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!

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

 

primary language curriculum

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


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