General Practices and Procedures.

SCHOOL ETHOS
Scoil Cholmcille National School, Kilmacrennan, which is established in connection with the Minister for Education and Science, aims at promoting the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person of the pupil; intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and with other people. The school models promote a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Catholic school provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church and promotes the formation of the pupils in the Catholic Church.

Attendance of Pupils
School authorities are obliged to inform the National Education Welfare Board of cumulative absences of pupils in excess of 20 days.
It is school policy to inform parents by letter when their child has missed 10 and 15 schooldays in any year.

Emergency closures
In the event of an emergency closure of the school, staff, parents and pupils are informed at the earliest opportunity. This may take the form of announcing the closure via school web-text service. We request that we have up to date mobile contact numbers. On occasion, closures are announced on local radio. If feasible, a notice is placed at the school indicating the closure and the reason for same explained.

In the event that the children are at school when the closure is affected, the school will seek to contact parents/relations/neighbours, as indicated on the enrolment form.

First Communion/Confirmation
Communion is for pupils in Second Class each year. It is normally held in April/May of each year. Confirmation is held every second year. Fifth and sixth classes participate in the Sacrament. The date is set by the Bishop.
School Uniforms are worn for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Healthy Eating Guidelines
We seek to help all those involved in our school community, children, staff and parents, in developing a positive and responsible attitude to eating and to appreciate the contribution that good food makes to health.

A healthy lunch box includes a piece of food from each of the first four shelves of the food pyramid. Suggestions include:
•Bread, rolls, scones, pitta bread, tortillas, pancakes, crackers, crispbread, wheaten or soda bread, cereal bars.
•Fruit or veg such as apples, oranges, banana’s, grapes, raisins, celery or carrot sticks, tubs of fruit in juice.
•Ham, chicken, turkey, cheese, tuna, jam, peanut butter fillings.
•Yoghurt, yoghurt drinks, cheese slices, strings, rice cakes, pasta/rice salad in tubs.
•Fizzy drinks are not allowed. Milk, water, diluted juices or fruit juices are recommended. Please note that glass bottles or cans are not permitted; and that popcorn (on grounds of classroom tidiness!), ‘winders‘, ‘smartie bars‘, chewing gum, crisps, chocolate, peanuts etc are not permitted.
We request that you seek to impress upon your child upon the importance of Litter Awareness and the importance of litter reducing strategies. To this end, lunch boxes or reusable plastic sandwich bags should be used. Furthermore, we will encourage each child to take home his/ her own litter daily. Children will be expected to adhere to the school’s ‘Green Policy’.

Homework Policy
Homework is generally given from Monday to Thursday nights only. Homework diaries are used from 1st to 6th Class.
Homework diaries are to be signed every night.

Mobile phones
The use of mobile phones by pupils is not permitted in the school. Pupils will be permitted access to the school phone in the event of an emergency and parents will be permitted to leave a message for a child, via the school secretary, in the event of a parent urgently needing to convey a message to a child.

Out of School Activities
On these occasions pupils are expected to exhibit the highest possible standards of behaviour, adhering to the Code of Behaviour.

Parent’s Association
Parental interest and involvement, through the Parent’s Association, is encouraged. There is an active Parent’s Association in the school.

Parent Teacher contact/meetings
Parent- Teacher meetings are held in the school each year.

Parking
Please note that the school car park is reserved for staff and bus parking only. Parents are requested to use the public road and/car park opposite the schoolfor parking. Pupils should at all times be escorted to and from the school gates by a parent/guardian. We request that you adhere to road markings and exercise caution in relation to speed, pedestrian crossings etc.

Polasaí i Leith labhairt na Gaeilge
Cuirtear an bhéim ar an Ghaeilge mar theanga labhartha sa scoil agus déantar gach iarracht an Ghaeilge a úsaid mar theanga chumarsaide na scoile.

Policies
Copies of school policies are available for viewing in the school office. The BOM welcome submissions or suggestions regarding these policies.

School Times
•The official school opening time is 9.10 a.m.
•Children are in class by 9.20a.m.
•The roll is called at 9.40a.m.
•Classes for Junior and Senior Infants end at 2.00 p.m.
•Classes for other pupils end at 3.00 p.m.
•No responsibility can be accepted for pupils outside of designated school times.

School Uniform
The school uniform is as follows:

Maroon Sweatshirt with School Crest, White Polo shirt and grey trousers/skirts.

All items of school uniform and swimming togs should have child’s name on them.

- Crested school uniform sweatshirts and tracksuit bottoms are available from County Seat, Main Street, Letterkenny. The white polo shirts, skirts and trousers are available in local department stores.

- Children are not to wear jewellery, with the exception of watches. Earrings are not permitted though the wearing studs is permitted. Children are not to wear outdoor clothes, caps etc in the classroom.

Sports Day
It is tradition for the school to hold an Annual Sports Day in May/June each year.

Swimming Rules
As part of the PE Programme, swimming lessons and activities are provided to pupils in the school at various times over the course of their schooling. The course is normally 6 week duration.

Transition to Second Level
Over the past number of years, the school has engaged in involving 6th class pupils in a transition programme to second level schools. This takes slightly different forms each year, depending on the secondary school to which the children are transferring. Generally the programme involves the children visiting particular schools and/or teachers from the secondary school calling to our school to debate the issues involved in the progression from primary to secondary school. Furthermore, most post primary schools host an information evening at which both parents and 6th class pupils are encouraged to attend.

  • School Holidays

    • Halloween Break 2017
      Closing on Fri 27th Oct; re-opening on Mon 6th Nov
    • Christmas Holidays
      School closes on Fri 22nd Dec 2017 and will re-open on Mon 8th Jan 2018.
    • Feb Mid-term 2018
      Closed on Thurs 15th & Fri 16th Feb 2018
    • Easter Holidays 2018
      Closing for Easter Holidays on Fri 23 March & re-opening on Mon 9 April 2018.
    • May Bank Holiday 2018.
      The school is closed on Mon 7th May 2018.
    • June Bank Holiday 2018.
      The school is closed on Mon 4th June 2018.
    • Provisional Summer Closure 2018
      Provisional date for Summer Holidays is Fri 22nd June 2018.

      Please note that the above dates are subject to change.

      In the event of unforeseen closures, the Board of Management may use the first three days of the Easter Holidays to catch up on missed school days.