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Brief History of Scoil na bhForbacha

According to local historians a Payment or Fee Paying School was in operation in Na Forbacha prior to the setting up of the National School. Conchúr Mac Donnchadha was the person named in relation to this school and it seems that he had a room rented in a premise in Cnocán an Bhodaigh for this purpose.

The Blácaigh Family were credited with giving the site for the Seanscoil na bhForbacha building which is now used as the Community Center. Aindriú Óg De Blácaigh,Landlord contributed thirty seven pounds,eight pence towards the cost which amounted to a third of the cost of setting up the school. The National Educational Commissioners contributed two thirds of the building cost, in addition to other setting up costs. It is understood that around 100 pupils attended school at this time.

Scoil Mhuire na bhForbacha opened its doors for the first time on the 1st March 1842.

The accommodation amounted to one room 45 feet long by 20 feet wide. Furniture amounted to 10 forms, ten feet in length as seating.

Aindriú De Blácaigh was the first manager of the school. In 1910 the room was subdivided into two rooms. By 1913 Coirnéal Seán Blácaigh was the last of the Blácaigh family to manage the school.

In 1911 the Parish Priest of Rahoon,An tAthair PJ Lally was to become the manager of the school as this was part of Rahoon Parish at that time.

An additional room was added in 1920.

English was the language of the school until 1911 and Gaeilge has been the language ever since then.

In 1950 the work was completed on the school in its current location. It was a two teacher school.

In 1986 two classrooms were added, in addition to a multi-purpose room,kitchen and staff room.

School Times:

08.50 – 13.30 Naíonáin
08.50 – 14.30 Rang 1 to Rang 6

We would like to remind parents that the school cannot be responsible for your child outside of these times. Please remember to bring your child to school on time and collect on time too.

The school must have full address and contact phone numbers for every child, and parents should be sure to inform the school if any of these relevant details change. Every parent must nominate a contact person in case of an emergency.

If your child has a medical problem, please inform the class teacher at the beginning of the school year.

School Uniform:

New school jumpers are now available with the school crest. A price list is available from the school. The uniform consists of: navy jumper/cardigan, blue shirt/t-shirt, navy trousers/track pants/ navy skirt/check pinafore
Inform the Teacher: at the beginning of the school year of any problems that your child may have.
Respect:
• Pupils show respect to their teachers and the rest of the school staff.
• Pupils should show respect to their classmates and the other children in the school.
• Pupils should respect their books and the school furniture.

Homework:
Parents/guardians should be sure to check their children’s homework and sign the homework journal each night. They should also pay close attention to the learning homework, such as tables and spellings.A time should be agreed with the child as to when  the work will end.The classteacher will be willing to offer guidance regarding how long the homework should take depending on the particular age group.

The aim of homework is to consolidate the work done in the classroom, to instil a sense of self- discipline in the child, to involve parents in their

child`s education and to develop good study habits. Parents should ensure that homework is done to a standard in keeping with the work done in class.

How can parents help?

· Encourage a positive attitude toward homework from the start.

· Allow the child to undertake his/her homework independently and this will help to build confidence and self-discipline.

· Agree a suitable time with your child for doing homework, taking into account the need to play and relax, and have family time.

· Provide a quiet place, a suitable work table, free from distractions such as tv.

· Memorisation such as spellings and tables should be given particular attention.

· One to one parent and child attention is very beneficial to the child, but it is important not to over help by doing the work.

· Please put the child’s name on all items of clothing.

· Please check your child’s hair to prevent the spread of head lice.

Please be on time to collect your child from school and if for some reason you cannot be on time please ring the school to let us know.

Children are not allowed to leave the school premises without permission.

Children who show signs of illness should not be sent to school.

Children who are absent for a day or part of a day should bring a written explanation from their parents/guardian on their return.

The school must report to the Department of Education and Science any children with more than 20 absences from school.

Pupils with Disabilities

Our aim is to do our utmost to ensure that pupils who suffer from any disability – physical, mental or a learning disability – are admitted to Scoil na bhForbacha.
Even though the building is not very suitable for pupils with physical disabilities we would liaise with the Education Authority to ensure that the necessary adaptations were made in order that the classrooms were accessible to children with physical disabilities.

We firmly believe in equal access to the curriculum as well as equal opportunity to children with physical, mental or learning disabilities. In order to achieve this we liaise with the parents and the Support Bodies to decide on the best programme of study for each individual child. The success of the programme provided is monitored annually and modified as necessary.

Lunch:

We encourage every child to eat a healthy lunch.Lunch suggestions are contained in the HealthyEating Leaflet circulated at the beginning of the school year.
Children should bring healthy lunches to school. Chewing gum, sweets, biscuits, peanuts and fizzy drinks are not allowed.

Left over food should be put back in the lunch box and brought home. No food should be left in the classroom bin.
Note to the teacher:

• If you have been absent
• If your homework is not done
• If you do not have the correct uniform on

Playground:

In the playground the children have designated areas in which to play.

Bullying will not be tolerated. Any acts of bullying should be reported to the a teacher. Children will be encouraged to support each other by revealing any instances of aggression or intimidation.

School staff will respond seriously and immediately to all occurrences of bullying so that the children can feel safe and secure knowing that they can trust those in charge to help.

Positive relationships are encouraged and pupils themselves are enabled as far as possible to resolve minor difficulties.

Rough play or fighting, or any activity that may cause injury is not allowed.

Children should show respect for school property by not littering and not defacing or damaging buildings or furniture.

If a child breaks something he/she should report it immediately.

At times there will be a need to meet with the classteacher to discuss an issue.

Parents/Guardians are requested to make an appointment for a time suitable to both parties.

Teachers and parents are requested to make an appointment for a time that does not diminish the pupil’s tuition time.Issues regarding the pupils must be discussed with the classteacher responsible for his/her class.Matters arising will be investigated by the teacher and appropriate action taken.

Only in cases where this process is not successful can matters be brought to the attention of the principal.The school policy regarding conflict resolution is based on the agreed procedure by C.P.S.M.A. and I.N.TO.

Applications for Enrolment:
Parents wishing their child to attend Scoil na bhForbacha are required to fill in the Application Form and send it to the school. Application Forms are available from the school office.
Criteria for Selection:
Places will be allocated by the Board of Management in accordance with the following criteria.
Only children who are 4 years of age on the 31st August prior to starting school will be considered.
Places will be allocated in the following order subject to keeping classes within Class Size regulations of the DES and health and safety considerations.
1) Places will be offered in the first instance to siblings of children currently attending Scoil na bhForbacha, children living in Bearna /Forbacha Parish and the children of staff members. If any places remain they will be allocated to other applicants.
The school authorities will enter into correspondence only with the parents/guardians of applicants.
Parents/Guardians must fill in the Application Form giving the reason for changing schools in writing. Attendance, behaviour and educational progress records as well as any record of special educational need will be sought from the former school. Only in exceptional circumstances will children be enrolled at a time other than September 1st. Places will be allocated in accordance with the criteria stated above.