Scoil Naomh Lorcáin – LevitstownN.S
Levitstown, Maganey, Athy, County Kildare
Welcome to Levitstown National School
You are very welcome to Scoil Naomh Lorcáin. I hope that you find this booklet helpful and informative. Please do not hesitate to contact me or the Deputy Principal Alison Costigan if you have any further queries or need any clarification. Sandra Corrigan – Principal
· The school wishes to help each student to live a full life as a child, to develop a rounded character and personality, to be happy and enthusiastic as we share with them the joys of discovering & learning.
· Scoil Naomh Lorcáin – Levitstown N.S. is a co-educational, Catholic primary school, which strives to provide a well-ordered, caring, happy and secure atmosphere where the intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral and cultural needs of the pupils are identified and addressed.
· While Scoil Naomh Lorcáin is a school with a Catholic ethos, it also has due recognition for all other religions.
· Scoil Naomh Lorcáin will strive to promote, both individually and collectively, the professional and personal development of teachers through staff development programmes.
· Scoil Naomh Lorcáin will encourage the involvement of parents through home/school contacts and through their involvement in the Levitstown Parents Association.
· Scoil Naomh Lorcáin will endeavour to enhance the self-esteem of everyone in the school community, to imbue in the pupils respect for people and property and to encourage in them the idea of being responsible.
· Scoil Naomh Lorcáin will promote gender equity amongst the teachers and pupils.
· Déanfaimid iarracht Gaeilge a labhairt.
· The school motto is: Déanfaimid ár ndicheall i gcónai – We always strive to do our best.
· The school is under the patronage of the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin. The school’s current Board of Management Chairperson is Cecelia Hayden.
· A successful Whole School Evaluation was conducted by the Inspectorate in September 2013.
Home – School Links
It is the policy of the school that parents have access to the teachers and school principal to discuss any aspect of their child’s education and development.
Parents may call to the school to give messages or information to the teacher regarding medical appointments, collecting children etc. But sending a note to the teacher with the child is less disruptive. Interrupting teaching time with messages must be avoided unless absolutely necessary. Parents, who wish to discuss a child’s progress/behaviour with the teacher, must make an appointment to do so.
Parents are informed that all aspects relating to their child should be discussed initially with her/his class teacher. Grievance procedures are in place and should be followed where a difficulty arises.
The principal is also available to discuss any concerns the parents might have. The principal, who teaches full time, is normally available after 3 p.m. each day by appointment.
Our school website and blog provides an important link between home and school at www.levitstown.scoilnet.ie/blog
Parent – Teacher Meetings
An important part of the link between home and school is the annual Parent/ Teacher consultation. Arrangements are made for each parent to meet with their child’s class teacher individually, to discuss his/her progress.
Parents will be notified in advance of such meetings. They are usually held in Term 1.
The Parents’ Association is formed from the parents of children in the school.
The Association needs and appreciates the help of all parents to further the education of the children attending Scoil Naomh Lorcáin.
All parents are welcome at meetings of the Parent’s Association
Homework is very important for the education of each pupil. It revises and develops work already done in school and allows children to study at their own rate, in their own surroundings. It promotes good work habits, which will help in second level education and in later life. This independence and acceptance of responsibility is a very important part of the child’s education and development. .
Most parents are aware of the importance of homework and so take an active role in this aspect of their child’s education.
Homework, once given, is the responsibility of parents.
In accordance with our school policy homework is assigned from Monday to Thursday. Parents are strongly advised to sign the homework journal each night (ensuring that all work is done).
It is school policy to give homework every night with weekends at the discretion of the teacher.
Continuity of schoolwork completed during the day is the main aim of homework with emphasis on reading (English/Irish), Maths, Tables and Spellings and some other written work.
A General Guideline with regard to time spent on homework is as follows:
Infants: 20 minutes
1st/2nd : 35 minutes
3rd/4th : 45 minutes
5th/6th : 1 hour
Junior and Senior Infants: 9:20 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
All other classes: 9:20 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Morning Break: 11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Lunch Break: 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
A school calendar is given to parents at the start of each year.
Arrival at School
Parents should leave their children at the school gates so as to avoid congestion in the schoolyard and corridors. Children should arrive in school in time each morning (9:20 a.m.) The yard is supervised in the morning from 9.10 on, on rainy days this supervision takes place indoors. Children should not be on the premises without permission before this time. At home time parents wait at the gate to collect their child. At home time children may not leave the school grounds without being collected by an adult or arranging an alternative way home with the school. (e.g. older students who cycle)
Children being sent home
On the school Enrolment/Registration form, each parent is requested to indicate the persons who may be contacted in the event of the school having to close at short notice, or of their child being ill. Parents should notify the school immediately if there is a change to their contact details.
A medical information form is sent home annually in September to allow parents to update the school regularly.
When children are ill their parents will be contacted if necessary and the child should be collected.
All parents should send a note to the class teacher if their child has been absent from school. Parents whose children have an appointment with the doctor or dentist should notify the class teacher beforehand, stating the day, date and time of the appointment. Children cannot be allowed out of school without a note or unless their parents call to the school for them. In the event of an older member of the family calling for the child, they too should have a note from the child’s parents.
Teachers keep a copy of all notes received from parents. Teachers must inform the Principal of any child who is repeatedly absent i.e. more than 20 days in the year. Regular monitoring of attendance takes place by the participation in regular attendance returns to the National Educational Welfare Board. Under legislation the school must report any child who is absent for 20 days or more in a school year to the NEWB. Children arriving to school late or departing early should be signed in/out by a parent/guardian. The book to sign is kept in the hallway.
Navy blue pinafore/skirt or navy blue trousers
Sky blue shirt or polo shirt
Navy blue v-necked jumper/cardigan with school crest (available from the school to stitch on €3)
Plain navy tie on elastic
Tights or knee socks, sensible black shoes
Navy blue P.E. tracksuit, sky blue shirt and sensible runners.
In the interest of safety stud earrings are allowed but other jewellery must not be worn.
Peak caps are not allowed.
Tracksuits and runners must be worn on P.E. days only – Mondays and Thursdays
The uniform should be labelled with the child’s name, this helps us to return lost jumpers/coats etc without children becoming unduly upset.
Promoting healthy eating habits
Healthy lunches are encouraged. Treats are allowed on Fridays only. Glass bottles, cans, crisps, carbonated (Fizzy) drinks or chewing gum are not allowed at school. On Fridays children may bring a sweet or savoury treat.
Use of Phones
Children are not allowed to use mobile phones in school or to have them in class. They have access to the school phone if necessary. There is no need for any child to have a mobile phone, as we will always facilitate parents or children through the use of the school phone. Any pupil found using a mobile phone in school will have his/her mobile phone confiscated. However, bona fide telephone messages from parents to pupils or vice versa can be operated through the normal school telephone. These messages, however, would be expected to occur only on rare occasions and the identity of the caller, on the one hand and the reason for the pupil’s use of the phone on the other hand must be made known to a member of the teaching staff. The use of the phone to have a chat with friends is not allowed.
Our school secretary is part-time and only available in the office on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
Each child coming to school has a right to expect an atmosphere where she/he can learn, play and feel safe. Our Code of Discipline, which was drawn up by the principal and teaching staff in consultation with parents, approved and ratified by the Board of Management, sets out to ensure this.
The children are all aware of the rules of the school (which are listed at the front of the school journal) and the type of behaviour which is acceptable and unacceptable. In general, most children respond well to these rules. They feel more secure and confident in a situation where they know what is expected of them.
By enrolling in our school you are agreeing to abide by our Code of Discipline.