Summary School Self-Evaluation Report for the School Community
A school self-evaluation of teaching and learning in literacy in Tarmon NS was undertaken during the period October 2013 to June 2014. During the evaluation, teaching and learning in literacy was evaluated. The area for improvement identified was writing and during the school year 2014-2015, we engaged in the following activities in order to improve teaching and learning in this area:
· A yearly plan was devised for the teaching of the writing genres (types)
· Implemented year 1 of the yearly plan for writing.
· Throughout the teaching of each genre, neat and careful presentation of written work and handwriting was a key
· Enjoyment of writing was fostered and pupils were encouraged to write for a purpose.
· A display board in classrooms for the specific genre of the moment to highlight continuity and progression was introduced.
We will continue to implement the school improvement plan in this area and in the area of problem solving in Numeracy (problem solving) during the school year 2015-2016. We will also look at a third area for development in the 2015-2016 school year.
Parents Association: -
A parents association meeting was held on the 23rd of Sept. Lorna McGourty was elected Chairperson of the association. Thanks to Tommy Finan, who acted as Chairperson for years, Ann O’Rourke and John Bligh for their commitment to our School.
The other members of the association are Susan Gannon (Sec), Hannah Muldoon, Sean Costello, Jacinta Freeman, Eddie Keane and Samina Burke.
We encourage parents/guardians to be involved in their child’s/children’s education, supporting them with school homework and school activities. A parent/guardian is welcome to talk to a teacher anytime providing that a suitable appointment time has been arranged. We have parent/guardian teacher meetings each year usually before the Halloween break.
It is school policy to ban Birthday Invitations and Christmas Cards in the school. We would prefer if those were not given out in the vicinity of the school. We also ask parents not to give tokens of appreciation (presents) to staff, especially in light of the present financial climate. Donations can be made to charities if so desired.
SPECIAL EDUCATION AND LEARNING SUPPORT
The Learning Support Service provides assistance to children experiencing difficulties in literacy or (and) numeracy. Sometimes children may be referred to the National Education Psychological Services for a psychological-educational assessment to assess their learning strengths and needs and to have extra resources provided for them by the Department of Education. The school works closely with parents/guardians to ensure that their child’s/children’s curricular needs are being met.
BOOK RENTAL SCHEME
A Book Rental Scheme operates in the school. We rent text books out to the children. We ask them to buy the workbooks. This reduces the cost of the books for each child.
We operate a savings scheme for the children in the school. This is optional. The purpose of the scheme is to encourage a savings ethic. Children bring in a small amount of money each Friday. It is recorded and lodged with An Post. A balance of the account is given at the end of each school year. As the interest we receive on the account is minimal we use it to buy small items for the children’s use, (e.g. a CD).
In 2009 we were able to purchase 2 table tennis tables with the interest that had accrued over the past 10 years.
Current School Year