Archive for January, 2018

Today is Safer Internet Day (Tuesday 6th February)

Tuesday 6th February is safer internet day. Technology is wonderful and useful but it is can also be dangerous and can affect children’s mental and physical health if it is not used appropriately and in moderation.

There are many resources available to help parents teach their children about staying safe on-line. Each teacher will be covering this topic with the pupils in their class, at an age appropriate level. It is important that you reinforce this at home. We would not let our children cross the road without teaching them the Safe Cross Code and the rules of the road, we should not allow them access to the internet without teaching them how to stay safe on-line and giving them clear rules to follow.

Visit this site for a family e-safety kit:  

or access it here: Parental-Guide

Click on the link below for a very informative leaflet. It is especially relevant for parents of pupils from 3rd class upwards. It covers things parents need to know about Facebook, Snapchat, KiK and Tinder for Teens. Please take the time to read it and discuss it with your children.

Cyber Bullying information leaflet

This website also has good material:  


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Junior Cycle Information for Parents of 5th and 6th class pupils

Please see below a letter from the Department of Education and Skills and a leaflet explaining the new Junior Cycle for parents.

Junior Cycle Information

Junior Cycle Information leaflet

Junior Cycle Information 2

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Enrolment Evening

Enrolment evening for children due to start school in Autumn 2018 is on Monday 19th February 2018  at 7.00pm.

There will be a short presentation and application forms for enrolment will be given out at this meeting. 

If this does not suit you please contact the school, 049 854 4653 to request an application form or go to our website to download the application. 

Application forms must be returned to school by Wednesday 28th February 2018.

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How to encourage your child to try their best!

We hear a lot about praising children and encouraging them to do their best. According to the latest research, while it is very important to praise children, the type of praise we give can determine whether they will be motivated to try harder or to give up!

What we should praise children for:
hard work
rising to a challenge
learning from a mistake
But we should not praise for:
being smart
born gifted
fixed abilities
not making mistakes
Try saying:
“You tried very hard” ” you used a good strategy!” or
“What a creative way to solve that problem.” “You haven’t got it yet, but you’ll get there.”


The poster below gives some interesting tips on how to develop what researchers call a “Growth Mindset” in children.

Parents Guide to a Growth Mindset


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School Photographer

Please note change of date for school photos.  It is now Tuesday 30th January 2018.

Thank you

Parents’ Association

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a good break and got to relax and recharge the batteries. It is great to see everyone back at school happy and healthy for the new term.

We would respectfully request all parents to adhere to HSE guidelines regarding prevention of spreading the Flu virus: “Keep your child at home and away from others as much as is possible to avoid spreading infection to others. If they are sick with flu they should stay home for 5 days from the onset of symptoms.” For more information I have uploaded a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) document issued by the HSE on the website.

Upcoming dates to note: The Department of Education has informed us that we are to close on the following dates for in-service training for staff in the New Primary Language Curriculum and the revised Child Protection Guidelines and DES Procedures: Wednesday 7th February and Monday 19th February.  School is also closed for Midterm on Thursday 15th & Friday 16th February.

Please note: The updated Child Protection Guidelines and DES Procedures are available on our website under the School Policies tab at the top of the Homepage.

County Photos: County Photos are coming to school on Tuesday 30th January. However, you are under no obligation to buy these photos. We just facilitate parents by allowing the photographer to use the school. All pupils must wear their full uniform that day as classroom photographs will be taken as well as family photos.  (White shirt, red tie, black shoes etc)

Billis NS App: At our Christmas celebration in Billis Hall on Wednesday 20th Dec we launched our new school App. We hope to use the App as our main means of communicating with parents from now on as it has a message facility and will be cheaper, faster and more reliable. You won’t have to root in the bottom of school bags each evening!  You need to ensure that you have notifications turned on in your settings on your phone, (Settings/Notifications/App Notifications and look for PSA). You will then be notified if and when a message is sent so that you won’t miss out.

It is free for you to download and use. We would encourage both parents to download it if possible to ensure that no-one misses out. Childminders and or relations who look after or collect your child/children are also welcome to download it.  Directions on how to download the App are on our website. If you have any difficulty downloading it please ring Bridget or drop into the office and she will help you. Once downloaded, you can filter what messages you receive as we have set up message groups for each class group as well as a whole school group. To set the filter click on messages and you will see a funnel symbol in the top right-hand corner. Tap this and a list of the groups appear. Un-tick the groups that you do not want to receive messages from. So, for example, if your child is in 3rd class and you have no other children in school, then un-tick all groups apart from 3rd and 4th class and whole school. This means you will only receive messages relevant to your child. If on the other hand you have a child in each room then you will need to leave all groups ticked.

Please fill in the questionnaire which will be sent home tomorrow(Wed 10th Jan) and return it to us by Friday 12th January so that we have a record of who has downloaded the App and will use it to receive messages from us. Those of you who choose not to download it or who do not have an android smartphone or iPhone will continue to receive hard copies of the notes.  However, we do encourage as many people as possible to use the App as it will also save Bridget a lot of time printing, photocopying and distributing notes.

Thank you, in anticipation of your cooperation,

K Devine

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FAQ document from the HSE regarding the Flu

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