October 2013 Newsletter
· Second Level schools
At this time of year every year we like to remind all our parents that it is never too early to be thinking of a second level school for your child. Find out where your local secondary schools are and check their websites for enrolment rules and criteria. Schools have different criteria and you need to be aware of these before you apply. We would also advise you to make a personal visit to the school and see it for yourself. It is always helpful to talk to other parents who have children at second level and see what their experience has been and make sure to get your child’s name down as early as allowed by individual schools. At the moment while we are located in Adamstown, Esker children have priority in Adamstown Community College. When we move to our permanent school this will no longer be the case. Our current 5th and 6th classes have priority there.
Children in our current 6th class are eligible to apply at the moment. Enrolment for younger classes is not yet open. This school will be run jointly by the VEC (now called Dublin Dun Laoire Education Training Board) and Educate Together and our Board of Management have made representations to the VEC advocating for our inclusion on a priority list for that school when we no longer have priority in Adamstown. We have been told that that decision will be made when the new school has its Board of Management in place which is not yet the case. Tom Costelloe, our Deputy Principal and HSCL, is happy to help families in relation to transfer to second level school. We plan to host a parent’s evening in February to discuss the whole issue of transfer to second level, what factors you as parents should consider and also to give practical advice about enrolment. I am also sending out a list of second level schools in the area for your attention. There is further information available on the Department of Education website which gives details of all post primary schools. In the meantime if you want to discuss this further or need any advice please contact myself or Tom.
The AGM of our PTA is taking place next Friday morning at 9:30am in the school hall. We are delighted that Sinead Harrington and Marta Starczewska are going forward for re-election for another year. We owe them a debt of gratitude for the work they have done on behalf of all the parents and children in the school over the past number of years. I would also like to thank Doris, Aoife, Saima, Farzana, Bolanle, Royaha and Ita who regularly helped out on numerous initiatives, toy and treat sales etc. I’m sure there are others also: forgive me if I left anyone out. The committee put in a great amount of work last year on your behalf and to wish them well in their endeavours for the coming school year. The PTA regularly update their page on their website so don’t forget to keep informed of their events and other local items of interest.
Thanks to those parents who support our Parksafe programme outside the school. Please remember no U turns, no double parking, no parking at CIE stop or in schools’ car parks. Always drive and park safely for the sake of all the children in the school. The PTA have also mentioned this initiative in their note. Safety is paramount. Please make sure to act
· Eid Mubarak to all our families who are celebrating Eid al-Adha tomorrow. The school community wishes you and your family happiness on EID