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Health and Safety
As part of our school health programme we encourage regular washing of hands, particularly around eating time and after toilet use. If your child develops any contagious illness such as chickenpox please keep him/ her away from school until the period of contagion is over and inform the teacher immediately.
Unfortunately, head lice are a problem in primary schools. Please inform the school if you discover that your child has head lice. Treatments for head lice are available from the pharmacy. When the class teacher feels that a child is not well enough for school either as a result of becoming sick or an accident the Parents/Guardians will be contacted immediately. Generally if your child is too sick to go on yard he/she is too sick to come to school.
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. Parents are asked to make sure that the emergency phone number entered on their child’s Registration Form is up to date.
This school supports the notion that eating healthy food is in the greater interest of all our pupils. Eating nutritious foods promotes good general health, aids fitness and improves their chances of listening and learning in our classrooms. It assists school and home in the important task of raising healthy, active, happy and well balanced
future adults. We have a policy of promoting healthy lunches. Suggested foods for a healthy lunch
• Sandwiches (preferably wholemeal bread)
• Raw vegetables-carrot / celery sticks /cucumber etc
• Salad box
• Cheese - triangles or diced.
• Sugar-free Juices
• Fruit = Apples, oranges, kiwis, pears,plums, raisins, melon slices.
• Popcorn – “salted” only
• Fruit Winders
• Fizzy drinks and drinks in disposable cartons.
• Cereal Bars
• Chewing Gum
Behaviour and discipline
The staff of Ennis National School want to create a climate of physical, emotional, social, and intellectual safety for students, teachers and parents so that teaching and learning can occur within relationships of mutual valuing and respect. We want pupils to be self-motivated and to be at peace with themselves, others and the world. This requires the help and co-operation of pupils, teachers and parents. Parents/ guardians can assist the school by encouragingtheir children to abide by the school rules, encouraging punctuality and regular attendance and by ensuring that homework is given due time and effort.
Our school Code of Behaviour details:
• The standards of behaviour that shall be observed by each pupil attending the school;
• The whole school approach in promoting positive behaviour;
• The measures that shall be taken when a pupil fails or refuses to observe
• The procedures to be followed before a pupil may be suspended or expelled from the school concerned;
• The grounds for removing a suspension imposed in relation to a pupil
• The school’s Anti-Bullying Policy; and
• The procedures to be followed in relation to a child’s absence from school. Should a parent/guardian be concerned
about any aspect of their child’s behavior they are welcome to make an appointment to discuss their concerns. In cases of an identified pattern of misbehavior parents will be invited to participate in the intervention process.
Promoting Positive Behaviour
As a general rule the school will endeavour to create an environment where positive behaviour is reinforced through raise and reward. School staff will use encouraging language and gestures, both in class and around the school, so that positive behavior is instantly recognised and positively rewarded. Special attention will be paid to pupils who have previously been associated with poor behaviour so that not only good behaviour but also improvement in
behaviour is acknowledged. A reward scheme for promoting positive behaviour is used. Such rewards include;
• ‘Congratulations’ and ‘Good News’ postcards sent to parents/guardians
• Personalised letters to parents/guardians or notes in HomeworkDiary
• Special privileges
• Principal’s Awards
• Twice-yearly Raffle