the recent parent newsletters
sent out from school.
'Hands Around Our World'
This beautiful display was created by Mrs. McArt and her pupils
There have been some notes and requests from parents this term
for pupils who are unwell with coughs/colds to remain inside
As there is no supervision in classrooms if it is an outdoor
break, pupils will be encouraged to wrap up well with coats
and hats to get some fresh air before returning to the classroom.
Parents are reminded that pupils should wear full school uniform
including black shoes.
Sports gear should be worn on specified P.E. day only.
Jack & Jill Mobile Phone Appeal
Don’t forget … if Santa brings a new mobile phone,
we would like your old phone! All phones donated will provide
much needed funding for the ‘Jack and Jill Appeal’
which provides support and nursing care for very sick children.
Please also ask friends and family for their old mobile phones
and computer games. Wii, Xbox, PS, Ds and PSP are accepted.
All games must include the box and cover art, instructions and
the working game. We can now obtain a new laptop, great sets
of library books and P.E. equipment for the school by collecting
more phones and games.
We're all back in school again and
despite the damp, cool weather hope to avoid the sniffles which
often occur so here are some tips!
Click here to
see the HSE guidelines and advice on symptoms, treatment etc
Parents are reminded that all items of uniform and lunch boxes
should be clearly labeled at the start of the school year. Every
year a large number of coats are taken to local charity shops
despite reminders asking parents to call in and check lost property.
Simply writing your child’s name on their coat makes it
easily identifiable. So no time like the present – use
a permanent marker on the labels of jumpers and coats. This
will help us to help you if items get lost!
There have been a few enquiries about healthy options in our
‘Healthy Lunch’ school policy. Please refer to this
list when preparing your child’s lunch:
Dried fruit and nuts
Healthy option cereal
bars eg. Muesli bars
eg. Rice Krispies/Coco pop bars
The school is fitted with door locks to ensure pupil and staff safety
during school hours.
All parents and visitors who call after 9.10am are required to enter
via the front door and ring the door bell to gain access. Doors
are opened during break and lunchtime but will be closed at 2:45pm.
Please ring the bell to gain access. This system is required by
Department of Education and Science and does not in any way change
our 'Parent friendly' Open Door policy at Ballyraine N.S.. Parents
are reminded however of the importance of contacting the secretary
on 9124758 if they wish to arrange an appointment with the teacher.
Parents are requested to: Collect infant pupils from their classroom promptly at 12.00
Notify the class teacher if someone else is collecting.
Parents/guardians who remain in the school car park for 2:30pm collection
should ensure that infant pupils are under their supervision at
all times. For security reasons, the doors will be locked when infant
classes are dismissed. Under no circumstances should pupils
climb/stand on walls, run in the car park or play in the school
playground after they have been dismissed. Pupils being
collected at 2:30pm must remain inside the school grounds until
parents arrive. These rules help to ensure the safety of all pupils.
Parking School buses have been unable to park safely due to parents
parking in the bus bay at the lower end of the car park. Pupils
are then at risk as they have to move onto the road to get on their
buses. Parents are requested not to park in this zone and to keep
the disabled parking zone at the front gate clear AT ALL TIMES.
Taxis have been parking in this zone to collect other pupils so
if your child is collected by taxi, please ask the driver not to
park in the disabled parking zone.
All pupils must have a pair of non-marking plimsoles or
runners for PE classes. No blacksoled shoes will be allowed on the
wooden floor surface.