School Calendar 2018-2019

Term 1 Friday 24th August – Friday 21st December 2018

Friday 24th August 9.00 – 12 noon First Years only

Monday 27th August 9.00 – 1.15 pm First Years, Third Years and Sixth Years

Tuesday 28th August 9.00 – 3.50 pm All Students (Except Transition Years)

Tuesday 4th September 9.00 – 3.50 pm Transition Year Students

School Closed: Monday 24th September 2018

Half Term: Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November 2018

Christmas Holidays: Monday 24th December 2018 – Friday 4th January 2019

 

Term 2 Monday 7th January – Friday 12th April 2019

Half Term: Monday 18th February – Friday 22nd February 2019

St Patrick’s Weekend Monday 18th March and Tuesday 19th March 2019

Easter Holidays: Monday 15th April – Friday 26th April 2019

 

Term 3 Monday 29th April – Friday 31st May 2019

Bank Holiday: Monday 6th May 2019

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Mobile Phone Policy

There is considerable and growing evidence that mobile phone usage in school is impacting negatively on learning and may constitute a threat to personal safety and individual privacy. Given the capacity of camera phones to take, send and store “inappropriate” material, it is difficult to justify their inclusion as a necessary accessory for students and, therefore, they should be actively discouraged in schools.

Consequently, the policy of Ardscoil Phádraig on mobile phone usage reads: Mobile phones (including ipods/mp3 players etc) are not permitted to be used in the school during school hours, including break times.

This policy in relation to mobile phones is to ensure:

  1. That classes are not interrupted by mobile phones
  2. That students are not late for class
  3. That students are concentrating exclusively in class on active learning
  4. That text/video bullying and intimidation is prevented.
  5. That individual privacy and personal safety are not undermined in the school community

Students, observed by teachers, using their phones will be reported to management and have their phones confiscated.  Parents may collect these phones from the school.

In very exceptional circumstances (School trips/ Out of School Matches), prior permission may be granted by the principal for the use of mobile phones.

As Ardscoil Phádraig operates an “open door” contact policy for parents, any necessary communication can be effected through the general office.

Students who need to communicate with parents/guardians may continue to do so from the school office with the permission of Year Head/Deputy/Principal.

The school accepts no responsibility for mobile phones (including IPods/MP3 players) that are lost or misplaced.



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