2020

Dear Parents

We have really enjoyed welcoming everyone back to St. Luke's NS.

Please find our School Covid Logistics plan here which has lots of details for each class stream. Please read it carefully.

We are asking parents to please wear a face covering whilst they are on the school campus as it is not possible to keep 2m distance at all times particularly during collection times.

Please note that Aladdin Connect is the main mode of communication for the staff and parents in the school community. Please ensure that you have downloaded the Aladdin Connect app and that you have an access code so that you can see your child's school details. If you are having trouble with Aladdin Connect please contact me directly on and I will try to help you ASAP.

The SET team have asked me to remind you that they will be working in each classroom and pupils may be called to the back of the classroom to work one to one with the SET teacher at their workstation during the school day.

We are really looking forward to the school year ahead. As always with your help and co-operation everything will work well and we thank you for your continued support.

Many thanks

Ms. Bourke


Covid logistics plan for St. Luke’s NS



Underlying Principles

  • The school has a responsibility to make every effort to ensure the safety, health and well-being of all members of our school community – children, parents and staff. This plan has been formulated to ensure that the school can exercise that duty of care.


  • In keeping with public health advice and guidelines issued by the Department of Education and Skills, it is preferable for all children to return to school for all five days of the school week and for a full school day. This plan has been formulated to achieve that aim.


  • It is not possible to eliminate the risk of infection. However, with the co-operation of all members of our school community, it is possible to minimise the risk of the virus being introduced to school and the consequent risk of its spread.


  • As well as co-operation, the flexibility and goodwill of all will be required to ensure the plan can be implemented.



  • All children return to school and classes operate within a bubble system


  • The school is split into stream groups with each stream group having different starting times, break times, lunch times and finishing times.


  • Stream groups will be constituted of class streams from Junior infants to 6th class.


  • The day will include 1 x 10 minute break and 1 x 30 minute break in the classroom and 1 x 30 minute break outside.


  • Within each class from 3rd to 6th, the children will be further divided into pods, with a minimum distance of 1 metre being maintained between pods.


  • Hand sanitiser will be available at all entry points and in all class and support rooms


  • Each classroom will have soap, paper towels and hand sanitiser.


  • Classrooms will be ventilated leaving windows and doors open when necessary to create airflow and air change within the room. Children may leave their jackets on or wear a heavy jumper during the school day if they are cold.


  • All staff will be encouraged to wear visors or face coverings.


  • All parents should wear face coverings when they are on the school campus as it is not possible to keep 2m distance during collection times.


  • Floor markings, signage and sanitiser will be placed throughout the building.


  • Perspex will be placed at the secretary’s office.


  • A one way system will operate throughout the school.


  • Lunches will be taken in class streams. Each class will take half hour outside per day. One class will be allowed to play on each basketball court.


  • All meetings with parents will be held on Zoom or over the phone.


  • Handwashing will occur at regular intervals throughout the day for everyone. 


  • Our goal is to keep the school safely open for everyone. Parents and staff will need to cooperate at all times and follow the health and safety guidelines.



Children from 3rd class to 6th class are allowed to walk home alone after school.

6th class 9am – 2:40pm.

5th class 9:05am - 2:40pm

4th  class 9:10am - 2:35pm

3rd class 9:15am - 2:35pm


2nd class 9:20am- 2:30pm dismiss from yard. Parents wait at a 2m distance outside school gate.

1st class 9:25am - 2:30pm dismiss from yard. Parents wait at a 2m distance outside school gate.

Senior infants 9:30am - 1:40pm dismiss from front yard. Parents wait at a 2m distance in front yard.

Junior infants 10am- 12:30pm dismiss from front yard. Parents wait at a 2m distance in front yard.


Parents must wear a face mask on the school campus.


In the morning,teachers will be in the classrooms waiting to supervise from 9am. If your child has older siblings they may come to school at the earlier time slot in the mornings.


At going home time if older siblings are to collect younger siblings at 2:40pm, the younger sibling will wait with their teacher until the older sibling is ready to collect them.


These staggered arrival and dismissal times will remain in place for each class (except Junior infants) until the end of September when they will then be reviewed.


Key to Entrances & Exits


Entrance and Exit Points


Front school door Kate’s office


Back school door to yard Kate’s office


Back school door Junior infants end


Back school door 1st class end






Entrance & Exit Points for Specific Classes




Entrance & Exit Point

Ms. Hogan Room 8

Jun Inf


Ms. Browne 7

Jun Inf


Ms. Kindlon Room 6

Sen Inf


Ms. Walsh Room 5

Sen Inf


Ms. McNally Room 4

Sen Inf


Mr. Nulty Room 3

1st class


Ms. Yeates Room 2

1st class


Mr. Mulvany Room 1

1st class


Ms. Byrne Room 18

2nd class


Ms. Cooney Room 17

2nd class


Ms. Ni Lorcain Room 16

2nd class


Ms. McGuane Room 15

3rd class


Ms. Barrett Room 14

3rd class


Ms. Dolphin Library

3rd class


Ms. Phelan Room 13

3rd class


Mr. Molloy Room 12

4th class


Mr. Costello Room 11

4th class


Mr. Lynch Room 10

4th class


Ms. Lennon Room 19

5th class


Ms. Cullinan Room 20

5th class


Mr. Lowther Room 21

5th class


Ms. Jordan Room 22

6th class


Ms. Rao Room 23

6th class


Ms. Kilcommins Room 24

6th class



Arrival at school

  • Each stream group should aim to arrive at the school in the 2 minutes immediately preceding their start time
  • We ask for co-operation with these times as it will mean that the numbers congregating on school grounds at any one time will be minimised.
  • Each class should go straight into their classroom through the main front door at the appropriate time.
  • No adults, other than staff members, should enter the building.
  • Messages for teachers can be sent by email, Aladdin Connect or by phoning the school office.


End of School Day

  • When the school day for each class is over the following arrangements will apply –
    • Junior infants: For the first few days, class teachers will bring pupils to the front yard at dismissal time. Parents are asked to stay outside the front gates and to keep a 2m distance from staff at all times. We will allow parents to collect their child in small groups.
    • Senior Infants – 2nd Class: The class teacher will bring the children to the front gate and will release the children into the care of the adult who is there to collect them. Adults, who are collecting their children from Senior infants to 2nd class at the end of the day, should wait at the front gates keeping 2m distance apart from each other and from staff.
    • 3rd – 6th Class: The class teacher will dismiss their class from the school yard and if necessary they can make arrangements to meet parents/carers outside of the school grounds. No parents will be allowed to enter the school grounds for the 2:40pm dismissal.


Collection of Children during the School Day

If an adult has to collect a child during the course of the school day, the following arrangements will apply

  • When the adult arrives at the school, they should either phone the office or use the intercom at the front door of the school to alert the office that they have arrived 01-8856015
  • The child will be brought from their class to the adult by a member of staff
  • No adult should enter the school building, unless invited to do so


Dealing with a suspected case of Covid-19

Pupils should not attend school if displaying any symptoms of Covid-19. If a pupil displays symptoms of Covid-19 while in the building, the following procedures will be implemented:

  • Parents/guardians will be contacted immediately
  • The child will be accompanied to the designated isolation area via the isolation route by a member of staff. The staff member will remain at least 2 metres away from the symptomatic child and will also make sure that others maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from the symptomatic child at all times
  • A mask will be provided for the child presenting with symptoms. He/she should wear the mask if in a common area with other people or while exiting the premises.
  • An assessment will be made as to whether the child who is displaying symptoms can immediately be brought home by parents and call their doctor and continue self-isolation at home.
  • The school will facilitate the child presenting with symptoms to remain in isolation, if they cannot immediately go home.
  • The child presenting with symptoms should be advised to cover their mouth and nose with the disposable tissue provided when they cough or sneeze and to put the tissue in the waste bag provided.
  • If the child is well enough to go home, the school will arrange for them to be transported home by a family member, as soon as possible, and advise them to inform their GP by phone of their symptoms. Public transport of any kind should not be used.
  • If they are too unwell to go home or advice is required, the school will contact 999 or 112 and inform them that the sick child is a Covid-19 suspect.
  • Arrangements will be made for appropriate cleaning of the isolation area and work areas involved.


The HSE will inform any staff/parents who have come into close contact with a diagnosed case via the contact tracing process. The HSE will contact all relevant persons where a diagnosis of COVID-19 is made. The instructions of the HSE should be followed.


Children who should not attend school

If your child is in one of the following categories, they should not attend school –

  • Children who are currently diagnosed with Covid-19
  • Children who have been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with Covid-19
  • Children who have a suspected case of Covid-19 and the outcome of the test is pending
  • Children who have been in contact with a person who has a suspected case of Covid-19 and the outcome of the test is pending
  • Children with underlying health conditions who have been directed by a medical professional not to attend school
  • Children who have returned home after travelling abroad and must self-isolate for a period of 14 days
  • Children who are generally unwell


Supporting the Learning of Children who cannot attend school

If a child is not able to attend school for an extended period of time, the class teacher (and/or the learning support teacher, where relevant) will suggest activities to support the child’s learning at home. These will be shared with parents.


Impact of a Suspected or Confirmed Case of Covid-19 in a Class

If the school is notified that a person in your child’s class has a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19

  • Public health advice will be sought and followed


Personal Equipment

  • In so far as possible, it is requested that children from Senior infants to 6th Class will bring their own pens, pencils, colours, rubbers, etc., to school in their own pencil case to avoid the sharing of equipment.
  • It is further requested that all items have the child’s name on them for ease of identification.
  • For children in Junior Infants, the school will provide a pouch or container which will hold each child’s pencils, crayons, etc., and which will be labelled with their name.
  • All children should bring a hand towel to school for the drying of hands after handwashing. It can be kept in a zip lock bag and brought home to be washed each day (60 degree wash). Paper towels will also be provided in each classroom.
  • Children must bring their own lunch box and drinks bottle. Please label all items with the child’s name. Children will not be allowed to share lunches or drinks with other children. Please ensure that your child can open and close their lunch box and drinks bottle on their own. Please wash the lunch box and drinks bottle each evening in warm soapy water.
  • For the foreseeable future, should they wish, all children can wear the school navy tracksuit from Monday to Friday. The tracksuits should be kept for school only and should be washed regularly as children will be following cough and sneeze etiquette into the elbow of their school jumper during the school day. School crests will be available at the end of September in the school office but they are not essential at this time. Please label all uniform items with your child’s name. For younger children shoes should be easy to open and close (eg Velcro) as the tying of laces by staff is not permitted due to the social distancing guidelines. Children should also be able to open and close their own jackets.


Shared Equipment

By necessity, some classroom equipment needs to be shared including tablets, laptops and the equipment used for structured activities and play in Infant classrooms. Cleaning of such shared equipment with wipes or other cleaning products will take place at regular intervals to minimise the risk of the spread of infection.


School cleaning

In line with HSE and DES guidelines we have increased our cleaning schedule and resources this year. We have invested in hiring new cleaning staff and new cleaning equipment. We follow a strict cleaning regime and schedule and follow all cleaning guidelines from the HSE and DES.


We sanitise the building regularly throughout the day. All common area items including door handles, light switches, stair rails, commonly touched items, corridors etc are cleaned regularly throughout the day. Each classroom is fully cleaned once per day once pupils leave the building. Classroom items are kept to a minimum to facilitate the cleaning each evening. Chairs, tables, shelves, ledges, surfaces etc are disinfected each evening. All bathrooms are cleaned and disinfected each evening. The floors are swept, hoovered and mopped each evening. Santisier, hand soap and paper towels are replenished in each room each evening.




Each bubble of class streams have access to the yards during their allotted break times.

Yards are supervised by class teachers, learning support teachers and SNA’s working within those bubbles.


Learning Support

In keeping with our Special Education policy, learning support is provided by a blended approach of in-class support and withdrawal. The provision of support is organised to ensure our support teachers work within the confines of a bubble.

  • Where a support teacher is working alongside a class teacher in a classroom, both teachers must be mindful of maintaining social distance from one another.
  • Where children from 3rd to 6th Class receive support in one of the SET rooms, social distancing of 1 metre will be maintained between each child in the group.
  • The tables and chairs in SET rooms are wiped clean in between different groups attending and all used SET rooms are fully cleaned each evening.



PPE will be worn by staff in general. Staff who are attending to particular care needs or who are administering first aid will wear appropriate PPE including gloves, aprons and face masks.


Teacher Absence and Substitution

In the event that teacher is unable to attend school, every effort will be made to secure a substitute teacher for the class. If a substitute teacher is not available, it is not appropriate for the class to be divided into groups and accommodated in other classes. In such circumstances, it may not be possible for the class to attend on that day. If that is the case, as much notice as possible will be given to parents.



Where possible, PE should take place outdoors and use of equipment should be confined to the sets that have been distributed to class groupings. If the PE hall is being used by class groupings, common touch points should be cleaned at intervals throughout the school day.


Extra-curricular Activities

The possibility of facilitating extra-curricular activities will be explored. However, it is not recommended that children from different bubbles participate in extra-curricular activities at the same time. The staggered finishing times and increased demands of everyday cleaning will also make the scheduling of after-school activities problematic. Further updates will be provided in September.

Holy Communion 26th Sept 2020
(555) Thursday, August 27, 2020




The celebration of First Holy Communion will be Saturday 26 September.

To accommodate all the boys and girls who will be receiving First Holy Communion and adhere to public health guidelines, it will be necessary to have four (4) ceremonies. 

Ceremonies will be conducted as follows:

9.30am - Ms Burkes 2nd class from last year 

11.00am - Ms Quinns 2nd class from last year 

12.30pm – Ms Flanagan’s 2nd class from last year 

2.00pmMs Yeates 2nd class from last year 

In order to respect the health and safety of everyone involved, the capacity of the church is greatly reduced.  As a result, three (3) people only may accompany those receiving First Holy Communion.  Unfortunately, others will be required to remain outside.  It is important that those attending our church for whatever ceremony, at all times feel safe and protect themselves and others from Covid-19.

In order to observe social distancing, movement within the church will be kept to a minimum.  Those wishing to receive Holy Communion, including the First Holy Communicants will remain in their seats and Communion will be brought to them.

It would be greatly appreciated if all adults wore a face covering, as one is obliged to in shops and on public transport. 

Unfortunately, photographs will not be permitted in the church after the ceremony, as social distancing must be observed.

 Following the ceremony, the church will be sanitised in preparation for the next ceremony.  All personnel will be asked to leave immediately to facilitate the team of cleaners.

Everyone entering the church is obliged to use the hand sanitisers.  Entrance will be through the main door only and exit by the side doors.

 The lack of involvement by the boys and girls in the ceremony is unfortunate, but we are severely restricted by the guidelines as outlined by the Health Authority.

We in the parish will do everything we can to ensure that the First Holy Communion ceremony is meaningful and dignified and all who attend feel safe and protected.

May it be a day of great joy and blessing for the boys and girls from St. Luke’s NS. 


                                                                                                                                Msgr. Eoin Thynne

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