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St Paul’s Secondary School First Year Parents Information Evening Wednesday September 24 th 2014
Changes: Primary - Secondary • • • Larger school and Layout From being the biggest students to the smallest Students move – teachers stay put Timetables Managing Lockers – getting to and from / times Homework – different amounts depending on the subject • Managing the school bag • Form Teacher, Year Head, Guidance Counsellor
Changes: Primary - Secondary • Getting to know teachers – from one to possibly ten or more • Getting information to all the teachers, i. e. learning, medical or personal difficulties • Getting to know new students • Longer day -Tiredness • Adjusting – up to Halloween
What can parents/guardians do? • • Spend time chatting about their day. Check Homework and Student Journal Discuss concerns regarding new subjects. Talk about their friends new/old. Look at timetable and help pack bags. Monitor pocket and lunch money. Contact the school or the HSCL if you have concerns.
What can parents/guardians do? • Communicate through the student journal • Relevant information should be passed on – Family, Learning, Physical – through the Year Head Ms Behan – who will ensure that the information is passed on. • Difficulties in individual classes should be addressed with the teachers concerned. Note in journal or phone for an appointment. • Difficulty with a number of subjects contact Form teacher or Year Head. • Inspect student journal on a regular basis – recommend nightly but not less than once a week.
What can parents/guardians do? • School comments in journal can serve as an early warning mechanism and head off trouble in the future. • Be sensitive to the needs of your child. Don’t discuss problem(s) with other students/parents.
Christian Ethos • Catholic Secondary School for all faiths and none. • Religion is a Junior Cert Subject for all students. • Christian Action fundraising masses/prayer services liturgies, meditations and retreats Catholic Schools Week self esteem programmes • St Paul’s Chaplain Fr Liam Merrigan
Guidance & Counselling • • Meet all first years in SPHE classes. Referrals and one to assess concerns and needs. Confidentiality and trust. Common issues Finding their classrooms. Lockers and getting to class on time. Making friends and mixing in a co-ed setting. Bullying – past or new experience. • Building Self Esteem. • Will meet students regularly – as needed.
Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) First Year Content • Bullying • Settling in to new school • Getting Organised • Study Skills • Introduction to Careers
Role of the Year Head • • Oversees academic progress of students Takes soundings from students Facilitates parental contact Supports students at risk, addresses the needs of vulnerable students • Supports families in difficulty and reports to staff in relation to the year group.
Role of the Year Head • Meets regularly with the Principal and Deputy Principal to discuss and review issues concerning the Year Group • Organises assemblies • Ensures the year group follow the Code of Behaviour • Monitors lateness and absenteeism • Checks and reviews the students’ journals
Bullying – The Tell Tale Signs • • • Loss of appetite Change in sleeping patterns Not mixing Mood swings Withdrawal from games, etc Fear of what might happen if your child reports bullying can be as bad as bullying itself • Bullying Policy on school website
Homework & Study • Entering of all homework in students homework journal. NOT JUST WRITTEN WORK • Completion and presentation of written assignments when due. • Preparation of classwork-reading, compulsory learning and revision all need to be addressed • On-going revision and preparation for class tests, House and State Examinations. • Use the homework journal to communicate with teachers.
Homework and Study • Recommended duration of study time 1 to 2 hrs five/six days a week • Prepare a study/homework plan. • After school study. • Show discipline by doing homework before fun and going out. • Communicate with teachers via the student journal if there are on-going problems with homework.
Continuous Assessment & House Exams • Each subject will have class tests. • There will be Christmas and Summer Exams of 1 or 1. 5 hr in length. • Exams should be a positive experience. • Students should be encouraged to challenge themselves. • The First Year Parent/Teacher Meeting is the ideal time to bring minor concerns to the attention of the subject teacher.
Programmes for Academic Support • • Small Classes Learning Support and Resource Classes Reading and Maths Competency Tests A small number of educational assessments Junior Certificate Schools Programme (JCSP) Homework Club Literacy & Numeracy Initiatives Team Teaching
Home School Community Liaison ROLE “To encourage partnership between parents/guardians and the school. To ensure the best possible educational, social and emotional out comes for each student” HOW Empowering parents/guardians to play an active role in their child’s education
Home School Community Liaison Developing Partnership with Parents by being actively involved in your child’s education • Attend Meetings & P/T Meetings • Encourage attendance, punctuality, participation and behaviour • Volunteer to help the school through the Parents Council, Fundraising, Driving Bus etc…. • Sign the student journal • Avail of Adult Education Opportunities • Encourage Literacy & Numeracy by participating in initiatives
Junior Certificate Schools Programme JCSP “Develop Literacy and Numeracy Skills of young people in the Junior Cycle” • All first years are part of the JCSP Programme and we will have a JCSP target group also -Testing -Subject Profile Journal -Subject Statements -Learning Targets -Acknowledge Success -View at P/T Meeting -Initiatives such as DEAR, Book Review Readalong, Flashmaster, Spelling Challenge Reading & Maths Labs, Oral Language Development and Music (timetable of Initiatives enclosed) • Experience Success and Reward
RESPECT and DOING ONE’S BEST
School Rules and Regulations • Importance of an orderly environment within the school and classroom • Courtesy and good manners • Attendance and punctuality –target setting • Mobile Phones, MP 3 players • Respect for property • Smoking and Substance Abuse • School Uniform • A detailed but not exhaustive list of minor, major and serious offences may be found in school journal on P 10
Sanctions • • • Verbal and written warnings Penalty exercises or “Community Service” Detention within school hours, 11 am and Lunchtime After school detention Pink Offence Forms Diary Signing Yellow Report Card Red (Probationary) Report Cards Suspension -repeated misconduct after above sanctions have been applied -serious intimidation, fighting • Exclusion
Awards & Rewards • • • TARGET SETTING Positive Verbal Comments Positive Comments in Journal Positive Comments at the Parent/teacher Meetings Behaviour Reward Trips Awards at end of year Attendance Awards JCSP Awards Trips and Tours
Practical Matters • All textbooks and copies should have the students name on them. • All items of clothing should be labelled with students name. • The school should be informed regarding students health issues. • Please inform us of any changes to your contact details, particularly phone numbers should they change.
Practical Matters • The school is supervised during breaktime and lunchtime and it is recommended that first year students stay in school during lunchtime where possible. • Hot food, rolls and sandwiches are available in the school. • The school encourages a healthy diet. • One way system -different entrances • Throwing of litter is forbidden. • Hooped earings are forbidden.
PE & Sports Teams • • • All students do Physical Education Training after/before and during school Basketball Gaelic Football Soccer/Futsal Cross Country Running Club Rugby Sports Day
Matters Financial • Student Expenses include locker rental, student journal, student insurance, photocopying and printing, practical subjects, guest speakers, postage etc • € 2 for Buses/Matches • Phones, MP 3 players, large sums of money, expensive items should not be brought to school • As part of being an inclusive school we don’t want any student excluded for financial reasons • Monitor lunch money
Some final words of advice • We are here to help – do not hesitate to contact us • There is an excellent pastoral care system in place in St. Paul’s – use it if you need to • Encourage your child to seek help if necessary • Report incidents of bullying behaviour • School is about relationships. It’s a three way experience. The greatest possibility of your child achieving their potential is when we all work together to make that happen. • Attend, participate, RESPECT and Do your Best