March 2020  –  Teachers and pupils commenced their on-line learning firstly via Padlet and then via Google Classrooms and this has continued, with great success, up to the end of the school year. We are very grateful for all your help and support during this period. 

Football lessons with Mark from Na Fianna CLG began on the 12th of March and continued via Google Classrooms on Thursday’s with Mini PE Lessons.

  • G.N.S. – School Padlet March 2020
  • We have set up a site for our school using a platform called Padlet. The site contains ideas for all class levels and then each of our classrooms; Junior/Senior Infants, First/Second Class, Third/Fourth Class and Fifth/Sixth Class.
  • All of the class teachers have access and will keep each of the columns updated on a regular basis with varied activities and suggestions (With no need for us to email you each time we are updating the page).
  • We understand and acknowledge that not all of the children have access to computers and tablets, and may be self-isolating with family (especially when parents are working from home and maybe using the devices), with that in mind these activities are not compulsory and can be completed at your own pace if at all possible.
  • To access Padlet, you can sign up for an account, using an email address here:
  • Here is the link to our school Padlet (Glasnevin National School Distance Learning Ideas):

As the situation is changing on a daily basis, we will update you accordingly. With all of the above in mind, do try to remember children are resilient, and they bounce back. This will be a small moment in their whole lifetime, no loss over the coming months is going to change their long-term education achievement. At the moment, we are just on pause and we will pick up where we left off with enthusiasm when we return. 

Thank you in advance for your support and stay safe.

Kindest regards,

All the Staff at Glasnevin National School

March 2020 Google Classroom

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope this email finds you and families safe and well. We are living in a completely different world since the school closed on the 12th of March. Little did we know the changes that were about to come. It is an uncertain time for all. We are all in different situations.

As you will have heard there has been a further announcement by the Taoiseach that, in line with public health advice, schools will remain closed until the 19th of April.Going forward each classes homework for next week will be posted on the School Padlet. Continue the homework you have been doing for next week. 

The School Padlet is being updated on a regular basis with activities for each year group – based on weekly/monthly themes planned for all classes.

We as school teachers are cognisant of the stresses in many homes at the minute. Many parents are working in front line services or, in thousands of cases, have lost their jobs because of the closure of shops, restaurants and other places of employment as a result of the COVID-19 virus. In many homes, older brothers and sisters are stressed because of Leaving Cert or Junior Cycle issues compounded by the current crisis. Many are also catering for elderly parents, relatives or neighbours. Consequently, the activities we share with families are not compulsory and can be completed at your own pace.

Children need to feel comforted and safe during these difficult times. To feel like it’s all going to be ok. Play outside and go on walks. Play board games, try out some baking, help at home and watch movies. Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo. Start a book and read together as a family.

Early next week we will send an email to inform you about Google Classroom.

At present all teachers are working on setting this up.

Every single child in Ireland is in the same boat and they all will be OK. The most important thing at this time is your child’s mental health, more important than their academic skills. So keep that in mind, every single day.

Stay Safe and Keep Well,

All at Glasnevin NS