The Department of Education has recently asked all schools to close for two half days of training in the new Child Protection procedures. The new Child Protection procedures indicate that all teachers are now mandated people for reporting suspicions of abuse/harm. This is a huge change for staff.
The Department is asking all schools to have their Risk Assessment done and their Child Safeguarding Policy in place and on display by March 11th 2018. The school will have to close on Wednesday February the 14th at 12.15 to enable staff to be ready to put together the new policy and to do the risk assessment. We thought that, as we closing on February the 15th & 16th for midterm break this would have the least impact on parents.
Our children’s safety is of paramount importance.
Enrolments for Term 2 of after-school activities open on Monday (22 January) at 8pm, and close on Wednesday (24 January) at 8pm.
Term 1 classes are concluding on 26 January and the first class of Term 2 will take place on Monday 29 January.
As in term 1, the payment will be split into a €10 online ‘booking fee’ payment to the PTA & school towards running costs of after-school activities and a cash payment directly to the teachers of the activities.
To enrol go to: https://bookwhen.com/northbaypta
after 8pm on Monday. For more information you can download the schoolbag note here.
If needed, page 2 of the schoolbag note contains detailed instructions on how to navigate the online booking system.
For support with enrolment or if online payment is an issue, contact Julia on 086 3393525 (ideally before enrolment opens) and she will be able to help.
Yoga has now been split into a junior (1st-3rd) and a senior (4th-6th) class. Guitar is being offered again after the activity was paused last term due to lack of participants. Knitting is unfortunately no longer available.
New class coordinators are required for Guitar, Dance and Chess. The enrolment form contains a question for parents to indicate if they can take over the coordination of an activity (it’s not work-intensive and you do not have to be present at the school). Please be aware that the activities may not go ahead if no coordinators come forward. If your children enjoy the activities, please consider to volunteer to keep the classes going.
We wish you all a great second term.
Your PTA team
Message from RTE’s Cór na Óg:
RTÉ’s Cór na nÓg are running their annual auditions on 23, 24 and 25 February 2018, and would be grateful if you could bring the enclosed information to children and parents. As always we are particularly encouraging boys to join the choir – we have a very lively group of them at present and any new boys would be made very welcome! This year we are taking slightly younger children than in previous years, from age 9 upwards.
The choir offers great opportunities for performance and vocal development as well as being great fun and an enjoyable social outlet. We have got to know many families over our 30 years and it has been wonderful to see how music has become such an important and enriching part of their children’s lives.
Interested families can fill in and return the enclosed app form, or apply online through the RTÉ.ie website in the RTÉ Cór na nÓg “Sing With us” section at:
App Form 2018
Cor flyer 2018
TRIP TO THE HELIX Christmas Panto: This will be on Friday 12th January 2018 at 7pm. It will be Beauty and the Beast. Each year Northbay organises a Family night at the Panto. Children must be accompanied by an adult (this is not a supervised event ). North Bay has reserved 60 seats @ €24.50 per seat.These must be paid for by Tues 9th of Jan. Please text your child’s name and the number of tickets required to 087 7712860.
Please put your money -CASH ONLY -in the Blue Box by Tues 9th Jan. If anyone has any questions please contact Jenny at 087 7712860. TICKETS WILL BE SENT HOME in the schoolbags after the Christmas break.
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