Mission Statement

MISSION STATEMENT:

We endeavour to create a caring, Catholic and child-centred environment, promoting tolerance, co-operation, courtesy and respect, catering for children of all abilities and backgrounds.

We aim to provide a broad and diverse education both curricular and extra-curricular, which develops the child’s self-confidence, happiness and security through the work of a united team of staff, management and parents.

Letter to parents 9 April 2014

9th April 2014

Dear Parents,

As per the holiday schedule the school will close for Easter holidays on Friday, April 11th at 12 noon. It will re-open at 9.00a.m. on Monday, April 28th.

Draft Anti-Bullying Policy
Our draft anti-bullying policy is being posted on the school website www.olgc.ie today for your consideration and constructive feedback. We will text you when it is on the website. This revised policy is based on Department of Education and Skills procedures issued to schools. It contains many behaviours that can lead to bullying and also includes the menace of cyber bullying. The draft document is lengthy (15 pages) so if people are happy with it in electronic format it will save an enormous print job. If you require a hard copy please return the slip at the end of this newsletter and it will issue to you tomorrow. We would appreciate if the accompanying questionnaires are returned by May 2nd.

Tidy Schools
Judging for the Tidy Schools Competition took place yesterday afternoon. The judges arrived unannounced and were given an excellent guided tour of the grounds by
Harry Glynn, Liam Georgieff, Nathan Mc Gowan and Dean Kerins. The judges were highly impressed at all they saw in the grounds, how well everything looked and also we are the only school visited so far to achieve 100% for the absence of litter. We look forward to the results of the Tidy Schools Competition being announced in May. Our thanks to Petr, Mr. Geoghegan, Annamaria, Mrs. Walsh, the Gardening Club and everyone else who works so hard to keep the grounds looking so well.
As notified earlier our school tidy up will take place this Saturday at 11.00a.m. Any adult assistance would be greatly appreciated. Please bring any relevant gardening equipment including paint brushes (for gloss paint), shears, garden hoes and gloves.

Summer Works Scheme
The Department of Education and Skills has approved grant aid for the remediation of the flooding problem in the school yard. It is intended that the necessary work will be undertaken during July and August.

Book Fair
Thank you for the fantastic support given to the Book Fair. Book sales totalled €5,132 and the school gets 60% commission in books. These books will be used to supplement the school library and class libraries. Thank you also to Mrs. Ryan who organised the Book Fair, the Teachers and Special Needs Assistants who helped and also the many parents helpers without whose assistance we simply could not actually operate the Book Fair.

Confirmation
Congratulations to the boys in our 6th classes who made their Confirmation recently. It was a privilege to be present with the boys and their families on the day, in what was a very dignified and enjoyable occasion. Thanks to Msg. Dan O’Connor, Fr. Jerry, Fr. John and Fr. Peadar for the lovely ceremony. Thanks also to Mr. Clancy, Mr. Kelly,
Mrs. de Barra, Ms. Ryan, Aine and Mrs. Ryan for all their work in preparing the boys. A special word of thanks to the boys in the Choir who gave such a magnificent performance on the day. The Confirmation boys will be making a donation to the Irish Cancer Society on Friday. A very special thank you to the Parents’ Association for all the work in organising and running the Confirmation Breakfast. We also thank the many parents who helped on the day and the generosity of 4th and 5th class parents as the cakes and buns were in plentiful supply – our sincerest thanks to everyone.

Soccer (5 A Side)
Congratulation to Jack and Liam Burton, James Bailey, Jamie Crilly, Michael Lowey, Cillian Flynn, Tom Caffrey who won the 5-A-Side Dublin Championships recently and are through to the Leinster Finals in May. Unfortunately, Max Murphy was sick on the day but will be able to play in the finals. Thanks to Mr. Clancy for all his work with the boys.

Voluntary Contributions
The Boards of Management are very grateful for the voluntary contributions received. The audited accounts highlight the importance of your financial support in helping us to make ends meet.
If you are in a position to pay payment of €125 can be made to either school or can also be paid using the EduBills service via a secure internet facility. The website is  johnstown.edubills.ie . The school code is johnstownboys . Select ‘Voluntary Contribution’ from the drop down classes menu. An automated receipt will issue from this site as your record of payment.
We are really dependant on the Voluntary Contributions and any assistance you can give in this regard is most welcome.

Sea Life Aquarium Project
The two 5th classes were chosen to participate in this year’s Sea Life Aquarium Project. It is a project sponsored by the Marine Institute in Galway. As part of the project the two classes have had aquariums of local sea life in their classrooms over the last month.

It has been a wonderful learning experience for the children. They have learned a great deal about the various fish and their habits and how to care for the fish. They also helped to write a piece about the aquariums for the Explorers Newsletter each week. As part of the programme the children worked in groups to complete their own projects on the aquariums. They had lots of fun learning about floating and sinking. Their favourite part was making boats out of plasticine and investigating which boat could carry the most passengers (they used peas!). The children enjoyed experimenting with refraction of light using water. It proved to be an exciting adventure and distraction from the everyday routine of classwork.

Attendance Levels
Attendance figures for the year continue to be very good with an average attendance rate of 96.3% to date. 61 boys have 100% attendance and we congratulate them. Unfortunately 8 boys have missed 20 days or more. 58 boys have missed between 10 and 19 days – which is a high number of days to miss. Hopefully, the boys in these 2 categories will improve their attendance in the last term. We would remind parents/guardians that all absences must be explained in writing to the class teacher.

Trócaire Boxes
Trócaire Boxes will be collected on Friday morning and may be handed in tomorrow or Friday.

Non Uniform Day
Our thanks to all the boys who support the recent non-uniform day in aid of the school playground. They donated a total of €715. Well done to everyone. We also thank
Ronan Keogh (Senior Infants Ms. Phillips’ class) who made and sold bracelets for the playground and raised €20 on his own initiative. Well done Ronan. There are containers for “odd bits of change” in the corridors, so hopefully we will see the coin collection grow over time.

The next clothes recycling collection will take place immediately after Easter. Bags will issue the day we return to school and the bag collection day will be May 7th. We thank you in advance for your assistance.

HSE Talks
A series of talks by the HSE Dublin South School Age Team and Psychology Service aimed at Parents of Primary School children will take place in Scoil Columbanus, Loughlinstown Drive, Loughlinstown at 7.30p.m. – 9p.m. on the following dates:-

29th April 2014 – Friendships and social skills
20th May 2014 – Moving to Secondary School
24th June 2014 – Dealing with worries and fears

Call 086-7709134 to register in advance.

We thank everyone for their continued support of the school. We trust that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Easter holiday.

Yours sincerely,
Neil Cadogan.
Principal

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Hard copy:

Please complete the form below and return it to the office in the morning.

I request a hard copy of the Draft Anti-Bullying Policy (Draft April 2014)

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Revised Anti-Bullying Policy (Draft: April 2014)

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Enrolment Policy

OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL BOYS’ SCHOOL

 

JOHNSTOWN, DÚN LAOGHAIRE, CO. DUBLIN

PHONE: 01-2851449  FAX: 01-2848828

Email: johnstownbns@olgc.ie

www.olgc.ie

 

Enrolment and Participation Policy

Introduction

Our Lady of Good Counsel B.N.S. is a Roman Catholic school under the Patronage of the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin.  As a Roman Catholic school, the school aims at promoting the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the pupil:  intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and other people.  The school models and promotes a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The Catholic school provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church and promotes the formation of the pupils in the Catholic faith.  (c.f. school Mission Statement Appendix 1)

The Board of Management of Our Lady of Good Counsel Boys’ NationalSchool is setting out this enrolment policy in accordance with the provisions of Section 15(d) of the Education Act 1998.  The Board trusts that by doing so parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters.  Furthermore, the Chairperson of the Board of Management and or/the Principal, Our Lady of Good Counsel B.N.S., Johnstown, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin Tel: 353-1-2851449 will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.

School Name  :            Our Lady of Good Counsel Boys’ NationalSchool.

Address           :           Johnstown, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

Telephone        :           353-1-2851449

Fax.                 :           353-1-2848828

E.Mail             :           johnstownbns@olgc.ie

Denomination character  :       Catholic

Patron              :                       Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin.

Number of teachers     :                       23        (including Principal).

Number of class teachers        :           16

Special Education Team         :           6 Teachers

Visiting Teacher Service         :           1

Special Needs Assistants        :           10 – (9 Full time positions and 1 Infant day.)

The school offers a full range of classes from Junior Infants to Sixth class.

The school is a Boys’ School i.e. single sex school.

The school depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Skills and operates within the regulations laid down from time to time by the Department.  School policy must have regard to the resources and funding available.

The school follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and Science, which may be amended from time to time, in accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act 1998.

Within the context and parameters of Department regulations and programmes, the rights of the Patron as set out in the Education Act, and the funding and resources available the school supports the principles of:

  • Inclusiveness, particularly with reference to the enrolment of children with a disability or other special educational need; 
  • Equality of access and participation in the school; 
  • Parental choice in relation to enrolment; 
  • Respect for the diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society.

Our Lady of Good Counsel B.N.S. opens to receive pupils at 9.00a.m. each morning.

Mid morning break 10.30a.m. – 10.40a.m.

Lunch break    12.00 – 12.30p.m.

Infant classes cease at 1.40p.m.

All other classes cease at 2.40p.m.

Staff meetings are held outside of teacher/pupil contact time.

Details of school holidays are issued in September.

 

Application Procedure

Parents who wish to enrol pupils in Junior Infants must complete an application form for each child and return this to the school.  The Board will communicate generally to the school community through appropriate channels in October each year e.g. newsletter, parish bulletin, church announcement, text/letter and school websites that applications for enrolment must be submitted before the end of that month,

Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of the school in accordance with school policy.

The completion of an application form or the placement of your child’s name on a list, however early, does not confer an automatic right to a place in the school.

As a general principle, and in so far as practicable having regard to the schools enrolment policy, children will be enrolled on application, provided there is space available.

However, in the event that applications for enrolment exceeds/is expected to exceed the number of places available the following criteria shall apply:

If there is no response to the offer of a place within 10 days of the date of issue then the offer of that place ceases and will be cancelled.

  1. Catholic children living within the parish and siblings (including step-siblings resident at same address) of children already enrolled in the schools.

2.  Catholic children from outside the parish who do not have a Catholic school in their parish.

  1. All children who live within the parish boundaries but are not Catholic.
  1. All children who apply to the school and are Catholic/other faiths and not resident in the parish.
  1. In the event that there are more applicants within any category than there are available places, priority will be given to children within the particular category in order of date of receipt of application.  All applications are date stamped upon receipt by the school.

Other pupils may be enrolled during the school year if newly resident in the area.  Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools are enrolled subject to the Rules for National Schools, Education Welfare Act and school’s Admissions and Participation policy.

In order to accommodate group 1 the Board may have to operate a cut off in age of applications to give places to group 1 if there is pressure for places in the school.

The Board is bound by the Department of Education and Skill’s Rules for National Schools, which provides that pupils may only be enrolled from the age of 4 upwards, although compulsory attendance does not apply until the age of 6 years.

Junior Infants may only be admitted on 1st September.

The following information is required for enrolment – see attached enrolment form:

Enrolment of children with Special Needs.

Children with special educational needs are welcome to enrol in the school and every effort will be made to provide them with an appropriate education as well as to include them in every aspect of school life. The child enrolling in the Primary School will be resourced in accordance with the level of resources provided by the Department of Education and Skills to the Board of Management.

The Board of Management will request copies of relevant reports or request that the child be assessed in order to assist the school in establishing the educational needs of the child and to profile the support services required.

The Board of Management will endeavour to have all resources and supports in place before the child is admitted to school. This may include visiting teacher service, resource teacher, special needs assistants, specialised equipment or furniture, transport service and other as required.

The school principal will meet with the parents of the child to discuss the child’s needs and the school’s suitability or capability in meeting those needs.  If necessary, a full case conference involving all parties will be held which may include parents, principal, class teacher, learning support teacher, special class teacher, resource teacher for special needs and/or psychologist as appropriate.

Where application for resources is being made on behalf of a child, parents/guardians will be required to supply the child’s PPS number to the school.

Pupils Transferring

While recognising the rights of parents to enrol their child in the school of their choice, the Board of Management respects the rights of the existing school community and in particular, the children already enrolled.  This requires balanced judgements, which are guided by principles of natural justice and acting in the interests of all children.  Assisting the school in such circumstances the Board of Management respects the right of children in each separate classroom bearing in mind

(i)                 size of available space in classrooms.

(ii)               the educational needs of children of a particular age.

(iii)             presence of children with special educational/behavioural needs.

(iv)             D.E.S. maximum class average directives.  (currently a maximum average of 28 children).

(v)               In certain instances the approval of D.E.S. will be required.

(vi)             All reports relating to the child are presented when application for a transfer is made.

Code of Behaviour

Children enrolled in Our Lady of Good Counsel Boys’ School are required to co-operate with and fully support the School/Board of Management’s Code of Behaviour as well as all other policies on curriculum, organisation and management.  The Board of Management places all Parents/Legal Guardians responsible for ensuring that their child(ren) co-operates with said policies in an age-appropriate way. The terms of Section (20) Education Welfare Act (2000) relating to pupil transfer will be followed accordingly. As a condition of registering a child in the school, the Board of Management requires parents/guardians to confirm in writing that the School’s Code of Behaviour is acceptable to them and that they make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with the Code by the child(ren). In line with the Department of Education and Skills rules for National Schools, the Board may suspend a child following the procedures set out in the School’s Code of Behaviour.

Children of other faiths or no faith

Bearing in mind the Catholic ethos of the school, every effort will be made so that the schools are as inclusive as possible. Catholic education and the ethos of the school permeate the day. Children of other faiths or none, where a request is made in writing, will be excused from formal religious instruction classes and specifically Catholic liturgies. As far as possible, in consultation with parents, suitable alternative arrangements may be made in order to facilitate this. It will not be possible, however to provide religious instruction in other faiths.

 Appeals Procedure

In line with Section 29 of the Education Act 1998, parents who are dissatisfied with an enrolment decision, may appeal to the Board of Management. This appeal must be addressed, in writing to the Chairperson of the Board, stating the grounds for the appeal, and lodged within ten days of receiving this refusal. Parents, if unhappy with the result of this appeal, may appeal to the Department of Education and Science under Section 29 of the Education Act on the official form provided by the Department. An appeal form will be issued by the school to the parents/guardians. This appeal must be lodged within 42 days of receipt of the refusal from the school to enrol.

Addendum: 

The Enrolment of Children in the Special Classes for children with Autism/

The Meadow

  • Each child must have a full current Psychological & Cognitive Assessment, which must specify a diagnosis of ‘Autism’ i.e. DSMIV or ICD10 and a recommendation for a special class placement from a multi-disciplinary team.
  • The parents/guardians must fill in and return a School Enrolment form as for all pupils.
  • All relevant reports and assessments must be given to the school prior to the child enrolling.
  • The Board of Management policy states that the school will accommodate a maximum of three classes for children with Autism, one Junior and one Senior class, and a pre-school class
  • The Department of Education & Science states that the ratio for each class is a maximum six pupils to one teacher and two SNAs. There must be more than three pupils to access the second SNA.
  • This policy states that the parents/guardians (and the prospective candidates for the class if required) must meet the principal, the class teacher and any other relevant parties before the child starts school. A meeting of new parents will be held prior to commencement in the school, as with all pupils.
  • The classes will be co-educational and will cater for children of Pre-school and Primary School age only – i.e. three/four years to thirteen years. Where appropriate and depending on the individual child, pre-school placement may be offered to such children until the age of six years on June 30th of the year of exit. A starting age of three years has been set by the board of Management.
  • The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse enrolment if they believe the school cannot meet the needs of a particular child.  The Board also reserves the right to continue to enrol, suspend or expel a child under ‘Health & Safety’ regulations and in conjunction with the school ‘Code of Behaviour’ as per the National Education Welfare document if the need arises.
  • All placements are subject to review at the request of the parents and/ or the school.  The review will include input from all agencies involved, the parents/guardians and the school.  Following the review a recommendation may be made that the child be enrolled in a school that can meet his/her needs.
  •  The Principal implements the enrolment policy on behalf of the Board of Management.
  • First preference will be given to pupils attending Our Lady of Good Counsel BNS/GNS schools, Johnstown. Following that, enrolment will be on a first come first served basis.
  • Where appropriate and depending on the individual child, pre-school placement may be offered to such children until age 6 yrs.
  • Issue of integration etc – only on agreement will it be added.

 

Policy Review

The operation of this policy is kept under constant review.  It is formally reviewed twice per annum at the joint B.O.M. meetings or sooner if required.

This policy is posted on the school website and hard copies are available on request from the School Secretary.

 

This revised Admissions and Participation Policy has been ratified at the joint Boards of Management meeting of Our Lady of Good Counsel Boys’ School and Girls’ School held on 14th October 2013.

Its implementation is immediate.

 

 

 

14th October 2013

Signed :…………………………………………………..  Date :………………………….

Michael J. Hunt

Chairperson B.O.M.

 

14th October 2013

 

Signed :…………………………………………………..  Date :………………………….

Neil Cadogan

Principal.

 

Letter to parents 12th March 2014

Dear Parents,

Green Flag

Congratulations to all our pupils and staff and in particular the members of the Green Schools Committee for all their work in helping us achieve our second Green Flag (Energy).  The judge was very impressed by all the work undertaken in the school and the discussions that took place when he visited classes.

Tidy Schools 

As part of our ongoing environmental programme we participate in the Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown Tidy Schools Competition on an annual basis.  Last year we won one of their major awards for Biodiversity.  As part of our entry and in conjunction with the local Residents’ Association we do a major cleanup of the school grounds. This is being planned as part of National Spring Clean Week and we would love to have parental assistance on the morning of Saturday, April 12th. More details to follow.

National Tree Week

National Tree Week was marked in a special way and involved all classes participating in a guided tour of the school grounds, which has a fantastic variety of trees, shrubbery and different habitats that have been created over the years.  We thank Annamaria Corrigan and Mrs. Walsh for all their work in organising the garden tours and workcards.

Quiz Team

Congratulations to Daniel Carson, Michael Lowey, Sean Mc Grane and Tom Wallace who put in a magnificent performance in the recent World Book Day Quiz run by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Library Services.  The boys lead for the entire quiz until the seventh round where they were literally “pipped at the post” and finished in second place.  The same boys performed admirably at the second round of the Credit Union Quiz and tied with two other teams for first place.  Unfortunately after 2 playoffs they finished third – but well done to the boys for their brilliant efforts.  Thanks to Mrs. Ryan and Mr. Clancy for all their help with the Quiz team.

Uniform Survey

Our thanks to everyone who participated in the recent Uniform Survey.  There was an 82% return rate.

94% of respondents wanted a school uniform

86% of respondents favoured a school crest

75% of respondents would like a sew on crest

45% of respondents have availed of the Parents’ Association uniform shop

89% expressed satisfaction with the current uniform

Non Uniform Day

The annual non-uniform day will take place on Friday and this year in keeping with the St. Patrick’s Day weekend we are going for a Green Theme.  The Student Council consulted with the classes and it has agreed that the money raised will go towards the Adventure Playground.  The recommended contribution is €2 per participant.

Trócaire Boxes

As has been the tradition Trócaire Boxes are distributed to all families as part of the Lenten campaign.  Collection will be organised at a later date.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Seo Seachtain na Gaeilge – déanfaimid go léir íarracht Gaeilge a úsáid í rith na seachtaine.  Beidh coirmcheol sa halla Dé hAoine agus beidh ceoltóirí ag teacht ó Choláiste Eoin lá éigin.

We trust that everyone will have a safe and enjoyable St. Patrick’s weekend.

Beir bua is beannacht.

Neil Cadogan.

Príomhoide.