We had a huge turnout for the Gorey St Patrick’s Day Parade. We won a prize too – best group!
School Buses: important changes from September 2011.
Families must apply directly to Bus Éireann for school transport no later than 31st March 2011. ‘Bus Éireann School Transport Office, Plunkett Station, Waterford (Tel: 051 873 401.) Online applications can be submitted at www.buseireann.ie
Introduction of annual charges: €50 per primary pupil, up to a family maximum of €110. (Exemptions for pupils with valid medical cards.)
Families on a bus route, but living less than 2 miles from the school can apply for a ‘Concessionary Ticket’ (€200 per pupil per annum.)
Bus Éireann will issue invoices during July 2011. (Pay 50% July; 50% November.)
Application forms are downloadable at www.buseireann.ie (Bus Éireann were also due to post forms directly to all families currently using the free bus services.)
It is important that application forms are completed and returned to Bus Éireann by 31st March – bus services with low numbers of applicants will be withdrawn.
Please note that, in light of the above changes, families must liaise directly with the Bus Éireann School Transport office. Our school office no longer has any role re: tickets, routes, etc.
Traffic arrangements from September 2011: parking for parents/guardians will be even more limited than at present, (as our school continues to grow.) A large area will continue to be reserved for use by school buses.
Please remind the children to wear seatbelts at all times when travelling by car or school bus.
Gorey Educate Together NS
Parental Involvement Policy
Ratified by our Board of Management 26th January 2011, following consultation with the Parent-Teacher Association, staff and a random sample of parents who volunteered in our classrooms over the past several months. The various guidelines in the policy should help to ensure that activities involving parent volunteers continue to bring maximum benefits for the school.
In keeping with the principles of multi-denominational education, our school is democratically run. This means that democratically elected committees run it, and the involvement of all parents is sought and encouraged.
Parents as a group have a range of talents, abilities and skills that have the potential to enrich and extend the educational opportunities provided for the children. It is our policy to identify parents with specific skills and to invite those parents to share their skills with us at school and at class level.
Respect for the professional role of the teacher and the statutory responsibilities of the Principal, Patron and the Board of Management is always an important consideration.
Parents are invited to become involved in the school in many ways and at many levels, for example: Serving on school bodies (Board of Management, Parent-Teacher Association, Educate Together Board of Directors, E.T. National Forum,) Fundraising, Organising Social Events, Policy-making, e.g. Code of Behaviour, Relationships and Sexuality Education Policy, Policy for Special Classes for Children with Autism, Parent-Teacher Association Constitution and volunteering in our classrooms.
2. Benefits of Parental Involvement
Children benefit from greater diversity in the classroom.
Parental skills may support and complement work already taking place.
Parental involvement actively supports and encourages the child’s learning.
A wide range of activity is facilitated. This can be interesting and fun, and can lead to a broader and more holistic education.
It promotes ‘good parent/teacher relationships and a better level of understanding between home and school’ (National Parents’ Council.)
It enhances communication, trust and respect between parents and teachers.
Parents can learn about the Curriculum.
Parental involvement allows children to see that school is an extension of home and therefore fosters the idea of the ‘school family.’
Parental skills can contribute to the smooth running and development of the school.
Parental involvement provides the opportunity of making lifelong friends.
3. How to Get Involved
Parents are, first of all, invited to consider their skills, interests and time available, and communicate this information to the class teacher, the principal and/or to the PTA.
Parents can consult, by appointment or in writing, with the class teacher about hobbies, skills or interests they can share with the class bearing in mind that needs change from year to year.
Parents can work in conjunction with the teachers in a planned and co-ordinated way. Should any differences or difficulties arise, the school’s existing grievance procedure should be utilised.
Ongoing projects over a number of weeks may enhance and enrich the work the children are involved with in the classroom: parents are encouraged to discuss any ideas they may have with the teacher.
Parents can help with swimming, tours and trips, organising the school library, art and P.E. resources, and may also like to make costumes for school concerts.
Parents may get involved in many extra-curricular activities such as chess, yoga, football, music and art, and they would be particularly welcome to initiate project work with the children in the areas of the school garden, a children’s newsletter etc.
Opportunities are endless – baking, woodwork, cultural exchanges and discussion… the school welcomes all ideas.
Please note that an appendix to this document contains guidelines for parents volunteering in the classrooms and a confidentiality form.
Guidelines for Getting Involved
Parents come into the classroom at the invitation of the teacher, by prior arrangement and for an agreed purpose. The classroom teacher, in consultation with the Principal, holds the final decision on the suitability and viability of all suggestions.
The happiness, welfare and safety of the children are our primary concern. A child’s personal history and academic achievements are strictly confidential: it is important not to discuss your thoughts on how a pupil might be doing [academically/behaviourally/socially/emotionally] with any party. (Uncertainties in this area should be discussed with the class teacher or principal only.)
Respect for the teachers in their professional capacity is essential.
Discipline/behaviour remains the responsibility of the teacher.
All work will be supervised by the teacher.
Parents who participate should be conscious of and sensitive to the needs of the entire class, not just the needs of their own child.
Parents coming into the classroom must consult with the teacher before inviting other parents/individuals to participate.
In the interests of safety, toddlers and younger children cannot be accommodated during a classroom activity.
The highest standard of adult behaviour and language is expected.
Punctuality and consistency are crucial.
No fees are payable. Any expenses that you wish to reclaim must be sanctioned in advance by the Board of Management, and must be accompanied by receipts.
In the case of an ongoing project that takes place over a number of weeks, parents will meet with the teacher to discuss the activity. It remains the responsibility of the teacher to determine its appropriateness (e.g. is it suitable for the age group; has something similar already been done, etc.)
The teacher has the final say in the event that he/she feels an activity is falling short of its original aims and objectives.
The school ethos must be upheld at all times and it is important to keep in mind that the school is multi-denominational, co-educational, child centred and democratic. Consequently, respect for all the partners in education – children, teachers and parents – must be upheld at all times.
For parents & guardians volunteering in the classrooms at Gorey Educate Together NS
I am familiar with the school’s Parental Involvement Policy.
Confidentiality: I will not discuss my thoughts on how a pupil might be doing [academically/behaviourally/socially/emotionally] with any party. (Uncertainties in this area should be discussed with the class teacher or principal only.)
Parent/guardian signature: _______________ Date: __________
Well done to all the pupils in Andrea’s class for their fantastic projects about their favorite animals. A wide range of animals were chosen from puppies to eagles. The children displayed their work in poster or booklet form and these are on display outside the classroom. The children received lots of compliments about their work from other pupils and staff and even received a special certificate of commendation from Raymond! Congratulations!!!
How do I borrow a book ?
The Parent Library is available at the PTA Coffee mornings which generally take place on the first and third Friday of each month from 9-10am in the Parent Room. (These dates sometimes change, for updated information please check the school newsletters, the notice board outside the school building and text alerts)
What if I can’t make the Coffee Mornings ?
Please email email@example.com or call Loyola Meireles on 086-6077613 to make an alternative arrangement.
When should I return the book ?
We keep a log of all books borrowed and ask you to return them in two weeks time, this can be extended if required.
What if the book gets lost ?
We would appreciate if any books that get lost can be paid for, this will enable us to replace the books and keep the library intact.
What if I’d like my own copy of the book ?
Most of the books in the library can be bought online from www.festivalshop.co.uk or Amazon.co.uk
We would be delighted to get feedback on the books currently stocked in the library and if you have time to write a short review of any of the books you read that would be fantastic. We hope to add more books to our library in the future and if you have recommendations of books you feel other parents would enjoy or if there is a particular subject you would like to see included, please send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Parenting with Love and Logic||Foster Cline & Jim Fay|
|How to Talk so Kids will Listenand Listen so Kids will Talk||Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish|
|Siblings Without Rivalry||Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish|
|Scream Free Parenting||Hal Edward Runkel|
|Attitude in Action||Julie Davey|
|A is for Attitude||Julie Davey|
|Catherine Finds her Courage||Lawrence E Shapiro|
|What to Do When You Worry Too Much||Dawn Huebner|
|First Grade Takes a Test||Miriam Cohen|
|My Manners Matter||Pat Thomas|
|It Won’t Work||Janine Amos|
|Whoever You Are (2 copies)||Mem Fox|
|All Kinds of Beliefs||Tango Books|
|The Taste of Winter(a story about Hanukkah)||Adele Geras|
|A Present for Salima(a story about Id-ul-Fitr)||Kerena Marchant|
|The Guru’s Family||Pratima Mitchell|
|The Life of St Patrick||Anita Ganeri|
|Special Days – Winter||Cath Senker|
|The Life of Confucius||Sally Humble-Jackson|
|Stories from the Christian World||David Self|
|Living in the Sahara||Nicola Barber|
|Living in the Arctic||Neil Morris|
|China the Culture||Bobbie Kalman|
|Cuba the Culture||Bobbie Kalman|
|Why Should I Eat this Carrot ?||Louise Spilsbury|
|Why Should I Go to Bed Now ?||Louise Spilsbury|
|What on Earth Do You DoWhen Someone Dies ?||Trevor Romain|
|Helping Children Copewith the Loss of a Loved One||William C. Kroen|
|Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine||Diana Crossley|
|Learn Together (1 copy)(Ethical Education Programmefor Educate Together Schools)||Educate Together|
|What is an Educate TogetherNational School ? (5 copies)||Educate Together|
|What’s Happening to Me ? (Boys)||Alex Frith|
|What’s Happening to Me ? (Girls)||Susan Meredith|
|Where Willy Went …||Nicholas Allan|
|Let’s Talk about Sex||Robie H. Harris|
|Hair in Funny Places||Babette Cole|
|Mummy Laid an Egg !||Babette Cole|
|What’s Inside Your Tummy, Mummy ?||Abby Cocovini|
|GovernmentPublications||Your Child’s Learning||Department of Education|
|What, Why and How(of children’s learning in Primary)||NCCA|
The Parents’ Library is kindly sponsored by your PTA
Friday, 5th March: Last day to return enrolment forms to Gorey Community School. Parents of 6th class pupils – return any forms directly to the Community School.Friday, 5th March: Informal PTA coffee morning for parents, 9am. All are welcome.
Friday, 5th March: Singfest concert at Wexford Opera House, 8pm. (Our older classes participated in this event last year.) Tickets are available from the Opera House for any families who would like to attend.
HSE National Measles Outbreak Alert: Over 150 cases have been reported to date in 2010. Non-immune children are at risk of measles. The HSE recommends that all children have two doses of MMR vaccine. Please see www.hpsc.ie for more information. The HSE requests that all parents ensure their child’s vaccinations are up to date.
Irish language course for parents: Well done to all the parents who completed this course. Many thanks to Suzanne for the tuition.
Seachtain na Gaeilge (SnaG:) (Irish language week) There are many SnaG events and activities for the children to look forward to, beginning this Friday: Radió SnaG will broadcast throughout the school at 10.20am daily, Damhsa Gaelach & Céilí Mór (set-dancing,) SnaG assemblies, Trath na gCeist Boird (table quiz,) and Ceolchoirm Beag (mini-concert.) Also, work for a ‘ticéid glas’ (green ticket) by using the Irish language as much as possible. We’d be delighted to hear from some set-dancing or music-playing parents – please speak with Grace (who teaches 2nd class) or leave a message with Bernie in the office.
Gorey St. Patrick’s Day parade
Next Monday we will begin practising for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. This year one of the teachers will help us to bang out a Samba beat!
All of the children will need something to bang (biscuit tin & wooden spoon, toy drum or tambourine, baking tray & spoon, etc;) shake (bottle filled with peas or rice, maracas, etc;) or blow (whistles.) Please mark items with the child’s name and bring them to school on Monday. (Please don’t buy anything new.)
If you know a drummer who can join us on the day (and for a practice at the school) – we’d be delighted to hear from you. (Please speak with Fergus – who teaches junior infants – or leave a message with Bernie in the office.)
All are welcome on the day itself: 2.45pm, Wednesday 17th March. We hope to be one of the biggest, loudest and most colourful parade groups again this year. Children and adults can dress up in all the usual (crazy) St. Patrick’s Day garb (or dress to a South American samba theme if you wish!)
Bookings are now being accepted for the 1.30-2.30pm supervision/activity session for Junior and Senior Infants. Staff: Sadie Harpur, Ewa Minias and Pauline Carroll. Cost: €15/week per child (or €3/day.) This service is offered to families who have 1.30pm and 2.30pm pick-ups from Gorey Educate Together NS and families who use the 2.30pm school bus service. Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Interested families should plan to use the service on a regular basis (between 2 and 5 days per week.) The service will not cater for last-minute or one-off bookings (occasional family situations, ‘I’m running late,’ etc.) To book please speak with Bernie in the office.
PS Pay in advance only. No refund for days the child doesn’t attend because of illness, etc. (The school still needs to pay the staff.)
A few more ‘Free Trees’ from Wexford County Council: the trees would need to be collected from Holmestown Waste Management Facility near Barntown on Monday, 8th March (9am-3.30pm.) If you can collect them for the school please speak with Fergal (learning support teacher) or Bernie in the office.
Multi-denominational school? Child-centred? Democratically run? Co-educational?
Gorey Educate Together is one of three pilot schools in Educate Together’s new ‘Ethos Self-Evaluation Process’
The first step is to establish a coordinating committee (who would meet to plan questionnaires and workshops for the wider school community.)
We need at least two parents to join our coordinating committee (First meeting: 8pm, Monday 15th March.)
Interested? Please contact the office or speak with the principal. (We can also send you further information on what’s involved.)
We will try to ensure balance (parents who’ve been involved with the school for a number of years vs. parents new to the school, etc.
Route number Bus company Start time Starting place
11058 Michael Gray 07.55 Springmount
21058 Gorey Coach Company 07.45 Courteencurragh
31058 David Christie 08.20 Kilanerin
41058 Matthew Cousins 07.45 Mullaunreagh Cross
51058 Matthew Cousins 07.45 Baltyfarrell
Safety first! Walk, don’t run. Watch out for the little ones. Parents: remind the children how to alight from the bus safely.
Carry your ticket every day.
Lost tickets: contact Bus Éireann’s school transport office in Waterford.
Best behaviour and best manners only! (Misbehaviour will be dealt with by the bus driver and/or the school principal.)
The school staff will not get involved in ‘chops and changes’ (such as lifts to a friend’s house, to grandparents house, etc.) The children should ride on their own bus route only. School friends who aren’t entitled to a bus ticket shouldn’t ride on any bus.
During Bookweek, we had visits from authors Sarah Webb, Brianog Brady Dawson (pictured) and Oisin McGann. Some children chose to dress up as their favourite book character during the week and made a character trail through the school. Many thanks to all the families who helped to encourage our children to read more as well as raising funds for MS Ireland through the Readathon and for the school library through the Scholastic bookfair, also the many parents who volunteered to help out with various things to help make the week run more smoothly.