Hello, I’m Mrs. Reid and I am the Junior Room teacher. Due to school closures this year, we cannot hold an open day for your children to come into the classroom. Thankfully, many have siblings in the school already and so will be familiar with us already.
Mr. Duffy is our principal. Julie is our Special Needs Assistant and works in both classrooms. Ms. Griffin is our Senior Room teacher. The children will also get to know our caretaker, secretary, cleaners and music teachers – Andy, Kathleen, Ciara, Mary Phelan, Mary Hennessey and Marian.
I have put up some information together here which you may find useful as your child starts school with us. I hope you all have a restful summer after the stress of the last few months, and looking forward to meeting everyone when we re-open.
The first fortnight
School re-opens on Monday 31st August 2020 for all pupils.
This year, parents of Junior Infants will bring their child to the school gate on the sound of the first bell ring where I will meet them and bring them through the front door with the rest of their classmates. The Senior room children will come into school yard and through the side entrance at the apple garden/courtyard on the second bell ring.
The first day can be daunting for many children, but parents too, especially if it’s your first or last child! Starting school is a big step, and you have to trust someone else with your child. We understand this, and want to reassure you, that we care about each child that joins our school, and look after them as if they were our own. One of the benefits of being in a small school is everyone knows everyone, and we all look out for one another. The children usually settle best if their parents keep their goodbyes short. There may be tears but it will only be prolonged if you stay. Once you are gone, they are soon distracted by a game or toys, and happy again…really!
Junior Infants finish school at 12 noon for the first 2 weeks. From Monday 14th September, they finish at 2pm with the Senior Infants. Children will be escorted to the front yard from the apple garden at home time where they are handed over to parents/guardians/carers. We do our best to be punctual, and ask parents to do the same.
What you need for September
A book rental scheme is in place in the school. The cost is €55 per child and this goes towards the cost of all class books, workbooks, art supplies, photocopying and the children’s school insurance. This can be paid in September.
Junior Infants Copies List for September 2020
- 1 X 48 page Note Book size A6 or 40 page Blank pages/Plain Day copybook
- 4 x 40 page Project copies size 15A
- 2 X pritt sticks
- 1 X A4 scrapbook
- Pencil case
- 2-3 x pencils (triangular shaped are best for learning to write)
- twistables/colouring pencils/crayons (markers are not used)
- pairer (double holes if using thicker pencils)
- Some children keep their homework in a clear A4 plastic wallet folder, which makes it easier to find everything their school bag.
We have two breaks in the day – a small break for a quick snack like a piece of fruit and rice cake, and a lunch break for a more substantial meal. We encourage the children to drink their water throughout the day. Children’s drinks often leak, so we recommend a separate little lunch bag or a school bag with an external pocket for carrying their drink bottle. We have a healthy eating policy in place and some foods are not allowed.
The school uniform must be worn at school each day. School sweatshirts with the school crest are available – please contact the school to order. They have been sourced at a very good price.
How you can prepare your child for school
Going to Primary School – a leaflet developed by Early Childhood Ireland and National Parents Council Primary on starting school
Transitioning to Primary School: Occupational Therapy Tips and Strategies – fantastic advice, lots of practical ideas and every day skills
Let’s Get Ready – a new website from the Dept. of Children and Youth Affairs with video and tips on returning to schools and creches post-Covid-19 closures.
Your child in the Primary School – Tips for Parents – a slideshow developed by the Irish National Teachers Organisation, tips not just for Junior Infants
Please explore our website. You will find the school calendar under Useful Information, alongside school rules, homework etc.