Return to School Declaration

Parents of pupils who are returning to school on Monday March 1st MUST complete a return to school declaration before attending . This declaration will be available from 3pm on Sunday  February 28th.  We will send a reminder on Sunday.  This is a requirement of the Department of Education .

After any subsequent absence including  the Easter Holidays and May break, pupils will need to have this declaration filled prior to their return to school.



Masked Reader Further Update

Day 3 saw The Fox read The Emperors Egg.  We think the clue was a little easier but not everyone got it right !  So far Monkey has had the most guesses.

The next video is of Bunny and the clue is a colour you hear a lot about in school !

Half of our pupils will be back in school on Monday 👏👏👏👏 . They won’t continue with learning at home but they will still need to watch and guess online ! Bunny has a great story about Farmer Duck.






We are now on Day 2 of the Masked Readers and what a response!  We are getting lots and lots of guesses.  Thanks to all the parents who are sharing the stories with their children.

Panda was a little hard !  Lots of guesses for all 4 options.

Today featured Monkey and 95% of the guesses were for one teacher… we aren’t saying who though !

Tomorrow sees  Fox reading the Emperor’s Egg.  Could Fox be a male teacher?   You will have to watch and listen carefully for the clue at the end.

Remember, you can still make a guess as to who Panda and Monkey are if you haven’t already… just one guess per pupil though!

Keep watching and remember the  masks come off on World Book Day … and the prize winners will be announced…

It could be You .


TESS Return to School FAQsTusla – Child and Family Agency

The Child and Family Agency was established on 1st January 2014 and is now the dedicated State agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children.

Below are a series of frequently asked question which  Tusla have issued and may be of use to you. In the event of any further questions arise parents should contact their school in the first instance or their local TESS office.

In general, if a student is medically certified as being at Very High Risk then they are excused from attending school and where they are engaged in remote learning provided by the school, they shall be marked present in the roll book.

All other categories of non-attendance at school will be marked absent on the roll book as per usual, without exception. This includes students who are NOT deemed to be in the Very High Risk category and may be engaging in remote learning.

Please get in touch with or with your child’s teacher if you are worried about the return to school.  Continue reading “TESS Return to School FAQsTusla – Child and Family Agency”

Return to School for Juniors – 2nd

Mr. Courtney has sent an email to parents today. Here are some points from the email.

All children in Junior Infants, Senior Infants, First and second classes will return to school on March 1st.   This is fantastic news for us and we are looking forward to welcoming them back. We are currently analysing the Department of Education guidelines and our own procedures as we prepare for their return. Our  Reopening Plan served the pupils, parents and staff very well last term and does not require huge adjustments.

Please read the updated edition and the Frequently Asked Questions on the school app. The routines and timetables for drop-off and collection will remain unchanged.

Our risk mitigation measures have been reviewed and updated. However, in view of the virulent nature of the new Covid 19 variants, we ask everyone to be particularly vigilant and for your co-operation especially with the following:

  • Parents should not send children to school if they are close contacts of a person with COVID 19, are awaiting a test or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have travelled from another country in the previous 14 days.
  • Parents must complete a Return to School Parent Declaration Form on line  AFTER  3PM on  Sunday 28th February for children returning to school on March 1st and thereafter after any absence from class
  • All parents are required to wear a mask  both inside the school grounds and in the school vicinity  due to the large volume of adults dropping and collecting children.
  • Parents are asked not to congregate at or near school and to keep at least 2 m apart while waiting to drop-off or collect  pupils
  • Children from first class up are asked to bring a wash-bag to school. Details are on the school app.
  • All communication with the school must take place by phone, online or via the homework journal.

We ask all parents to check out our school app where you will find useful information and tips on our school reopening.

We hope our pupils in classes from third to sixth continue with the fantastic work online. Mr. Courtney would like to thank all parents and guardians  for their support of online learning over the past two months. We are eager to have all our pupils back in the classrooms as soon as possible. We can all support this goal and each other by observing the guidelines.

Remote teaching will end for all pupils from Junior Infants to 2nd class on Friday 26th of February .

If for any reason, you have any concerns about your child’s return to school please contact Mr. Courtney or  your child’s teacher through the school office.  

Bridgie’s Last Message

Well boys and girls, my adventures have come to an end!!

You’d think I would be sad but I’m actually delighted. I had such fun out and about learning all about the local history and geography of Castleknock. What an amazing place it is !! But I’m even happier that you are all returning to school.

I’ve been busy in the office today helping Ms.Mooney. She must be the busiest school secretary in the whole of Ireland !!

So I’ve a little quiz for you based on my adventures. The winner will receive a signed photograph of me…..and a night off homework ( I’ll have to talk to your teacher first though!!) Send your answers  over the next week  or so to

1. What’s my favourite food?

2. What animals did I see on the second day of my adventures?

3. What is the name of the GAA grounds where St.Brigid’s play?

4. I learned to play a new game on Friday 5th February. What was it?

5. What is the name of the hill in Castleknock College?

6. What lock did I visit on 9th February?

I’ll see you all in school very soon boys & girls!


Oh I nearly forgot ….a very special thank you to my  good friend,  Mr Mac Cann who came with me on my travels everyday during lockdown.  Mr. Mac Cann made sure I didn’t get lost or hungry and  even helped me write my diary .