General Policies

 

GENERAL POLICIES

  • Enrolment arrangements, as per Board of Management criteria.
  • Prospective new parents, with their children, are invited in to school to a group meeting during the term before their child begins school.
  • Teachers will arrange meetings with parents when necessary. Parents may seek meetings with teachers at a mutually convenient time.
  • Parent/teacher  meetings take place annually. Meetings are by appointment only, as all teachers are involved in class.
  • Homework is structured according to class group, the aim being that work carried out in school should be consolidated, or preparation done. Parents are asked to sign homework notebooks, when homework has been well done. These notebooks hold a record of work to be completed. Teachers and parents may attach notes to these books, when necessary.
  • Work is corrected as soon as possible after it is completed. Children’s work will not be “over-marked”; information is collected, teacher’s carry out continual assessment, and weak points are re-taught.
  • Children are praised and encouraged as much as possible and are encouraged to be responsible and to use self-discipline.
  • Children are required to be punctual for the start of the school day with General Assembly or Church at 9.00 a.m. The children are supervised during school hours (8.40 a.m. to 1.20 and 2.20 p.m.) The doors open at 8.40 a.m. and from an Insurance point of view children are not permitted into the grounds before this time. When children arrive, from 8.40 a.m. onwards, they stay in their classroom, unless requested otherwise by their teacher. Break-times are supervised by staff.
  • Each day, a member of staff sees the children out through the school door. Infants are collected from within the school. The parents of older children make arrangements to collect their children from outside school or from the school warden’s area, or some children have permission to walk home. Parents are requested to collect their children on time.
  • The staff will be off duty at 2.30 p.m.
  • All parents and pupils should arrive and leave via the pedestrian path and gate.
  • Pupils are not permitted to play on the Rectory field or school yard before or after school hours.
  • Safety precautions are foremost in our minds. Every effort is made to ensure everyone is kept safe. Fire drills are held each term.
  • Parents are notified as soon as possible when a child is sick or needs parental attention.
  • Good behaviour is always necessary.

Use or Mobile Phones, MP3’s and any other electronic device will be allowed in school only in exceptional circumstances and will be locked away during school hours for safe keeping. MP3’s and any other electrical devices are banned from school outings. Anyone using a mobile phone will only do so before and after school and at lunch times for particular needs or for emergencies. The dangers of mobile phones including privacy issues will be outlined to the students under Health and Safety. Phones can be confiscated and returned to parents/guardians.  Phones are locked away during school.

Administration of Medicines. Long term medicines will only be administered with prior approval of the Board of Management. Under strict instructions parents or guardians must apply in writing to the Board of Management and sign an indemnity form. No teacher can administer medicine to a pupil without approval of the Board of Management. A teacher will administer medicine, only if willing to do so. Medicines will be locked away when not being administered.

Children’s Food: Pupils are encouraged to eat healthy meals and to take part in the preparation of their lunches. They are discouraged from drinking fizzy drinks and eating sugary foods. Filtered water is available all day as it is very important that everyone drinks lots of pure water.

Use of Facilities and Security: The front door is locked all day, except when teachers and children are outside at break times. Visitors are requested to make appointments to meet with teachers. Children are not insured to be on the premises and yard until 8.40 a.m. School closes at 2.20 p.m. Anyone abusing the facilities (e.g. extra curricular activities) will be told to discontinue that activity.

E-mail: Email is operated by the staff. The use of the Internet in school is under supervision of staff.

Attendance: Attendance is expected to be excellent, except during illness and exceptional circumstances. Punctuality is important. If a pupil is absent, parents will notify teachers of the reason in writing. If a pupil is absent for more than 20 days in the school year the principal must notify the Education Welfare Officer (Education Welfare Act 2000)

School Dress Code: Pupils are expected to be dressed sensibly for school, not wearing jewellery (except small discreet earrings) not wearing make-up or nail varnish. Reasonable haircuts are required (no shaved heads or bizarre colours), natural hair colouring only. Hair can be nothing less than blade 3. Hair must be kept tidy. We suggest long hair should be tied back. Appropriate and modest clothing and footwear must be worn for a safe, enjoyable and comfortable school day. No underwear should be visible.

Charter of Good Behaviour

  • Everyone will be polite and respectful
  • Encourage and support other pupils in the classroom and in the playground
  • Show good sportsmanship at all times
  • Take great care and keep the safety rules
  • We will keep our school clean, tidy and free of litter
  • Stand back and allow adults through the door
  • Always walk in the corridor
  • Stay in your classroom before Assembly
  • Remain in your play area at lunch times
  • Line up quietly when the bell rings
 Posted by on 15 May 2013 at 2:20 pm