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23 November 2012

Update on Dee’s Position

16th November 2012

Dear Parents,
We have been somewhat successful in avoiding the loss of Dee – our Junior Infants teacher. The Department of Education and Skills (DES) has agreed to allow the school to share a post with another school with regard to teaching children with Special Educational Needs. This means that another permanent post has been created at our school and that Dee is entitled to remain. It also means that Dee stays in charge of her Junior Infants class and that there will be no change for the children in that class.

Otherwise, it means that we lose our part-time teacher Anna McNeill. Anna has been teaching small groups of children who need extra support with schoolwork and with learning English. The compromise has been allowed by the DES by combining our part-time hours with another school’s part-time hours. We are sad to lose Anna as she has always been a great support to the school and we appreciate the valuable contribution she has made to the school to date.

Otherwise it also obliges the school to provide some extra hours (3.2 hours per week to be exact) to the other school involved from within the remaining staff on our Special Education/Learning Support Team.

This has been a very difficult week for the school and I would like to thank all parents, staff and members of the Board of Management for their support and input during the week. The reality remains that we have received a cut in provision for children who need support with learning English as an Additional Language. These children deserve our support. Accordingly, if anybody wishes to proceed with making representations to public representatives then this can do no harm.

Thank you again to all for your understanding and cooperation during this difficulty at our school.

Yours truly,

Tomás

14 November 2012

Free Workshop for parents

FREE Workshop for Parents of young children with Dr. John Sharry, Wednesday 5th December in the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords at 7pm- 9:30pm
Dr John Sharry (Child and Family Psychotherapist Mater CAMHS, Irish Times Parenting Columnist) will facilitate a free parenting workshop for parents of young children in the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords on Wednesday 5th December from 7pm – 9.30pm. This is the first of a series of workshops for parents in Fingal through the Fingal Parenting Initiative and will cover:
• Managing Sibling Rivalry and Helping Children Get Along with One Another
• Establishing Family Routines in the home
• Children’s Play Preferences and Planning for Christmas
The Fingal Parenting Initiative (FPI) is a County Wide support for all parents and families living in Fingal. The aim of the initiative is to help parents to develop and promote parent-child relationships, support child development and build positive behaviour. There are a number of ways in which parents can benefit from the Fingal Parenting Initiative. We have a website www.fingalparents.ie where you can find information on upcoming events and training as well as handy hints and tips on a range of topics and there are a number of free 7-week Parents plus Community Course which parents in Fingal can avail of.
To date FPI have rolled out over 20 Parents plus Courses across Fingal with another round of courses starting in February 2013. The Positive Parenting Training for Early Years is open to parents from all backgrounds and all walks of lives whose children attend preschool and the junior cycle of national schools (junior and senior infants) and looks at positive parenting techniques that support you and your child in maximising development. The programme is well-established and has a scientific evidence base that shows significant reductions in parent stress and increased positive behaviour among children. Over the 7-week course which will be delivered once a week (morning/afternoon) for 2 hours and fifteen minutes parents will learn proven ways to:
1. Help your child communicate and learn in play
2. Creatively help your child learn and reach their full potential
3. Manage difficult behaviour such as tantrums or aggression
4. Develop a good relationship with your child and enjoy being his/her parent.
Where possible we recommend that both parents attend the courses as we have found this helps the child the most but we understand that in a lot of cases this is not possible and encourage at least one parent to attend. Locations, times and venues for PPEY courses starting in February 2013 will be available to parents at the workshop and we would encourage parents to sign-up on the night.
Places are limited for the Parenting Workshop on Wednesday 5th December to sign-up for the workshop contact the Fingal County Childcare Committee on (01) 8077660 or email [email protected] to register your interest in attending the workshop.

12 November 2012

Traffic Management

12th November 2012

Re: Safety of our children coming and going to school.

Dear Parents

It has been brought to our attention that there are problems with some people driving into the school grounds and also with people parking directly in front of the gates. The Board is very concerned about this as we do not wish to see any children getting hurt as a result of traffic accidents. We need to restate the following points and ask for all parents’ cooperation with this.

1. School staff cars only are allowed past the school gate in the morning time and at going home time.
2. Parents who have mobility problems are asked to apply to the school for a special pass which will be issued by the Board of Management allowing an exception to be made in such cases.
3. Parents are asked not to park directly in front of the school gates as this causes congestion and could lead to an accident. Also, this area is supposed to be free of stationary vehicles for health and safety reasons. Access for ambulances and fire-brigade should be available at all times.

The Board of Management is considering how best to improve the situation with parking outside in the mornings and is in consultation with Fingal County Council on the matter. Parents are asked to cooperate with the following:
• One suggestion put to us by Fingal Co.Council is that we encourage parents to park in Skerries Point shopping centre and then walk to the school grounds with their children from here.
• We have also been asked to encourage families to walk to school if they live nearby.
• When arriving at the school gate it would be very helpful if parents drove well beyond the gate on the road outside the school and turned their car around a good distance down this section of the road.
• Parents could then come back towards the school and park on the side of the road adjacent to the school railings.
• In this way children could be made to get out of the car on the safe side of the road walking straight onto the grass verge up to the school gate.

We ask parents to consider all of the above very carefully and to help make our school a safe place for our children.

Yours truly,

Aisling O’Connell, Chairperson, Tomás Hickey, Principal
Board of Management .

25 October 2012

Our new Student Council is elected!

Our new Student Council is elected!

The children in Skerries Educate Together NS have been busy electing their new class representatives for our new Student Council. Congratulations to Annie, Deborah, Ryan, Eoin, Denis and Molly, our newly-elected members.

A big thank you to our former Student Council who were Emma, Ciarán, Shona, Finn, Emily and Melody – well done on all of your hard work!

Also, thank you to Neasa for organising and facilitating meetings of the Student Council up to now. Joanne will now take over from Neasa.  We had our first meeting today and we are all very excited about the year ahead!

25 October 2012

Autumn Newsletter out now

pdf newsletter autumn

Find out what great things our children have been up to, our amazing fundraising activities, and lots more in the Autumn 2012 newsletter. To read or download your copy click above! 

22 October 2012

Mid-Term Break

Just a little reminder that school finishes at the normal times (1.10pm and 2.10pm) Friday 26th of October. We are closed for the mid-term break from 29th of October for one week and school re-opens on Monday 5th of November. Enjoy the mid-term break!

14 October 2012

Maths Week 2012

Welcome to maths week.

Check out our great activities on the table below.

maths week timetable of activities 2012

09 October 2012

Our new Green School Committee

Hello everyone,

We’ve had our first meeting and we’re putting together our ideas for the year and preparing our green school display.

If you’d like some pet bedding made from shredded paper, you can get some from us at our table in the lobby at 8.30 on Friday 19th October. We’ll have a regular stall once a month, so you’ll be able to stock up for your rabbit and guinea pig hutches!

Talk to you all soon,

Wiktoria, Nova, Harry, Sam,  Lucy, Jamie and Sylvia

09 October 2012

Sylvia’s 4th and 5th classes are getting ready to teach other classes Yatzy!

Sylvia’s 4th and 5th classes are getting ready to teach other classes Yatzy!

We’re getting ready for maths week when groups of us will be going around teaching other classes how to play yatzy.

We enjoy the game and hope you will too!

See you all next week.

08 October 2012

Lá na gCrann, 11 Deireadh Fómhair 2012

Louise’s Junior and Senior Infants will be celebrating Tree Day on Thursday, October 11th!  We have started collecting leaves and seeds for our nature table.  So far, we have found horse chestnut, oak and beech leaves.  We have also collected conkers from the horse chestnut tree.