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Parents

The role of the Parent

Home-School Communication

Parents are always welcome to make an appointment to speak to a teacher or the principal or other members of staff. To ensure the smooth running of the school day and in the interests of confidentiality, parents are requested not to come to the classroom door to speak to a teacher.

Other forms of communication will take place such as parent teacher meetings, sacramental meetings, a meeting for new parents and children, information meetings and general parents’ meetings.

Newsletters, notes and general communication to parents in the student’s homework journal are the regular form of communication between school and parents. Parents may request to have school newsletters emailed to them also.

We collect information on the enrolment form and annually in a Contact Form, which give us emergency phone numbers, health and other issues. Should there be any change to phone numbers or a change in a child’s living arrangements e.g. due to separation, it is extremely important that the school is notified.

Parental Involvement and the Parents’ Association

We have an active Parents’ Association in the school, which forms an invaluable link between parents and the school. All parents are encouraged to join. The Parents’ Association organise after-school swimming in the first two terms and are involved in many in-school activities with the children, such as our annual sports day.

Parents are regularly invited to join with the teachers in activities such as Shared Reading and Maths, storytelling and music sessions. Parents form part of our Green Schools Committee and are involved in our Garden project. Sports Days, Fundraising events, Celebrations, Concerts, Green Schools and Science events – these are days when all parents are invited to the school. We try to give plenty of notice and an open invitation is usually extended to all members of family, relatives and the wider community.

The members of the Parent’s Association are:

Sarah McGrath – Chairperson

Barry Turner

Riccardo Fuscardi

Tracey Waldron

Gillian Nulty

Gemma Fitzsimons

Lisa Gannon

Maria Lawlor

Anthony Alexander

Clara McNally

Andrew McNally

Parental Complaints Procedure

It is in the interests of students, parents and teachers that good relations should exist between home and school. The teachers are willing to discuss any problems which may arise from time to time. With mutual respect and goodwill, most problems can be resolved readily.

A parent who wishes to make a complaint must arrange a meeting with the class teacher with a view to resolving the complaint.  If the matter is not resolved, the parent must arrange a meeting with the principal and subsequently with the Chairperson of the Board of Management.

Homework

Homework is assigned on Monday-Thursday by the class teacher. We value the importance of homework to develop each child’s sense of independence and to reinforce concepts learned in school. Homework should be checked and journals should be signed each day by a parent/guardian. Teachers give guidance each year on ways in which parents can best be involved in helping their children with homework. Parents can assist children at every class level by checking for quality in written work, listening to reading and testing spellings and tables.

Children need a quiet place, free from distractions such as TV. They should spend approximately the following amount of time at homework:

Junior and Senior Infants – 15 mins

1st – 2nd classes – 30 mins

3rd – 4th classes – 45 mins

5th – 6th classes – 1 hour

When children are involved in project work, or are engaged in a particularly enjoyable activity, they may wish to spend longer than the recommended time at homework. This will be at the parent’s discretion.

Establishing Routines

We recommend that a good routine is established on school nights which involves an adequate amount of sleep. This becomes more important as the child gets older, as they can easily fall into the habit of staying up later. Children who have sufficient sleep cope far better with the demands of a school day.

Exercise and fresh air are also key components of a healthy lifestyle and a school-day routine that involves sport or outdoor play will lead to a healthier child. The use of television or films and computers games should be only a small part of a busy day. It is also extremely important to ensure that children watch age-appropriate television and films and play age-appropriate computer games.