Eglinton Primary School
All staff work closely together in consultation with parents to ensure the welfare of children in the school. Parents are urged to discuss any matters of concern with staff whenever they feel this is advisable. Parents are encouraged to discuss such matters with the class teacher in the first instance. Often potential problems can be avoided if they are dealt with quickly. The Principal will be pleased to see parents to discuss any matters of concern, at any time, although it may be appropriate to make an appointment if a lengthier discussion is needed.
Home School Links
Parents’ support is essential in working with the school for their child’s benefit. School fosters parental relationships in various ways such as invitations to Assemblies in the school, Concerts and Plays, meetings and other events, as well as informal contact at the beginning and end of the school day. Notices about forthcoming events are sent home with the children - young children, however, are not always good messengers, so please check your child’s school bag for these notes.
Your child will have a home-school diary which may be used to support this process.
More formal contact is made in the twice-yearly progress interviews with the class teacher but parents may contact the class teacher about any matter at any time when the school is open. However this should, as far as possible, be out of teaching time to keep class disruption to a minimum.
Changes in School Arrangements
Changes occur from time to time in staffing and organisation of the school. When relevant, parents will be informed of these changes by newsletter.
Up to date information can be found on our school website:
Copies of all school policies and other documents are available from the school office and are on the school website should any parent wish to view them.
We consider homework to be an excellent home-school link and a valuable discipline for the older child. Homework should be seen as an integral part of learning, consolidating or extending work which has been undertaken in school.
The nature of homework will vary between year groups, different classes and topics to be covered.
Homework can be oral or written. Tasks set will not necessarily be of a formal pen and pencil style but may include Reading, Learning or Research. It may also include collecting materials/information, art, model building. The type and amount of homework will reflect your child’s ability.
A guide to the time to be spent on homework is as follows:
Towards the end of terms and during ‘busy times’ in the school calendar (e.g. Christmas, School Shows) the amount of homework may be reduced or take on a different format (e.g. learning words of a song).
Occasionally several homeworks will be set in advance giving pupils flexibility in their planning and helping to prepare them for second tier education. Work will not be set if parents take children out of school to go on holiday during term time.
The role of parents/carers is vital to the success of this policy. Staff value the support afforded to the children in ensuring that homework tasks are completed and by providing a suitable workspace environment which is conducive to learning. Your child’s class teacher should be informed of any difficulties experienced in completing set tasks. We would strongly urge parents and carers not to ‘do’ the homework for their child.
Positive Behaviour Policy
The staff of Eglinton Primary School feel it is important to promote a caring and supportive environment to enable all members of the school community to feel secure and respected, and therefore promote good behaviour in others.
The development of personal qualities and social skills and the fostering of a socially acceptable behaviour are integral aspects of the school curriculum. Staff will endeavour to contribute effectively to establishing and maintaining a climate within the school that is characterised by good relationships and mutual respect. The adults encountered by children at our school have an important responsibility to model high standards of behaviour, both in their dealings with the children, and with each other.
As a school we aim to:
As a staff, we have spent considerable time developing a set of Golden Rules with the children. These are a short set of rules that can be easily understood by all involved throughout the various levels of the school. These rules are displayed in each classroom and are discussed with the pupils, so that they not only have a good understanding of the rules, but how they need to act and respond to uphold them. They are teaching tools that need to be constantly reinforced and highlighted.
The Golden Rules are as follows:
At Eglinton Primary School if a child successfully complies with these Golden Rules, this should be acknowledged. In our school we believe the ideal incentives towards positive behaviour are the intrinsic rewards offered by:
However, it is important to have a reward system in place that recognises all forms of social and academic achievement and effort. To ensure each child has the opportunity to experience success we use the following as rewards-
Pastoral Care - Child Protection
The care, welfare and safety of the children in our school is a primary concern and responsibility of all staff. Through our Pastoral Care policy, we aim to provide a caring, positive, supportive and safe environment for the children. We aim to help the children to:-
The purpose of our child protection policy is to protect our pupils by ensuring that everyone that works in our school, teachers and non teaching staff, has clear guidance on the action that is required where abuse or neglect of a child is suspected. The Department of Education requires all those working in education to cooperate fully with Social Services and other agencies working to protect children. Concerns about any form of abuse will be referred. The WELB Officer designated for Child Protection will be informed of any referrals.
Volunteers working in the school will undergo vetting procedures. Visitors to the school will gain access by ringing the buzzer at the main entrance and will report to the secretary’s office.
In school, the Designated Teacher for Child Protection is Mr P Griffiths.
Mr B Guthrie is the Deputy Designated Teacher for Child Protection.
A school policy document has been created and made available to all parents and children. All staff are vigilant to the possibility of bullying occurring and we will take immediate steps to eliminate such behaviours.
Pupils have opportunity to discuss feelings, anxieties and issues such as bullying during circle time. They can use the “Worries and Jokes” box (or equivalent) in their classroom or the “PMail box”, to share any concerns with a member of staff.
Whole school involvement in “Anti-Bullying” week helps to raise children’s awareness of this serious issue.
The school recognises the growing drug problem in our society and is committed to raising this awareness with pupils, staff and parents by offering a drugs education programme as an integral part of the curriculum.
The policy will be promoted by all members of staff and will be delivered through PDMU (Personal Development & Mutual Understanding) and Religious Education programmes. Year 6 and Year 7 children complete the Hope Northwest – ‘Fit for Life’ programme which teaches children about substances which can be potentially harmful and how to make informed decisions regarding their personal well-being.
Complaints concerning the curriculum and other matters referred to in Article 33 of the Education Reform (NI) Order 1989 shall be dealt with in accordance with Article 33 and regulations subsequently made by Department of Education.
School has a Comments and Complaints policy which clearly outlines the steps to be followed in the event of a parent having concerns about the curriculum provision. A copy of this policy is available from the school office.
Charging and Remissions Policy
Education is provided at the school without compulsory charges to Parents and the vast majority of activities will be financed by the school with funds received from the Western Education and Library Board and fund raising activities. There are though, some valuable, educational activities which the school cannot provide without seeking some financial support from parents.
The Board of Governors of Eglinton Primary School has determined its Charging and Remissions Policy as follows:
It is the policy of Governors to charge for:
Participation in any such activities is to be on the basis of parental choice and a willingness to meet such charges as are made.
B. Remission Policy
Charges will be remitted as follows:
The Board of Governors reserves the right to seek voluntary contributions from parents or others in support of any school activity or for the benefit of the school. Pupils whose parents are either unwilling or unable to make such contribution will not be treated differently. However, the school reserves the right to cancel planned activities if the voluntary contributions are insufficient to meet the costs of the planned activity.
The Board of Governors reserves the right to seek to recover from parents the whole or part of the costs of breakages and losses incurred as a result of a pupil’s behaviour.
Third Party Arrangements
This policy statement refers only to charges, which may be made by Board of Governors and payable by the parents of the pupils concerned.
The Board of Governors has delegated the day-to-day management of its policy statement to the Principal of the school.
Note - The term parent(s) wherever used should be interpreted as also meaning guardian(s).
Together We Grow
A river flows down through the glen
To meet the waiting sea
The broad blue waters of the Foyle
The shade of the oak tree
God has made us everyone
So special in our way
But we have come together now
To hear what others say
Together we grow
In peace and harmony
Hold us in your loving hands
This one school family
Jesus taught his followers
With parables of truth
And from this seedling of our lives
Will help bring forth good fruit
Keep us on your path O Lord
And guide us in your ways
And put your arms around us now
All through our tender days
This one school family
School Calendar & Closures 2013-14
Thursday 29th - Autumn term commences
Thursday 31st - Half Term Break
Friday 1st - Half Term Break
Friday 20th - School closes Midday for
Thursday 2nd - Spring term commences
Monday 17th - Mid Term Break
Tuesday 18th - Mid Term Break
Monday 17th - St Patrick’s Day
Friday 11th - School Closes Midday for Easter Holidays
Monday 28th - Summer term commences
Monday 5th - May Day
Monday 26th - Bank Holiday
Monday 30th - School Closes Midday for Summer Break
* Parents will be informed of the dates of Staff Development days
Together We Grow
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