Welcome back to all our students as we begin Term 2. We have a busy term ahead!
The 6th class children will celebrate their Confirmation on March 1st.
We will be closed on Monday February 6th for the Bank Holiday and on Thursday February 16th & Friday February 17th for the Mid-Term Break.
Please note that Wednesday February 15th is a normal school day with home times unchanged.
Date for your Diary!!
Training Day: The school will be closed to pupils on Friday April 21st to facilitate training in the Primary Language Curriculum (PLC). This is a whole day closure.
On behalf of the BOM and all our school staff I would like to wish everyone in our school community a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I would like to thank everyone for their support and cooperation during the year. In particular I would like to say well done to our pupils and our school staff who have worked very hard throughout the year. I would also like to thank our parents who have supported the school every step of the way.
Enjoy the Christmas Holidays everyone!!
Nollag Shona agus athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir.
Looking forward to seeing all our students on Tuesday August 30th at 8.50 am.
Some gentle reminders as we return to school:
Please follow this link to complete school payments for art, craft, photocopying and insurance fees:
Please click on the link below for a copy of our school calendar:
May I take this opportunity to wish you all a lovely summer break. As always, thank you very much for your support this school year. It is very much appreciated.
A special word of thanks to our wonderful staff here in Mount Hanover. It is an absolute pleasure to work with such a dedicated group of people who always go above and beyond for the children.
Enjoy the summer holidays everyone!!!
Just in time- we finally finished our school mural! Thank you so much to the painters- Megan, Aran, Lucy, May and Frieda. It will look wonderful on the GP room wall. Happy Summer Holidays everyone.
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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.
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