Notes for Parents


  1. Pupils are to be in school at 9.00 a.m. School is open to receive pupils from 8.50 a.m. onwards. Pupils must please be collected at 2.50 p.m. sharp with the Infants having been collected at 1.50 p.m. For the month of September Junior Infant pupils are to be collected at 1.00 p.m. The school cannot accept responsibility for looking after pupils outside of the times mentioned above.
  2. In the case of any pupil being absent a written note should be given to the Teacher to explain. Otherwise previous notification could be given by telephone.
  3. Please do not send a child to school if he/she has been sick during the night or in the morning; when a child is sick in school the virus spreads much more quickly.
  4. If your child is absent due to an infectious disease e.g.: measles, mumps, etc. please inform teacher so that other parents may be told.
  5. If you work please give the school a telephone number to use if your child is sick.
  6. If at any time you have to be away and someone else is minding your child please let us know. This may cause a deterioration in work in school and if we know the reason whey we can deal with it accordingly and the child is spared further stress.
  7. Pupils do not wear a uniform but are expected to dress appropriately for the school environment.
  8. The staff of the school would really appreciate it if holidays could be taken when the children are off school rather than during term time. A lot of valuable work time is lost and the children lose out. Obviously this is out of our control but we would appreciate it if you could please consider this carefully.

 The Department of Education and Science have requested that Department Circulars be made available to parents.  Copies of circulars received by the school will be given to Parents Representatives on the Board of Management and parents wishing to view circulars may approach either of them.

Circulars and organizational policies are available for parents to read in the School Plan in the School Office.


  1. Please put your child’s name on all articles that come to school e.g. slippers, hats, scarves, coats, shoes, boots, etc. Names can be scratches on tubberware with a pin or a permanent marker can be used.
  2. All children are required to change into slippers before entering the classroom. This involves several changes during the day and we recommend shoes with Velcro for Junior Infant children.
  3. Please provide your child with separate container for carrying lunch. Lunches are stored on a trolley outside the classrooms. This avoids drinks, etc. spilling in the child’s school bag. We endeavour to promote healthy eating habits and we encourage pupils to bring fruit and sandwiches.
  4. To comply with Insurance regulations it is necessary that children wear suitable footwear while partaking in Physical Education lessons and other sports like e.g. soccer, basketball. As it is intended to hold these lessons weekly would you please ensure your child wears suitable footwear i.e. runners and clothing e.g. tracksuit, leggings, loose trousers, to school on that day.
  • Please check your child’s bag frequently for correspondence from the school.


All pupils are expected to do homework of a competent standard equal to that obtained during the school day.  The following are guidelines concerning homework which will be of help

A.  From 1st class the child will have a homework journal and make yourself aware of what the child is expected to do.

B.  Written work   – help a little if needed. If a greater degree of help is required refer the problem to the teacher

C.   Spelling – your child is expected to learn spelling in the following way:

  • LOOK             Step One – Look at spelling and learn
  • COVER          Step Two – cover spellings
  • WRITE           Step Three – Write out
  • CHECK          Step Four – if correct, write out two more times. 

If incorrect, re-learn and then write out once again and continue as above.

Reading should be heard every night especially in Classes Junior to 2nd. Children should be encouraged to focus on the sound formation of a word they find difficult.  Homework should be seen as a liaison between school and home to benefit the child. We endeavour to prepare it well in school. It is good for a child to be able to work in peace and comfort at home and to receive praise when it is due.

Recommended time allocation for homework:

  • Infants                   10 – 20 minutes
  • 1st and 2nd class  20 – 30 minutes
  • 3rd and 4th class  30 – 45 minutes
  • 5th and 6th class   45 – 60 minutes

If it takes longer that the above recommended time for your child to complete homework please inform the class teacher.

All homework journals should be signed by parents. A note is required to explain incomplete homework and the child (may) be asked to complete it the following night. The absence of a note may result in the pupil completing it at breaktime.

If as a parent you wish to question or know more about some aspect of your child’s teaching please feel free to make an appointment with the class teacher concerned. We welcome your visit.


St Mary's Parochial School,
Western Road, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary.
Tel 052 6127876