As we approach the end of week one of this school year, we would like to welcome you all back as parents/guardians of children in our school. In particular, we extend a warm welcome to those of you who are sending your child/children to Scoil Éanna for the first time. We hope that their years here will be very happy and successful.
The Junior Infants are well settled into their new classes and are becoming accustomed to the routines of school life. They can be collected at 12.30pm again next week, but will remain in school until 2.00pm from Monday 14th September.
The children all arrived back to school on Tuesday looking very smart in their school uniforms. We would like to commend you for your commitment to and support of the uniform. We’re sure you will find that it will work out more economical for you in the long run.
We would like to further acknowledge your support for the book rental scheme. The teachers are delighted that most of the books and items they required were sourced and we’re sure it was a great relief for you, both in terms of time and trips to the shops, to have the books all available in school.
The Playground Committee held a number of meetings over the summer and while some work with regard to the surfaces and equipment will proceed at Hallowe’en, the substantial earthworks will not commence until Summer 2016.
Please be mindful of the following:-
- The doors of the school open at 9.15am each morning to receive children. Supervision is provided from 9.05am. The Board of Management does not accept responsibility for pupils arriving before that time. During inclement weather the school opens at 9.05am and children are supervised in the hall.
- School closes at 2pm for Infant classes and at 3pm for all others. Please ensure that your children are collected on time in the afternoon, as supervision cannot be guaranteed after school hours. The Board of Management does not accept responsibility for children who are waiting at the school to be collected after 3pm.
- The school car-park can be a very dangerous place. Parents who drive their children to school in the mornings are required to accompany their child from the car to the bottom of the steps/path. Similarly, parents who collect their children by car in the evening, are also required to pick up their child from the designated pick-up point at the bottom of the hill. Children are forbidden from running on school grounds as they enter and exit the school.
The above are health and safety requirements and are necessary precautions to avoid an accident. We would appreciate your full cooperation.
- Under the terms of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 you must let the school know, in writing, if your child is absent and the reason for the absence. Under current legislation the school must notify the National Educational Welfare Board if a child is absent for 20 days or more. If your child misses 15 days you will receive an automated text to alert you to the fact. This school year ends on June 24th and there is an extended Easter break. We hope that this will give you an opportunity to avail of cheaper priced holidays, if you so wish, within the school year closures. Every school day counts and good attendance is vital for progress and continuity. See school calendar 2015/16
Our school operates a healthy eating policy therefore:-
- Chewing gum, crisps and fizzy drinks are prohibited.
- Sweets and chocolate bars are also prohibited, although occasionally sweets are given by teachers as treats or rewards.
- We call the morning break a ‘fruit break’ to encourage the children to eat more fruit.
- Children are encouraged to drink water. In the middle and senior classes children are allowed to keep a plastic bottle of water on their desk throughout the day. Children are not permitted to have bottles of juice/diluted orange on their desks during the day.
- Children are allowed to take a treat for lunch on a Friday e.g. a small chocolate bar.
- Parents must inform the school if their child is to be taken home by another relative, neighbour or friend. If any child is being collected early from school they must be signed out in the relevant book in the Secretary’s office.
- Moya Lennon and Carmel Harte, on behalf of the Parents’ Association, run an after schools 2pm Club to facilitate Junior and Senior Infant children who wish to remain in school until 3pm. This will commence on Monday 14th September and information will circulate next week.
- This year swimming classes will take place on Fridays in Monaghan Leisureplex for 1st to 6th classes. Each group will have 8 lessons in the school year. 3rd and 4th classes commence their eight week course in September. These will be followed by 5th and 6th classes and finally 1st and 2nd classes. These classes are part of your child’s P.E. class and the aquatics strand of the P.E. curriculum. Unfortunately the Department of Education and Skills do not supply funding for swimming lessons. Pupils may pay for lessons on a weekly basis, or alternatively for the entire course. If you have any concerns/issues about swimming lessons please do not hesitate to contact the school.
- Please contact the school immediately if your contact details have changed over the summer months. Please ensure also that the mobile number you have given us for our text-a-parent service is in use.
- In the interest of health and safety parents/guardians collecting or dropping off children must not drive cars up the hill to the front of the school at any time, unless prior arrangements have been made with the Principal.
- Full uniform must be worn at all times. We are mindful of the pressures that the fashion world exerts on our children, and as a school, we do not want to be part of this. We would really appreciate your support here by not permitting your child to wear designer gear to school.
Finally, please do not hesitate to contact the school with any query/concern you may have. As always, our school Secretary, Gráinne, is available on telephone from 9.30am to 3.00pm. Please feel free to contact her should you require a message to be delivered to your child, the teacher, or you wish to speak with either the Principal or Deputy Principal.
We are celebrating our Beginning of Year Mass on September 23rd at 11.15am in the school hall. We would be delighted if you could join us on this joyous occasion.
Guímid rath Dé ar obair na scoile agus ar na daoine go léir a thagann isteach ann
Catherine Flanagan – Principal Margaret Mc Cluskey – Deputy Principal