Information for Parents
Surveys have shown that children’s lunches are often very unhealthy and not adequate nutritionally because they tend to be low in fibre and high in sugar. We have developed Healthy Eating Guidelines in the school. Lunch should provide one third of your child’s food requirements for the day. We ask you not to give your child sweets, chocolate, fizzy drinks for lunch. Crisps and peanuts are not allowed. We encourage fruit juice or water, sandwich and a piece of fruit or a healthy bar. Chewing gum is strictly forbidden.
We have a school uniform. Boys: navy jumper, navy trousers, white shirt and there is a navy and silver striped tie, navy stockings. Girls: navy jumper/cardigan, navy pinafore/skirt or trousers for the cold months of the winter, white blouse and navy and silver striped tie, navy stockings and navy tights in the winter. This uniform is available from Fennessy’s of William Street, Limerick and the chain stores. There is a school tracksuit which is to be worn on the two P.E. days and runners are required for P.E.
- Children who are ill should not be sent to school. Note should be given to the class teacher on the child’s return to school.
- Parents are asked that teachers be made aware of any medical condition or allergies which their child might have.
- Please check your child’s hair regularly for outbreaks of head lice. If there is an outbreak of head lice in a class, all parents of pupils in that class are informed by note, and asked to take immediate action to treat infestation.
Accidents occur despite supervision. Minor accidents are treated at school. Slight cuts and grazes are normally treated by cleaning with cold water.
In the event of an accident/child becoming ill, every possible effort will be made to contact the pupil’s parents or the persons delegated to take responsibility for the pupil. Please ensure that we have two contact numbers for your child.
The school should be notified immediately of changes of address or telephone number.
Under the Education Welfare Act each child, (that is, those between the ages of 6 and 16) is obliged by law to attend school every day on which the school is in operation unless there is a reasonable excuse for not attending. The school authorities are obliged to notify the Education Welfare Officer at the National Education Welfare Board when a child has been absent for twenty days. Holidays should not be taken during the school term.
- As a general rule, every child from First to Sixth Class inclusive is given homework each week night. Parents are asked to ensure that their children complete the homework each night. In the event of the homework not being attempted or not being completed, teachers may insist that the homework is completed by the children during some of the breaks
- Each child from First Class up should have a homework journal and homework copies.
- Where exceptional circumstances prevent the completion of homework, please forward an explanatory note to the teacher.
- Do not do the child’s homework for him. Work set for homework will have been prepared in class. Please check your child’s homework for neatness and point out mistakes.
- Changes have taken place in the way in which certain areas of Maths are being taught. In helping your child, please adhere to the methods being used in school. Providing alternative methods may lead to confusion for the child.
- Oral work is as important as written work. Please listen to the child read, and examine spellings and tables.
- Parents should check homework journal and homework each night and sign the journal.
- As a general rule, homework is not given at the weekends.
The school also has a Homework Policy which should be read.