School Calendar 2021.22

The dates for the.school closures for the coming years 2021/22 have now been decided.

SCHOOL CLOSURES 2021 / 22

Term 1

Re-opening:  Tuesday August 31st, 2021

October:  Mid Term: Closed Monday, October 25th to Friday, October 29th inclusive (1 week)

Christmas Holidays: Closing at noon on Wednesday, December 22nd.            Re opening : Thursday, January 6th, 2022

Term 2

February Mid Term: Closed Thursday, February 24th and Friday, February 25th (2 days)

St. Patrick’s Weekend: Closed Thursday, March 17th and Friday, March 18th (2 days)

Easter Holidays: Closing at noon on Friday, April 8th   Re-opening: Monday 25th April

Term 3

May Bank Holiday:  Closed Monday 2nd May

June  Break : Closed Monday, June 6th to Friday June 10th inclusive (1 week)

Closing for Summer at noon on Thursday June 30th   2022

Collection times for Easter Holidays

We close on Friday March 26th for our Easter Holidays. Dispersal times will be staggered as usual.

ODDS : Class finishes at 11:50 for all odd classes

EVENS: Class finishes at 12:10 for all even classes

As all the Infant classes in each divide are  leaving at the same time as the older classes, we expect the carpark and school gates to be busier than usual.

If you are collecting older pupils (3rd up)  please arrange a meeting place away from the gates.

If collecting younger children please do not delay once your child is with you.

We kindly ask that as many people as possible walk/cycle/scoot to school, and remind people not to congregate / forms groups on the school grounds or vicinity.

Please ensure you are wearing a mask to protect yourself and others.

Remember school is CLOSED from 27/3/2021 – 10/4/2021 inclusive.

We reopen on 12/4/2021 at 8:40 and 9 a.m 

Happy Easter

Touch Typing

            Touch-type Read and Spell (TTRS)

Individuals who struggle with a learning difficulty can benefit from touch typing, particularly in the case of Dysgraphia which makes writing by hand painful. Students with Dyspraxia often have trouble with fine motor skills that can make holding a pen difficult and forming letters impossible. In both cases it is often recommended that writing be done on a computer using a touch-typing approach.

People with Dyslexia may also find touch typing beneficial. Dyslexia impacts on reading, spelling, and writing abilities and makes it difficult for individuals to split words into their component sounds. Taking a typing course like TTRS entails repeated exposure to language and involves muscle memory in learning the spelling of high frequency words. The TTRS program further exercises phonics skills through visual and audio prompts.

With schools closing for indefinite periods of time, there is an even greater need for students and teachers to communicate through electronic means. This has further underscored the benefits of learning to type. Students need typing skills to communicate with teachers about schoolwork, complete online work, and participate in virtual learning activities.

As we approach the final term of school this year, a number of places will be available on the course due to the success of so many students who managed to complete the course during the last lockdown. While it is still not safe to hold classes after school, I continue to deliver this valuable course via Zoom using Breakout Rooms. Class size limited to three students. If you are interested in learning how TTRS can help your son/daughter build self-esteem, learn how to touch-type while improving their reading and spelling, contact Carol Pitcher on 087 2868910 – castleknockttrs@gmail.com for details of a FREE TRIAL.