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All about Presentation Primary Terenure, Dublin 6W

Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are very proud of our school here in Presentation. We  have a very happy and welcoming atmosphere where all members of the school community are welcomed. Our girls are encouraged to work hard and to reach their potential. We want our girls to be kind and  respectful to one another , confident in their abilities and talents  and empathatetic. We are a bully free zone.   Our teachers are highly skilled,  always work  to a very high standard and regularly review their practice. 

 Here are a few guidelines which will make life safer and  more pleasant for everyone.

Attendance      School begins for all classes at 8.50a.m.and closes at 1.30p.m.for infants and 2.30p.m.for the rest of the school. Our teachers have a duty of care to their pupils from the time school officially opens to the official closing time.  Attendance at school is expected from all children.  However there are good and valid reasons why, occasionally some children have to be absent from school.  To enable the school to comply with the terms of the Education Welfare Act all absences must be accounted for in writing using the school journal.  The Board of Management draws your attention to the disruption caused to schoolwork by the practice of taking children out of school for “low season” holidays.  While appreciating the constraints on parents (financial and work related) involved in holiday-planning the Board earnestly requests that all parents would do their utmost to avoid the practice.  Under the terms of the Education Welfare Act the school is obliged to inform the Education Welfare Board when a child has accumulated twenty absences during the school year even when the absences are for very valid reasons.

Uniform      We ask for the co-operation of all parents regarding the wearing of the school uniform. Children wear their school tracksuit and plain white t-shirt/polo shirt (strappy tops are not appropriate!) on PE days. High heeled/slip-on shoes are not suitable for school. We remind the girls that earrings (except for stud earrings), rings,  body piercings, make- up and nail varnish are not part of the school uniform.  Please ensure that your child’s shirt, tie, cardigan, jumper and tracksuit have been clearly marked with the child’s name to avoid loss or wrong exchange of property.  Should your child mislay a garment, please follow it up immediately as we are left, each year, with several unclaimed items, some of them virtually new.  There is a lost property box in the front hall.

Healthy Eating      We are always willing to co-operate with parents encouraging a healthy lifestyle regarding diet, bedtimes etc.  A diet of junk food combined with insufficient sleep, impacts negatively on a child’s performance at school.  (As many parents know, it can take 3/4 days to recover from a sleepover).  We have a Healthy Eating Policy (see our school blog). We encourage the children to eat a healthy lunch everyday and we are a treat free zone.  Drinking water is also encouraged.  We would ask you to remember that treats, crisps, fizzy drinks and chewing gum are not allowed at any time.  As you can appreciate refuse disposal is a major problem for the school.  To combat this we recycle all our waste paper and card.  As we have no facility for recycling food waste it is necessary for the children to bring home their own lunch rubbish.

Toilet Bags     Children must have their own toilet bags containing a facecloth and small soap/hand sanitiser. Please remind your child about the importance of washing hands after using the toilet

Mobile Phones All mobile phones and tablet devices must be switched off and handed to the class teacher. Failure to do so will result in confiscation.

Medical Conditions Should your child suffer from any ongoing medical condition or from any allergies, about which the school should know, please inform the class teacher in writing.  In the event of a head injury,  any serious injury, or illness we will endeavour to contact you, the parent/guardian immediately.  For that reason it is important that you help us keep our records up to date, especially by giving us a contact telephone number in case of emergency.  We would ask you to check your child’s scalp regularly for the presence of HEADLICE.  Children with long hair must have it tied back during school time.  Please inform the class teacher immediately if your child has an infestation. Parents of the class affected will be alerted  by text.  As ever, we are depending on your good will to help stamp out this ever increasing nuisance.

Road Safety Please speak to your child about road safety and ensure she obeys the traffic warden when crossing the road.                             DO NOT DRIVE INTO THE SCHOOL GROUNDS. It is a hazard to the children and unfair to the majority of parents who comply with this request.

Internet Safety

We have an AUP(acceptable use policy) on our school blog. Please be aware of the apps and websites being accessed by your child at home. Remember it is illegal for children under 12 to use facebook, musicall-y and other apps and websites. Your vigilance will ensure that your child is not exposed to danger and inappropriate content while on line.

Homework

Homework should be done to the best of the child’s ability and signed by a parent/guardian.  Under the Revised Curriculum, the strong emphasis on oral language means that your child will regularly have oral homework e.g. an interview, the news, reporting etc.  As we believe it to be every bit as important as written work we are asking for your co-operation in valuing this new emphasis on oral work.

Parent/Teacher Meetings

Should you wish to meet the class teacher please make an appointment for a specific time.  In that way, time can be allotted to fully discuss the matter without undue interruption. 

 

C. Hume