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The school welcomes all parents to contact the school but interruptions should be kept to a minimum. All meetings with the Principal or Class Teacher must be by appointment.

Messages/Phone Calls                                       
Telephone calls about children’s absences, dental appointments, etc. cause disruption.  
It is recommended that parents send a note to the class teacher to  communicate such messages.


Parent/Class Teacher Meetings

The child’s education and welfare are best served where there is regular contact between parent and teacher on matters relating to the child’s  progress and well-being.  Parent/teacher meetings, therefore, form an integral part of our school’s programme. In Whitecross school parent/teacher meetings take one or more of the following forms:-

Parents may meet with the teacher on a one to one basis,  by appointment, to discuss the child’s progress or other matters of concern to parent or teacher.  Such meetings may be initiated by either the parents or the class teacher. of infant children are in regular contact with the class teachers, when delivering or collecting their  children and any small problems that tend to arise are sorted out on a personal level between parent and teacher. If a problem needs further attention, an appointment may be made to discuss the matter more fully with the parent(s), class teacher and principal.

One to one parent/teacher meetings by appointment.

Teachers like to meet with parents on an individual basis early in the year to set out their modus operandi; advising parents on matters of class rules, homework, curriculum etc.  These meetings are held towards the end of November and individual invitations are sent out to each family. This is a great opportunity for teachers and parents to get to know each other, get to know school and class policies and to encourage good attitudes to homework and good behaviour.

Regular consultation occurs between the Learning Support Team and Class teachers to identity children at risk with a view to providing educational support.  When children are seen to be encountering learning difficulties parents are requested to come to the school for a progress report with the class teacher and Learning Support Team.

Apart from the formal parent teacher meeting in November/December, parents are encouraged to see the class teacher on one other occasion during the school year.

School Reports:

Individual Reports on pupils are issued at the end of each academic year.  A copy of this is also kept in school.    Please retain your copy of these as they are often requested when your son/daughter is entering second level school.

Parent/Principal Meetings.

Informal Meetings

The Principal is in regular contact with parents throughout the day by phone, by newsletter, by text or by meeting them informally at the school gate, on the corridors or in the school yard.

Formal Meetings

Meetings by appointment in the Principal’s office on request of parent(s) or Principal.

First Holy Communion and Confirmation meetings take place in the school prior to these sacraments taking place.

Meetings are held in May each year with parents of incoming pupils.   At this meeting the Principal and Infant Teachers give a presentation on the history of the school and how it operates as well as useful advice on starting school.

The Parents’ Association provides further contact between parents and school at this and subsequent meetings.                 

General School Communications with Parents.

When necessary, information is communicated to the general body of parents by letter on items such as school events, school vacations for the year, etc.   When such communication takes place the eldest child in each family receives the letter in order to avoid duplication.   The text-a-parent system is also used.
School notice boards and display areas are also used to communicate with parents.


ILLNESSES & ACCIDENTS


In the event of a child becoming ill at school or suffering a fall or injury, parents/guardians will be contacted by phone.  It is very important that we have a contact number of somebody who will be able to collect the child if the parent/guardian is not available.  If you give such a contact name and number please inform the person that you are doing so.

Each pupil’s parent or guardian must give details of health problems on the registration form.  

Please inform the school of any changes you wish to make to your registration form. It is vitally important in the event of sickness or accident to have a fully updated correct  information with contact numbers, available to the school.


PARKING


The orderly flow of traffic at the school at delivery and collection time is essential for safety, bearing in mind the numbers involved and the very busy main road.   
To relieve congestion parents are requested to use the church car park if possible.
Please do NOT park on the footpath immediately outside the school gate or at both
sides of the road near it as this blocks the view of oncoming traffic and could cause an accident if visibility is hindered.    Please obey this safety rule and co-operate with the traffic warden.


CARDS AND INVITATIONS


We would ask parents to avoid issuing birthday invitations, Christmas cards, or gifts in the school as this does cause upset to children not included. Likewise, at First Communion and Confirmation parents should give cards privately at home and not at the ceremony.


BOOKS AND BAGS

Please check books and schoolbags and ensure they are kept neat, clean and tidy at all times.    Also check that your child’s bag has the minimum amount of books necessary and keep the weight of the bag as light as possible. Please check for notes, newsletters, etc. on a regular basis.


SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Whitecross like all other schools, relies on fund-raising to finance the extras in school. We collect an Arts and Craft levy annually to fund photocopying, library books, jigsaws, paints, art materials, class games, computer software, hardware  and other classroom and sporting requirements.  The amount per child will be notified each September    


LUNCHES

We encourage children to bring healthy lunches to school.   We do not allow crisps or chewing gum, lollipops or nuts in any class in the school. If your child has a particular eating disorder  or allergy please let us know.   The Departments of Education and Health run a very active healthy eating campaign.  



MEDICATION

As a general rule teachers will not be involved in the administration of medication to pupils.   In exceptional circumstances where a teacher agrees to become involved in the administration of medication the parent in question will write to the Board of Management requesting the Board to authorise a teacher to administer the medication.  If the Board, having considered the matter, authorises a teacher to administer medication they will then seek an indemnity from the parents in respect of any liability that may arise regarding the administration of the medication.  
Parents are welcome to come to the school and administer medication themselves.


UNIFORM

The school uniform consists of a navy sweater and navy pants/skirt with pale blue shirt and red tie or the school tracksuit (navy with red stripe) and red polo shirt. It is sufficient for children to wear the school tracksuit rather than the more formal uniform. Uniforms may be purchased in MacFadden’s, Balbriggan.


GREEN SCHOOL

At  Whitecross we endeavour to be an environmentally friendly school. To this end we encourage children to recycle. The exterior and interior of the school are clean, well maintained and pleasing to the eye. Please speak to your children regularly about recycling and using litter bins.    “Where litter lies – beauty dies”.
We are proud of our Green School Status and we are constantly endeavouring to become even greener!!

                        

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY


We have a modern fully equipped computer room and in classes  we have a considerable number of computers, printers, and software as well as broadband. Our whole school is fully networked.

We have been assisted in this by IT grants  from the Department of Education and Science, parents’ contributions and generous fundraising and sponsorship by the PA, parents and friends.     

It is important to provide both pupils and teachers with opportunities in the area of Technology to enhance the learning process.


STUDENTS’ COUNCIL


The pupils in the school are represented by the Students’ Council. The council meets every second Tuesday, along with one teacher. There is an annual election of students on to the council. Pupils from Third (2), Fourth (3), Fifth (3) and Sixth class (3) are elected to represent the views of all the school pupils. Elections take place each January and pupils are not allowed to represent their class on consecutive terms. The role of the Students’ Council is to act as a sounding board for all pupils and also to include the student perspective on issues in the school which are important for our students.  
                         

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT

The Board of Management is responsible for the direct government of the
school in accordance with -

The Rules for National Schools.
The Constitution of Boards and Rules of Procedure.
Circulars issued from time to time by the Minister.
The Board  Membership is made up as follows -
2 nominees of the Patron
2  elected  Parents (one being a mother, one being a father).
The Principal.
One elected member of the teaching staff
2 extra members proposed by the Nominees above.

The Board of Management of Whitecross operates an equal opportunity policy.


PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION


The Parents’ Association of Whitecross National School is a thriving and active committee made up of parents of children from all classes.  We meet on the first Monday of every month and all parents are welcome.  The position of Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary and Public Relations Officer are elected by all parents at the Annual General Meeting which is held at the beginning of the new academic year.  


We have an excellent working relationship with the school and have undertaken numerous joint projects over the years.  The Parent’s Association currently organize events throughout the year including Brennans Personal Accident Insurance,  Big Breakfast (in aid of Childline), Sponsored Beach Walk, Art and Literary Competition, Table Quiz (for parents and 6 class students) 1 Holy Communion Party, 6 Class Leaving Party, Book Rental Scheme, Sports Day and there is ongoing involvement with the school garden.  Each year we organize additional events which are of benefit to the school community.  Money raised from our fundraising events is used to purchase additional equipment for the school.

We are a member of the National Parents Council, Primary, and keep parents informed of their workshops and events.  We communicate with parents by circulating newsletters and can be contacted by email at whitecrossnspa@gmail.com or by phone on 087 2927151.

Finally we are a group of parents whose common aim is to work alongside the teachers to maintain a happy school environment for our children.  All parents are very welcome to get involved. It does not mean a huge commitment – people can give as little or as much time as they like – even participation in one event a year means a lot.


A WORD FROM OUR CHAIRPERSON

The ethos of our school is Christian and the school works in harmony with the local church. Ourareby belief in God and in the life, death and resurrectionJesus Christ. Ideally we promotebeliefsharmonious with all aspects of the person of the pupil. The childrenare prepared for the sacraments of reconciliation, communion and confirmation where they learn the dynamics of the Christian and catholic faith. While we promote the formation of pupils in themorals andthe Roman Catholic Churchethos is inclusive of all children regardless of their beliefs. In fact we have quite a multicultural religious community anda spiritual sense we can all gain from this as each faith can learn from each other and so can come to a deeperof their own religion.     
  
           Rev. Declan Kelly, Chairperson Board of Management




 
 
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