Senior School Information
St. Francis Xavier’s Senior National School, Roselawn Glade, Castleknock, Dublin 15 is located in St. Brigid’s Roman Catholic Parish, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.
The school was named after St. Francis Xavier, a 16th century missionary. Canon Crowe (R.I.P.) who was the first manager of the school, had great devotion to this saint.
St. Francis Xavier’s Senior National School is a Catholic School under the patronage of the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. As such, it aims at promoting the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the pupil – intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual including a living relationship with God and other people. The full range of Primary School classes is taught in a mixed boys/girls senior structure – 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes.
St. Francis Xavier’s Senior National School is managed by a Board of Management comprising of two parents, two teachers (one being the Principal), two members nominated by the Patron (Archbishop of Dublin) and two members nominated by the community. Mr John Mitchell, the Patron’s nominee, is the Chairperson.
& Lunch Times
School begins at 8.50am and finishes at 2.30pm.
Break times are from 10.50am to 11.00 am and from 12.30pm to 1.00pm.
Our Healthy Eating Covenant operates in the school and the children make a great effort to bring in a ‘Healthy Lunch’. We encourage parents to support this endeavour.
Board of Management
The Board of Management is appointed for a period of three years.
Structure of the Board.
A ‘Core Board’ consisting of :
- two nominees of the patron
- two parents elected from parents of students attending the school – one mother, one father
- one staff member elected by the school staff
- the school Principal, appointed ex officio.
The ‘Core Board’ must then unanimously appoint
- two members from the wider community.
Our Current Board of Management
|Fr. John Casey||Bishops Nominee|
|John Mitchell||Bishops Nominee (Chairperson)|
|Steve O’Leary||Teachers Representative|
|Alan Myles||Community Co-option|
|Mary D’Arcy||Community Co-option|
|Celine Cahill||Parents Representative|
|Brian Reddy||Parents Representative|
The Board of Management support the principles of:
- Inclusiveness, particularly with reference to the enrolment of children with a disability or other special educational needs.
- Equality of access and particpation in school.
- Parental involvement as being a major partner. The school has a very active Parent’s Association.
- Respect for the diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society, indeed presently there are children from over 30 different nationalities in our school.
School Policies 2017 – 2018
- The school is equipped with its own library from which the children are encouraged to borrow on a weekly basis..
- The supply of books is regularly added to and updated.
- Classrooms are also equipped with other supplementary material and suitable class novels. These are shared among class groupings.
- Books are maintained and repaired regularly. Extra books are provided after the annual bookfair.
- Children are encouraged to read, on an on – going basis.
- The co-ordination, maintenance, distribution and upgrading of library books is the designated duty for an Assistant Principal’s post.
- A charge for standardised tests is included on the appropriate book lists at the start of the school year.
- The following standardised tests are administered in St Francis Xavier:
- Drumcondra Primary Reading and Maths Tests
(a)The Drumcondra Primary Reading Test is administered to all classes from 3rd to 6th during the month of May each year.
- (b)The Drumcondra Primary Maths Test is administered to all classes from 3rd to 6th during the month of May each year.
Parent – Teacher Meetings
The annual Parent–Teacher meetings are held each year towards the end of November.
- Parents / guardians are given a 10 minute appointment for each child a week in advance.
- A system for the passing on of times from 6th to 5th to 4th and finally to 3rd allows for the efficient allocation of times to families with more than one child in the school.
- Two evenings are allocated for the purposes of the meetings.
- Prior to the meetings, teachers will meet to outline:
the aims of the meetings
suggestions on how to conduct the meetings
suggestions with regard to preparing for the meetings.
- Refreshments are available to parents / guardians as they await their meetings.
- Where necessary, teachers make themselves available to meet parents by appointment during the school year.
- The Constitution acknowledges that the primary and natural educator of the child is the family. Parents’ role confers on them the right to active participation in the child’s education. This includes their right as individuals to be consulted and informed on all aspects of their child’s education at school level, and their right as a group to actively participate in the education system at school, regional and national levels.
- St Francis Xavier welcomes the co-operation and involvement of parents / guardians in many ways and at many levels.
- Established Home-School Links endeavour to ensure supportive co-operation between school and home.
- Parents / guardians are invited to become involved in various aspects of school life eg. serving on school bodies, fundraising, policy making, organising or assisting at school events and in the classroom.
- A computer room containing 27 computers is available for the use of the children in the school. It is used on a timetabled system and each class is allocated a period of 1 hour.
- A huge array of software is pre-loaded on the individual computers thereby making the computers function as a stand alone machine while still being networked and retaining the advantages of networked printing. All machines are connected to the internet and a programme “Cyber Sitter” which prohibits the viewing of perhaps unsuitable images is installed .
- The internet policy as a separate entity is signed by every child’s parent/guardian to give permission to use the internet in the course of their normal computer studies.
Education Act 1998
- The Education Act passed in 1998, became operational in December 2000.
- To a significant degree the Education Act reflected existing practice and placed the education system on a statutory basis.
- A copy of the Education Act is available in the Principal’s Office for inspection by all interested parties.
- A summary of the key sections contained in the Education Act 1998 is available in Appendix F.
Education Welfare Act 2000
- The Education Welfare Act came into operation in July 2002.
- Essentially, the Act is about promoting school attendance and also focuses on the issue of participation in school, specifically in terms of matters such as suspension and expulsion.
- A national statutory board known as the National Educational Welfare Board (NEWB) is responsible for implementing the various provisions of the Act.
- The Act places an obligation on the Principal to notify the Education Welfare Officer of absences of children exceeding 20 school days or more. This information is collected in the month of June each year and passed on to the NEWB.
- A copy of the Education Welfare Act 2000 is available in the Principal’s Office for inspection by all interested parties.
- A summary of the key sections contained in the Education Welfare Act 2000 is available in Appendix G.
- The organisation, planning and co-ordination of school tours is the responsibility of each individual teacher though class groupings generally follow the same tour options.
- Main School tours take place in the month of June.
- Parents / guardians are informed of destination, itinerary, costing, appropriate clothing and food requirements in advance of tours.
- Pupils’ behaviour on tours will comply with the standard set down in the School’s Code of Discipline. In certain circumstances parents / guardians may be asked to agree to a contract on behaviour. Where it is felt that a child’s conduct would pose a safety risk or inhibit the educational benefit for other children, the school may refuse the child permission to travel. Parents / guardians will be advised of this in advance.
- A list of reminders in relation to safety, behaviour, first aid etc. is circulated to teachers in advance of school tours and the Principal will often address the classes in advance of the tour particularly if all the class grouping is going together.
Code of Behaviour and Discipline
- The Education Welfare Act 2000 provides that each school is required to prepare a code of behaviour in respect of the students registered in the school.
- The Code of Behaviour and Discipline for St Francis Xavier is contained in a separate document i.e. the schoolpolicy book which is kept in the Principal’s office and is available for any parent to view should they so desire.
- School policy with regard to Bullying is outlined in the school’s Anti-Bullying Policy is contained in a separate document i.e. the schoolpolicy book which is kept in the Principal’s office and is available for any parent to view should they so desire.
- Every employee of the school has a copy of these documents at their disposal.
- All parents / guardians are given a copy of the Code of Behaviour and Discipline when their child is enrolled in the school in third class normally but also if they enrol in either of the other grades during the school year..
- Parents / guardians are reminded of the rules and procedures regularly in newsletters or at meetings.
- The Code of Behaviour and Discipline and the Anti-Bullying Policy are updated where necessary.
- Assembly is used as an opportunity to reinforce rules and regulations.
Yard Supervision and Procedures
The following guidelines on yard supervision, procedures and behaviour are made known to all teachers
The yard should be supervised by a member of the teaching staff at all times and should, under no circumstances, be left unsupervised at any time.
- A yard duty rota is posted on the staff notice board and is brought to the notice of all staff at the beginning of each term.
- Teachers on yard duty should ensure they check to see if they are either on main yard duty or on “wet duty”
- Children are not allowed to remain in classrooms during break times except on days when weather prevents outdoor activity.
Children are not permitted to
- run in the yard.
- engage in boisterous behaviour, rough play or dangerous games.
- leave the yard without the permission of the teacher on duty.
- hang out of basketball poles
- bring any games / gadgets / toys to yard.
- bring wrappers or paper to yard.
- If a child disobeys the rules of the yard, he / she may forfeit part of play time and may receive a misdemeanour. If a child’s name is constantly recorded for the same rule breaking the yellow cardoption may be used at the supervising teacher’s discretion.
- All pupils must play in the tarmac area only and remain within the designated area for their class grouping during break times.
- In the event of a serious injury, the class teacher is sent for to attend to the child. Details of the accident including date, time, location, nature of the incident, names of witnesses and action taken afterwards should be recorded in the accident book. Parents / guardians should be informed immediately and where contact cannot be made, qualified medical treatment should be sought for the child where necessary.
- If a child genuinely needs to use the toilet during break time, he / she must obtain permission from the teacher on duty and use the nearest toilet to the front door.
- Play ceases in response to the bell and children proceed to their line
- Designated areas are used in rotation and John Merrigan will circulate a list of classes and the area designated to them on any particular day.
- Only the top area may be used for the purpose of playing football as it is the only space sufficiently big for this activity.
Mobile Phone Policy
- Children should not bring mobile phones to school unless it is necessary to have the phone to make contact with parents/guardians after school hours.
- If parents/guardians must make contact with their children during school hours, they may do so on the school’s landline.
- Where parents/guardians deem it necessary that their child requires a mobile phone for use after school, the following rules apply:
- the phone must be kept in the child’s school bag during the school day
- the phone must not be taken to the yard or any other out of classroom activity eg. PE, Computers, nature walks, maths/geography/history trails etc.
- the phone must be switched off at all times from 9.00am to 2.40pm
- the use of the phone ie. making calls, texting, taking photographs or accessing internet/email during school hours is totally prohibited.
- Where a breach of the above rules occurs, the phone will be confiscated and parents/guardians will be asked to collect it from the school.
- The school accepts no responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged mobile phones.
For further information see mobile phone information sheets
School Policies and Practices
School policy on a wide range of issues is outlined in various policy documents . Among them are the following key areas which will be on-line shortly:
- Code of Behaviour and Discipline
- Anti-Bullying Policy
- Child Protection Guidelines and Procedures
- Pupil Assessment
- Staff Development
- Teachers’ Preparation
- Special Needs
- Home-School Links
- Gender Equity
- Intercultural Education
- Health and Safety Standards
- Environmental Awareness