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.
KNS Parents Association
Celebrating Safer Internet Day – Feb 6th, 2024!
Join us in the global celebration of Safer Internet Day on February 6th. Let’s stand “Together for a better internet” for our children. (https://www.saferinternetday.org/)
In this digital age, our kids are navigating the online world like never before. While the internet is an incredible tool, we all share valid concerns about our little ones spending too much time online, accessing the wrong content, and interacting with individuals who may not have the best intentions.
National Parents Council has your back!
We’re thrilled to announce a series of FREE Internet Safety Information Sessions tailor-made just for you – the parents! These virtual sessions are designed to arm you with knowledge and skills to dive into your children’s online lives fearlessly.
Register now for free: National Parents Council Internet Safety Information session for Parents – Virtual February 2024 Survey (surveymonkey.com)
Mark Your Calendar for Feb 6th to 9th, 2024!
- 10 AM and 7:30 PM: Feb 6th to Feb 8th
- 10 AM: Feb9th
Why Join Us?
- Gain valuable insights into your children’s online world.
- Equip yourself with skills to navigate the benefits and risks of the internet.
- Discover hints and tips for fostering effective, responsible, and safer internet use.
At the end of each session, you’ll receive an exclusive template to craft an internet usage agreement with your children.
How to register? Click here: National Parents Council Internet Safety Information session for Parents – Virtual February 2024 Survey (surveymonkey.com) to register for this event!
Curious minds can find more details about the Internet Safety sessions here.
Let’s empower our children to be effective, responsible, and safe internet navigators together.
We hope this message finds you well. As your child prepares to make the important transition from Primary School to Post-Primary School, we understand the challenges that may arise during this period. To support you and your child through this process, the National Parents Council (NPC) is offering free online sessions, providing valuable insights and guidance.
- Dates: From 29th January until 2nd of February 2024
- Platform: Zoom
- 29th, 30th , 31st January, 1st February: 10 AM and 7:30 PM
- 2nd February 2024: 10 PM
Registration: To participate, please register for free by providing your information here : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TPPP_Feb_2024
Session Topics: The sessions will cover a range of topics including:
- Choosing a school for your child
- Preparing your child for post-primary school
- Subject choice
- School policies
- Home-school communication.
- People you might meet in post-primary school.
- Parent/Teacher meetings
Who Can Attend: These sessions are open to all parents of primary school children. We encourage you to share this information with anyone who may be interested. We believe that these sessions will provide valuable insights and support as you navigate this significant transition with your child. We look forward to your active participation in making this journey smoother for both you and your child.
National Parents Council
Dear Parents / Guardians,
I hope you and your little ones are all enjoying the build up to the 2023 festive season and upcoming holidays. As we get close to the end of 2023, we wanted to give an update on PA activities over the past few months.
- In September we welcomed Junior Infants parents with tea and a biscuit and hope their experience in KNS has been a very positive one so far. We also recommenced our daily ‘drop and go’ service. A very special thanks to all our Drop and Go volunteers who continue to turn up each week regardless of weather to ensure a smooth drop off process to school.
- Also in September, under the guidance of Maria Galve Villa and her group of volunteers, we held a very successful Family Fun day. Thanks to all who helped in any way for this hugely successful fun day out in KNS
- In October, we held our annual parents’ information evening and welcomed new PA members Emily Brennan, Nina Davis and Muinteoir Eilis. Olivia Parle also joined us when she was voted to represent parents on the KNS Board of Management.
- Thanks to you all for your fabulous generosity during the charity collections so far this year. Between Jersey Day (GOAL) and Trick or Treat (Temple Street Childrens Hospital) we have raised close to €800 from KNS. Our ‘Christmas Jumper’ charity collection in support of the Paediatric Unit at University Hospital Galway continues throughout December. Please donate anything you can at this link
- Book Week was held in November and lots of book sales ensured it was a very worthwhile activity for the school. Thanks to Muinteoir Aedin for organising and all parents and students who helped out during this week.
- Christmas cards were designed by your children over the past few weeks and printing and deliveries have already taken place. Special thanks to Maria Rix (Clearbookings) and Paul Fitzgerald who ensured a smooth process this year and cards received in plenty of time for sending.
- I wanted to remind all parents that on your behalf, each Christmas, we give a gift to each staff member as a ‘Thank You’ from all our parents and guardians. This year the staff are receiving lunch from a local café. I remind you that this is in place of parents buying individual gifts for staff members. The staff are most appreciative and warmly thank the parents and guardians for this kind gesture. A small gift will also be presented to our school cleaners and the traffic warden on behalf of KNS.
- Before the holiday break up we hope Santa might send us some helpers to make a delivery of chocolates for all the children
- 2024 KNS Calendars will be available to purchase at the school concerts on Dec 15th for €10(cash only). These are usually in high demand so please bring exact cash to avoid disappointment !. We hope you enjoy seeing your children with their classes. A massive thank you to Brian Harding who takes all the beautiful photos and to Gary Dunne (siolpaper.com) who prints the calendars.
Please note the PA funds these gifts and other treats/activities held during the year via our Annual donation ( Link ) from Families and any funds from the Sale of Christmas Cards / School Calendars
- Finally, we also wanted to call out a special thanks to Noreen and all the staff in KNS for their extraordinary efforts again this term in continuing to make KNS a wonderful school for all our children – hope you all enjoy the well-deserved rest over the Christmas holidays.
As we close the term, the PA Committee, wishes you all a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.
Happy Holidays ��
KNS PA Committee
Please see some ‘useful info’ in our appendix below
- PA Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
- PA page on school website – https://knocknacarrans.ie/index.php/parents association/
- KNS Whatsapp volunteer group – This is a group we use at various occasions throughout the year to ask for volunteers to assist at school events .e.g. helping in the carpark on school concerts day or helping with book week. Its usually only a request for 30 mins to 1 hour commitment and you only sign up if suits. It would be great to increase the numbers in this group so we can share activities a bit more. Please contact us at email address above with your phone number and we will send a link to join
- PA Voluntary Donation – Link for payment
- Christmas Charity Link for Galway Sick Kids Foundation –
Fri, Dec 15th Christmas Concerts
- 9am – Junior Infants
- 9.30am – Senior Infants
- 10am – 1st class
- 11am – 2nd class
- 11.30am – 3rd class
- 12 noon – 4th class
- 12.40pm -5th class
- 1.30pm – 6th class
Parents Association Committee Details 2023/2024
*joined Oct 2023