We’re delighted to be able to write to you today about returning to school. We hope you are all safe and well. We look forward to welcoming all of our students for the new academic year.
Please note the following important information:
The School Building
Preparations for our student’s return to school are well underway, this includes a thorough deep clean of the entire building, that has been completed over the summer break. For this academic year, we will be returning to our pre-Covid practice of teacher-based classrooms (as opposed to students being based in the same room all day).
The School Day
The schedule of the school day, with school starting at 08.40 and finished at 15.30 (13.15 on Friday) will continue as normal.
- The school building will open from 08.20 each morning. Students will not have access to the school building before this time.
- Each year group has been assigned a separate entrance to access the building each morning:
- 1st year – Rear Entrance - New Building
- 2nd year – Court Yard entrance - New Building
- 3rd year – Student Entrance near main gate.
- TY- Entrance - Front door
- 5th Year-Entrance – Front Door
- 6th year - Entrance - Front door
All students are expected to be in their seat in their Caomhnóir room by 08.35 for morning assembly.
We strongly encourage students to walk or cycle to and from school where possible and students are reminded to ensure they have a suitable lock for their bikes.
Student Direct Costs
If you have yet to pay the final installment of your student direct contribution for the coming year, we would ask that you do so as a matter of urgency using Way2Pay.
As advised to you in June, the cost of your child's Book Rental Scheme books is included in these charges and rental books cannot be issued to students where this fee has not been paid.
If you are experiencing financial challenges and unable to pay the fee, please contact the school in confidence to let us know urgently.
Return to School Schedule
The full return to school will be staggered as outlined below. Parents of First Year students, please note the changed schedule for these students on Friday 26th August to that which was previously advised.
New First Year Students
We are especially looking forward in particular to welcoming our new First Year students on Thursday afternoon. We are also pleased to be able to return to our pre-Covid practice of welcoming new First Year students on the steps outside the school (weather permitting). For those who haven’t experienced this before, please note the following:
- We anticipate that First Year students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) will arrive from approximately 13.30 on Thursday.
- Please note, parking is extremely limited in the school, so we ask that parent(s)/ guardian(s) of new First Year students walk/cycle to the school where possible and utilise the Car Park on the Avenue.
- If the weather is nice, we will be able to spend some time outside taking photographs, including the traditional photo of all new students on the steps of the school.
- After this, our new First Year students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) will move to the Sports Hall where the students will be introduced to their new teachers and SNAs, their new Moltóir and the school Management. Students will then be assigned to their new Caomhnóir group.
- We expect that students will finish for the day on Thursday at approximately 15.30.
- First Year students will have a full day on Friday (08.40-13.15) where they will spend time getting to know their new class, working on bonding and transition exercises with our Cinnirí and working with their Caomhnóir on getting to know their timetable and the school building.
As we advised you earlier in the summer, from the beginning of the new school year we will be making a number of changes in school in relation to how we think about sustainability and the environment. As a result, there will be some significant practical changes to our day to day habits in school.
At this point, we are all only too aware that we must all do more to change patterns of behaviour that are simply no longer sustainable if we wish our environment and our planet to be able to support our children and future generations. As a school community, we feel there are a range of simple measures we can begin to take to start doing more to achieve this objective.
Some of the practical changes you and your child will notice from September include:
- All single use plastics will be prohibited in school. This will include such items as food containers, packets, wrappers, beverage containers, cups and bottles and light weight carrier bags.
- In line with practice in our sister schools Ratoath National School and St Paul’s National School, all students will be required to bring a REUSABLE LUNCHBOX and REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE with them to school and students will be required to take home with them all non-recyclable waste they bring into school.
- General waste bins will be removed from all classrooms and, on a phased basis, student social areas.
- As part of this initiative, the school has secured funding to install chilled and filtered water dispensers around the campus for student use.
- In September, all students will be provided with a reusable water bottle free of charge.
The initiative for these changes and the leadership of their rollout has and will come from our students themselves. It is to their credit that they are joining the growing international movement of young people standing up to protect and preserve the environment for the sake of future generations.
As a school community of students, parents and staff we have a collective responsibility to do all we can to ensure that the effects of climate change are minimised and we look forward to beginning to do more to achieve this objective from next September. We offer our sincere thanks for your understanding and cooperation with the measures outlined above.
We look forward to welcoming you all to school over the next few days.