Parents Association - Their meaning within the school:
The Parent Association works with the principal, staff and the board of management to build effective partnership of home and school.
Educational research on the involvement of parents in schools shows that children achieve higher levels when parents and teachers work together.
The Parent Association can advise the principal and the Board of Management on policy issues and incidents that may require a review of school policy, e.g. Bullying, Safety, Homework, Enrolment, Behaviour problems etc.
Parent Association can suggest and/or organise extra-curricular activities.
The Parent Association is a support for parents in the school.
The Parent Association can invite speakers to address the parents on issues which are topical or relevant.
The Parent Association is not a forum for complaint against either an individual teacher or parent. (The Complaints Procedure is the mechanism for this.)
The Parent Association can organise fundraisers to raise much needed funds for the school. To help towards the cost of extra activities for the students and facilities within the school.
The following are the current Parents' Association Committee members:
Chairperson - Sean O'Dowd
Secretary - Siobhan Moriarty
Treasurer - Mary T. Murphy
Castledrum N.S. Parents' Association meet regularly throughout the year and all parents are encouraged to attend meetings and get involved.
For more information and support click here to view the National Parents Council Website
Based on enrolment projections Castledrum N.S. will maintain its 3 teacher status under the new allocation of teaching posts. Our school, is a happy, caring and secure environment in which each pupil endeavours to reach his/her full potential both socially and academically.
Boys: Navy pants, blue shirt/T-shirt, navy jumper, navy tracksuit.
Girls: Navy pinafore, blue shirt/T-shirt, navy cardigan, navy tracksuit.
School Opens: 9.00am; Classes commence: 9.20am
Closing Time: 2.00pm (Infants) / 3.00pm (1st - 6th class)
School Holidays (September 2016 – June 2017):
Halloween Mid-term break: Monday 31st of October to Friday 4th of November 2016 inclusive.
Christmas holidays: Thursday December 22nd 2016, re-opening Monday January 9th 2017.
CPD/New Language Curriculum: The school will be closed on Tuesday January 31st to accomodate training for same.
Mid-Term Break: February 23rd & 24th, 2017.
Easter Holidays: Closing Friday 7th April (half day), re-Opening Monday the 24th of April 2017.
Confirmation Day: Thursday the 27th of April at 11.00AM
May Bank Holiday: Monday 1st of May 2017.
Communion Day: Saturday the 20th of May 2017.
June Bank Holiday: Monday 5th of June 2017.
Summer Holidays: Friday 23rd of June 2017.
Information for Parents of Incoming Junior Infants:
Click here For some useful information as to how you can help your child get ready for school.
Swimming classes are organised for all pupils from 2nd to 6th class. Classes take place at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre Swimming pool during school hours for six weeks in Autumn.
Cumann na mBunscol:
The senior children participate in Cumann na mBunscol Mini Sevens and 11-a-side competitions for both boys and girls.
Health Services Executive:
The school accommodates the various Health Screening Schemes available to all national schools from the HSE.
First Holy Communion and Confirmation:
Children in Second Class are prepared for First Confession and First Holy Communion annually. Confirmation takes place every two years.
It is important that parents are involved in their children’s education. Formal Parent-Teacher meetings are usually held in November
but any parent may call, phone or e-mail to make an appointment to discuss any issue relating to their child.
Information for Parents on Standardised Testing:
Click here For a guide Explaining Standardised Testing.
Information for Parents on Your Child's School Report:
Click here For Information on School Reports.