School Handbook




Scoil Náisiúnta, Réalt Na Mara                                       Réalt Na Mara National School

Sráid an Mhuilinn,                                                                  Mill St. Dundalk,

Dún Dealgan, Co. Lú.                                                                  Co. Louth.


Roll No: 20339E

Phone   : 042 9327230 / 042 9328927

Fax       : 042 9327545

E mail:


Scoil Náisiúnta Réalt na Mara is a co-educational school under the patronage of the Archbishop of Armagh, Archbishop Eamon Martin. Our Mission is the provision of Primary Education of the highest quality for all our pupils in an atmosphere of love, trust, and acceptance. The management, staff and pupils endeavour to make this school a welcoming, safe, happy place where difference, tolerance, and mutual respect are celebrated.
Réalt na Mara promotes the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the child-intellectual, physical, cultural, moral, spiritual, aesthetic and holistic- thus ensuring, that each child achieves his full human potential. We aim to enhance & encourage in all pupils an awareness of  his/her own self worth and a true confidence in his/her own ability. We promote the importance of respect and forgiveness so that through his/her learning experience, our pupils will achieve the life skills necessary to become well rounded happy citizens. As we acknowledge parents to be the primary educators of their children, we are inspired by a shared vision of excellence and espouse a partnership approach in its pursuit.
Réalt na Mara School actively promotes, both individually and collectively, the professional development of all staff members. As a school community we encourage an enthusiastic commitment to our school motto: To Be The Best You Can
Ultimately, we strive to model Christian values by “acting justly, loving tenderly and walking humbly with our God” (Micah)


Scoil Náisiúnta, Réalt Na Mara                                       Réalt Na Mara National School

Sráid an Mhuilinn,                                                                Mill St. Dundalk,

Dún Dealgan, Co. Lú.                                                                 Co. Louth.


Roll No: 20339E

Phone   : 042 9327230 / 042 9328927

Fax       : 042 9327545

E mail:

School Ethos


Scoil Náisiúnta Réalt na Mara is a Catholic School under the Patronage of Archbishop Eamon Martin, the Bishop of Armagh. Prayer has an important daily life of the school, with morning prayer, grace before and after meals and a prayer before going home forming part of the daily routine in each classroom. The Catholic “Alive-0” programme is taught in the school and students of other denominations are free to opt out of the formal religion classes. Pupil are prepared for the Sacraments of First Penance, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. We also have a number of School Class Masses and Liturgies in school and in St.Patrick’s Cathedral throughout the year.

General Contact Details / Staff

School Name:                                          Scoil Naisiúnta Réalt na Mara
School Address:                                       Sráid an Mhuilinn, Dún Dealgan
Telephone:                                                0429327230 / 0429328927
Fax:                                                          042 9327545
School Roll Number:                               20339E

Principal Teacher  :                                   Mr Mc Caul  P.O.
Deputy Principal :                                   Adele Clune, P.O.T.

Assistant Principal:                                  Ms. Bernadette Carr

Our Teachers

  1. Mr McCaul
  2. Mrs Clune
  3. Ms.Carr
  4. Ms.Flynn
  5. Ms.Lally
  6. Mrs.Daly
  7. Mrs.Holland
  8. Bn Mhic Shearraigh
  9. Bn Uí Chiaráin
  10. Mrs Carroll
  11. Ms.Power
  12. Mrs Cullen
  13. Mrs.McCrory
  14. Mrs McCullins
  15. Mrs. Mc Kenna
  16. Mrs O’Connor
  17. Mrs Brady
  18. Mrs. Mc Gee
  19. Ms. A. Mc Ateer
  20. Mrs.Shields
  21. Mrs Callan
  22. Mrs McCoy
  23. Mrs Bird
  24. Ms B. McAteer
  25. Ms Lambe
  26. Mrs Malone
  27. Mr Quigley
  28. Ms O’Kane
  29. Mrs Keenan
  30. Mr. Byrne
  31. Mrs. Dooley
  32. Ms. Ward


Special Needs Assistants



1.)Lynn O’Donoghue

2.)Maria McQuillan

3.)Marion Muldoon

4.)Deirdre Barry

5.)Rosaline Martin

6.)Celia Cahill

7.)Catherine McDonnell

8.) Mary Reilly

9.) Bernadette Kettle

10.) Deirdre Duffy

11.) Fiona Stewart

12.) Alice McKenna

13.)Lisa Finnegan

14.) Diane Coleman

15.) Anita Roddy

16.) Anna Wrobel

17.) Geraldine Ferris

18.) Patricia White 


Mrs Gillian O Hanrahan

Mrs. Veronica Duffy


John Hennessy






Members of the Board of Management of Réalt na Mara School

Chairperson : Anne Mc Donnell           Principal : Phil McCaul

Patron’s Nominee:   Fr. Mark O' Hagan           Staff Nominee:    Síle Holland

Parent Nominee: Niall Lavery                  Parent Nominee: Andrea Kelly



Chairperson Board of Management
Name                                               Mrs. Anne Mc Donnell






Current accommodation comprises

  • 16 Mainstream classrooms
  • 5 specially designed classroom for children with ASD
  • A Sensory Room
  • General purpose hall
  • 2 school offices, 1 reception Inc.
  • Staff room
  • 7 Learning Support / Resource Educational rooms.





Parents’ Association

Mr Phil McCaul, Principal and Mrs. Adele Clune, Deputy Principal and all the staff of Scoil Náisiúnta, Réalt Na Mara  greatly appreciate the support the P.A. give to the school, in particular its elected members,

Chairperson - Conor Neacy
Vice chairperson - Martina McMahon
Secretary - Emma Devlin
Treasurer - Sharon Clinton
Assistant treasurer - Rosemarie Duffy
BOM Niall Lavery
BOM Andrea Kelly
PRO Emma Devlin

All other committee members

Patricia Flynn
Kate King
Catherine MGinnity
Michelle Clifford
Joanne Agnew
Lisa Kearney
Caroline Finlay
Joanna Guzik
Anna Wrobel
Ruth Cherry
Rosemarie Duffy
Andrew Gallagher
Brigitte Biekou
Brona Cahill
Durgesh Tiwari
Kellie McSherry
David Gregory
Ali Ross

This new vibrant PA council came into existence in the  school year 2009/2010and has already made a most worthwhile contribution to the school. Membership is open to all parents/guardians of pupils enrolled.

As a group parents have a wide range of talents, abilities and skills that have the potential to enrich and extend the educational opportunities provided for pupils. The P.A. works with the Principal, staff and B.O.M. to build effective partnership between home and school.


  • Children do better, behave better and are happier at school where parents and teachers work closely together and support each other
  • Teachers can do a better job where they are supported by and working closely with parents
  • Parents can do a better job when they have the support of other parents.





Pupils are expected to be punctual and to attend school regularly. Latecomers disrupt learning.

School Hours

8.50 am

Official opening of school


10.30 am

Morning break (10mins)

12.15 pm

Lunch Break (30 mins) We have a healthy lunch policy in place

1.30 pm

End of infant school day

2.30 pm

End of school day

Parents are responsible for their children outside official school hours.  On the advice of our insurance company, children will not be insured before 8.50 am or after 2.30 pm.

For permission to leave early, a written note must be given to the class teacher who will inform the Principal.

Children who are not picked up by 2.40p.m.are to wait at the main entrance near the Secretary’s office.

School Uniform

Full school uniform must be worn every day.

Boys – School jumper with crest, grey trousers, white shirt and red tie

Girls – School jumper with crest, grey skirt, white shirt and red tie

P.E. -   School tracksuit with crest, red polo top and runners

Black shoes or black runners only (coloured runners are not permitted).

We have a uniform wardrobe in our school in the event of your child not having their full uniform or in the event of an unforeseen accident. N.B. All belongings must be clearly marked with child’s name.  The school B.O.M. cannot accept responsibility for any articles lost or mislaid.



“Mol An Oíge Agus Tiocfaidh Sí”

Our Code of Behaviour seeks to develop pupils self esteem and promote positive behaviour.  In doing so, it fosters the development of a sense of responsibility and self discipline in pupils based on respect and consideration for others. The safety and well being of the children will be paramount at all times.


  1. School starts at 8.50 am.  Please be punctual.  Latecomers disrupt class work.
  2. Please WALK along corridor and on stairs. (safety)
  3. School ends 2.30 pm.  Please WALK to school gate.      (Infants Day 1.30pm)
  4. Chewing gum is strictly forbidden at all times.
  5. Homework journal to be signed each day.
  6. If a child is absent from school a signed and dated explanatory note is required.
  7. Please return all permission slips immediately.
  8. Full uniform must be worn every day.
  9. School tracksuit to be worn on P.E. and match days only.

10.  Extreme hairstyles are not permitted.

11.  Jewellery must be kept to a minimum.

12.  We request that boys do not wear earrings.

13.  Mobile phones are not permitted except in exceptional circumstances.

A Behaviour Sheet will be given for verbal abuse, aggressive behaviour, rough play, derogatory comments, persistent disobedience, absconding, bullying, shouting or lack of respect for any staff member or pupil. This sheet must be signed by parent/guardian and returned to the school files.  If a child receives three behaviour sheets, the parent/guardian will be asked to visit the school.  Before resorting to serious sanctions, e.g. suspensions, the normal channels of communication between parent and school will be explored. Acknowledging that parents are the primary educators of their children, we are inspired by a shared vision of excellence and we espouse a partnership approach in its pursuit.



See Appendix for Signatures Required




Our school rules have been designed to reflect the Christian values of respect for self and others. Kindness and helpfulness to others, courtesy, good manners, fairness and forgiveness, and are based on the three strands of the Social, Persona) and Health (SPRE) Curriculum: Myself, Myself and Others, Myself and the Wider World.

My Behaviour Contract


  • Be on time for school and leave school promptly when school finishes.
  • listen carefully and work hard in school and do my best to complete my  homework.
  • Walk in on orderly manner around the school and when in my line
  • Be truthful and honest at all times.
  • Wear the full school uniform / tracksuit as appropriate every day.
  • Name all my belongings.
  • Look after my personal hygiene.
  • Bring a healthy lunch to school.
  • Be responsible for my own behaviour.



  • Be polite and respectful towards all pupils, staff and visitors.
  • Show respect and sportsmanship to my team mates and opponents in all


  • Not bully others or allow others to bully me.
  • Behave well in class so that my teacher can teach and my fellow pupils

can learn

  • Treat the property of others with respect.

Show reverence and respect at prayer time and when visiting the church

  • Treat the school building, furniture, equipment and books with respect.
  • Treat the property of others
  • Represent my school in a positive manner on all school outings.




  • An enrolment from is given for each child for completion by parents/guardian at the beginning of the school year.


  • Newsletters and circulars containing general school information are issued regularly. It is important to check your child’s schoolbag for notes.


  • Text-a-Parent is used to keep parents informed of forthcoming events


  • Please keep a regular eye on the daily homework diary entries and sign your child’s homework daily.


  • Parent/teacher meetings are held annually. Parents are most welcome to contact the class teacher or regarding any concerns they may have about their child.  However, because of the necessity of supervision it is required to make an appointment.  Contact No. 042 9327230. Please inform the class teacher at the beginning of the year if your son / daughter has any medical conditions
  • Please sign all permission slips and return to school – Remember – “NO NOTE – NO GO”

Other Structures In Place To Enhance Home / School Contact Are

  1. Open afternoon for parents of new Junior Infants – mid June
  2. Parent/teacher meetings one-to-one in November.
  3. Meeting re: religious services on First Penance, First Holy Communion and Confirmation and

involvement of parents in the Religion “Alive-O” programme for parents.

  1. Meetings with parents of children with special needs
  2. Consultation throughout the year
  3. Written communication
  4. School booklet informs parents about school matters
  5. Newsletters keep parents up to date with school events, holidays and school concerns
  6. Homework diary 1st – 6th class used to relay messages which are signed by parents and teachers

10.  Parents are invited to Family Masses, School Concerts, Ceilí Mór etc.









v  Parent /Teacher day is held in November


v  Each parent group speaks to teacher for 5/10 minutes


v  A note is sent home one week beforehand to inform the parents of the  allotted time


v  A pre- arranged selection of topics will be discussed on that day.   Maths/Irish/English/behaviour/General Progress/ Comments from Parents


v  The timetable is affixed outside classroom door for duration of meeting


v   Please knock door at allotted time.



The aims of Parent/Teacher meetings:

  • To let parents know how their children are doing in school
  • To inform teachers on how children are coping outside school
  • To establish an ongoing relationship and communication with parent
  • To help teachers/parents get to know the children better as individuals
  • To help children realise that home and school are working together.


Informal Parent/Teacher Meetings:

Communication between parents and teachers is encouraged.

Arranging parent/teacher meetings within the school day while children are in school is difficult. However, parents are welcome to speak to the Principal at any time. In case of prior appointments, it would be wise to ring in advance.


Please note that, meetings with class teachers at class doors to discuss a child’s concern/progress is discouraged on a number of grounds:

  1. A teacher cannot adequately supervise her class while at the same time speaking to a parent.
  2. It is difficult to be discreet when so many children are standing close by.
  3. It can be embarrassing for a child when his/her parent is talking to the teacher at a classroom door.

We appreciate that sometimes a parent may need to speak to a teacher urgently and that on occasion these meetings need to take place without prior notice. The Principal will facilitate such meetings making every effort to ensure that the children in the class do not lose out on any of the teaching/learning time to which they are entitled. When possible, the Principal will teach the class until the class teacher returns.



As it is important to keep class interruptions to a minimum the secretary’s office should be used by parents who wish to drop in lunch boxes, sports gear etc.



Assemblies are held monthly in the school hall.

For Assembly purposes the school is divided into 2 groups.

Junior Infants to 2nd class co-ordinated / facilitated by Mrs Clune P.T.O,

3rd to  6th class co-ordinated / facilitated by Mr Phil McCaul P.O.

Topics and dates (which may change) for each assembly are decided in advance and this information is distributed to all teachers.

We present three awards and one trophy for "Dalta na Míosa" to the members of each class who have done their best, worked hard, shown improvement, kindness, consideration to others, living up to the school motto :

To Be The Best You Can

Members of staff are welcome to make suggestions regarding the content of assemblies to the Principal and Deputy Principal


  • Each class is equipped with its own library.
  • Books are maintained and repaired regularly. Extra books are

provided after the annual Book Fair

  • Children are encouraged to read on an on - going basis.
  • The Co-ordination maintenance distribution and upgrading of class

libraries is the responsibility of the class teacher and Special

Educational teacher

  • “Readers Make Leaders”


The following are guidelines on yard supervision procedures and related matters:
• All areas of the yard are supervised by members of the teaching & non teaching staff at break times.
• A yard duty rota is circulated to all staff at the beginning of each month.
• Class teacher should accompany his / her class to and from the yard.
• Children are not allowed to remain in classrooms during break times except on days when weather


prevents outdoor activity,
Children are not permitted to:
• Engage in boisterous behaviour, rough play or dangerous games.
• Leave the yard without the permission of the teacher on duty.

If a child disobeys the rules of the yard, he / she may forfeit part of playtime and may have to stand on the line. If a child is in breach of yard behaviour, a standard note informing the parents/guardian of such is sent by the Principal.

All pupils must play in the tarmac area only and remain within the designated area for their class grouping during break times.
In the event of a serious injury, the teacher on duty will send for member of School Management Team and the designated First Aider to attend the child. Details of the accident including date, time, location, nature of incident, names of witnesses and action taken afterwards should be recorded in the accident book. Parents / Guardians should be informed immediately and, where contact cannot be made, qualified medical treatment should be sought for the child where necessary.
If a child needs to use the toilet during break time, he / she must obtain permission from the teacher on duty.

Play ceases in response to the bell and children proceed to their line.




* The Relationship and Sexuality Programme seeks to provide children with opportunities to acquire knowledge and understanding of relationships and human sexuality through processes that will enable them to form values and to establish behaviours within a moral spiritual and social frame work.
* 1st Term -
Stay Safe Programme is used.

* 2nd Term - Walk Tall Programme is used

*3rd Term - R.S.E. Programme is used.

Parents / Guardians are informed in advance and may withdraw their children from RSE classes or from a specific aspect of the RSE programme.

* 6th Class also participate in a personal development day.


• Every child must wear a coat when walking to the swimming pool except on dry,
sunny days during May and June.
• Every pupil must listen to and obey the class teacher.
• Children walk in line behind the teacher to the swimming pool. Running is not allowed.
• Shouting or playing are not allowed in the dressing rooms.
• Every pupil must listen to and obeys the instructor and life guard
• Running around pool area is not allowed.
• Swimming caps are required. Shower socks may be worn.
• Children are not to leave the pool without the instructor or teacher’s permission.
• Unless under the instructors directions, jumping into the pool from the side is not allowed.

No pushing or rough play in the pool
• Children are expected to dress quickly after each session
• Hairsprays/gels/spray deodorants are not allowed. Roll-on deodorants are allowed for 5th & 6th class

pupils. Shampoo is allowed.
• No drinks/sweets are to be bought from the machine.


•    Pupils must enter/leave the bus in an orderly manner.

  • The school holds the names of students not going on the school tours.
  • A head count of those on the bus is taken at frequent intervals.
  • Adults sit at emergency exit always.
    •   Pupils are expected to arrive 15 minutes before departure time. Parents are expected to contact

the school 15 minutes before departure time if child is sick or unable to attend.
•   School Rules apply on all school tours.
•   Mobile phones and electronic devices are allowed on school tours but the school does not accept

responsibility for same. Teachers will have mobile phones on tour if parents children need to get in

contact with each other.
•   Pupils must sit in their seats on the bus and avoid any loudness that would distract the driver.
•   Pupils are encouraged to take drinks and sweets at the appointed lunch breaks.
•   Pupils must stay in their appointed groups at all times.
•   Pupils must wear school uniform on school tours.
•   Parental/Guardian permission slips allowing a) the child to go on tour and b) the teacher the right to

authorise any medical or surgical procedure necessary are returned to the teacher prior to the tour.




As part of the Social. Personal and Health Education (S.P.H.E.) Programme we encourage our pupils

to become more aware of the need for healthy food in lunch boxes.

1 To promote the personal development and well-being of the child.
2. To promote the health of the child and provide a foundation for healthy living in all its aspects.

1. To enable the child to appreciate the importance of good nutrition for growing and developing and staying healthy.
2. To enable the child to accept some personal responsibility for making wise food choices and adopting a healthy, balanced diet.

Lunch is an important meal for school-going children. It should provide one third of their recommended daily allowance of nutrients without being high in fat sugar or salt. It should also provide dietary fibre (roughage). We ask you to encourage a healthy lunch right from the start.
The traditional packed lunch of milk and sandwiches is under attack from a range of convenience foods like crisps, sweets, biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks. Parents and teachers are concerned about this trend but some find it difficult to come up with popular healthy alternatives.



The following guide line is designed to help you




Healthy Lunches for Children

Bread Bread or Rolls, Rice Cakes, Crisp bread, Bread sticks,

Home Made Cakes, Buns, Mince Pies, Apple Pies, Cornish Pasties and                         Pancakes.

Savouries Lean Meat, Turkey, Chicken, Tinned Fish, Cheese, Sausages Rolls,

Pizza Slices, Pitta Bread, Pop Corn, Pasta, Potato Salad, Rice.


Fruit and Vegetables:   Apples Bananas, Peach, Plums, Oranges, Tomato, Coleslaw,

and Dried Fruit, Vegetable Sticks.


Food Pyramid

Top Oil, Butter, Chocolate, Sugar, Biscuits and Sweets Fizzy Drinks

Second Meat, Fish, Eggs, Beans, Nuts and Peas

Third Milk Cheese Yoghurts

Fourth All Fruit and Veg

Bottom Bread, Cereal, Potatoes


Do’s and Don’ts For Good Eating


Do Eat Regular Meals, not one big meal each day.

Do eat as wide a variety of food as possible.

Do eat breakfast every day.

Do eat more fruit Vegetables and salad foods.

Do eat whole grain cereals and bread.

Do drink plenty of water.

Do use mayonnaise, salad creams and salt, sparingly.

Do remember to brush your teeth after breakfast and at bedtime.


Don’t skip meals or eat lots of snacks each day.

Don’t eat fried food, Grill instead.

Don’t eat sweets, cakes and biscuits too often. Have them as treats.


Homework Policy


It is school policy to assign appropriate class-related levels of homework as an important reinforcement in the learning process. Good study habits are fostered, independent learning is promoted and self-discipline is developed. Homework is normally given at the end of the school day. The following are the suggested allocations for our school —


Junior Infants 05– 10 min     First and Second 20-30 min Fifth class 40 min – 50 min

Senior Infants 10 – 15 min    Third and Fourth 30 – 40 min Sixth class 50 min  – 1 hr(max) 

• Homework is generally based on class-related work or work already covered in class. It should contain a balance between reading, learning and writing. Time devoted to reading and learning is as important as written work.
• The assigned homework is explained to children in advance. The different levels of the pupils are also taken into account.
• Homework is given from Mondays to Thursdays and is generally not given at weekends unless it has been neglected during the week, or unless exceptional circumstances such as projects or book weeks occur.
• Homework is not linked to behaviour but occasionally children are rewarded with reduced homework if they have worked /behaved well.
• The Learning Support Teachers will occasionally give homework to their allocated pupils but only as a reinforcement of class work. Reading is routinely given as homework and should be accorded priority consideration.
• If homework causes stress or worry to the child, parents are encouraged to convey these anxieties to the class teacher. If homework cannot be completed on a particular night, parents are asked to forward a written note.
• Teachers check homework on a daily basis. Some homework may be self-correcting. Children who do not complete homework satisfactorily may be required to re-do this work during lunch break. Parents are advised to supervise and check homework nightly.


• All children have a homework diary which parents are required to sign. The homework diary acts as a means of communication between class teacher and parent.
• “Homework off” may be given at a teacher’s discretion. In general, all school homework will encompass a wide spectrum of learning experiences such as reading, writing, tables, spelling, learning ‘by heart’, drawing, collecting information, colouring and finishing class work.

Homework Procedures for Parents


  • Provide suitable comfortable facilities.
  • Remove distractions - T.V. younger siblings etc.
  • Help child overcome difficulties through explanation.
  • Parents should not do homework for their children.
  • Send a note to the class teacher if a problem arises. The homework diary can be used for this


  • Check and sign homework diaries.
  • Notify the class teacher if time spent on homework exceeds the recommended time.
  • As children tire towards late evening, encourage the completion of homework as                                                                                                   early as possible.
  • Discourage children from doing homework in the morning.
  • Parents should have a stock of rulers, pencils, rubbers, table books etc. available

should the need arise.




  • In-class corrections
  • Checking homework diaries
  • Parent - Teacher meetings
  • Teacher designated tests
  • Pupil profiling
  • Teacher observation
  • Feedback from parents and pupils
  • General air of satisfaction

Roles and Responsibilities / Implementation


All stakeholders have a role to play in the implementation of this policy from pupils / parents

right up to Board of Management.


Homework is an integrated activity based part on what is done in class so it cannot be marked as a separate item for those not in attendance.



Timetable for Review


This policy will be referred to regularly to make sure that it is being consistently implemented by all the staff and reviewed annually.



The Essential Parents Guide to the Primary school years.  - Brian Gleesan

Your Child in the Primary school                         - I.N.T.O

Your Child's learning                                           - D.E.S. Primary School Curriculum







All reasonable precautions are taken to keep and maintain the school building, school equipment, the playing area and other areas of the school site in such a condition that it does not create a hazard likely to cause injury to pupils, teachers or other persons.


School policy/procedure endeavours to provide effective and adequate supervision of pupils at all times during school hours. Games or activities which are deemed to place pupils at any risk of injury are not allowed.


All employees are encouraged to think “Safety First” in all school-based activities.

When an accident does happen, the details are recorded in an accident book. The details include date, time, nature and location of the accident, what action was taken afterwards and who witnessed the accident.


In the event of a serious accident, more detailed accounts are recorded.


Where a child is injured in an accident, the Parent/Guardian is informed immediately. In an emergency situation, where it is not possible to make contact with a parent / guardian, qualified medical treatment should be sought at the earliest opportunity.


At both breaks an SNA takes care of injuries that occur in the yard. Children who fall / head injury  are brought by an SNA to Mrs .O’ Hanrahan and the SNA stays with Mrs.O Hanrahan while the parent  is rang. No member of staff will be in a one-to-one situation when dealing with an injured child


Accident Insurance Form

Pupils Personal Accident Insurance 2013 -2014

Please fill details on cover, if required


Option 1. Provides cover for school activities and also includes

direct travel to and from such activities

€6 per Child


Option 2. Provides cover on a 24 hour basis, for school  activities and social,                                                                                                d                    domestic and leisure activities  (including holidays).

€9 per Child


Please return completed forms and payment to school in envelope

marked “lnsurance” by    11th /09 /2013








The Education Welfare Act 2000 promotes school attendance and Section 17 of the legislation states that it is a statutory obligation on parents to ensure their child attends a recognised school once registered in the school. Furthermore, where a child is absent from the school, the parent is required under the Act to notify the Principal of the school of the reason for the child’s absence. The Act states that the relevant authorities will be informed of pupils who have been absent for twenty school days or more (this includes illness, holidays outside school holidays etc.) Children deemed at risk will be registered with the National Educational Welfare on-line and their attendance regularly recorded.

Parents will be reminded in September and June (with school calendar) of the importance of punctuality and regular attendance in school. All children from 1st – 6th classes have a school journal with the school calendar in it reminding parents of the NEWB regulations and the obligation of the school to inform the NEWB when necessary.

Parents are discouraged from taking holidays during school time and work will not be sent home with children to do while they are on holiday.


Please ensure that your child’s teacher has an up-to-date address and phone number which can be written in the homework journal. It is the parent’s responsibility to inform the school, in writing, of any changes in name, address or telephone number. We also need two further contact numbers for emergencies. We will then be able to contact you immediately if your child is sick.


Care of the Hair:

Parents are asked to check their child’s hair for head lice regularly as it is a national problem. If a parent contacts the school about this matter, all pupils in the concerned class receive a letter, stating school policy and the procedure to be taken. Pupils who are infected are to be treated at home. Long hair must be tied back or plaited.


Scoil Náisiúnta, Réalt Na Mara wishes to remind parents of the problem of overweight school bags. Teachers are aware of the potential health hazards posed by overweight schoolbags. Therefore pupils from 2nd – 6th classes are regularly asked and reminded by their class teachers to bring home in their school bags only the books they require to do their homework. Doing so encourages pupils to develop their organisational skills. Teachers include back care as part of the SPHE programme. Parents are asked to check the weight of their child’s school bag regularly and inform the school if they are concerned. Parents are encouraged to purchase correctly designed school bags, not bags on trolley wheels.


The BOM and staff of Scoil Náisiúnta, Réalt Na Mara encourage parents experiencing separation to come and speak to the teachers and/or the principal. It is our aim to handle such matters with sensitivity and compassion, and ultimately, our primary concern is for the well-being and overall development of the child.

  • When the child spends time in two homes, it is requested that the school be provided with both sets of emergency/contact numbers.
  • Regarding the collection of children from school, it is requested that the school be informed of any changes in the collection arrangements by note.
  • It is school policy to offer the option of separate parent/teacher meetings, if so desired.
  • It is assumed that when we wish to communicate with parents regarding their child, the parent contacted (i.e. the parent with whom the child principally resides) will inform the other parent of meetings, arrangements etc.

Special arrangements for separate communication can be accommodated.


  • In the absence of a custody arrangement, both parents will be treated as equal partners in terms of parenting rights and responsibilities.
  • The school cannot be asked to withhold a child from either parent, in the absence of a custody arrangement or court order.
  • The BOM and staff of Scoil Náisiúnta, Réalt Na Mara will endeavour at all times to deal sensitively and caringly with children experiencing separation.







The Board of Management of Scoil  has adopted the “Children First" Guidelines of the Department of Health & Children 2009 and the "Child Protection" Procedures of the Department of Education & Science 2001. The school aims to provide its pupils with the highest standards of care and protection, in order to promote each child’s well-being and safeguard him/her from harm while in the school.

The Designated Liason Person (DLP) is Mr Phil McCaul Principal and the Deputy Designated Liason Person (Deputy DLP)  is Mrs Conlon








All other policies and procedures in Scoil Naisiúnta Réalt na Mara are available to parents on request

These Policies; such as


  1. Health & Safety
  2. Child Protection
  3. Anti Bullying
  4. Code of  behaviour
  5. Enrolment
  6. Mobile Phone
  7. Acceptable use of the Internet

..and many others.









Complaints Procedure


Only those complaints about teachers which are written and signed by parents/guardians of pupils may be investigated formally by the Board of Management, except where those complaints are deemed by the Board to be:

(i)   on matters of professional competence and which are to be referred to the Department of Education;

(ii) frivolous or vexatious complaints and complaints which do not impinge on the work of a teacher

in a school;

(iii) complaints in which either party has recourse to law or to another existing procedure. Unwritten

complaints not in the above categories may be processed informally as set out in Stage 1 of this



Stage 1

1.1 A parent/guardian who wishes to make a complaint should, unless there are local arrangements to the contrary, approach the class teacher with a view to resolving the complaint.

1.2 Where the parent/guardian is unable to resolve the complaint with the class teacher she/he should approach the Principal Teacher with a view to resolving it.

1.3 If the complaint is still unresolved the parent/guardian should raise the matter with the Chairperson of the Board of Management with a view to resolving it.


Stage 2

2.1 If the complaint is still unresolved and the parent/guardian wishes to pursue the matter further she/he should lodge the complaint in writing with the Chairperson of the Board of Management.

2.2 The Chairperson should bring the precise nature of the written complaint to the notice of the

teacher and seek to resolve the matter between the parties within 5 days of receipt of the written



Stage 3

3.1 If the complaint is not resolved informally, the Chairperson should, subject to the general authorisation of the Board and except in those cases where the chairperson deems the particular authorisation of the Board to be required:

(a) supply the teacher with a copy of the written complaint; and

(b) arrange a meeting with the teacher and, where applicable, the Principal Teacher with a view to resolving the complaint. Such a meeting should take place within 10 days of receipt of the written complaint.

Stage 4

4.1 If the complaint is still not resolved the Chairperson should make a formal report to the Board within 10 days of the meeting referred to in 3.2 (b).

4.2 If the Board considers that the complaint is not substantiated the teacher and the complainant should be so informed within 3 days of the Board meeting.

4.3 If the Board considers that the complaint is substantiated or that it warrants further investigation it proceeds as follows:

(a) The teacher should be informed that the investigation is preceding to the next stage;

(b) The teacher should be supplied with a copy of any written evidence in support of the complaint;

(c) The teacher should be requested to supply a written statement to the Board in response to the complaint;

(d) The teacher should be afforded an opportunity to make a presentation of case to the Board. The teacher would be entitled to be accompanied and assisted by a friend at any such meeting;

(e) The Board may arrange a meeting with the complainant if it considers such to be required. The complainant would be entitled to be accompanied and assisted by a friend at any such meeting;

(f ) The meeting of the Board of Management referred to in (d) and (e) will take place within 10 days of the meeting referred to in 3.1 (b).


Stage 5

5.1 When the Board has completed its investigation, the Chairperson should convey the decision of the Board in writing to the teacher and the complainant within 5 days of the meeting of the


5.2 The decision of the Board shall be final.

5.3 This Complaints Procedure shall be reviewed after three years;

5.4 CPSMA or INTO may withdraw from this agreement having given the other party 3

months’ notice of intention to do so.


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