Parent/Guardian-Teacher Communication

As part of the ethos of St Oliver Plunkett NS, parent/guardian are encouraged to remain in regular contact with the school. They are encouraged to ring to make an appointment with the class teacher and are especially encouraged to relate any information which may impact on their child’s welfare. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence and will only be communicated on a need-to-know basis.

Parents/guardians will also be contacted through the Aladdin texting system. Each child is issued with a homework journal, which must be signed by an adult each night upon completion of homework.  The journals are checked every day, so any notes to teacher and (vice versa) may be written here. Parent/guardian communication is central to the success of a placement here.

Parent/guardian/Teacher Meetings

The staff and parent/guardian meetings take place three times a year (October, January & June). The entire staff meet with parent/guardians in September. Various parent/guardian information evenings are held during the year.

Report Card

Each Monday your child will bring home a weekly record card. The aim of this card is to encourage positive choices in behaviour, school work and homework. There are 4 headings which are completed daily by the child’s teacher to highlight the progress or problems in that particular week. The children also have an opportunity to reflect on their own week and record it on the card.

 

Day Home-work School work Behaviour Comments
Mon – Fri If homework has been done, if they forgot to do some home work or didn’t do it at all. If they worked well or were not interested. Behaved themselves in school and on yard.

Teacher’s comments regarding their behaviour/ progress

 

 

Children choose one

 

This card is signed by the class teacher and must be returned signed by the child’s parent/guardians. These cards are retained in the school as a record for each child. It is school philosophy that pupils are helped to make good choices each day. Children earn rewards for positive behaviours, good work and effort.

 

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Attendance

Good attendance is especially important in a school such as ours where the programme of work is so intense and the placement so short. The Board of Management reserves the right to terminate placements if attendance is poor.

The school is open from 9.00 a.m. The school will contact parents/guardians in the event of pupils being consistently late. Persistent latecomers are required to report to the office where their time of arrival is recorded. The Principal is obliged, under the Education Welfare Act, to report children who are persistently late to the Education Welfare Board as well as those who are absent for 20 days or more.

 Guidance for Parents regarding attendance

Section [(21) (9)] of the Act states that: “a pupil’s absence can only be authorised by the Principal when the child is involved in activities organised by the school or in which the school is involved”.  The school principal cannot authorise a child’s absence for holidays during school time. This has been a great difficulty for the school in the past and we emphasise to parents and guardians that the placement here is so short, and the programme is so structured and intense, that we would really appreciate if holidays can be taken outside of the school year. The decision to keep children out for holidays rests with the Parents/Guardians and will not be sanctioned by the school. It is, however, essential that parents inform the school of such arrangements.

The reasons for pupils’ absences must be communicated in writing by parents/guardians to the school and will be retained on file. To facilitate this, such communications should not be in the homework diary, but on a separate page or sheet of paper. When the child returns to school s/he should give a written note to the class teacher which contains the name, the dates of absence and the reason for the absence. These notes will form a record which may be inspected by the Education Welfare Officer on a visit to the school.  The school will contact parents when a written explanation for the child’s absence is not received by the school. This contact is almost always by telephone.

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