The Board of Management met last week and our agreed report is on the Board of Management page as always. Thankyou to everyone who joined up for the Parents Association Committee. At the Parent’s Association AGM I spoke about how Irish schools are underfunded. Our teacher union the INTO, has made an enlightening video which can beviewed here, It highlights the financial challenges in schools and makes us realise the importance of the work of the parent’s association in keeping our school afloat financially.
Congratulations to Hazel on the safe arrival of her new baby Daisy. Aodán also welcomed his new child Molly to the world in the last few weeks. We send all of them our strength and best wishes.
Tá ár halla ar ais !
We have the hall back, and the children are just delighted. Children will have a total of 1 hour per week in the hall, for PE. Children also enjoy an additional class on the Astro Pitch. We pass on our thanks to St James’s for their kindness in allowing us to use that.
COVID, Staffing & Special Education
COVID has impacted our school’s staffing and how we manage classes during staff absenteeism. Normally when a classroom teacher is absent, we would split the class into several other classes, to continue working independently. We can no longer mix classes due to COVID safety.
There are little to no substitute teachers available, and the new teacher panel system is nowhere near sufficient to cover absenteeism. Rather than closing a class, a support teacher teaches the class, which has a significant impact on our provision of support for children with special education needs. This combined with having just 3.6 support teachers for 15 classes, means a very stretched CWETNS special-ed department now finds itself under further pressure.
The best way you can help our school currently, is to keep children home if they are in any way sick. We must try to do as much as we can to minimise the chances of our staff becoming ill, as the effects are far reaching and impact our most vulnerable. I would like to thank the whole staff for their support during this challenging time, and particular thanks to our Special Education Teachers for their adaptability and patience.
Liberty Saints Rugby Club
All children welcome – under 8’s to under 13’s. Every Sunday 10.00 – 11.00
Rear of St James’s Primary school (opposite Canal Way ETNS), James’s Walk, Dublin 8. New Players welcome
Contact Barry Head Coach 0872380890
Our annual Winter Card fundraiser is happening again this year. Order forms and artwork are going home over the coming days. Please return the entire order form and pay using the online link on Aladdin by the 15th October. We are a cash free school.
Junior Infants 2022
We have sent out offers to families in the school who have a child on our registration list for Junior Infants 2022. If you know of any families living locally who are seeking Junior Infant places for 2022 please let them know that applications are currently being taken online via our website. ENROLMENT
Call Out for a Practicing Solicitor
We would like to ask if there is a practicing solicitor among in community, who could donate an hour or two of their time to sign some statutory items for the school. Please contact Dermot directly to discuss [email protected] – thanks
Travelling to school from Clancy Quay / Island Bridge
A group of parents from Clancy Quay/Islandbridge area is currently exploring renting a school minibus for drop off at school @ 8:30 in the morning. The minibus would potentially operate an Islandbridge – Canal Way ETNS route. If anyone would be interested and would like to further discuss details please contact [email protected].
Second Class Parents – if your child is interested in making their First Communion this year along with other children from the school please contact Michelle on [email protected]