Opening /Closing Hours
Class starts at 8.50 a.m., for all pupils. In the mornings pupils must go to the playground where they will be collected by the Class Teachers when the bell is rung.The playground is supervised by a teacher every morning from 8:40 until 8:50. School finishes at 1.30 p.m. for infant classes and 2.30 p.m. for all other classes.
All children get two breaks during the day : 10.35 – 10.45 a.m. and 12 – 12.30 p.m. The children are supervised in the playground by a teacher and assistants at both breaks.
After School Clubs
We have a range of after school clubs for the pupils from 2nd – 6th Class. These clubs run from 2.30 – 3.30 p.m. Monday – Thursday. The clubs are organised and supervised by the teachers with the help of coaches from outside organisations (e.g. G.A.A.). Parents and children are informed about the after school clubs at the start of each school term. Usually the pupils who take part in the after school clubs are on the school teams. Over the years we have taken part in and have had numerous successes in many competitions, including the Credit Union Quiz, Cuala G.A.A. Football leagues, Basketball and Tag-Rugby blitzes, to mention a few.
Uniform and Tracksuit
The school uniform consists of grey skirt/pinafore/trousers, white or light blue polo shirt and royal blue jumper with school crest. The school tracksuit is navy blue and has the school crest on it. It should be worn with a white or light blue polo shirt. “Uniformity” in Dun Laoghaire is the sole supplier of crested jumpers and school tracksuits to our school. “Uniformity” also stock grey trousers, skirts, pinafores and poloshirts. Trousers, skirts, pinafores and polo shirts are also available in local shops (Dunnes Stores, Corrs, etc.).
The school uniform should be worn every day except on the days when the school tracksuit is worn. If a child cannot wear the uniform or tracksuit a note must be written by his/her parent/guardian in the pupil’s homework journal for the class teacher to see.
The instructors in Monkstown Pool provide excellent swimming lessons for the pupils in 3rd – 6th Class annually.
It is our aim to find suitable, educational, age appropriate school tours for the pupils in every class.
(1) A suitable age appropriate summer tour is organised in June annually for each class.
(2) Dun Laoghaire is a town that is steeped in history and is a fabulous natural resource to aid children’s learning. Class teachers regularly organise educational walks for their classes to various parts of Dun Laoghaire. Over the years we have built up a “bank” of educational tours around Dun Laoghaire for teachers to walk with their pupils.
A book list is given to each pupil in June. Books can be purchased directly from the school secretary. Our book rental scheme will help to keep down the cost of books to parents.
Children who become ill during school hours
School is not a nice place to be if you are not feeling well. If your child gets sick during school hours the school will contact one or other parent. Parents must organise that the child is collected as soon as possible. Please make sure that you inform the school secretary if you change your phone number.
The school is funded by the Department of Education and Skills.
The Primary School Curriculum (1999) is taught in the school.
There is a Special Class in the school for children who have moderate learning difficulties.
Linked to our school is St. Joseph’s Montessori School which caters for children from 2 1/2 years of age. A government initiative, The Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme (ECCE), provides two free pre-school years for children in the years before they start primary school. St. Joseph’s Montessori School will enrole children, free of charge to parents, under the ECCE scheme. For further information please contact the school office.