|Posted on October 12, 2018 at 4:35 AM|
We are well settled back into school life by now and we would like to welcome back all of our pupils and staff from their summer holidays. In particular, a special welcome to our 30 new Junior Infants: John Breen, Ruby Brophy, Dean Byrne, Zara Cleary, Daniel Connolly, Emilia Csoka, James Cuddihy, Amelia Dobbyn-McDonald, Daniel Doyle, Cass Ennis-Young, Anthony Fedorski, Keely Finn-Maher, Caoimhe Flynn, Freya Flynn, Sasha Freeman, Darragh Grant, Joe Grant, Sam Halley, Chloe Knox, Jamie Knox, Lexi Lynagh, Charlie McLaughlin, Ciara O’Donovan, Alannah Purcell-Dunphy, Sean Ridgard, Chloe Ryan, Jamie Shalloe, Luke Shalloe, Lily Rose Tyler, Ciara Wallace, and to the families of the above pupils. We hope that they and everybody else will be very happy here and that it will be a pleasant and fruitful year for all concerned.
Please note that the above school will be closed on Friday 26th October, due to the Presidential Election, for which our school will be used as a polling station.
Parents and Infants on Yard;
When dropping smaller children to school, parents are asked to enter through the main door by the GP room, and then walk down towards the ramp, rather than walk around through the yard by the prefab. Where parents arrive before the doors are unlocked they are asked to wait at the front of the school, until the doors are unlocked. The central yard is used for soccer/play by older children. Likewise, we ask children who don’t play soccer to use the lower yard at break times. Parents should not walk through the school yard at any time, unless permitted to do so.
School starts at 9am each morning. An ideal time for pupils to arrive is just before 9am. Children should not be dropped at school if teachers arrive at work early, and certainly never before 8.45am. School closes at 2.40pm and children should be collected promptly at this time, and never after 2.50pm. This is essential under Health & Safety, Child Protection and insurance. Infants finish at 1.40pm. Please collect infants promptly at this time.
Each minute a child is late for or absent from school will be recorded on our electronic roll system, and accumulated within. The roll is taken at 9.40 each morning. Children should arrive in school just before 9am each morning and any child who arrives after 9am will be marked ‘late’ rather than ‘present’ on the roll. All pupils should be at school every day except for when they are sick. With the winter season approaching, please do not send your child/children to school, if they are not 100% fit for learning. Please ensure that children have a supply of tissues and are aware of the importance of handwashing as good hygiene, and to help combat the spread of germs. We are obliged, at the request of the National Educational Welfare Board, to collect, in a note, not only the date of any absence, but also the reason.
The secretary’s office will be attended on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week from 9am – 2pm. Where possible, any messages to be delivered to the children should be given during these hours. If you wish to speak with your child’s teacher, please ring during office hours to make an appointment. The teacher concerned will then return your call at their convenience to arrange an appointment. Likewise, should you wish to speak with me, the Principal, I will be very happy to do so. Please also arrange an appointment by contacting the office during the above mentioned office hours.
September Money Now Due;
Many thanks to parents who have already sent in the September book money. Receipts will be issued in due course. This money is now due and payment can be made to class teachers. Please return the money in a sealed envelope with child’s/children’s names on the front of the envelope. The fee covers items such as school books, arts and crafts, photocopying, and 24 hour insurance. These details are on your child’s booklist.
Accurate Phone Numbers;
It is vital that, at all times, we have accurate and up to date phone numbers in case we need to contact parents for any reason. This is also important for sending text messages.
Please follow the rules of the road while dropping off and collecting children at school. Please observe all road markings and no parking areas.
Slieverue N.S. Parents Association will hold its A.G.M. on Thursday 11th October at 8pm in the school. As many parents as possible are encouraged to attend and new parents are especially welcome.
Children are very disappointed if they are not included when invitations, presents etc. are being circulated. For this reason we remind you that invitations, presentations etc. are not allowed in school.
In line with our Healthy Eating Policy, please encourage and remind children of the importance of eating healthy food, and bear this in mind when preparing lunches. Please remember to always supply healthy lunches; an appropriate amount that a child can finish. A small snack is sufficient for 11am break; something that a child can easily handle. A sandwich or a small piece of fruit is adequate. One small treat is allowed on Fridays, but never peanuts or crisps.
It is lovely to see everyone back in pristine school uniforms. I hope to see all pupils follow the dress code throughout the school. Each pupil is expected to wear the school tracksuit on designated PE days. Full school uniform, including school tie, should be worn on all other days. Thank you for your co-operation in this regard and please continue to encourage children to wear our full school uniform. Please ensure all personal belongings are clearly labelled with names or initials.
On Friday 29th June, celebrations were underway here in the form of a very enjoyable Outdoor Disco with lots of music and dance! This was to celebrate the achievements of our soccer and hurling teams who did the school so proud, and also to celebrate receiving the recent achievement of our very first Active Flag. Very well done to all involved.
Visit to Dáil Éireann;
Sixth class travelled to Dublin on Thursday 27th September where they took a tour of Dáil Éireann, the History Museum and the Wax Museum.
Ms. Deevy’s 6th class organised a ‘Juice and Buns’ morning on Friday 21st September. The sum of €480 was raised and all proceeds from this fundraising event will go to Waterford Hospice.
Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal leaflets have been given to the children. If you wish to take part please return your shoebox to the school by Friday 9th November. The boxes will be collected by a member from Team Hope.
Confirmation and Communion;
Confirmation will take place on Friday 15th March. First Confession will take place on Wednesday 27th March. Communion will take place on Saturday 11th May. More details will follow nearer to the dates.
Finally, we would like to wish all parents and children an excellent school year. If we can be of any assistance during the year, please don’t hesitate to contact us through the office.
Looking forward to working with you in the best interests of your child/children.