Physical Distancing and Safe School Attendance

August 10th, 2020

Dear Parent / Guardian, Staff Member,

RE: Physical Distancing and Safe School Attendance

We are currently working on upgrading our procedures and routines within the school to ensure that there is as much Physical Distancing as is possible in our building. We will apply physical distancing in a practical and sensible way, recognising that the learning environment cannot be dominated by a potentially counterproductive focus on this issue.

Physical Distancing will be achieved in two ways: –

Increasing Separation.  This will be achieved by re-configuring the classrooms to maximise physical distancing. Each class will be referred to as a bubble and we will ensure that there is as little contact as possible between children in different bubbles.  Within the bubbles, children will be organised into pods.  A pod is a group of children who will sit together and who will stay in their pod while in the bubble, or classroom.

Decreasing Interaction. This will be achieved by decreasing the potential for children from different bubbles to interact.  There will be marked routes and times for various bubbles to enter and exit the school and to access their classrooms.  Bubbles will have different mid-morning and lunch-time access to the playground.  We will make these routines enjoyable activities for the children, emphasising safety at all times.

While all children will be welcome back to school, we would remind parents that, where children are displaying colds, coughs or flu like symptoms, they should not be sent to school.  Children who display such symptoms in school will be isolated and parents asked to collect them from the school.

Children who have travelled from countries not on the Green List should not attend school during the 14-day self-isolation period

Further information on COVID-19 symptoms in children is available at: –

Teachers will make children aware of the proper hygiene procedures regarding hand washing and etiquette related to sneezing, coughing or spitting.  We would be grateful if you could also emphasise safe behaviour in this regard to your children at home as part of the preparation for returning to school.

Our aim remains to re-open the school in an orderly safe manner, while reassuring the children and making them feel comfortable, safe and relaxed with their friends in the new school environment.  This will be achieved by all of us working towards this common goal.

Le meas,

Gerard Connolly                                                                                 Marie Coen

Chairperson                                                                                         Principal


Covid 19 Policy Statement

August 7th, 2020

Dear Parent / Guardian, Staff Member,

RE: Re-opening of Scoil Mhuire Lourdes

I hope you and your families are keeping well.

As you are aware, our school has now been closed since 12th March due to the COVID-19 situation.  We are now hoping to re-open our school safely on August 27th, in line with current guidance and recommendations.

Re-opening the school safely will require the co-operation of all members of our School Community – BoM, School Leadership, Staff, Parents and Pupils. We will all be called on to play our part in ensuring that re-opening of the school is done in a safe manner which prevents the spread of the virus and allows the vital work of Teaching and Learning to proceed with as little disruption as possible.

We have been working on our plan for the safe reopening of the school for some weeks now and have published the DES COVID-19 Response Plan for the safe and sustainable reopening of Primary and Special Schools on our school website.  The Response Plan gives details of

  • Physical preparation, signage, hand sanitiser stations,
  • Advice, procedures and training for the safe return to working in the school for all school staff and pupils
  • General and specific advice on how all pupils, staff, parents and visitors will prevent the spread of the virus

We have also published our Covid 19 Policy Statement, please click this link for more info. Our BoM will keep you informed as to the progress of our re-opening plans and provide you with the information required by you to play your part in safely re-opening the school.

We are really looking forward to welcoming our children back to school and will be doing all that we can to ensure that the return to school is a safe and enjoyable experience for the children. We will be in touch with you again before school re-opens.

Le meas,

Gerard Connolly                                                       Marie Coen

Cathaoirleach, An Bhóird Bainistíochta                    Príomhoide

The following websites provide further information on COVID-19 and on government advice and recommendations regarding the re-opening of schools: –

Bookbill payment via payment system

Many thanks to all families for your patience over the past number of weeks with regards to the Aladdin online payment system.It took longer than expected due to Covid 19 delays, but we hope this facility will aid families going forward.

This facility is now live and active.You can pay the full amount if you wish to do so, or in instalments of €15.

Text messages with a unique link have been sent to families- please do not share this text with anyone else as it is unique to your daughter/ daughters.
If you are having difficulty please contact the school on 0599151875 or

For more information on what is included in the book bills for each class, click this link

Bookbills 2020.

From N.K. Jemisin to We Are the Nerds, Our Favorite End-of-Year ...

Staff 2020-2021

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Principal: Ms. Marie Coen

Deputy Principal:  Ms. Delia Ryan

6th: Ms. Aisling Madden Room 7

5th: Ms. Marie Turtle : Room 8

4th: Ms. Eilis Eagers :Room 3

3rdMs. Stacey Brooks : Room 6

3rd: Mr. Adam Kavanagh Room 1

2nd: Ms. Rebecca Kennedy rebecca@smltullow Room 2

1st Ms.Caroline Byrne St. Brigids

1st: Ms. Suzanne Conway Room 4 suzanne

Senior Infants: Ms. Ann Marie Wall  Room 5

Junior Infants: Ms. Delia Ryan St. Brigid’s

SET: Ms. Juliana Garahy

SET: Ms. Eileen Dillon

EAL Teacher: Ms. Marianne Cullen

SNA: Ms. Regina Canavan

Secretary: Ms. Fiona Kearney

Caretaker: Mr. James Smithers



I am A Rock Project: Schools Completion

This project was developed by Tullow SCP with the support of Dr. Anita Purcell (NEPS) and Carlow Children and Young People’s Services Committee
The aim of the project is to help build resilience, and to support young people in telling their COVID 19 story.

Don’t forget to watch the videos below for further details and creative tips, send your ‘Rock’ photos to, and watch the journey unfold on our facebook and instagram!

 You can download your pdf copy below or if you would like a hard copy of the workbook sent to you via post, please contact us at

Tullow Area School Completion Programme

Our new Junior Infants 2020- This one is for you :)

Unfortunately due to Covid 19, we have not been able to have all our fabulous new Junior Infants visit the school. We love getting to see you all and showing you around so instead we have put together an information webinar on our school.

Ms. Ryan, the class teacher will talk you through the slides and as always if you have any questions we would love you to email

In the post you will have received some items from us with more on the way in the coming days. We would ask that you read carefully through the items we send and return the signed forms as soon as possible to the school. Also, if your contact details, in particular your phone number/address have changed please let the school know by emailing us.

For now sit back, relax and click here for some more info. on Scoil Mhuire Lourdes

Welcome to Junior Infants Sign (English and Gaeilge) –


Confirmation 2020

The Following dates have been arranged for the Celebration of Confirmation.

Friday 14th August – 2.00pm

Saturday 15th August – 2.00pm

Friday 21st August – 2.00pm

Saturday 22nd August – 2.00pm

All ceremonies will take place in Tullow Church.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, there will be a maximum of 20 Candidates at each ceremony. Each family can have no more than 12 people present (including sponsors).

Candidates who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation must call in to Tullow Parish Office accompanied by a parent/guardian to register and to arrange which of the 4 dates they would like to book. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The closing time for registration is 1.00pm on Friday 10th July. Tullow Parish Office is open as follows:

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm (excluding lunchtime 1.00pm – 2.00pm) Friday 9.00am – 1.00pm.

Albs will not be used. Instead all candidates are asked to dress appropriately and respectfully for church.

Families who register will be contacted 2 weeks before the ceremony to arrange a date and time for rehearsal.
Confirmation 2019 - Archdiocese of Armagh

A parting message to 6th class

Our 6th class ladies,

We have missed so much celebrating with you all as you get ready for the next chapter in your lives.  You are living in unprecedented times but your sacrifice is helping others in ways that you cannot imagine.

We have missed being able to sign your shirts, autograph books and take pictures at Graduation. We are so proud of all you have achieved in the years you have been with us, and know that you will continue to shine like the stars you are.⭐

To help you remember us all in Scoil Mhuire Lourdes we have one final gift to give you. On Friday 26th June from 11- 1pm Mr. O ‘ Flaherty and Ms. Coen will be at the school to give you an end of year momento from SML… You can come with an adult to collect your gift from the school but please remember to be responsible in the way in which we continue to stay our distance from each other.

We would love to see you and wish you every success as you take the next step on the journey of your education.

Here is a short video message from Mr. O’Flaherty, Ms.Coen and Bishop Denis to ask God to protect mind and keep you safe now and always.

Click here to view



Art Appreciation

Day 4: Looking and Responding to Art in the Primary School


***Click this link for some excellent ideas on creating art using the world around us:

***When something plays tricks on your eyes it is called an Optical Illusion. Op Art is artwork that plays tricks on our eyes Artist M.C. Escher is famous for having created lots of different kinds of Op Art.

*****Please click the link for more info on famous artists: