General Information

gortnahoe-ns-parents-key-information-booklet-pdf

 

School Day Key Times

 

Time  
9.10 am Supervision Starts in School
9.20 am Class Starts – Morning Prayer
11.00 – 11.15 am Morning Break
11.15 – 12.30 pm Classes Resume
12.30 – 1.00 pm Lunch Break (Children have lunch in classfrom 12.30 – 12.40 )
1.00 pm Classes Resume 
2.00 pm Infants Finish
3.00 pm 1st – 6th Class finish

 

Arrival and dismissal of pupils

  • School begins at 9:20 a.m.  Junior Infant children should not be dropped off to school before 9:10 a.m.  Children are supervised from 9.10 am. in their class by the class teacher.
  • Junior and Senior Infant children will be brought out to the front gate of the school by the class teacher for collection by the parents/minders. Infant classes finish at 2pm.
  • 1st – 6th class are also brought to the front gate by their class teacher. 1st – 6th finish school at 3pm.
  • Parents of children travelling by bus should inform the school.
  • Names of people authorised to collect a child should be made known to the class teacher.

Uniform/ Tracksuit

Girl’s Uniform

Ø  Navy Pinafore/ Skirt/ Trousers

Ø  Light Blue Shirt

Ø  Navy & Blue Striped Tie

Ø  Royal Blue Cardigan/ Jumper

Ø  Navy/ White Socks/ Tights

Ø  Black Shoes

 

Boy’s Uniform

Ø  Navy Trousers

Ø  Light Blue Shirt

Ø  Navy & Blue Striped Tie

Ø  Royal Blue Jumper

Ø  Black Shoes

 

 

Boy’s & Girl’s Tracksuits Light Blue T Shirt with School Tracksuit which can be purchased through the school from FennessysWhite or coloured runners can be worn only on Tracksuit Days – Wednesday, Thursday and Friday  
Uniform Days = Monday and TuesdayTracksuit Day = Wednesday, Thursday and FridayParents are requested to write a note in the journal if their child is not in the correct uniform.  They are also asked to properly label all their child’s belongings, e.g. coat, jumper, bag, lunchbox, tracksuit etc. Not wearing the proper school uniform is a breach of our Code of Behaviour and appropriate sanctions shall follow. 

 

Primary School Curriculum
Areas Subjects
Language English, Gaeilge
Mathematics  
Social, Environmetnal and Scientific Education (S.E.S.E) History, Geography, Science
Arts Education Visual Arts, Drama, Music
Physical Education  
Social, Personal and Health Education (S.P.H.E.)
Religion

 

Healthy Lunches

YES NO
  1. Bread, bread rolls
  2. Tortilla  rolls
  3. Pitta bread
  4. Wholemeal/plain scones
  5. Crackers/breadsticks
  6. Cooked rice or pasta
  7. Plain, unsalted rice cakes
  8. Cooked meat
  9. Cheddar cheese
  10. Cheese slices
  11. All fruit- apples, oranges, kiwi, grapes etc.
  12. Small amount of raisins/sultanas
  13. Small salads
  14. Carrot sticks/slices
  15. Water      16. Milk

 

  1. Fizzy drinks or energy aid drinks
  2. Fast foods of any kind- sausages rolls etc. hot or cold
  3. Crisps/popcorn/peanuts
  4. Buns/cakes/biscuits
  5. Sweets
  6. Dessert type yoghurt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note Nuts are completely banned from the school as we have one child with a ~Nut Allergy.

 

School Transport

To see if you are eligible for the Primary Scheme bus service from Bus Eireann, please check http://www.buseireann.ie/inner.php?id=259

Absences  – 20 Day Attendance Rule

By Government Law, under the Education Welfare Act 2002  every Primary School is obliged to report any child who is absent for 20 days or more to  the Education Welfare Officer, who will investigate the situation by contacting parents.

A note is required from parents to explain any children’s absences. This note can be written in the homework diary or on a note to the class teacher.

 

School Rules:

Each class operates a set of 7 basic rules.

  1. Always be on time and be prepared for class.
  2. Do as you are asked immediately.
  3. Raise your hand and wait quietly for attention.
  4. Work quietly in your place and do your best.
  5. Stay seated and be quiet when the teacher is out of the room.
  6. Listen attentively and in silence to the person speaking.
  7. Be honest. Respect everyone and their property.

 

 Rewards./ Sanctions 

A balance will be maintained between rewards and sanctions in such a way that pupils will learn that the choices they make will have consequences.

 

General Lunchtime Rules

  • When the first bell goes for lunch, eat your lunch in your own place.
  • When the second bell goes, line up and WALK to the yard.
  • Everyone is to leave the school and go to the yard when the bell goes. No hanging around the class.
  • No food is allowed in the yard.
  • Each class must remain in their allocated area in the yard.
  • No one is allowed on the ramp or on the bars.
  • You must ask the teacher for permission to go to the toilet or leave the yard for any other reason.
  • You must listen to your prefect and do as you are asked immediately.
  • When the first bell goes at the end of lunch, you must walk to your line.
  • Line up in a straight line at your designated area.
  • Wait quietly in your line until your teacher collects you and leads you back to class.
  • Hurling Area is timetabled for classes.

 

Code of Behaviour Re: School Functions/ Trips/ Tours. Matches/ Cross Country:

When on school trips/tours, children are expected:

  • to enter/leave the bus in an orderly manner;
  • to arrive 15 minutes before departure time; Parents are expected to contact the school 15 minutes before departure time if a child is sick or unable to attend.
  • to keep the school rules as listed above;
  • not to bring mobile phones or electronic devices on school tours; Teachers will have mobile phones on tour if parents/children need to get in contact with one another.
  • to sit in their seats and avoid loudness that would distract the driver;
  • to take drinks and sweets at the appointed lunch breaks;
  • to stay in their appointed groups at all times;
  • to wear school tracksuit or uniform as informed on school tours.

Homework 

  • Homework is assigned Monday to Thursday with the children being excused homework on weekends provided that their work has been conscientiously and satisfactorily done on the other nights. Homework is never given on unfamiliar subjects and is merely for reinforcement of material covered in class. Homework is not given on the first day back at school or special occasions as decided upon by the principal. If a child’s birthday falls on a school day there will be no homework given to this pupil. If a birthday falls on a non-school day, unfortunately you will receive homework as normal.
  • Suggested timeframe for homework:
    a) Infants: 10 – 15 mins.
    b) 1st/ 2nd: 20 – 30 mins
    c) 3rd/4th:  30 – 45 mins
    d) 5th/6th: 1 hour.
  • If homework is not done a note to the teacher should be written in the homework notebook.
  • Please Note: It is important that your child has somewhere quiet to study away from noise and distraction – a busy kitchen or a room near a television are not recommended!

 

Exceptional closures

Rule 60:  If a school has not been in operation for at least 183 days in the school year the grant of salary and allowances may be reduced, unless owing to some exceptional cause it has not been possible for the school to be in operation for 183 days, in which case the Minister may abate this requirement.

“Exceptional cause” may include the following closures:

  • Inclement weather
  • Heating breakdown
  • Death of a teacher in the school
  • Death of a President/Bishop
  • Essential repairs*

*Rule 52(1) states: “Works of maintenance should be carried out, as far as possible, during the vacation periods.”

Assessment – Standardised Testing

In May and June every year 1st – 6th class do Drumcondra English and Sigma T Math tests.Each October 2nd and 5th class do the NRIT test.

 

Pupil Report Cards

Pupil report cards are sent out in June allowing the parents 10 days to make an appointment with the teacher to discuss any information regarding their child’s progress if they so wish.

Lost Property

Please ensure names are on all clothing, lunch boxes and books. Lost property will be displayed inside the Infant Door on the link corridor to the hall and if not claimed by the end of the school term, it will be sent to a charity.

Cards/Invitations

It has been agreed that pupils should not distribute cards or invitations in school or at the school gate.

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones are not allowed in our school. Should a child need to make contact with a parent they can use the school phone with permission from their class teacher or principal.

Chewing Gum

Chewing gum is strictly prohibited inside the school, and on the school grounds.

Administration of Medication

Some children suffer from illnesses which require the taking of medication either at regular or irregular intervals during school hours.  Other children suffer from conditions such as asthma which may require the use of inhalers.  Teachers do not have the authority to administer medication of any kind, regardless of circumstances.  However, should parents request that their child be allowed to take any form of medication this can be done, providing written consent is given by parents.

 

School Bag Weight

Tips to reduce the weight of school bags.

  • Get the right bag. Bags with two straps are better than single strapped as the weight distribution is more even.
  • Check that books brought to school are required.
  • Don’t bring home school books that are not needed that evening.
  • Don’t bring library books in and out of school each day if there is not an opportunity to read them in school.
  • When workbooks and copybooks are completed, bring them home and store them in a designated place.
  • Organise the bag so that heavier books are placed towards the back of the bag. Make use of compartments within the bag as this not only distributes the weight but it also makes things easier to find.
  • Declutter the bag once a week. Get rid of excess paper, lunch packages, broken pencils etc.
  • Don’t carry unnecessary things in your bag.