Parental involvement: We have a small but great cohort of parents who help out or volunteer for various activities. Some engage in fund raising, some help out with our Reading Support Programme while others share their expertise during Science Week.
Parents and their children: The staff here in Harold’s Cross N.S. is always willing to meet with parents either before or after school. Feedback is regularly provided to parents. For example meetings are held before the implementation of Literacy and Numeracy Power Hour and parents are invited in to receive feedback on their child’s progress on completion. Parents can also phone in to request scores. The Reading and Maths Recovery teachers regularly meet with the parents of the pupils with whom they are working to update them and to provide advice on how best to help their child. Parents are also welcome to ask for a face to face meeting following receipt of end of year reports. All of these meetings take place in the teachers’ own time.
New parents who intend to enrol their child in the school are met with on an individual basis by the principal. An Information Evening takes place in early June to apprise them of what to expect for their child. They receive a comprehensive booklet containing valuable data/insights on the school and a Welcome Pack for their child.
In September of each year parents are invited to a talk given by the principal on “Finding the Right Secondary School”. This is always very well attended.
Measures in place to support a positive school culture – We constantly aim to provide an enriching, supportive learning environment for our pupils. We have a highly committed staff, which works together and share their expertise with each other. Our work is constantly reviewed and adapted to meet the needs of the children. We have lovely enthusiastic pupils and parents who feel they are very much a part of the school community.
The single most important factor in ensuring that a positive culture exists is to ensure that all members of the school community are respected. I believe that most of those connected to our school whether they are parents, pupils or staff feel that their input is valued and that they will always be listened to.
Solihull Approach leaflets (available in several languages) – https://inourplace.co.uk/downloads/
The Department of Education – www.education.ie
National Parents Council Primary, a nationwide organisation that represents the interests of parents of primary school children – www.npc.ie
The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment – www.ncca.ie
Literacy and Numeracy resources for parents: http://www.helpmykidlearn.ie/
Tusla, The Child and Family Agency – www.tusla.ie
The Rainbows programme supports children and young people affected by loss because of bereavement, separation or divorce. The service is available in local communities throughout Ireland. The service is grant aided by Tusla: – www.rainbowsireland.ie
The CAPP programme (Stay Safe) is a primary school based approach to the prevention of child abuse. The aim of the programme is to reduce vulnerability to child abuse and bullying through the provision of a personal safety education programme for children at primary school level, continuing professional development for teachers, training for Boards of Management and information sessions for parents – www.staysafe.ie