Litir Chinn Bliana 2022/23

Back-to-School Information Letter 2022/23

A Thuistí agus a Pháistí,

Tá súil agam gur bhain sibh taitneamh as na laethanta saoire.
I hope that everyone had a most enjoyable summer holiday.

 Beidh an scoil ag oscailt arís Déardaoin, 01/09/22 – ba chóir go mbeadh gach duine istigh roimh 8.50 r.n.

School reopens on Thursday, September 1st.

It is vital that children attend school every day and arrive on time.

  • Children may be dropped to school from 8.40 a.m. and should arrive no later than 8.50 a.m.
  • Parents are reminded to respect the DROP ZONE at the school gate.
  • Please keep an eye on our school website for school updates.


PAÍSTÍ NUA: Fáilte mór roimh Rang Naíonáin Bheaga – go n-éirí leo!
A Big welcome to our new Naíonáin Bheaga! We wish them many happy days at school.


In order to ensure the smooth running of the school, please note the following points and file this letter for future reference:



Is “Gaelscoil” í Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh. “Ní scoil Bhéarla í”. Is í Gaeilge teanga labhartha na scoile, níl cead Béarla a labhairt ach ag am Béarla.

As we are a Gaelscoil, it is the wish of you, the parents, that your children become fluent in spoken Irish from an early age. You chose to send your child here because you are aware of the benefits of bilingualism. It is vitally important that you make every effort to speak ‘as Gaeilge’ while in or about the school. We’re all part of the Gaelscoil family!!Tune in to TG4 – we can all brush-up our ‘Cúpla Focal’ by tuning in to TG4 or Raidió na Gaeltachta.


TUMADH GAEILGE/ TOTAL IMMERSION – to kick start the children’s fluency after the holidays we concentrate on spoken Irish for the first three weeks of school. Our English programmes begin at the end of September. This is most beneficial and sets the tone for the whole term.


*Please don’t park in the Drop-Off Zone in front of the school gates.

*As stated above all children should arrive to school up to 8.50 a.m.

*In the evening time, Infants will be collected from the yard at home time.


Children from Rang 1 – 6 will be dismissed in two groups:

          2.25 p.m.    Rang 6 plus siblings / Rang 2 plus siblings (Grúpa Buí)

          2.30 p.m.    Rang 5 / Rang 4 / Rang 3 / Rang 1 (Grúpa Dearg)

*Please don’t arrive early to collect your child as this blocks up the roundabout.


Until 09/09/22      *Naí Bheaga will go home each day at 12 noon until 09/09/22

                                     **Rang 1 will go home at 1.30 p.m. each day until 09/09/22


From 12/09/22     *Naí Bheaga will go home each day at 1.30 1.30 p.m.

                                     **Rang 1will go home at 2.30 p.m. each day



As per The Education Welfare Act (2000), which came into effect on 01/09/2002, it is now mandatory for schools to report to the Education Welfare Officer all children who miss 20 days in any school year for any reason. When your child is absent a note must be given to the teacher. If no note is received the absence must be recorded as ‘Unexplained’.


Holidays during term time are not permitted by the Department of Education and should not be taken during the school year.



Children are expected to behave with courtesy at all times and to treat property with respect. We have a beautiful building, it is up to all of us to keep it that way.

Good manners are vital and will be expected at all times and on all school related activities. Certain comments, body language, hand signals and eye gestures can be highly inappropriate –– such behaviour cannot be tolerated at school. Please discuss this with your child.


Please clearly label all clothing. Clothes are lost every year due to a lack of labelling!!


Hair should always be clean, neat and tidy.


For Health and Safety reasons all necklaces worn by children must be worn inside clothes. (Earrings can become tangled in clothing or pulled in the yard – for this reason the only ear jewellery permitted in school are studs)


Swimming lessons will be organised. Classes from Rang 3 – Rang 6 usually swim during the year.


FOIRMEACHA LE LÍONADH (Forms to be Returned):

Allianz Insurance company provide an insurance scheme for children of school going age. Cover of €9 gives your child 24 hour-a-day cover for 365 days. Please speak to parents who have availed of benefits in the past – it is excellent cover. Forms will be available in the office and online (payment can be made online and the form sent into school afterwards)


Insurance forms must be filled in and returned by Friday 12th of September if you require your child to be insured. One form per family.


Class diaries are available from the office at €3.00 each. Please sign your child’s homework each night and use the notes section to correspond with your child’s teacher.


The Art/Craft/Photocopying/Extra Classroom Resources/Text-a-Parent Charge is €35 per child per year for the first and second child. Third and subsequent children €5 each. This charge must be paid for each child. This is not a voluntary expense, Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh does not collect a voluntary contribution.


The School Expenses charge; Insurance Cover and Book rental can be paid online via our school website

All monies that are not paid online must be put in envelopes with class, name and title clearly marked.




If your telephone number or address has changed please inform the office immediately.
It is vital that we are able to contact parents/guardians at all times. Also it is up to you to ensure that your current mobile phone number is logged with School Text so that you can receive important school text alerts, please check with the school if you change your number or do not receive school texts.


LÓN SLÁINTIÚIL (Healthy Lunch):

In the interest of your child, Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh has a healthy lunch policy. Sandwiches/ crackers/ fruit/ chopped vegetables/ yogurt/ non-sugary cereal bars are recommended. Sweet items are not permitted. Chocolate, including chocolate covered biscuits of any description, should not be given as lunch, nor should filled cream biscuits. No fizzy drinks, sweets, bars, chewing gum or crisps are allowed. Every child should bring a bottle of water to school each day. We work very hard to distinguish between food that is suitable for a healthy lunch and ‘treat food’ – we stress that treat food is not bad food but that it should be reserved for treat occasions.

WE ARE A NUT FREE SCHOOL! Please check the ingredients of anything that you send into school – peanut butter, Nutella, ‘fruit and nut’ mix, etc…..



Parents of children who come to school by bus please note that the responsibility for safety and discipline on buses rests with the service provider. If you have any concerns about your child’s safety please contact the service provider without delay. If you have any reason to believe that a child was standing or unbelted for any reason you must contact the service provider immediately – it is a matter of life and death.

All contact details for bus service providers are available from the office.


Please see below our list of classroom teachers for 2022/23

Naíonáin …………..- Múinteoir Síle agus Múinteoir Gráinne
Rang 1 ………………- Múinteoir Rachel
Rang 2 ………………- Múinteoir Ciara
Rang 3……………….- Múinteoir Laoise
Rang 4 ………………- Múinteoir Stiofán
Rang 5……………….- Múinteoir Nioclás

Rang 6 ………………- Múinteoir Fiona


Special Education  – Múinteoir Aisling; Múinteoir Áine-Máire; Múinteoir Síobhán; Múinteoir Aileen; Múinteoir Grace.


Club Iar-Aire – After-School-Club will run each evening from 1.30 p.m. – 2.30 p.m. and from 2.30 – 4.30 p.m. Contact Valerie or Ita for details.

Teagmháil – Communication – As we look forward to September, it is important to keep in mind that lots of little incidents happen in school every day and it is our job to deal with them. Problems only arise when we don’t find out about incidents. Please encourage your child to tell the teacher when something happens that makes them uncomfortable. If you as a parent know that your child is unhappy about something, please inform us straight away and we will do all in our power to rectify the situation.

(A sheet outlining the correct procedure to be followed when dealing with a concern is available below)


Ag tnúth le bliain shona thairbheach,

Le gach deá ghuí,

Ruairí Ó hAnnluain agus Foireann na Scoile




“Míle buíochas do gach duine a chabhraigh linn sa scoil i mbliana”.
Many, many thanks to all who helped out and supported our school during the year!!!


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