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If your child is absent for more than 20 days during the school year we are legally obliged to report it to the Education Welfare Board. It is also a legal requirement that you send in a written explanation of your child’s absence.  In the interest of your child’s education please ensure your child is not absent unnecessarily or for frivolous reasons. It would be appreciated if you could plan holidays or breaks outside of school times.

After School Club
Ms. Anne Leyburn organises an after school club from Monday to Friday, facilitated by staff from her Montessori School. Children are collected from the school at 2pm and again at 3pm. They have the use of the school amenities. She can be contacted at 059 9159747 or 087 2939892.

Food Allergies
We have pupils with a serious allergy to fish, eggs, kiwi, nuts, ground almonds and pulses such as peas, beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc.  Please do not include these items in your child’s lunch and be aware they can be the base ingredient in other foods. Please be aware that mayonnaise contains eggs and hummus contains chickpeas.

We understand that one of the more expensive brands of chocolate spread is manufactured in a guaranteed nut free environment. However, it is impossible for us to know what brand of chocolate spread you are using and impossible for the other children to know either. Therefore it would be safer for everyone if you did not use chocolate spread on your child’s lunch.

Unfortunately, headlice can always be a problem in school. If your child has headlice please inform us so we can urge all families to check hair. There is no shame involved! We are told they prefer clean hair. Perhaps Friday night could be hair night. If everyone checked hair and treated it if necessary, problems could be eliminated. Because even one person remaining unchecked can undo all the good work of the other families.

Healthy Eating Policy
We operate a healthy eating policy in the school – at the request of parents. Please try to adhere to it.  We strongly urge you to provide healthy nutritious lunches and not to include treats, buns, etc.  It makes it very difficult for children, whose Parents follow the Healthy Eating Policy, to have to look at others indulging in sweet treats.

Parents are asked to observe the parking signs in front of the school. In the interest of safety for all children please do not park on the stretch of road in front of the school between 9am and 9.45am and 1.45pm and 3.15pm.

School Bus
It is extremely important that children using the school bus service fasten their seat belts, remain seated for the full journey and behave in an appropriate manner on the bus and while entering and leaving the bus. It is also expected that they will be respectful to each other and the driver. Rows which develop on the bus and spill over into the school are not acceptable.

School Hours
School commences at 9.20am and finishes at 3.00pm. Junior and Senior Infants finish at 2.00pm. The school authorities stress that the Board of Management provides no facility for the supervision of children before 9.10am and after 3.00pm. Teachers oblige and supervise the yard from 9.10am to allow assembly time.

Pupils who wear astro-turf runners to school are asked to bring a change of footwear as these runners bring in a huge amount of dirt and carpets are being ruined. A box will be provided to store shoes. Any light shoes/runners will be suitable for classroom wear.

Pupils from 1st to 6th class and all pupils in the ASD classes avail of 10 weeks swimming instruction each year. All pupils are expected to attend unless there is a medical reason for non-attendance. In this case it is essential that a medical cert is supplied to the school.

Children are not allowed to bring food or treats on the bus. They have lunch before leaving the school.  At swimming lessons they must behave well and follow any instructions given to them. Bad behaviour on the bus en-route to swimming or on the way home will not be accepted and if it persists, the child/children involved will miss a week’s swimming. They will be given work to do in school while other pupils are at swimming.

Your Child's Progress
You will be able to discuss your child's progress during the yearly Parent Teacher Meeting. If you wish to discuss your child’s progress, or any other issue, with the class teacher or with the school principal at any other time, you are always very welcome to call to the school. However, to enable everyone to benefit from such discussions please call into the office or phone to make an appointment and give a general idea of the reason for the meeting.