PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE – HELPFUL NEWS (Last updated November 2022)
(SCHOOL ROLL NUMBER : 17993R)
Dear Parents / Guardians,
It is always our pleasure to welcome our boys to school and to see their smiling faces. We work very hard to ensure our boys have a bright, stimulating environment, where they will be happy and realise their potential. We have outstanding facilities and a wonderful, caring staff.
ADMISSIONS POLICY & ADMISSIONS NOTICE 2023 / 2024.
We have very strong demand for places in Glasheen BNS, so if you, or a friend, is seeking a place for autumn 2023, please note that Formal Applications for 2023 are accepted from 3rd – 24th October 2022. Please find our school’s Admissions Notice & Admissions Policy in the ‘Policy’ section of this website. If you miss this deadline, you may still apply and places will be allocated, depending on the date of your arrival and availability of places, in the particular class, at the time.
Our Homework Clubs and Afterschool Clubs are back up and running. We also have Aftercare in the school, run by Lillian. At the moment, there is a waiting list but if you are aware of any parent who is happy to provide aftercare in their own home, please feel free to contact the office and we can pass on your details to any parent seeking aftercare.
Afterschool Clubs: If anyone would like more information, please contact the relevant club on the appropriate email address below.
You can also register your interest for any of the above clubs by emailing the club, referencing the preferred day of the week it is on, your child’s name and class, as well as any additional medical or educational needs they may have. Please also include 2 contact phone numbers.
Tim O’Neill (Principal)
Please Read Below for Details of:
Applications for Places in our School,
Email Addresses for each class level,
Class Levels in Ireland & the UK,
School Organisational Plan for 2022 / 2023 (Updated)
1. JUNIOR INFANT APPLICATIONS FOR GLASHEEN BOYS’ SCHOOL IN 2023 –
The 2023 Application Form is available here for download:
If you are interested in a place for 2024, 2025 or 2026, you can download an ‘Expression of Interest Form’ and return it to us. The Admissions Policies for Mainstream & our ASD Class are available in the Policy section of this website.
2. NEW PUPILS SEEKING TO JOIN SENIOR INFANTS – 6TH CLASS – Any parents seeking places for their son/s in other classes, please email ‘firstname.lastname@example.org‘. We will respond, promptly and be happy to answer any questions you may have, about the many, many benefits of attending our school. If you have a friend, or relative, seeking a place for their son, please advise them to contact the school without delay, as we have strong demand but limited availability, in most classes.
3. CLASS EMAIL ADDRESSES – To facilitate communication, there are email addresses for all class levels (during the school year). Please bear in mind that teachers are teaching during the day, so the email addresses will not be monitored, at all times. The addresses are:
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
If you need to contact the office, as always, you can Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. CLASS LEVELS IN IRELAND & THE UK – Some times when families arrive from overseas, the names of different class levels can cause confusion, as they have different names in Ireland, to those in the UK, the system that many other countries follow.
In Ireland, children first attend Preschool, for one or two years. After that, when they start here in primary school, their first year is called Junior Infants (which is Reception in the UK, which is the first year in primary school). The next year we call Senior Infants, which is Year 1 in the UK. Then it’s 1st Class, which is Year 2 in the UK, or their 3rd year in primary school, not the first). Then 2nd Class, which is Year 3 in the UK, or their 4th year in primary school). This is followed by 3rd Class (Year 4 in the UK), then 4th Class (Year 5 in the UK), then 5th Class (Year 6 in the UK) and after that, 6th Class (Year 7 in the UK). I hope this helps to explain the names of the classes in Ireland.
GLASHEEN BNS ORGANISATIONAL PLAN (2022 – 2023) – PLEASE READ
Although many mandatory precautions were in place, that are now optional, our aim is to keep everyone safe, so we will continue, for now, with many of our safety precautions.
- The school is split into 2 groups with each group having different break times and lunch times.
- The day will include 2 x 20 minute breaks.
- Hand sanitiser will continue to be available at all entry points and in all class and support rooms.
- We would encourage children to come to school with their hands washed. Sanitation will occur on entry to the school, after each yard break and before the boys go home. Children will also wash their hands before they eat. All surfaces will be cleaned daily and a special deep cleaning that lasts 30 days will take place every month.
- We have already purchased some portable filter machines.
- Where possible, parents will encourage children to walk or Park & Stride to school to minimise the number of adults around the school. Ideally, in the case of children in middle or older classes, a designated meeting point should be arranged nearby but not at the gate of the school. You could, for example, meet your son at Lima Lawn, Glendale, Clashduv, or one of the other areas on your route.
- Pedestrian Gates will remain closed until 8.30 a.m.. Classes do not start until 8.50 a.m., so once pupils arrive, they will be directed to their classroom.
Key to Entrances & Exits
|Entrance and Exit Points||Letter|
|Main Entrance to Junior Building, Opposite Stepped Entrance (Junior Infants, Senior Infants & 1st Classes )||A|
|Link Corridor Entrance to Senior Building /New Building (6th Classes, 5th Classes, 4th Classes (Mr. P.O’Neill & Mr.McLoughlin) & Cairde||B|
|Entrance to Two Storey Building Near School Office (2nd Classes, 3rd Classes, 4th Class (Mr. Sands)||C|
Entrance Points for Specific Classes:
|Teacher||Class||Entrance & Exit Point|
|Ms. E. Ní Mhurchú||Junior Infants||A (only group of adults allowed into the yard, 1 adult per child)|
|Mrs. Starkie||Junior Infants||A (only group of adults allowed into the yard, 1 adult per child)|
|Ms. Costelloe & Ms. Clayton||Senior Infants||A (Pupils enter on arrival. They are directed straight to class by supervising staff, where class starts at 8.50 a.m.)|
|Ms. O’Callaghan & Mr. McGregor||1st Class||A (Parents to stay outside school grounds, pupils are directed straight to their classroom by supervising staff)|
|Mrs. Austin||2nd Class||C|
|Mr. O’Callaghan||2nd Class||C|
|Ms. Cadogan||2nd Class||C|
|Ms. Horgan (Upstairs)||3rd Class||C|
|Ms. O’Leary (Upstairs)||3rd Class||C|
|Mr. Sands (Upstairs)||4th Class||C|
|Mr. McLoughlin Mr. P.O’Neill||4th Class||B|
|Mr. C, Constant & Ms. N. Byrne||5th Class||B|
|Mr. T. O’Neill Mr. Marshall||6th Class 6th Class||B|
Exit Points for Specific Classes
|Teacher||Class||Entrance & Exit Point|
|Ms. C. O’Sullivan Mrs. C. Starkie||Junior Infants HOME TIME: 13.25||A (Infant parents are the only group of adults allowed into the yard, one adult per child). Parent lines up socially distantly at points marked A, B, C.|
|Ms. Clayton & Ms. Costelloe||Senior Infants HOME TIME: 13.30||A (Infant parents are the only group of adults allowed into the yard, one adult per child). Parent lines up socially distantly at points marked A, B, C|
|Mr. McGregor & Ms. O’Callaghan||1st Class HOME TIME: 14.25||B (Parents to wait in small yard to the right of the gate at collection point sign, pupils will line up with teacher and be released to parent when they see them)|
|Mrs. Austin, Mr. O’Callaghan & Ms. Cadogan (Downstairs)||2nd Class HOME TIME 14.25||C (Parents to wait in small yard to the right of the gate at collection point sign, pupils will line up with teacher and be released to parent when they see them)|
|Ms.Horgan (Upstairs) Ms.O’Leary (Upstairs)||3rd Class HOME TIME 14.30||C|
|Mr. Sands (Upstairs)||4th Class HOME TIME 14.30||C|
|Mr. McLoughlin||4th Class HOME TIME 14.30||B|
|Mr. P. O’Neill||4th Class HOME TIME 14.30||B|
|Ms. Byrne & Ms. Constant||5th Class HOME TIME 14.30||B|
|Mr. T. O’Neill & Mr. Marshall||6th Class HOME TIME 14.30||B|
|Ms. Moloney||Cairde HOME TIME 14.25||B|
Each class should go directly to their classroom.
- Staff members will be on hand to meet and greet pupils when they arrive.
- No adults, other than staff members, should enter the building.
- Messages for teachers can preferably be sent to the class email addresses for each class level, which are on the school website. Urgent messages can be left on the school answering machine. The office email can also be used but please bear in mind that this is not always suitable for very urgent messages.
End of School Day
- Adults, who are collecting their children from school at the end of the day, should wait in a socially distant manner outside the school grounds, near the gate from which their son will exit.
- When the school day for that class is over, the following arrangements will apply –
- Junior Infants – 2nd Class – the class teacher will bring the children to their designated entrance/exit point and will release the children into the care of the adult who is there to collect them.
- 3rd – 6th Class – the class teacher will lead each class to the exit point.
Collection of Children during the School Day
PLEASE, PLEASE, Collections during the school day must only be in exceptional circumstances. This is for safety reasons. If an adult has to collect a child during the course of the school day, this is the procedure:
- A message or email should be sent to the class teacher the previous day indicating the reason for collection, as well as the time.
- When the adult arrives at the school, they should phone the office.
- The child will be brought from their class to the adult by a member of staff.
- No adult should enter the school building, unless invited to do so.
Hot School Lunches – Were introduced for all classes. Only pupils who have already completed their menu choices are included. If you are new to the school, you can only fill out your menu, after you have started. If your son wishes to join the scheme, he will be included from the Monday after his order is submitted. Meanwhile, he should bring his own lunch.
P.E. P.E. will take place outdoors and use of equipment will be confined to the sets that have been distributed to class groupings. We will be doing the Glasheen Mile and as our building is now completed, we will have far more outdoor spaces to enjoy for physical exercise. We are also intending to have our raised beds & polytunnel reinstated, for more outdoor activity.
Extra-curricular Activities/After School Classes
Please see relevant email addresses for various clubs above. We have Lego club, Science club, Guitar Classes, Fretwork Club, Active Body Active Mind Club, Art Clubs & Chess Club, as well as Music Classes with City Music College.
Particular points to Note:
School with start at 8.50 a.m. and pupils will go straight to their classrooms. Once pupils enter the school grounds, they will need to go directly to their classrooms. Health advice is that parents Drop & Go. School Gates will not be opened early, like before.
Please Keep to the Left on corridors, stairs and pathways.
It is important that pupils who are able to, Walk or ‘Park & Stride‘, to avoid unnecessary traffic congestion on School Avenue.
Break times are staggered and there will be a slight staggering of finishing times also, at the end of the day. It is important that your son is collected at the appointed time. Parking & striding at collection time is the best thing to do to avoid severe congestion and delays on School Avenue.
For the safety of all, if anyone is unwell, they must NOT attend school.
For safety reasons, unscheduled visits to the school office cannot take place. If you need to contact the school, please do so by email or telephone and we will get back to you, as soon as possible. Hand delivered items may be posted in the letterbox on the railings at the front of the school.
Collection of pupils, from school, during the school day, should be kept to emergencies only. If you need to collect your son early, please email on the night before, with an exact time of collection, so your son can be ready at the appointed time and we have a record of the collection.