Settling Into School

Daily Routine of coming to school 

  • The children come straight to their classroom every morning leave their bags and go onto the yard until 09.00.
  • There are two breaks during the school day. A small manageable lunch made up of fruit, veg, sandwich etc. Only send lunch items that your child is confident opening. There is no need for a large lunch. One small snack for first break at 10.45, and something more substantial for second break at 12.30.
  • School finishes for new Junior Infants at 12:00 for the first week and a half of starting school and at 1:40pm thereafter. Parents will be informed via text-a-parent as to when the full day will be introduced. Junior Infants must be met in the school yard at this time, children are not allowed into the carpark area unaccompanied and must go directly to their car – No Playing in the carpark.

Developing practical life skills 

  • Encourage your child at home to do little tasks by themselves. Putting on and taking off their coats, opening and closing his/her bag, lunchbox etc. Opening bottles, boxes, pouring drinks, helping with the washing up.
  • Toilets; encourage your child to use the toilet independently. He/She should be able to wipe, flush and wash their hands. Should your child have an accident we do have a change of clothes.

Healthy Eating 

  • We have a healthy eating policy in our school. And we would appreciate if you as parents would keep strictly to this. It is unfair if your child has biscuits, sweets, chocolate etc. when other children don’t.
  • Be food wise. Look at the sugar content of food. Try to keep sugar content to less than 5g per serving. Many smoothies, kids’ yoghurts and cereal bars are loaded with sugar. White bread is also high in sugar – one white bread sandwich has the equivalent of 5 spoons of sugar!!
  • As part of our healthy eating policy we have a short fruit break during the day. Small portions are most important- generally what fits into the palm of your child’s hand is sufficient. Please do not give your child large whole apples/oranges.
  • Encourage your child to eat sticks of carrot, celery, peppers, cucumber. Small portions of fruit; bananas, apples, pears, mandarins. Or chop up a mixture in a small tub. Raisins.
  • Plenty to drink encourage your child to drink water as an alternative to fruit juices.