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Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche Bunkers Hill, Castlewellan

Cruinniú Churaclaim Rang 1 - Rang 1 Curriculum Meeting

26th Sep 2017

A Thuismitheoirí,

Many thanks to those who attended our annual Rang 1 Curriculum Meeting held on Tuesday 26th September. For those who were unable to attend, the following information was shared:

  • Rang 1 will have PE on Wednesdays. Please ensure pupils have PE gear (trainers, tracksuit bottoms and school PE jersey - optional. NO OTHER JERSEYS PLEASE)
  • All pupils should come to school in their full school uniform on PE days, and should change for PE, and back into their uniform afterwards. For this reason, please ensure pupils bring velcro trainers to school for PE, unless they are able to tie their laces independently
  • Homework will begin after the Halloween break. A weekly overview will always be provided to help parents support their child at home. Pupils are expected to bring their homework folder to school every day, but it is ok if homework is not done every night. We understand that some evenings are busier than others, and so it is ok to leave a homework task and catch up another night later in the week, but please bring the folder in every day so that we can swap reading books and update your child's reading record jotter.
  • School dinners can be ordered on a day-to-day basis as and when you wish to avail of them. Please ensure money is sent to school in a clearly marked envelope. They cost £2.60 per day.
  • Due to budget cuts at the beginning of this school year (as well as wishing to cut-down on our paper-consumption as an Eco-School), we are reducing the amount of notes we will be sending out to parents. In order to remain up-to-date with upcoming events and meetings and general school news, parents are asked to check the school website regularly. There is an app available as part of the school website which is free to download, and parents are strongly urged to download the app to keep informed of what's going on at BBB. We will also continue to send out regular text alerts to parents, and so if you are not receiving school text messages, please update your contact details with Mary in the school office.
  • School policies are available to view here on our school website
  • We have a pupil in the school with an allergy to eggs. We ask parents to ensure that pupils do not take ANY EGGS to school with them, either for break or for lunch. We greatly appreciate your cooperation with this matter.
  • We have a very active and dedicated Parent Support Group called ‘Cairde’ who regularly arrange activities such as fundraiser events and family fun days. Their fundraising goes towards subsidising buses for school trips to reduce the cost for parents, purchasing class iPads, class reading books, developing our outdoor play area etc. They are an integral part of Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche and are always keen for new members to join in and help in whatever small way they can. Keep up to date on the Facebook Group or speak to one of the parent members if you think you could spare a few hours a month or have any great ideas to share.
  • Cairde BBB has a private Facebook Group which regularly posts photos and reminders of what’s been happening at school. Make sure to join!
  • Remember,  homework is a REVISION of work/topics covered in class,  so pupils will be able to tell YOU what they are meant to do,  and will take great joy in doing so!

    There are some fantastic websites to assist parents with Irish and support their child,  such as:         

    We also recommend using the following apps if you have a tablet device at home: Cód na Gaeilge,  SumdogCúla 4,  Fuaim Ú, iMovie, Beebot, Scratch Jr, Book Creator, Green Screen and we welcome any recommendations for good apps you may come across at home! Please send them in!

  • Punctuality is extremely important here at Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche. School begins at 9.00am. Register is taken immediately, and anyone who arrives after 9.15am is marked in as late. Anyone who arrives after 9.30am is marked absent for the morning (unless attending an appointment, in which case the teacher should be informed). If attendance falls below 85% the Education Welfare Officer from the Education Authority will investigate absences.