A note or text from parent/guardian is required in the event of the following:
- Parent/guardian wishes his/her child to leave school before school finishes
- Child is unable to attempt or complete homework.
- Child needs to stay indoors at break times due to illness
- Child has been absent. This is a requirement of the Education and Welfare Act 2000. School is required by law to report absences of 20 days or more to TUSLA.
- Class begins each day at 9.15a.m. and finishes at 3.00p.m. (Infants 2.00p.m.) New Infants finish school at midday for the first fortnight in September.
- We have a healthy lunch policy in school. Children should not bring glass containers to school. Fizzy drinks and sweets/chocolate are not allowed. Slices of carrot, fruit etc. may be brought for treats.
- The school cannot accept responsibility for children coming to school or going home from school. Parents/guardians have the responsibility for ensuring that their child arrives safely to school and is safely escorted from the school gate at 3.00p.m.
- A Parent Teacher Meeting will be held during the year. Should a parent wish for a further consultation with the teacher, an appointment must be made. When necessary a parent will be contacted by the class teacher or principal.
- Medicines or drugs of any kind will not be administered to any pupil by school staff without prior arrangement with the Board of Management.
- A Book Rental Scheme operates in the school. Cost of scheme will be notified to parents in June.
- School Uniform must be worn at school each day. School sweatshirts with crest are available. Please contact the school to order.
- Homework is given to reinforce what the children have learned in school. Parents are encouraged to look at their child’s work and show an interest in what their child is doing.
- Parents are asked to give their child a suitable time to do their homework away from television.
- All that is required from homework is an honest attempt. There is no discipline for wrong answers. Refusal or neglect to do homework is made known to parents if it happens on a continuous basis
- Children do homework on Monday – Thursday nights
- No homework is given at weekends except where a pupil has not completed homework during the week.
- If children fail to complete homework, an explanatory note is required.
- Sometimes at the discretion of the class teacher or the principal, children are given homework off as a treat or as acknowledgement of some special occasion. The ‘Star of the Week’ have the option to use a homework pass off written work as their prize.
Duration of Homework
The following are guidelines for time spent at homework. Different children will complete the same homework in different lengths of time. Time spent will vary from day to day and also from the beginning to the end of the school year. It is important to remember that it is the quality and not the quantity of homework that matters. The following are general guidelines:
Infants 0 to 15 minutes
Rang 1 and 2 15 to 25 minutes
Rang 3 and 4 30 to 40 minutes
Rang 5 and 6 30 to 50 minutes
- Write homework accurately in homework diary.
- Take home correct books and copies.
- Complete homework to the best of their ability.
- Present written work neatly.
- Practice tin-whistle regularly.
- Encourage a positive attitude towards homework in all subjects from an early age. Give praise and encouragement for work completed.
- Encourage children to work independently as far as possible. Resist over-helping.
- Encourage children to organise themselves for homework. Have all books and materials to hand. The pupil should have the Homework Journal open to tick off work as it is completed.
- Agree a suitable time for doing homework, taking into account age, the need for playtime, relaxation and family time.
- Providing a quiet place, suitable work surface, free from distractions, interruptions and T.V.
- Encourage good presentation and neatness.
- Sign the homework diary every Thursday and check daily, that all homework is complete.
- Check that the child has all necessary books, homework journal, copies, pencils, mathematical equipment, dictionary, if needed for the next school day.