Booklet for Parents

Holy Family NS Welcome Booklet                                            Click to download ⇒  Holy Family Welcome Booklet 2018 2019

Contact Details

Holy Family NS,

Kilteel Rd,

Rathcoole,

Co. Dublin

D24 XH22

Telephone                    01 4580570

Website                       www.holyfamilyns.ie

Email                           holyfamilyrathcoole@gmail.com

 

Céad míle fáilte romhaibh go léir go SN Holy Family!!

Staff

Principal                                     Mr. Colm Byrne

 

Deputy Principal                     Mr. Noel Gavin

Mission Statement

School Schedule

Holy Family NS aims to promote the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person of the pupil: intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and with other people. Holy Family 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.

Ethos

Holy Family N.S. is a Catholic school under the patronage of the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin where religious instruction, in accordance with the doctrine and tradition of the Catholic Church is part of the education given to children who belong to that Church. The pupils are prepared for the reception of the sacraments of First Confession, First Holy Communion and Confirmation, in accordance with arrangements in the diocese. The school aims at promoting the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the pupil, including his / her relationship with God, with other people and with the environment. The Principal and teaching staff aim at maintaining high professional standards and creating a safe and happy environment.  A spirit of mutual respect is promoted within the school community. Pupils are drawn by example and teaching to appreciate and respect people of different religious affiliations and of different nationalities. Close contact is maintained between school and home.

We in Holy Family N.S. believe that a positive school ethos is based on the quality of relationships between teachers and the ways in which pupils and teachers treat each other. We believe that respect in our school is defined by the following examples: Good manners and courtesy; listening; politeness and showing respect for difference.

Pupils are expected to be well behaved; show respect for school property; attend school on a regular basis; show respect for teachers and for each other; obey staff instructions and generally have a positive attitude to school.

In our school we treat all children with respect and dignity. There is a strong sense of community and co-operation among staff, pupils, and parents and all are agreed that their focus is primarily on the promotion and recognition of positive behaviour.

Class Allocation

Class allocations may be altered at any time by the school Principal during your child’s time in Holy Family NS. Classes may be split, amalgamated or pupils moved to other classes at anytime for operational, behavioural and/or academic reasons.

 

School Uniform

The uniform is compulsory – The uniform can be sourced through the designated provider which is

www.schoolwearhouse.ie (Clondalkin Shop)

The uniform consists of:

Grey Slacks or Skirt or Pinafore

Sky-Blue Shirt or Polo Shirt

Navy Sweater with Crest

 

Junior Infants may wear tracksuit only as their uniform. Alternatively, you may purchase school uniform tracksuit bottoms and school uniform jumper.

 The uniform must be worn in its entirety every school day, without exception. In June, if the weather becomes very hot, the school will issue a notice, permitting the wearing of plain navy shorts (no stripes or emblems or other colours)

In the interest of safety as little jewellery as possible should be worn. If earrings are worn they must be studs – no hanging earrings allowed.

‘Make-up’ and Facial piercing is not allowed.

 

School Policy Development and School Self Evaluation

Staff, parents/guardians and pupils are expected to support and promote all areas of school policy.

By accepting a place for your child in Holy Family NS you have also agreed to accept all current and future school policy .

The most immediate applicable policies will have been distributed to you. Policies are posted on the school website for your perusal.

 

School Access

Wet Mornings

Our school does not provide pre-school nor after-school supervision.

In the event that there is very heavy rain, and only if Mr. Byrne and Mr. Gavin and SNAs are available, the pupils will be admitted into the school PE Halls 10 minutes earlier (8:50am).

Junior and Senior Infant Children will be admitted through their normal entry/exit door (which is to the right of the New Main Entrance) and all other classes will be admitted through the Main PE Hall doorway.

The operation of this wet-morning scheme is contingent upon Mr. Byrne and Mr. Gavin and SNAs being available to provide effective supervision each morning. This will only occur on very wet mornings and only when Mr. Byrne and Mr. Gavin are available. In the event of heavy rain immediately before bell, there will not be sufficient time to arrange hall supervision.

Please be mindful that the operation of this scheme is dependent on good will and volunteering of the staff member involved.

 

Code of Behaviour & Discipline Anti-Bullying Policy

These policies have been developed to positively encourage and promote the high standard of good behaviour associated with pupils of Holy Family NS. The policy also sets out the reprimands and sanctions the school can impose for any behaviour contrary to the Code.

 

The behaviour of your child at school and elsewhere is the sole responsibility of you, the parent/guardian. The parent/guardian is the primary educator. The school reinforces the good standard of behaviour that should be modelled and taught in the home by the parent/guardian.

 

Our Code of Behaviour is our set of rules for managing behaviour in our school. Our staff and Board of Management are best placed to decide the procedures and rules pertaining to managing behaviour in our school.

Parents/guardians should be conscious that the school is not an extension of the home environment.  

School life is very different to home life. While most rules are common between home and school, there are other rules which the school must use to keep our pupils safe and happy. School life is stricter regarding behaviour to ensure optimum safety for your child and for effective and efficient school management. Parents & pupils must respect this fact and not have unreasonable expectations of the school.

Parents/guardians also have a central role to play in assisting your child learn and practise expected behaviours whilst at school. Pupils should have already been taught the basic social rules at home (Yes Please!, No Thanks!)

 

Resilience

Pupils will encounter new experiences and social situations. Though the school strives to ensure an environment which creates positive, happy and stimulating experiences, it can be upsetting for you, the parent/guardian, if your child becomes upset for some reason. You should comfort, reassure and talk to your child if there is such an occurrence. Remember children learn from all life situations even the ‘not so nice ones!’ It is a parent’s role, as primary educator, to teach their child ‘Resilience’ i.e. the understanding that things will not always go their way and that bad experiences occur in life and providing the children with the tools to cope with these experiences.

Your child’s classroom teacher can be informed of any concerns you may have regarding your child’s development at school. Never approach any pupil with any issues you may have with them. Speak to the child’s parent and/or classroom teacher.

 

Bullying

Bullying is unwanted negative behaviour, verbal, psychological or physical, conducted by an individual or group against another person (or persons) and which is repeated over time.

The following types of bullying behaviour are included in the definition of bullying:

  • deliberate exclusion, malicious gossip and other forms of relational  bullying,
  • cyber-bullying and
  • identity-based bullying such as homophobic bullying, racist bullying, bullying based on a person’s membership of the Traveller community and bullying of those with disabilities or special educational needs.

 

Investigating and Dealing with Bullying

The primary aim in investigating and dealing with bullying is to resolve any issues and to restore, as far as is practicable, the relationships of the parties involved (rather than to apportion blame).

The school will not investigate or deal with a behavioral complaint that occurred outside of the school.

Social Media

Holy Family NS has instructed pupils and parents not to be on any form of social media as we consider it a dangerous and unsupervised environment for pupils our age.

 

Rules of the School

1. Children should arrive for school no later than nine o’clock. A good rule should be: Be in line at five to nine. No playing in the yard before 9.00 a.m.

2. The complete school uniform must be worn at all times. On days when children have P.E. the school tracksuit and runners must be worn.

3. Children returning to school after an absence must provide a written explanation signed by parent/guardian or an absence excuse may be made on the Aladdin Parents Portal

4. No child may leave the school premises during school hours unless he/she is collected by a parent/guardian and only then as a rare occurence.

5. On wet days children are to remain seated during break time and may leave their places only with the permission of the teacher on duty.

6. Courtesy and respect should also be shown to everyone

7. Children must walk to and from classrooms in silence and in an orderly fashion.

8. Courtesy and good manners are expected from children at all times, both in their dealings with staff and with each other.

9. When children are away from the school e.g. school tours, swimming, playing games, etc they are to maintain school rules and behave in a manner which will reflect well on the school.

10. ‘Mitching’, vandalism of school property, the use of bad language, name calling and cheekiness are regarded as serious breaches of school discipline.

11. The children’s behaviour and attentiveness in class must be of such a standard as to allow the teacher conduct the class without undue disruption and to allow the other children learn to the best of their abilities.

13. Pupils must do all homework prescribed by the teacher. Failure to do so requires a written explanation from parent/guardian.

14. Pupils must eat a healthy lunch every day. Crisps, fizzy drinks, sweets or chewing gum are forbidden. Cans and glass bottles are also forbidden.

15. Children should be free to come to school, take part in the day’s activities and go home without being bullied. Bullying (ongoing, persistent and directed targeting of a child) is regarded as one of the most serious breaches of school discipline and is dealt with accordingly.

16. Using mobile phones/electronic equipment is forbidden. In the event that a parent requires their child to keep a mobile phone with them, it must be excused by a written note, powered off, handed to the teacher and collected at the end of the day. Any recording devices will be confiscated by the teacher and handed to the Principal/Deputy-Principal and will only be returned by them to a parent/guardian.

17. Children must show courtesy to adults (staff and parents) by standing to one side and allowing them in and out doors first. Children are also reminded that saying “Please” and “Thank You” is expected of them. Children should greet each other and staff members when they pass each other.

18. Rough play and ‘mock’ or ‘mess’ fighting or physical contact from same is not allowed in the school yard. Children must stand in their line after the second bell rings until they are collected by their teacher.

19. The distribution of Christmas Cards, birthday invitations and/or birthday party packs is not allowed by children on the school premises. The Aladdin Parents Portal should be used for this purpose.

20. Stud earrings only allowed. No facial piercings or makeup allowed. Pupils may be asked to remove jewellery deemed to pose a health and safety hazard.

 

Attendance

Each child is expected to attend school each day it is open. Child welfare legislation places an onus on parents/guardians to ensure full attendance.

Any absence from school must be accompanied by written excuse, given to teacher, from the parent/guardian stating the reason for absence. This information is recorded by the school and passed on to ‘TUSLA’. If an absence has not been accompanied by a written note, this absence will be recorded and reported as ‘Unexplained’.

 

Healthy School Lunch

Please note all sweets, crisps and fizzy drinks are not permitted. Please provide your child with a healthy lunch and drink each day.

Due to the inreasing number of pupils with serious nut allergies, nuts or nut products are not permitted.

Pupils are asked not to swap lunches or offer their lunch to another pupil.

Teachers do not ‘police’ lunch time. Children are encouraged and advised to eat their full lunch but teachers do not monitor whether your child has eaten a full lunch.

 

Five ways to make school familiar for Junior Infant Child

  1. Point out the school whenever you pass it.
  2. Tell stories about what you enjoyed at school and the fun things you did.
  3. Build a school with your child from cardboard boxes or play-bricks, then act out some classroom scenarios with your child.
  4. Read some positive books about starting school. Good titles include ‘Topsy and Tim Start School’ by Jean and Gareth Adamson or ‘Starting School’ by Alan and Janet Ahlberg.
  5. Walk or drive to school together so your child gets to know the route. Note how long it takes so you leave in plenty of time on the first day.

Plan ahead

Shop for uniform and other equipment early – you’re more likely to find things in the right sizes and you’ll avoid the crowding of the last week before term starts. Make the shopping trip into a special event for you and your child. Most items required are provided by the school through the payments of the school Booklist fees.

The countdown

If your child’s in holiday routine – staying up late and rising late – then one week before term begins, change their schedule. Gradually bring their bedtime back to a time suitable for school nights (10 hours sleep minimum) and introduce more regular eating habits with meals at set times.

You may need to get into the term-time habit too. Write a list of all the things you’ll need to organize; snacks and lunches, PE tracksuit, labelled plastic bag with change of clothes, school bag with books and utensils. Stick the list to the fridge and tick each item off as you sort it out.

Involve your child in getting ready for their first day. The evening before term starts you and your child can work together to lay out their uniform, bag and snacks.

Last of all set your alarm early for the first day – even the most organised parents and children need extra time to get ready for the big event.

 

Your emotions

Your feelings will guide your child’s emotions. If you approach your child’s first day with confidence that they’ll be fine, using positive words about school and loving attention, their anxieties will be reduced.

Saying goodbye at school may be very emotional for you. But try to send your child off with a smile and a wave along with the reassurance that you’ll be there to collect them later. Remember even distressed children settle very quickly once you’re gone, so make your leave loving but brief. Teacher will call you if there is any problem!

The end of the day

Do make sure you’re a little early to collect your child at the end of the first few days – even a few minutes late can seem an eternity to a waiting child. Your child will probably be tired and hungry so a healthy snack and some quiet time, with or without you, will be just what they need after school.

Listen to your child! Make this a priority. They’ll probably talk about their day in their own time so avoid pressing your child, but do give them opportunities to talk to you.

 

A CHILD’S TEN REQUEST-MENTS

  1. My hands are small; please don’t expect perfection whenever I draw a picture or throw a ball. My legs are short; please slow down so that I can keep up with you.
      
  2. My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; please let me explore safely.  Don’t restrict me unnecessarily.
      
  3. Housework will always be there.  I’m only little for a short time; please take time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and do so willingly.
     
  4. My feelings are tender; please be sensitive to my needs; don’t nag me all day long.  Treat me as you would like to be treated.
      
  5. I am a special gift from God; please treasure me as God intended you to do, holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by, and disciplining me in a loving manner.
     
  6. I need your encouragement to grow.  Please go easy on criticism; remember, you can criticize the things I do without criticizing me.
     
  7. Please give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself.  Permit me to fail, so that I can learn from my mistakes.
      
  8. Please don’t do things over for me.  Somehow that makes me feel that my efforts don’t quite measure up to your expectations.
      
  9. Please pray with me daily, take me to Sunday mass regularly; setting a good example from an early age.
  10. Please don’t be afraid to leave for a weekend together. Kids need breaks from parents, just as parents need breaks from kids.

‘ A Muddy child is a happy child!!’