Scoil Náisiúnta Réalt na Mara Réalt na Mara National School

Mill street, Dundalk, Co Louth, A91 TD3H
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(042) 9327230
Principal: Mr Phil McCaul

Realt Na Mara National School Front photo

Parent/Teacher Communication Policy

Réalt na Mara has a proud record of very good attendance in the school. However it is very important that Parents/Guardians are aware by law all children who are absent for 20 days or more in the school year must be reported to the National Education Welfare Board.

In line with the Department of Education & Skills rules, we would appeal to parents not to arrange family holidays during school terms as this causes disruption to your child’s education.

If your child is unable to attend school due to illness or medical appointment, please notify the teacher by writing a short note in his/her school diary or ring the school and the secretary will pass on the message to the teacher.

We welcome contact from parents to avoid worries or misunderstandings, particularly at the start of the year. However, in order to reduce the number of interruptions to the classroom we ask parents/guardians to contact the school secretary by phone or in person with messages or forgotten lunches, coats etc. If you would like to see a teacher, please arrange a meeting through the secretary for a time suitable to both teacher and parent. 

Children must remain within school boundaries during the school day. The carrying and the use of mobile phones by children are not permitted and access to the school landline when necessary, is permitted by arrangement.

In the interests of healthy eating and providing a litter free environment some foods are off the lunch box list, e.g. chocolate bars, sweets , peanuts, in favour of sandwiches, fruit etc. Please remind your child to bring home empty cartons in his /her lunch box. Please avoid the use of tinfoil and cling film in lunch boxes.

N.B. Please put name tags on coats and especially jumpers/tracksuit tops. As you can appreciate, with so many children it is impossible to match lost jumpers, cardigans etc., to children if not labelled.

Childrens Birthday Party – The B.O.M. do not permit the distribution of party invitations during the school day.  The uninvited children don’t understand and it causes unnecessary upset in the classroom. Birthday cakes may not be brought into the classroom as this may pose a risk to children with allergies. 

Board of Management

Réalt na Mara