The strong community spirit among the parents of children from Taney Parish Primary School extends to engaging in several outreach activities with charitable bodies throughout the school year.
In recent times, we have donated to causes such as the Team Hope Christmas Appeal, Crosscare (Dundrum Food Bank), Syrian refugee crisis (via the Church of Ireland Fund), and cancer research. We also nominate a charity each year, which receives the collection from the Christmas Carol Services.
If there are any initiatives you feel should be supported by the school, please contact the PTA.
The school places a high value on communicating with parents and has a number of strategies in place to ensure that the best possible contact is maintained with parents throughout the lifetime of their children here at Taney Parish Primary School.
Prior to the enrolment of Junior Infant pupils in school, a meeting of their parents is held, the purpose of which is to:
- Introduce parents to the teachers;
- Outline the school routines;
- Provide practical information and tips for starting school;
- Distribute materials;
- Indicate how best parents can help their child in these earliest and crucial years of life; and
- Answer any questions parents may have.
- A formal written report is furnished by the school on each pupil at the end of the school year.
- A formal consultation is offered each year, in November, to review your child’s progress, attainment, application and any other matter relevant to your child’s progress at school. Teachers are always available by appointment to meet with parents.
- Parents will meet teachers informally during the course of the year to pass on information on routine arrangements. Teachers sometimes request parents to meet with them when it is judged that such meetings are in a pupil’s best interest.
- Parents are requested not to phone teachers at home.
In line with our Green School status, we have a system of sending notes home using a brown envelope, which we would ask you to reuse by way of reply to us. This is easier for the teacher to identify and pass on and helps with our recycling efforts. Also, where there is more than one child in the school, we give the note to the eldest child only.
The curriculum for Ireland’s primary (and post-primary) schools is determined by the Minister for Education and Skills who is advised by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). The curriculum sets out, not only what is to be taught, but how learning in the particular subject area is to be assessed.
As with all other state-funded schools, the primary curriculum at Taney Parish Primary School aims to provide a broad learning experience and encourages a rich variety of approaches to teaching and learning that cater for the different needs of individual children.
The revised primary curriculum, launched in 1999, is designed to nurture the child in all dimensions of his / her life — spiritual, moral, cognitive, emotional, imaginative, aesthetic, social and physical.
The curriculum is divided into the following key areas incorporating 11 subjects:
- Languages – Irish and English;
- Social, Environment and Scientific Education (History, Geography & Science);
- Arts Education, including Visual Arts, Music and Drama;
- Physical Education; and
- Social, Personal and Health Education.
Note: Religious or ethical education is the responsibility of the different school patron bodies.
Full details can be found at the Department of Education and Skills.
Anyone who volunteers to undertake activities with children from Taney Parish Primary School must be Garda vetted in the first instance. This includes those people who are PTA and Sports Committee members, coaching the children in sports, accompanying them on school trips or helping in other ways. You can get the relevant Vetting Invitation Form (NVB 1) and guidelines from the office.
As of 29th April 2016, the Vetting Act has placed statutory vetting obligations on school authorities through the National Vetting Bureau, which has replaced the Garda Central Vetting Unit and is now responsible for issuing vetting disclosures. Anyone with Garda vetting before this date should reapply for clearance.
In common with other primary schools, homework is an integral part of the life and culture of Taney Parish Primary School. It begins after Hallowe’en in Junior Infants with a very modest amount. In line with children’s growth and development, homework will gradually come to encompass reading, learning and written assignments.
At all times, homework is designed to be manageable by pupils, and in senior classes will take between half an hour and one hour on average. No homework is given at weekends.
Learning support information is contained in ‘Learning support and resource teaching programmes in our school: how we identify and what we offer to children experiencing learning difficulties’.
Further information is also contained in the Learning Support Policy.
Opening and Closing Times
Taney Parish Primary School opens to receive pupils at 8.30 a.m. (children will not be supervised before this time). In the Summer term, pupils are encouraged to play outside in the playground but should leave their belongings in the classroom first. Classes begin when the bell goes at 8.50 a.m. and we would ask you to ensure your child’s punctuality on a daily basis.
School finishes for Junior and Senior Infants at 1.15 p.m. and for all other pupils at 2.15 p.m. The four junior classes shall only be released to parents / guardians or designated individuals whilst the older classes are free to leave on their own. Children should be collected promptly at the relevant close of school time, especially given the possibility of child abduction which has been attempted in the area in recent times.
The school assumes responsibility for your children strictly and only between the opening and closing times or until the end of an extra-curricular class in which they are validly enrolled.
Please note that children who are not involved in after school activities may not, under any circumstances, wait on the school premises for friends or family members. Also, if you are car-pooling with other parents to off-site sports, please ensure that the children know the arrangements in the event of cancellation due to bad weather.