School Calendar 2016-2017
Teachers will have one in-service day during the year to attend a training course regarding the new Language Curriculum. Date will be advised as soon as possible.
School Re-opens: Wednesday 31st August, 2016
Halloween Break: Monday 31st October – Friday 4th November, 2016 (inclusive)
Christmas Holidays: Thursday 22nd December, 2016 (11.30am finish)
Re-open: Monday 9th January, 2017
Spring Break: Monday 20th - Friday 24th February, 2017 (inclusive)
St. Patrick’s Day: Friday 17th March, 2017
Easter Holidays: Monday 10th – Friday 21st April, 2017 (inclusive)
Re-open: Monday 24th April, 2017
May Bank Holiday: Monday 1st May, 2017
June Bank Holiday: Friday 2nd and Monday 5th June, 2017
Summer Holidays: Friday 30th June, 2017 (11.30am finish)
As per Department of Education & Skills Circular (0034/11) the Board of Management may reduce the February mid-term break if the school has to close due to adverse weather conditions before Christmas or reduce the Easter break if we have adverse weather conditions after Christmas. If;
§ the school has been affected by extensive or prolonged school closures (e.g. due to severe weather conditions, etc.) and
§ measures (as per Section 3 of Circular) put in place by the school will not adequately address the loss in tuition involved.
Parents will be given (as much notice as possible) by – ‘Text A Parent’ or Notes sent home in schoolbags, or Website www.stsylvestersinfantschool.com
School Calendar 2016-17
Entry and Exit Guidelines during the New Build
Below is important information regarding the logistics of entering and exiting the school during the new build. A copy of this note will also be emailed to each family in the school and placed on our school website www.stsylvestersinfantschool.com
The new build will commence in July. There are a number of Health & Safety issues which must to be adhered to during the build. We appreciate this may be a stressful time for some, but it will be worth it in the end. Our main concern is caring for the four hundred and fifty children entering and exiting the school.
The Board of Management has designated THREE SEPARATE SCHOOL ENTRY/EXIT gates and has taken the following necessary steps to alleviate some of the expected congestion.
You may only use the entry/exit gate specific to your room number:-
èEntry/Exit 1: Graveyard Gate
Rooms 15, 16, 17 and 18 ONLY
èEntry/Exit 2: Yellow Walls Road
Rooms 1, 2, 4 and 8 ONLY
èEntry/Exit 3: Pedestrian Gate at Staff Car-Park
Rooms 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 & Hall ONLY
We understand that these three distinct and separate entrances will be challenging and present difficulties for parents who have more than one child in the school. However, the Health and Safety of our children is our number one priority.
We suggest parents contact other parents from their child’s class and arrange shared drop-offs/collection of siblings. Parents contact details are available from your child’s class rep.
It is important to note the following:-
For parents/children using the Entry/Exit 3, we suggest you avail of the free one hour car-parking in Bridgefield.
In order to minimise traffic congestion we also encourage walking, scooting, cycling etc. However, the Board of Management cannot accept responsibility for loss of scooters, bikes etc.
For Health & Safety reasons the Board of Management must implement a staggered start/finish as follows:
Notification to all parents regarding Child Protection Policy.
The Board of Management completed its annual review of the Child Protection Policy on
Thursday 25th June, 2015.
This policy is available to view under the School Policies heading.
Checklist for annual review is attached below.
First Day of School: Monday 31st August
Home-time: Monday 31st August to Friday 18th September inclusive
The “Lollipop System” promotes a safe home collection for your child
Thank you and we look forward to a very successful start for all our Junior Infants.
Great fun was had by all at our 'Maths for Fun' Day on the 16th of May. This is an annual event organised by Mrs Kirby, our Deputy Principal. It gives children an opportunity to put maths skills learnt in class to work, solving problems inside and outside the classroom. Various activities are organised throughout the school for each class level, with a view to highlighting the importance of maths skills in the children's day to day lives. Children are invited to bring in traditional, age appropriate board games to school . As this is a 'Maths for Fun Day'. Children and staff can wear something with a maths theme e.g. football jerseys(with numbers), birthday badges, clothes with stripes/patterns/shapes/ dots. A big thank you to Mrs Kirby and all the parents who assisted with the maths activities for a fantastic day! Check out some of the photos!
A fantastic day was had by all at the fun run on Sunday the 18th of May. Thank you to everyone who came to support the event and a special thank you to the Parents' Association and all those involved in organising the event. Below are some photos from the day.
We will soon be celebrating Catholic Schools Week in St. Sylvester’s. Throughout the week we will celebrate our Catholic ethos through various activities. We would like to make you aware of the activities so you can discuss them with your children at home, and therefore also be involved in Catholic Schools Week.
Catholic Schools Week 2014
Theme: “Catholic Schools: Places of Faith and Learning”.
Monday 3rd – Friday 7th February
Monday 3rd February
Opening to Catholic Schools Week.
Mrs. Dunne will come on the intercom in the morning to say a couple of words and a short prayer about how we are taking time this week to pray for the people who are important to us, and to have a think about all the different people who help us learn about God.
Mrs. Dunne will tell the children that one such special person was St. Brigid and that perhaps their teachers will tell them more about her today (as her feast day was on Saturday 1st February).
The teachers may read a story about St. Brigid or do some artwork about St. Brigid and Spring-time with their classes.
The children may visit the “Spring Sacred Space” beside Mrs. Dunne’s office or look at the “Thought of the Month” poster of St. Brigid and her cloak, located beside Rooms 1 and 2.
In the Alive-O programme we have a song called “St. Brigid brings the spring”. Talk to your child about the signs of spring they can see outside.
Tuesday 4th February
First Class, Rooms 1, 2 and 8 celebrate their special “Grandparents Assembly” in the hall today.
For Parents: Chat to your child about important people who teach them about God.
Wednesday 5th February
First Class, Rooms 4 and 18, celebrate their special “Grandparents Assembly” in the hall at 11.30 today.
Senior Infants will have an assembly next week with some of the junior infants classes. The rest of the junior infants will attend their first assembly in March.
For Parents: As all first classes have now celebrated assembly this week, where Mrs. Dunne talked to the children about the theme of grandparents, you might say the poem below with your child:
Walk with Grandad
I like to walk with Grandad,
His steps are short like mine.
He doesn’t say “Now hurry up!”
He always takes his time.
Most people have to hurry.
They do not stop and see.
I’m glad that God made Grandad,
“Unrushed” and young like me.
- Rodney O’ Hurd
Thursday 6th February
During the day, Mrs. Dunne will come on the intercom and ask the teachers and children to stop what they are doing, and take time to read the children a story about Jesus. This story might be one in which Jesus teaches others about God.
For Parents: Take time to read a story to your child today.
Friday 7th February
Close to Catholic Schools Week
During the day Mrs. Dunne will come on the intercom to thank the children for their participation and work in Catholic Schools Week.
Say your child’s favourite prayer with them today.
We have been learning how to play traditional playground games like Queenie-I-O, Donkey, and elastics in school.
We are going to send these games to our European partners. We are looking forward to playing the games they send us.
You can read more what we have been up to on the Comenius website which you can get to by clicking the tab to the left of the page.
The Sam Maguire Cup came to visit St. Sylvester’s Infant School on Wednesday the 6th of November. The boys and girls were all very excited. Unfortunately Sam was very busy and he was not able to see all the boys and girls, but he did leave a nice treat for those who missed him. Below are some pictures from the day.
A big big thanks to our wonderful parents who volunteered to help tidy up the school grounds on Saturday 19th October. Despite the initial wet start to the afternoon, parents arrived armed with brushes and shovels and gave the school grounds a real good spruce up in readiness for winter. By the look of the photos, the children really seemed to enjoy helping too!, Mrs Dunne