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Where do I bring my child in the mornings?
All Junior Infants must always be brought to their classroom. Please make sure that you make contact with the teacher to let her know your child has arrived. (She may be busy with another child when you arrive). Only then should you leave. Never leave a Junior Infant at the gates of the school to make his/her own way in.
How do I collect my child when school finishes?
Children are only released through the exit door when the teacher makes eye contact with the designated person who collects the child. If you are delayed for some reason your child will not be released.
What happens if my child feels ill or has an accident in school? If your child feels ill the secretary will call you to let you know so your child can be collected (from their classroom). The person who collects the child must sign them out of school. If you are unavailable your designated emergency contact will be called. If your child has an accident the school's Accident Procedures will be followed. You will be notified by telephone of any accident and if your child bumps his/her head a "Bumped Heads Note" will also be sent home.
Will my child get enough time to eat? Yes. Eating is always a concern for parents but the school is very aware of the need to ensure that adequate time is given to children to eat. They are given plenty of time to eat before the first break from 11.00am to 11.10am. They are then given time to eat lunch at 12.15pm before going out to play at 12.30pm. All food is eaten in the classroom under the supervision of a teacher. Any uneaten food is brought home - this will let you know what has been eaten. For this reason children are not allowed to throw any food into the dustbins.
Will my child be safe in the play yard? All play areas are segregated so that older children do not mix with younger children. We have designated exit routes from each classroom so children do not meet going in opposite directions. All play yards are constantly supervised by teachers. During play breaks the school gates on Church Road and Hospital Hill are locked to prevent anyone entering the school grounds. If you arrive during a play break please be patient at the gate as you will be spotted on CCTV but it may take the secretary a few moments to get to the gate. The Board of Management employs an outside consultant to carry out regular reviews of our safety procedures and regular inspections of the school grounds are carried out.
Why are nuts not allowed in the school? We ask that you do not send any kind of nuts or nut products to school as we have a number of pupils with serious allergies to nuts. For this reason we do not accept birthday cakes however nice they are!
I hear much about Jolly Phonics. What is it? It is a systematic synthetic phonics programme designed to teach children to read and write. Children learn the 42 letter sounds of the English language, rather than the alphabet. They are then taken through the stages of blending and segmenting words to develop reading and writing skills.
There are two main approaches to teaching phonics: analytic and synthetic. Both approaches require the learner to develop the ability to hear and discriminate sounds in spoken words. Jolly Phonics is a scheme which comes under the Synthetic phonics method.
The Jolly Phonics characters Inky Mouse, Snake and Bee are used throughout the materials. They often reflect the different speeds at which children learn to read and write. Inky Mouse teaches Snake and Bee the letter sounds and reading techniques. Snake picks up the literacy skills quickly, while Bee has more difficulty, but eventually understands.
How many children will be in my child's class? Class size varies from year to year but we make a special effort to have reduced class numbers in Infants. This year for instance there are 19 pupils in the single Junior Infants Class. Children are streamed for literacy and numeracy so the numbers for these subjects are even lower again. We believe this policy of reducing the class size in Infants gives our children a great start.
If my child has difficulties learning what happens? All children progress at different rates. So it is important not to compare your child with older siblings or friends. However, if your child is experiencing difficulties learning it will be spotted by the school. We have a very comprehensive screening programme in place and an experienced dedicated support team ready to help any child in difficulties. The results of the school's screening programme will be discussed with you and if your child requires additional support a member of the Support Team will meet with you to put in place an Individual Learning Plan for your child.
My child has some problems hearing and has grommets. Will he be able to hear what is going on in class? Our school is lucky in that every classroom has a soundfield system installed specifically to cater for any child who has hearing difficulties. We understand that children often experience hearing difficulties from time to time due to common ailments such as head colds and this is why our Board decided to fund this resource.