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Parents Welcome

14 September 2016

School times
School Day: Opens at 8.30 am
Junior : 8.30am-1.10pm
Senior: 8.30am 2.10pm

* it is important that the children are in

school to participate in morning activities
Break Time:10.00am
Lunch Time:12.00pm

School Day - Mornings

Basketball courts are opened @ 8.20am
Pupils are encouraged to congregate in the

basketball courts each morning from

NEVER leave a child unsupervised in the
school yard. They are not insured to be
there and the school is not responsible for
children until Helena and staff go to yard at
Pupils are received by the class teacher at

Only those people listed on your childs

collection form are permitted to collect your

If a person who the class teacher has not met
previously met is collecting your child, please
let the teacher know in advance.
Any adult unknown to staff collecting children
(without teachers knowledge) will be brought
to the office. Parents/Guardians will be
contacted to seek approval for releasing
children. Adult will also have to sign collection
book & give contact details to the school.

National Education Welfare Board is responsible for ensuring
all children are attending school.
We are legally obliged to inform NEWB of absences that
amount to 20 days and/or when we are concerned about
For unexpected absences: Please phone the school 01
8272018 or email before 9.30am.
On return to school, please ensure you give the teacher a
completed Absence Explanation Form. This forms can be got
from the class teacher and/or the office.
Ann, the school secretary will contact parents/guardians in
relation to unexplained absences @10am every morning.

Children are asked to be in school on time for

8.30am start.
If a child arrives to school after 8.40 am,
parents have to sign child into the school in
the Late Book in the office.
Child is then escorted to class by adult in the
office as formal classes have commenced.
Time of arrival is logged on our computer
If a child is continuously late, parents will
receive a letter and be requested to attend a

Primary School Curriculum

11 discrete subject areas

English & Irish (Gaeilge)

Social Environmental and Scientific Education:
History, Geography

& Science

Arts Education:

Visual Arts, Music, Drama

Physical Education
Social Personal & Health Education
Ethics Curriculum:

Learn Together Curriculum (Moral & Spiritual/Beliefs

System/Ethics & the Environment/ Equality & Justice)

Learn Together
Learn Together is our Ethic Curriculum.

There are four strands

Moral and Spiritual
Ethics and Environment
Equality and Justice
Belief Systems.
We will focus on a bi-annual calendar to
ensure we have a broad and balanced
Keep an eye on our notice board to see what
we are doing in class.

Learning outside of the

GAA Football
Green Schools
School garden
Extra curricular activities
School Trips

Tyrrelstown Locality
Greater Dublin Area: (Phoenix Park/ Puppet
Theatre/ The Ark/ Hugh Lane
Gallery/National History Museum)

No school uniform
Comfortable, practical clothes
Minimal jewellery
Suitable footwear
Tie hair back
Label all belongings
No trolley bags

Healthy Eating
2 Lunch breaks
Sandwiches/crackers/wraps/bagels/rice cakes
Fruit & vegetables (which the children can
Cheese, set yogurts, rice
Drinks: water/juices/milk/probiotic drinks
Meals for School Scheme will not be processing applications for new
schools, therefore it is parents/guardians responsibility to provide
child with his/her lunch.

Typical Junior Infant Day

Hang up coat (please practice putting on coats and
zipping up coats independently)
Structured Activities
English, Maths
Break (10 mins to eat lunch then outside)
Gaeilge, SESE, Arts, SPHE
Lunch and Yard (10minutes eating 20 minutes outside)
Learn Together
Home time Put on coats and line up

Black Folder sent home every Monday and

brought back in on Thursday morning.

Please ensure it is brought back on Thursday
so as it can be corrected and made available
to go back out the following Monday

Green Schools
We have applied to An Taisce to participate in

the Green Schools.

This involves:
Focusing on waste management through out
the year
Reduce, re-use, recycle
Green School Committee
Compost bin

Language Development
Remember to speak your native language!

Parental Involvement
Parents own skill base (art, IT, gardening,cooking)
Enhancing learning (learning resource)
Reading Programmes (Shared and Paired reading
Coffee mornings every fortnight
Parents Association
Board of Management
Fundraising initiatives
Help on special events

Jolly Phonics
Children start investigating
rhyme and awareness of sounds
that make up letters
In a few months we will begin the
Jolly Phonic programme
Jolly Phonics is a programme
designed to help children to learn
how to read and write.
The children are taught the letter
sounds first ,through stories,
actions and songs

What do we do in class?
We discuss the picture and the

short story in the big book- this

introduces the new sound to the
We sing a song about the new
sound and mime actions to go
along with the song.
We brainstorm words that start
with the new sound or short words
that have the new sound in them.
The children work in 4 different
stations, listening station, writing
station, reading station, oral
language station.

Phonics at Home what you can do to help your

Ask your child what sound they learned
at school today. Look at their sound
copy with them, you can ask them to
read their pictures out to you.
You can ask them to sing the song they
learned in school and you can practice
the song and actions together.
You can ask them to tell you about the
story in the big book.
You can ask them to trace over the
letter in their sound copy or draw it in
the air together.

Free Writing Copies

Enables the children to write everyday without
worrying if they are right or wrong. Free writing
copies are never corrected, just looked at.
Helps them to learn to write by writing.
Helps them to assign a message to a written piece of
Helps them to take what they are learning in formal
writing lessons and practice.
Free writing reinforces their understanding of the
conventions of writing i.e. left to right orientation.

The Irish language is one of the three core subjects
and the language is valued and used throughout
our school.
Irish is taught by all teachers in all classes for 30
minutes every day.
We also use Irish informally throughout the day e.g.
Dun on doras!
We greet each other on the corridors, in the yard
and in the classrooms in Irish.
We will send home Irish phrases to reinforce what
we are teaching in the classroom and to involve the
parents in this process!

Classroom Management
Traffic Light System
Everyone starts in the green light
We will work on a target i.e. work on putting

their hand up, sitting on chair, being kind to

others etc.
Class Dojo

Everybody has their own avatar and gains

points for different positive behaviours in the

Rewards and Treats

Stickers, stamps, golden time, the occasional party.
Student of the week
Awards within the classroom for gaining a certain
amount of dojo points.

Jobs & responsibilities

- Helpers

- Green Team, Student Council and Forest School and Garden

teams - 2 reps on each team per class