Mission Statement
Child Safeguarding
Homework Policy
Anti- Bullying Policy

Admissions Policy

Healthy Eating Policy
Medicine Policy Split Class Policy
Unexpected Closures
INTO/CPSMA Complaints Procedure
 
Minor Injuries Policy


These are a few of the Tineteriffe N.S. school policies.All others are available on request (from parents), in the school office. Please check with office for updated policies.

 

Admission Policy of Tineteriffe N.S.

School Address: Tineteriffe, Cappamore, Co. Limerick

School Website: www.tineteriffens.ie

Roll number: 18367U

School Patron: Bishop Kieran O’ Reilly

 

Introduction

This Admission Policy complies with the requirements of the Education Act 1998, the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 and the Equal Status Act 2000. In drafting this policy, the board of management of the school has consulted with school staff, the school patron and with parents of children attending the school.

The policy was approved by the school patron on 27th April 2020.  It is published on the school’s website and will be made available in hardcopy, on request, to any person who requests it.

The relevant dates and timelines for Tineteriffe N.S admission process are set out in the school’s annual admission notice which is published annually on the school’s website at least one week before the commencement of the admission process for the school year concerned.
This policy must be read in conjunction with the annual admission notice for the school year concerned.
The application form for admission is published on the school’s website and will be made available in hardcopy on request to any person who requests it.

Characteristic spirit and general objectives of the school

 

Tineteriffe N.S. is a Catholic co-educational primary school with a Catholic ethos under the patronage of Archbishop Kieran O’ Reilly.

“Catholic Ethos” in the context of a Catholic primary school means the ethos and characteristic spirit of the Roman Catholic Church, which aims at promoting:

the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person of the pupil, a living relationship with God and with other people; and

including the intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual aspects; and

a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus; and

the formation of the pupils in the Catholic faith;

and which school provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church, and/or such ethos and/or characteristic spirit as may be determined or interpreted from time to time by the Irish Episcopal Conference.
In accordance with S.15 (2) (b) of the Education Act, 1998 the Board of Management of Tineteriffe N.S. shall uphold, and be accountable to the patron for so upholding, the characteristic spirit of the school as determined by the cultural, educational, moral, religious, social, linguistic and spiritual values and traditions which inform and are characteristic of the objectives and conduct of the school.

 

Mission Statement
Tineteriffe is a co-educational, Catholic primary school which strives to provide a well-ordered, caring, happy and secure atmosphere where the intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral and cultural needs of the pupil are identified and addressed.
While Tineteriffe is a school with a Catholic ethos, is also had due recognition for all other religions.
Tineteriffe will strive to promote, both individually and collectively, the professional and personal development of teachers though staff development programmes.
Tineteriffe will encourage the involvement of parents through home/school contacts and through their involvement in the Tineteriffe Board of Management and Parents Association.
Tineteriffe will endeavour to enhance the self-esteem of everyone in the school community and to develop in pupils, an appreciation of art, music, poetry and awareness of the beauty of the world around them and of their responsibility on its preservation.
Tineteriffe will aim to awaken in the pupils a sense of belonging, responsibility and civic pride in their home, school and local environment.
Tineteriffe will promote gender equality amongst the teachers and pupils.
Every effort will be made to promote a love of all things Irish – Language, music, singing, drama, dancing and literature.

 

Admission Statement

Tineteriffe N.S. will not discriminate in its admission of a student to the school on any of the following:

the gender ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,

the civil status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,

the family status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,

the sexual orientation ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,

the religion ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,

the disability ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,

the ground of race of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,

the Traveller community ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned, or

the ground that the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned has special educational needs

 

Tineteriffe N.S. will cooperate with the National Council for Special Education in
the performance by the Council of its functions under the Education for Persons with
Special Educational Needs Act 2004 relating to the provision of education to children with
special educational needs, including in particular by the provision and operation of a
special class or classes when requested to do so by the Council.
Tineteriffe N.S. will comply with any direction served on the patron or the board,
as the case may be, under section 37A and any direction served on the board under
section 67(4B) of the Education Act.

As per section 61 (3) of the Education Act 1998, ‘civil status ground’, ‘disability ground’, ‘discriminate’, ‘family status ground’, ‘gender ground’, ‘ground of race’, ‘religion ground’, ‘sexual orientation ground’ and ‘Traveller community ground’ shall be construed in accordance with section 3 of the Equal Status Act 2000.

 

 

 

All denominational schools
Tineteriffe N.S. is a school whose objective is to provide education in an environment which promotes certain religious values and does not discriminate where it refuses to admit as a student a person who is not of the Catholic faith and it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos of the school.

Note for Parents: the inclusion of the above wording was mandated by the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018.

 

Categories of Special Educational Needs catered for in the school/special class.

Admission of Students

This school shall admit each student seeking admission except where –

the school is oversubscribed (please see section 6 below for further details)

 

a parent of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section 23(4) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student

 

All denominational schools
Tineteriffe N.S.,is a Catholic school and may refuse to admit as a student a person who is not of the Catholic faith where it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos of the school.

Note for Parents: the inclusion of the above wording was mandated by the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018.

 

 

Oversubscription

In the event that the school is oversubscribed, the school will, when deciding on applications for admission, apply the following selection criteria in the order listed below to those applications that are received within the timeline for receipt of applications as set out in the school’s annual admission notice:
 


1.Pupils who have been referred by Tineteriffe N.S for educational expertise / support e.g a language support unit

2.Priority is given to brothers and sisters of children already in the school or who have attended the school in the past. If the class is oversubscribed on the basis of this criterion, then places will be allocated on the basis of age, starting with the oldest applicant, until all places are allocated

3.Children of permanent staff
4.Families whole primary residence is :
Within a 2 mile distance by road from the school. If the class is oversubscribed within the application of this particular criterion, then the furthest from the school will be eliminated first.
5.Children of parents who are past pupils of the school. If the class is oversubscribed within the application of this particular criterion, then those whose primary residence is furthest from the school will be eliminated first

6.If space is still available, class numbers are completed from the Waiting List, which is compiled and ordered according to the date of the original application. The criteria are listed in order of priority when spaces are allocated under criterion 1 and space is still available, then criterion 2 comes into play and so on. This prioritization proceeds until all places have been allocated.

 

In the event that there are two or more students tied for a place or places in any of the selection criteria categories above (the number of applicants exceeds the number of remaining places), the following arrangements will apply:

 

Priority to eldest in accordance with the above criteria

 

 

What will not be considered or taken into account

In accordance with section 62(7) (e) of the Education Act, the school will not consider or take into account any of the following in deciding on applications for admission or when placing a student on a waiting list for admission to the school:

  • a student’s prior attendance at a pre-school or pre-school service, including naíonraí,

 

  • the payment of fees or contributions (howsoever described) to the school;
  • a student’s academic ability, skills or aptitude;

 

  • the occupation, financial status, academic ability, skills or aptitude of a student’s parents;
  • a requirement that a student, or his or her parents, attend an interview, open day or other meeting as a condition of admission;

 

  • a student’s connection to the school by virtue of a member of his or her family attending or having previously attended the school;

(other than, in the case of the school wishing to include a selection criteria based on (1) siblings of a student attending or having attended the school and/or (2) parents of a student having attended the school.

In relation to (2) parents having attended, a school may only apply this criterion to a maximum of 25% of the available spaces as set out in the school’s annual admission notice).

  • the date and time on which an application for admission was received by the school,

 

This is subject to the application being received at any time during the period specified for receiving applications set out in the annual admission notice of the school for the school year concerned.

 

 

Decisions on applications

All decisions on applications for admission to Tineteriffe N.S. will be based on the following:

Our school’s admission policy

The school’s annual admission notice (where applicable)

The information provided by the applicant in the school’s official application form received during the period specified in our annual admission notice for receiving applications

(Please see section 14 below in relation to applications received outside of the admissions period and section 15  below in relation to applications for places in years other than the intake group.)

Selection criteria that are not included in our school admission policy will not be used to make a decision on an application for a place in our school.

 

Notifying applicants of decisions

 

Applicants will be informed in writing as to the decision of the school, within the timeline outlined in the annual admissions notice.

If a student is not offered a place in our school, the reasons why they were not offered a place will be communicated in writing to the applicant, including, where applicable, details of the student’s ranking against the selection criteria and details of the student’s place on the waiting list for the school year concerned.  

Applicants will be informed of the right to seek a review/right of appeal of the school’s decision (see section 18 below for further details).

 

 Acceptance of an offer of a place by an applicant

In accepting an offer of admission from Tineteriffe N.S., you must indicate—

(i) whether or not you have accepted an offer of admission for another school or schools. If you have accepted such an offer, you must also provide details of the offer or offers concerned and

(ii) whether or not you have applied for and awaiting confirmation of an offer of admission from another school or schools, and if so, you must provide details of the other school or schools concerned.

 

Circumstances in which offers may not be made or may be withdrawn

An offer of admission may not be made or may be withdrawn by Tineteriffe N.S. where—

it is established that information contained in the application is false or misleading.

an applicant fails to confirm acceptance of an offer of admission on or before the date set out in the annual admission notice of the school.

the parent of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section 23(4) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student; or

an applicant has failed to comply with the requirements of ‘acceptance of an offer’ as set out in section 10 above.

 

Sharing of Data with other schools

Applicants should be aware that section 66(6) of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 allows for the sharing of certain information between schools in order to facilitate the efficient admission of students.
Section 66(6) allows a school to provide a patron or another board of management with a list of the students in relation to whom—

(i) an application for admission to the school has been received,

(ii) an offer of admission to the school has been made, or

(iii) an offer of admission to the school has been accepted.

The list may include any or all of the following:

(i) the date on which an application for admission was received by the school;

(ii) the date on which an offer of admission was made by the school;

(iii) the date on which an offer of admission was accepted by an applicant;

(iv) a student’s personal details including his or her name, address, date of birth and personal public service number (within the meaning of section 262 of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005).

 

Waiting list in the event of oversubscription

In the event of there being more applications to the school year concerned than places available, a waiting list of students whose applications for admission to Tineteriffe N.S. were unsuccessful due to the school being oversubscribed will be compiled and will remain valid for the school year in which admission is being sought.

Placement on the waiting list of Tineteriffe N.S. is in the order of priority assigned to the students’ applications after the school has applied the selection criteria in accordance with this admission policy. 

Applicants whose applications are received after the closing date, outlined in the Annual Admission Notice, will be placed at the end of the waiting list in order of the date of receipt of the application.

Offers of any subsequent places that become available for and during the school year in relation to which admission is being sought will be made to those students on the waiting list, in accordance with the order of priority in relation to which the students have been placed on the list.

 

Late Applications

All applications for admission received after the closing date as outlined in the annual admission notice will be considered and decided upon in accordance with our school’s admissions policy, the Education Admissions to School Act 2018 and any regulations made under that Act.

Late applicants will be notified of the decision in respect of their application no later than three weeks after the date on which the school received the application.  Late applicants will be offered a place if there is place available.  In the event that there is no place available, the name of the applicant will be added to the waiting list as set out in Section 13.

 

Procedures for admission of students to other years and during the school year

 

The procedures of the school in relation to the admission of students who are not already admitted to the school to classes or years other than the school’s intake group are as follows:

Applications for enrolment during the school year will be considered subject to school policy, available space and the provision of information concerning attendance and the child’s educational progress.
Such applications will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis but will normally only be considered for admission on the first day of each new term unless the applicant is newly resident in the area.

 

The procedures of the school in relation to the admission of students who are not already admitted to the school, after the commencement of the school year in which admission is sought, are as follows:

In the event of there being more applications to the school year concerned than places available, a waiting list of students whose applications for admission to Tineteriffe N.S. were unsuccessful due to the school being oversubscribed will be compiled and will remain valid for the school year in which admission is being sought.

Placement on the waiting list of Tineteriffe N.S. is in the order of priority assigned to the students’ applications after the school has applied the selection criteria in accordance with this admission policy. 

 

 

Junior Infants, with the exception of students transferring from another school, may only be admitted to the school prior to 1st of October of year of entry.

 

Declaration in relation to the non-charging of fees

 

The board of Tineteriffe N.S. or any persons acting on its behalf will not charge fees for or seek payment or contributions (howsoever described) as a condition of-

an application for admission of a student to the school, or

the admission or continued enrolment of a student in the school.

 

 Arrangements regarding students not attending religious instruction

 

Our school is of a Catholic ethos and, in keeping with that ethos, children of all or no other faith are welcome to apply to this school.

We respect the decision of parents to withdraw their child/children from taking part in the religious education curriculum, religious ceremonies, school Masses, etc. 

The following are the school’s arrangements for students, where the parent(s)/guardian(s) have requested that the student attend the school without attending religious instruction (etc.) in the school. These arrangements will not result in a reduction in the school day of such students:

A written request should be made to the Principal of the school. A meeting will then be arranged with the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student, to discuss how the request may be accommodated by the school.

 

Reviews/appeals

Review of decisions by the board of Management
The parents/guardians of the student, may request the board to review a decision to refuse admission. Such requests must be made in accordance with Section 29C of the Education Act 1998.   
The timeline within which such a review must be requested and the other requirements applicable to such reviews are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.
The board will conduct such reviews in accordance with the requirements of the procedures determined under Section 29B and with section 29C of the Education Act 1998.
Note:  Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being oversubscribed, the applicant must request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.
Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.  

 

Right of appeal
Under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998, the parents/guardians of the student, may appeal a decision of this school to refuse admission. 
An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1) (c) (i) of the Education Act 1998 where the refusal to admit was due to the school being oversubscribed.
An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1) (c) (ii) of the Education Act 1998 where the refusal to admit was due a reason other than the school being oversubscribed.
Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being oversubscribed, the applicant must request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see Review of decisions by the Board of Management)
Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see Review of decisions by the Board of Management)
Appeals under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 will be considered and determined by an independent appeals committee appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills.    
The timeline within which such an appeal must be made and the other requirements applicable to such appeals are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.

 

The policy was ratified by the Board of Management of Tineteriffe N.S. on 5th October, 2020

Signed: Gerard Lynch; Chairperson, Board of Management

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Terms of participation in Online teaching Sessions (using Zoom, Webex etc)

Online teaching and wellbeing sessions are offered to support distance learning during the Covid 19 closure of schools.

For the safety and privacy of every child taking part;

  1. Code of Behaviour
  2. Internet Acceptable User Policy
  3. Anti bullying policy
  4. Data protection policy

 

 

Healthy Eating Review News!!!

Thanks for all your Healthy Eating review suggestions. 90% of families took part in our recent questionaire, April 2014.

Cereal Bars; 63% in favour, Homemade scones; 87%, Homemade flapjacks; 79%, Fruit winders; 27%, Choc Rice cakes; 59%, and Popcorn; 78%.

It was agreed by committee that Fruit winders become a 'treaty item', but no other chages be made. Instead the school will encourage water and fruit to be brought to the school each day by children. A fruit-ometer and water-ometer will be created to give positive reinforcement. Drinks and sandwich options are at the parents's discretion with all heathier options encouraged.

 

Tina Terrific (our school Healthy Eating mascot) says:

Mission Statement

Tineteriffe is a co-educational, Catholic primary school which strives to provide a well-ordered, caring, happy and secure atmosphere where the intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral and cultural needs of the pupil are identified and addressed.

While Tineteriffe is a school with a Catholic ethos, is also had due recognition for all other religions.

Tineteriffe will strive to promote, both individually and collectively, the professional and personal development of teachers though staff development programmes.

Tineteriffe will encourage the involvement of parents through home/school contacts and through their involvement in the Tineteriffe Board of Management and Parents Association.

Tineteriffe will endeavour to enhance the self-esteem of everyone in the school community and to develop in pupils, an appreciation of art, music, poetry and awareness of the beauty of the world around them and of their responsibility on its preservation.

Tineteriffe will aim to awaken in the pupils a sense of belonging, responsibility and civic pride in their home, school and local environment.

Tineteriffe will promote gender equality amongst the teachers and pupils.

Every effort will be made to promote a love of all things Irish – Language, music, singing, drama, dancing and literature.

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A nti-bullying policy

In accordance with the requirements of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 and the code of behaviour guidelines issued by the NEWB, the Board of Management of Tineteriffe N.S. school has adopted the following anti-bullying policy within the framework of the school’s overall code of behaviour. This policy fully complies with the requirements of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools which were published in September 2013.

The Board of Management recognises the very serious nature of bullying and the negative impact that it can have on the lives of pupils and is therefore fully committed to the following key principles of best practice in preventing and tackling bullying behaviour:

  1. In accordance with the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools bullying is defined as follows:

Bullying is unwanted negative behaviour, verbal, psychological or physical conducted, by an individual or group against another person (or persons) and which is repeated over time.

The following types of bullying behaviour are included in the definition of bullying:

Isolated or once-off incidents of intentional negative behaviour, including a once-off offensive or hurtful text message or other private messaging, do not fall within the definition of bullying and should be dealt with, as appropriate, in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.

However, in the context of this policy, placing a once-off offensive or hurtful public message, image or statement on a social network site or other public forum where that message, image or statement can be viewed and/or repeated by other people will be regarded as bullying behaviour.

Negative behaviour that does not meet this definition of bullying will be dealt with in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.

Additional information on different types of bullying is set out in Section 2 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools.

 

  1. The relevant teacher(s) for investigating and dealing with bullying is (are) as follows: (see Section 6.8 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools):

Class Teachers

Principal

  1. The school’s procedures for investigation, follow-up and recording of bullying behaviour and the established intervention strategies used by the school for dealing with cases of bullying behaviour are as follows (see Section 6.8 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools) :

Recording;

1. Yard duty incident book ( used by all teachers while on yard to record misbehaviour / incidents on yard.)

2. Anti bullying Record Book; ( used to record an approach made by pupils/parents of an allegation of bullying.)

Investigation

Restorative Questions used to investigate a complaint / issue (as needed).

Restorative Questions to ask child who has been bullied.

 

Restorative Questions to ask the bully

Established Routines;

Warning from teacher

#Possible options; Encouraging friendship / pairing activities. Encouraging home/school liason ( parental involvement.) Changing yard /playground divisions appropriately.

Referred to principal

School will use appropriate lessons from SPHE to encourage children to socialize with consideration for others. These taught on an annual basis.

Issues regularly reviewed at staff meetings.

 

 

  1. The school’s programme of support for working with pupils affected by bullying is as follows (see Section 6.8 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools) :

Regular checks with child to ensure that bullying behaviour has not reoccurred

SPHE self esteem lessons.

 

  1. Supervision and Monitoring of Pupils

 

The Board of Management confirms that appropriate supervision and monitoring policies and practices are in place to both prevent and deal with bullying behaviour and to facilitate early intervention where possible.

 

  1. Prevention of Harassment

 

The Board of Management confirms that the school will, in accordance with its obligations under equality legislation , take all such steps that are reasonably practicable to prevent the sexual harassment of pupils or staff or the harassment of pupils or staff on any of the nine grounds specified i.e. gender including transgender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race and membership of the Traveller community.

 

  1. This policy was adopted by the Board of Management in February 2014.

 

  1. This policy has been made available to school personnel, published on the school website (or where none exists, is otherwise readily accessible to parents and pupils on request) and provided to the Parents’ Association (where one exists). A copy of this policy will be made available to the Department and the patron if requested.

 

  1. This policy and its implementation will be reviewed by the Board of Management once in every school year. Written notification that the review has been completed will be made available to school personnel, published on the school website (or where none exists, be otherwise readily accessible to parents and pupils on request) and provided to the Parents’ Association (where one exists). A record of the review and its outcome will be made available, if requested, to the patron and the Department.

 

Date of next review; This policy was reviewed at the first BOM meeing of the year in October 2022. The next review will be in 2023.

 

Medicine Policy

When administration of medication is necessary for a child during the school day. The following procedure will be used:

Parents will write a letter to the Principal requesting administration of medication. This letter should contain the following

§ Child’s full name and address
§ The name of the medication to be administered
§ The exact dosage and time of administration
§ Signature of parent / guardian

Parent’s are responsible for the provision of medication and should normally keep account to ensure that medication is available.

Medication should be sent to the Principal’s office and will be kept in a safe place, with the exception of children’s inhalers, which may be kept in their school bags.

Medication will be administered, (excepting inhalers), from the Principal’s office

Where there are changes in dosage or time of administration, parent/ guardian or other person designated by the parent / guardian should write a letter requesting these changes

Request for administration of medication should be renewed at the beginning at each school year

A record of administration will be kept in the office

A child will be allowed use an inhaler if it is imperative he / she does so.

Reviewed and Ratified: June 2009
Reviewed May 2013. Due for review; 2018

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Homework Policy

Introductory Statement
This plan was formulated by the staff on Dec 1st, 2006, reviewed by the Parents Council and ratified by the Board of Management in January 2007.

Rationale
Existing policy is due for review.

Relationship to characteristic spirit of the school
Scoil Toinn a Tairbh seeks to enable each child to develop his/ her potential. Homework encourages pupils to work independently and take responsibility for their assignments.

Aims
To benefit pupil learning
To reinforce work done in class
To develop study skills
To promote a similar approach to homework across all classes
To strengthen links between home and school.

Content of the plan
Junior infants shall get homework.(occasionally).
Provision is made for children with special needs.
There is a balance between oral, reading and written work.
Homework is seen as reinforcement of work done in class
For younger children homework is given at the end of the day. 5th & 6th class children are expected to write it down independently after each lesson.
Parents are expected to sign homework diaries.
Homework is given, Monday to Thursday, with occasional exceptions, e.g birthdays or special occasions.
The time recommended for homework is as follows
Junior infants Up to 10 min
Senior infants Up to 15 min
1st and 2nd Up to 25 min
3rd and 4th Up to 40 min
5th and 6th Up to 1 hour
Any homework not done or done untidily will be noted in the child’s homework diary to be signed by parents. Extra homework may be imposed.
Family circumstances are taken into consideration, however the child’s progress is our primary consideration.
Should a problem arise with homework, a note should be written in the child’s homework diary from the parents informing the teacher of the problem.

Success Criteria
Feedback from teachers, pupils, parents
Satisfactory homework exercises and assignments submitted by pupils.

Roles and responsibilities
Class teachers
Pupils
Principal
Parent / Guardian

Implementation Date
Jan / Feb 2007

Reviewed May 2013. Due for review 2018

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Unexpected Closures

Should an unexpected closure occur parents will be informed as soon as possible by text.

Updates on closure will be advertised on the school website.


Created and Ratified : April 2008

Reviewed : May 2013. and 2018. Next review due 2023

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Minor Injuries Policy

Rationale
The formulation of this policy enables our school to effectively ;

Provide for the immediate needs and requirements of students who have sustained either a serious or a minor injury.
Ensure that adequate resources and arrangements are in place to deal with injuries/ accidents as they arise.
Ensure lines of communication with parents/guardians are in place if required.
Activate a known plan of action with which all staff are familiar.

Roles and Responsibilities
The overall responsibility for the day to day management of school supervision/routines rests with the Principal. The class teacher is responsible for classroom supervision and teachers on yard duty are directly responsible for the supervision of pupils at break time. The schools Health & Safety officer is Denis Leonard. The First Aid boxes are maintained by Margaret Meskell. Fire Drill coordinator is Mrs Sheehan.

School Ethos:
This policy re-enforces the elements of the school mission statement which advocates providing a safe and secure learning environment for each child and ensuring a duty of care at all times when the school is in operation.

Aims/Objectives
To ensure the physical safety and well being of all staff and pupils.
To develop a framework of procedures whereby all injuries are dealt with in a competent and safe manner.
To comply with all legislation relating to safety and welfare at work.

Procedures:
Safety of pupils and staff is a priority for the Board of Management, and robust measures have been put in place to ensure no children or staff are put at risk;

The school has a comprehensive Safety Statement in which hazards are identified and remedial measures are outlined.
The school is insured under Allianz.
Each classroom teacher regularly instructs his/her class on issues relating to safety in the class/yard.
Certain procedures are in place in the event of accidents.
There are two teachers on yard duty at any one time.

Minor Accident/Injury
The injured party is initially looked after by the teacher on yard duty. No medicines are administered but cuts are cleaned and bandages/plasters applied if deemed appropriate. The use of plastic gloves is advised at all times.

More Serious Accidents/Injuries
Parents/guardians are immediately informed, particularly if there is a suspicion of broken bones/head or eye injury. The child is kept under observation until parents/guardians arrive, with the emphasis on making the child as comfortable and as settled as possible.

Very Serious Injury
In the event of a very serious injury, parents/guardians are immediately contacted. If the considered opinion of the staff is that immediate professional help is required, an ambulance is called. On rare occasions the staff may agree that taking the child to Accident & Emergency in a private car is a more prudent option particularly in the case of rapid blood loss. Parents are kept informed of developing situations.

Categories of Injury/ School Procedures.

Minor Cuts and Bruises
Clean around cuts
Gloves are used at all times to reduce risk of spread of infection.
A check is carried out to locate small bodies which may be embedded in the wound.
Plaster, gauze or lint is placed on the wound if deemed appropriate.
Teacher observation is maintained.
Children are advised to show/tell parents.
In sports, helmets must be worn.

Sprains
In the event of a sprain the process of rest, ice, compress and elevate is implemented.
If in doubt, parent/s are contacted.
Teacher observation is maintained.

Faints
Lie the casualty down
Raise the legs above the level of the heart
Loosen any tight clothing
Ensure there is fresh air
Keep crowds away
Reassure casualty when they recover
Contact parents
The event is subsequently recorded in the Accident Book

Severe Bleeding
Act instantly – Go, Go, Go1
Set or lie the injured party down
Press down on wound using gloves
Lift (if possible) the injured part above the level of the heart.
Put a clean dressing over the wound and secure it firmly with a bandage
If blood shows through the dressing then place another one over the first and bandage firmly
Treat for shock by raising legs above level of heart, loosen tight clothing, fresh air, crowds away
GET HELP
Contact parents
If very serious contact casualty immediately
Record in accident book.

Burns/Scalds
Immediately remove child from danger area
Cool burnt area with cold running water
Remove rings etc. and other tight fitting accessories if possible
Do not remove object stuck to skin
Contact parents
Record in accident book.

Unconsciousness
Ring for medical help
Place child in recovery position
Ring for parents
Other children are kept away
Record in accident book

Stings/Bites.
Spray applied
If case is serious, parent/s are contacted.
Record in accident book
The First Aid Policy is based on collective teacher input. The teacher on yard duty is automatically assisted by others in the case of a serious injury.

Resources
First aid boxes are located in the office. The contents of such boxes are replenished when deemed necessary by the designated staff member.

Record Keeping
Serious accidents/injuries are recorded in the Accident Report Book which is located in the staff room. One Accident Report Book covers all children in the school. The accident report form lists date and time of accident, witnesses, nature of injuries, a brief description of the circumstance of the accident, procedures followed by staff etc. Very serious injuries will be notified to the schools insurers. Relevant medical information on all pupils is obtained at time of enrolment. This section asks parents to list allergies and other medical conditions their child may have.

Evaluation
The success of this policy is measured from set criteria;

Maintaining a relatively accident free school environment
Positive feedback from staff, parents, children.
Continual yard observation of behaviour by all staff engaged in supervision duties
Monitoring and evaluation at staff meetings.

Reviewed by staff; December 2009
Reviewed and ratified by BOM December;2009

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HEALTHY EATING POLICY

 Tineteriffe N. S has a healthy eating policy in place. Teachers, pupils and parents aim to develop positive attitudes to eating and to appreciate the contributions that good food makes to health.

 

Healthy food makes for ;

 

A healthy lunchbox should include some items from the first 4 rows of the pyramid and sparingly from the top row. Some of the healthy snacks encouraged from small break include plain popcorn, fruit, flapjacks, yogurt, fromage frais, crackers, carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, raisins and cubed cheese, cheese strings, cereal bars preferably with fruit and nuts ( not chocolate covered).

Healthy drinks are water, milk and fruit juices.

Treaty Thursday

Thursday will no longer be just Thursday. It will be known as Treaty Thursday. This means that we are allowed to have a small treat from the top shelf of the food pyramid.

 

Green Flag

It is the aim of the school to be awarded “Green Flag”. To achieve this the school suggests the following :

Use a lunchbox instead of plastic bags

NOTES

This policy was developed in conjunction with the SPHE programme in schools.

This policy will be reviewed annually with the input of pupils, parents and teachers.

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Child Safeguarding Statement
Tineteriffe NS is a primary school providing primary education to pupils from Junior Infants to Sixth Class.
In accordance with the requirements of the Children First Act 2015, Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017, the Addendum to Children First (2019), the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 and Tusla Guidance on the preparation of Child Safeguarding Statements, the Board of Management of Tineteriffe NS has agreed the Child Safeguarding Statement set out in this document.

 

 

The school will:

The school will also adhere to the above principles in relation to any adult pupil with a special vulnerability.

 

 

 

 

 

Note:  The above is not intended as an exhaustive list. Individual Boards of Management shall also include in this section such other procedures/measures that are of relevance to the school in question. 

 

This Child Safeguarding Statement was adopted by the Board of Management in October 2018.
This Child Safeguarding Statement was reviewed by the Board of Management in October 2022

Signed: Gerard Lynch                                            Signed; Kitty Sheehan
Chairperson of Board of Management                      Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management
Date:     22-10-2022             Date:     22-10-2022    

 

Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment
Written Assessment of Risk of Tineteriffe NS
In accordance with section 11 of the Children First Act 2015 and with the requirements of Chapter 8 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017, the following is the Written Risk Assessment of Tineteriffe NS.    

  • Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils
  • Recreation breaks for pupils
  • Classroom teaching
  • One to one teaching
  • One to one counselling
  • Outdoor teaching activities
  • Sporting Activities
  • School outings
  • Use of toilet/changing/in schools
  • Annual Sports Day
  • Fundraising events involving pupils
  • Use of off-site facilities for school activities
  • School transport arrangements
  • Care of children with special educational needs, including intimate care where needed
  • Administration of Medicine
  • Administration of First Aid
  • Curricular provision in respect of SPHE, RSE, Stay safe
  • Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils
  • Training of school personnel in child protection matters
  • Use of external personnel to supplement curriculum
  • Use of external personnel to support sports and other extra-curricular activities
  • Care of pupils with specific vulnerabilities/needs such as:

Pupils from ethnic minorities/migrants
Members of the Traveller community
Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) children
Pupils perceived to be LGBT
Pupils of minority religious faiths
Children in care

  • Recruitment of school personnel including –

Teachers/SNA’s
Caretaker/Secretary/Cleaners
Sports coaches
External Tutors/Guest Speakers
Volunteers/Parents in school activities
Visitors/contractors present in school during school hours
Visitors/contractors present during after school activities

  • Participation by pupils in religious ceremonies/religious instruction external to the school
  • Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school
  • Application of sanctions under the school’s Code of Behaviour including detention of pupils
  • Students participating in work experience in the school
  • Student teachers undertaking training placement in school
  • Use of video/photography/other media to record school events
  • After school use of school premises by other organisations
  • Use of school premises by other organisation during school day

 

  • Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel
  • Risk of harm not being reported properly and promptly by school personnel
  • Risk of child being harmed in the school by a member of school personnel
  • Risk of child being harmed in the school by another child
  • Risk of child being harmed in the school by volunteer or visitor to the school
  • Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel, a member of staff of

another organisation or other person while child participating in out of school activities
e.g swimming lessons, school trip

  • Risk of harm due to bullying of child
  • Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in school
  • Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children while attending out of school activities
  • Risk of harm due to inappropriate relationship/communications between child and another

child or adult

  • Risk of harm due to children inappropriately accessing/using computers, and other devices

while at school

  • Risk of harm to children with SEN who have particular vulnerabilities
  • Risk of harm to child while a child is receiving intimate care
  • Risk of harm due to inadequate code of behaviour
  • Risk of harm in one to one teaching, counselling, coaching situation
  • Risk of harm caused by member of school personnel communicating with pupils inappropriate manner via social media, texting, digital service or other manner
  • Risk of harm caused by member of school personnel accessing/circulating inappropriate

material via social media, texting, digital device or other manner

  • Risk of harm due to illness

 

 

 
1) All school personnel are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
2) The Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 are made available
    to all school personnel
3) School personnel are required to adhere to the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and
   Post Primary Schools 2017 and all registered teaching staff are required to adhere to the
  Children First Act 2015
4) The school implements in full the Stay Safe Programme
5) The school implements in full the SPHE curriculum
6) The school has an Anti-Bullying Policy which fully adheres to the requirements of the
    Department’s Anti Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools
7) The school has a yard/playground supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of
    children during assembly, dismissal and breaks and in respect of specific areas such as toilets,
    changing rooms etc
8) The school has in place a policy and clear procedures in respect of school outings
9) The school has a Health and Safety policy
10) The school adheres to the requirements of the Garda vetting legislation and relevant DES circulars
      in relation to recruitment and Garda vetting
11) The school has a codes of conduct for school personnel (teaching and non-teaching staff)
12) The school complies with the agreed disciplinary procedures for teaching staff
13) The school has a Special Educational Needs policy
14) The school has an intimate care policy/plan in respect of students who require such care
15) The school has in place a policy and procedure for the administration of medication to pupils
16) The school –
                      (i) Has provided each member of school staff with a copy of the school’s
      Child Safeguarding Statement
                      (ii) Ensures all new staff are provided with a copy of the school’s Child
       Safeguarding Statement
                      (iii) Encourages staff to avail of relevant training
                      (iv) Encourage Board of Management members to avail of relevant training
                       (v) Maintains records of all staff and board member training
17) The school has in place a policy and procedure for the administration of First Aid
18) The school has in place a code of behaviour for pupils
19) The school has in place an ICT policy in respect of usage of ICT by pupils
20) The school has in place a Critical Incident Management Plan
21) The school has in place a policy and procedure for the use of external persons to supplement the delivery of the curriculum
22) The school has in place a policy and procedure for the use of external sports coaches
23) The school has in place a policy and clear procedure for one to one teaching activities
24) The school has in place a policy and procedure in respect of student teacher placements
25) The school has in place a policy and procedure in respect of students undertaking work experience in the school
26) Procedures in place for sanitizing and maintaining social distancing in school

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Note:  It should be noted that risk in the context of this risk assessment is the risk of
“harm” as defined in the Children First Act 2015 and not general health and safety risk.  The definition
 of harm is set out in Chapter 4 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post- Primary
 Schools 2017

In undertaking this risk assessment, the board of management has endeavoured to identify as far as possible the risks of harm that are relevant to this school and to ensure that adequate procedures are in place to manage all risks identified.  While it is not possible to foresee and remove all risk of harm, the school has in place the procedures listed in this risk assessment to manage and reduce risk to the greatest possible extent.
This risk assessment has been completed by the Board of Management on 30th September, 2021.  It shall be reviewed as part of the school’s annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement.

Signed  Gerard Lynch             Date  30th September, 2021.  Chairperson, Board of Management

Signed   Kitty Sheehan  Date   30th September, 2021.   Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management

 

 

 

POLICY ON SPLITTING CLASSES AND RETENTIONS IN CLASS

  If a teacher feels that a student would benefit from retention in a class, the matter will be discussed with a class teacher, principal and parents. The decision to retain will always be made by the parents.

Occasionally it may be necessary to split classes. If necessary this will be the procedure :

Groups of boys and groups of girls will be split alphabetically. If split a second time, children will be split alphabetically in alternate order. Classes will not be split on consecutive years preferably.

Reviewed: by staff and B.O.M – Oct. 2018.

INTO / CPSMA COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

Introduction
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 vexations complaints and complaints which do not impinge on the work of a teacher in a school; or
(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 procedure.
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 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 complaint.
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 3.1(b).
4.2 If the Board considers that the complaint is not substantiated the teacher and the complaint should be so informed within three 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 proceeding 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; and
(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 five days of the meeting of the Board.
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 three months’ notice of intention to do so.
In this agreement ‘days’ means schools days.