FAQs

Please find below a list of Frequently Asked Questions and their answers.

Q1. Do you have a Breakfast club?
Q2. What subjects will my child cover?
Q3. What age can children start Homework club?
Q4. When does my child need to wear their tracksuit?
Q5. What is the Scoil Mhuire school uniform?
Q6. How much time should my child be spending on their homework?
Q7. When can I speak to my child’s teacher?
Q8. What happens if my child has an accident in school?
Q9. What should I do to prepare my child for school?

Q1. Do you have a Breakfast club?

A1. Unfortunately we do not have a breakfast club in Scoil Mhuire. For children in classes 3rd-6th we have a Brunch Club whereby every child receives a cereal bar/yoghurt, fruit and a carton of juice/water 3 days a week. A piece of fruit is also given one other day per week. This is provided by the Navan School Completion Programme. Homework club members also receive a sandwich and drink when they attend.

Q2. What subjects will my child cover?

A2. Your child will study a curriculum that incorporates 11 subjects from Junior Infants to 6th class. The subjects are the following: English Irish Maths, History, Geography, Science, Art, Music, Drama, S.E S.E, S.P.H.E, Religion (As we are a Catholic school Religion is taught to all classes. If you do not wish your child to participate they can opt out of this subject. Facilities are not available to remove the child from the classroom during this lesson and teachers are not required to create extra work for this child).

Q3. What age can children start Homework club?

A3. Homework Club is available for children from 4th class to 6th. Homework Club runs Monday to Thursday from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. A sandwich and drink are provided for those attending. Pupils are always supervised by 1/2 adults. The children are collected from the school hall by an adult and brought to the classroom.

Q4. When does my child need to wear their tracksuit?

A4. At the start of the school year you will be informed of what days your child needs to wear their tracksuit by the classroom teacher. Normally infants to 1st class have two half hour P.E sessions per week and older classes have one 1 hour session per week. Therefore the younger children will need to wear it twice a week and older children once a week.

There may be occasions during the school year when the children are asked to wear it in extra to P.E days, for example sports day, dance classes, swimming etc.

The school Tracksuit is available from Kidsstuff and Geoghegans clothes shops, Trimgate Street, Navan.

Q5. What is the Scoil Mhuire school uniform?

A5. The uniform for Scoil Mhuire is as follows:

Boys

  • Grey Trousers
  • Grey Shirt
  • Maroon V neck jumper with crest (crest is not compulsory)
  • Maroon and Mustard stripped tie

Girls

  • Grey Skirt/Pinafore/trousers
  • Grey Shirt
  • Maroon V neck jumper with crest (crest is not compulsory)
  • Maroon and Mustard stripped tie.

School trousers/skirt/pinafore can be bought in any of the chain stores such as Dunnes Stores, Tesco, Heatons, Marks and Spencer etc.

The School jumper is available from Kidsstuff and Geoghegans clothes shops, Trimgate Street, Navan. It is not compulsory to wear a crested school jumper in Scoil Mhuire.

Please ensure that you label/put your child’s name on all their clothing (jumpers/coats/tie etc.) encase of a mix up with another child in the class.

Q6. How much time should my child be spending on their homework?

A6. Homework is an important part of school life. It is a form of revision and helps consolidate work done in school. It fosters initiative and develops independent learning skills. It also develops a habit of study, which is very important later in Second and Third level.

As a general guideline we recommend the following times for homework:

  • Junior & Senior Infants: 10 minutes per night.
  • 1st & 2nd Class: 20 minutes per night.
  • 3rd & 4th Class: 30-40 minutes per night.
  • 5th & 6th Class: 40-50 minutes per night.

Homework is usually given four nights per week, Monday - Thursday.

If you find that your child is struggling to get their homework completed within these recommended times or if they are having great difficulty with tasks they are required to complete, feel free to contact the classroom teacher.

Q7. When can I speak to my child’s teacher?

A7. If you have any queries or issues it is important to speak to your child’s teacher. Teachers are not available during class time but are after school (Infants 1:45 p.m and Senior children 2:45 p.m) or possibly in the morning time before school starts. We also have formal parent teacher meetings in school once a year to discuss children’s progress in class.

Q8. What happens if my child has an accident in school?

A8. It is very common for accidents to happen in school, particularly in the school yard. In the case of a small cut or bump an SNA takes the child in to the First Aid area in the hall and cleans the wound. They then put a plaster or icepack on it.Parents/guardians are informed of the incident at hometime when they are collecting the child.

In the case of a serious injury such as a deep cut or bump on the head a teacher and an SNA take the child inside. The wound is assessed and then the principal calls the parents/guardians.

If a child becomes ill during the day parents/guardians are called to come and collect him/her. It is quite common in Junior Infants that a child may have a toilet accident. Here in Scoil Mhuire we have some spare clothes in case of an accident.

Please ensure that your phone number is kept up to date in case you need to be contacted.

Q9. What should I do to prepare my child for school?

A9. There are many things you can do to help child prepare for school:

  1. Come to school each day prepared; make sure your child has in his pencil case 2 pencils, rubber, sharpener and colouring pencils. Don’t forget to pack a good healthy lunch and any homework due for the following day.
  2. Personal Capabilities; Encourage your child to zip/button their own coats, open their own lunchboxes and be able to put on their own shoes (Try to avoid laces as most children at this age cannot tie laces).
  3. Lunches; Send your child in with a healthy lunch to keep them energized and hydrated for the entire school day.
  4. Drop off and collection; Each child should be dropped to the rear of the school in the mornings and shown to their line. They should be collected at the front of the school at 1:45pm by a parent or guardian personally.We would ask that if someone else, other than a parent/guardian, is picking up a child, a note is sent in to the class teacher so that it can be kept in our school records.
  5. Concerns/Issues; If you have any issues you need to address with the teacher please do so after collection time 1:45pm unless the matter needs to be dealt with urgently.
  6. Absences; If a child is absent a sick note or a note of explanation must be submitted to the teacher for school records.
  7. Illness in school; If your child becomes ill in school we will contact you immediately to make arrangements to have your child collected. Please ensure that the school secretary and class teacher have your current number and if any number changes occur please send them in as soon as possible.
  8. Homework; Your child will start getting homework by the end of September to reinforce learning. Please ensure all homework is completed and sent back in the homework folder.