Welcome note from Mrs. White September 2019.
As we start into our new school year, I would like to welcome all our pupils back and extend a warm welcome to our new 2nd class and new pupils who have joined us this year. We hope to have a busy and exciting year in St. Oliver Plunkett BNS. Our focus for the coming year is to ensure all children attending our school are given every opportunity to reach their full potential. We value each child and encourage inclusion throughout our school.
The relationship our school has with our parents and the wider community is very strong and I hope that we build on this during the year as it is with good communication and cooperation that great things can be achieved.
This year we will be involved in a wide variety of activities. We hope that all children will participate fully in school life. Parents are encouraged to visit our school website to see what is happening throughout the year. We update the website as often as possible.
Thanks to the continued support from our wonderful Parents Association we have been able to purchase new learning resources for all children. Last year, our P.A. covered the cost of our basketball coach and supported the purchase of a large amount of resources for the classrooms. They also covered the cost of the selection boxes and Santa’s visit to our school last Christmas, which is always a highlight with the children. Their support is invaluable to our school and I hope that some of our new parents will get involved and continue the great work that has been done for many years to develop and fully resource our school. Our Parents Association meet once a month at the school for approximately 1 hour. Dates and times will be circulated when confirmed.
This year we will continue to focus on Oral language,Reading and Comprehension in both languages and we hope the children will make great strides in their gaeilge as a result. We will also place a huge emphasis on handwriting and written work and from this we envisage a great improvement in presentation of work from all our pupils.
Homework is an important part of school life and we encourage parents/guardians to take time to support your child when completing their homework. Please ensure that the environment your child is doing their homework in is supporting their learning. Teachers will make comments on your child’s work on a regular basis to highlight areas that are completed well and areas that need attention. This helps inform pupils and parents of the progress your child is making during the year.
We encourage close communication with parents/guardians. If a parent/guardian wishes to meet with a class teacher or the principal please make an appointment to do so with our school secretary, outlining briefly what you wish to discuss.As a teaching principal it is not possible to meet parents without prior notice. Our school secretary works on Tuesday and Thursday from 9.20am-2.20pm.
We will continue to run the ‘Cash for Clobber’ collection this year and we ask that if you have bags of clothes you wish to recycle they can be dropped into the school at any time.
Our school starts at 9.20am. Children are not permitted on the school grounds before 9am. Children should arrive at school no earlier than 9.10am.
Please be mindful that phonecalls to the school during the school day,(except Tuesdays & Thursdays), will not be answered, as all teachers and the principal are teaching. If it is urgent please leave a message and the principal or relevant teacher will respond as soon as possible.
Our school is a PAX school. This is a positive behaviour system that all class teachers use. It reinforces good behaviour and uses motivators to encourage children to stay on task and complete work to the best of their ability. Children respond very well to this and enjoy the mini activities that form part of the programme.
Our school is a very active place, and our pupils take part in a wide variety of activities, ranging from sports to music, art, science, STEM, debating and much more. We hope to continue to provide a wide variety of learning experiences for all our pupils. We will soon be commencing athletics/circuit classes with all pupils. Details of this will be circulated when dates are confirmed.
This year, we are exhibiting all our pupils art work in Tuar Ard art Gallery. The pupils work will be on display from Wednesday 11th Sept until early October. We are holding a Parents Evening to officially open the exhibition on Thursday 19th Sept at 7pm. We hope to have a special guest to officially open our school exhibition. The theme of the pupils work is Transport. All parents are welcome to attend.
Most of the communication from school will be via emails, so please inform the school if any contact details change during the year.
My hope for the coming year is for all children who attend our school to enjoy school life, participate in everything that is offered and engage in a positive way in their daily learning. Above all, I encourage every child to be kind, considerate and respectful to everyone they encounter during their school day.
Best wishes for the year ahead.
Sinead White, Principal.