Autumn Term Newsletter 2018 - Holy Trinity NS

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Autumn Term Newsletter 2018
Welcome back to school. We hope you had an enjoyable summer. This year we welcome new Junior Infants; Matthew, Oskar, Keela, Reuben  Patrick, Faris and Ailbhe . We also welcome Nikola to 1st Class.


The church Harvest Festival date is Fri 21st September at 8pm. On this day 5th and 6th classes will prepare a harvest soup . We ask that each child bring a vegetable to contribute to the soup. Also, please bring a named mug/bowl and spoon to eat the soup. Any vegetables that are left over will be used to decorate the church.

School Charter of Rights and Responsibilities
We have produced a School Charter of Rights and Responsibilities.
This is inspired by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This charter will focus on The Right to Education, The Right to be Heard and The Right to Well-being. Every pupil in the school is involved in discussion, debate, and consultation. The school recognises the importance of an environment where there is an understanding of human rights and responsibilities. It acknowledges that human rights and responsibilities are more than just ideals, but are a way of life. The school endeavours to create an environment, supported by teachers, parents, and children, which promotes tolerance, diversity and respect. This is project will be developed throughout the 2018/19 school year. Please see attached draft. We welcome parental contribution to this charter. If you would like to contribute please submit in writing by Fri 28th Sept.

Forest School
Holy Trinity is a member of the Irish Forest School Association. We want to incorporate learning in a woodland setting. This will feature regular sessions in a woodland rather than a one-off visit. It is envisaged that classes will make weekly visits to Westport House over a certain timeframe. We plan that children will have the opportunity to experience the curriculum outside. Parents will be given notice of “Forest Days” and children will need to come to school with appropriate clothing and footwear. More details to follow...

Heritage Council Stained Glass
We are very grateful to Gabrielle Bishop and Aine Doyle for the school stained glass project. The panels are now displayed in the window of the stairwell for all to enjoy.

New School
The story so far.....Our site is the old Scoil Phadraig site on Altamount Street. The Sisters of Mercy own this site. Initially, the Dept of Education wanted the site to transfer from the Sisters of Mercy to Mayo CoCo. It was envisaged that Mayo CoCo would work with the Dept of Education, enabling the Dept of Education to build a new school for us. However, in January 2018 the Dept of Education informed our board that for “legal reasons” they were now transferring the site directly from the Sisters of Mercy to the Dept of Education. We are informed that the conveyance process is lengthy and complicated. However, we are in regular contact with the Dept of Education and are assured that the transfer of the site is their priority.  We are on the Dept of Education School Building List and we will continue to work towards our much deserved new school.

Farewell to Al
Our lovely school secretary, Al, is moving on to a new position in The Leisure Park. We will miss her greatly as she is a wonderful secretary who has worked with great dedication and efficiency. She has been at Holy Trinity for the past 15 years. We wish her the very best. We also welcome Kate Mc Manus and we hope she will be very happy with us. We will send Al off at a special Leaving Assembly on Fri 12th October at 1pm. All are welcome to attend.

Who’s Who
Orla Brickenden – Class Teacher Junior Room and Principal
Rachel Bourke- Class Teacher Middle Room and Deputy Principal
Meriel Donaghy- Class Teacher Senior Room
Linda Campbell and Elaine Maxwell (Job sharing) – Special Education Teacher
Leone Munnelly-Special Needs Assistant
Al Loveday/ Kate McManus – Secretary (Part-time-Tues and Thurs Mornings)
Fiona and Rob Bradwell – Caretakers/Cleaners

Green School
As part of the Green Schools’ Programme we aim to lessen our waste.  We have a healthy eating policy so please do not give your child fizzy drinks, sweets, chocolate bars or crisps for lunch. We ask that each child has a lunchbox and takes home his/her own lunchtime waste.
Fresh Air Friday
Westport Smarter Travel encourages all families to travel to school in a sustainable way on Fri 21st Sept. Please park n stride, walk, scoot, cycle or car pool on this day.

School Opening Time
School opens at 9.05am. Children are supervised from 8.55am. There is NO supervision before this time. Lessons commence at 9.25am Please ensure you arrive before 9.25 as homework and corrections etc are addressed at this time. Late entry disrupts your child’s day. Junior and Senior Infant collection is at 1.45pm. Please collect infants promptly at 1.45pm. This ensures first class have their teacher to themselves for the last hour of the day. School ends at 2.45pm for other classes.

School books
We operate a book rental scheme. All textbooks are rented for a small fee. Workbooks and copies have to be paid for in full. A bill will be sent to you at the end of September. Please ensure homework journal and textbooks are covered.

Board of Management
The Board of Management has overall responsibility for the school. It has 8 members and its tenure is renewed every 4 years.

The current board members are:
Lesley Emerson                      Chairperson  
Val Rogers                               Rector
Orla Brickenden                    Principal
Meriel Donaghy                    Teacher Representative
Siún Brickenden-Stevens    Parent Representative
Gerald O`Toole                     Parent Representative
Cuala Mc Gann                     Community Representative
Michael McLaughlin            Community Representative

Child Safety Statement and Risk Assessment
At the beginning of each school year we are required to complete a review of our Child Safety Statement and Risk Assessment. These documents are located in the policy section of our website and in hard copy in the entrance hall. Please take a look at these, and if you would like to contribute to these documents please submit in writing by Fri 28th Sept.

School Self Evaluation
This year we will be looking at developing a Digital Learning Policy which will cover our use of digital devices and media. We are grateful to our PA for the contribution to the purchase of 9 ipads for classroom use. We will also be updating other curriculum and admin policies throughout the year. We`ll keep you posted.

Parent Association
The PA will hold a Halloween Bake Sale on Sunday 28th October and have organised an Internet Safety Evening on Thursday 25th at 7pm in the school.Please note your child will receive a homework pass if you attend!

Bill Brady                                Chairperson
Dominik Janczek                   Treasurer
Niamh Carr                              Secretary
Karen Conway                         PR

Croke Park Agreement
School management implements the Croke Park Agreement, which stipulates that teachers work 36 additional hours over the course of the primary school year. This time is spent on school planning, continuous professional development, induction, policy development, supervision, staff meetings, nationally planned in-service and school arranged in-service.

School Website and Facebook Page
Do check out the school website and facebook as it is regularly updated and school activities are displayed there.

National Education Welfare Board
The school is obliged to advise the board if a child is absent for 20 days or more in the school year. If your child is absent from school for any reason it is very important that you inform the school.

Drama, Tin Whistle, Irish Dancing classes continue in school this year.
June Allison teaches drama to all on Wednesdays.
Des Cafferkey teaches Tin Whistle to 1st to 6th classes on Mondays.
Bernadine Cresham teaches Irish Dancing to all classes on Thursdays during Autumn and Spring Term.
Please make sure your child has their tin whistle with them each Monday. A subsidised bill for activities will be sent to you at the end of term.

Monday: Tin whistle 1st to 6th classes.
Tuesday: Junior Room PE
Wednesday: Drama all classes
Thursday: Dancing all classes
Friday: Middle and Senior Room PE
Please ensure your child comes to school in appropriate clothing and footwear on PE days. Also please have a raincoat every day as even if it is raining during break times we endeavour to go outside.

Dressing Up Day
Dressing up day will take place on Friday 26th October. Children may come to school in any costume they wish. The emphasis is on re-using and re-cycling and is part of our green school`s programme.

Homework is set each day Monday to Thursday. It usually consists of oral and written work and tends not to be ‘new’ work. It reinforces what has been done in class. You can help by providing a quiet place to work, by asking spellings and tables, by listening to reading and by giving help where needed. Please feel free to correct work where necessary. Please ensure your child’s homework is completed and presented as well as they are able, and sign their homework diary accordingly. It is especially important as your child progresses through primary school to check homework as future study patterns are set in these years. The homework diary is a good way to communicate with your child’s teacher so feel free to use it to send notes and messages.

School Bag
Please ensure your child is equipped for the school day.
Senior Room: Black, blue and red biro, pencil, eraser, sharpener, ruler, colouring pencils, protractor, compass, a named pritt stick and a simple calculator.
Middle Room: Pencil, eraser, sharpener, ruler, a named pritt stick and colouring pencils. 4th class also need a simple calculator.
Junior Room: Named writing pencils, colouring pencils, eraser, a named pritt stick and sharpener.

And Finally.....
We wish to work in partnership with you. If you have any concerns or queries, please feel free to make an appointment to meet with your child`s teacher. We will have Parent/Teacher meetings later on in the term but we are very happy to meet with you at an arranged time throughout the year.

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