Bunscoil Gleann Sidheáin
Child Safeguarding Statement
Roll No 20157V
Bunscoil Gleann Sidheáin is a mainstream primary school with special classes 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 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 Bunscoil Gleann Sidheáin has agreed the Child Safeguarding Statement set out in this document.
The Board of Management has adopted and will implement fully and without modification the Department’s Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 as part of this overall Child Safeguarding Statement.
The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is: Bríd Duggan (Principal)
The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is: James Casey (Deputy Principal)
The Board of Management recognises that child protection and welfare considerations permeate all aspects of school life and must be reflected in all of the school’s policies, procedures, practices and activities. In its policies, procedures, practices and activities, the school will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare:
The school will:
recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance, regardless of all other considerations
fully comply with its statutory obligations under the Children First Act 2015 and other relevant legislation relating to the protection and welfare of children
fully co-operate with the relevant statutory authorities in relation to child protection and welfare matters
adopt safe practices to minimise the possibility of harm or accidents happening to children and protect workers from the necessity to take unnecessary risks that may leave themselves open to accusations of abuse or neglect
develop a practice of openness with parents and encourage parental involvement in the education of their children and
fully respect confidentiality requirements in dealing with child protection matters.
The following procedures/measures are in place:
In relation to any member of staff who is the subject of any investigation (howsoever described) in respect of any act, omission or circumstance in respect of a child attending the school, the school adheres to the relevant procedures set out in Chapter 7 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 and to the relevant agreed disciplinary procedures for school staff which are published on the DES website.
In relation to the selection or recruitment of staff and their suitability to work with children, the school adheres to the statutory vetting requirements of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 and to the wider duty of care guidance set out in relevant Garda vetting and recruitment circulars published by the DES and available on the DES website.
In relation to the provision of information and, where necessary, instruction and training, to staff in respect of the identification of the occurrence of harm (as defined in the 2015 Act) the school:
has provided each member of staff with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
ensures all new staff are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
encourages staff to avail of relevant training
encourages BoM members to avail of relevant training
The BoM maintains records of all staff and Board member training
In relation to reporting of child protection concerns to Tusla, all school personnel are required to adhere to the procedures set out in the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017, including in the case of registered teachers, those in relation to mandated reporting under the Children First Act 2015.
In this school the Board has appointed the abovenamed DLP as the ‘relevant person’ (as defined in the Children First Act 2015) to be the first point of contact in respect of the child safeguarding statement.
All registered teachers employed by the school are mandated persons under the Children First Act 2015.
In accordance with the Children First Act 2015, the BoM has carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while attending the school or participating in school activities. A written assessment setting out the areas of risk identified and the school’s procedures for managing those risks is attached as an appendix to these procedures.
The various procedures referred to in this statement can be accessed via the school’s website and has been provided to all members of school personnel, the Parents’ Association and the patron. It is readily accessible to parents and guardians on request. A copy of this statement will be made available to Tusla and the Department if requested.
The following guidelines as per Board of Management.
Girls & Boys
Blue Crested School Jumper & tie
(Above Available from Monicas Dungarvan)
Black or Navy Footwear
PE Day:- Plain Navy Tracksuit bottoms (Strictly no logos) - Plain Navy Sweatshirt - Blue Poloshirt - White Soled Runners
Healthy School Lunch Policy
Our School implements a healthy school lunch policy, thanks to the support and co-operation of all parents.
The following foods are not allowed: -
Cans/glass bottles of fizzy drinks, sticky bars,
sweets, chewing gum, crisps, Mr. Freeze drinks.
In tandem with this policy we operate a “Clean
Environment Policy” encouraging pupils to keep our
classroom, schoolyards and school garden tidy and
free of litter.
Due to stringent regulations re. washing out of cartons, cling film etc. we request that all pupil bring home empty juice cartons, cling film, sandwich bags, tin foil, yoghurt cartons, wrappings etc in their lunchboxes to be recycled and disposed of at home.
A Green Schools committee comprising of pupils from 1st - 6th classes operates in the school with the emphasis on keeping the school environs litter free.
Meeting with Parents
Any parent/guardian who wishes to meet with a teacher is welcome to so so, a request for appointment may be written either on a note or on pupils homework diary. To maximise children’s learning time, phone calls to pupils and teachers during school hours are discouraged.
All pupils at Cappoquin Primary School are taught the Primary School Revised Curriculum. Subjects which are taught are Irish, English, Maths, S.E.S.E. (History, Geography & Science), S.P.H.E. (Social Personal & Health Education), P.E., Arts Education(Drama, Music & Visual Arts) and Religion
The Primary School Curriculum
A clear Homework Policy exists and all pupils from Senior Infants to 6th Class are asked to have a Homework Diary, which is to be signed regularly by parents.
Junior Infant Policy - September - Christmas - No Homework
Terms 2 & 3 - Nightly Homework
Tá sé mar aidhm againn atmasféar Gaelach agus dearcadh dearfach a chothú sa scoil. Mar sin, bainimíd usáid as nathanna cainte sa seomra ranga agus sa chlós go minic.
We wish to promote an Irish atmosphere and a positive attitude to Irish in our school. Irish phrases and sentences are often used in the classroom and schoolyard.
Pupils from all classes are introduced to age-appropriate computer programmes. We have a bank of Ipads which are for the use of all pupils in our school.
Dental, sight and hearing tests are conducted at various ages by HSE personnel. Parents are informed and their consent requested prior to administration of tests. No pupil should carry medicines in school. If it is necessary for prescribed medicines to be taken during the day, these should be administered by the Parents. The Principal should be advised if your child needs to use an inhaler or suffers from any serious medical problems.
School visits and charges
A number of educational visits are organised during the school year for different class groups. Parents are always given advance notice of proposed visits/tours. The cost is calculated per child and parents are requested to return the remittance in a clearly labelled envelope.
Under the Education Welfare Act the school must inform an Education Welfare Officer if a child misses 20 days or more in the school year. Due to these regulations parents are asked to record reason for child’s absence at the back of the child’s homework diary. Parents of Junior Infants are asked to send in a note outlining a reason for absence to child’s class teacher.
The National Education Welfare Board gives the following recommendations to parents in terms of how you can help your child to attend school regularly:-
Make Education important in your home and let your child know it is not okay to miss school.
Listen to your child. Be interested in his/her news about school and ask about what her or she is doing.
Help your child be proud of a good attendance record.
Build your child’s confidence by praising him or her when he or she does well.
Read letters and reports from the school and know the school rules.
Go to school meetings and get to know the teacher, staff and your child’s friends.
Don’t take family holidays during school term.
Be alert for reasons why your child may not want to go to school.
If your child finds school work difficult, talk to the school right away.
Parents are asked to notify class teacher in writing in the following cases:
When a child wishes to leave the school for any reason i.e. dental appointment etc.
For non completion of homework
When school uniform is not worn by a pupil.
Cyril the squirrel Savings Scheme
Cyril the Squirrel Savings Scheme is operated in the School in conjunction with An Post. Children may purchase savings stamps in the school on Friday mornings at a cost of €1 each.
Morning Assembly in School Yard: 9.05a.m.
Junior & Senior Infants: Classes: 9.05 – 12.30p.m.
Lunch: 12.30 – 01.00p.m.
Classes: 01.00 – 01.45p.m.
First – Sixth Classes: Classes: 9.05 – 12.30p.m.
Lunch: 12.30 – 01.00p.m.
Classes: 01.00 – 02.45p.m
A Teacher accompanies Junior and Senior Infants to the school gate @ 1.45pm.
All children from the town are to be met at the school gate by a Parent or person designated by Parent at 1.45p.m
Bus spaces outside the school are strictly reserved for buses only. Parents are asked not to obstruct these spaces. Pupils are given the following rules:
Always wait on the footpath to be collected.
Use foothpath & pedestrian crossing.
Do not cross in front of traffic onto green area of roundabout.
Parent/Teacher Meetings are held each year and cognisance is taken of the times suitable to both parents and the school. Parents wishing to meet with a class teacher are welcome to do so by requesting an appointment in writing from ClassTeacher.
Treat everyone with respect and courtesy at all times. Behaviour that interferes with the rights of others to learn and to feel safe is unacceptable.
Show respect for all school property and the property of others and keep the environment clean and litter free.
Wear your full school uniform
Have all books and required materials for school, work to the best of your ability and present assignments neatly.
Obey instructions of all staff.
Mobile phones are not permitted in school.
Be on time and attend every day unless there is a genuine reason for absence, in which case the school must be informed in writing by parent/guardian, stating the reason for absence.
Pupils are eligible to join the school choir form 3rd class onwards, choir practice is every Thursday. The school choir sings at Mass every Christmas morning and St. Patrick’s Day, they also sing for the First Holy Communion and Confirmation. They perform on the school stage on various occasions throughout the year.
Each year the choir travel to see a musical. To date they have been to see Oliver, Joseph & the Amazing Colour Dreamcoat, Grease, The wizard of Oz to name but a few.
Last year, senior members of the school choir took part in an Opera project. They studied the opera “The Barber of Seville” and went to see it being performed in the grounds of Lismore Castle. This year they are studying “The Marriage of Figaro” as a follow up. All pupils enjoy such musical activities and many of them form the “orchestra” of the choir, playing their instruments. The choir enjoy all their musical activities under the direction of Mrs Bríd Duggan (Choir Director) and Mrs. Eilish Curran.
Sport for all in Cappoquin Primary School
Every year pupils in Cappoquin Primary School have had the opportunity to experience a wide variety of sports. Our pupils are exposed to the competitive side of sports but more importantly are given the chance to try a range of sports in a relaxed non-competitive atmosphere.
Coaching in the various sports is provided by members of the school staff and also by a wide group of qualified outside coaches who are all Garda vetted. Our pupils find experiencing this wide variety of sports both enjoyable and beneficial.