School Life

Communicating with the School

Journal

  • Used by students to record homework
  • Used by teachers to record student progress
  • Used by parents to monitor student progress and to inform the school of student absence.
  • To record when students leave the classroom. This should only occur with permission of the class teacher.

Reports

  • School reports are usually sent out following all formal exams i.e. Christmas, summer and Mock Exams. Reports contain subject results, grades and teachers’ comments.
  • All other tests are recorded in the Homework Journal.

Parents/Guardians
Will usually be informed by phone/post in the event of the following:

  • Student on Year Head Report
  • Suspension
  • Organised events.
Contacting the School
  • Communication and the involvement of parents/guardians with the school are welcomed. Effective communication benefits all concerned. Education is a partnership between the school and parents, and participation of all is for the good of the child’s education.
  • Parents are welcome to contact the school at any time. It is preferable to make an appointment in advance to meet any teacher at a mutually convenient time.
Daily Procedures
  • If a student is absent from school (incl. lunchtime), an absence note in the journal must be filled in by the parent/guardian for the students return to school.
  • If a student is late to school he/she must report to the office to explain why and to receive a late stamp in their journal.
  • In the event of a student leaving school during the day due to illness, permission must be sought and the student must sign out at the office. Parents will be contacted before students are permitted to leave.
  • If a student has a doctor/dentist appointment he/she must sign out at the office and must have the relevant form in the journal signed to explain this appointment.
  • Where a parent/guardian wishes to speak to or make an appointment with a teacher the parent must ring the school first and an appointment will be arranged.
  • Junior cycle students are not allowed leave school at lunchtime unless a parent/guardian gives the school written permission to bring them home for lunch.
  • Junior cycle students cannot leave school during the day unless a parent/guardian comes to the office to sign them out.
  • All senior students may go uptown at lunchtime but must return before the 1st bell at 1.50.
  • All senior students have permission to use the school premises at lunchtime provided they behave in a responsible fashion and follow all school rules.
Homework Journal
  • The journal is an essential item for every student and is compulsory. It is free for students and remains the property of the school at all times. It must be brought to school each day and to every class by students. It has a number of functions, these include:
  • For students to record all homework and to ensure, by its proper use, that all work is completed.
  • A valuable means of communication between parents and students.
  • Notes from teachers must be signed by parent/guardian.
  • For teachers, to record both praise, when due, and any difficulties that may arise in relation to homework.
  • Provides information on school policy and other snippets of information that students and parents alike might find useful.
  • Allows parents to take an active role in monitoring of student’s homework.
  • Parents should check the journal every day and sign every week.
Irish Exemptions

If a student has an Irish exemption at primary school, parents should notify the school before the student begins post primary so that it can be reapplied for and catered for.

Lockers

Incoming First Years pay for lockers (amount advised each year) at the beginning of September. The once-off payment for renting a locker is for the student’s lifetime in school. Students must look after their locker and keep it graffiti free. Please keep all your personal belongings locked away.
Students are only permitted to use lockers at the following times:

  • Before 9.00 am.
  • Breaktime 11.00 – 11.15 am.
  • Lunchtime: 1.10 – 1.50 p.m.
  • After 3.40 p.m.
Procedures for students who wish to change a subject level or to drop a subject

Students who wish to change a level or to drop a subject must first speak with the present subject teacher to discuss the implications of such a change. The student should also see a guidance counsellor to discuss the implications in terms of Leaving Certificate and 3rd level. Teachers will only approve such moves when they are satisfied that they are in the individual child’s best interest. In particular, parents are asked to note that taking a subject a t ordinary/foundation level at Junior Certificate level limits the choices of courses available at Leaving Certificate level. This should not be done without subject teacher approval and a note from parents indicating their approval.

School Book Loan Scheme

The school operates a School Book Loan Scheme which reduces the cost to parents. Children are asked to take care of books which are loaned to them from the school. More details of this scheme are available from the school.

School Calendar

Mid-term breaks are October and February with a break also at Christmas and Easter. A letter outlining the year, with all scheduled breaks, is sent out at the beginning of the school year.

School Counsellor

The school has a counsellor who is available to meet parents or students by appointment. She is ready to help with student worries on personal problems, study or subject options and career choices. If parents wish to make an appointment please contact the main office. Students may contact Miss Lovett directly.

School Hours
  • First bell rings: 08.55
  • Classses begin: 09.00
  • Break time: 11.00 to 11.20
  • Lunch time: 1.10 to 1.55
  • School ends: 3.40
    • All classes begin at 9.00am sharp.
    • Regular attendance is essential for progress in learning. However, we understand that a student’s absence is sometimes unavoidable. In the event of a sickness, it is expected that a student will remain at home until well enough to return. When a student returns to school after any absence, please submit a short note to the school outlining the reasons for such absence.
    • This is to conform to guidelines as set out by the National Education Welfare Board (NEWB). Where a child is absent from school for more than twenty days, the school is obliged to report this to the NEWB.
Special Educational Needs
  • What should I do if I think my child has a learning difficulty?
    Contact the principal/deputy principal
  • Have the child’s hearing/sight checked to ensure this is not preventing learning
  • Follow up on school recommendations re support and further action (This may include an educational assessment by a qualified educational psychologist).
Student Council

The student council is important as it provides a voice for students and each year elections are held to select students from different years.
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Supervised Study

Supervised study is run on three days a week. It runs for 1 hour for 1st Years and there is no cost to the student. For all other groups it lasts for 2 hours and there is a charge.

The School Contacting You
  • To enable us contact parents/guardians, it is imperative that correct telephone numbers are submitted to us. Please only give numbers where you are contactable and please ensure we have your up-to-date correct number.
  • The school regularly send notes home with the students, and therefore it is advisable that you check your child’s bag for these. The school also occasionally contacts parents by web text, in particular, for reminders or in relation to upcoming events, etc. replies to these texts are not necessary.
  • The school website has been set up ( www.castleislandcommunitycollege.com) and will continue to develop. Notices will also be posted here. Please note that photos of pupils are taken at most school events and subsequently posted on the school website- if you do not wish your child’s picture to be posted on the website, please inform the school.

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