We are so excited to welcome all the new Junior Infant boys and girls on their first day on August 30th.
Starting school is a big milestone for children and their parents and we aim to make the transition as easy and fun as possible for everyone. The Induction Day we held in May allowed the parents and children to meet their new teachers Ms. Smyth and Ms. Halpenny and to see their new classrooms. You should have already received notification of which classroom your child has been allocated and the name of their class teacher. If you have not, please email the office firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we discussed at the induction day, parents can accompany their child into the classroom on the first day at 9 a.m. We would ask parents to arrive as close to 9 a.m. as possible. The first two weeks will see Junior Infants finish at 12 midday. From Monday 12th September they will finish at 1.40 p.m.
Preparing for Junior Infants
- It is important to create a positive attitude towards school. If children have this, they will try to become more involved with their work and learning.
- Read books and stories about starting school.
- Encourage your child to ask questions and express their ideas and feelings about starting school.
- Play school at home – have fun trying on the uniform and packing a school bag and lunchbox.
- Talk about how your child will get to and from school – take a drive or walk past the school to help your child familiarise themselves with the building.
- Encourage and practise independent toileting. Remind your child to flush the toilet and to wash and dry their hands properly.
- Encourage and practise independent dressing. Let your child dress themselves and put on their own shoes and coat.
- Encourage and practise opening and closing their new lunchbox, drinks bottle and schoolbag.
- If you feel your child is becoming anxious, keep the starting school chat to a minimum and ask well-meaning family members to do the same.
The First Day
The first day at school is a special milestone for both parents and child. Whilst you may be going through a mixture of emotions try not to pass on any anxieties to your child. Most children settle into school quickly but do not be concerned if it takes a little longer- we will help with that.
- Have everything ready the night before. Keep everything calm and happy that morning, arrive on time – but not too early!
- Your child will be welcomed into the classroom via the front door of the main school building
- When it is time for you to leave, assure them that you will be back later, wish them goodbye and leave – don’t worry if your child becomes upset – they will be fine. We are here to help with the transition.
- Your child will be given a name badge to wear and there will be toys and activities on the tables to play with so the children will be busy straight away!
- The class teacher will show the children where the bathroom is, and they can use it when needed.
- The children will spend some time playing and getting to know their new classmates. We will read stories and sing songs.
- The children will spend some time in the playground. Our little break is at 10.30a.m. There will always be a teacher on the playground to help and to supervise.
- Children will be brought out the front door at home time and parents are asked to wait in the car park area. Home-time is 12p.m. (The usual school day is 9.00am to 1:40pm for infants.)
Details of the school Uniform can be found here: School Uniform
You can find more useful information on our Infant Resources and Information page.
We ask that all items (uniform, coats, lunch boxes, bottles and bags) are labelled clearly with your child’s name. The children’s school bag should be large enough to fit an A4 folder, lunch box and drinks bottle. The children will be provided with all stationary in school, so a pencil case is not needed.
Here are some links you might find helpful:
- Your child’s learning
- Helping your child in junior and senior infants
- Aistear information for parents
- Helping your junior infant child with maths
We look forward to getting to know you and your child and to working with you.