Bunscoil Rís Edmund Rice Senior School
Established September 2016
Information for Parents of New Pupils
The Bunscoil Rís Edmund Rice Primary School is a Catholic school under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop of Ferns, Bishop Denis Brennan. However, we operate an open and inclusive school which welcomes all nationalities and pupils of all religions or of no religion. We welcome pupils of all ability levels.
The Bunscoil Rís Edmund Rice Primary School is a modern co-ed school and is the product of the amalgamation of the St. Joseph’s Girls’ School, formerly of Michael Street, New Ross, and the CBS Primary School, formerly of St. Joseph’s Square, New Ross.
Web page and blog: www.bunscoilris.ie
Telephone: 051 – 448378
Address: Bawnmore Road, Castlemoyle, New Ross, County Wexford Y34 XN32
In School Management:
Principal: Mr. Gerry Moran
Deputy-Principal: Ms. Niamh King
Assistant Principal I: Ms. Emma Kavanagh
Assistant Principals II: Ms. Joanna Kavanagh, Ms. Kirsty Harrington, Ms. Lyndsey McKenna and Ms. Johanna Rowsome
Home School Community Liaison: Ms. Bríd Griffin
School Secretary: Mary Dunphy
Chairman, Board of Management: John Dreelan
School Chaplain: Monsignor Joe McGrath P.P.
Board of Management:
Mgr. McGrath, Elma Sutton, Gerry Moran, Niamh Foskin, Glenda Nevill, Donna Hennessy, John Butler, John Murphy, Declan Rowsome, Paul Crowdle, Nan Furlong, Mary Martin-Carroll
(NOTE: The two new schools in New Ross (Bunscoil Rís Edmund Rice Senior School and Catherine McAuley Junior School have a shared Board of Management. This model is now permitted under new guidelines from the Department of Education and Skills. A ‘Shared Governance’ board of management consists of 3 parents elected from the two schools; 3 community representatives; both school principals; 3 patron’s nominees and 1 teacher representative. Both schools are required to keep separate finances but a shared board of management ensures continuity and consistency between the two schools going forward into the future e.g. school calendar, uniforms, school policies such as the Code of Behaviour, book schemes, shared approaches to teaching and learning.)
The school has an active Parents’ Council who are affiliated to the National
Parents’ Council. Parents are encouraged to take an active part in the education
of their children and in the general life of the school. The Parents’ Council are always actively looking for new members. Please contact the HSCL Officer for details.
Chairperson: Ms. Aisling Kutay
Breakfast Club Starts: 8.30 a.m.
(All pupils in the school are entitled to participate in the School Breakfast Club free of charge. We serve cereal, fruit, toast, milk, orange juice etc. each morning)
School Start: School Assembly 8.50-9 a.m. Formal lessons start at 9am. Pupils must be at school for 9am
Morning Break: 10.20-10.40, 10.50-11.10am
Lunch Break: 12.20-12.40, 12.50-1.10pm
School Dismisses: 2.20 p.m. 3rds & 4ths, 2.30 5ths & 6ths
School Uniforms are available from the Cloth Hall in South
Street and from Kennedy’s Drapery in North Street.
The school operates a Book Lease Scheme. All books are supplied by the school. No need for a book list! The
Book Lease Scheme (€50 per pupil per year) pays for all books. This saves every parent a minimum of €100 per year. Payment must be made before the end of September. Every payment is receipted. Parents are asked in September if they wish to join the Book Lease Scheme. If they do not wish to join the scheme, parents may opt to receive a full book list and purchase the books themselves. Each pupil is supplied with a hot meal each day with his/her name on the hot meal, free of charge. Lunches are chosen from a set menu and there is a wide choice.
The school has a Home School Liaison teacher: Ms. Bríd Griffin. Bríd will normally call to visit every parent over the month of September. Bríd can be contacted directly on 086 8276511 (Work number).
Parent Teacher meetings are held every November.
Written Report Cards are issued in June.
Each year we screen all pupils in Literacy, Numeracy and Gaeilge using standardized tests. This is continued on a yearly basis. Where particular problems are identified with development, parents are contacted.
The school has five full time resource teachers who work with children identified as having learning difficulties or emotional difficulties. This is only done in consultation with parents.
An Individual Learning Plan (IEP) is devised for each pupil receiving extra support.
The school operates a positive discipline policy. Each teacher awards a ‘Pupil of the Week’ Certificate each week at Assembly.
The school has a chess club which operates on Fridays.
The school operates a Healthy Lunches Policy which encourages sandwiches , fruit, juice, milk, etc. and does not allow crisps , chocolate bars, sweets, sugary drinks, high energy drinks, etc.
The school, in association with the Geraldine O’Hanrahan GAA Club, offers hurling skills each week school hours on a rotation basis and after school at certain times of the year. . The school operates hurling, camogie, football and handball teams which take part in the County Wexford Rackard Leagues.
The school operates a strict anti-bullying policy. We define bullying as any form of persistent and unwanted attention, be it physical, verbal, emotional or psychological.
Every class has a 5 week swimming slot each year during which swimming lessons are taught by qualified instructors.
The Paired Reading Project operates for 16 weeks each winter.
This is a home based project designed to encourage reading.
The school operates a text messaging system whereby parents are sent regular reminders, etc. by Class Dojo. The school also has a Facebook page, school website and a Class DoJo account. These are also used to inform parents of news, classwork, events in the school etc.
The school has interactive touch screens in all classrooms as well as a mainframe computer in all classrooms. The school is fully networked and has safe access to the Internet.
The school accepts pupils on the condition that parents agree to the school’s behaviour policy and to a Digital Media/ Acceptable Use Policy. The full policies are available on request from the school secretary or from the school web page.
The school asks parents to sign agreement to the teaching of the Stay Safe, RSE and Walk Tall programmes. Copies of the programmes can be viewed on request.
The school operates a Special Needs Unit for ASD pupils called Carrickmore. Carrickmore is staffed by two teachers and four Special Needs Assistants and is under the direction of Ms. Emma Kavanagh.
Last Updated: 05 October 2020