Does the school have a Parents Association?
Yes, Scoil Fhursa has a very active and committed Parents Association. The AGM is generally held in September. The Parents Association liaises very closely with the Principal and Board of Management and meets on a number of occasions during the year to discuss the needs of the school. The work of the PA includes fundraising for extra equipment and facilities and supporting the work of the school. The Parents Association is a great way for new parents to become involved in the life of the school and to get to know other parents. The Board of Management, Staff and Pupils of Scoil Fhursa are very grateful to the members of the PA for helping to make our school a better place.
Does the school hold Parent/Teacher Meetings?
All schools are obliged to hold a Parent-Teacher meeting to discuss progress annually and to send home a written school report. In our school the face-to-face progress meetings are held in early December whilst a written progress report is sent home in June. Pupils are continually monitored by Class and Learning Support/Resource Teachers for signs of difficulty, academically, socially and behaviourally. If your child is not making satisfactory progress in any area, you will be invited to attend a meeting by the Class Teacher to discuss concerns. If at any stage you are concerned about your child, you are welcome to make an appointment with the Class Teacher to discuss issues or seek advice. Parents are reminded that teachers cannot meet them during school hours as they have classes to teach. Appointments are generally made before the school day begins or after the children have left for the day.
What do I do if I need to remove my child from school early?
In order to fulfil our Child protection duties and to ensure the safety and welfare of the children, a sign-out book is available in the parents’ area of the school entrance hall. Parents must collect their children from the school and complete all sections of the sign-out book. Children are not permitted to leave the school building and walk to the gate to be collected. Children living in close proximity to the school are not permitted to walk home to meet parents there. Under no circumstances will children be allowed to leave the school grounds during school hours unless accompanied by a designated adult.
What do I do if my child is absent from school?
Since the inception of the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000, schools are obliged to report on school attendance. The agency that collects this data is the NEWB (National Educational Welfare Board). Schools report individual student absences by submitting Student Absence Reports four times each year. Schools also report the total number of days lost through absence by submitting an Annual Attendance Report (AAR) at the end of the academic year. Therefore, parents are requested to send a note to the class teacher giving a reason for all absences from school. Teachers will keep these on file. Total absences of 20 days or more are reported to the Educational Welfare Officer, with the reasons for the absences included in the report.
How will I know when the school is closed?
A list of school closures for the school year is circulated to families in September. These will also be available on the website. In the case of exceptional closures for bad weather etc. parents will be alerted by text message. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that the school has up-to-date contact details. Please contact the Secretary to update your records.
How does the school communicate with parents/guardians?
- Text messages are sent regularly.
- Notices for parents are often given to the children. You are advised to check your child’s schoolbag at regular intervals.
- Newsletters are published at Christmas and in Summer
- Parents may be contacted by email. Please ensure that the school has an up-to-date email address for you
- Information will also be posted on the website.
How does the school support Junior Infants in their first year at school?
The first year at school is very important and the staff. Scoil Fhursa works hard to ensure that all junior infant pupils are happy and settled in their new school. Junior Infants play in a designated area of the school yard where they will feel safe and secure. A “Buddy System” has been running in the school for the past number of years and has proved very successful. Every child in Junior and Senior Infants is matched with a “Buddy” from 5th or 6th Class. “Buddies” meet weekly for various activities. Infant pupils can also ask for their “Buddy” if they are upset in the yard. The Infant Teacher carefully monitors the progress of all pupils in the Infant Classroom and parents will be notified if she has any concerns.
Are infant pupils expected to work a full day from their first day at school?
For the first week of term, junior infants will go home at 12:30 p.m. After this, their home time for the remainder of the year will be 2:00 p.m. Senior Infants will go home daily at 2:00 p.m. from the first day of term
Is homework given nightly?
Homework is given Mon-Thurs nights inclusive. Homework is graded according to class level.
- Infants 10/15 minutes
- First/Second 20/25 minutes
- Third/Fourth 30/40 minutes
- Fifth/Sixth 40/60 minutes
These times are approximate and may occasionally vary. Parents should note that different children will complete homework in different amounts of time. However if your child is struggling with homework, please make an appointment to speak to the class teacher. All homework including reading and oral language activities are equally important and parents are asked to give due care to all homework tasks. The school journal must be signed each night by parents to indicate that the homework has been completed to their satisfaction. If for any reason your child does not complete their homework, please write a note in the journal for the class teacher. The omitted homework will have to be completed on the following night or at the weekend to ensure your child does not fall behind the class
Does the school have a Book Rental Scheme
Booklists and details of the book rental scheme are circulated in June. Parents can avail of our book rental scheme or alternatively can purchase the books themselves. Parents will be contacted in September regarding money owed for book rental for the year.
Is milk provided in Scoil Fhursa?
Our school runs a milk scheme and milk is distributed to pupils who are part of this scheme daily. Children pay for their school milk monthly. Please contact Mrs. Maura Roche at the school if you wish your child to be part of this scheme.
What should children bring for lunch?
As part of our Healthy Eating Policy at Scoil Fhursa, children are required to bring a healthy lunch. This may include sandwiches, fruit, cheese, yoghurt and a drink. Crisps, fizzy drinks and chewing gum are not permitted at school. Please include a spoon with yoghurt and ensure that your child can manage to eat it independently. As part of our Green School campaign, we ask parents not to use tin foil to wrap sandwiches, as it creates unnecessary litter.
At what times do children get breaks?
Morning break: 10.55 a.m. to 11.05 a.m.
Lunch break: 12.30 p.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Lunch must be eaten indoors. On wet days, children remain in their classrooms and are supervised by a teacher on duty. In the classroom they participate in games and activities to promote social skills and to give the children an appropriate amount of leisure time to aid concentration for the remainder of the school day
Must children wear a uniform?
All children from Junior Infants to Sixth Class are required to wear the full school uniform daily, with the exception of P.E. day or sporting occasions when the school tracksuit should be worn. The correct school shirt should always be worn with the appropriate tie. Polo shirts are not permitted in place of a shirt outside of P.E. day. Short sleeved shirts may be worn in warm weather. If in an unprecedented situation your child does not have the correct school uniform coming to school, please write a note to the class teacher explaining the reason for this.
Is there a bus service for pupils to Scoil Fhursa?
Yes. Bus Eireann in conjunction with the Department of Education and Skills provides
a bus service to Scoil Fhursa. Please contact the school for details of the bus route
and the cost per child.
How do I enroll my child in Scoil Fhursa?
- Contact with the school should be made through the Principal or Secretary.
- The parents/guardians of each prospective pupil must supply a copy of a birth certificate for each child when enrolling.
- On enrolling your child you will receive a welcome pack with necessary information about the school.
- Parents of special needs children are encouraged to discuss the child’s physical and/or educational needs with the Principal.
- Junior Infant pupils are invited to spend a morning in their new classroom with their teacher in June.
- A child must be 4 years of age on the 1st of September of that school year in order to be included in a Junior Infant Class.
- Parents wishing to move to the area should contact the school and speak to the Principal if they wish to enroll their children during the school year
How does the school deal with pupil transition to Second Level?
Every support is given to sixth class pupils to ease their transition to secondary school. Principals from both Colaiste Treasa and Scoil Mhuire in Kanturk visit us annually to hold an information meeting with sixth class. The children will receive a prospectus from each school. Information regarding “Open Nights” for both schools will be sent to parents of sixth class to afford them an opportunity to visit each school. Once it has been confirmed that a child has enrolled in a particular school, the Principal will liaise with the Learning Support Teacher of that school to discuss any educational or social needs of pupils enrolled and how best the staff of that school can support the pupil.
For pupils in receipt of Resource Teaching hours in primary school, a meeting will be arranged to include our School Psychologist, Learning Support Teacher, and Principal, parents of the child and Learning Support Teacher of their chosen secondary school, to discuss their transition to that school.