An Internet Safety Webinar has been organised for parents of Knocknacarra NS

An Internet Safety Webinar has been organised for parents of Knocknacarra NS

A reminder to all parents that a live Internet Safety Webinar has been organised for parents of Knocknacarra NS. The webinar takes place on Wednesday next, May 22nd from 7 to 8pm. All parents are encouraged to log in.

The seminar will follow on from Internet Safety workshops in 4th and 5th classes on Wednesday.

The webinar is available to parents in all classes and funded by the school.

We encourage all parents to log in and avail of up-to-date advice and recommendations regarding online safety for your children.

Please click on the link below to access the Webinar

*********** Knocknacarra NS – Parents invitation ************
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: May 22, 2024 07:00 PM

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://eu01web.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5EvceqgqDotGNYZYNOTbCKpSK6LFVbl-LHI

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thank you

KNS Parents’ Association

Supporting Children Online

Supporting Children Online

If you missed the recent Webwise webinar for parents regarding ‘supporting children online’ please find some useful links

https://www.webwise.ie/parents/ – a hub with expert advice on online safety topics, Explainer Guides to popular apps and games, Talking Points, How-To Guides, and free resources

https://www.webwise.ie/category/parents/explainers/ – Keep up to date with the latest apps and social networks your children are using.

https://www.webwise.ie/talklistenlearn/ – A new online tool to help parents and children have more open conversations about life online.

Advance Notice – Uniform Sale

Advance Notice – Uniform Sale

The Parents Association will be holding a Uniform sale at the end of June.

We will be selling Pinafores, Jumpers, Cardigans and Trousers  (no tracksuits/shirts) for a nominal fee. Proceeds will go towards PA activities.

We will arrange a collection for any ‘donations’ in June.

Dates and times to be communicated by the end of May .

Making the Big Talk many Small Talks

Making the Big Talk many Small Talks

Dear Parents,

 

Following Part 1 and 2 of our Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE) programme, where we delved into supporting children to foster healthy relationships, friendships, and communication skills, we are thrilled to invite you to our concluding session: “Making the Big Talk many Small Talks.”

 

Register now for free

 

In this final part, we will explore how breaking down important conversations into smaller, manageable discussions can greatly benefit both you and your child. Whether you’ve attended the previous sessions or not, this session promises valuable insights and practical advice.

 

Key Details:

  • Date: Tuesday to Friday, the week starting Tuesday 19th March 2024 to 22nd March 2024
  • Time: 10 am and 7:30 pm sessions daily, with an additional 10 am session on 22nd March
  • Platform: Zoom (virtual sessions)

 

Registration: To secure your spot, please register using the link here

 

In this free online programme, you’ll gain insights into supporting your primary school children in forming healthy relationships and friendships. The RSE series features three vital sessions:

  1. Supporting your Child to build Healthy Friendships and Relationships
  2. Active Listening Skills
  3. Making the Big Talk many Small Talks

 

Limited Spaces Available: Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Register now to secure your spot!

 

This programme is delivered by National Parents Council and funded by HSE.

Active Listening Skills

Active Listening Skills

Dear Parents,

We’re excited to announce another round of interactive sessions from National Parents Council! Following on from last week’s sessions on Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE) Part 1 programme, we’re diving into Part 2: Active Listening Skills.

 

Register now for free : Supporting your Child to Build Healthy Friendships and Relationships (Part 2) – Virtual sessions taking place the week of the 11th March 2024 Survey (surveymonkey.com)

 

Session Details:

In this free online programme, you’ll gain insights into supporting your primary school children in forming healthy relationships and friendships. The RSE series features three vital sessions:

  1. Supporting your Child to build Healthy Friendships and Relationships
  2. Active Listening Skills
  3. Making the Big Talk many Small Talks

These sessions are open to all parents of children in Primary School. Please spread the word to fellow parents!

Limited Spaces Available: Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Register now to secure your spot!

This program is delivered by National Parents Council and funded by HSE.

National Parents Council Primary (Company limited by guarantee)

Registered Business Name: National Parents Council

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Preparing for the move from primary school to secondary school

Preparing for the move from primary school to secondary school

Dear parents/guardians,

We are sharing some of the information from the session with NPC and parents which may be helpful to parents of fifth and sixth class students.

As the move from primary school to secondary is a time of change for our children, Helen Butler from the NPC advised there are some details available from the NPC website at the following link  https://www.npc.ie/images/uploads/downloads/ChildMove.PDF

In addition, Helen and some KNS parents with experience shared the following practical tips which may be of benefit

  • Prepare for costs – try to understand in advance where money may be needed both at the start of the school year and during the year.
  • Spend time getting to know
    • What subjects your child is doing
    • What the school layout is (most schools have a video online)
    • The names of the teachers
    • Other parents
    • Who their friends are
  • Make several copies of the timetable – for home, study area, school bag / journal and locker. This will help with organisation
  • Ensure students prepare school bag and subjects the night before  … and any other items that may be needed . E.G. Home Economics may need ingredients, PE Needs PE Gear, etc
  • Look at their journal at least once a week – often contains notes from teachers or other useful info
  • Parents remain calm and listen .. don’t overreact and don’t ride the emotional rollercoaster that your child may be on
  • Be patient and supportive
  • Ensure bedtime routines are in place and children are getting enough sleep
  • Introduce  / Maintain screen and phone rules to ensure not impacting on sleep
  • Get the books early – don’t leave until last minute
  • Prepare for parent Teacher meetings and go to all teachers to get the ‘full picture’ …Parent teacher meetings were compared to an Olympic sport  😊

 

The following were tips from some wise secondary students

  • Remember even if teachers are strict, they are on your side
  • Friend groups change and that’s ok
  • Remember time management … factor in how long it takes to get from one class to another or from the canteen to a classroom
  • Organise your books – remember your timetable
  • Don’t procrastinate with your homework .. just do it
  • If you feel anxious or worried … don’t worry .. you are NOT the only person.. its normal
  • Time goes by really fast so enjoy 😊

Other helpful resources are available at

www.stepup.ie – resources for the “stepup” to secondary school. These were prepared as a direct result of the surveys from Planet Youth below.

www.planetyouth.ie – organisation based in the west of Ireland who survey teenagers and publish reports on the lives and lifestyles of teenagers in the west

www.webwise.ie  – resources focused on internet safety

www.ncca.ie – information on the junior cert curriculum – subjects  & assessments

Lastly for parents of 5th class students, please find attached a list of schools in Galway city, contact details and links to the websites where you will find enrolment policies and application forms

Post Primary Schools List June 2023

This document was prepared by the PA, so may not be 100% accurate but may be useful in helping parents understand what schools are available and get access to admission forms for September 2024. Most schools accept applications in the October of 6th class for the following September.

Kind Regards

KNS Parents Association