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Sept 2018 – General Letter

                             12th September 2018

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),


We would like to take this opportunity to welcome the children back after the summer holidays. We especially welcome our new Junior Infants and wish all pupils well for the coming school year.


Today each child will come home with a Parental Permission Slip, please read carefully, sign and return to the school tomorrow.  If this form is not returned for your child, your child may be omitted from taking part in school activities.


School monies

Please send in school monies (School Sundries: €50 for the first child; €40 for the second child; €30 for the third child) and €9 pupil insurance (per child) at your earliest convenience.  Please ensure all money is in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and class clearly marked.


Mornings and Evenings

We ask that that all cars are parked on the school side of the road and that all children and parents must walk on the footpath. Please do not use staff car park or block the entrance to the staff carpark.


The school day begins at by 9.20 a.m. Supervision begins in the school yard at 9.10am. No responsibility can be accepted for children that arrive before this time.


If your child is walking home from school, unaccompanied by an adult, please email the school or send a note into the class teacher.



Please ensure that all lunches are healthy in nature (no sweets/crisps/fizzy drinks etc) and don’t contain any nuts.


Monday is “Munching Monday” please ensure pupils have fruit on Mondays.


Wednesday is “Package Free Lunch Day” to reduce waste as part of Green schools initiative.


Bun Friday commenced last Friday. Every child receives a bun each Friday. The €2 your child brings is voluntary but vital. The money raised enables the school to purchase equipment for our school.


If your child is ill and you wish him/her to remain in during lunch break, a written note is required.


School Uniform/Homework

Please ensure full uniform is worn at all times, on P.E. days the school tracksuit and a white polo shirt must be worn. (P.E. days vary from class to class, your child will be informed of those days this week.)


Children are not to have designs shaved into their hair as this can lead to peer pressure, bullying and unnecessary competition between pupils.


All jumpers, jackets, pencil cases etc have clear name tags and that all school items are labelled.


All homework (oral and written) should be checked and signed.


School Attendance

Our Roll System is computerised and each morning the Roll is taken by the class teacher at 9.50am.  Only children present in class at that time are marked ‘present’.  If a child is late then the Roll is changed to ‘late’ but the child is still marked ‘absent’.  This is an automated system and cannot be altered.  The above is set by the Department of Education.


A child’s attendance in school is essential in order to ensure that he/she progresses to the best of his/her ability.  Therefore, absences should be kept to a minimum.  The school academic timetable is circulated the previous school year to enable parents to organise holidays outside of school times.


If your child is out sick, all absences are to be explained in writing in your child’s homework journal upon return to school.


General Information

The school will attend mass every First Friday, Junior Infants will not be attending until December.


Party Invitations: Children are asked not to give out party invitations in class.


If you wish to speak with your child’s teacher at any stage during the year, please make an appointment to do so. All meetings will be held on Wednesdays, either before or after school. This is to enable the teacher to appropriately deal with any concerns you may have while not effecting teaching time.


Please notify us if your mobile phone number or email address has recently changed as these are both used as our main method or communication with parents.


We thank you in advance for your continued support and co-operation and look forward to a prosperous school year ahead.


Is Mise le Meas,

S. Fennessy