- Child Protection
Please note the following personnel in relation to our school Child Protection policy.Designated Liaison Person: Ms. R. HalpinDeputy Designated Liasion Person: Mr. J. McDonagh
- Official Opening Times
Students are expected to be in their line at 9am and they will be collected by their classroom teacher. Supervision from a member of staff in the playground begins at 8.50am. The board of management cannot accept responsibility for pupils who arrive on school grounds early. The school day finishes at 2.40pm and classroom teachers will walk their classes to the front gate for collection.
- Office Hours
The office opens at 9am and closes at 2.40pm. The office is closed for lunch at 12.35pm until 1pm. For health and safety reasons, the school gates are closed everyday from 11am – 11.15am and again from 1pm – 1.30pm.
- Visitors’ Book
For health and safety reasons, all visitors must report to the front office and speak with our secretary. On entering and exiting the school, all visitors must sign in and out using the visitors’ book. This includes parents/guardians who come to the school during school hours to collect pupils for appointments, to drop off lunches, or to collect pupils if they are sick. We kindly request that you do not go directly to your child’s classroom. Thank you.
- Attendance / Absenteeism
In the event of your child being absent, please inform the class in writing. There is a space in your child’s homework journal for such notes. Schools are obliged to monitor school attendance. The school must report to the National Education Welfare Board the name of any pupil who is absent for an aggregate of 20 days or more in a school year. This is a legal requirement on schools and one where there is no discretion.
- Pupils leaving school early
When it is necessary for a pupil to leave school early, the teacher must be informed in writing in advance. Parents/guardians are asked to call to the secretary’s office from where your child can be collected. Any person collecting a child on behalf of the parent will be permitted to take the child only if the parent contacts the school beforehand.
Parents are always welcome to meet with staff in relation to their child. However, we kindly request that you phone in advance for an appointment. Such appointments can be made through our secretary.
The car park is for staff only and invited guests. Please be vigilant when dropping off and collecting children at the front of the school as it can be a very busy time. Please refrain from making u-turns as it can be an extremely dangerous manoeuvre. Please remind your child to use the pedestrian crossing and the lollipop lady when crossing the road. Pupils living close to the school may consider walking or cycling to school in an effort to reduce the volume of traffic. Cyclists must dismount from their bicycles when coming in to the school grounds and lock your bicycle in the sheltered bike rack.
The school uses the ‘text-a-parent’ facility to communicate with parents. Accordingly, it is very important we have an up-to-date mobile number for you. If your details have changed, please inform our secretary.
- Code of Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policies
Please ensure you read these important policies on our school website.
We have the highest of expectations with regards to behaviour of our students. Our staff endeavours to promote positive behaviour of all students. Our policy revolves around ‘Discipline for Learning’ whereby all classrooms follow the same set of classroom and school yard rules. Students are rewarded with stamps, certificates and prizes for making good decisions. Those who decide not to follow our rules are given opportunities to amend and change their behaviour. Continuous misbehaviour and serious misdemeanours are communicated with parents by written notes home or phone calls. The school asks that parents support the work of our staff by constantly reminding their children of the necessity of showing good behaviour whilst at school. This way, all students will be able to work in a safe and cooperative working environment.
- Uniform/Tracksuit Policy
Students should wear their full uniform at all times. Tracksuits are permitted on P.E. days or if they are competing for a school team. Some days are non-uniform days but these are communicated to parents in advance.