The outdoor term is what some people call this time of year. All our classes will be going on their summer trips in late June. We have our outdoor Talent Show on Sunday 16th June and the annual SPORTS DAY will be on Friday 7th June. (Some very competitive parents around these days!) Many teachers also bring their classes outdoors to do some action research and outdoor learning.
The summer term is also for academic assessment tests and annual reports. Our new Junior Infants for next September come in to visit the school on Friday 24th May.
We are carrying out an Ethos Evaluation of our school this term. Pupils, Staff, Board of Management and Parents will all be asked to complete a short on-line survey on Survey Monkey. We will give you a code and all one has to do then is go onto ‘Survey Monkey’ and fill in a password or code that we give you. You answer the questions and then we get a summary of all the answers and publish a short report. The chances are we are doing well in some areas and could do better in other areas. (Sounds like a school report card.) This will be an anonomous survey where people can give their opinion (privately) on how we are doing as regards the ETHOS of our school. All Educate Together National Schools are supposed to be Co-educational, Multi-denominational, Child centred and Democratically managed.
Congratulations to the children who made their Confirmation or First Communion recently. As an Educate Together school we do not teach or instruct in any particular religion but we facilitate any group that wishes to use our rooms and facilities after regular school time. We also have the Learn Together programme which includes learning about all religions and belief systems.
The new path from Belgree is now open and hopefully as many as possible will walk to school. It’s more fun and the exercise is good for you, they tell me. We are hoping to make progress with the Department of Education and Fingal Council as regards pupil safety and the car parking situation near our school. Hopefully the new secondary school access road from the Hollystown Road side will improve matters. Tyrrelstown GAA club are making a new pitch in front of our school and we should have a large grassed playing area to use on special occasions next year.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO PUT YOUR CHILDREN’S NAMES DOWN ON THE WAITING LIST AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AS YOU MAY NOT GET A PLACE WHEN YOU WANT IT WHEN YOUR CHILD IS READY FOR JUNIOR INFANTS.
Little Stars, the local child care providers, will be offering AFTER SCHOOL (and one pre-school class) facilities in our school from September. Many people use family and neighbours to care for their children and there are also other childcare providers (e.g. Tigers and Tyrrelstown Montessori) operating in Tyrrelstown.
SCHOOL RESOURCE MONEY! We operate a one payment covers all books, resources, trips etc policy in Tyrrelstown ETNS. New junior Infants pay on enrolment, all others usually pay the first week in September but this year, if it suits you, you may pay in advance of September. Some parents / guardians may be entitled to low income or back to school grants but you have to check with the Department of Social Protection or Health.