PARENTS GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Here we have some general information listed for parents.

HOMEWORK INFORMATION

Children in every class are given homework on Monday to Thursday, which must be completed according to the Class Teacher’s instructions. It is important to maintain a good homework routine at home: regular time and space with no distractions.

Time guidelines:
Junior and Senior Infants: Up to 10mins
1st and 2nd: Up to 20mins
3rd and 4th: 30-40mins
5th and 6th: No more than 1hr 15mins

SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS

Mahoonagh NS is an inclusive school. We follow the NEPS guidelines in our approach to supporting children with additional educational needs. The Special Educational Needs Team works closely with the class teachers in identifying, monitoring and supporting children with SEN. This may involve in-class support, withdrawal in a small group or individual attention (or a combination). All children are regularly screened through the administration of standardised and observational tests. Parental consultation and support is a vital aspect of our learning support programme. If you have any concerns in this area please talk with the class teacher.

Mahoonagh NS has a new Assisted Learning Class (ASD unit) for children with Autism. Interaction between mainstream classes and ALC is fostered.

THE FIRST DAY

Start with a good breakfast. Come to the school on time.

Give a hug, say goodbye and reassure your child that you will collect them at the proper time. Then leave!

Almost all children are busy and happy within minutes of their parents leaving, even if there are initially some tears.

JUNIOR DAY

For the first week Junior Infants will have a shorter school day (9.20 – 12 noon). They will only need a small healthy lunch. New Infants are usually very tired when they start school first, so please help them by making sure they go to bed early.

From the second week of September the Junior Infants will be in school for the full Infant day (9.20 – 2pm). Parents will be informed of exact dates when the school calendar is decided.

Please ensure you are on time in the morning and in the afternoon. Your child’s ability to separate from you will be enhanced if they know you will be there on time.
Going Home
At home time the teacher will lead the children to the school drop off area and they will be handed over to the relevant carer, one by one. Please wait until your child comes to you.

Inform the school in writing about who is to collect your child.

The school must also be informed in writing of any changes to the collection routine.

INDEPENDANCE

HELP YOUR CHILD TO BE INDEPENDENT by training him/her:
To use and flush the toilet, wash and dry hands without help.
To put on and take off his/her coat and do and undo buttons and zips.
To open and close schoolbags, lunch boxes and drink containers. It's advised that infants use a non-spill drink bottle.
To use a tissue/handkerchief when needed.
To recognise his/her own belongings.

LABELLING

Young children frequently misplace their belongings. To help us ensure these belongings are returned to their rightful owners please write your child’s name on everything they own.

Ways to you can help your child to grow
Give your child time, spend time together.
Talk to your child and encourage him/her.
Listen attentively to your child.
Read and enjoy stories together. Talk about the story.
Repeat Nursery Rhymes.
Identify colours and shapes.
Provide paper, crayons and paints for colouring and scribbling.
Provide jigsaws, lego, play dough etc.
Help him/her to cut out using safe scissors.
Allow sand and water play.
Have fun together.
Praise his/her efforts at every opportunity.
Avoid criticism

SOCIAL SKILLS

Encourage your child to mix with a variety of children in order to develop their social skills and to avoid over-reliance on any one person (adult or child).

CURRICULUM SUBJECTS

In 1999 a revised curriculum was introduced into Irish Primary Schools.
The Primary School Curriculum consists of 6 curricular areas and these are further divided into 11 subjects. See ncca.ie for further details.

Your child will be studying the following:
Language: Gaeilge & English
Mathematics
Social, Environmental & Scientific Education (S.E.S.E.): History, Geography & Science
Arts Education: Music, Visual Arts and Drama
Physical Education (P.E.)
Social, Personal and Health Education (S.P.H.E.)

The curriculum aims to ensure that all children are provided with learning opportunities that recognise and celebrate their uniqueness, develop their full potential and prepare them to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The focus is on the child as a learner.

Mahoonagh NS is a Catholic School. We teach the Grow In Love and Alive-O programmes.

TEXT A PARENT

Mahoonagh NS uses text a parent to keep parents informed. Occasionally notes with specific information are sent home. You may have to check the bag.

CONTACT DETAILS

Please update the admin office about any changes in contact details. It is very important that the school has a current contact number for every child in the school.

Emergency contact details are essential.

Whole school evulation
Our school undertook a whole school evalation in October 2017 and the report can be viewed here:

Whole School Evaluation

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY

Roll call is at 10 am each morning.

If your child is going to be late for any reason, please let the class teacher know in advance or leave a message with the admin office where possible.
It's important that children are punctual in the mornings and collected on time.

• Morning classes start 9:20
• Early break 11:00
• Midday classes 11:10
• Lunchtime 12:30
• Afternoon classes 13:00
• Another day over 14:00 or 15:00

We welcome you to get involved with the school community

Principal Yvonne Condron

OUR PRIMARY SCHOOL

Mahoonagh N.S. is a Roman Catholic Primary School in the village of Castlemahon, situated 5 minutes from the busy town of Newcastle West.

(069) 72332

mahoonaghns.ias@eircom.net
    
Castlemahon, Co. Limerick    

SCHOOL PROGRAMMES

Mahoonagh NS participates in the following national school programmes.

National Behaviour Support Service

Active School

The Incredible Years

Cumann na mBunscol

Green School

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