Annual Open Evening is hosted by Staff & Parents at the Abbey N.S. with parents and prospective pupils enjoying the initial welcome together. Talks given by the Principal, Parents’ Association & Parents of present pupils help give a rounded view of provision and pupils’ love of their school. New entrants are welcomed with their peers for a morning of initiation each June, at a date following Meet & Greet evening.
Parents, Pupils & Staff of Abbey N.S. welcome 11 class parents & pupils and newcomers to our fabulous facility – Summer term, annually. Afternoon/evening of fun and games, chat & music
No more worries! Parents join Staff of Abbey N.S. in fundraising and organising a school Book Rental Scheme to assist parents and young families ahead of end of school year.
Parents' Association launch their Plans for the Year
PA and School working together in preparing pupils for transition to post-primary school: VI class may avail of ‘Motivational Mapping’, an online evaluation which identifies ambition, improves motivation and helps realise true potential. This evaluation may be followed by a ‘Your Life’ workshop in which the boys will plot their motivational style and apply it to their lives and their hopes for their future. Pupil, parent and teacher/school reports will be provided.
PA & Teachers will track and alert parents to enrichment courses for students with high academic
ability which are provided by The Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland (CTYI) at various locations close-by e.g. Athlone Institute of Technology, NUIG & GMIT. CTYI aims to allow all talented students to reach their potential both academically and socially by providing relevant and interesting challenges based on ability and interest rather than age.
Supporting and encouraging participation in Gaelic, Soccer, Rugby, Hurling, Athletics, Volleyball, Cycling at local, regional and national levels. Facilitating Coach travel / car-pooling to/from venues regionally and nationwide. Helping to purchase team jerseys & sports equipment. Supporting annual Sports Day at the school.
Working with entire parent body
Each Spring term, parents, pupils & staff join distinguished artists, writers and performers from around the country in stepping beyond the curriculum with an extravaganza of :
1. School commences at 9.15am. It is important that children develop the
habit of being punctual for school. Children who are in the yard prior
to official commencement of class are not the responsibility of any
member of staff, but are expected to take their place in line at 9.15am
when the school bells signals the commencement of the school day. No
pupil should arrive later than 9.15am. Teachers assume their role in
loco parentis strictly from 9.15am-3pm daily.
2. There is a short break at 11.00am. Lunch break is from 1.00 to 1.30pm. The children have a small snack at 11.00am and something more substantial at lunchtime. No child will be allowed home during lunch time without a written note, signed by parent(s) giving their child permission to leave the school and that they accept all responsibility for the child once he leaves the school.
3. Under no circumstances, for safety reasons, is any child allowed to leave the school to go to the nearby shops. Only those who have submitted a signed lunch permit may leave the grounds, specifically to go home for lunch.
4. Glass bottles, fizzy drinks, crisps are not allowed on the school premises.
5. All pupils are dismissed at 3.00pm. All pupils are expected to leave the school grounds in an orderly fashion and report home promptly. The school cannot accept responsibility for looking after the children after this time.
6. All children should enter the school through the main gate of the school. Children should use appropriate designated doors when entering/ leaving the main building.
7. In the case of children travelling by school bus or taxi, the school has no responsibility for their actions on the bus or taxi, or for transporting them to or from the bus/taxi. Likewise, pupils’ behavior outside of the school premises cannot be adjudicated upon by the Principal or Staff.
8. In the event of a pupil being absent through illness or for any other reason, the class teacher should be informed by note on the pupil’s return to school, in accordance with NEWB requirements. If it is anticipated that the absence will be of lengthy duration, the class teacher or Principal should be informed in writing as soon as possible.
9. When necessary for a pupil to leave school early, a note must be sent to the class teacher. Parents/guardians are asked to call personally to the classroom to collect the child. Any person collecting a child on behalf of the parent/guardian will only be permitted to take the child if the parent has notified the school in writing beforehand. Please accept that it is only in the interest of the safety of the child that these procedures are in force.
10. If sending money into the school, for any reason, please place it in an envelope and put the child’s name, class and date on the cover.
Parents will receive notices with regard to school matters and events as the need arises throughout the academic year. Please ensure that the children keep a special plastic folder or pencil case in their school bags into which such notices can be placed.