On Thursday the 12th November The Limerick Branch of NPC is hosting their Rep’s evening from 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the South Court Hotel, Raheen Roundabout, Raheen, Limerick.
This is an opportunity for people to participate in and understand how NPC is working on behalf of both parents and children. The evening will be presented in an informal yet informative way allowing all present a chance to meet other parents and reps from schools in the Limerick area and we will also be serving ‘tea and coffee & nibbles’.
All parents of primary school children who are interested are welcome to attend.
As places are limited booking is essential please contact email@example.com to confirm your attendance.
LSP Parent Teacher Association (PTA) – Bi-Monthly Update
The Parent Teacher Association Committee met on September 7th, and October 5th, 2015.
The following items were discussed:
- Parent Teacher Association committee meetings will take place on the 2nd Monday of each month.
- The AGM took place on Thursday, September 24th, 7pm in the school Halla. The PTA constitution was ratified. 4 committee members from the old committee remained on and 10 new members were elected.
- Election of new officers:
Pat Fitzpatrick was re-elected as Chairperson.
Paul Wright was re-elected as Treasurer.
Rachel Thunder was re-elected as Secretary.
Mairead Hayden is the Teacher rep.
A new sub-committee was created called the Communications Committee. The committee will be responsible for the weekly Nuacht, the website, poster etc. and the monthly update which will now become the Bi-Monthly update. Those elected to it are: Roisin Buckley, Annmarie Ryan and Cathy McGlynn
- Parent & Guardian Volunteer/Helpers Database – Parent volunteer forms have been left in the school foyer with a drop box. Volunteers will be emailed in the lead up to various school events to see who is available to help. To date there has been a high response, with representation across all the years. If anyone would still like to sign up, forms are available in the foyer or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- NPC Training Workshop for parents – Steve Goode from the National Parents Council visited the school on Tuesday October 13th to give a talk on “Supporting parents to support their children’s mental health and wellbeing”. The event was well-attended and the response to Steve’s talk, which covered topics such as well-being, emotional health, communication and listening skills, was very positive. A speaker’s fee of €50 was paid by the Parent Teacher Association.
- Bualadh Bos Festival – The school attended the Carnival of the Animals in the Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, on Thursday 15th of October, The PTA subsidized this trip by €430 (€2 per child). The children had a great time and there was a very positive response to the event.
- Secondary School Campaign update – Posters and Flyers for the Second Level campaign were taken by committee members to aid with their distribution. The campaign website can be accessed at http://let2ndlevel.com, the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/let2ndlevel/ and the email address is email@example.com
- Photos of New Committee – Photos of new committee members will, like last year, be displayed on the notice board in the school foyer of the committee members for the purpose of visibility within the school community.
- Halloween Party – The school Halloween party was discussed at the meeting and took place on Friday 23rd of October. Members of the Parent Teacher Association and some parent volunteers decorated the Halla on the morning of the party. A great time was had by all. A total of €50 of PTA funds was spent on decorations.
- Coffee Morning – The Parent Teacher Association hope to run several coffee mornings throughout the school year. The next coffee morning will take place on Friday 20th November at 8.30am, outside the school Staffroom. All Parents/Guardians welcome.
- Winter Fair –This year’s Winter Fair will take place on Sunday December 6th from 1pm. The Winter Fair is both a social event for the school community and a fundraiser for extracurricular activities throughout the school year. Volunteers will be needed to run the various elements of the Fair.
- Ideas –If people have ideas for events, talks, celebrations etc. let the committee know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- LSP Website – The Parent Teacher Association have a page on the LSP website and will regularly update the school community with all news and upcoming events.
The next committee meeting will take place on Monday November 9th.
A Guest speaker from the National Parents Council (NPC) will give a talk about children and their mental health.
“SUPPORTING PARENTS TO SUPPORT THEIR CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING”
Tuesday, 13th October, 7pm, at LSP.
All parents/guardians are invited to come along.
This is a free event organised by the Parent Teacher Association.
Positive mental health and wellbeing enables young people to lead fulfilling lives. It is recognised that the family is the primary source of nurturing and support for children and plays a central role in the promotion of their positive mental health
This talk supports parents to encourage and promote positive mental health and wellbeing in their children. The programme also explores how the building of resilience in children helps them to manage and cope with the day to day stresses of life as they occur.
Parents who attend this session will:
- Explore the factors that influence mental health and well-being in their child.
- Learn how to build and nurture resilience within their own child.
- Be given tips on how best to support their child’s positive mental health and wellbeing.
This will be a worthwhile talk to attend with plenty of time for questions and answers.
PLEASE NOTE THE PRIORITY ITEMS NEEDED HAVE CHANGED –
PLEASE REFER TO THE POSTER BELOW
LIMERICK TO CALAIS DONATIONS
The PTA and the school have organized for a drop off zone to be created in the school this week for donations of much needed items for the refugee camp in Calais, France.
Items can be dropped into the school hall Wed, Thurs, and Friday the 16th,17th,and 18th of September, 8.30 to 9am.
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The Parent Teacher Association AGM will take place on Thursday 24th September at 7pm, in the school.
At the AGM new committee members will be elected thus it is an opportunity for you to become part of the representative body of the parent community of the school and join in on the journey of enhancing the education and experiences of both the children and the families that make up Limerick School Project Community
The Work of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Committee
The team has shared responsibility for:
- Planning for the future and developing a vision for the PTA
- Planning and managing the annual programme of activities for the PTA
- Communicating, consulting with and involving as many parents as possible in the activities of the PTA
- Communicating and consulting with the Principal and Board of Management
- Planning agendas and keeping records of meetings
- Managing the PTA finances
- Drawing up the constitution by which the PTA operates
- Valuing diversity and inter-culturalism and making sure parents who might find it hard to get involved are encouraged and supported to do so.
What’s the committment needed?
- Commit to attending a majority of the monthly meetings across the school year. (Meetings to be held in evenings, second Monday of each month 7-9pm)
- To work as a team.
- To help plan and carry-out a programme of activities/events.
If you would like to get involved in the work of the PTA Committee please come along to the AGM and put yourself forward for the new committee.
The LSP Parent Teacher Association Constitution (Working Document) will be ratified at the AGM.
Click on the link to read the constitution prior to attending the AGM.
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.