27th September 2018
I hope everyone is well settled into the school routine by now and wish you a very enjoyable year ahead. As this is my first newsletter of the school year I want to draw your attention to our safety rules and regulations and new GDPR guidelines. I would like to give you a brief outline also of the many activities and events that are scheduled for this term. Your child will bring home a form today which requires your signature confirming you have read the contents of this email.
The safety of the children while in Carysfort N.S. is always our priority and our Insurance Company has requested that the following information is brought to your attention. “The school opens to receive pupils at 8.50 a.m. No responsibility is accepted for pupils arriving before that time (except on wet mornings). Classes will end at 2.30 p.m. (1.30 p.m. for Infants). The designated person should be at the school no later than 2.30 p.m. (1.30 p.m. for Infants) as the school cannot accept responsibility for looking after the pupils after that time.” On wet mornings the ramp door to the hall and the two doors closest to the Avoca Avenue pedestrian entrance will open at 8.30 a.m. The school staff have very kindly volunteered to supervise the students in the hall and in their classrooms until class begins at 8.50 a.m.
In the morning the school doors are closed once the children have been collected from the school grounds and should never be reopened from the inside by a parent or minder. The pedestrian gate will also be closed promptly once class starts. Late arrivals should always enter and exit the school by the main gate and front door. If you have reason to enter the school building during the school day always call to Tara in the office first before proceeding to a classroom. The children have been instructed not to open the front door when the buzzer is pressed so please be patient if you have to wait a short time to gain access to the building. All of these procedures are in place to ensure the safety of the children.
A very important aspect of our duty of care to the children is accurate recording of their school attendance which is submitted to the Educational Welfare Services. The roll is called by the teachers each morning at 9.30 a.m. and recorded electronically. If you know your child will be late to school or absent on a particular day please inform the class teacher in advance by written note or email noting the reason for absence. If your child is absent due to illness please send a written note to the class teacher when your child returns to school. If absent for more than two days due to illness or other unexpected family reasons please email Tara and she will inform the class teacher.
Under new GDPR guidelines we can no longer ask you to sign a general consent form for your child to participate in school events and trips or have their photo taken. Therefore for this school year we will email you requesting permission for your child to participate in a specific school event or activity and we ask that you only respond if you do not wish your child to participate. We will give you a few days notice of an event but there will undoubtedly be the odd exception. The subject of the event email will be marked ‘consent request’ so please be vigilant in opening these emails. We will review this procedure at the end of this school year.
Additional School activities:
We welcome The Club @ Carysfort to our school and thank Gemma, Nikki and staff for the wonderful before and after school service they are offering to our school community.
Whizzkids Coding Company are back with us again this year and will be providing a few workshops to the students in 2nd to 6th class as well as their afterschool classes on Wednesdays. Kilmacud Crokes coaches are taking Senior Infants for hurling coaching on Thursdays and will take 1st class for Gaelic coaching later in the year. Granada soccer are with us on Thursdays also and started coaching with 2nd class last week. Finally, Leinster Rugby have offered coaching to 6th class during the month of November. These sporting activities are all in addition to the regular P.E. classes. We thank all three organisations for volunteering their services to Carysfort N.S.
Encouraging spoken Irish in the school environment is an integral part of The New Language Curriculum so we have decided to have our annual cake sale ‘as Gaeilge’ again this year. This event takes place on Friday, October 12th. All the children will learn in class how to make and buy their cakes as Gaeilge and the senior classes will assist with the cake selling. The teachers will send home basic Irish phrases and simple recipes in a few weeks for family practise! Members of the Parents’ Association and Senior Infant parents are busy coordinating this event at present.
The Parents’ Association A.G.M. will take place on Tuesday, October 23th 2018. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in attendance at this event which includes presentations by the Chairperson of the PA and by the school Principal.
Finally, it is lovely to see the children in their new classrooms and playing outdoors on the new all-weather playground! A very special thank you to all our parents for your wonderful support during the building works and your generosity at fundraising events over the past three years. On the morning of the cake sale there will be an opportunity for parents to visit the new extension between 8.30 and 9.30 a.m.
Many thanks for your continued co-operation and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns during the school year.
Le gach dea-mhéin,