It is vital for developing your child’s life skills and for his/her success at St Brigid’s that her/his attendance is both regular and punctual.
You should ensure that your child remains in school for the full day and that family trips are organised to coincide with the school holidays.
(Dental appointments during school hours seem to be unavoidable. )
The school is legally required to notify the National Educational Welfare Board if your child has missed twenty days or more in the course of any one school year or if the principal/ class teacher is concerned about your child’s attendance.
At the end of each term, children with full attendance will be acknowledged and complimented. Children with full attendance for the year will receive a certificate on the last day of summer term.
Please do not promise your child that he/she may come home from school if he/she is unwell, as this may be unsettling for your child. It is understood that if a child is obviously unwell that you will be contacted but it is in your child’s best interest to be in school every day for the full day.
Good attendance is very important.
You will understand that it is important for learning. Good attendance is also a factor in a child’s social development in class. A child who is in school regularly will find it easier to make friends and sustain friendships. They will also know the teacher and settle in better.
We understand that sometimes children are unwell and have to stay home to recover. However the National Educational Welfare Bureau asks us to submit the names of any child who misses 20 days or more. The other nineteen days shouldn’t be seen as leeway.
Click here to see a summary of our attendance policy.
We asked the students of St. Brigid’s
‘WHAT MIGHT YOU MISS IF YOU MISS SCHOOL?’
and this is what they said:
‘Independence Day? The Halloween Bake Sale? The day the baby lambs come to visit? The day the hens came. Baking buns in the staffroom? Making pizza in the staffroom? The Day the Santa Claus Man visits? The school decorated for Christmas. The school decorated for Halloween. English: our class novel, learning poems, writing poems, writing stories. Teacher reading to us. Irish: fun and games in Irish, learning Irish songs. Maths: doing our sums, learning our tables, doing problem solving. PE with teacher. PE with Cormac. PE in the hall. PE in the yard. PE anywhere. Go Noodle. Art: drawing, painting, using clay, using pastels, use charcoal, being messy. Music: listening to music, singing songs, singing rounds, singing in harmony. Learning about long ago. Learning about other countries. Learning about science. Aistear in Infants. Library day. The Library Ladies. Music Generation with Joan. The days we plant things. The day we harvest things and eat them. Using the ipads, laptops or chromebooks. School plays. Rehearsals. The musicals. Seeing the little kids do their plays. Being the audience when the older children perform. Sports. Matches. GAA. Basketball. Bicycle Safety, Scoot to School Day. After school activities. The day we get our photographs taken. The photographer that tells jokes. Dressing up for Halloween. Non uniform days. School Tours. Nature Walks. Trips to the Beach. The Seaside Scavenger Hunt, Sports Day. Students vs Teacher. Basketball Match. Visitors to the school. When the gardaí come to visit. When the fire brigade come to see us. More visitors to the school: the priest, ‘The Happy Pear’, authors, sports people, successful teams, the Sam Maguire Cup, scientists, engineers, artists, the photographer, politicians, the fire alarm, the day a dog came into the yard.’
What else would you miss?
There are so many interesting things to do in school it would be a pity to miss any of it.
WHAT MIGHT YOU MISS IF YOU MISSED A DAY DURING DECEMBER 2019?
WHAT MIGHT YOU MISS IF YOU MISS SCHOOL in DECEMBER? The school all decorated for Christmas by the Parents’ Association, Christmas themed lessons that the teachers have planned, Christmas Art&Craft, perhaps some Christmas baking, Christmas decorations in the classrooms. Seeing the stage going up in the hall, Seeing the big crib going up outside Mrs. Costello’s office, Christmas Trips to the Whale Theatre: Infants to 2nd – December 10th – “The Muppets Christmas Carol” followed by 3rd to 6th on December 17th – “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” Rehearsals for the Christmas Plays in Junior Infants to 1st Class, Rehearsals for the Christmas Carol Service – 3rd to 6th class, 18th December 2019 in Holy Rosary Church at 8.00pm – Christmas Jumper Day on Thursday 19th December is in aid of CF Ireland – A Very Special Visitor also on that day. That exciting feeling when school closes for the Christmas Holidays on 20th Dec 2019 (at 12.10 for Junior/ Senior Infants & Siblings / 12.30 for 1st – 6th) and you know Christmas Day is getting even nearer. And lots more. WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU MISS ? There are so many interesting things to do in school in December. it would be a pity to miss any of it.
How parents can make EVERY SCHOOL DAY COUNT?
- Establish a good routine in the mornings and evenings so your child is prepared for the school day ahead.
- Make sure your child goes to school regularly and follows the school rules.
- Ensure your child arrives at school on time – not
- Arrange dental and medical appointments outside school hours when possible.
- Always inform the school if your child is absent due to illness – this should be followed up with a written note when your child returns to school.
- Take truancy seriously – if your child is not attending school as you expect they may be putting themselves at risk – Who are they with? What are they doing?
- Take family holidays outside term
- Talk to your child about school and take an interest in their school work (including homework).
- Attend parent evenings and school events.
- Praise and reward your child’s achievements at
- Always support school staff in their efforts to control diffcult or challenging behaviour
- Discuss any problems or diffculties with the school – staff are there to help and will be
The advice for parents given above was published to mark the national ‘Every School Day Counts’ attendance awareness campaign for November – an initiative from TESS.
Good attendance is very important.
You will understand that it is important for learning.
Good attendance is also a factor in a child’s social development in class.
A child who is in school regularly will find it easier to make friends and sustain friendships.
They will also know the teacher and settle in better.
TUSLA asks us to submit the names of any child who misses 20 days or more. The other nineteen days shouldn’t be seen as leeway.
We understand that sometimes children are unwell and have to stay home to recover.
However if a child was to miss 20 days in a year, they would miss 160 in their primary school career.
On average children attend school five days a week and twenty days a month.
So missing 160 days of school is the equivalent of missing eight months of school over a child’s time in primary school.
Even missing 10 days a year would be the same as missing eight weeks of school:
the same length of time as the summer holidays here in Ireland.
Taking even a week off school in June each year to go on holidays takes eight weeks off the number of days a child comes to school in their school career. A child can learn a great deal in that time.
New Year’s Resolutions: Being on time
The importance of being punctual.
When the bell rings in the morning,the teachers bring the children to their classrooms to start school work straight away.
As the Irish proverb goes ‘Tús maith, leath na hoibre’
‘A good start is half the work’.
Being on time for school is very important. It is at this time the children get an opportunity to say hello to their friends and teacher and to ‘settle in’. You will know yourself that being ‘on time’ makes for a more relaxing and happier start to a day.
The first ten minutes of school is an important time of the day. It is during this time that the teacher tells the children what the day ahead will bring. Being late certainly ‘wrong foots’ the child. They can be unsettled and spend a significant part of the morning ‘catching up’ as a result.
If there are late comers, the teacher is delayed starting the day’s work. He or she will find themselves repeating themselves as they ‘update’ each late comer as they arrive in the classroom.
As fir the children who have arrived on time: this repetition can be tedious for them and can result in them losing concentration. Late comers slow class work down. The student who arrived late can be playing ‘catch up’ until little break as a result.
Being on time is an important life skill which will stand to your child throughout their lives.