PARENT’S

Board of Management Agreed Reports

May 2022 Meeting.

The Board of Management of Kilmacrennan NS held a meeting on 9/5//2022. Among the key issues noted were

The BOM has been informed that sanction has been approved to proceed to tender document preparation for the proposed SEN main building extension.

The recent Kilmac 5k was an enjoyable event. €1855 was raised. The BOM propose to use this to fund IT resources upgrading.

We will welcome a member of An Garda Síochana for an Internet Safety Talk for Senior classes on Thursday 12 May.

The First Holy Communion is scheduled for Saturday 14 May 2022. Refreshments will be served in the School Hall.

The 2022-23 School Calendar was agreed and is available on the school website.

Our Annual Testing of pupils will take place during the weeks beginning May 16th and May 23 2023. End of Year Reports will issue in early June.

We will close for the Summer holidays on Friday 17th June 2022.

February 2022 Meeting
The Board of Management of Kilmacrennan NS held a meeting on 21/02//2022. Among the key issues noted were

Enrolment Applications

Preparations for opening the ASD Modular buildings

Planned Extension issues; Fire Cert; Disability Access Cert applications etc

Job-Share Applications

The School Board of Management Plan completion

Covid protocols

November 2021 Meeting.

The Board of Management of Kilmacrennan NS held a meeting on 11/11//2021. Among the key issues noted were

The Board noted that ground works had recently been completed in respect of the proposed ASD prefab accommodation. The Board approved a 2A report in respect of a proposed main building application and it is hoped to proceed towards a planning application for this over the coming weeks.

The Board approved the Code of Behaviour policy.

The Board began a mid-term review of the Board of Management Plan 2019-23 and aim to complete at the next meeting. Submissions are invited before December 10th 2021.

The Sponsored Walk has raised €2765 and we sincerely thank all for their support for this and for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

The Board has been notified that fibre cable broadband is due to be installed in the school over the coming weeks.

Parent-Teacher meetings are scheduled to get underway this week. Due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding Covid, these meetings will be largely be conducted via telephone contact.

Information for Parents about the changes to contract tracing and testing for children aged between 3 months and 13 years in Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare (SAC), education (primary school), sports, and social settings

The National Public Health Emergency Team has provided updated new advice to the HSE.

Routine contact tracing and testing of asymptomatic (no symptoms) close contacts among children in these settings will no longer take place from Monday September 27.

What stays the same?

Children with symptoms – Public Health advice remains the same for any child aged between 3 months and 13 years of age with symptoms of COVID 19.

They need to immediately self-isolate, stay at home, and you should contact their GP for advice and COVID 19 testing. Children who are household close contacts –

Children aged between 3 months and 13 years who are household contacts of a confirmed case of COVID 19 will still have to restrict their movements and get a COVID 19 test.

A child under 13 who is not fully vaccinated, is a household contact if they were present overnight in a house or residential setting while a person with COVID 19 was infectious in that house. This may be their own home or if they were staying overnight with family or friends.

What will be different from Monday September 27th?

From Monday September 27th children who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and may have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in schools, childcare facilities, sports, and social settings, will not have to restrict their movements or get a COVID 19 test.

Questions parents or guardians might have

My child is a close contact from childcare, primary school, a sporting or social event and they have not finished their 14 days restricted movements yet – can they go back to school on Monday 27th?

Yes, from Monday 27th, once your child has no symptoms of COVID 19 they can go back to their activities.

Your child may have a test appointment booked, and may still receive a test appointment text message.

They do not need to have this test. They do not need to keep restricting their movements.

There is different advice for children who are household close contacts, and children who are close contacts from a setting such as a special education needs class or a respite care facility.

Household close contacts.

Children in a household where there is a positive case of COVID 19 will need to continue restricting their movements and follow the advice they got from the HSE.

This will have explained whether they need to restrict their movements for 14 days or 17 days if there is ongoing household exposure. They will also need to have their COVID 19 tests.

Children in Special Education Needs schools, classes, respite care.

Children in these settings can return on Monday once they have restricted their movements for 5 days and have no new signs or symptoms of COVID 19.

Will contact tracing of children happen in primary schools, childcare, SAC and ELC or social and sporting settings from Monday 27th September? No, not routinely but in some circumstances, Public Health teams may still do a Public Health Risk Assessment. In more complex settings like respite care or SEN, Public Health will continue to do Public Health Risk Assessments. They will also provide advice and support.

Will the measures in place to deal with COVID 19 in these settings still remain in place?

Yes all infection prevention and control measures currently in place will remain.

What about specific settings e.g. Respite care, Special Educational Needs settings etc?

In these settings Public Health will continue to do Public Health Risk Assessments and provide advice and support. Public Health want all children without symptoms of COVID 19 to be able to participate in school and activities. However, in some instances it may still be that Public Health will need to ask some children to restrict their movements. Any period of restricted movements for children in these settings will only be when needed and if necessary, and will now be for 5 days. Children who are close contacts in these settings will now only be offered 1 COVID 19 test. Testing will not be needed to end restricted movements after 5 days.

What should I do if I am concerned about my child’s symptoms?

If you think your child has symptoms of COVID 19 you should immediately make sure they self-isolate. You should phone their GP for advice and guidance, and COVID 19 testing if the GP thinks it is necessary.

What about if my child has a mild symptom like a runny nose?

If your child has a runny nose, but is otherwise in good health and good form, then they can go to school. If your child has a runny nose and other symptoms and seems a little off form, then they should stay home from school or childcare. You should watch their symptoms and contact their GP for advice if you are worried. Children with chronic symptoms should not be regularly or routinely excluded from school or social and sporting settings.

Will Public Health teams still provide support and advice to schools?

Public Health teams will continue to provide support to schools should it be clinically required. Testing will be available for children for public health or clinical reasons, or after a Public Health Risk Assessment.

Why is this change happening?

We now know that children are more likely than adults, to have no COVID 19 symptoms or to have mild disease. When we looked at cases identified in school settings we see that child to child transmission in schools is uncommon. School transmission is not the main cause of SarsCoV (COVID 19) infection in children, particularly in preschool and primary schools.

Children are rarely identified as the route of transmission of infection into the household. Children are not more likely than adults to spread infection to others. 4 This change is also happening because there has been a widespread uptake of COVID 19 vaccination in Ireland among those aged 12 years and older. Vaccines have reduced the spread of COVID 19 and the risk of severe disease and or having to go to hospital.

Another very important reason to make this change is that we know the negative impact absences from school have on children’s educational, social and emotional well-being. We believe that this is a positive change for children, while still making sure there is rapid access to testing for children who clinically need it.

27th September 2021.

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Board of Management Agreed Reports

November 2021 Meeting.

The Board of Management of Kilmacrennan NS held a meeting on 11/11//2021. Among the key issues noted were

The Board noted that ground works had recently been completed in respect of the proposed ASD prefab accommodation. The Board approved a 2A report in respect of a proposed main building application and it is hoped to proceed towards a planning application for this over the coming weeks.

The Board approved the Code of Behaviour policy.

The Board began a mid-term review of the Board of Management Plan 2019-23 and aim to complete at the next meeting. Submissions are invited before December 10th 2021.

The Sponsored Walk has raised €2765 and we sincerely thank all for their support for this and for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

The Board has been notified that fibre cable broadband is due to be installed in the school over the coming weeks.

Parent-Teacher meetings are scheduled to get underway this week. Due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding Covid, these meetings will be largely be conducted via telephone contact.

September 2021 Meeting.

The Board of Management of Kilmacrennan NS held a meeting on 6/9/2021. Among the key issues noted were

Enrolment & Staffing updates and Appointments (see School News drop bar on the website for this year’s Staff & Teacher Allocation).

The Board congratulated the school and pupils on winning the All Ireland Primary School’s Debating Championship.

To: the Parent body

The Board of Management wishes to inform you that:

  • The Board of Management’s annual review of the school’s anti-bullying policy and its implementation was completed at the Board meeting of 6th September 2021.
  • This review was conducted in accordance with the checklist set out in Appendix 4 of the Department’s Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools.

Signed         Date 6-9-2021

Chairperson, Board of Management

Signed John Devenney          Date 6-9-2021

Principal

Building Issues

A two classroom ASD prefabricated classroom is expected in late January 2022.

The Board continue to liaise with the School Design Team and the DES regarding our application for a two-classroom permanent extension.

In advance of expected disruptions and groundworks to our current playground this term, a new tarmacadam playground has been added to the school grounds over the summer months. We propose to hold a Sponsored Walk fundraiser later this term in an effort to recoup some of the expenditure involved in the process.

Policy Issues

The Board approved the 2021-22 Covid Plan.

The Board conducted its Annual Review of our Friendship and Anti-Bullying Code. Parental submissions are invited before November 10th 2021 in respect of our Code of Behaviour Policy which will be reviewed at our next meeting on November 11th 2021 (please visit our School Website to view the current policy).

Anti-Bullying

May 2021 Meeting

Agreed Report to follow

March 2021 Meeting

The Board of Management of Kilmacrennan NS held a meeting on 4/3/2021. Among the key issues noted were

  • the approval of a Second ASD Class due to open in 2021
  • proposed prefabricated classrooms to accommodate our growing classroom requirements and ongoing liaison with the DES with regard to an ASD permanent building extension. A Design Team has been appointed
  • Enrolments Applications update. All Round One applications for our Junior Infants class submitted by the relevant closing date have been offered places. Round Two applications now available.
  • The Covid Plan was updated and includes Return to Education Forms.
  • The Annual Child Protection Policy was updated and affirmed.

The Board of Management of Kilmacrennan NS held a meeting on 3/12/2020. Among the key issues noted were

The recent retirement of Mrs Marie Boyle, Vice Principal. As Vice-Principal and a mainstream teacher in our school since 1999, she has been been a valued member of staff. We wish her well in her retirement from Kilmacrennan NS.

The appointment of Mr Mel O’ Donnell as the new Vice-Principal in Kilmacrennan NS. We wish him well in his new post. Mel O Donnell is the new Child Protection Deputy Designated Liason Officer, and replaces Mrs Boyle on the Critical Incident team

Staff have undertaken training in remote learning platforms, including Seesaw etc.

Policy issues affirmed included our Attendance Strategy for 2020-23 and the Leadership and Management structure and responsibilities.

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Draft Admission Policy of Scoil Cholmcille, Kilmacrennan

An Invitation to parents/ interested bodies for submissions.

School Address: Massreagh, Kilmacrennan, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Roll number: 17036p

School Patron: Bishop Alan Mc Guckian

1.      Introduction

This Draft Admission Policy complies with the requirements of the Education Act 1998, the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 and the Equal Status Act 2000. In drafting this policy, the board of management of the school has consulted with school staff, the school patron and with parents of children attending the school.

The policy was approved by the school patron.  It is published on the school’s website and will be made available in hard copy, on request, to any person who requests it.

The relevant dates and timelines for Scoil Cholmcille admission process are set out in the school’s annual admission notice which is published annually on the school’s website at least one week before the commencement of the admission process for the school year concerned.

This policy must be read in conjunction with the annual admission notice for the school year concerned.

The application form for admission is published on the school’s website and will be made available in hardcopy on request to any person who requests it.

2.      Characteristic spirit and general objectives of the school

Scoil Cholmcille is a Catholic co-educational primary school with a Catholic ethos under the patronage of Bishop Alan McGuckian, Raphoe Diocese.

“Catholic Ethos” in the context of a Catholic primary school means the ethos and characteristic spirit of the Roman Catholic Church, which aims at promoting:

  • the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person of the pupil, including the intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual aspects; and
  • a living relationship with God and with other people; and
  • a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus; and
  • the formation of the pupils in the Catholic faith,

and which school provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church, and/or such ethos and/or characteristic spirit as may be determined or interpreted from time to time by the Irish Episcopal Conference.

In accordance with S.15 (2) (b) of the Education Act, 1998 the Board of Management of Scoil Cholmcille shall uphold, and be accountable to the patron for so upholding, the characteristic spirit of the school as determined by the cultural, educational, moral, religious, social, linguistic and spiritual values and traditions which inform and are characteristic of the objectives and conduct of the school.

 Insert details here of the Mission Statement and general objectives of the school.

We aim to provide a holistic education for our pupils that enables them to develop socially, emotionally, physically, academically and spiritually.  We value and cherish all children equally and celebrate their differences. We recognise and acknowledge that children learn differently. We strive to create a safe and happy learning environment suited to the needs of all pupils.

The school supports the principle of equality for all students regarding access to and participation in the school.  The school respects the diversity of traditions, values, beliefs, languages and ways of life in society.

3.      Admission Statement

Scoil Cholmcille, Kilmacrennan will not discriminate in its admission of a student to the school on any of the following:

  • the gender ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the civil status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the family status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the sexual orientation ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the religion ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the disability ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the ground of race of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the Traveller community ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned, or
  • the ground that the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned has special educational needs

As per section 61 (3) of the Education Act 1998, ‘civil status ground’, ‘disability ground’, ‘discriminate’, ‘family status ground’, ‘gender ground’, ‘ground of race’, ‘religion ground’, ‘sexual orientation ground’ and ‘Traveller community ground’ shall be construed in accordance with section 3 of the Equal Status Act 2000.

Scoil Cholmcille is a school whose objective is to provide education in an environment which promotes certain religious values and does not
discriminate where it refuses to admit as a student a person who is not of the Catholic religion and it is proved that the refusal is essential to
maintain the ethos of the school.  

 

  • Categories of Special Educational Needs catered for in the special class. Scoil Cholmcille, Kilmacrennan with the approval of the Minister for Education and Skills, has established a class to provide an education exclusively for students with ASD.

 

5.      Admission of Students

This school shall admit each student seeking admission except where –

  1. the school is oversubscribed (please see section 6 below for further details)
  • a parent of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section 23(4) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student
All denominational schools Scoil Cholmcille has a Catholic ethos and
may refuse to admit as a student a person who is not of the Catholic faith where it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos of the school.    

6.      Oversubscription

In the event that the school is oversubscribed, the school will, when deciding on applications for admission, apply the following selection criteria in the order listed below to those applications that are received within the timeline for receipt of applications as set out in the school’s annual admission notice:

If the number of children on the Waiting List exceeds the number of
places available, the following selection criteria will be used:  
Priority Criterion
1 Priority is given to sisters/brothers of children already in the school (including step-siblings, resident at same address). If the class is
oversubscribed on the basis of this criterion, places will be allocated on
the basis of age, starting with the oldest applicant.
2 Children living within the catchment area, priority to oldest in each case.
3 Children of staff members, priority to oldest child in each case. 4 Children who are resident outside the catchment area, priority to
oldest in each case.
5 If space is still available, class numbers are completed from the
Waiting List, which is compiled and ordered according to the date of the original application.  The criteria are listed in order of priority when spaces are allocated under criterion 1 and space is still available, then criterion 2 comes into play and so on.  This process proceeds until all places
have been allocated.
6 All other applicants      

In the event that there are two or more students tied for a place or places in any of the selection criteria categories above (the number of applicants exceeds the number of remaining places), the following arrangements will apply:

Places will be allocated on the basis of age, starting with the oldest
applicant. If the tie remains based on this criteria, places will be
allocated on the basis of first name alphabetical order and, if same, on
second name alphabetical order in accordance with the birth certificate.  

7.      What will not be considered or taken into account

In accordance with section 62(7) (e) of the Education Act, the school will not consider or take into account any of the following in deciding on applications for admission or when placing a student on a waiting list for admission to the school:

Points (a) to (g) must be included here by all schools. There are limited exceptions to some of these (highlighted in red below) and schools must retain the exceptions that apply to them and delete those that do not:   a student’s prior attendance at a pre-school or pre-school service,
including naíonraí,   the payment of fees or contributions (howsoever described) to the school;   a student’s academic ability, skills or
aptitude; other than in relation to admission to a special class insofar as it is necessary in order to ascertain whether or not the student has the
category of special educational needs concerned and/or the occupation, financial status, academic ability, skills or aptitude of a student’s parents; a requirement that a student, or his or her parents, attend an interview,
open day or other meeting as a condition of admission; a student’s connection to the school by virtue of a member of his or her family attending or having previously attended the school; other than, in the case of the
school wishing to include a selection criteria based on siblings of a student attending or having attended the school the date and time on which an application for admission was received by the school.   This is subject to the application being received at any time during the period specified for receiving applications set out in the annual admission notice of theschool for the school year concerned. This is also subject to the school making offers based on existing waiting lists (up until 31st January 2025 only).  

8.      Decisions on applications

All decisions on applications for admission to Scoil Cholmcille, Kilmacrennan will be based on the following:

  • Our school’s admission policy
  • The school’s annual admission notice (where applicable)
  • The information provided by the applicant in the school’s official application form received during the period specified in our annual admission notice for receiving applications

(Please see section 14 below in relation to applications received outside of the admissions period and section 15  below in relation to applications for places in years other than the intake group.)

Selection criteria that are not included in our school admission policy will not be used to make a decision on an application for a place in our school.

9.      Notifying applicants of decisions

Applicants will be informed in writing as to the decision of the school, within the timeline outlined in the annual admissions notice.

If a student is not offered a place in our school, the reasons why they were not offered a place will be communicated in writing to the applicant, including, where applicable, details of the student’s ranking against the selection criteria and details of the student’s place on the waiting list for the school year concerned.  Applicants will be informed of the right to seek a review/right of appeal of the school’s decision (see section 18 below for further details).

10.   Acceptance of an offer of a place by an applicant

In accepting an offer of admission from Scoil Cholmcille, Kilmacrennan you must indicate—

(i) whether or not you have accepted an offer of admission for another school or schools. If you have accepted such an offer, you must also provide details of the offer or offers concerned and

(ii) whether or not you have applied for and awaiting confirmation of an offer of admission from another school or schools, and if so, you must provide details of the other school or schools concerned.

11.  Circumstances in which offers may not be made or may be withdrawn

An offer of admission may not be made or may be withdrawn by Scoil Cholmcille, Kilmacrennan where—

  • it is established that information contained in the application is false or misleading.
  • an applicant fails to confirm acceptance of an offer of admission on or before the date set out in the annual admission notice of the school.
  • the parent of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section 23(4) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student; or
  • an applicant has failed to comply with the requirements of ‘acceptance of an offer’ as set out in section 10 above.

12.  Sharing of Data with other schools

Applicants should be aware that section 66(6) of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 allows for the sharing of certain information between schools in order to facilitate the efficient admission of students.

Section 66(6) allows a school to provide a patron or another board of management with a list of the students in relation to whom—

(i) an application for admission to the school has been received,

(ii) an offer of admission to the school has been made, or

(iii) an offer of admission to the school has been accepted.

The list may include any or all of the following:


(i) the date on which an application for admission was received by the school;

(ii) the date on which an offer of admission was made by the school;

(iii) the date on which an offer of admission was accepted by an applicant;

(iv) a student’s personal details including his or her name, address, date of birth and personal public service number (within the meaning of section 262 of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005).

13.  Waiting list in the event of oversubscription

In the event of there being more applications to the school year concerned than places available, a waiting list of students whose applications for admission to Scoil Cholmcille were unsuccessful due to the school being oversubscribed will be compiled and will remain valid for the school year in which admission is being sought.

Placement on the waiting list of Scoil Cholmcille is in the order of priority assigned to the students’ applications after the school has applied the selection criteria in accordance with this admission policy.  Applicants whose applications are received after the closing date, outlined in the Annual Admission Notice, will be placed at the end of the waiting list in order of the date of receipt of the application.

Offers of any subsequent places that become available for and during the school year in relation to which admission is being sought will be made to those students on the waiting list, in accordance with the order of priority in relation to which the students have been placed on the list.

14.  Late Applications

All applications for admission received after the closing date as outlined in the annual admission notice will be considered and decided upon in accordance with our school’s admissions policy, the Education Admissions to School Act 2018 and any regulations made under that Act.

Late applicants will be notified of the decision in respect of their application no later than three weeks after the date on which the school received the application.  Late applicants will be offered a place if there is place available.  In the event that there is no place available, the name of the applicant will be added to the waiting list as set out in Section 13.

15.  Procedures for admission of students to other years and during the school year

The procedures of the school in relation to the admission of students who are not already admitted to the school to classes other than the school’s
intake group or who are not already admitted to the school, after the
commencement of the school year in which admission is sought, are as
follows:Pupils are enrolled during the school year (if newly resident inthe area)no later than the first Monday of every month, subject to availability of places. The school will require the following information:
Copy of birth certificate
Baptismal Certificate (where applicable)
Previous school report (including attendance, academic progress and any other relevant information e.g. psychological/medical reports)
PPS No.
Details of previous school attended and attendance
Reasons for transfer
Under the POD requirements, admission applications will incorporate
the choice for parents to consent or not to the two questions deemed by the Data Commissioner as sensitive information, namely ethnic/cultural background and religion.  Parents will also be informed on the admission application that we operate an electronic data base system in the school
and in liaison with the DES under the POD system.
In the event of the number of children seeking enrolment in any given
class/ standard exceeding the number of places available preceding or
during the school year, the child’s name will be placed on a waiting list.  The following criteria will be used to prioritise children for enrolment:     Priority   Priority Criterion 1 Priority is given to sisters/brothers of children already in the school (including step-siblings, resident at same address). If the
class is oversubscribed on the basis of this criterion, places will be
allocated on the basis of age, starting with the oldest applicant. 2 Children living within the catchment area, priority to
oldest in each case.
3 Children of staff members, priority to oldest child in each case. 4 Children who are resident outside the catchment area, priority to oldest in each case.
5 If space is still available, class numbers are completed from the
Waiting List, which is compiled and ordered according to the date of the original application.  The criteria are listed in order of priority when
spaces are allocated under criterion 1 and space is still available, then
criterion 2 comes into play and so on.  This process proceeds until all places have been allocated.
6 All other applicants

16.  Declaration in relation to the non-charging of fees

This rule applies to all schools.

The board of Scoil Cholmcille, or any persons acting on its behalf, will not charge fees for or seek payment or contributions (howsoever described) as a condition of-

  • an application for admission of a student to the school, or
  • the admission or continued enrolment of a student in the school.

17.   Arrangements regarding students not attending religious instruction

This section must be completed by schools that provide religious instruction to students.

The following are the school’s arrangements for students, where the
parents or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years,
the student, who has requested that the student attend the school
without attending religious instruction in the school. 
These arrangements will not result in a reduction in the school day of
such students: A written request should be made to the Principal of the school.  A meeting will then be arranged with the parent(s) or the
student, as the case may be, to discuss how the request may be
accommodated by the school.    

18.    Reviews/appeals

Review of decisions by the board of Management   The parent of the student, or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, the student, may request the board to review a decision to refuse admission. Such requests must be made in accordance with Section 29C of the Education Act 1998.   

The timeline within which such a review must be requested and the other requirements applicable to such reviews are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.

The board will conduct such reviews in accordance with the requirements of the procedures determined under Section 29B and with section 29C of the Education Act 1998.

Note:  Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being oversubscribed, the applicant must request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.  

Right of appeal

Under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998, the parent of the student, or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, the student, may appeal a decision of this school to refuse admission. 

An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1) (c) (i) of the Education Act 1998 where the refusal to admit was due to the school being oversubscribed.

An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1) (c) (ii) of the Education Act 1998 where the refusal to admit was due a reason other than the school being oversubscribed.

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being oversubscribed, the applicant must request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see Review of decisions by the Board of Management)

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see Review of decisions by the Board of Management)

Appeals under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 will be considered and determined by an independent appeals committee appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills.    

The timeline within which such an appeal must be made and the other requirements applicable to such appeals are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.

SPHE LINK FOR PARENTS
Attached, please find a link to the PDST website, detailing SPHE curricular material for parents.
 
 
 
 
 
PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION
Management of Infectious Disease in Schools Manual.
Please note the following link to the HSE Management of Infectious Diseases in Schools Manual/ Public Health Communicable Disease Group.  Please seek medical assistance if you have any concerns.
 
JANUARY NEWSLETTER

Dear Parent,  You can find a link on our school website under the Parent Zone drop bar to the relevant PDST Information for Parents ( https://pdst.ie/node/4036).

Yours sincerely,

John Devenney.

 
  • School Holidays

    • Enrolment 2022/2023
      Please contact the School Office for up to date enrolment information.

      Enrolment Application for Mainstream Classes (click below).

      Enrolment-Application-Form-2022/23-school-year (11)
    • Summer Closing Date 2022
      We will close on Fri 17 June 2022. Please note that these dates are provisional and subject to change.

      ENROLMENT APPLICATIONS

      Please contact the School Office for up to date enrolment information.

      1.Enrolment Application for Mainstream Classes (click below).

      Enrolment Application Form for Mainstream Classes (including Junior Infants)  2021-22 school year

      2.  Enrolment Application for our ASD Special Class Suite ( click below)

      Notification-to-NCSE-of-Enrolment-in-Special-School_Special-Class.doc

      3. Enrolment Application for our ASD School Transport (click below)

      https://ncse.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/SEN-School-Transport-Application-Form.doc

       
    • 2022-23 School Calendar
      The school will re-open for pupils on Tuesday, August 30th 2022.
    • Halloween Break
      The school will close for pupils during the week beginning Monday, 31st October and will re-open for pupils on Monday, 7th November 2022.
    • Christmas & New Year Break
      The school will close on Wednesday 21st December 2022, which will be the final
      day of the school term (12 Noon Closure).
      We will re-open on Thursday 5th January 2023.
    • St Brigid's Day Bank Holiday (New Public Holiday)
      The school will be closed for pupils on Monday 6th February 2023.
    • February Mid-Term
      We will close on Thursday 16th February 2023 and Friday 17th
      February 2023
    • St Patrick's Day
      The school will be closed on Friday 17th March 2023.
    • Easter 2023
      We will close on Friday 31st March 2023, which will be the final day of
      the school term (unless changes are required as part of contingency
      arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures. Where
      contingency arrangements are required a school authority may reduce the length
      of the Easter break by remaining open up to and including Wednesday 5th April
      2023).
      We will re-open on Monday 17th April 2023.
    • May Bank Holiday
      The school will be closed on Monday 1 May 2023.
    • June Bank Holiday
      The school will close for pupils on Monday 5 June 2023.