Info for Parents & Guardians
School staff will not generally administer any medication. In cases where a child is prescribed medication by a Doctor and needs to take this during school, parents will be asked to sign an indemnity form before any medication can be taken in the school.
Students should bring in their own copybooks, pencils, etc and take care of them. The school supplies readers and other books and operates a lending scheme whereby readers are lent and then passed on to other students. The Board asks for a voluntary contribution each September to help meet these costs.
New Court has a very strict” No tolerance to Bullying” policy. Bullying as an issue is explored regularly to ensure that students recognise it in all its forms; Physical, emotional, verbal, cyber and isolation. It is emphasised to students, that even if they are not directly involved, it is always important to tell someone about it. This could be parents, staff or friends.The school has a “ Bullying Committee” which investigates incidents and takes action if needed. Parents are informed of serious incidents.
It has always been our ethos to encourage, care and support each other in classes and the school as a whole. The latest studies on bullying recommend that schools or organisations see it as the responsibility of the whole group to ensure that their area is bully free. It is our hope that by raising the topic openly and regularly, it will be detected and dealt with quickly.
Our Student Representative Council support the work of the Board of Management and staff in relation to bullying. We have regular events to highlight the issue and keep the topic alive and relevant for the student population.We welcome any idea or input in this area and strive to maintain a safe and happy environment for our New Court Community.
If you would like more information on bullying,internet safety etc. the following are links that you might find helpful: Webwise.ie (Internet advice for parents and teachers) bully4u.ie, Pacer.org and do2learn (resources for individiuals with special needs) .
We have regular coffee mornings during the year and the students always have something tasty baked for us. We have guest speakers on a regular basis or if a parent wants something discussed they can contact the office or we can just get together for a cuppa and a chat.
New parents are always very welcome as we have all been in the same position and knowing there is support there for you is half the battle.
It is lovely to meet the parents, carers and friends on a regular basis and your child's classroom can be visited to see how they are doing and it means so much to them.
I can be contacted through the office if I can help or meet up with anybody.
Karen (Parent Group Co-Ordinator)
Children are expected to dress in a suitable way for a day at school. Flat shoes should be worn during the day and runners must be worn for P.E. lessons. A warm outdoor coat is necessary as classes go outside at playtime. Due to health and safety rules jewellery such as large hoop earrings are not allowed in school; also all facial ornamentation is forbidden.
We encourage healthy eating in school, as it is necessary for the growth and development of the student. It also supports learning and is good training for life. Sharing of food is not allowed. Fizzy drinks & chewing gum are banned.
Each child has his/her own IEP drawn up by teachers and other professionals involved with the child and each child’s parents/guardians. This is specially tailored to the child’s particular needs.
Mobile phones are not allowed in school. If parents/guardians wish their child to have a mobile phone for after school, then these should be kept out of sight and switched off or handed to the class teacher at the start of the day.
Our Parents & Friends group offers an opportunity for parents to meet and share their experiences and concerns together.
Originally the Parents & Friends Group of New Court School was set up to support fundraising when the school had large debts and unsuitable accommodation. Over the years many parents have been involved and supported the school during it’s different phases of growth and development.
Pupils are asked not to bring to school personal belongings of any value or sentiment. If they choose to bring in valuables these items should be clearly labelled. Our school cannot take responsibility for loss or damage.
Should your child partake in a school outing, we will need parental consent. We will need to know of any special requirements such as dietary or other needs. A note will be sent home to inform you about the outing, which may require your child to bring lunch and money for transport costs. You should contact the school for further details or if there is any reason why your child shouldn’t partake in the outing.
In order for children to make progress, regular attendance is vitally important. Under legislation, we are obliged to report all absences of 20 days or more to the Education Welfare Officer. Please also refer to our Attendance Policy for further information.