Scoil Mochua, Oulart
September Newsletter 2011
Tá fáilte romhaibh ar ais i gcomhair bliain nua agus fíor– fháilte roimh na daltai is na clainn
Firstly I would like to welcome our two new teachers, Miss Dawn Whelan and Miss Sinead
Piper, to our school.
Secondly I wish to draw your attention to our website www.oulartns.scoilnet.ie which I’ve
upgraded over the Summer and contains latest news, electronic versions of this newsletter
and calendar for the year.
Looking forward to your continued support and cooperation.
Beir bua, John Brennan.
Dates for your Diary
Tuesday Sept. 13th: BOM meeting in school at 8.00pm
See website for calendar for 2011-12
Homework Club begins Monday Sept 26th and will run for 10 weeks consecutively. It will
cost €20 per child. If interested please forward fee to Secretary by September 19th .
Parents / Guardians are reminded that there is a legal obligation on the Principal to record
every absence of every child throughout the school year, with an added obligation of
reporting absences of over 20 days to the Educational Welfare Board. Parents/guardians are
asked to ring the school Secretary on the morning of an absence and to write a note of
explanation in the pupil’s homework journal following an absence or give a note to the class
The class rolls are called at 10.am approximately each morning. Pupils who arrive after said
time are marked absent
There is a voluntary savings scheme facilitated by the school. Every Tuesday pupils may
purchase Post Office saving stamps from our Student Council. When the card is full the €20
must be lodged in the PO Deposit Account from which withdrawals may be made.
A form outlining the Allianz Pupil Insurance Scheme is enclosed. While not compulsory the
BOM would urge all parents / guardians to seriously consider taking out the 24 hours cover
for €8 and we would ask all pupils wishing to avail of the scheme to have the forms and
money back into school by Friday 23rd September.
Please ensure that your child’s clothes, school requisites or sports equipment are either
clearly labelled or are marked in such a way as your child can identify them.
Scoil Mochua operates a successful healthy Lunch Policy. Please find enclosed the
recommended school lunches.
Swimming begins Wednesday Sept 14th for Scoil Mochua for pupils of 6th, 4th and 2nd
classes and runs for 5 weeks. The bus will leave the school at 2.30pm and will return at
approximately 4.20 pm.
Swimming covers the Aquatics strand of the Physical Education curriculum. Swimming
costs €35 per pupil. Parents who have already paid €40 for this terms lessons will receive a
refund in due course.
Every effort was made to try and keep the “book bill” as low as possible and the “book
rental” scheme as beneficial as possible to all who avail of it. Thanks to all who have already
sent in their Book Rental money. We hope to have monies collected by the end of September.
Book Rental costs €30
Art, Craft, Photocopying costs: €15.
There are real concerns about the weight of school bags being carried to school. Children can
leave books that they do not require for homework in school each evening. We would
appreciate if you would regularly check the children’s bags to ensure that they are not
carrying unnecessary requisites or an accumulation of paper to and from school.
Where possible please ensure that your child tries to do the homework set every night and
sign the Homework Journal.
School opening and closing times:
Scoil Mochua opens at 9.20am and closes at 3pm. Scoil Mochua does not take responsibility
for supervision of pupils before 9.20. am
To this end we advise pupils to assemble in the school grounds between 9.10 & 9.20. The
school would greatly appreciate your support in this matter.