FREE Dance & Drama workshop for Billis Pupils aged 9 – 13 years

I am delighted to announce that I have secured a FREE Drama and Dance Summer Camp for Billis Pupils aged 9 to 13 years, from Mon 9th July to Fri 13th July from 3pm to 5pm,in Billis Hall   (Funded through the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.)

Please see poster attached for more details and for booking information.

I hope you will support this as if it is a success we may get it again!

Free Dance and Drama workshop

 

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Information for parents about the SEC grant for second level education

Please see the leaflet below for information on the SEC grant. 

This grant assists necessitous children of the protestant community in accessing second level education in a school that accords with their religious ethos.

Visit www.secgrant.ie for more information

SEC grant leaflet

 

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Important note regarding the full commencement of The Children First Act 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians,

You may be aware that the Children First Act, 2015, was fully enacted on 11th December 2017 by Minister Katherine Zappone.

The Act provides a number of key child protection measures which include:

  • A requirement on organisations providing services to children to keep children safe and to produce a Child Safeguarding Statement, including a child safe guarding risk assessment.
  • A requirement on registered teachers (as mandated persons) to report child protection concerns over a defined threshold to the Child and Family Agency (Tusla).
  • A requirement on all school personnel to report child protection concerns that may not reach the threshold of harm to the Designated Liaison Person (DLP) in the school, who subsequently must seek the advice of Tusla and/or report the concern to the Child and Family Agency (Tusla).
  • A requirement on mandated persons to assist the Child and Family Agency (Tusla) and “to give to the Agency such information and assistance as it may reasonably require” in the assessment of a child protection risk.

Please note that all matters of a child protection or welfare nature are treated in the strictest of confidence.

A copy of our child safe guarding statement and risk assessment are available on our website, as are copies of the Child and Family Agency’s publication “Children First” and the Department of Education and Skills  publication “Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017.”

Thank you,

K Devine

(Principal and DLP)

 

 

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Junior School Tour

The Infants and 1st and 2nd classes enjoyed their trip to Newgrange pet farm on Thursday 24th May. A big thank you to Mrs. Barbara Smith, Ms. Whitley and Mrs. Tam Scott for helping out on the day.

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BASKETBALL LESSONS

Every Thursday for the past 6 weeks, the children have been taking part in basketball lessons. A big thank you to Brian O’Reilly for volunteering to provide the lessons. Brian offered up his free time and we really appreciate it! 

 

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Clothes Collection update

Our annual clothes collection raised €560, €280 of which has been donated to Ms Doughty for her fund raising for Nuture Africa.  Thank you to everyone who donated their unwanted clothing and textiles to this very worthy cause. The remaining money is going towards expenses incurred in maintaining our Active Flag, our Health Promoting Flag and our Green Schools Flags. 

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A message from the Parents’ Association Re Bag Packing

We had a very successful fund-raising event over the bank holiday weekend, on Fri 4th and Sat 5th May, bag-packing in Tesco in Bailieboro.  We raised €1370. Thank you to all the parents and sixth class pupils who volunteered to help out over the 2 days, to the staff in Tesco in Baileboro for being very accommodating to us and allowing us to take part in the bag packing in their store. Also a huge thanks to the general public for their generous support . We are delighted that it was such a success. Thanks again to evryone who helped out in any way.

The PA Committee

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Stay Safe Programme

Dear Parents/Guardians,                                                               14/05/18

All classes will be taking part in the Stay Safe Programme over the remaining weeks of this school term.

The Stay Safe Programme is a personal safety skills programme for primary schools and is an important part of the SPHE (Social, Personal and Health Education) curriculum.  It is mandatory for all schools to teach the Stay Safe Programme. see the Department of Education & Skills Primary Circular 0065/2011)  Its overall objective is to prevent child abuse, bullying and other forms of victimisation.

The programme develops children’s ability to recognise, resist and report risk situations or abusive encounters by teaching children…

  • To identify for themselves unsafe or upsetting situations
  • Simple rules to help them avoid abuse
  • To respect and value the rights of others
  • The language and skills they require to seek help.

The programme also informs parents and teachers about preventing bullying and child abuse, whilst seeking to create a greater public awareness about the problems children can and do experience.

As the most important people in a child’s life it is essential that parents/guardians are involved in the programme. It’s been shown that programmes like Stay Safe are most effective when parents/guardians are actively involved in the process.

Worksheets to accompany the lessons may be given as homework to your child or may be brought home for you to sign.  It’s important that you use these to discuss the content of the lesson with your child. Doing so will give you an insight into what your child is learning and present an opportunity to discuss the issues involved in a way more personal than is possible in the classroom situation. It also gives you an opportunity to discuss personal safety issues with your child and to explain the safety rules that exist in your family. Children have sometimes used the worksheets to tell their parents/guardians about problems.

We strongly recommend that you::

  • Make sure you’re familiar with the lesson topics. These can be accessed at http://www.staysafe.ie/parent_ss_less.htm
  • Talk to your child about the programme. Explain that the programme will teach them how to keep safe
  • Decide on a time to set aside for discussion of the worksheets.

If you have any questions or concerns about the programme, please contact your child’s class teacher before Thursday 17th May.

Thank you,

K Devine

 

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Zippy’s Friends Certificates

Over the past 6 months, the Infants have been completing the Zippy’s friends’ programme as part of SPHE. The programme is run by the HSE and teaches children about feelings, communication, friendship, solving problems, change and loss, helping others and coping in different situations. The Infants were presented with their crowns and certificates today for all their hard work. Well done.

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Thank you and Best wishes to Ms Cartwright

Ms Cartwright has been completing her final Teaching Practice with us since February.  She completed 4 weeks in the Infant classroom and 4 weeks in 3rd/4th classroom. Today was her last day. We want to thank her for all her work with the pupils.  She has been extremely diligent and hard-working and I know the pupils enjoyed having her. We wish her well as she finishes off the final few weeks of her studies.

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