School Calendar 2019-2020

Term 1     Friday 23rd August – Friday 20th December 2019
Friday 23rd August  9.00 – 12 noon           First Years only
Monday 26th August  9.00 – 1.15 pm           First Years, Third Years and Sixth Years.
Tuesday 27th August  9.00 – 3.50 pm           All Students (Except Transition Years)
Tuesday 3rd September  9.00 – 3.50 pm           Transition Year Students
School Closed:     Monday 30th September 2019
Half Term: Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November 2019
Christmas Holidays:  Monday 23rd December 2019 – Friday 3rd January 2020
Term 2   Monday 6th January – Friday 3rd April 2020
Half Term:     Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February 2020
St Patrick’s Weekend       Monday 16th March and Tuesday 17th March 2020
Easter Holidays:  Monday 6th April – Friday 17th April 2020
Term 3     Monday 20th April – Friday 29th May 2020
Bank Holiday:  Monday 4th May 2020

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Home School Community Liaison

Ms Carmel Shaughnessy is the Home School Community Liaison Teacher and can be contacted via the school.

The Home/School Community Liaison Scheme is based on the principle of partnership between homes, schools and communities. This partnership is characterised as “a working relationship that is characterised by a sense of purpose, mutual respect and the willingness to negotiate. This implies a sharing of information, responsibility, skills, decision-making and accountability”.

General principles govern the operation of the liaison scheme:-

  • The scheme consists of a partnership and collaboration of the complementary skills of parents and teachers.
  • The scheme is unified and integrated at both primary and second levels.
  • The thrust of the scheme is preventative rather than curative.
  • The focus of the scheme is on the adults whose attitudes and behaviours impinge on the lives of children, namely, parents and teachers.
  • The basis of activities in the scheme is the identification of needs and having those needs met.
  • The scheme develops teacher and staff attitudes in the areas of partnership and the “whole-school” approach.
  • The scheme promotes the fostering of self-help and independence.
  • Home visitation is a crucial element in establishing bonds of trust with families.
  • Networking with and promoting the co-ordination of the work of voluntary and statutory agencies increases effectiveness, obviates duplication and leads to an integrated delivery of service to marginalised children and their families.
  • Home/School/Community liaison is a full time undertaking.
  • The liaison co-ordinator is an agent of change.
  • Community ‘ownership’ of the scheme is promoted through the development of local committees.

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