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School Times & Other Details

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Infant Classes: 8.50am – 1.45pm

First to Sixth Classes: 8.50am – 2.45pm

Children are requested to arrive at school by 8.50 am. School doors are open from 8.30am. The Board of Management accept no responsibility for pupils arriving before that time. There are staggered staggered drop off times in place due to COVID 19.  School Car Park is reserved for drop off and pick up of Junior Infants, Senior Infants, Sunshine Classes, 1st and 2nd class children only. Parents/Guardians of older children are requested to drop off and pick up at a meeting point away from the school car park. Older children are strongly recommended to avail of Walking
Bus and Cycling Bus.

As it stands, school will start for all classes at 8:50am. If it is possible for families to adhere to the following, we ask for co-operation on it. These are the suggested staggered drop off times in the car park:
8:30am – 1st and 2nd class
8:40am – Junior and Senior Infants.

On arrival to school, all children should enter the school and go immediately to their classroom. Parents/Guardians of Junior and Senior Infant children will be the only parents permitted to accompany their child to their yard at morning time. This is the usual Infant yard for Junior
and Senior Infants. Infants will enter the school immediately. Parents/Guardians will not be allowed to accompany them into the school. Infants will be met at the yellow door by a staff member on arrival.

Parents/Guardians of children in 1st and 2nd class who are using the car park are asked to drop and go in the car park. Parents of 1st and 2nd class children may not accompany children beyond the car park. All children should enter the school and go immediately to their classroom. We strongly recommend that you encourage your child/children to use the Walking Bus and Cycling Bus.

Staggered Collection
As it stands, infants are collected at 1:45pm and the rest of the school at 2:45pm. This will be adjusted as outlined below. If it is possible for families to adhere to the following, we ask for cooperation on it.
Junior and Senior Infants: 1:45pm as normal
Junior Infant collection point will be on the Infant Yard and Senior Infant collection point will be on the Senior yard (beside the school field).
On the yards there will be a specific queuing area for the parents of each Junior and Senior Infant class. We would ask parents/guardians to wait until their child is called by the teacher to ensure a safe handover of the child. On wet days for collection of Infants, teachers will not bring the children outside. They will complete the handover at the yellow door for Junior Infants on the infant yard (Ms. Murphy’s Junior Infant class will use the back door) and the red door for Senior Infants on the Senior Yard. Parents will queue in their designated queuing area and wait until they are called to the respective doors. We would appreciate your patience and co-operation in relation to this as teachers will only be able to complete the handover one class at a time. We would encourage parents/guardians to dress for the wet weather.

Children from 1st class to 6th class will have a staggered collection time. This is to ensure the least amount of interaction between children as they exit the school. If it is possible for families to adhere to the following, we ask for co-operation on it:
Term 1 (Start of school year until Christmas)
1st and 2nd class: 2:40pm
3rd and 4th class: 2:45pm
5th and 6th class: 2:50pm

Term 2 (After Christmas until Easter)
1st and 2nd class: 2:45pm
3rd and 4th class: 2:50pm
5th and 6th class: 2:40pm

Term 3 (After Easter until End of School Year)
1st and 2nd class: 2:50pm
3rd and 4th class: 2:40pm
5th and 6th class: 2:45pm

Children from 1st class to 6th class will exit through their allocated doors. Children from 1st and 2nd class can be collected in the school car park only. Children from 3rd class to 6th class can be collected at a meeting point away from the car park. Parents/Guardians are asked to wait in their cars and not to congregate on the school grounds.

Pupils will not be allowed to leave the school during the school day. If a child has to be collected early, the parent should let the clas teacher know through email: info@ennins.ie and wait in the front foyer while the child makes their way down from the classroom.

There is a fifteen minute break at 10.45am and a forty minute break at 12.30pm. Pupils are given time to eat their lunches at their desks before being allowed out to play. In general pupils are not allowed to remain indoors during playtime.

 

 

Behaviour and Discipline

Code of Behavior and Reward Scheme

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 encouraging their 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 those standards;
  • 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
  • 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 behaviour they are welcome to make an appointment to discuss their concerns.

Positive Behaviour

As a general rule the school will endeavour to create an environment where positive behaviour is reinforced through praise and reward. School staff will use encouraging language and gestures, both in class and around the school, so that positive behaviour 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.

Positive Behaviour Reward Scheme

A reward scheme for promoting positive behaviour is used. Such rewards include;

  • ‘Congratulations’ and ‘Good News’ postcards and texts sent to parents/guardians
  • Personalised letters to parents/guardians or notes in Homework Diary
  • Special privileges
  • Principal’s Awards

School Uniform

Sacraments and School Occasions

  • Grey School Jumper or alternative option of black half zip School Sweatshirt
  • Grey Shirt* and Red Tie
  • Dark Grey Pants / Skirt
  • Grey socks / tights
  • Any shoes
  • The school uniform is available from Pynes, Abbey Street, Ennis and McCannons, The Market, Ennis. Generic pinafores, pants, shirts and black tracksuit bottoms and shorts can be bought in department stores. School crests available from TM Office supplies, Parnell Street, Ennis.
  • All uniform items should be labelled with the child’s name.
  • Shirt and tie must be worn with the winter uniform under the grey school jumper and under the alternative option of the black half zip school sweatshirt.

*First Holy Communion Boys will wear a white shirt with uniform. Girls will wear Communion dresses.

Summer Uniform

September to Halloween (Easter to End of School Year).

  • Grey School Jumper or alternative option of black half zip
  • School Sweatshirt
  • Red Polo Shirt
  • Dark Grey Pants / Skirt
  • Grey or Red socks / tights and any shoes / runners
  • The school uniform is available from Pynes, Abbey Street, Ennis and McCannons, The Market, Ennis. Generic pinafores, pants, shirts and black tracksuit bottoms and shorts can be bought in department stores. School crests available from TM Office supplies, Parnell Street, Ennis.
  • All uniform items should be labelled with the child’s name.
  • Shirt and tie must be worn with the winter uniform under the grey school jumper and under the alternative option of the black half zip school sweatshirt.

Winter Uniform

After Halloween Break to Easter

  • Grey School Jumper or alternative option of black half zip School Sweatshirt
  • Grey Shirt and Red Tie
  • Dark Grey Pants / Skirt
  • Grey or Red socks / tights and any shoes / runners
  • The school uniform is available from Pynes, Abbey Street, Ennis and McCannons, The Market, Ennis. Generic pinafores, pants, shirts and black tracksuit bottoms and shorts can be bought in department stores. School crests available from TM Office supplies, Parnell Street, Ennis.
  • All uniform items should be labelled with the child’s name.
  • Shirt and tie must be worn with the winter uniform under the grey school jumper and under the alternative option of the black half zip school sweatshirt.

PE / Sports Day Uniform

PE/Sports day uniform

(From 1st Class)

  • Plain Black tracksuit pants/knee length black shorts
  • Red Polo Shirt
  • Children may wear their Grey School Jumper or alternative option of black half zip School Sweatshirt
  • The school uniform is available from Pynes, Abbey Street, Ennis and McCannons, The Market, Ennis. Generic pinafores, pants, shirts and black tracksuit bottoms and shorts can be bought in department stores. School crests available from TM Office supplies, Parnell Street, Ennis.
  • All uniform items should be labelled with the child’s name.
  • Shirt and tie must be worn with the winter uniform under the grey school jumper and under the alternative option of the black half zip school sweatshirt.

Healthy Lunches

This school supports the notion that eating healthy food is in the greater interest of all our pupils. Eating nutritious foods pro-motes 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)
  • Crackers
  • Scones
  • Raw vegetables-carrot / celery sticks / cucumber etc
  • Salad box
  • Cheese – triangles or diced.
  • Yogurt
  • Sugar-free Juices
  • Water
  • Fruit = Apples, oranges, kiwis, pears, plums, raisins, melon slices.
  • Popcorn – “salted” only

Foods Discouraged

  • Sweets
  • Fruit Winders
  • Biscuits
  • Crisps
  • Bars
  • Fizzy drinks and drinks in disposable cartons
  • Cereal Bars

Chewing Gum is not allowed at school.

There are lots of lunchbox ideas on www.safefood.eu

Communication with the School

Positive home / school relationships are encouraged in order that we can work together for your child to fully benefit from all our school has to offer.

We normally have an ‘open door’ policy which means that parents may see the Principal at any time but due to COVID 19 this has changed.  For the moment, all interaction with staff will be accommodated over the telephone. The following is the procedure to follow:

Email the school (info@ennisns.ie) requesting a call back from a particular member of staff. This message will be passed onto the relevant staff member and they will call you back in due course. (Please don’t expect calls during class time)
The window in the foyer will allow access to the secretary’s office for queries. There is to be no more than 2 people in the foyer at any one time. Please sanitise before you enter the foyer. Please sign the visitor book with your own pen.

Email (info@ennisns.ie) is the preferred option to contact the school and it will be the quickest way to have your query dealt with. If you have to ring the school please let it be for official school business only. If you ring the school and if you get the answering machine please leave a message
and your call will be dealt with accordingly. If your child is absent from school, on his/her return to school, please write a note or use notes
provided regarding absences at the back of school diary and these should be shown to the class teacher. Do not ring the school regarding absences unless it is COVID related or another contagious condition. Your co-operation on this matter would be very much appreciated.

If your child has an appointment, please give adequate prior notice to the class teacher. The child will meet the parent/guardian in the foyer area at the agreed time.

Parent-Teacher meetings typically take place at the end of November. As of now, these will more than likely take place over the telephone. We will assess the situation closer to the time.

Parent Circulars are issued to parents/guardians on a monthly basis to update them on school events. Please keep an eye on your email as they are distributed by this method.

The Text-a-Parent service is used to notify parents by mobile phone of forthcoming school events and of school closings.

Smart Travel to School

Carpark Guidelines

School Car Park is reserved for drop off and pick up of Junior Infants, Senior Infants, Sunshine Classes, 1st and 2nd class children only. Parents/Guardians of older children are requested to drop off and pick up at a meeting point away from the school car park.
No congregating in the car park.
Please stay in your car while you wait for your child/children to exit the school
It is essential that parents do not enter the school building or yards and avoid congregating around the school grounds while waiting for children.
Please adhere to the rules of the road when using the car park.
Please use the designated car parking spaces to park your car.

Walking Bus

Ennis National School organises a ‘Walking Bus’ each morning at 8.30am from Curleys’ car-park. Staff and parents walk children from there to the school arriving by 8.45am daily.

Car Pools/Car Sharing

We wish to encourage car pools. A car pool or car sharing is when two or more people travel together in one car, instead of separately. If one parent drives pupils to school one day another parent will drive the next day – sharing the job!

Cycling Bus

We have recently started up our ‘cycling bus’ which starts at the entrance of the Hawthorns Estate on the Limerick Road and uses the new cycle lane infrastructure  on College View to access the school.  This is the first cycling bus in Co. Clare. It only goes on Friday mornings at the moment but it is hoped to extend it to more days in the near future.  It leaves at 8:20am.

Parent Contribution

We are very conscious in the school of collecting money for various items. For convenience, we have included a number of items with the Parents’ Contribution which covers payment for Personal Accident Insurance, Homework Journal, Art and Craft materials, Photocopying, School resources and Text a Parent service.

The sum of the contribution is €50 per pupil as indicated on school booklists, with a maximum of €150 per family.

We would appreciate it if Parent Contributions were paid annually before the Halloween Break. If paying by cheque, please make payable to ‘Ennis National School’.