Scoil Mhuire Lourdes
School Phone: 059-9151875
School Fax: 059-9152292
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23 September 2014
We are now starting our 4th week back at school and the children are well settled in. There are a couple of items I would like to bring to your attention.
- Older children should now be encouraged to walk from the gate into the school yard without parent/guardian. This will encourage your daughter to be confident and independent. Parents/guardians who come into the yard please wait near St. Brigid’s. Once the bell rings all parents will be expected to leave. Please proceed via the ramp – not back down the steps. As you can see this area is getting very congested with parents waiting, some pupils coming up the steps and classes trying to proceed into the building. Doing what I ask will ensure a much smoother flow, so that pupils can proceed to class with interruption.
- Collecting your child at 2p.m. and 3p.m.
There are quite a number of people who come to the school well ahead of 2p.m. and 3p.m. and bring toddlers/young children also. Some of these young children wander round unsupervised. I ask you to please keep your child with you at all times. Running through the shrubbery/flowers is totally unacceptable as is climbing on the gate or railings. It has also come to my attention that the shed area next to the 6th class room has been used as a toilet area. This shed area is used by many teachers and pupils at particular times of the year – especially for planting bulbs, flowers etc. Please do not allow children in here for any reason.
- Birthday Party Invitations
As a result of a few incidents where children got very upset in class because they didn’t receive a birthday invitation when others in the class did, we have decided not to allow the handing out of Birthday Invitations in the school. From now on please ensure that invitations are not given while on the school premises.
- Pre-Budget Campaign
The INTO (Irish National Teachers Organisation) is running a
pre-budget campaign to highlight the issue of overcrowded classrooms and recent education cutbacks. To highlight this school’s concern we have invited Pat Deering TD to visit the school on Monday next September 29th. Pat will be visiting at around 11.00a.m. Hopefully, we will get a commitment from Pat that no worsening conditions will result from Budget 2015 (due on 14th October) and also a promise to support the process of reducing class size – 21% of children in County Carlow are in classes of over 30. Scoil Mhuire Lourdes has been severely affected by recent cutbacks.
- Far East
The school is a promoter of ‘The Far East’ – the Columban Missionary Magazine. If any of you or a neighbour would like to receive copies of the magazine please send in €10 to Fiona by Friday next, September 26th to cover the cost of the next 6 bi-monthly issues.
- The Department of Education has requested each school to create a pupil online database. For this we need each child’s P.P.S. number. Please ensure that the school has this by Friday October 3rd.
Signed:- Anne Kennelly
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