Volume 16, Issue 1
August 27th 2015
Welcome to another year at LSP! We extend a particular welcome all our new junior infants and to the families who are joining our school community for the first time. We also welcome Mary Delaney who will be job-sharing with Claire in Rang V.
Names and money will be taken tomorrow, Friday for after school basketball which will commence on Monday 31st (junior group) & Tuesday 1st (senior group) September. Cost €16 per child. Names and money to office.
Ireland’s Spelling Bee will be broadcast on RTE ONE on Sunday 30th August at 6.30pm. Clodagh Hannan (6th class last year) represented LSP in the Limerick This documentary follows the super spellers who took part in this year’s competition and captures all the fun and preparation from behind the scenes of the 2015 Bee. Tune in and see the best young spellers across Ireland compete to be crowned the 2015 Eason Spelling Bee All-Ireland Champion.
Thank you to everyone for supporting our book rental scheme once again. A contract will be going home in the next few days. A reminder that the fee covers use of a number of class books, class novels, materials and a homework diary. We do feel it is a great way for families to save as well as support our Green School efforts. For example, we estimate that to purchase a set of sixth class school books, a copy of each of the novels, the extra materials and a homework diary would be in excess of €250 instead of the book rental fee of €45. Equally, we feel it provides a great lesson in taking good care of possessions.
Sincere thanks for your support!
I am writing to tell you a little about the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 and about some of the responsibilities we now share under the Act. Such a letter has been suggested by the National Education Welfare Board
THE IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD EDUCATION
As you know, a good education gives your child the best possible start in life. A good education helps young people to obtain secure employment and develop into mature and responsible citizens. The purpose of the Education (Welfare) Act 200 is to encourage regular school attendance and participation in education & training for as long as possible. It is desirable that every child stays in school and completes the Leaving Certificate.
NATIONAL EDUCATION WELFARE BOARD
Under the Act, every child must attend school regularly up to sixteen years of age or complete at least three years education in post primary school, whichever comes later. The National Education Welfare Board (NEWB) was established to support school attendance and follow up on children who are not attending school regularly.
OUR SCHOOL POLICY
As a parent, you must let the school know if your child is absent and the reason why. It is school policy that the reasons be given in writing. The Principal or Deputy Principal will notify you in writing when your child has missed 15 school days. The school is obliged to notify the National Education Welfare Board if a child is absent for 20 days or more or where the absence gives rise to concern.
If your child is sick or is absent for other good reasons, no action will be taken by the NEWB. However, if there is concern about your child’s attendance at school or about the reasons given, you may be visited by an Educational Welfare Officer who will discuss your child’s education with you. The Officer will work with you and take full account of the child and the family before deciding what further action is necessary to ensure that the child receives his/her full entitlements to education.
If your child will be absent, please communicate this to your child’s classroom teacher in advance. Please phone the school if there is an unexpected absence. In the case of an unexplained absence, we will phone you for health and safety reasons.
Further information concerning about school attendance matters generally can be obtained from the national Lo-Call Educational Helpline, telephone 1890 36 36 66 which is staffed by an Educational Welfare Officer.
Orla McCoy, Principal.