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Parent’s library:

Call in to the Parent’s Room to borrow any  storybooks , toys for toddlers, games, recipe booklets or Parenting books.Please remember to sign out your book/game in the blue notebook.


 Keep an eye on this page for upcoming coffee mornings,PARENTS  CLASSES etc . This is a great way to meet other parents, some of which will be new like yourself. Another good idea is to organise play dates for your children  with a child from his/her class. This will help your child (and you!) to settle into the school community. 


Parents’ delicious recipes to try:

Healthy Garlic Chicken Kiev,  by Gill Hyland

Pan fry flattened chicken with olive oil or knob of butter.

Blitz a cauliflower in a blender until you get a couscous like consistency

Melt coconut oil on a high heat in a pan.Stir fry the cauliflower for about 4 minutes.

For the Kiev sauce topping:  mix together a generous knob of softened butter,three crushed cloves of garlic and half a bunch of chopped parsley.

Spoon this into the pan with the chicken ,baste and turn until the chicken is SMOTHERED  in garlicky lovliness.

serve up the rice, top with the chicken and spoon over the butter. Finish with chopped walnuts and the rest of the chopped parsley.

If you have any delicious and healthy recipes that you would like to contribute to our hscl page , please email Elizabeth at ms.e.clarke@haroldscrossns.ie. We hope to start a weekly cooking club too, so that parents can take turns  bringing in something that they ve cooked at home, for  us all to try!

Tips for Parents of Junior Infant children:

  1. Children need plenty of rest after the excitement of school. Make sure they go to bed early.
  2. Show a continued interest in whats happening in his/her daily adventures.Listen to all the stories but don’t pester your child with questions.
  3. Try not to compare your child with other children especially while he/she is listening.
  4. Be careful not to criticise the Teacher in the child’s presence as it might demotivate the child.
  5. When it comes to homework-plenty of patience and praise is needed!
  6. Children may forget to give you important messages , so please check their school bag daily.
  7. www.schooldays.ie is a good website, as is helpmykidlearn.ie
  8. Walk or cycle to/ from school if at all possible. The fresh air and exercise will help your  child concentrate better in the mornings and it will re-energise your child after a long day in school.
  9. Remember to label everything clearly from pencil cases to jumpers and coats, as they can and will go missing!
  10. Please see link below on tips for teaching your child independence

Finally, enjoy your child’s first year in Harold’s Cross National School!


  • Doing  practical and fun MATHS problems /activities  with your children at home and when your out and about, is a great way to solidify the work that is being done in school. For example , do a number search: Create a chart that lists the numbers from 0-50.  Get the kids to shade the numbers in when they spot them on way to school,in the shops etc. Write down words that have numbers in them ( open seven days a week etc)



  • Day one:Small break-yogurt, plum. Big break-tuna wrap with mix pepper and sweetcorn.
  • Day two: Small break-pear,milk. Big break-pasta salad with chicken-chick peas.
  • Day three: Small break -mixed veg sticks and hummus. Big break-pitta pocket with cheese , lettuce and relish. fruit salad.
  • The key is to introduce variety and keep lunches interesting.Involve your child in preparing the lunch(this might save you time in the long run). Drinks should be milk or water and encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.

Please note that  we have a no egg and  nut policy in school due to allergies.

I have some leaflets and a small number of recipe books in the parent’s room for more healthy food ideas. If you would like to donate some healthy recipe books to the parents library , we would be delighted!



  • COUNT how many hours your child is spending on the screen (including television)
  • REDUCE the amount of time your child spends on screens gradually
  • MONITOR the content
  • Encourage  PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES/HOBBIES  to  replace amount of time spent on screens
  • Take out the BOARD GAMES for rainy days
  • Join the LIBRARY
  • Encourage screen free PLAY DATE


Tips For Teaching Your Child independence




Role of the Home School Liaison Teacher:

The aim of the Home School Community Liaison (HSCL) is to promote partnership between home, school and the community and to ensure that every family participates fully in the school scheme. Harold’s Cross NS recognises the role of parents as the primary educators of their children, the influence of the home environment and seeks to promote a partnership between school and parents and the local community.

  • The HSCL teacher is available to discuss on a personal level, matters of concern with parents .
  • Listen,encourage, support and offer suggestions on how parents can support their children.
  • Offer free courses for parents.
  • Offer one to one support to parents on how to get the best from their child’s learning.



Upcoming Events

  1. Easter Break

    April 3 @ 11:40 am - April 20 @ 8:30 am
  2. May Weekend

    May 1 @ 2:10 pm - May 7 @ 8:30 am
  3. School Closed

    May 4 - May 6
  4. June Bank Holiday

    May 29 @ 2:10 pm - June 2 @ 8:30 am
  5. School Reports

    June 12