School Day

Here you can find important information pertaining to the smooth and productive running of your child's school day:

 

 
 
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School Hours

Monday - Classes (40 minutes) start at 08.35 and finish at 15:30 with breaks at 09.55 (15 minutes) and 12.50 for lunch (40 minutes)

Tuesday - Classes (40 minutes) start at 08.35 and finish at 15:30 with breaks at 09.55 (15 minutes) and 12.50 for lunch (40 minutes)

Wednesday - Classes (40 minutes) start at 08.35 and finish at 12:50 with breaks at 09.55 (15 minutes)

Thursday - Classes (40 minutes) start at 08.35 and finish at 15:30 with breaks at 09.55 (15 minutes) and 12.50 for lunch (40 minutes)

Friday - Classes (40 minutes) start at 08.35 and finish at 15:30 with breaks at 09.55 (15 minutes) and 12.50 for lunch (40 minutes)

 

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Uniform

Pupils must wear the official school uniform at all times except in P.E. class where the P.E. uniform is worn, or at any other time decided by management. Please remember to put the student’s name on all of their clothing and equipment. Boys wear grey trousers, blue and white striped shirt, wine coloured tie and blue jumper with school crest and black/navy/brown shoes. No boots allowed. Girls wear either a blue pleated skirt (to knee length) and black tights or grey trousers. They also wear a blue and white striped shirt, wine coloured tie, and blue jumper with school crest and black/navy/brown leather shoes. No boots allowed.


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Supervised Study

Supervised evening study runs in the school throughout the year. The study days are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Junior students study from 3.45 pm and may leave at 5.45 pm. Senior students study from 3.45pm until 6.45pm. Supervised study application forms along with the rules/guidelines are available through the main office. A fee of €50 for a six week term is paid in advance of the start of the study period.


 

Special Educational Needs

At Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál we are committed to the achievement of a level of academic excellence appropriate to each of our students. Students can access Resource Teaching if they have an up-to-date Educational Psychological Assessment which should be forwarded to the school as soon as possible.
Existing students are screened by means of our Entrance Assessment Test and further testing by our Learning Support Department. We then prioritise students for further assessment by the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS). Students who have been assessed by the Learning Support Department and for whom Learning Support is deemed necessary, are catered for by means of withdrawal from French/German class.


 

GUIDANCE COUNSELLING SERVICE

Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál offers a comprehensive guidance counselling service to all its students, assisting them in developing self-management skills leading to effective life choices and decisions. 
Junior Cycle students are introduced to the concept of a career and begin learning career research skills. Aptitude testing and subject choice are both part of the 1st and 3rd year guidance programme.
Senior Cycle students individually meet with the school Career Guidance Counsellor and discuss their future options. They take classes in many areas of vocational preparation e.g. careers information, research skills, Interest Inventories, CV and interview preparation etc. They also attend a variety of college Open Days and careers exhibitions. 
Both Junior and Senior Cycle students attend study skills classes throughout the year Individual appointments are available to all students who wish to discuss something of a personal nature. 


 

Homework

SMGS Homework Guidelines: Students can expect to be assigned homework each night.

Students must write down all homework, both written and oral, must complete all homework to the best of his/her ability, must catch up on homework after absence. If absent on school activity, must make every effort to get homework completed. Parents will be informed when students show a pattern of failing to complete prescribed homework. Students may be placed on a Homework Card to monitor progress and seek improvement.

How long should a student spend on Homework:1st Year 1.5 Hours per night / 2nd Year 2 Hours per night / 3rd Year 2.5 Hours per night / TYO Project based with deadlines. 2 Hours per night / 5th Year 3 Hours per night / 6th Year 3.5-4 Hours per night. These are guidelines only and will vary during the year. These include study time, and should increase as school and state examinations approach


 

Attendance and Punctuality

Please refer to the school hours section at the top of this page. Students should be in attendance at least 5 minutes before these times. Students arriving late to school must sign the Late Book at reception and must get their journal stamped with a late pass by the Principal / Deputy Principal before they can be accepted into class. Regular offenders will be placed on detention.