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Enrolment Forms

You may download an enrolment form here.

 

Below is some information that should help new pupils settle into our school.  Although most of it is for pupils starting in Junior Infants, parents of children starting in other classes should find it helpful too.

 

Important Points to Remember

  • Please ensure that all your child’s belongings are labelled
  • Please keep an eye on your child’s schoolbag as it may contain notes for parents
  • Please inform the school if your contact details change
  • School starts at 8.50 a.m. and finishes at 1.30 p.m. for junior and senior infants.  It finishes at 2.30 p.m. for all other children.  Please ensure that your child arrives in time for school and is collected promptly at home time
  • All absenses must be explained in a note to the teacher when the child returns to school
  • Ensure your child has a healthy lunch each day (treats allowed on Fridays only)

 

The First Day

Please be positive in preparing your child for school.  Explain to them what they can expect to happen in school, the role of the teacher, meeting other children, sharing and playing with other children, break time, sitting down, using the toilet, home time etc.

After meeting the teacher and the other children, while you are welcome to stay, we would suggest that you say goodbye and leave as children will pick up your anxiety.  Most children will quickly settle into their new environment as they soon become distracted by their surroundings.

 

Preparing for School

  • Sing songs, poems and rhymes to your child.
  • Let your child cut, colour, paste and draw.
  • Manipulating materials such as plasticine and play doh helps the development of fine motor skills.
  • Matching games, construction toys (such as lego) and jigsaws are encouraged.
  • Informal maths such as setting the table, matching socks and sorting out cutlery should also be encouraged.
  • Reading aloud to your child will cultivate a love of reading.  It is not possible to read too much to your child.
  • If English is not your child’s first language, please try to speak as much English as possible to them to help prepare them for school.
  • Kind words and encouragement are important.
  • Encourage your child to play fairly and to take turns.
  • Discourage negative behaviour such as pushing, biting, screaming and sulking.
  • Learn to set rules at home and to have consequences.  Remember, children learn best by doing.
  • Talk to your child.  Encourage two-way conversation.

 

Toys

There is no need to bring toys to school.  There is the danger of breakages as well as competition and peer pressure.  There are many toys and activities for the children to play with in school.

 

School Timetable

School starts promptly at 8.50 a.m. at which time your child should be lined up with their class in the yard.  It is good practice to establish a routine for school from the first day.  No child likes to be late for school and being late regularly can impact on their learning.

Infants finish school at 1.30 p.m. Please ensure that your child is collected promptly every day.  Children worry if they are not collected on time and can think that they have been forgotten.

It is our policy to bring the children outside to be collected.  Please ensure that your child knows who is collecting them at all times.  Please notify the school with any special collection arrangements.

To ease children gently into school life, the junior infant children will go home at 12 midday for the first three weeks in September.  As soon as possible, try to encourage independence by dropping your child to the school yard in the morning and collecting from the yard in the afternoon.

 

School Uniform

The school uniform is a navy jumper, white shirt and grey trousers/skirt.  The school tracksuit is navy with a white polo shirt.  We would ask that children wear the full uniform each day and wear their school tracksuit on the designated P.E. day (unless otherwise directed by the teacher).

The uniform is available at www.schooluniformsdirect.ie.

 

 

Healthy Lunchboxes

Please ensure that your child has a lunchbox that is easy to open and close.  Minimise the amount of packaging used as the children have to bring this home.  Keep an eye on the lunchbox with regard to quantity.  Please use a drinks bottle.

Due to food allergies we ask that you refrain from bringing party bags and birthday cakes into school.

Foods that are encouraged

  • Sandwiches
  • Fruit
  • Cheese
  • Water/milk

 

Foods that are discouraged

  • Crisps
  • Popcorn
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Chocolate
  • Biscuits
  • Chewing gum

All nut products are banned and children are discouraged from sharing lunches.

 

Further information and advice about school lunches can be found at www.littlesteps.eu

 

Security

In the interests of security, access to the school building is restricted during the school day.  Once the children are in school, the school is closed and all visitors should report to the office.

 

The School Bag

In the interests of safety in the classroom, it is advisable to get a neat schoolbag that can hold an A4 folder.  Your child should be easily able to open this bag.  The school will provide all school books for the children as part of the school book rental scheme.

Young children are not encouraged to bring in crayons, markers etc. as these items can be easily damaged or lost.  Pencils and crayons are provided for the children in the classroom.   Older children take responsibility for their own pencil case and its contents.

 

Health and Safety

As part of Health and Safety, we encourage the regular washing of hands.  However, we are not always able to oversee this so please remind your child on a regular basis of its importance.

Germs spread quickly within a classroom environment.  Therefore, a sick child should never be sent to school.

It is essential that you check your child’s hair on a weekly basis for headlice and inform the school immediately if there is an outbreak.

 

 

The Role of Parents as Educators

“Parents are the child’s primary educators and the life of the home is the most potent factor in their development during the primary years.  It is widely recognised that significant educational, social and behavioural benefits accrue to the child as a result of effective partnership between parents and teachers.  Close co-operation between home and school is essential, therefore, if children are to receive the maximum benefit from the curriculum.”  (Primary School Curriculum 1999, pg. 21 Introduction)

 

Child Protection

The school is bound by the child protection guidelines laid down by the “Children First National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children”.  This document is available at www.dohc.ie/publications/children-first.html.  We would ask all parents to read this document and familiarise themselves with the content.

 

Assessment

Informal assessment will be continually made by your child’s teacher.  Every year, parent-teacher meetings are held which provide an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress, both socially and academically.

Do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher at any time if you feel there is an issue about which you are anxious.  However, if you wish to discuss an issue in more detail, please make an appointment for a meeting at a mutually convenient time.

Formal written reports are sent out at the end of each school year.

Every year standardised screening/testing is used in the school as a form of assessment.  This may involve withdrawing children from their class for a period of time.

The results of standardised test/screening are discussed with parents during second and fifth class or at other times if issues arise.