Baile Fúinn Cúlra na Scoile Foireann Nuacht An Lá Scoile
 
 21/08/14 
                    - Litir Tús na Bliana 

 

Beginning of year letter

Main Points:...........b......Scoil ag oscailt - School opens 01/09/14

.........................................Am Ranga - Start time 8.50 a.m.

.........................................Oiche Churaclam - Curriculum Meeting 17/09/14

.........................................Fair Monday - Luan an Aonaigh 06/10/14

.........................................Foirmeacha - 24/7 Insurance forms available from office

.........................................Féilire - Calendar

.........................................Éadaí Scoile - School Uniform

.........................................Airgead Scoile - School Finances

.........................................Teagmháil - Communication

.........................................School Complaints Procedure

.......................................................................................................................21/08/14

A Thuistí agus a Pháistí,

Tá súil agam gur bhain sibh taitneamh as na laethanta saoire. Tá níos mó ná seachtain fágtha fós!!
I hope that everyone had a most enjoyable summer holiday. It was wonderful to see the sun – enjoy the next week and a half!

 

Beidh an scoil ag oscailt Dé Luain, 1ú Meán Fómhair.
The school will be re-opening on Monday, September 1st at 8.50 a.m.

 

PAÍSTÍ NUA: Beidh grúpa mór Naíonáin nua ag teacht isteach chugainn – go n-éirí leo!
Our new Infant Class will be joining us! We wish them many happy days at school.

Beidh cupán tae ann ar an gcéad maidin d'éinne gur féidir leo fanacht! ........... ..........

There will be a cup of tea and a chat in the kitchen for any parents who have time to stay!

 

In order to ensure the smooth running of the school, please note the following points and file this letter for future reference:

LABHAIRT NA GAEILGE

Is Gaelscoil í Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh. Ní scoil Bhéarla í. Is í Gaeilge teanga labhartha na scoile, níl cead Béarla a labhairt ach ag am Béarla.

As we are a Gaelscoil, it is the wish of you, the parents, that your children become fluent in spoken Irish from an early age. You chose to send your children to a Gaelscoil because you are aware of the benefits of bilingualism. It is vitally important that you make every effort to speak ‘as Gaeilge’ while in or about the school. We are all part of the Gaelscoil family.


Now is the time to start planning for September, we can all brush-up our ‘Cúpla Focal’ by tuning in to TG4 or Raidió na Gaeltachta. Also Irish classes for adults are held each year and have been greatly enjoyed by all participants in the past.

TUMADH GAEILGE/ TOTAL IMMERSION – to kick start the children’s fluency after the holidays we concentrate on spoken Irish for the first few weeks of school. Our English programmes begin at the end of September. This is most beneficial and sets the tone for the whole term.


AMANNA RANGA/CLASS TIMES

School Begins at 8.50 a.m. School Closes at 2.30 p.m.

Please note:
Naíonáin Bheaga 8.50 a.m. – 12 .00 for the first fortnight (8.50 - 1.30 p.m. from 15/09/14)


Naíonáin Mhóra 8.50 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.


Rang 1 8.50 a.m. - 1.30 p.m. for the first fortnight (8.50 – 2.30 p.m. from 15/09/14)

 

TINREAMH/ATTENDANCE


As per The Education Welfare Act (2000), which came into effect on 01/09/2002, it is now mandatory for schools to report to the Education Welfare Officer all children who miss 20 days in any school year for any reason. When your child is absent a note must be given to the teacher, a phone call will not suffice. If no note is received the absence must be recorded as ‘Unexplained’.

CONDUCT/IOMPAR

Children are expected to behave with courtesy at all times and to treat property with respect. We have a beautiful building, it is up to all of us to keep it that way.

Good manners are vital and will be expected at all times and on all school related activities.
Certain comments, body language, hand signals and eye gestures can be highly inappropriate – please discuss this with your child – as you would expect, such behaviour cannot be tolerated at school.

ÉADAÍ SCOILE

Caitheann na Naíonáin Éadaí Spóirt gach lá.
Infant classes wear their School Tracksuits and red polo shirt everyday with runners or shoes.


Cailíní – Girls (Rang 1 – 6)

Pilirín dúghorm Navy ......................................Pinafore or navy skirt or school trousers.
Geansaí Dearg ................................................Red School Jumper
Blús bán ........................................................White School blouse
Stocaí/Riteóga ................................................Socks/tights - navy, white or red.
Bróga ............................................................Black school shoes - not runners

Buachaillí - Boys (Rang 1 – 6)

Bríste Dúghorm .............................................Trousers - Navy School Trousers
Geansaí Dearg ...............................................Red School Jumper
Léine Bán .....................................................White School Shirt
Carbhat dúghorm ...........................................Navy School Tie
Stocaí dúghorma ............................................Socks - navy/dark socks
Bróga Dubha .................................................Black school shoes - not runners

Culaith Spóirt: Sportswear
Culaith dúghorm agus bróga reatha ..................Navy School Tracksuit/school polo shirt/runners

Children must wear full school uniform throughout the entire school year. Black school shoes are part of our uniform (Rang 1 – Rang 6). Runners are only allowed with school tracksuit.

Children from Rang 1 - Rang 6 wear their school tracksuits 2 days per week. However as activities change during the year and new opportunities arise, sometimes it is necessary to change the days of the week the school tracksuit is worn.

Your class teacher will inform you of any changes during the year.

For September this is our timetable for wearing our school tracksuit:

Rang 1/Rang 2 - Dé Máirt agus Dé hAoine (Tuesday and Friday)

Rang 3 - Dé Céadaoin agus Dé hAoine (Wednesday and Friday)

Rang 4/Rang 5/Rang 6 - Déardaoin agus Dé hAoine (Thursday and Friday)

Please clearly label all clothing. Clothes are lost every year due to a lack of labelling!!

Please note that we have a lot of per-used school tracksuits/clothing in school which is available to parents. Please contact the office.

HAIR

Hair should always be clean, neat and tidy. Hair colour is discouraged in the strongest possible way.

JEWELLERY

For Health and Safety reasons all necklaces worn by children must be worn inside clothes.
Earrings can become tangled in clothing or pulled in the yard – for this reason the only ear jewellery permitted in school are studs.

SNÁMH - SWIMMING

Swimming will be organised in the coming weeks. Last year all classes from Naíonáin Mhóra – Rang 6 swam during the year. This is under review at present. The first groups will begin in November. You will be informed of your child’s starting date in due course if your child is due to swim.

Each group will go swimming for 7 or 8 weeks. The cost last year was €6 per lesson to cover instructors, lifeguard and hire of pool and bus. Fee must be paid before classes commence as per Kingfisher policy.

RANGANNA BREISE – EXTRA CLASSES

Beidh na Ranganna Breise ann i ndiaidh scoile. Beidh siad á n-eagrú i Meán Fómhair.


Extra classes take place after school. Last year we had Music, Irish Dancing, Sean Nós Dancing, Art and French.

FOIRMEACHA LE LÍONADH (Forms to be Returned)

Allianz Insurance company provide an insurance scheme for children of school going age. Last year €8 gave your child 24 hour-a-day cover for 365 days. Forms will be available in the office from 25/08/14.
Insurance forms must be filled in and returned by Friday 5th of September if you require your child to be insured. One form per family.

 

Feilire na Bliana - School Calendar

 

DIALANN SCOILE – HOMEWORK DIARIES

Class diaries are available from the office at €3.00 each. Please sign your child’s homework each night and use the notes section to correspond with your child’s teacher.

 

LEABHAIR AR CHÍOS - SCHOOL BOOK RENTAL 4th/5th/6th Class

We have a book rental scheme in place for 4th/5th/6th Class - €25 per child (The books cost €80+)

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.AIRGEAD SCOILE – SCHOOL FINANCES

Art/Craft; Photocopying; extra classroom resources; Text-a-Parent Charge €35 per child

The Bord of Management in consultation with Coiste na dTuistí and school staff have decided that there will be no increase in the amount of the school contribution -

€50 per family (páiste amháin – one child)
€75 per family (níos mó ná páiste amháin – more than one child)

(Note: The charge for Art/Craft; Photocopying; extra classroom resources; Text-a-Parent, etc. should be subtracted from this)

Please remit at your earliest convenience.

Please note also that your family contribution can be given in installments throughout the year. Please contact the office.

SCHOOL JACKET:

From September 2009 we have had an optional school jacket. This is a navy fleece lined jacket by ‘Regatta’ and costs €34 – anyone wishing to order should try on a sample jacket in the school and submit their order and payment to the office. The jackets are available throughout the school year, but a minimum order of 5 must be placed by the school at any one time.

CONTACT DETAILS:

If your telephone number or address has changed please inform the office immediately.
It is vital that we are able to contact parents/guardians at all times. Also it is up to you to ensure that your current mobile phone number is logged with School Text so that you can receive important school text alerts.

LÓN SLÁINTIÚIL (Healthy Lunch)

In the interest of your child, Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh has a healthy lunch policy. Sandwiches/ crackers/ fruit/ chopped vegetables/ yogurt/ non-sugary cereal bars are recommended. Sweet items are not permitted. Chocolate, including chocolate covered biscuits of any description, should not be given as lunch, nor should filled cream biscuits. No fizzy drinks, sweets, bars, chewing gum or crisps are allowed. Every child should bring a bottle of water to school each day. We work very hard to distinguish between food that is suitable for a healthy lunch and ‘treat food’ – we stress that treat food is not bad food but that it should be reserved for treat occasions.

MORNING TIME:

Each morning the children will assemble in the yard at the rear of the school, they will be collected from here by a teacher at 8.47 a.m.

Parents who accompany their children to school may use the front door to the left of the school. Children not accompanied by their own parents must congregate with their classes at the rear of the school.

The school gates will open each morning at 8.40 a.m. On wet days the door at the rear of the school is open from 8.40 a.m. The children line up in the corridor until 8.47 a.m.

The school/Board of Management cannot take responsibility for children who arrive to school before 8.40 a.m.

Any child arriving after 8.50 a.m. is late for school. Children coming late to school are very disruptive for the class and the teacher. Time lost is impossible to make up. Please do not be late.

In the interests of safety of all of our children, all doors close at 8.55 a.m. Anyone arriving after this time will enter through the main door and have their names recorded.

BUSANNA – BUSES

Parents of children who come to school by bus please note that the responsibility for safety and discipline on buses rests with the service provider. If you have any concerns about your child’s safety please contact the service provider without delay. If you have any reason to believe that a child was standing or unbelted for any reason you must contact the service provider immediately – it is a matter of life and death.

All contact details for bus service providers are available from the office.

MÚINTEOIRÍ RANGA 2014-2015Seo liosta de na Múinteoirí Ranga a bheas againn

Seo liosta de na Múinteoirí Ranga a bheas againn i 2014/2015 ...................................... Please see below our list of classroom teachers for 2014/2015

Naíonáin Bheaga.... - Múinteoir Gráinne
Naíonáin Mhóra .....- Múinteoir Síle
Rang 1 ..................- Múinteoir Eoin
Rang 2 ..................- Múinteoir Anna
Rang 3...................- Múinteoir Síobhán
Rang 4/Rang 5 .......- Múinteoir Fíona
Rang 6 ..................- Múinteoir Nioclas

Learning Support – Múinteoir Áine-Máire; Resource Teacher - Múinteoir Aisling; Príomhoide - Ruairí

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Teagmháil - Communication - As we look forward to September, it is important to keep in mind that lots of little incidents happen in school everyday and it is our job to deal with them. Problems only arise when we don’t find out about incidents. Please encourage your child to tell the teacher when something happens that makes them uncomfortable. If you as a parent know that your child is unhappy about something, please inform us straight away and we will do all in our power to rectify the situation.

(A sheet outlining the correct procedure to be followed when dealing with a concern is available below)

Enjoy the rest of the summer, looking forward to seeing you all next week,


Ag tnúth le bliain shona thairbheach,

Le gach deá ghuí,


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Ruairí Ó hAnnluain agus Foireann na Scoile

 

“Míle buíochas do gach duine a chabhraigh linn sa scoil i mbliana”.
Many, many thanks to all who helped out and supported our school during the year!!!

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Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh
Complaints Procedure Policy


This policy has been drafted in accordance with the procedure agreed between the INTO and the CPSMA, as set out in the CPSMA Management Board Members’ Handbook (2007) Appendix 50, pp. 318 - 319.

Stage 1


1.1 A parent/guardian who wishes to make a complaint should approach the class teacher with a view to resolving the complaint.


1.2 Where the parent/guardian is unable to resolve the complaint with the class teacher, she/he should approach the principal teacher with a view to resolving it.


1.3 If the complaint is still unresolved the parent/guardian should raise the matter with the Chairperson of the Board of Management with a view to resolving it.


Stage 2


2.1 If the complaint is still unresolved, and the parent/guardian wishes to pursue the matter further he/she should lodge the complaint in writing with the Chairperson of the Board of Management.


2.2 The Chairperson should bring the precise nature of the written complaint to the notice of the teacher and seek to resolve the matter between the parties within 5 days of receipt of the written complaint.


Stage 3


3.1 If the complaint is not resolved informally, the Chairperson should, subject to the general authorisation of the Board and except in those cases where the chairperson deems the particular authorisation of the Board to be required:


a) supply the teacher with a copy of the written complaint; and


b) arrange a meeting with the teacher and, where applicable, the Principal Teacher with a view to resolving the complaint. Such a meeting should take place within 10 days of receipt of the written complaint.

Stage 4


4.1. If the complaint is still not resolved the Chairperson should make a formal report to the Board within 10 days of the meeting referred to in 3.1 (b).


4.2. If the Board considers that the complaint is not substantiated the teacher and the complainant should be informed within 3 days of the Board meeting.


4.3. If the Board considers that the complaint is substantiated or that it warrants further investigation it proceeds as follows:
(a) The teacher should be informed that the investigation is proceeding to the next stage;


(b) The teacher should be supplied with a copy of any written evidence in support of the complaint:


(c) The teacher should be requested to supply a written statement to the Board in response to the complaint;


(d) The Teacher should be afforded an opportunity to make a presentation of case to the Board. The teacher would be accompanied and assisted by a friend at any such meeting;


(e) The Board may arrange a meeting with the complainant if it considers such to be required. The complainant is to be accompanied and assisted by a friend at any such meeting;


(f) The meeting of the Board referred to in (d) and (e) will take place within 10 days of the meeting referred to in 3.1 (b).

Stage 5


5.1. When the Board has completed its investigation the Chairperson will convey the decision of the Board in writing to the teacher and the complainant within 5 days of the meeting of the Board.


5.2. The decision of the Board shall be final.


5.3. This Complaints Procedure shall be reviewed annually.


In this policy “days” means school days.


Note:
(a) Only those complaints about teachers which are written and signed by parents/guardians of pupils may be investigated formally by the Board of Management, except where those complaints are deemed by the Board to be:


1. on matters of professional competence and which are to be referred to the Dept. of Education and skills;


2. frivolous or vexatious complaints and complaints which do not impinge on the work of a teacher in a school;


3. complaints in which either party has recourse to law or to another existing procedure.


Unwritten complaints not in the above categories may be processed informally as set out in Stage 1 of this procedure.


(b) It is not within the remit of the parents’ association to deal with complaints of any description. Please follow the procedure outlined above.

 

Foireann

 

 

 

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Polasaithe na scoile

 

Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh, Béal Átha na Slua 19969H

Polasaí frithbhulaíochta - Anti-Bullying Policy

 

1. In accordance with the requirements of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 and the Code of Behaviour Guidelines issued by the NEWB, the Board of Management of [Insert School Name] has adopted the following anti-bullying policy within the framework of the school’s overall code of behaviour. This policy fully complies with the requirements of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools which were published in September 2013.

2. The Board of Management recognises the very serious nature of bullying and the negative impact that it can have on the lives of pupils, and is therefore fully committed to the following key principles of best practice in preventing and tackling bullying behaviour:

~ A positive school culture and climate (See Appendix 1) which –

~ is welcoming of difference and diversity and is based on inclusivity

~ encourages pupils to disclose and discuss incidents of bullying behaviour in a non-threatening environment

~ involves collaboration among and between staff & pupils and promotes respectful relationships across the school community

~A school-wide approach
~ A shared understanding of what bullying is and its impact
~ Implementation of education and prevention strategies (including awareness raising measures) that build empathy, respect and resilience in pupils and explicitly address the issues of cyber-bullying and identity-based bullying including in particular, homophobic and transphobic bullying
~ Effective supervision and monitoring of pupils
~ Supports for staff
~ Consistent recording, investigation and follow up of bullying behaviour (including use of established intervention strategies) and on-going evaluation of the effectiveness of the anti-bullying policy.

3. In accordance with the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools bullying is defined as follows:

‘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
~ 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.

Isolated or once-off incidents do not fall within the definition of bullying and should be dealt with, as appropriate, in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.

Negative behaviour that does not meet this definition of bullying will be dealt with in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.

Additional information on different types of bullying is set out in Section 2 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools and appears as Appendix 1 of this document.

4. The relevant teacher(s) for investigating and dealing with bullying are as follows:

The class teacher(s) initially
The principal thereafter if necessary

5. The following education and prevention strategies, at the appropriate and relevant level for each class, will be used by the school:

- Prevention and awareness raising measures across all aspects of bullying and involves strategies to engage pupils in addressing problems when they arise. In particular, such strategies need to build empathy, respect and resilience in pupils
- Provide pupils with opportunities to develop a positive sense of self-worth
- Prevention and awareness raising measures focusing on cyber-bullying by educating pupils on appropriate online behaviour, how to stay safe while online
- Teachers can influence attitudes to bullying behaviour in a positive manner
- There are a number of curriculum components and programmes which are particularly relevant to the prevention of bullying and the promotion of respect for diversity and inclusiveness. The SPHE curriculum makes specific provision for exploring bullying as well as the inter-related areas of belonging and integrating, communication, conflict, friendship, personal safety and relationships. The Stay Safe & RSE programmes at primary level are personal safety skills programmes which seek to enhance children’s self-protection skills including their ability to recognise and cope with bullying. Various other social, health and media education programmes can further help to address the problem of bullying behaviour.

- The work could be extended into many other areas such as Art, Drama, Religious Education, and Physical Education. Co-operation and group enterprise can be promoted through team sports, school clubs and societies as well as through practical subjects
- Sporting activities in particular can provide excellent opportunities for channelling and learning how to control aggression. GAA and soccer coaching is offered to some classes from outside agencies and teachers are also involved in coaching the school’s soccer and gaelic teams.

6. The school’s procedures for investigation, follow-up and recording of bullying behaviour and the established intervention strategies used by the school for dealing with cases of bullying behaviour are as follows:

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). With this in mind the schools procedures are as follows:

(i) In investigating and dealing with bullying, the teacher(s) will exercise his/her/their professional judgement to determine whether bullying has occurred, what type if it has and how best the situation might be resolved

(ii) All reports, including anonymous reports of bullying must be investigated and dealt with by the relevant teacher(s). In that way, pupils will gain confidence in ‘telling’. This confidence factor is of vital importance. It should be made clear to all pupils that when they report incidents of bullying, they are not considered to be telling tales but are behaving responsibly

(iii) Non-teaching staff such as secretaries, special needs assistants (SNAs), bus escorts, caretakers, cleaners must be encouraged to report any incidents of bullying behaviour witnessed by them, or mentioned to them, to the relevant teacher

(iv) Parents and pupils are required to co-operate with any investigation and assist the school in resolving any issues and restoring, as far as is practicable, the relationships of the parties involved as quickly as possible

(v) It is very important that all involved (including each set of pupils and parents) understand the above approach from the outset

(vi) Teachers should take a calm, unemotional problem-solving approach when dealing with incidents of alleged bullying behaviour reported by pupils, staff or parents

(vii) Initial investigations of bullying will be done in class where possible but some incidents might be best investigated outside the classroom situation to ensure the privacy of all involved

(viii) All interviews should be conducted with sensitivity and with due regard to the rights of all pupils concerned. Pupils who are not directly involved can also provide very useful information in this way

(ix) When analysing incidents of bullying behaviour, the relevant teacher(s) should seek answers to questions of what, where, when, who and why. This should be done in a calm manner, setting an example in dealing effectively with a conflict in a non-aggressive manner

(x) If a group is involved, each member should be interviewed individually at first. Thereafter, all those involved should be met as a group. At the group meeting, each member should be asked for his/her account of what happened to ensure that everyone in the group is clear about each other’s statements

(xi) Each member of a group should be supported through the possible pressures that they may face them from the other members of the group after interview by the teacher

(xii) Where the relevant teacher(s) has/have determined that a pupil has been engaged in bullying behaviour, it should be made clear to him/her how he/she is in breach of the school’s anti-bullying policy and efforts should be made to try to get him/her to see the situation from the perspective of the pupil being bullied

(xiii) It may also be appropriate or helpful to ask those involved to write down their account of the incident(s)

(xiv) In cases where it has been determined by the relevant teacher(s) that bullying behaviour has occurred, the parents of the parties involved should be contacted at an early stage to inform them of the matter and explain the actions being taken. The school should give parents an opportunity of discussing ways in which they can reinforce or support the actions being taken by the school and the supports for their pupils

(xv) It must also be made clear to all involved (each set of pupils and parents) that in any situation where disciplinary sanctions are required, this is a private matter between the pupil being disciplined, his or her parents and the school

(xvi) Follow-up meetings with the relevant parties involved may be arranged separately with a view to possibly bringing them together at a later date if the pupil who has been bullied is ready and agreeable

(xvii) An additional follow-up meeting with parents of the children involved may take place after an appropriate time to ensure that the matter has been resolved satisfactorily

(xx) Where a parent is not satisfied that the school has dealt with a bullying
case in accordance with these procedures, the parents must be referred, as appropriate, to the school’s complaints
procedures


(xxi) In the event that a parent has exhausted the school's complaints …………….procedures and is still not satisfied, the school must advise the parents of …………….their right to make a complaint to the Ombudsman for Children.

RECORDING: Noting and reporting of bullying behaviour is to be documented using the template for recording bullying behaviour (Appendix 3). All records must be maintained in accordance with relevant data protection legislation. The school’s procedures for noting and reporting bullying behaviour will adhere to the following:

(i) While all reports, including anonymous reports of bullying must be investigated and dealt with by the relevant teacher(s), the relevant teacher(s) will use his/her/their professional judgement in relation to the records to be kept of these reports, the actions taken and any discussions with those involved regarding same

(ii) If it is established by the relevant teacher(s) that bullying has occurred, the relevant teacher(s) must keep appropriate written records which will assist his/her efforts to resolve the issues and restore, as far as is practicable, the relationships of the parties involved

(iii) The relevant teacher(s) must use the recording template at Appendix 3 to record the bullying behaviour which is available on the server


7. The school’s programme of support for working with pupils affected by bullying involves a whole school approach. Given the complexity of bullying behaviour, no one intervention/support programme works in all situations. Therefore various approaches and intervention strategies may be used including suggesting that parents seek referrals so that appropriate outside agencies in order to receive further support for the pupils and their families if needed.

8. Supervision and Monitoring of Pupils: The Board of Management confirms that appropriate supervision and monitoring policies and practices are in place to both prevent and deal with bullying behaviour and to facilitate early intervention where possible.

9. This policy was adopted by the Board of Management on ________________.

10. This policy has been made available to school personnel, published on the school website (or where none exists, is otherwise readily accessible to parents and pupils on request) and provided to the Parents’ Association (where one exists). A copy of this policy will be made available to the Department and the patron if requested.

11. This policy and its implementation will be reviewed by the Board of Management once in every school year. Written notification that the review has been completed will be made available to school personnel, published on the school website (or where none exists, be otherwise readily accessible to parents and pupils on request) and provided to the Parents’ Association. A record of the review and its outcome will be made available, if requested, to the patron and the Department.

Signed: __________________________ Signed: ________________________
(Chairperson of Board of Management) (Principal)


Date: ______________ Date: __________________


Date of next review: _______________

Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh, Béal Átha na Slua
19969H

Polasaí frithbhulaíochta - Anti-Bullying Policy


APPENDIX 1: Practical tips for building a positive school culture and climate The following are some practical tips for immediate actions that can be taken to help build a positive school culture and climate and to help prevent and tackle bullying behaviour.

- Model respectful behaviour to all members of the school community at all times
- Explicitly teach pupils what respectful language and respectful behaviour looks like, acts like, sounds like and feels like in class and around the school
- Display key respect messages in classrooms, in assembly areas and around the school. Involve pupils in the development of these messages
- Catch them being good - notice and acknowledge desired respectful behaviour by providing positive attention
- Consistently tackle the use of discriminatory and derogatory language in the school – this includes homophobic and racist language and language that is belittling of pupils with a disability or SEN
- Give constructive feedback to pupils when respectful behaviour and respectful language are absent
- Have a system of encouragement and rewards to promote desired behaviour and compliance with the school rules and routines
- Explicitly teach pupils about the appropriate use of social media
- Positively encourage pupils to comply with the school rules on mobile phone and internet use
- Follow-up and follow through with pupils who ignore the rules
- Actively involve parents and/or the Parents’ Association in awareness raising campaigns around social media
- Actively promote the right of every member of the school community to be safe and secure in school
- Highlight and explicitly teach school rules in pupil friendly language in the classroom and in common areas
- All staff can actively watch out for signs of bullying behaviour
- Ensure there is adequate playground/school yard/outdoor supervision
- School staff can get pupils to help them to identify bullying ‘hot spots’ and ‘hot times’ for bullying in the school
- Hot spots tend to be in the playground/school yard/outdoor areas, changing rooms, corridors and other areas of unstructured supervision
- Hot times again tend to be times where there is less structured supervision such as when pupils are in the playground/school yard or moving classrooms.
- Support the establishment and work of student councils

Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh, Béal Átha na Slua
19969H

Polasaí frithbhulaíochta - Anti-Bullying Policy


APPENDIX 2: Types of bullying

The following are some of the types of bullying behaviour that can occur amongst pupils:

- Physical aggression: This behaviour includes pushing, shoving, punching, kicking, poking and tripping people. It may also take the form of severe physical assault. While pupils often engage in ‘mess fights’, they can sometimes be used as a disguise for physical harassment or inflicting pain

- Intimidation: Some bullying behaviour takes the form of intimidation. It may be based on the use of very aggressive body language with the voice being used as a weapon. Particularly upsetting can be a facial expression which conveys aggression and/or dislike.

- Isolation/exclusion and other relational bullying: This occurs where a certain person is deliberately isolated, excluded or ignored by some or all of the class group. This practice is usually initiated by the person engaged in bullying behaviour and can be difficult to detect.

- It may be accompanied by writing insulting remarks about the pupil in public places, by passing around notes about or drawings of the pupil or by whispering insults about them loud enough to be heard.

- Relational bullying occurs when a person’s attempts to socialise and form relationships with peers are repeatedly rejected or undermined. One of the most common forms includes control: ‘Do this or I won’t be your friend anymore’(implied or stated), a group ganging up against one person (girl or boy), non-verbal gesturing, malicious gossip, spreading rumours about a person or giving them the ‘silent treatment’.

- Cyber-bullying: This type of bullying is increasingly common and is continuously evolving. It is bullying carried out through the use of information and communication technologies such as text, social network sites, email, instant messaging (IM), apps, gaming sites, chat rooms and other online technologies. Being the target of inappropriate or hurtful messages is the most common form of online bullying. As cyber-bullying uses technology to perpetrate bullying behaviour and does not require face-to face-contact, cyber-bullying can occur at any time (day or night). Many forms of bullying can be facilitated through cyber-bullying. For example, a target may be sent homophobic text messages or pictures may be posted with negative comments about a person’s sexuality, appearance etc.

- Name calling: Persistent name-calling directed at the same individual(s) that hurts, insults or humiliates should be regarded as a form of bullying behaviour. Often name calling of this type refers to physical appearance, e.g. size or clothes worn. Accent or distinctive voice characteristics may attract negative attention. Academic ability can also provoke name calling. This tends to operate at two extremes. There are those who are singled out for attention because they are perceived to be weak academically. At the other extreme there are those who, because they are perceived as high achievers are also targeted
- Damage to property: Personal property can be the focus of attention for bullying behaviour. This may result in damage to clothing, mobile phone or other devices, school books and other learning material or interference with a pupil’s locker or bicycle. The contents of school bags and pencil cases may be scattered on the floor. Items of personal property may be defaced, broken, stolen or hidden
- Extortion: Demands for money may be made, often accompanied by threats (sometimes carried out in the event of the targeted pupil not delivering on the demand). A pupil may also be forced into theft of property for delivery to another who is engaged in bullying behaviour.


Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh, Béal Átha na Slua
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Polasaí frithbhulaíochta - Anti-Bullying Policy

Appendix 3: Template for recording bullying behaviour

1. Name of pupil being bullied and class group

Name/Ainm: _________________________________ Class/Rang: _________

2. Name(s) and class(es) of pupil(s) engaged in bullying behaviour
________________________________________________________________________________

3. Source of bullying concern/report -tick relevant box(es)

Pupil concerned

Other pupil(s)

Parent

Teacher

Other


4. Location of incidents - tick relevant box(es)
Playground

Classroom

Corridor

Toilets

Other


5. Name of person(s) who reported the bullying concern
_________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________


6. Type of Bullying Behaviour - tick relevant box(es)

Physical aggression Cyber-bullying

Damage to property Intimidation

Isolation/Exclusion Malicious gossip

Name calling
Other (specify)


7. Brief Description of bullying behaviour and its impact
____________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________

8. Details of actions taken
____________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________

Signed ______________________________ Date ________________
(Relevant Teacher 1)

Signed ______________________________ Date ________________
(Relevant Teacher 1)

Date submitted to Principal/Deputy Principal ___________________

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 21/08/14 
                    - Litir Tús na Bliana 

 

Beginning of year letter

Main Points:...........b......Scoil ag oscailt - School opens 01/09/15

.........................................Am Ranga - Start time 8.50 a.m.

.........................................Oiche Churaclam - Curriculum Meeting 17/09/14

.........................................Fair Monday - Luan an Aonaigh 06/10/14

.........................................Foirmeacha - 24/7 Insurance forms available from office

.........................................Féilire - Calendar

.........................................Éadaí Scoile - School Uniform

.........................................Airgead Scoile - School Finances

.........................................Teagmháil - Communication

.........................................School Complaints Procedure

.......................................................................................................................21/08/14

A Thuistí agus a Pháistí,

Tá súil agam gur bhain sibh taitneamh as na laethanta saoire. Tá níos mó ná seachtain fágtha fós!!
I hope that everyone had a most enjoyable summer holiday. It was wonderful to see the sun – enjoy the next week and a half!

 

Beidh an scoil ag oscailt Dé Luain, 1ú Meán Fómhair.
The school will be re-opening on Monday, September 1st at 8.50 a.m.

 

PAÍSTÍ NUA: Beidh grúpa mór Naíonáin nua ag teacht isteach chugainn – go n-éirí leo!
Our new Infant Class will be joining us! We wish them many happy days at school.

Beidh cupán tae ann ar an gcéad maidin d'éinne gur féidir leo fanacht! ........... ..........

There will be a cup of tea and a chat in the kitchen for any parents who have time to stay!

 

In order to ensure the smooth running of the school, please note the following points and file this letter for future reference:

LABHAIRT NA GAEILGE

Is Gaelscoil í Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh. Ní scoil Bhéarla í. Is í Gaeilge teanga labhartha na scoile, níl cead Béarla a labhairt ach ag am Béarla.

As we are a Gaelscoil, it is the wish of you, the parents, that your children become fluent in spoken Irish from an early age. You chose to send your children to a Gaelscoil because you are aware of the benefits of bilingualism. It is vitally important that you make every effort to speak ‘as Gaeilge’ while in or about the school. We are all part of the Gaelscoil family.


Now is the time to start planning for September, we can all brush-up our ‘Cúpla Focal’ by tuning in to TG4 or Raidió na Gaeltachta. Also Irish classes for adults are held each year and have been greatly enjoyed by all participants in the past.

TUMADH GAEILGE/ TOTAL IMMERSION – to kick start the children’s fluency after the holidays we concentrate on spoken Irish for the first few weeks of school. Our English programmes begin at the end of September. This is most beneficial and sets the tone for the whole term.


AMANNA RANGA/CLASS TIMES

School Begins at 8.50 a.m. School Closes at 2.30 p.m.

Please note:
Naíonáin Bheaga 8.50 a.m. – 12 .00 for the first fortnight (8.50 - 1.30 p.m. from 15/09/14)


Naíonáin Mhóra 8.50 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.


Rang 1 8.50 a.m. - 1.30 p.m. for the first fortnight (8.50 – 2.30 p.m. from 15/09/14)

 

TINREAMH/ATTENDANCE


As per The Education Welfare Act (2000), which came into effect on 01/09/2002, it is now mandatory for schools to report to the Education Welfare Officer all children who miss 20 days in any school year for any reason. When your child is absent a note must be given to the teacher, a phone call will not suffice. If no note is received the absence must be recorded as ‘Unexplained’.

CONDUCT/IOMPAR

Children are expected to behave with courtesy at all times and to treat property with respect. We have a beautiful building, it is up to all of us to keep it that way.

Good manners are vital and will be expected at all times and on all school related activities.
Certain comments, body language, hand signals and eye gestures can be highly inappropriate – please discuss this with your child – as you would expect, such behaviour cannot be tolerated at school.

ÉADAÍ SCOILE

Caitheann na Naíonáin Éadaí Spóirt gach lá.
Infant classes wear their School Tracksuits and red polo shirt everyday with runners or shoes.


Cailíní – Girls (Rang 1 – 6)

Pilirín dúghorm Navy ......................................Pinafore or navy skirt or school trousers.
Geansaí Dearg ................................................Red School Jumper
Blús bán ........................................................White School blouse
Stocaí/Riteóga ................................................Socks/tights - navy, white or red.
Bróga ............................................................Black school shoes - not runners

Buachaillí - Boys (Rang 1 – 6)

Bríste Dúghorm .............................................Trousers - Navy School Trousers
Geansaí Dearg ...............................................Red School Jumper
Léine Bán .....................................................White School Shirt
Carbhat dúghorm ...........................................Navy School Tie
Stocaí dúghorma ............................................Socks - navy/dark socks
Bróga Dubha .................................................Black school shoes - not runners

Culaith Spóirt: Sportswear
Culaith dúghorm agus bróga reatha ..................Navy School Tracksuit/school polo shirt/runners

Children must wear full school uniform throughout the entire school year. Black school shoes are part of our uniform (Rang 1 – Rang 6). Runners are only allowed with school tracksuit.

Children from Rang 1 - Rang 6 wear their school tracksuits 2 days per week. However as activities change during the year and new opportunities arise, sometimes it is necessary to change the days of the week the school tracksuit is worn.

Your class teacher will inform you of any changes during the year.

For September this is our timetable for wearing our school tracksuit:

Rang 1/Rang 2 - Dé Máirt agus Dé hAoine (Tuesday and Friday)

Rang 3 - Dé Céadaoin agus Dé hAoine (Wednesday and Friday)

Rang 4/Rang 5/Rang 6 - Déardaoin agus Dé hAoine (Thursday and Friday)

Please clearly label all clothing. Clothes are lost every year due to a lack of labelling!!

Please note that we have a lot of per-used school tracksuits/clothing in school which is available to parents. Please contact the office.

HAIR

Hair should always be clean, neat and tidy. Hair colour is discouraged in the strongest possible way.

JEWELLERY

For Health and Safety reasons all necklaces worn by children must be worn inside clothes.
Earrings can become tangled in clothing or pulled in the yard – for this reason the only ear jewellery permitted in school are studs.

SNÁMH - SWIMMING

Swimming will be organised in the coming weeks. Last year all classes from Naíonáin Mhóra – Rang 6 swam during the year. This is under review at present. The first groups will begin in November. You will be informed of your child’s starting date in due course if your child is due to swim.

Each group will go swimming for 7 or 8 weeks. The cost last year was €6 per lesson to cover instructors, lifeguard and hire of pool and bus. Fee must be paid before classes commence as per Kingfisher policy.

RANGANNA BREISE – EXTRA CLASSES

Beidh na Ranganna Breise ann i ndiaidh scoile. Beidh siad á n-eagrú i Meán Fómhair.


Extra classes take place after school. Last year we had Music, Irish Dancing, Sean Nós Dancing, Art and French.

FOIRMEACHA LE LÍONADH (Forms to be Returned)

Allianz Insurance company provide an insurance scheme for children of school going age. Last year €8 gave your child 24 hour-a-day cover for 365 days. Forms will be available in the office from 25/08/14.
Insurance forms must be filled in and returned by Friday 5th of September if you require your child to be insured. One form per family.

 

Feilire na Bliana - School Calendar

 

DIALANN SCOILE – HOMEWORK DIARIES

Class diaries are available from the office at €3.00 each. Please sign your child’s homework each night and use the notes section to correspond with your child’s teacher.

 

LEABHAIR AR CHÍOS - SCHOOL BOOK RENTAL 4th/5th/6th Class

We have a book rental scheme in place for 4th/5th/6th Class - €25 per child (The books cost €80+)

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.AIRGEAD SCOILE – SCHOOL FINANCES

Art/Craft; Photocopying; extra classroom resources; Text-a-Parent Charge €35 per child

The Bord of Management in consultation with Coiste na dTuistí and school staff have decided that there will be no increase in the amount of the school contribution -

€50 per family (páiste amháin – one child)
€75 per family (níos mó ná páiste amháin – more than one child)

(Note: The charge for Art/Craft; Photocopying; extra classroom resources; Text-a-Parent, etc. should be subtracted from this)

Please remit at your earliest convenience.

Please note also that your family contribution can be given in installments throughout the year. Please contact the office.

SCHOOL JACKET:

From September 2009 we have had an optional school jacket. This is a navy fleece lined jacket by ‘Regatta’ and costs €34 – anyone wishing to order should try on a sample jacket in the school and submit their order and payment to the office. The jackets are available throughout the school year, but a minimum order of 5 must be placed by the school at any one time.

CONTACT DETAILS:

If your telephone number or address has changed please inform the office immediately.
It is vital that we are able to contact parents/guardians at all times. Also it is up to you to ensure that your current mobile phone number is logged with School Text so that you can receive important school text alerts.

LÓN SLÁINTIÚIL (Healthy Lunch)

In the interest of your child, Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh has a healthy lunch policy. Sandwiches/ crackers/ fruit/ chopped vegetables/ yogurt/ non-sugary cereal bars are recommended. Sweet items are not permitted. Chocolate, including chocolate covered biscuits of any description, should not be given as lunch, nor should filled cream biscuits. No fizzy drinks, sweets, bars, chewing gum or crisps are allowed. Every child should bring a bottle of water to school each day. We work very hard to distinguish between food that is suitable for a healthy lunch and ‘treat food’ – we stress that treat food is not bad food but that it should be reserved for treat occasions.

MORNING TIME:

Each morning the children will assemble in the yard at the rear of the school, they will be collected from here by a teacher at 8.47 a.m.

Parents who accompany their children to school may use the front door to the left of the school. Children not accompanied by their own parents must congregate with their classes at the rear of the school.

The school gates will open each morning at 8.40 a.m. On wet days the door at the rear of the school is open from 8.40 a.m. The children line up in the corridor until 8.47 a.m.

The school/Board of Management cannot take responsibility for children who arrive to school before 8.40 a.m.

Any child arriving after 8.50 a.m. is late for school. Children coming late to school are very disruptive for the class and the teacher. Time lost is impossible to make up. Please do not be late.

In the interests of safety of all of our children, all doors close at 8.55 a.m. Anyone arriving after this time will enter through the main door and have their names recorded.

BUSANNA – BUSES

Parents of children who come to school by bus please note that the responsibility for safety and discipline on buses rests with the service provider. If you have any concerns about your child’s safety please contact the service provider without delay. If you have any reason to believe that a child was standing or unbelted for any reason you must contact the service provider immediately – it is a matter of life and death.

All contact details for bus service providers are available from the office.

MÚINTEOIRÍ RANGA 2014-2015Seo liosta de na Múinteoirí Ranga a bheas againn

Seo liosta de na Múinteoirí Ranga a bheas againn i 2014/2015 ...................................... Please see below our list of classroom teachers for 2014/2015

Naíonáin Bheaga.... - Múinteoir Gráinne
Naíonáin Mhóra .....- Múinteoir Síle
Rang 1 ..................- Múinteoir Eoin
Rang 2 ..................- Múinteoir Anna
Rang 3...................- Múinteoir Síobhán
Rang 4/Rang 5 .......- Múinteoir Fíona
Rang 6 ..................- Múinteoir Nioclas

Learning Support – Múinteoir Áine-Máire; Resource Teacher - Múinteoir Aisling; Príomhoide - Ruairí

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Teagmháil - Communication - As we look forward to September, it is important to keep in mind that lots of little incidents happen in school everyday and it is our job to deal with them. Problems only arise when we don’t find out about incidents. Please encourage your child to tell the teacher when something happens that makes them uncomfortable. If you as a parent know that your child is unhappy about something, please inform us straight away and we will do all in our power to rectify the situation.

(A sheet outlining the correct procedure to be followed when dealing with a concern is available below)

Enjoy the rest of the summer, looking forward to seeing you all next week,


Ag tnúth le bliain shona thairbheach,

Le gach deá ghuí,


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Ruairí Ó hAnnluain agus Foireann na Scoile

 

“Míle buíochas do gach duine a chabhraigh linn sa scoil i mbliana”.
Many, many thanks to all who helped out and supported our school during the year!!!

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Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh
Complaints Procedure Policy


This policy has been drafted in accordance with the procedure agreed between the INTO and the CPSMA, as set out in the CPSMA Management Board Members’ Handbook (2007) Appendix 50, pp. 318 - 319.

Stage 1


1.1 A parent/guardian who wishes to make a complaint should approach the class teacher with a view to resolving the complaint.


1.2 Where the parent/guardian is unable to resolve the complaint with the class teacher, she/he should approach the principal teacher with a view to resolving it.


1.3 If the complaint is still unresolved the parent/guardian should raise the matter with the Chairperson of the Board of Management with a view to resolving it.


Stage 2


2.1 If the complaint is still unresolved, and the parent/guardian wishes to pursue the matter further he/she should lodge the complaint in writing with the Chairperson of the Board of Management.


2.2 The Chairperson should bring the precise nature of the written complaint to the notice of the teacher and seek to resolve the matter between the parties within 5 days of receipt of the written complaint.


Stage 3


3.1 If the complaint is not resolved informally, the Chairperson should, subject to the general authorisation of the Board and except in those cases where the chairperson deems the particular authorisation of the Board to be required:


a) supply the teacher with a copy of the written complaint; and


b) arrange a meeting with the teacher and, where applicable, the Principal Teacher with a view to resolving the complaint. Such a meeting should take place within 10 days of receipt of the written complaint.

Stage 4


4.1. If the complaint is still not resolved the Chairperson should make a formal report to the Board within 10 days of the meeting referred to in 3.1 (b).


4.2. If the Board considers that the complaint is not substantiated the teacher and the complainant should be informed within 3 days of the Board meeting.


4.3. If the Board considers that the complaint is substantiated or that it warrants further investigation it proceeds as follows:
(a) The teacher should be informed that the investigation is proceeding to the next stage;


(b) The teacher should be supplied with a copy of any written evidence in support of the complaint:


(c) The teacher should be requested to supply a written statement to the Board in response to the complaint;


(d) The Teacher should be afforded an opportunity to make a presentation of case to the Board. The teacher would be accompanied and assisted by a friend at any such meeting;


(e) The Board may arrange a meeting with the complainant if it considers such to be required. The complainant is to be accompanied and assisted by a friend at any such meeting;


(f) The meeting of the Board referred to in (d) and (e) will take place within 10 days of the meeting referred to in 3.1 (b).

Stage 5


5.1. When the Board has completed its investigation the Chairperson will convey the decision of the Board in writing to the teacher and the complainant within 5 days of the meeting of the Board.


5.2. The decision of the Board shall be final.


5.3. This Complaints Procedure shall be reviewed annually.


In this policy “days” means school days.


Note:
(a) Only those complaints about teachers which are written and signed by parents/guardians of pupils may be investigated formally by the Board of Management, except where those complaints are deemed by the Board to be:


1. on matters of professional competence and which are to be referred to the Dept. of Education and skills;


2. frivolous or vexatious complaints and complaints which do not impinge on the work of a teacher in a school;


3. complaints in which either party has recourse to law or to another existing procedure.


Unwritten complaints not in the above categories may be processed informally as set out in Stage 1 of this procedure.


(b) It is not within the remit of the parents’ association to deal with complaints of any description. Please follow the procedure outlined above.