Communications between Teachers and Parents

Parents are the primary educators of their children. Teachers give formal professional education; both working in close co-operation is the desired approach.

We, in St. Sylvester’s Infant School have always maintained close contact with parents regarding their children’s’ progress through the following ways:

i) Introductory meetings for the parents of children attending our school for the first time usually takes place in May/June of the year in which the child starts school

ii) The new Junior Infant children are also invited to meet their class teacher in June of the year in which the child starts school

iii) All Junior Infant teachers meet the parents of their pupils in the 4th week of September to give a brief account of the programme the children will be following that academic year. Senior Infant and First Class teachers meet the parents in the 2nd week of September

iv) Formal Parent/Teacher Meetings usually take place in January each year. Parents of children attending learning/language support will be invited early in the school year to meet the Learning Support Teacher and the class Teacher

v) Informal meetings may take place by appointment if the child is experiencing any difficulties. In the interest of health and safety for all pupils, teachers would like to minimise unnecessary classroom disruptions. The teachers would like parents to send in a letter if they need a formal meeting with the teacher to relate relevant information about the child’s health, dental/hospital visit, ensuing holidays, etc informal contact can always be briefly made after school

vi) Communication is also made by notes and our School Newsletters which are sent home at regular intervals in the A5 plastic folder provided for each child. Please check this regularly. Details of school holidays for the school year will be sent home early September. In 2009 we introduced “Text a Parent”

vii) There are Parents Association Notice Boards in the yard and outside rooms 15, 2, 5 and 6 these should be viewed from time to time as this is an important means of communication between teachers and parents

viii) Formal school reports are sent to parents at the end of the school year or during the year in the event of transfer to another school.