Opening Hours and Lunches
School begins at 8.50am and finishes at 2.30pm. Both Junior and Senior Infants finish an hour earlier at 1.30pm.
Break times are from 10.30am to 10.40am
and from 11.50pm to 12.20pm.
Healthy Eating Guidelines
We have a healthy food policy in St Francis Xavier JNS. We encourage you to make healthy food choices. Snacks such as sandwiches, bread rolls, a plain biscuit, or a scone are acceptable.
The morning break (or little break) at 10.30am is Fruit Break.
A piece of fruit or vegetable (peeled or prepared if necessary) may be brought outside to the yard to be eaten during playtime.
Children should have a small bottle of water or juice available to them every day (screw-top/sports-top, plastic & recyclable). On Fridays, pupils may bring one small treat as part of their snack.
The following items are not allowed in school
Fizzy drinks, crisps, sweets or chocolate. Sharp implements such as forks, knives, cocktail sticks or any other should never be included in a child’s lunchbox.
We discourage convenience lunch/snack products e.g. Lunchables (because they are processed, expensive, heavy on packaging, messy to eat and create competition between children).
Compost bins are provided in each classroom and on the yard for fruit/vegetable waste. Children should bring home other food and leftovers in their lunchboxes, so parents may monitor how much a child is eating. This policy is part of our Green Schools Initiative – we currently have facilities to recycle paper and cardboard, as well as composting in the school.
The School uniform consists of a red gingham shirt/blouse and a red tie, grey slacks/pinafore/skirt and a grey v-necked cardigan or jumper.
It is available from:
Savvy Schools, Unit 2 Centrepoint Shopping Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Phone: 086 730 8525, www.savvyschools.ie
or ‘Mr. Price’- Blanchardstown Town Centre.
It should be worn at all times except on P.E. days when a tracksuit may be worn. This tracksuit is also available in ‘Tommy’s’ in the Blanchardstown Town Centre.
After School Activities
Several Activities are catered for in the school after school hours. These activities include Speech and Drama, Irish Dancing, Cubs and Scouts, Arts and Crafts and Ballet. A fun filled two week long Summer Camp open to children from the Junior School is also organised.
As part of the extended curriculum the children often attend various activities happening in the local area. Trips to the local library and the arts centre ‘Draiocht’ are organised as are school tours of an educational nature.
Our school has rules that are implemented on a consistent and fair basis so as ensure fair play and the safety of all our students. We adopt a positive approach to behaviour.
All children are encouraged to abide by these rules but we must also depend on your full support and cooperation at all times. Please read our .
As a school we liaise closely with many important outside agencies, all of which are a great support to children, parents and teachers. These include the H.S.E., Child and Family Centres, the National Educational Psychological Service and Fingal County Council.
Administration of Medication Procedure
Non-prescription medication is not permitted in school. Under no circumstances should any medication be placed in a child’s schoolbag. The school does not consider requests to administer antibiotics, throat spray, etc.
Children who have Asthma and need to use Inhalers/Ventilating
Flasks should be able to self-administer under adult supervision in so far as this is possible. You need to make the class teacher aware of the condition.
Severe allergies requiring an Adrenalin Pen should be highlighted at the time of your child’s enrolment. Anapen devices will be stored in the Principal’s office.
If your child suffers from a condition that necessitates regular administration of medicine during the school day or which may necessitate administration of emergency medication, you need to speak with the principal who will arrange for the child’s medication needs to be met. You should also inform the class teacher of any medical condition.
Guidelines for Birthday parties / Festivals etc.
The school does not consider requests to distribute party bags or birthday cakes. This is to avoid issues surrounding allergies and conflicts with time tabled school work.
If your child is having a birthday party and inviting children from the class, it would be preferable if the distribution of invitations could be done outside school, as children who are not on the guest list can feel upset and isolated. School personnel must adhere to the terms of the Data Protection Act and may not provide phone numbers or addresses of children in the class.