Frequently Asked Questions

If you wish to enrol your child in Belmayne ETNS, please fill in the enrolment form on the school website here as soon as possible. The school office will then contact you as soon as possible regarding a place in the school. Like all Educate Together schools, Belmayne ETNS operates under a ‘first come-first serve’ basis but a sibling policy is in place. This can be viewed here.
There is no school uniform in Belmayne ETNS. However, we do ask that all children, but particularly those in the junior classes, should wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes and footwear all the time as every day involves at least some movement and physical activity. Clothes should also be suitable for arts activities. All removable clothing and footwear should be labelled.
The children are responsible for their own belongings. All belongings (schoolbag, shoes, coats, books etc.), should have the owner’s name clearly marked on them. Items that are left behind in yard or hallways will be placed in the Lost property box at the front door.
No, a book rental scheme is in place in the school. The cost of this varies from year to year and you will be contacted about this every June.
School starts at 8.30 AM. The teachers collect the children from their class’ designated line up spot. School finishes at 1.20 PM for Junior and Senior Infants and at 2.20 PM for children in 1st-6th class. 
All classes have a twenty-minute break between 10:25AM and 10:45PM. Lunch break is from 12:15 PM to 12:45 PM. The children spend half of each break eating a snack and the other half playing on yard. 
Yes. Each child is asked to fill out a food order form where they can choose their snacks and lunches for the week. These lunches are delivered to the school every morning with the child’s name on it. Please note that this is optional and you may of course provide your child with your choice of lunch. However, we would ask that you adhere to the school’s Healthy Eating policy when preparing your child’s lunch. All lunch waste must be brought home as per the school’s Green School’s initiatives. 
When children are absent for any reason, an email or phone message to the class teacher or the school office to explain the absence is required. The school should be notified of any infectious illnesses, and the child kept at home until they have recovered fully. 
I would like to organise a play date with someone in my child’s class. How do I get in contact with the child’s parents/ guardians? Each class has a parent who has volunteered to be the ‘class rep’. The class rep will have a list of the contact details of each parent/guardian in the class. This class rep will also contact you regarding events and notes specific to your child’s class.
School notes are sent home by way of email. Parents are asked to check their emails regularly. We would also encourage parents to check the school website and facebook page regularly too. Each class teacher has a blog on the school website that they use to upload photos and notes specific to their class. The school also operates a web based text messaging service to remind parents about various school events. Please ensure that the school has your mobile number in order to receive these texts.  
Good communication between parents and teachers is essential to the environment we work to create. Therefore class meetings are held at the beginning of the school year, so that parents can be informed of the requirements of the new class. Individual parent/teacher meetings are held in February. Two written school reports are sent for all pupils in February and again in June. However, if parents have any problem or wish to speak to the teachers at other times of the year, they are very welcome to make an appointment. This may be done by contacting the teacher via their email address. All email addresses for teachers can be found on the website 

 

 

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