We the management and staff of Presentation Primary School Midleton endeavour to provide a caring, learning environment which facilitates the nurturing of each pupil’s full educational potential. The achievement of this aim informs all of the planning processes and activities, which occur in our school.

Teachers and parents are partners in the children’s education, with co-operation and communication between home and school as vital ingredients in the educational process. We share the same aim – the well being of the children in our care. This page has been prepared with the express purpose of sharing information with parents’ concerning school policies, rules and routines.

School Hours

The bell is rung at 08:40 a.m. and is followed by assembly. Classes begin after assembly. It is important that children develop the habit of being punctual for school.
There is a short break at 10:30 a.m.
Lunch Break is from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Junior and Senior Infants are dismissed at 13:20 p.m. The Infant classes are not allowed to go home alone unless this is specifically requested in writing by parents. Whoever collects your child should try and be on time so as not to cause unnecessary anxiety.
Pupils in classes First to Sixth are dismissed at 14:20 p.m.
All pupils are expected to leave the school grounds in an orderly fashion and to report home promptly. Those on bicycles are requested to alight at the school gates. The Board of Management does not accept responsibility for the children’s property.

Absence from school
All absences must be accompanied by a signed note from the pupil’s parent / guardian on their return. Where a lengthy absence is anticipated please inform the class teacher as soon as possible.

When it is necessary for a pupil to leave early, a note must be sent to the class teacher. Parents / Guardians are asked to collect the child personally from their class. They should then be signed out at the office. Any person collecting on behalf of the parent / guardian should present written authorisation, including a telephone contact number.

General School / Parental Communication
As the need arises, parents will receive notices with regard to school matters and events. Encourage your child to deliver notes immediately or check each evening at homework time to see if there is a note from the school.

Communication can be sent to your child’s class teacher via their homework journal.

Student Property
Children should have their names on their coats, cardigans, jumpers and other personal property such as schoolbooks, copies, lunch boxes etc.

School Books

We are very conscious of the cost of school books and for this reason the different book series in use in the school are changed as rarely as possible.

Each student will receive their booklist for September from their teachers during the previous June. Please have all of your childs books and stationery for their return in September. All items should be clearly labelled.

Each child, to whom the School Attendance Act applies, is obliged by law to attend school every day on which the school is in operation unless there is a reasonable excuse for not attending. The school authorities are obliged to notify the School Attendance Officer when a child is absent over 20 school days in a school year or is absent regularly and no reasonable excuse has been provided for the absence(s).

Respect and Courtesy
All pupils are expected to treat staff and fellow pupils with respect and courtesy at all times. The use of foul language and any form of bullying are unacceptable.

Pupils are expected to respect all school property and keep their local environment clean and litter free.

Any form of behaviour that interferes with the rights of others to learn and to feel safe is unacceptable.

Healthy Eating Initiative
As parents and educators, we are all very conscious of the importance of our children’s diet and how it impacts on their health, development and well-being. Children spend a significant part of the day in school, and therefore it is very important that they eat healthy nutritious lunches. This is much easier to encourage when every child is eating the same kinds of food.

Why does St Brigid’s encourage Healthy Eating?
We are a Health Promoting School and this means that we attempt to concentrate on all aspects of health and well being as we teach our children

  • As part of the Health Promoting School initiative we encourage our pupils to be active and we strive to accentuate good habits at all times
  • Eating healthily is all about good habits
  • The combination of healthy eating and being active guards against obesity and the onset of certain illnesses
  • The combination of a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating healthily, exercising and getting enough sleep assists pupils in reaching their potential academically
  • As with other aspects of school life, home support is crucial if our Healthy eating initiative is to be effective

Healthy Lunch Choices:

  • Bread and rolls, especially whole wheat
  • Sandwiches
  • Pitta bread and naan bread
  • Crackers
  • Pasta, rice
  • Cheese and yoghurt – for infants use small yoghurt
  • Nutritious cereals and muesli – not cereal bars
  • Meat
  • Peeled carrot, celery, salads
  • Bananas, oranges, apples, kiwi, nectarines, pears, strawberries etc
  • Drinks – milk, water, yoghurt drinks, soup
  • Organic lunch options

The Following items should never be included in school lunches:

  • Crisps and all related products, e.g. Snax, Wheelies, Pringles
  • Fizzy Drinks
  • Nuts (due to concerns about choking and allergy)
  • Chocolate eggs/crème eggs
  • Winders and similar products

Children with special dietary requirements
Children with special dietary requirements and / or allergies will at all times be facilitated to choose foods to suit their own individual requirements. Parents should discuss this with the class teacher to avoid misunderstanding.

Preparation of lunches
It encourages children to eat when the lunch is prepared attractively and in a convenient to eat manner. Oranges could be peeled, especially for younger children. Cheese could be grated and mixed with a few grapes or cherry tomatoes. A spoon should be included for eating yoghurts or cereals.