Please note the following times for the First Confession, First communion and Confirmation ceremony.
Confirmation – 6th class:
Tuesday 20th February 2024 at 2pm in St Cianan’s Church, Duleek.
First Confession – 2nd class:
Saturday 9th March 2024 at 2pm in St Cianan’s Church, Duleek.
First Holy Communion – 2nd Class:
Saturday 18th May 2024 at 12 noon in St Cianan’s Church Duleek
Looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school tomorrow!
Staff List 2023/2024:
Junior Infants: Ms Mary Clayton
Senior Infants: Ms Brigid O Donnell
1st/2nd: Ms Lisa Maher
3rd/4th: Mr Padraig McGroggan
5th/6th: Ms Lorraine O’Loughlin
SET: Ms Laura McGinty
SNA: Mrs Mary Kennedy
Secretary: Mrs Jennifer Donoghue
Art and Craft material, photocopying and stationery: €40
Personal Pupil Insurance (24hr cover) **Optional** €9
Payment can be made online through the following portal:
Please ensure payment is made on or before Friday September 22nd 2023
See you all at 8.50am tomorrow!!
School will be closed to pupils on Friday April 21st to facilitate staff training for the Primary Language Curriculum.
Every school is given two half days for this training and we decided to combine the two half days into one full day to limit the disruption for all.
There will be a meeting of the Parents Association on Thursday March 2nd at 6pm in the GP Room. All are welcome to attend.
The purpose of the meeting is to organise upcoming fundraising events and also the First Holy Communion Reception.
The Communion Reception will take place after the ceremony (Saturday May 20th) in the GP Room.
Volunteer Parents from Junior Infants to 1st Class are required to help with the Communion Reception (set-up/teas/coffees/goodies/clean-up). It is hoped that the Communion Reception will be an annual event.
The School Day:
8:50: Drop Off
Tracksuit to be worn on PE day only
Healthy Eating Policy:
At Scoil Cholmcille, we have a healthy eating policy. The children are encouraged to eat fruit and veg. Sweets, chocolate, biscuits and crisps are not allowed in school.
As Scoil Cholmcille is a NUT FREE SCHOOL, we would ask that parents do not give their children nut products for lunch.
Tips for Parents:
Maths Tips: Tens & Units
The Importance of Reading
It cannot be underestimated the influence that children’s ability to read has on their experience of school. Children’s success in reading positively influences all other aspects of the curriculum as it is the basis of many other curricular areas.
It is natural for parents to be enthusiastic about children’s reading as they make the first tentative steps to master the printed word. In general, parents of children in junior classes tend to read more to their children and listen more to their children’s reading. However, the need to listen to children reading does not diminish as the child advances through the school. Just because a child “can” read does not mean that every opportunity should not be taken to allow the child to read aloud. Reading to an adult at home allows the child to consolidate what the child is practising at school. It also allows the child to consolidate the key reading skills of fluency, clarity and reading with meaning. Reading a little , but often, is much more beneficial than reading a lot, but rarely. Children should develop the habit of reading aloud to an adult at home each night for 8-10 minutes whether reading homework is given or not.
Reading Tips for 5-8 year olds
Make reading fun! Be Positive: Praise your child for trying hard with their reading. Let them know it’s all right to make mistakes.
Reading Environment: Turn Off the TV! With no distractions, you can concentrate properly on the reading and enjoy the reading together.
Give Them Time: Let them make a guess before you tell them the word. Encourage your child to sound out the word.
Use the Pictures: Take time to look at the pictures first. See what clues are in the pictures. Encourage your child to make predictions after spending time discussing the pictures.
Point with a Finger: Encourage them to follow the words with their finger until they become more confident readers, model how to follow with your finger.
If the text is too hard – you read to them. Always promote a positive attitude towards reading, encouraging your child to develop a love of reading.
Let Them Read Their Favourites: Don’t worry if they want to read the same books over and over. It’s good practice.
Ask Lots of Questions About the Story: Check they understand the story they haveread by asking them questions about what has happened. See if they remember what they read last time. Discuss the cover page of the book and try to predict what the story will be about.
Start Writing: Encourage them to read back their own writing.
Don’t Read for Too Long: A good ten minutes is better than a difficult half hour!
Make it Regular: Ten minutes every night is much better than an odd hour once in a while.