CHILD PROTECTION GUIDELINES

 

The Children First Act has been fully signed into law with effect from 11th December 2017. There are revised responsibilities and procedures for all schools, BOM and teachers to follow when child protection concerns arise. There is a requirement that school staff are updated on the Department of Education revised guidelines and schools are authorised to close for two half days this term to allow for staff training on the new procedures.

PLEASE NOTE: School Thomáis will close at 12 noon on Tuesday 20th February and also at 12 noon on Tuesday 13th March to facilitate Child Protection training.

Please ensure that your children are collected at 12 o’clock on both these days.

For information on Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children log ontohttp://www.tusla.ie/services/child-protection-welfare/children-first/

School Closed for Midterm

Scoil Thomáis will be closed from on Thursday 15th & Friday 16th February for Mid-Term Break. 

We hope everyone enjoys their midterm break and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday 19th of February 2018 at 9am!

Room 7 Aistear

The boys and girls in Room 7 have been really enjoying Aistear over the last week. They have been developing their fine and gross motor skills using the iPads, making Valentine's Day art and making playdough pancakes. 

Well done boys and girls!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day from all in Room 26! We made these colourful heart designs using oil pastels and paint.

Hope everyone has a lovely Mid-Term Break!

Pancakes in Room 10!

Room 10 really enjoyed their pancake party. The children wrote recipes for pancakes and had lots of fun eating them on Pancake Tuesday.

Well done everyone!

Wildlife Projects in Room 2

The boys and girls in Room 2 have been doing lots of research about wild animals over the past couple of weeks. Everyone chose a wild animal to base their project on. The project consisted of three parts.

First, the children did a written project, gathering lots of information about their animal at home and also using the computers in school.

After doing their written project, the children created their art project. Some children used recycled materials such as shoeboxes to create the habitat of their animal. Some children arranged all of their facts, along with some pictures onto a sheet of card.

Finally, each child presented their project to the class. Everyone introduced themselves, and went through various facts they had learned about their animal including what it looks like, where it lives and what it eats. They then described how they created the art part of their project. We also made wildlife silhouettes for art, based on our ‘Wild Animal’ theme.

All the boys and girls put in lots of work over the past few weeks. Well done everyone!

Science Visit in Room 18

The 5th Class students in Room 18 were delighted to welcome a special visitor to their class on Thursday 8th February. Claudia’s sister Chloe is studying Science in Trinity College and came in to talk to the class about why she loves Science, what she does in the lab and the ways in which Science all is around us. She told us about lots of different branches of Science, including zoology, botany, biochemistry and astrology. We learned about DNA, genetics and how nano-scientists use electron microscopes! We’ve been learning about Nano Science in class ourselves and recently attempted the ‘Lego mitten challenge” to get an idea of how difficult it is for scientists to work on the nano- scale!

 Chloe also showed us some of her Science lab apparatus, including test tubes, conical flasks, funnels, beakers and a pestle and mortar. We were really inspired by Chloe’s visit!

Room 15 Wildlife Projects

Room 15 have spent the past few weeks working on a Wildlife project.  First we looked at animal books in the library.  We chose our animals. Next we researched our wild animals on the computers at computer time. We looked at websites like DK Find Out, National Geographic Kids and World Book Online.  As part of our written homework, we filled in a booklet all about our animals.  We used our library books and fact files to help us.  Some did the great white shark, tigers, elephant and lots of other animals.

We made wildlife silhouettes. To make it we used red, yellow and orange paint to make a sunset. We blended the colours. We added animals and black trees. Finally we stuck the animals on.

We had create fun at home making dioramas. We did dioramas on our animal project. We worked really hard on them. We could use any materials we wanted. They look FANTASTIC!! If you want to visit them, they are in Shared Area 15 and 16.

We are now telling our class all about our animals.  We are trying to be very good speakers and listeners.

by Grace Travers and Megan Mc Donnell, Room 15

Our Current Newsletter

 

As part of our ongoing efforts to be a Green School, we make our school newsletter available online only. You can read our latest issue of the newsletter by clicking here or the picture above. 

Safer Internet Day 2018

Safer Internet Day 2018 will be celebrated on Tuesday, 6th February.

The Theme for Safer Internet Day 2018 is

“Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you”

You can view lots of resources for parents by visiting www.saferinternetday.ie/parents/

Sue Cullen & Aileen Murphy from Barnardos Education will give a workshop to our 6th classes with on Tuesday 6th February.

Stay Safe Programme 2018

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As part of the SPHE Curriculum pupils in Senior Infants, First, Third and Fifth Classes will be taught lessons from Stay Safe which is a personal safety education programme. The series of lessons will be taught each school week from mid-February until the end of March (Easter Break).

The aim of the Stay Safe programme is to teach children personal safety skills so they can look after themselves in situations which could be upsetting or dangerous. It deals initially with common situations which most children will experience at some stage or other, e.g. getting lost or being bullied. The programme also teaches children the safety skills necessary to protect themselves from physical or sexual abuse and emphasises the importance of telling a trusted adult about any problems they have.

The Stay Safe programme is part of the Social, Personal and Health Education curriculum which all primary schools are required to implement. Co-operation between parents and teachers is essential to the success of this programme. It is important that parents/guardians are aware of the content of the Stay Safe lessons and are able to discuss the lessons with their children. Your child may bring home worksheets which will inform you on the topics being covered in class and how you can reinforce the messages at home.

In order to learn more about the Stay Safe programme and how you can support your child you are invited to attend a Parent Information Meeting with speaker Marion Hefferon (from CAPP) on next Thursday 8th February 2018 at 1.30pm in the school. Please come to the front entrance of the school and you will be escorted to Room 10 where the meeting will take place. It will last approx 1 hour.

The meeting is open to all parents but is especially relevant to parents of Sen. Infants, 1st, 3rd & 5th.

NOTE: FOR PARENTS OF SENIOR INFANT PUPILS:

If you wish to attend the STAY SAFE meeting on Thursday 8th  Feb at 1.30pm ( and you cannot arrange for the collection of your Senior Infant child by another adult)  - our Senior Infant teachers have kindly agreed to supervise the children until the Stay Safe Meeting is over at 2.30pm.

You can familiarise yourself with the content of the Stay Safe lessons by logging onto

www.staysafe.ie/teachers/resources.htm

One of the most useful aspects of the website is the Parent's Handbook. It is available in lots of different languages. Click the language you wish to read it in below.
 
english - English
 
 
irish - Irish
 
 
chinese - Chinese
 
 
latvian - Latvian
 
 
lithuanian - Lithuanian
 
 
polish - Polish
 
 
spanish - Spanish
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primary language curriculum

Click here to read some helpful information leaflets explaining the new Primary Language Curriculum.


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