School Info

School Day

Junior & Senior Infants: 9.20am – 2pm

First – Sixth Class: 9.20am – 3pm


The Board of Management will not accept responsibility for pupils before 9.20am or after 3pm.


A school calendar of days off and holidays is issued to parents as early as possible in the school year and is posted on the calendar page on the school website. Every effort is made to have this calendar as accurate as possible. From time to time there are closures which cannot be foreseen.


School Uniform

School Uniform

School uniform gives your child a sense of identity. We encourage our pupils to take pride in their uniform through regular school assemblies.

Girls Boys
Navy pinafore/skirt/trousers Navy trousers
Navy crested cardigan/jumper Navy crested jumper
Blue shirt Blue shirt
Navy tie with double blue stripe Navy tie with double blue stripe
Navy socks/tights Dark runners/shoes
Dark runners/dark flat shoes


P.E. Uniform – school tracksuit, blue polo shirt and runners (preferably with Velcro fastening for infants). School Tracksuit is worn on Thursdays and Fridays. Otherwise full uniform should be worn.

  • No jewellery is permitted except for one pair of stud earrings (girls only)
  • Long hair to be ties back (girls only) Hair to be natural colour. Boys should have neat short hair of one length. No unusual styles or colours.
  • Children must have their names on their uniforms, coats, tracksuits and all other personal belongings
  • Stockists: Marie and Maries Fashions, JKL St., Edenderry & Dermot Hall Menswear, JKL St., Edenderry


Stepping Over to Second Level


For the first time in 2008, the pupils of Sixth Class took part in the Stepping Over to Second Level Programme. This programme aims to equip pupils with the necessary skills to make the transition from Primary to Post-Primary School.



Division of Classes


If a school has exactly eight class teachers, most classes will be single units. However, since our school has only seven class teachers, some pupils will be taught in a multi-grade setting.


Taking into account the need for play, relaxation and family time, the following guidelines will apply in relation to the amount of homework given and the time to be allocated.



No formal homework will be given at this stage. However, worksheets will be brought home to be completed from time to time. These worksheets seek to include parents in the topic being covered in school. As part of a pre-reading programme pupils will bring home a variety of books for you to read to them. In Junior Infants the children may have words to identify as appropriate to their abilities. If in doubt please talk to the class teacher.


Junior & Senior Infants             10-15 mins

1st & 2ndClass                                  30 mins

3rd & 4th Class                           40 mins

5th & 6th Class                           1 hour


School Attendance


The Education Welfare Act 2000 places a statutory requirement on the school to inform the National Education Welfare Board (NEWB) when a student is absent for an aggregated 20 or more days in the school year. Under the Act, parents are required to notify the school in writing of all absences and to give the reason for their child’s absences. Children are rewarded with certificates for full attendance each term and with plaques for full attendance all year.


Preparation for School


Little steps which will enable your child to adjust to school life:

  • Take time to  listen to your child so that your child will be able to listen to others
  • Playing with other children and mixing with children of a similar age helps your child to develop social skills
  • Learning to share, so-operate and wait in turn are ways of helping your child to integrate better into the school environment
  • Provide your child with opportunities for cutting, tearing pictures and sticking them onto card. This will help develop your child’s hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor skills.
  • One of the greatest gifts you can give your child is to read to him/her every night.


Child Protection and Safety

Scoil Mhuire Naofa, Rhode complies fully with the Department of Education and Skills Guidelines and procedures on Child Protection and safety.


Administration of Medicine

Non-prescription medicines will not be stored or administered to pupils in school. A teacher or member of school staff cannot be required to administer medicine or drugs to pupils and will only do so with the specific authorisation of the Board of Management.


If a parent wishes to speak to the class teacher or the Principal at any stage throughout the year, a meeting can be arranged at a suitable time by telephoning the office and making an appointment