BUILDING UPDATE: From Deirdre Lennon to Diarmuid Everard As you know BMP have moved offices and the personnel deployed on this project have left their Practice. BMP advised today that they will complete their work in mid Jan 2018. Our programmed date for completion of QS work was 21.12.2017. The changes caused by the instruction to update to comply with latest TGD guidance is not insubstantial and required the production of additional drawings and revision to many. We will keep you informed of QS Progress . Regards, Deirdre. Deirdre Lennon M.R.I.A.I.
HOLIDAYS: Don’t forget Christmas Holidays begin at noon on December 22nd and we return for 2017 on January Monday Jan 8th
CAROL SERVICE: The school will be going ahead with the traditional school carol service again this year. The service will take place on Thursday, December 21st at 7.30pm in Julianstown Church
TEXT A PARENT APP: Uploading the textaparentapp allows parents to see the major events on the School Calendar. It also allows for regular calendar updates. The app also reduces the cost of the text service to the school.
BRING A BOOK/BUY A BOOK: This event was very successful and a great support PA funds. Children also were able to avail of new reading material at a really low price. I believe over €1300 was raised for PA funds. Thanks to all the parents who helped on the and not forgetting our Student Council who supported the event so well.
SHOEBOX: Deirdre Gray passes on her gratitude to all who supported so well her recent Shoebox Appeal for less well-off children in the Developing World.
CLASS of the MONTH: This month Ms. Finnegan’s Second class were the worthy winners.
RESOURCE CONTRIBUTION: The school recently issued an email seeking a reasonably small contribution from parents to help purchase resources for your children. The email was issued to parents who have children between 1st and 6th class. The ask is very much at the lower end of voluntary contributions sought by Irish schools and I believe the school is very much at the higher end of providing resources and especially outside experts to help educate your children. Please support.
INTERNET ACCESS: Given the issues raised in the media and elsewhere regarding cyber bullying and so on, our advice to parents is that if your child is accessing the internet, he/she does so in a public place in their house. We feel that children should be supervised at all times on the internet and strong, secure firewalls should be in place to prevent undesirable websites. Children should also be really careful that email accounts or devices are not shared with other children as it can happen that undesirable emails can be sent from a named account thus getting the account owner in trouble. There have been some issues brought to our attention and we advise that the best course of action is to be proactive rather than reactive. This week, for example, we had a call from a parent regarding an issue within school which originated outside school, by way of the children concerned communicating using a platform which is meant for 13+ persons. I find it hard to have sympathy when parents do not monitor their child’s online communications!
ERASMUS+: Whitecross school is leading a European Project entitled Past Generations; New Innovations. This is just a short update on the school’s European Erasmus Project which we are undertaking with 5 European schools (in Norway, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain & Czech Republic) over two years from 2016-2018. The main aim of the project is to capture life in all the schools’ local communities as it was as we adults, grandparents and ancestors lived it. Then share this information with the next generation; your children and their friends. We will then record in print, and other IT media, the results of our research. We already have quite a body of work, but I am sure there is more that you parents might be able to help us with: Copies of old photographs relevant to past events, community, school etc/Family trees/Local stories or folk tales/School reports/Old artefacts/Old newspapers or books with local articles/Anything the children bring in will be either scanned or photographed & returned immediately. We will include it (if appropriate) in one aspect of the project. The main end product will be a booklet for use within the school to enhance all of our pupils’ knowledge of their heritage and local history. Finally we are hosting our European colleagues for 5 days from March 13th, 2018. The teachers will be staying in hotels, but we would hope some parents/children will volunteer to host 10 children in groups of 2 or 3 at that time. (hosting expenses will be paid for children)
MR CAROLAN: Congratulations to Niall Carolan who recently got married. All of us in Whitecross wish him the best for the future.
HOME SCHOOL LIAISON: Occasionally as problems / issues / difficulties arise, it is best practice for the parent to make an appointment to meet the Class Teacher. You can easily make an appointment by phone or email : alternatively, a note can be written in the child’s homework diary. However, if issues are not resolved, or are problems of a serious nature, the following procedure will apply:
As part of his duties as Deputy Principal, Brian Colreavy has the role of Home School Liaison person, thus being the next point of contact in meeting parents/guardians with a view to resolving issues that arise. An appointment is preferable : however, he will meet you at short notice if there is a pressing concern.
If the issue is still unresolved, the matter will be passed on to Liam Burke (Principal) and/or the Board of Management.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO THE PARENTS & CHILDREN OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY AND THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT DURING 2017