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A Thuismitheoirí a Chairde,
This booklet gives you easy access to important information about the school. If you would like a full copy of any/all of the policies or if there is anything else you would like to know, please contact the school on 098-49147
Le gach dea ghuí
Mary Calvey

Vision
Each person through positive learning experiences will be stimulated to achieve his/her full potential, face life confidently, find fulfilment and be respectful in an ever-changing world.

Religious Education
Drumgallagh N.S. is a Catholic school, under the patronage of the Bishop of Killala, Bishop John Fleming.
A Christian ethos permeates the school day and the life of the school. There is a spirit of prayer in the school not just imposed on the children, but it is seen to be a value for the teachers. We enrol pupils of other faiths or no faith in the school and respect their beliefs and practices. Parents are welcome to view the Catholic religion programme taught: as its core is “
Love God and love your neighbour”. The school cannot undertake to educate children of other faiths in their own faith, nor can it provide supervision during the religious education period apart from the class.

Board of Management
The Board of Management has legal responsibility for the overall running of the school. It serves for a term of four years and the current board was formed in October 2011.
Board members
Tom Butler
Mary Calvey
Maura Kilbane
Fr. Chris Ginnelly
Chris Masterson
Brendan Calvey
Margaret Sweeney
Noreen Mc Manamon


Teachers
Mary Calvey(Principal): 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Class Teacher
Maura Kilbane: Junior infants, Senior infants, 1st & 2nd Class Teacher
Elizabeth Mulloy: Learning Support Teacher
Ann Forry: Resource Teacher



General Information

9.00 a.m. School open
11.00 a.m. First break
11.10 a.m. Classes resume
12.30 p.m. Lunch break
1.00 p.m. Classes resume
1.40 p.m. Junior & Senior Infants finish
2.40 p.m. End of school day
No responsibility is accepted for pupils arriving before 9.00 a.m. The school cannot accept responsibility for looking after children after 2.40 p.m.

Car system (pick-up & set-down)
Parents should follow the set-down and pick-up system in place at the school. Children will be called to the door by a member of staff when the car/bus has pulled up safely at the barrier and subsequently the child will be allowed to leave the school.

Text-a-parent
Please ensure that the school has an up-to-date phone number for parents/guardians. The school operates a text-a-parent system and parents will be notified of certain activities using this method.

Health/Medication
Parents are asked to inform the school in writing if their child suffers from any allergies, long term or short term illness and if their child is on medication. No teacher can be required to administer medicine or drugs to a pupil.

Accidents
Accidents occur despite supervision. Minor accidents are treated at school. In the event of a more serious accident or a child becoming very ill, every possible effort will be made to contact the pupil’s parents or the persons delegated to take responsibility for that child.

Facilities
All classrooms including the G.P. (General Purpose) Room are equipped with interactive whiteboards and associated equipment.
The classrooms and Resource room are equipped with laptops
Wide range of up to date equipment and resources in all subjects
Fully resourced school library
Football pitch
Basketball court
P.E equipment

Curriculum
In Drumgallagh N.S. efforts are made to ensure children taste success regularly. There is a focus on quality learning for all. High standards are achieved in literacy and numeracy. Emphasis is placed on identifying children with learning difficulties early and putting an effective intervention programme in place, in consultation with parents.

Subjects taught in all classes: Junior Infants – 6 Class
English
History
Drama
Irish
Science
Social, Personal and Health Education
Mathematics
Music
Physical Education
Geography
Visual Art
Religion


Learning Support:
As part of our school policy all children within the school may be taken individually or in groups for support teaching in addition to the children who are eligible for learning support.
We also provide early intervention for the junior classes in literacy i.e. phonics and early reading programme.

Homework Policy
Parents are encouraged to establish a set routine for the child to do his/her homework, in a quiet place free from distractions. Parents are asked to supervise children’s homework, checking and signing the homework journal on completion. Help and encourage your child but do not do the homework for him/her. Please forward a note in your child’s homework journal if homework has not been completed due to unforeseen circumstances.

Allotted time that teachers expect the average child in each class to spend at homework is as follows:
Junior Infants 10 – 15 minutes
Senior Infants 15 – 25 minutes
1 & 2 Class No more than 30 minutes
3 & 4 Class 30- 45 minutes
5 Class 45 minutes – 1 hour
6 Class 1 hour – 1 hour 30 minutes (max.)
Homework is given Monday to Thursday. Normally there is no homework at weekends; however, children in middle and senior classes may sometimes be required to work independently on projects at weekends.

Care of books:
All books that are being rented from the school must be covered with strong paper or clear contact to protect them for future use.
Children must take responsibility in looking after their books and graffiti is not permitted on books, copies or any school property.
Please ensure that all copies are covered with strong paper or plastic copy covers.
Please also ensure children have an ample supply of writing copies, maths copies, pencils, colours etc, for the school year.

Attendance
The Education Welfare Act requires children to be in school every day unless there is a reasonable explanation for not attending. Where a child is absent from school, the parent is required under the Act to notify the Principal of the school of the reason for the child’s absence. The Act states that the relevant authorities will be informed of pupils who have been absent for twenty school days or more (this includes illness, holidays outside school holidays etc.) A pupil who shows signs of illness should be kept at home.

The school needs to be notified in writing, if a child needs to leave school early. No child may leave school without a parent or guardian during school times. If someone other than a parent or guardian is collecting a child, please notify the school.
It is very important that your child is in school on time as lateness is unsettling for everyone.


Parent/Teacher Communication
The annual Parent-Teacher meetings are held the week before the Halloween Break.
If you wish to speak to a teacher regarding your child please phone the school to arrange an appointment.

School lunches:
The school provides free lunches for your children under the Deis Scheme. However, if you wish to do so, you may provide a lunch for your child in accordance with the school’s healthy eating policy i.e. no crisps, sweets, fizzy drinks etc.

Children are provided with a bottle of water and a piece of fruit for first break and a treat with their main lunch at second break every day.

Lunches are (usually) as follows:
Monday Soup & Brown Bread
Tuesday Sandwich
Wednesday Crackers & Cheese
Thursday Sandwich
Friday Hot food
School Bus:
It is the responsibility of parents to ensure children behave on school buses. Any school bus incidents are to be reported to the bus driver.
Also, to avoid confusion please inform the school if children (particularly younger children) are travelling home in an alternative mode of transport i.e. going on Nicholas’ bus or going home with another family.


Procedures for reporting allegations of Child Abuse
The Board of Management of Drumgallagh N.S. follows the procedures as outlined in the Children’s First Guidelines 1999 as issued by the Department of Education and Science. These procedures are listed in our School Plan. The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) appointed by the BOM is Mary Calvey. The deputy DLP is Maura Kilbane.


Invitations
It is school policy that invitations to birthday parties are not distributed in the school premises, out of consideration for non-receivers.


Care of Hair
Parents are asked to check their child’s hair regularly for outbreaks of head lice. If there is an outbreak in the school, all parents are informed by note and asked to take immediate action to treat infestation. Girls with long hair should have it tied up or back.


School Uniform:
Please ensure your child conforms to the School Uniform Code:
Navy trousers/skirt; white polo shirt; plain navy jumper (no logo’s)
Your child must bring a coat for cold days and wear sun protection in the event of hot weather.
Please ensure your child’s jumper is labelled.


Green School
Drumgallagh N.S. is proud to be part of the Green School Initiative. We have already received three Green Flags - one for our work in reducing waste and becoming a more environmentally-friendly school, the 2nd for our work in reducing Energy Consumption and our 3rd for water conservation.
We are very proud of our achievements in the Green School Programme and as we continue with this project, we would hope the parents would get involved in this worthwhile initiative.

Active School Flag
Drumgallagh N.S. is achieved our first ever Active School Flag in 2011. The Active School Flag is a non competitive initiative which highlights the importance of Physical Education (P.E.), physical activity and sport in schools and communities in which they are based.


Code of Behaviour:

By obeying the following rules I will be well behaved and show good example to everybody in the school:

Coming to School
I will arrive on time
I will take care on the road
I will walk up the footpath and leave the road to the cars (if I am dropped off at school gate)
I will follow the rules of the pick-up and set-down system in place in the school when getting in and out of a car


In school
I will do the work given to me by my teachers as well as I can. If I have difficulty, I will ask for help
I will allow other children to learn – I will not distract them unnecessarily or misuse my teachers time by any misbehaviour
I will take the time necessary to complete my work correctly. I will not rush my work simply to get it finished quickly or to be ahead of everybody else
I will go to the toilet at break times. If I have permission to leave my classroom to use the toilet, I will return to it as quickly as possible. Junior children can go more frequently
I will remain at my desk for eating at break times - I will refrain from eating food at the computers
I will show respect for others by calling them by their correct names, by standing aside and not pushing through doors
I will treat all teachers, school staff and visitors with respect.
If the teacher trusts me to carry out any errand on the school premises, I will do it to the best of my ability and in the time it should take
I shall use good manners – use expressions such as “excuse me”, “please”, “may I help?” “Thank you”, “Gabh mo leithscéal a mhúinteoir” “go raibh maith agat”
I will get permission to take items from teachers table i.e. sellotape
I will return borrowed items and respect others belongings
I will sit properly on chairs and take care of desks, chairs and equipment and keep my schoolbag under the table
I will continue with my work when the teacher is called to the door
If I am being taken out of school early I will tell the teacher in the morning
If I have an appointment I will try to be at school for part of the day
When playing games, I will return them to the place I found them
I will keep my own toys at home and not bring them to school
I will not engage in deals for money with other children i.e. buying and selling of goods not allowed among children at school
I will wear my uniform at all times – plain navy uniform with white polo shirt
I will take responsibility for wearing sun protection in hot weather
I will have all of my books and copies covered and kept neat and tidy
Mobile phones are not permitted at school


Lunch Break
I will eat a healthy lunch as part of the schools healthy eating policy and I will be responsible for my own refuse
If the weather is unfit to go outside I will remain inside and play games (supervised by teachers)
Safety: I will remember that school must be kept a safe place for everybody. I will not run, push or slide in classrooms, through doorways or along the corridor
I will not use “unacceptable” language
I will stay off the grass when it is wet and I will wear a jacket on cold and damp days
If we play soccer on the tarmac we will get permission to use goal posts and return them afterwards
I will not jump on safety bars on steps
I will join in all games if possible
I will get permission to take sport equipment from the shed and return it
I will get permission to retrieve a ball if it is kicked outside the wire or school grounds
I will take care when playing around the school building and try to not bump into other children
I will not walk on the bank adjoining the school fence
I will keep the school yard clean and tidy as part of the schools anti-litter policy and Green School project
I will share the playground with all other children. I will not be rough or uncaring towards them, especially to younger children
When break time is over, all games will stop and we will return to our classroom in an orderly fashion

Home
My homework should be well done and it should be neat and as correct as possible. It should be presented at school when requested by teacher
I will do homework at break time if it is not completed fully
I will be in school at 9.00 a.m. unless there is a valid reason. I will be collected from school at 2.40 p.m.
A note signed by a parent/guardian is required if a child is absent


School trips
A permission slip will be signed by a parent/guardian at the beginning of school year to allow children to attend school outings
School rules must be obeyed on school outings



Home-time

At the end of the school day I will tidy away my belongings and put on my coat
All children remain in the classroom until the teacher gives them the permission to leave
If I cycle to school I must leave my bike outside of the school gate. I will obey the rules of the road
I will remain in my classroom until I am called to the door (for my lift home)
If I am in a senior class I will act as a warden at the school door as the children exit



What is serious misbehaviour?

Bullying a child by threatening him/her; forcing another child to do something wrong against his/her will; physically attacking a child
Vandalism to property – another pupils property; teachers property; school property – desks, walls, furnishings, equipment, toilets or grounds
Stealing from other children/adults or school property
Verbal abuse or being cheeky to school staff
Leaving the school premises without permission
Aggressive behaviour and using unacceptable language towards children or school staff
Repeated instances of what, in isolation are minor misdemeanours


What happens if I misbehave in school?

The teacher and the principal will take the following factors into account if I misbehave:
My age – a higher standard of behaviour is expected from more senior children
The seriousness of the misbehaviour
Whether it is a single isolated incident or one of many incidents
Whether there has been co-operation from home in the past on remedying any misbehaviour
The class teacher of the pupil usually deals with incidents of misbehaviour, which are not serious


The teacher is authorised:

To move a disruptive pupil to another location in the classroom in order to proceed with their work
To prescribe additional work to be done during or after school hours
To notify the child's parents of the misbehaviour verbally or in writing
To request the child's parents to come to the school to discuss the behaviour of the child
To keep a record of such misbehaviour
To verbally reprimand the pupil
To report the matter to the principal
To prohibit the child in taking part in special projects or competitions (requiring the teachers goodwill)
To send the pupil to the principal for correction (if the child is in a different classroom to principal)


Sanctions for Serious misbehaviour

Each incident of serious misbehaviour is recorded by teachers
Instances of all serious misbehaviour are reported to the principal by other class teachers
The principal keeps a written record of all instances of serious misbehaviour
If a child has misbehaved the principal gives the child a warning to conform with the school code of behaviour
The parents of the child will be notified of the serious misbehaviour and the corrective measures required
The child's parents may be requested to meet the teacher/principal to++-- discuss the incident
Sanctions will be applied (as warranted) Any noticeable improvement in behaviour may also be recorded
The pupil may be denied participation in school outings, football matches, swimming etc.


Suspension

The decision to suspend a pupil requires serious grounds such as that:
The pupil’s behaviour has had a seriously detrimental effect on the education of other pupils
The pupil’s continued presence in the school at this time constitutes a threat to safety
The pupil is responsible for serious damage to property

A single incident of serious misconduct may be grounds for suspension.
When all other sanctions fail or where the misbehaviour is of a particularly serious nature, procedures for suspending a child may be implemented in consultation with the Board of Management.
National Education Welfare Board (NEWB) Code of Behaviour Guidelines will be followed.
Procedures in respect in suspension

(Pg. 74-75 NEWB Code of Discipline Guidelines)
Inform the pupil and parents
Give an opportunity to respond
In the case of an immediate suspension parents must be notified and arrangements made for the child to be collected

Expulsion
A proposal to expel a pupil requires serious grounds such as that:
The pupil’s behaviour is a persistent cause of significant disruption to the learning of others or to the teaching process
The pupil’s continued presence in the school constitutes a real and significant threat to safety
The pupil is responsible for serious damage to property
National Education Welfare Board (NEWB) Code of Behaviour Guidelines will be followed.

Procedures in respect in expulsion
(Pg. 83 NEWB Code of Discipline Guidelines)
A detailed investigation carried out under the direction of the Principal
A recommendation to the Board of Management by the Principal
Consideration by the Board of Management to the Principal’s recommendation; and the holding of a hearing
Board of Management deliberations and actions following the hearing
Consultations arranged by the Educational Welfare Officer
Confirmation of the decision to expel

The Board of Management will ensure the Code of Behaviour and Anti-Bullying policy is reviewed yearly or more often if the need arises.

Preparation for the First Day in Junior Infants
Tell him/her about school beforehand, casually, and talk about it as a happy place where there will be a big welcome for him/her and he/she will meet new friends
Make sure your child has his/her new uniform and new bag. These will help him/her identify more readily with the school and other children
It would help greatly if your child is able to:
Button/unbutton his/her coat
Put on and off his/her own shoes
Use the toilet without help
Encourage personal hygiene. Your child should know to flush the toilet and wash his/her hands without having to be told
Use a tissue when necessary
Share toys and playthings with others and take turns
Tidy up and put away his/her play things
Remain contently for a few hours in the home of a relation, friend or neighbour












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