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Míle Buíochas ..Sincere thanks for all your hard work

During August, a group of hard working Mums, Dads, Pupils and past pupils got together and cleared the area above the basketball court.  What was an overgrown eye-sore is now a beautiful, inviting nature area which enhances the school grounds so much. 

I have put together a slideshow of the before, during and after photos which illustrates the amount of work that was done.  (You may need to open this link on a laptop/computer unless you have powerpoint installed on your phone)

Thank you to all who helped out 

Míle Buíochas to the following who gave up their Saturdays to do this work:

(in no particular order!)

Rev Simon,

Abby,Flynn & Millie Acheson,

Ruth, Edwin Stuart, Robert, Gordon, Craig & Jamie Lochaden

Janette, Hugh, Louis, Jessica & Gavin Faulknar

Barbara, George & Robbie Wilton

Valerie, Malcolm, Casey, Jamie, Jack & Bobby Johnston

Gavin, Daven, Odhrán & Olivia Hanley

Zara Rabbani

Robert & Carla Bertram

Deborah & Lauren Kinnear

Richard Kane

Shauna Farrelly

Míle Buíochas also  to these men who did the drainage work around the Outdoor Classroom:

(Also in no particular order!)

Richard Kane

Ronald Magovern

Trevor Vance

Clive Woods

Malcolm Johnston

Hugh Faulkner

Rodney Wilton

I hope I have not left anyone out, but if I have please let me know so I can add your name to the list.

 

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FREE Dance and Drama workshops for Billis Pupils aged 9-13yrs starting Tues 18th Sept in Billis Hall

Dear Parents,

Following on from the success of the FREE Dance & Drama Summer Camp in July, I am delighted that to announce that I have managed to secure a series of 6 FREE Dance and Drama workshops in Billis Hall with Mary Farrelly and Trina McCann, for pupils of Billis NS aged between 9yrs and 13yrs.

Starting Tuesday 18th September  from 5pm-7pm  and running each Tuesday for 6 weeks

Booking is essential    : Contact Kim on   049 437 8548   or    087 6691550    or    kdoherty@cavancoco.ie   as soon as possible to book your place!

It would be great if as many pupils as possible would avail of this super FREE workshop to make it a success.  We are so lucky to have been chosen: it is only open to Billis NS Pupils at present. They hope to put on a small show at the end of the 6 weeks.

This project/initiative is supported by the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

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Welcome back!

Welcome back to a new school year! We hope you all had a relaxing, safe break. We look forward to working with you in the best interest of your child/children over the coming school year. We welcome Ms Cartwright and Ms Mills to our staff and wish them well for the term ahead.  

I would like to take this opportunity to thank most sincerely the Parents’ Association for organising work parties recently to insert drainage around the outdoor classroom and to clear the scrub, bushes etc from the area behind the basketball pitch. Thank you to all those who volunteered and gave so much of their time. I’m sure you will agree that the area has been greatly enhanced as a result.  We hope that this will become an area that can be used to enhance the teaching of SESE (Social, Environmental and Scientific Education) in our school and also by the children at break times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some reminders for the new school year:

  • Download our school App, please, if you haven’t already done so. It is a very efficient and convenient way of keeping you informed and up-to-date. It also means you don’t miss notes that may be lost at the bottom of your child’s bag!
  • Our school opening hours are 9:00am – 2:40pm. 
  • Pupils who come to school by car should be in school no later than 9:10am, but not before 9:00am, in preparation for teaching beginning at 9:20am and should be collected promptly at 2:40pm.
  • Junior infants finish at 12:30pm until Friday 14th September and at 1:40pm thereafter. They should be collected promptly please at the infant entrance.
  • Parents/Guardians/Carers that collect pupils by car are asked to come to the gate or into the school yard when collecting their children, as the car park is very busy and teachers will not let children out until they see the relevant person either at the gate or in the yard.
  • Pupils who arrive late (i.e after 9:20am) or who are being collected early must be signed in/out in the reception area by the person dropping them off or collecting them. 
  • Please familiarise yourselves with our Healthy Lunch Policy, Code of Behaviour and other school policies, which are available under the School Policies Tab on the home page of our school website. Please also read the information/tips at the front and back of your child’s homework diary.
  • School jumpers, jackets, hats and other school supplies (pencils etc) must be named.
  • Should you wish to contact a member of school staff please do so via the school office (049 854 4653) or the school email (billisns.ias@eircom.net) or using your child’s homework journal. Please note: It is school policy that school staff do not communicate with parents through their own personal mobile, email or social media.
  • We have been notified that there is Head Lice in the school. Please treat your child’s hair as soon as possible. It is important that everyone does this or it will not be effective. Girls with long hair should wear it tied up or in plaits please.

Book Bills: We are currently preparing the book bills and these will issue in due course. The €50 deposit that you paid before the summer break will be deducted from your bill. We endeavour to keep book bills as low as possible.

Swimming: Swimming lessons for pupils in classes 2nd to 6th begin on Thursday 13th September. Our updated swimming policy was circulated before the summer holidays. Parents of pupils from 2nd class should familiarise themselves with this revised policy, in preparation for swimming. It is available on our website. The cost of swimming this year is €65 per child. This includes the fun day in June. Payment can be made online or by cash/cheque, by Mon 10th September.

It would be very helpful if parents of 2nd class pupils would please continue to get their child/children used to undressing, dressing and drying themselves over the coming days in preparation for swimming.

Thank you, in anticipation of your cooperation

 

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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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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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