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Admission Policy 2020

Original documents for download:
Admission Policy St. John’s N.S. 2020.

 

Admission Policy of St John’s National School.

Roll number: 20197K
School Patron: Bishop Ray Browne

 

1.     Introduction

This Admission Policy complies with the requirements of the Education Act 1998, the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 and the Equal Status Act 2000. In drafting this policy, the board of management of the school has consulted with school staff, the school patron and with parents of children attending the school.

The policy was approved by the school patron on [date].  It is published on the school’s website and will be made available in hardcopy, on request, to any person who requests it.

The relevant dates and timelines for St. John’s N.S. admission process are set out in the school’s annual admission notice which is published annually on the school’s website at least one week before the commencement of the admission process for the school year concerned.

This policy must be read in conjunction with the annual admission notice for the school year concerned.

The application form for admission is published on the school’s website and will be made available in hardcopy on request to any person who requests it.

2.     Characteristic spirit and general objectives of the school

St John’s N.S is a Catholic co-educational primary school with a Catholic ethos under the patronage of the Bishop Ray Browne.

“Catholic Ethos” in the context of a Catholic primary school means the ethos and characteristic spirit of the Roman Catholic Church, which aims at promoting:

  • the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person of the pupil, a living relationship with God and with other people; and
  • including the intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual aspects; and
  • a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus; and
  • the formation of the pupils in the Catholic faith;

and which school provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church, and/or such ethos and/or characteristic spirit as may be determined or interpreted from time to time by the Irish Episcopal Conference.

In accordance with S.15 (2) (b) of the Education Act, 1998 the Board of Management of St John’s National School shall uphold, and be accountable to the patron for so upholding, the characteristic spirit of the school as determined by the cultural, educational, moral, religious, social, linguistic and spiritual values and traditions which inform and are characteristic of the objectives and conduct of the school.

St John’s N.S. Mission Statement

In St. John’s National School we wish to create a nurturing co-educational environment based on Catholic values. We welcome students from all nationalities. All our students are encouraged to develop to their full potential and gifts: academic, social, creative, spiritual, moral and cultural.

It is an all inclusive school where everyone belongs, where diversity is celebrated while developing the individual’s self respect and respect for others. It is a school where successes are acknowledged and where mistakes are seen not as failures but as learning opportunities.

The school values the contribution of all, the students, the teachers, the parents and the wider community. Our students are encouraged to value their role in their local, national, European and global community.

3.     Admission Statement

St John’s N.S. will not discriminate in its admission of a student to the school on any of the following:

  • the gender ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the civil status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the family status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the sexual orientation ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the religion ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the disability ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the ground of race of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the Traveller community ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned, or
  • the ground that the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned has special educational needs

As per section 61 (3) of the Education Act 1998, ‘civil status ground’, ‘disability ground’, ‘discriminate’, ‘family status ground’, ‘gender ground’, ‘ground of race’, ‘religion ground’, ‘sexual orientation ground’ and ‘Traveller community ground’ shall be construed in accordance with section 3 of the Equal Status Act 2000.

 

All denominational schools

St John’s N.S. is a school whose objective is to provide education in an environment which promotes certain religious values and does not discriminate where it refuses to admit as a student a person who is not Catholic and it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos of the school.

 

Schools with special education class(es)

St John’s is a school which has established a class, with the approval of the Minister for Education and Skills, which provides an education exclusively for students with a category or categories of special educational needs specified by the Minister and may refuse to admit to the class a student who does not have the category of needs specified.

 

4.     Categories of Special Educational Needs catered for in the school/special class

 

Mainstream school with a SEN class attached

 

St John’s N.S.  with the approval of the Minister for Education and Skills, has established a class to provide an education exclusively for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

 

 

5.     Admission of Students

This school shall admit each student seeking admission except where –

a. the school is oversubscribed (please see section 6 below for further details)

b. a parent of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section 23(4) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student

 

All denominational schools

St John’s N.S is a Catholic school and may refuse to admit as a student a person who is not Catholic where it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos of the school.

 

School with special education class

The special class attached to St John’s N.S. provides an education exclusively for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and the school may refuse admission to this class, where the student concerned does not have the specified category of special educational needs provided for in this class.

 

In the event that the school is oversubscribed, the school will, when deciding on applications for admission, apply the following selection criteria in the order listed below to those applications that are received within the timeline for receipt of applications as set out in the school’s annual admission notice:

 

1.     Applicants with siblings currently enrolled in the school (including stepsiblings, resident at the same address), priority eldest;

2.     Children residing in the parish, priority eldest;

3.     Children of staff members, priority eldest ;

4.     Random selection (independently verified). 

In the event that there are two or more students tied for a place or places in any of the selection criteria categories above (the number of applicants exceeds the number of remaining places), the following arrangements will apply:

–      Priority to eldest with the above criteria

 

6.     What will not be considered or taken into account

In accordance with section 62(7)(e) of the Education Act, the school will not consider or take into account any of the following in deciding on applications for admission or when placing a student on a waiting list for admission to the school:

 

(a)    a student’s prior attendance at a pre-school or pre-school service, including naíonraí,

 

(b) the payment of fees or contributions (howsoever described) to the school;

 

(c)  a student’s academic ability, skills or aptitude;

 

(d) the occupation, financial status, academic ability, skills or aptitude of a student’s parents;

 

(e)  a requirement that a student, or his or her parents, attend an interview, open day or other meeting as a condition of admission;

 

(f)   a student’s connection to the school by virtue of a member of his or her family attending or having previously attended the school;

(other than, in the case of the school wishing to include a selection criteria based on (1) siblings of a student attending or having attended the school and/or (2) parents or grandparents of a student having attended the school.

 

In relation to (2) parents and grandparents having attended a school may only apply this criterion to a maximum of 25% of the available spaces as set out in the school’s annual admission notice.

 

(g)  the date and time on which an application for admission was received by the school,

 

This is subject to the application being received at any time during the period specified for receiving applications set out in the annual admission notice of the school for the school year concerned.

 

 

7.     Decisions on applications

All decisions on applications for admission to St John’s N.S. will be based on the following:

  • Our school’s admission policy
  • The school’s annual admission notice (where applicable)
  • The information provided by the applicant in the school’s official application form received during the period specified in our annual admission notice for receiving applications

(Please see section 14 below in relation to applications received outside of the admissions period and section 15  below in relation to applications for places in years other than the intake group.)

Selection criteria that are not included in our school admission policy will not be used to make a decision on an application for a place in our school.

8.     Notifying applicants of decisions

Applicants will be informed in writing as to the decision of the school, within the timeline outlined in the annual admissions notice.

If a student is not offered a place in our school, the reasons why they were not offered a place will be communicated in writing to the applicant, including, where applicable, details of the student’s ranking against the selection criteria and details of the student’s place on the waiting list for the school year concerned.

Applicants will be informed of the right to seek a review/right of appeal of the school’s decision (see section 18 below for further details).

9.      Acceptance of an offer of a place by an applicant

In accepting an offer of admission from St John’s N.S. you must indicate—

(i) whether or not you have accepted an offer of admission for another school or schools. If you have accepted such an offer, you must also provide details of the offer or offers concerned and

(ii) whether or not you have applied for and awaiting confirmation of an offer of admission from another school or schools, and if so, you must provide details of the other school or schools concerned.

10.            Circumstances in which offers may not be made or may be withdrawn

An offer of admission may not be made or may be withdrawn by St John’s N.S. where—

  • it is established that information contained in the application is false or misleading.
  • an applicant fails to confirm acceptance of an offer of admission on or before the date set out in the annual admission notice of the school.
  • the parent of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section 23(4) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student; or
  • an applicant has failed to comply with the requirements of ‘acceptance of an offer’ as set out in section 10

11.            Sharing of Data with other schools

Applicants should be aware that section 66(6) of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 allows for the sharing of certain information between schools in order to facilitate the efficient admission of students.

Section 66(6) allows a school to provide a patron of another Board of Management with a list of the students in relation to whom –

  • An application for admission to the school has been received
  • An offer of admission to the school has been made, or
  • An offer of admission to the school has been accepted.

The list may include any of all of the following:

  • The date on which an application for admission was received by the school;
  • The date on which an offer of admission was made by the school;
  • The date on which an offer of admission was accepted by an applicant;
  • A student’s personal details including his or her name, address, date of birth and personal public service number (within the meaning of section 262 of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005).

12.            Waiting list in the event of oversubscription

In the event of there being more applications to the school year concerned than places available, a waiting list of students whose applications for admission to St John’s N.S were unsuccessful due to the school being oversubscribed will be compiled and will remain valid for the school year in which admission is being sought.

Applicants whose applications are received after the closing date, outlined in the Annual Admission Notice, will be placed at the end of the waiting list in order of the date of receipt of the application.

Placement on the waiting list of St John’s N.S is in the order of priority assigned to the students’ applications after the school has applied the selection criteria in accordance with this admission policy.

Offers of any subsequent places that become available for and during the school year in relation to which admission is being sought will be made to those students on the waiting list, in accordance with the order of priority in relation to which the students have been placed on the list.

13.            Late Applications

All applications for admission received after the closing date as outlined in the annual admission notice will be considered and decided upon in accordance with our school’s admissions policy, the Education Admissions to School Act 2018 and any regulations made under that Act.

Late applicants will be notified of the decision in respect of their application no later than three weeks after the date on which the school received the application. Late applicants will be offered a place if there is a place available. In the event that there is no place available, the name of the applicant will e added to the waiting list as set out in Section 13.

14.            Procedures for admission of students to other years and during the school year

The procedures of the school in relation to the admission of students who are not already admitted to the school to classes or years other than the school’s intake group are as follows:

The procedures of the school in relation to the admission of students who are not already admitted to the school to classes or years other than the school’s intake group are as follows:

Applications for enrolment during the school year will be considered subject to school policy, available space and the provision of information concerning attendance and the child’s educational progress.

Such applications will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis but will normally only be considered for admission on the first day of each new term unless the applicant is newly resident in the area.

 

The procedures of the school in relation to the admission of students who are not already admitted to the school, after the commencement of the school year in which admission is sought, are as follows:

The procedures of the school in relation to the admission of students who are not already admitted to the school, after the commencement of the school year in which admission is sought, are as follows:

In the event of there being more applications to the school year concerned than places available, a waiting list of students whose applications for admission to St. John’s National School were unsuccessful due to the school being oversubscribed will be compiled and will remain valid for the school year in which admission is being sought.

Placement on the waiting list of St John’s National School is in the order of priority assigned to the students’ applications after the school has applied the selection criteria in accordance with this admission policy. 

 

15.            Declaration in relation to the non-charging of fees

This rule applies to all schools.

The Board of St John’s N.S. or any persons acting on its behalf will not charge fees for or seek payment or contributions (howsoever described) as a condition of-

  • an application for admission of a student to the school, or
  • the admission or continued enrolment of a student in the school.

16.             Arrangements regarding students not attending religious instruction

Our school is of a Catholic ethos and, in keeping with that ethos, children of all or no other faith are welcome to apply to this school.

We respect the decision of parents to withdraw their child/children from taking part in the religious education curriculum, religious ceremonies, school Masses, etc.

The following are the school’s arrangements for students, where the parent(s)/guardian(s) have requested that the student attend the school without attending religious instruction (etc.) in the school. These arrangements will not result in a reduction in the school day of such students:

A written request should be made to the Principal of the school. A meeting will then be arranged with the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student, to discuss how the request may be accommodated by the school.

17.  Reviews/appeals

Review of decisions by the Board of Management

The parent of the student, or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, the student, may request the board to review a decision to refuse admission. Such requests must be made in accordance with Section 29C of the Education Act 1998.

The timeline within which such a review must be requested and the other requirements applicable to such reviews are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.

The board will conduct such reviews in accordance with the requirements of the procedures determined under Section 29B and with section 29C of the Education Act 1998.

Note:  Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being oversubscribed, the applicant must request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.

 

 

Right of appeal

Under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998, the parent of the student, or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, the student, may appeal a decision of this school to refuse admission.

An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1)(c)(i) of the Education Act 1998 where the refusal to admit was due to the school being oversubscribed.

An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1)(c)(ii) of the Education Act 1998 where the refusal to admit was due a reason other than the school being oversubscribed.

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being oversubscribed, the applicant must request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see Review of decisions by the Board of Management).

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the Board of Management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see Review of decisions by the Board of Management)

Appeals under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 will be considered and determined by an independent appeals committee appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills.

The timeline within which such an appeal must be made and the other requirements applicable to such appeals are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.

The Policy was ratified by the Board of Management of St. John’s National School on:

__________________

 

Signed:   _________________________________________

Chairperson, Board of Management.


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18/08/2020 Uniforms Order Collections

UNIFORM DISTRIBUTION  –

POBALSCOIL IN BHEAR SCÉINE

ST JOHNS NS

26+ 27TH AUGUST 12 – 5 PM IN THE SPORTS HALL

Dear Parents,

We will be in Kenmare, as usual, for distribution of uniform orders on 26th + 27th August – 12 noon – 5 pm each day

Due to Covid19, and associated restrictions, we will need to implement specific guidelines in the interest of safety and well being of all.

Please have your Order Number in advance of coming to the Hall.

You can get this from the Master Sheet posted here on the relevant school website.

We will post these at the school entrance, on the day, but the less time you spend on collection the better for all.

We will have all orders, along with order sheets, bagged and ready for prompt pick up.

We would ask that only one person per family attend for pick up and further request that no children attend.

We regret but we cannot allow fitting/try on of garments and cannot offer any exchange

Please have the precise monies, in cheque payable to John O’Brien / Money order or Cash, to cover your order – we need minimise the exchange of notes and change as much as possible – we do not have the facility to take credit/debit cards.

We will use a one way system in the hall which will be clearly marked and we will control numbers at entry e.g., through the school entrance as usual and out the rear side door of the hall or vice versa dependent on weather.

Please help us to help you and follow these guidelines for an easy / safe and speedy collection

Any queries – please contact John on 087 984 3321


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17/08/2020 Letter from Principal

                                                                                                                                                   17th August 2020

Dear Parent / Guardian,

RE: Re-opening of St John’s N.S

I hope you and your families are keeping well.

As you are aware, our school has now been closed since March 12th due to the COVID-19 situation. We are now hoping to re-open our school safely for all pupils on September 1st in line with current guidance and recommendations. Please be aware that these guidelines may change.

Re-opening the school safely will require the co-operation of all members of our School Community – BoM, School Leadership, Staff, Parents and Pupils. We will all be called on to play our part in ensuring that re-opening of the school is done in a safe manner which prevents the spread of the virus and allows the vital work of Teaching and Learning to proceed with as little disruption as possible.

We have been working on our plan for the safe reopening of the school for some weeks now and have published the DES COVID-19 Response Plan for the safe and sustainable reopening of Primary and Special Schools on our school website.  The Response Plan gives details of

  • Physical preparation, signage, hand sanitiser stations,
  • Advice, procedures and training for the safe return to working in the school for all school staff and pupils
  • General and specific advice on how all pupils, staff, parents and visitors will prevent the spread of the virus

We have also published our COVID-19 Policy Statement on the school website. We will keep you informed as to the progress of our re-opening plans and provide you with the information required by you to play your part in safely re-opening the school.

I would also like to take this opportunity to inform you all of my intention to retire as Principal of St John’s N.S. on November 1st 2020.

 

I want to reassure you of my absolute commitment to facilitate a seamless transition to my successor who will be appointed in advance of my retirement. I am determined to afford him/her all the necessary time and support which will enable the new leadership to continue to build the capacity of our school and maintain the critically positive bond that exists between the management, pupils, parents and staff.

 

For the next few weeks our sole attention will be focused on getting all the children back to a safe school environment where optimum teaching and learning can resume, secure in the knowledge that no matter who is at the helm, St John’s National School’s distinctive reputation as a highly regarded learning environment will not be compromised.

On a practical basis, you can be preparing for return to school by using our online system to pay for books, Arts /Crafts/Insurance.

(See newsletter of June 24th on Aladdin Connect for more details).

School uniforms can be collected on distribution days August 26th/ 27th.

(See separate note from uniform supplier in separate note to follow)

Your child’s class teacher may also be in contact with you on Aladdin Connect with regard to information about their specific class.

 

We remain hopeful that government advice on re opening of schools will not change as we are really looking forward to welcoming our children back to school and doing all that we can to ensure that the return to school is a safe and enjoyable experience for all. We will be in touch with you again before school re-opens.

 

Le meas,

 

Denis Courtney,

Principal

 

 

The following websites provide further information on COVID-19 and on government advice and recommendations regarding the re-opening of schools: –

 


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APPENDIX 1 COVID-19 Policy Statement

St. John’s N.S., Kenmare
Bunscoil Eoin Naofa, An Neidín
Tel: 0646642598 / 0646642300
e-mail[email protected]
web:  www.stjohnskenmare.ie

APPENDIX 1                          COVID-19 Policy Statement

St. John’s N.S. is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our staff and a safe learning environment for all our pupils. To ensure that, we have developed the following COVID-19 Response Plan. The BOM and all school staff are responsible for the implementation of this plan and a combined effort will help contain the spread of the virus. We will:

  • continue to monitor our COVID-19 response and amend this plan in consultation with our staff
  • provide up to date information to our staff and pupils on the Public Health advice issued by the HSE and Gov.ie
  • display information on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and correct hand-washing techniques
  • agree with staff, a worker representative who is easily identifiable to carry out the role outlined in this plan
  • inform all staff and pupils of essential hygiene and respiratory etiquette and physical distancing requirements
  • adapt the school to facilitate physical distancing as appropriate in line with the guidance and direction of the Department of Education
  • keep a contact log to help with contact tracing
  • ensure staff engage with the induction / familiarisation briefing provided by the Department of Education
  • implement the agreed procedures to be followed in the event of someone showing symptoms of COVID-19 while at school
  • provide instructions for staff and pupils to follow if they develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19 during school time
  • implement cleaning in line with Department of Education advice

All school staff will be consulted on an ongoing basis and feedback is encouraged on any concerns, issues or suggestions.

This can be done through the Lead Worker Representative(s), who will be supported in line with the agreement between the Department and education partners.

 

 


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22/06/2020 Week 5 Engineering Challenge Results

K-PEP: Kenmare Primary Engineering Project

Week 5 Engineering Challege (Gravity Go Carts) Results

 


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16/06/2020 Week 5 Engineering Challenge (and Week 4 Results)

Week 4 overview:

Week 5 – the competition:


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08/06/2020 Week 4 Engineering Challenge – Gravity Go-Carts

K-PEP Challenge 4: Gravity Go-Carts

 


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