In recent years, as a society, we have become very aware of the problem of child abuse through neglect, emotional, physical or sexual abuse.
Each one of us has a duty to protect children and Children First, the National Guidelines, for the Protection and Welfare of Children noted that teachers, who are the main care givers to children outside the family, are particularly well placed to observe and monitor children for signs of abuse.
In response to this, the Department of Education and Skills published procedures for all schools in relation to child protection and welfare. These guidelines promote the safety and welfare of all children and are to be welcomed.
The Board of Management of Tallanstown NS has adopted these guidelines as school policy. Consequently, if school staff suspect or are alerted to possible child abuse, they are obliged to refer this matter to the Health Service Executive (HSE). The HSE will then assess the situation and provide support for the child concerned.
Children First, the National Guidelines for the Protection of Children may be assessed on the website of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.(www.dcya.ie) and the Department of Education and Skills Child Protection Procedures can be read on the Department’s website (www.education.ie). Parents/Guardians are also welcome to look through the guidelines here at the school.
Mr Brendan Murphy
Statement of School Ethos
Tallanstown National School is a Roman Catholic School (which is established in connection with the Minister for Education and Science). It aims to promote the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the pupil: intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and with other people. Tallanstown N.S. fosters a community spirit by offering support and encouraging positive relationships. It is every individual’s right to be respected in an atmosphere of friendship, trust, quality and openness and in a safe environment.
Religious Formation - The school models and promotes a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God. Tallanstown National School provides Religious Education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church and promotes the formation of the pupils in the Catholic Faith. The children will occasionally participate in school masses, sacramental services and other religious celebrations. Prayer is an integral part of the school day.
School Attendance and The National Education Welfare Board
Under section 21 of the Education Welfare Act, 2000, the school Principal must maintain a record of the attendance or non-attendance on each school day of each student registered at the school. The school attendance record will contain the following information on each student on the school register:
§ Attendance or non-attendance on each school day. A student is in attendance if he/she is present when attendance is checked under the school’s normal procedures.
§ If a student has been suspended for any number of days these will be recorded as absences in the normal way, and categorised appropriately.
§ Reasons for failure to attend on each school day will be recorded. Therefore all absences must be explained in writing as part of a student’s record.
§ Information from a student’s school attendance record will be required by the education Welfare Officer if a parent is being prosecuted under Section 25 of the Education Welfare Act.
Please do not send your child to school when ill.
The school will open to receive pupils at 9.20 a.m. No responsibility is accepted for pupils arriving before that time. Initially Junior Infants enter classroom accompanied. Please do not overstay for health and safety reasons. Junior Infants finish at 12.30 for the first two weeks to help them settle in. All other classes line up in the yard under supervision. Class begins at 9.40 a.m. Junior/Senior Infants finish at 2.00 p.m and 3.00 p.m. for older classes.
Please collect children promptly as infants become very anxious when collected late and the school cannot accept responsibility for the supervision of children after that time. Due to insurance regulations and pressure of work only pupils with valid bus tickets can be accommodated between 2pm and 3pm.
To ensure the safety of our pupils, we request that parents who wish to have their children escorted home by someone else must inform the school.
The school has formulated a broad range of policies in line with regulations. They apply to all in the school community and can be viewed by request in the office.
During school hours children will be fully supervised at all times including activities outside the school grounds. During break time teachers and S.N.A s supervise the yard. On wet days the supervisors patrol the classrooms. The rules for the yard are revised, reviewed regularly, are well known and repeated often to the children.
The school uniform is mandatory. Navy tracksuit top (with crest), blue polo shirt and navy tracksuit bottoms, trousers or skirt. Available in Hugh O’Neills Ardee. Plain navy tops and bottoms available in Dunnes Stores.
Footwear-. Laces, straps or Velcro are advised for safety reasons.
Jewellery for boys is strictly forbidden for health and safety reasons.
Parent/Teacher meetings are held usually in November for all classes. Here you will have an opportunity to meet the class teacher and discuss your child’s progress
Contact with school
If you wish to speak to the class teacher or Principal please make an appointment. Parent/Teacher meetings are held usually in November for all classes. Here you will have an opportunity to meet the class teacher and discuss your child’s progress.
Label all your child’s belongings please – uniform, books, lunch –box etc. If you plan to cover the books, please use a clear cover so that your child can easily identify the books, and write the name on the front cover – not inside. Stickers with logos help identify books, coats very easily.
Please check your child’s schoolbag daily and remove any notes from school, so we know that you have seen them - as young children often forget to deliver notes. Parental phone numbers are all entered on our school text database, which is the most common form of communication with the parent body.
Homework is given home daily to each class from Monday to Thursday as per the homework policy. For Infants homework normally includes some pre-reading and a simple worksheet/piece of work based on the work covered in lessons in school. Junior Infants to First class will receive their homework in their homework folder. Instructions can be found on any worksheets given. A literacy rota is held each morning with help from the Learning Support Teacher. This includes the use of literacy table top games to aid reading readiness i.e. Stile Trays, Rhyming Bingo, Sequencing Activities and CVC games.
In the case of a small accident on the yard (e.g. a cut knee) your child will be treated in accordance with our school policy. (Any greater injuries will require a phone call to the emergency contact listed on your child’s enrolment form).
From Jun infants to Sixth class screening and standardized tests are administered to children. Further diagnostic tests may be administered if necessary. Parents are informed and written permission will be sought before tests are administered.
From time to time - for example on special occasions, photographs will be taken of the children for school records, for newspaper announcements (where individual children may be named, for example in the traditional first day at school photos and at the end of the year sports day) and for a future school website (group photos only, without names attached).
Preparation for school
You can help your child’s learning enormously by reading regularly to/with him or her, and by practising lots of nursery rhymes – to aid phonic development and reading readiness. Count everything you see, note colours and play lots of traditional games like eye-spy, snap, matching pictures, jigsaws etc.
The First Day
On the big day, if you are feeling upset, don’t show it, leave your child with the teacher, and tell him/her you will be back at the appropriate time to collect him/her. If your child is upset, trust the teacher. The teacher is very experienced and knows how to comfort an anxious child. It takes time for children to adapt to school life and routine. Don’t expect too much too soon. Talk to them about what happened and allow them to respond in their own way. If you feel that your child is worried about something school-related, talk to the teacher.
Behaviour - General Guidelines for Positive Behaviour
1. Pupils are expected to treat all adults and fellow pupils with respect and courtesy at all times – i.e. Be safe & be a friend! Behaviour that interferes with the rights of others to learn and to feel safe is unacceptable
2. Pupils are expected to show respect for all school property and to keep the school environment clean and litter free.
3. Pupils are expected to take pride in their appearance, to have all books and required materials and to be in the right place at the right time. (This applies particularly to senior pupils).
4. Pupils are expected to obey a teacher’s/staff instructions, to work to the best of their ability and to present their work neatly.
5. Pupils are expected to attend every day unless there is a genuine reason for absence, in which case the school must be informed in writing, stating the reason for absence.
6. Violent behaviour of any kind is not tolerated under any circumstances.
In line with our Green School policy for lunch an easy open, refillable plastic bottle (kinder to the environment than cartons) and lunch box with the child’s name on them. Wrapping to be kept to a minimum as the children take home all rubbish with them.
Each pupil receives a booklist every year end. Some books can be rented from 2nd to 6th. The lists also contain a charge for art/photocopying to defray in part the huge expense incurred by the school.
The school has a very successful healthy eating policy. Your support of this is appreciated. Please include a light healthy snack for small break, and a healthy lunch including a piece of fruit for 12.30p.m. (Strictly no sweets, crisps or fizzy drinks ). Glass bottles and chewing gum are not permitted. Children behave and concentrate noticeably better having eaten such a lunch
Swimming is now part of the curriculum as published by the D.E.S. Pupils from 1st to 6th class attend Aura leisure complex for coaching and skill development. Unfortunately this will involve a cost calculated on the total number of pupils which heretofore has been subsidised by our P.A. Attendance is mandatory.
Tallanstown N.S. fosters a community spirit by offering support and encouraging positive relationships. It is every individual’s right to be respected in an atmosphere of friendship, trust, quality and openness and in a safe environment.
Bullying is a violation of this right and will not be tolerated. In the event of bullying taking place, strict procedures will be followed in a fair and confidential manner. The co-operation and commitment of the whole school community will ensure a happy and positive school for everyone.
Bullying – a definition
Bullying can be defined as repeated verbal, psychological or physical aggression conducted by an individual or group against others. It is behaviour, which is intentionally hurtful, and intimidating, and can occur in social environments such as schools, clubs and other organisations working with children.
It includes behaviours such as teasing, taunting, name-calling, threatening, hitting or extortion behaviour by one or more children against a victim.
School Strategy for Dealing With Bullying
1) A child reporting a bullying incident will be listened to respectfully by their teacher, the school principal or another staff member they trust, in confidence .
2) Each side of any reported incident will be investigated separately . Witnesses will be interviewed if necessary. Confidentiality will be assured. Answers to the questions – What? When? Who? Where? and Why? will be sought.
3) Any pupil who is involved in bullying will be warned to stop, and an effort made to help them see the incident from the victims point of view.
4) Pupils will be regularly informed that bullying will not be tolerated in any form .
5) Sanctions will be applied in accordance with the school code of discipline.
The school will employ a number of strategies in order to maximise learning opportunities and reduce risks associated with the Internet. These strategies are as follows:
Internet sessions will always be supervised by a teacher.
Filtering software and/or equivalent systems will be used in order to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate material.
The school will regularly monitor pupils’ Internet usage.
Uploading and downloading of non-approved software will not be permitted.
Virus protection software will be used and updated on a regular basis.
The use of personal floppy disks, memory sticks, CD-ROMs, or other digital storage media in school requires a teacher’s permission.
Students will treat others with respect at all times and will not undertake any actions that may bring the school into disrepute.
World Wide Web
Students will not intentionally visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials.
Students will report accidental accessing of inappropriate materials in accordance with school procedures.
Students will use the Internet for educational purposes only.
Students will not copy information into assignments and fail to acknowledge the source (plagiarism and copyright infringement).
Students will never disclose or publicise personal information.
Downloading materials or images not relevant to their studies, is in direct breach of the school’s acceptable use policy.
Students will be aware that any usage, including distributing or receiving information, school-related or personal, may be monitored for unusual activity, security and/or network management reasons.
Any photos published on the school website will be group photos where individual pupils are not named.
Senior classes only - Students will use approved class email accounts under supervision by or permission from a teacher.
Students will not send or receive any material that is illegal, obscene, defamatory or that is intended to annoy or intimidate another person.
Students will not reveal their own or other people’s personal details, such as addresses or telephone numbers or pictures.
Students will never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they only know through emails or the internet.
Students will note that sending and receiving email attachments is subject to permission from their teacher.
Internet Chat - Students will only have access to chat rooms, discussion forums, messaging or other electronic communication methods that have been approved by the school.
Chat rooms, discussion forums and other electronic communication forums will only be used for educational purposes and will always be supervised.
Usernames will be used to avoid disclosure of identity.
Face-to-face meetings with someone organised via Internet chat will be forbidden
Usernames will be used to avoid disclosure of identity.
Face-to-face meetings with someone organised via Internet chat will be forbidden.
Primary Online Database
With the roll out of the Primary Online Database the Department of Education requests certain data from schools regarding such details as race,religion,nationality and country of origin of its pupils. By signing the form at the end of this pack I/We agree to allow the Board of Management of Tallanstown N.S. to share this information. If you have any reservations please contact the school office.
I/we __________________________as parents/guardians of ____________________ accept and understand that by enrolling our children in Tallanstown N.S. I/We agree with and will comply with all ratified policies of Tallanstown N.S. as outlined above and those ratified by the School Board of Management which are available in the school office.