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Letter to Parents 8 Oct 2015

Dear Parents,

At this stage everyone is well settled into the new school term. We extend a very special ‘fáilte’ to all the new pupils who have joined the school.  We trust that they will spend many happy, beneficial and rewarding years with us.

Now that everyone has moved up a class the work gets harder and we expect more from each child.  Basically, we want each child to do his best at all times, make an honest effort in everything he does, treat everyone with respect and behave properly so that everyone can benefit from each day they spend in our school.

Sadly there was a break in at the school on Thursday night last October 1st between 9.30-10.30 p.m.  Petr’s cabin and the steel container at the rear of the school were broken into and tools were stolen. The Gardaí discovered other tools which had been taken and have returned them to the school.  We would ask you to keep a watchful eye on the schools and report any suspicious activity to the Gardaí.  We had an incident on our first day back at school where an expensive bicycle locked to the bicycle rack was stolen, when parents were collecting children at 1.40 p.m.  We trust that there will be no more “unwelcome visitors” to the school.

WHOLE SCHOOL EVALUATION

The Whole School Evaluation was held during the week commencing September 14th. There was widespread engagement with the team of Inspectors who visited the school.  Oral feedback has been given and the process of producing the written report is underway.  Our thanks to the parent body for the extremely high response rate to the questionnaire issued to you.

CHRISTMAS FAIR 2015

A meeting to organise this year’s Christmas Fair (December 5th) will be held in the Girls’ School Room 2 on Monday, October 12th at 8.00p.m.  The fair provides essential funding which enables the schools to purchase additional resources/equipment.  New helpers and new ideas are always welcome and the success of the Fair depends on helpers who run it.  If you can help in any way we would love to see you on Monday night.

SPONSORED WALK

With other demands for money at this time of year it has been decided to defer the Sponsored Walk until February.

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

The annual review of the Child Protection Policy has been conducted.  The revised policy is available on request from the school office and will be available on the school website on Monday next.

NEW STUDENT COUNCIL

Congratulations to the boys who have been selected for the new student council for 2015/2016.

Comprises:      Mr. Clancy VI                                                Mrs. Quinlan VI

Oran Mc Grane                                                Maurice White

Calum Bennett                                     Ben Hickey

Mrs. E. Walsh V                                 Mrs. Mulholland V                

Callum Larkin                                      Nathan O’Reilly

Christopher Regan                               Jamie Mulally

Ms. O’Hara IV                                               Mrs. Whelan IV

Isaac Currivan                                     Marcus O’Donnell

Fionn Dalton                                        David Knox

Mrs. Matthews/Ms. Cruise III                       Mrs. Sheehan III

Ruairí Dunne                                       Liam O’Connor

Adam Porter                                        Zach Sheehy

The boys have already accepted the Tricolour on behalf of the school and also welcomed the Minister for Education and Skills Ms. Jan O’Sullivan T.D. during her visit to the school on Thursday last. We look forward to meeting and working with the Council during the year. Mrs. Whelan and Ms. Collins will liaise with the Student Council.

OPENING AND CLOSING TIMES OF SCHOOL

In accordance with terms of our insurance policy, the school opens to receive pupils at 9.00 a.m. each morning. Pupils cannot be admitted before 9.00a.m. regardless of weather. No responsibility is accepted for pupils who arrive before that time. It is important that children are on time and in their line to enter the school with their class.   Teachers collect the children from the yard and we encourage all children to come in unaccompanied in order to foster independence and to reduce the chaos at the school doors and in the corridors in the mornings.  Classes end each day at 2.40 p.m. unless notified otherwise, 1.40 p.m. for Infants.

Parents should make their own arrangements to have children collected from school. The schools cannot accept responsibility for looking after children outside of these times.  When all classes have entered the school in the morning, doors at the hall entrance and the “new wing” are closed.  Anyone arriving late should enter the school through the main door near the Secretary’s Office.

CAR PARK

We once again appeal to parents not to drive into the Staff Car­ Park off Woodley Road under any circumstances, as this poses a tremendous risk to children who walk to school.  Motorists are requested to park carefully on approach roads to the school and show consideration for local residents.  Over the years there have been reports from local residents who have been unable to access/egress their own homes.  At times there has been severe congestion in the cul-de-sac on Auburn Road and this area is probably best avoided given that the apartments are now occupied and extra traffic has been generated there.  We also need to keep space clear at all times for emergency vehicles to enter should the need arise.  As many children as possible should be encouraged to walk to school with due attention to Road Safety.  School wardens are on duty to ensure children can cross roads safety.  Many children cycle to school and complaints have been received regarding cars parked in the cycle lanes on Churchview Road.  This poses a serious risk to children cycling particularly when car doors are opened suddenly in front of them.  We would strongly ask motorists not to park on the cycle lanes endangering children.

SCHOOL NOTES & CIRCULARS

Our main method of communicating with parents has been through notes and circulars sent home with the children.  Many of these notes unfortunately, go unnoticed and unheeded. In an effort to improve communication for the most part notes will issue from the Boys’ school on WEDNESDAYS.  As part of the continuing Green School Initiative we continue to reduce our ‘paper output’ by putting as many notices as possible on the website www.olgc.ie and emailing them to you also.

In line with our ‘WEDNESDAY NOTE’ which has operated well we intend to have notes posted for Wednesdays. A reminder can then be put in the homework notebook or in the case of very important notes, a text can be sent.

NOTES FROM PARENTS

Under the Education Welfare Act written explanation is required from parents/guardians in relation to all absences. Notes are required from parents in all cases of absence, late arrival by children or early release during the school day.  In the latter case children must be collected from the classrooms and returned there where it applies. Parents must sign a ‘Release Book’ at the Secretary’s office when taking the child out during the school day. Please note that we are required by law to report to the Education Welfare Officer when a child’s total absence exceeds 20 days.  Furthermore, if homework has not been done or completed Parents should provide a written explanation.

In line with the Department of Education and Skills requirements, rolls are now marked electronically.  The cut off time for roll call is 10.00a.m.  Any pupil arriving after that time is automatically marked absent.

SCHOOL UNIFORM

Complete school uniform (black shoes rather than runners) should be worn on all occasions.  Tracksuits with school polo shirt are allowed on P.E. days only.  All items of clothing should be clearly marked with child’s name.  So far this year compliance with uniform is extremely high in all classes – well done to everyone for their efforts here.  For safety reasons earrings/studs are not allowed. Wrist bands are not part of the uniform and are, therefore, not allowed – the only piece of jewellery allowed is a watch.

MOBILE PHONES / I PODS / NINTENDO DS

Children may not have mobile phones and/or iPods or Nintendo DS switched on during the school day.  Phones used during the day will be confiscated and will have to be collected by a parent.  Phones may only be used with a teacher’s permission during any school activity e.g. matches etc.  We would encourage the children to leave all electronic games at home.

HEALTHY LUNCHES

Healthy eating is always encouraged. The revised Healthy Lunch Policy was issued to everyone in June. Copy on website. Sandwiches, a piece of fruit or yoghurt are acceptable.  Crisps, chewing gum, fizzy drinks, popcorn are not allowed.  The E.U.  School Milk Scheme operates through the school and details have been issued.

APPOINTMENTS WITH TEACHING STAFF

Parents are always welcome to visit the school.  If a child appears to have any school-related problem, parents/guardians and teacher working together will usually sort it out.  Regular contact between the parent(s)/guardian(s) and the appropriate teacher(s) is important in the case of children with learning difficulties. If you wish to discuss school business with the Principal or class teacher, you are asked to telephone the school secretary (2851449) who will make an appointment.  This ensures that time can be allocated to your visit and disruption to classwork will be avoided.  You will be notified later of dates for formal Parent/Teacher meetings.

SECRETARY’S OFFICE 

Please note that in the interests of confidentiality and security access to the secretary’s office is restricted to staff only.

TRACKSUITS

The school tracksuit shop is open (9.05 – 9.35a.m. every Monday) during term time.  Tracksuits are not sold outside these hours, as the tracksuit shop is run by parents on a voluntary basis.

COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION DATES 2015-2016

The following are the dates that have been arranged for Sacraments 2015/2016.

Boys’ School
Communion

 

Saturday  May 21st                11a.m.
Confession

 

Monday April 25th                 7.30p.m.
Confirmation

 

Friday April 15th                     11a.m.
Service of Light

 

Tuesday February 23rd        7.30p.m.

We request your fullest co-operation with the above matters and look forward to working closely with you in enhancing your child’s education during the year ahead.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Cadogan

Principal