Welcome to parents' corner. This page is dedicated to providing useful information to advise you on how to best support your child in school. Especially if you are a new parent to this school, you may have many questions about how the school is run and how you can help your child settle in. Please click on a button below to be redirected to the answer to a FAQ.
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How can I prepare my child for starting Junior Infants?
Starting school is a very special and exciting time in a child's life. It is a big adjustment for young children and so as parents you are probably wondering how you can help your child prepare themselves for this adjustment and to enable them to settle in easily. Here are a few tips you could try in the weeks and months leading up to September.
Firstly, just talking about going to school with your child is important. Explaining to them that they will have a new teacher, and new classmates, new books and new friends. Emphasise how much fun it will be, and that it is a positive thing. Allow them to talk about how they feel about starting school.
Make sure you bring your child into the meet-and-greet day that you and your child will be invited to by the school. This is a great way for your child to meet their classmates and visit their new classroom. It will give them a much greater sense of security when they come back to us in September.
As parents, you can help your child by ensuring that they develop a greater sense of independence. One of the biggest changes for your child will be that they will be part of a class of up to 30 children, and so there are many tasks which they will be expected to perform themselves. When they start school, they will be expected to put on and take off their own coats, hang their coats up, take out their lunch box, open their lunch box, go to the toilet independently, manage their belongings, and follow instructions. Focus on helping them to carry out these tasks unaided.
When starting "big school", children will be expected to share and socialise with the other children. Organise play-dates with other children. Sometimes parents exchange contact information at the meet-and-greet day to organise play dates with their future class mates, or to organise a day in the park for anyone to attend over the summer.
Get your child into a good sleep routine coming up to September. A good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast are key to having a good day in school.
On the day your child starts school, try not to stand around too long before leaving. It is best for children if parents leave promptly. Reassure them that you will pick them up soon, and make sure you are on time! If your child is upset after several days, give them something small of yours such as a scarf to help them self-sooth and settle in a little quicker.
Quick tip: we suggest velcro shoes in school until you have taught them to tie laces! Also make sure you label all jumpers, jackets and belongings. Having a spare set of underwear and trousers can be helpful too.
Here are some interesting websites and articles which offer some more good advice:
What can I do to help my child settle in school?
There are many ways in which you can help your child to settle in school. Ensure that your child has a good night's sleep. If your child is coming in tired, they will find school challenging. Make sure that they have a healthy lunch, which includes fruit, a non-sugary drink, and something healthy such as a sandwich (please note we are a nut-free school). If your child's lunch is high in sugar, they will find focusing on their work difficult.
Help them to develop their socialisation skills, ensure that you organise lots of play dates, help them to develop friendships within the class.
Help them with their homework, ensure they have a quiet and calm space to complete their homework, check it, and sign it every evening. Having a good, structured homework routine can really benefit a child, and prevents them from starting their homework late.
Ensure they have all the supplies required for school in terms of books and stationary (all of this information is available on the book list).
Make sure that you pick them up from school on time to provide them with a sense of security. Don't forget to ask them about their day (although you will be lucky if you get any information out of them!!). Continue to foster a sense of independence in them, to allow them to become more self-sufficient in the classroom. Ensure that your child has a clear understanding of positive behaviour. Having a structured behavioural system at home really helps children to understand boundaries in school.
How will I be notified of events in the school?
If you are looking to find information about school events such as closures and half days, you will find this in the school calendar. The school calendar is given in June with your child's end of year report. It is also available online here. As there are certain events which occur throughout the year which the school cannot confirm the exact date far in advance, you will on occasion receive notes. Notes are put into the bags of the youngest sibling in the school, so make sure you check their bags! You will receive a text as a reminder of school closures and half days a few days prior to the event, in order to facilitate childcare in case you have forgotten about the closure. We recommend putting a reminder into your phone when you receive these messages. It is also possible to sync events on our online calendar with your google calendar. You may also find information about school events on posters around the school.
What are the ongoing events I should l know about in the school?
Here at North Bay, we have various events which occur every year. Many of these dates are flexible from year-to-year and are confirmed closer to the time.
In September, class teachers invite parents in for a curriculum presentation. Details of your presentation will be given closer to the time. This gives the class teacher an opportunity to explain the curriculum to the parents. It also allows teachers to explain how their classroom is run on a day-to-day basis. This is a very useful chance to get to meet your child's class teacher and for them to meet you. It provides opportunities for you to ask any questions you may have about your role as a parent in the education of your child. It is also nice for you to see your child's classroom, where they spend a lot of their day. It is highly recommended that parents attend if possible.
At Halloween, the children may dress up the day of the midterm break. We then have a runway fashion show to show off our costumes in front of the whole school.
Parent-teacher meetings usually occur in November. Although the Junior Infant meetings are usually in February. This allows a little more time for the Junior Infants to settle into school-life. You will receive notification of meetings closer to the time, while providing enough notice to make work and child-care arrangements if necessary. Please note that children may not sit in on their parent-teacher meeting. You will receive a slip to fill in your preferred time of meeting, we advise you to fill this in as soon as possible and return it to the class teacher. In the interest of fairness, appointments are arranged on a first-come first-serve basis.
We also have a book fair every second year around November. The class teacher may put a big emphasis on books and literacy coming up to this date.
Every winter, just before the Christmas holidays, the children perform a winter presentation for their parents. This usually occurs a week or two before the break. Details of exact dates and times will be provided by your class teacher closer to the time.
In winter, we usually have a winter fair. This is a great day out for the whole family. We sell books, toys etc. there are games and other fun activities. We always need parent-helpers, so please let the PTA know if you are interested in lending a hand.
We celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish week) usually the week leading up to St. Patrick's Day. We put an emphasis on all things Irish during this time. The children usually wear green for St.Patricks Day on the last day in school prior to St. Patrick's Day. We also sing songs in Irish, partake in Céilí dancing, have Irish treasure hunts, have visits from traditional Irish bands, and many more other fun activities.
World Book Day occurs usually in the spring time, your teacher will confirm that date for you this year, children may dress as their favourite character from a book, and lots of work around literacy will be done at this time.
Your child's main school tour will usually occur in May/ June. Parents are always needed to help out with this. Get in touch with your class teacher closer to the time, and they will advise you how you can help.
The Summer Fair is an annual event usually held in June. Again similar to the winter fair , please do not hesitate to contact the PTA of you are interested in helping out.
Mid-summer's arts day is an annual occurrence usually in late June. The children engage in a variety of arts-related activities. Parent-helpers are always needed. It's a lovely day to get involved in. If you are interested in helping with rotating groups, or if you have some great hidden artistic talent and wish to do an activity with the children, please let your class teacher know.
If you have any questions about other events which occur throughout the year, your class teacher or someone in the office will be happy to answer those questions.
How can I meet my child's teacher?
If you have concerns and you need time to speak with your child's teacher, the best way to arrange a meeting is to call the office on (01)8325536 or emailing the office at email@example.com . Alternatively, you can ask the school secretary to request that your child's teacher gives you a call. You could also arrange a meeting with your child's teacher by asking them in person in the morning or afternoon at drop-off and collection times. You may also write a note and ensure your child delivers it to the teacher. It is not usually possible for a class teacher to speak to you in depth in the mornings, as this is a very busy time and teachers need to be available to supervise the class. After school, the teacher may have meetings to attend with staff or other parents. Therefore, it is best to arrange a time and day which suits both of you. This way the teacher can give you the time you need to discuss your concerns.
How can I help my child with their Irish?
One of the most common concerns we hear from parents is 'how do I help my child with learning Irish?'. Often parents who did not grow up in Ireland, and do not speak Irish have these concerns. In reality, children who speak a language other than English at home often tend to pick up Irish very easily.
There are, however, many tools available to parents to use at home. TG4 have a great selection of cartoons that children may enjoy watching, many are available online by following the link. Coláiste Lurgan bring out Irish versions of popular songs every summer on their YouTube channel, children tend to love them and putting them on frequently could result in them picking up a few phrases. Another very useful website which many teachers encourage the use of is Duo Lingo. With Duo Lingo, the child can create a profile and complete activities and lessons. This reinforces a lot of work and themes which are being covered in school. The child creates a profile, and their learning and progress can be monitored. This is also available as an app for phones and tablets.
If you do remember any phrases or words in Irish from your school days, incorporating them into day-to-day life can consolidate a lot of work which has been done in school. If your child is at the stage of receiving Irish spellings, ensure that they know the meaning of them as well as how to spell them. From time to time, revise some of the vocabulary and spellings they have learnt in previous weeks to reinforce familiarity with them.
How can I help my child with their reading/ literacy?
Literacy is one of the most important aspects of your child's learning. It is important that they develop a good foundation. Reading at home is absolutely essential. Reading to your child in the early years is very important, this models good reading techniques. Listen to your child read every night. A common misconception is when you child gets to 3rd class that it's no longer necessary to listen to your child read aloud, it is often assumed that they are reading fluently. When they are a little older, ensure you listen to them read to a few pages often to develop their fluency. Library membership is strongly recommended.
Reading is made up of two components, fluency and comprehension. It may appear that your child is reading with no trouble, but when you ask them a question about the text they just read, they can't answer it. Make sure that you are asking your child questions, both when you are reading to them and when they are reading to you.
Encourage independent writing from a young age. This can be as simple as a shopping list, a little story, notes and cards. In terms of handwriting, ensure your child is sitting properly on their chair, the page should be angled slightly and they should be using the tripod grip on their pencil. There are grips and pencils available in shops to promote the correct grip of pencils.
In terms of spellings, your child should spend time learning them well. Writing the spelling out once or twice is not enough to learn them properly. Make sure that you test them on their spellings each evening, and revise the previous night's. Make sure that your child is familiar with high frequency words. These words appear often in texts and they are very useful when writing. See below for a link to the Dolch high frequency words. If we are to be realistic, many children will resist spending any extended amount of time on their spellings, so here's also a link to a website called Kids Spell in which you can input any spelling list and it automatically makes games for them!
How can I help my child with their maths?
You can help your child to consolidate the skills and concepts they have been learning in class in very many ways. The first thing to do is to speak to your child regularly about what they are covering in maths. In the older classes, you may ask them how they did in their weekly/monthly/termly tests. Familiarise yourself with their maths books, their mental maths books usually come home every evening. The mental maths book covers a large range of topics each night, and so it gives a good indication of what the children will be covering this year. It is also advisable to familiarise yourself with the Primary Maths Curriculum, a link to this can be found below. Speak to your child's teacher, prepare questions for the parent-teacher meeting about how you can help your child and what areas should you focus on specific to your child. If you have particular concerns, don't wait for parent-teacher meetings to ask questions. Details on how to meet you child's teacher are above.
The best way to support your child's learning with their maths is to take two main approaches:
1. Direct and targeted practice
2. Real World Maths
Direct and targeted practice means focusing on your child's strengths and weaknesses. It means consolidating what your child is learning in school. If your child is learning addition with regrouping, then at home you may do a little practice. An important note is that if you over-do this you may wear out even the most enthusiastic learner.
Real world maths means using the environment and everyday life to consolidate mathematical concepts. If you make a habit of this, it will really benefit your child as they progress through school. Some ways of bringing maths in organically are:
Shopping: Counting money, and receiving change etc. Talking about more and less with younger children, while with older children focusing on discounts and more complex concepts.
Cooking: Children love to help out with baking and cooking at home. Focus on measuring weights and capacities. For older children, doubling the mixtures etc. makes it a little more challenging.
Time: Having a watch can be very helpful for a child to help them to learn to tell the time. Looking at TV guides and timetables can be a great learning opportunity.
Identifying patterns: If you have particularly younger children, identifying patterns in the environment can be a fun way to bring maths into a day at the park.
Games: When thinking about games to buy your children, investing in a few maths games can be both fun and educational.
School Hub- Tables Game
Where can I find a copy of your policies?
You can find a copy of our various policies by following this link.
What after-school activities are available to enrol my child in?
There are a variety of after-school activities that are available to enrol your child in. After-school activities are only open to children from 1st-6th class. Some of these activities include drama, yoga, guitar, dance, chess, homework club, basketball and art. The choice of activities may change year-to-year. If you wish to enrol your child in one of these after-school activities or would like further information please click here to be redirected to the Parent Teacher Association's page which deals with this topic.
How do I enrol into after-school activities?
Enrolment is taken twice a year, in September and again in January. You can enrol your child at these times of year by following this link https://bookwhen.com/northbaypta . For more information, please contact Julia the PTA after-schools coordinator on 086 339 3525 or email NorthBayPTA@gmail.com
How do I pay for a school trip?
There are two ways you can pay for a school trip. Firstly, you can pay for a trip on e-payments. To do this please click this link and follow the instructions. Secondly, you can pay in cash by putting the amount due into a sealed envelope. Label the envelope with your child's name, class and what you are paying for. Place the envelope into the blue box adjacent to the office. Teachers do not collect money. Please note that if you pay online you still must fill out the permission slip given my the school.
What childminding services do other parents in North Bay use?
A common question asked to us by parents is what kinds of childminding services do other parents use. Particularly if you have one child in infants being collected at 1.20pm and another child's pick-up time is 2.20pm, you may be interested in inquiring into childminding services for the hour. Below are some of the child-minding services some parents have recommended to us. North Bay ETNS do not recommend any particular childminding service. If there are any services which you, as a parent, use and think could be useful to others, please let us know.
Kilbarrack Foxfield Preschool
(preschool just behind North Bay, often used for the hour between 1.20pm and 2.20pm)
Call Fran: 087 6174342
38 Alden Dr,
Tips for starting on the senior side of the school
When your child is transitioning from 2nd class to 3rd class, may not be sure what to expect or what will be expected of your child.
New Things to Learn
There will be lots of new things to learn on the senior side of the school. It's no harm in familiarising yourself with the curriculum that they will be covering here. Some very important new concepts they will be introduced to in 3rd class include multiplication and division. These are commonly areas which need consolidation. See our section on this page on how to support your child with their maths.
A common misconception is that because typically a 3rd class child is reading quite fluently, that regular reading is no longer required. While there may not be the same emphasis on reading in the homework as perhaps in previous years, it is important to continuously encourage reading at home. Reading aloud is also something which should be encouraged.
Irish spellings are also a new addition to 3rd class. Help your child to learn these, as well as the meaning of the spellings.
Writing out spellings twice in the spelling workbooks is not sufficient to learn how to spell their spellings at homework time. Encourage games, using whiteboards, testing them, and using the link provided in the section which deals with supporting your child's literacy and reading. There you will find information and links which could be useful. This could be done with Irish spellings also. Links to online games are also available on our educational games page.
It is very important to learn tables. A good knowledge of tables is beneficial to your child when they are tackling complex areas of the curriculum. They should be learning and revising tables every evening. Using the school hub website, is a very popular tool used to help children learn their tables.
Much more will be expected of children in terms of organisation. They will now be responsible for all their books and belongings, and they will manage them in a crate. Encourage your child to sort their folders regularly. When purchasing a crate for their books, there is no need for an excessively large one. While you have your child's books over the summer, measure to see how large a crate is required (with the addition of a few copies they will receive in September and their pencil case).
Children at this age need you to continue to support them in strengthening their friendships in the class. Continue to organise play dates, and to ensure that they don't become over dependent on one friend but rather develop strong friendships with many classmates.
How to notify the school of my child being absent
Please ensure that a note is written and given to the class teacher if your child has been absent from school for any reason. There are notes in the back of the homework diaries, have your child cut it out and give it to the teacher when they return to school following their absence. In the infant classes, a note on a piece of paper is sufficient.
If your child is due to go somewhere on a particular day, such as swimming or a trip, and they are unable to attend for whatever reason (i.e. illness), ensure you call the office to inform us. Otherwise, the class may be waiting for your child's arrival.
What if I need to collect my child early?
If you need to collect your child early, please inform the class teacher in advance. When you arrive at the school, go to the office and inform the secretary that you are there to collect your child. You will then need to sign your child out using the sign-out book located in the office.
What if my child has head lice?
If your child has head lice, please ensure you either inform somebody in the office or the class teacher. We understand that children can sometimes be a little embarrassed about it, and so we ensure that we are always discreet. A note is sent out to the other parents in order to ensure that head lice does not continue to spread. These notes never mention a child's name.
When to send my child back to school after an illness?
When your child has had an infectious illness it is important to ensure we are not spreading it among other children and staff. If your child has visited the doctor, it is useful to seek your doctor's advice regarding when your child's particular illness is no longer contagious. If your child has vomited or had diarrhea in the past 12 hours, we strongly discourage sending them in. If your child is still feeling unwell, it's best that they rest and stay at home.
Chicken pox, mumps, slap cheek etc.
If your child is suffering from any of the typical childhood illness such as chicken pox, measles, mumps, slap cheek etc. please ensure you notify us immediately, as other parents will need to be informed. Some of these illnesses can also be quite dangerous to adults if care isn't taken, and so it is important that we inform all our staff.
My child requires emergency medication
If your child requires emergency medication due to conditions such as anaphylaxis, epilepsy or diabetes, we must have a spare set of any emergency medication which your doctor advises and prescribes. This emergency medication remains in the school at all times (unless on school trips, in which case it is taken with the class teacher) and is taken home at the end of every school year. All medication is replaced by parents when it expires. Please note that in the interest of the health and safety of all children, any emergency medication is kept in a central and accessible location in the school and not in classrooms. An emergency health care plan is formulated for each individual child who requires it. Please note that all staff members are made aware of every child who requires emergency medication. Staff practise using adrenaline pens at every staff meeting, and regularly discuss the steps required in cases of needing to administer emergency medication.
How can I support my child's mental health?
The mental health of all of our children is a top priority for us. We as teachers strive to create a positive learning environment for our children in order to promote positive mental health. We celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week with our children, and we endeavour to provide our children with the tools to take care of their own mental health. If you have concerns about your child's mental health, please share these concerns with your child's class teacher so that we can work together to support your child. Click here to access contact details for all of the CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service) throughout the country. Please feel free to check out some of these links below which may offer advice for parents in order to support the mental health of your child.
What if I have concerns about my child's social and emotional development
The staff at North Bay strive to not only nurture your child academically but also socially and emotionally. If you have concerns about your child's social and emotional development, please make an appointment with your child's class teacher or Special Education Teacher (formally known as learning support teacher). Your child's class teacher and learning support teacher are there to support your child, they can provide useful advice and information regarding the stage it would be expected for your child to be at in their social and emotional development. Your GP can also offer support and advice. The growth and development section of the HSE website gives some good indicators of where your child should be in terms of their social and emotional development by the time they reach school-age (4 or 5 years). It may be suggested that an application is made for an 'Assessment of Need' in order to best support your child. More information regarding the 'Assessment of Need' process can be found below.
What is an 'Assessment of Need'?
An 'Assessment of Need' may be suggested to you by your child's teacher or your GP. This is an assessment applied for by a parent, legal guardian or personal advocate. The purpose of this assessment is to identify your child's needs and also to identify the services required to meet those needs. A team will assess your child and identify their needs. You will receive an assessment report following this, this will provide you with information on your child's needs. It will also detail any services that your child requires to best support them.
To apply for an Assessment of Need, you can download the form by clicking here. You fill these forms in, and usually your class teacher will write a report to accompany it. This report will aid the team assessing your child to get a clearer picture of your child's particular needs. This form, accompanied by the report, is sent to the local Assessment of Need officer. You will usually receive a letter of confirmation of receipt within 2 weeks and the Assessment of need officer will contact you for more information about your child. A team should begin to assess your child within 3 months of this. After this, there is a further 3 month wait for the completion of the assessment report. Unfortunately in recent years the wait has been significantly longer than this, and some families are waiting over a year for the completion of the 'Assessment of Need' process.
If the assessment report concludes that your child has additional needs which require further support, your report is sent to your 'Liaison Officer'. Your Liaison Officer will produce a service statement for you. This will document the services that your child is entitled to. You should receive this within a month of the completion of the assessment. Please visit the HSE website for further information, including information relating to their complaints procedure. For further reading , please see the links below.
Please note that it is also possible to have your child assessed privately. This can in some cases be costly, but waiting times are very significantly shorter. If you would like information about this, the school or your GP can advise you.
What is the role of an SNA (Special Needs Assistant)?
An SNA (a Special Needs Assistant), is an adult who works to support a child with special educational needs who also has additional or significant care needs. They work in cooperation with the class teacher to best support a child with special educational needs manage their day in school. At North Bay ETNS, we have a fantastic team of SNAs. For further information regarding the role of an SNA, please follow this link.
How could my child gain access to an SNA?
As stated above, the role of an SNA is to support a child with special educational needs who also has additional or significant care needs. If a medical professional or the school has suggested that your child could benefit from gaining access to an SNA, an application needs to be made. Please click here to be redirected to the NCSE website, which provides further information and relevant application forms.
How can I view the primary school curriculum?
What should I pack for my child's lunch?
We have a healthy-eating policy in North Bay, this encourages good eating habits for life. Unless it's a special occasion, such as a birthday, please refrain from packing sweets and treats in the lunch boxes. Generally a sandwich, piece of fruit, yogurt and non-sugary drink is sufficient.
Please note that we are a nut-free school. This includes products containing nuts such as spreads and cereal bars which contain nuts. Your child's class may also have restrictions on foods such as sesame seeds, eggs or dairy depending on the allergies in the class. Please note that upholding these bans of particular food products is of upmost importance and is in the interest of health and safety.
In infant classes, be mindful that they are small and only attend school a little over 4 hours and so do not require large amounts of food. It is also helpful if your child can open and close their lunch box independently, as well as manage opening any foods which are given to them. This could be something that they practice at home and will help them to develop their sense of independence.
My child is starting swimming
Children in North Bay start to attend swimming lessons in 1st Class. You will be notified by note at some stage during the year and payments can be made using our online payment system or by putting the cash into a sealed and labelled envelope into the blue box located adjacent to the office. Children attend a block of weekly lessons for seven or eight weeks annually. Swimming is part of the national curriculum and is compulsory that all children in the school attend, even if they attend swimming lessons outside school.
When preparing a bag for swimming lessons, ensure that you pack a towel, hairbrush, underwear, a swimming hat and goggles. It is also useful if you pack a plastic bag for the children to put their wet swimsuit into afterwards. Children should come into school wearing their swim suit underneath their clothes on the morning of the swimming lessons. Please note that it is not necessary to pack shampoo, conditioner or any other hair products, as the children only rinse themselves after their lessons.
On the morning of your child's swimming lessons, bring your child to school as normal. Ensure you arrive on time that day (8.40am) as the class teacher will need to take a roll call, organise the class and be ready to leave by bus at 9.00 am sharp. If for whatever reason your child cannot attend school that day please inform your child's teacher, if it is due to illness and your child's absence was not foreseen, please call the office and leave a message. This will avoid delaying the class. Alternatively, if your child is slightly delayed by a couple of minutes, please call the office to make arrangements.
The swimming lessons take place in West Wood Health Club on the Clontarf Road. The children get a coach to West Wood, and return by coach also. When your child arrives at West Wood, they go to the junior changing room to get changed. They store their belongings in the lockers provided by the club. They then attend the swimming lesson. When they complete the lesson, they return to the junior changing rooms and use the shower facilities to rinse themselves off. They then use the individual cubicles to get themselves changed into dry clothes. The class teacher and parents assist the children in drying their hair with the hairdryers provided by West Wood. They line up and return to the coach following this. As you can imagine, this is a lot of work for one class teacher, and so parent-helpers are needed every week. If you are available on any of the mornings, please let your child's class teacher know in advance. Any help is always gratefully received.
If you have any other questions or concerns relating to swimming which have not been addressed in this section, your child's class teacher can best answer them.
Parental involvement in Educate Together schools can encompass all aspects of school life from formal structures like the Board of Management, the Parent Teacher Association, Faith Formation Groups and Extra Curricular Organisers through to more hands on voluntary roles within the school day. No Educate Together school could operate fully without the support and involvement of its parent body. It is important that all parental involvement in school life is undertaken in the full understanding of the professional role of the teacher in the classroom and the formal education of the child. Please see the section of this page which deals with how parents can help in school.
The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) committee has a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 members, including:
Parent / guardian representatives – we aim to have each class in the school represented on the committee.
A teacher representative
A Board of Management representative
A Patron representative
The role of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is to:
help parents become involved in the school, through one-off events as well as committee work
coordinate After-school Activities and some other events in the school.
keep parents informed of events and developments in North Bay ETNS
help the general information flow between the wider parent body and teachers, the Board of Management, the Patron, and fundraising and other committees.
All parents are free to join the PTA, the committee is always looking for new members. You can contact the PTA at NorthBayPTA@gmail.com.
The patron of a primary school owns or leases the school building, and is responsible for the characteristic ethos of the school. Individual schools are managed by boards of management on behalf of the patron.
Find out more information, including membership forms, on the Patron's page. All parents are welcome to join the patron committee. Contact the patron on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board of Management is made up of the principal, two community nominees, two parents' nominees, a teachers' nominee and two patron nominee. The current Board of Management is made up of two staff members, two parents of children who are currently in the school, and four parents of children formerly in the school. The current board will run until the 30th November 2019. All Board members give up their name voluntarily. This includes attending meetings and attending to tasks in the interim. Any parent is free to join the Board of Management as one of two parent-nominees. For more information regarding the Board, please see their page.
According the Attendance and Punctuality Policy, parents/guardians should wait with their children until 08.40 as supervision is not provided before then. School begins at 08.40 am and the first 20 minutes is regarded as assembly time. At 09.00 the school doors are closed, and entry is gained by ringing the bell. Children arriving after 09.00 are regarded as late. All pupils are encouraged to be on time. The school will contact parents/guardians in the event of pupils being regularly late.
There is a punctuality clock on both front doors and in all classrooms.
What does the Punctuality clock mean?
The clock shows when children are too early/on time or too late for school in the morning
When are children too early for school?
Children, of all ages, should not be in the school grounds without parent/guardian supervision before 08.30.
When are children early for school in a positive way?
All children cannot arrive for school at exactly 08.40 so the period between 08.30 and 08.40 is regarded as slightly early for school. It is a good habit to be slightly early for school.
Why is it important for children be in school by 08.40, to come in with the rest of the class?
The period between 08.40 and 09.00 is assembly time.
It is best for children to be in school before 08.40.
In junior classes, this is an important socialisation time, and activities are arranged to promote social interaction.
In senior classes, children also interact socially and then, around 08.50, usually begin settling in for formal teaching which starts at 09.00. Some Learning Support begins at 08.50.
When are children late for school?
Children arriving after 09.00 are regarded as late for school. Because we need to keep a record, they must be signed in, in the office, by their parent/guardian or an adult.
How do we keep a record of children picked up during the school day for appointments?
The sign in/out book holds a record of lateness, early pickups and children returned following appointments during the school day.
This is also a record of children picked up and/or returned during the school day between 09.00 and 14.20.
What about after school activities held on or off the school premises?
Record keeping re children picked up during after school activities that are held on or off the premises are the responsibility of supervising parents.
Seesaw Explained- a straightforward guide for parents
Seesaw is an app which allows teachers to post tasks, children to complete tasks, and for teachers to provide feedback. Over time, your child builds a portfolio of work. This is the app we have decided to use to enrich learning for the duration of the Covid-19 school closures, along with work posted to the school website each week. Please find a helpful guide created by the Irish Primary Teacher below, it is aimed at helping parents to use Seesaw effectively. If viewing on a phone of tablet, click on the image of the document to download. For further information, check out the Seesaw website https://web.seesaw.me/ .
What is the parents' role in the school?
Can I join the Parent-Teacher Association?
Can I join the Patron Committee?
Can I join the Board of Management?
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Tips for homework time
Many parents come to us with concerns about homework time. Often parents worry that getting their child to sit down and do their homework can become an increasing struggle. There are a few hints and tips which can help with getting your child to complete their homework. Firstly, ensure that your child has a designated space for completing their homework. This place should be clutter-free and distraction-free. Another good practice to get into is having a designated time for homework, it is best done straight after school before any playing or watching tv, particularly if your child tends to procrastinate and homework doesn't get started until very late. Investing in a timer, such as an egg timer, can focus your child on getting homework completed within a designated amount of time. Having a little reward chart can be useful, in which the children must collect 4 stars a week to receive a treat at the end of the week such as a game or a little screen time. Please feel free to download our suggested homework reward chart below and use it at home. If your child is in first class or older, make sure that you are monitoring their homework diaries, and signing them every evening. It's important to know what learning homework your child receives, and whether or not it's being done (such as tables, spellings and reading). Remember, if your child is having genuine difficulty getting their homework completed within a reasonable amount of time (and they are completely focused during this time), have a chat with their class teacher. Here are a few links to some useful web pages with hints and tips for getting the homework done.
Click icon to download simple homework reward chart
How can I help out in school?
Here at North Bay, we recognise that parents play an important role in their child's education. We very much welcome parental involvement in school. There are many ways in which you can get involved. You can join the Parent Teacher Association, they organise many events throughout the year which requires lots of help from parents. Click here to go to the Parent Teacher Association page on this website. Perhaps you may be interested in joining the Patron or Board of Management.
Parents in the infant classroom can get involved by helping out with the reading. Reading usually occurs twice a week. A small group of parents are invited in on designated days to take each child out of the classroom to listen to them read their book and the parent will then change their book for them. This is a great way for children to improve their reading fluency, and also boosts their confidence. If you are only available on one of the designated days every week, that's fine. It usually lasts about an hour from approx. 9am- 10am. Don't worry if you have never done something like this before, your class teacher will guide you on what to do and you will get the hang of it in no time!
If you have some hidden talents or skills, and you are interested in visiting the class/ taking small groups out of the classroom for an activity, please let your class teacher know and you could come to an arrangement. Previously parents have come in to do art activities, yoga, science activities and have spoken about their job (such as firefighters, gardaí, engineers, scientists etc.).
School trips, mid-summers day, helpers with tea and coffees, and many other events require parents to lend a hand. If you are interested in helping out and are not sure how to, just consult with your child's class teacher and they will best advise you on how you can help.
What if I am concerned about my child's learning?
We understand that it can be difficult to gauge what is "normal" in terms of the development and the learning of your child, particularly when it's your eldest child (or your only child) as you have nobody to compare them to. It's important to remember that every child is an individual, and each child learns differently. If you have some concerns, make sure you contact your class teacher and voice your concerns. This way, your class teacher can either put your mind at ease, or provide useful information on how you can further support your child's learning at home. Home-school communication is key to ensuring that your child is fully supported in their learning.