Health and Wellbeing

Pupil Welfare

In RETNS we are committed to supporting the welfare of all our pupils and we regularly participate in health promotion initiatives in addition to our regular SPHE and PE curricula.

DES circular 0013/2016 states that,

‘It is important for the present and future health of our population that pupils are equipped with the key skills and knowledge which will enable them more confidently to make healthier life choices.’

The circular acknowledges the role that schools play in contributing to the healthy lifestyles of young people and goes on to say, ‘It is equally important that schools’ efforts in this area are complemented and reinforced by practices in pupils’ homes and in the wider community.’

Pastoral Care

As well as catering for the pupils’ intellectual & physical development our school promotes personal & social development. We aim to:
• Create a secure & caring environment for all members of the school community
• Promote positive & supportive relationships throughout the school so that effective teaching & learning can take place
• Promote a positive behaviour code which respect the rights & responsibilities of teachers, pupils & parents
• Develop children’s social & life skills

Our Social, Personal & Health Education (S.P.H.E.) programme explores issues, develops skills & teaches relevant information on:

  • Personal and social education (including R.S.E.
  • Anti-bullying (including Stay Safe Programme)
  • Drugs education (including Walk Tall Programme)
  • Road Safety
  • Internet Safety
  • The promotion of positive behaviour

Relationships and Sexuality (R.S.E.) is taught as part of the S.P.H.E. programme.

Child Protection

The Department of Education & Skills implements guidelines and procedures for all schools in relation to child protection and welfare.  Herein, child abuse is categorised into four different types: neglect, emotional abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse.  These guidelines promote the welfare of all children and are welcome. The Board of Management of Rathfarnham Educate Together National School has adopted these guidelines as school policy.  Consequently, if there is a matter of concern in relation to abuse of children we are obliged to report this to the duty social worker at the local Health Service Executive, where the case will be assessed and the necessary support will be provided. If you would like to receive further information or clarification regarding any aspect of these guidelines, please do not hesitate to contact the Principal who is the school’s Designated Liaison Person (DLP). Link to full Child Protection Policy

Health and Safety

The Board of Management carries out regular health and safety checks in conjunction with the staff Health and Safety officer. The latest school safety assessment and action list can be found at the following link.

Risk Assessment Feb 17 

Healthy Eating

We in RETNS, in common with the vast majority of primary schools, promote healthy lunches. We ask for parents’ support in this work by providing healthy, well-balanced lunches for children. While regulating food intake is not the job of schools, we do support pupils in understanding the nourishment of common foods and the effects of certain foods on their bodies. Pupils are regularly reminded through their class-based work of the importance of making healthy eating choices to support their health and wellbeing, and are facilitated to develop skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their food intake.

To support a policy of healthy eating, children are not allowed to bring chocolate, chewing gum, crisps or fizzy drinks to school.

‘Treats’ (which are usually high in sugar, fat and salt!) might best be left for special celebrations rather than being given regularly.

Children have access to fresh drinking water in the classrooms.   For safety reasons glass bottles are not allowed in school.
We ask that parents inform the school of any special dietary needs their child has. For school lunch ideas/suggestions, you may like to refer to helpful websites, e.g. www.shb.ie, www.nwhb.ie, www.ndc.ie

Physical Activity

In RETNS we recognise the value of physical exercise for children and as a school we strive to promote physical education and to be an active school community. All of our teachers adhere to DES guidelines regarding PE timetable provision for all students and teach a broad and balanced PE curriculum. Each year we endeavour to develop sport in different ways, both in school and through our extra-curricular programme. See the Sports section of this website for more details.

Rewards

The school has a policy of not giving sweets as rewards. Internal motivation is actively encouraged and children are encouraged to learn at their own pace. Children are equally valued as members of the class irrespective of their rate of development.

Care of Hair

Parents are asked to check their child’s hair for head lice regularly as it is a national issue. If a parent contacts the school to say that they have found evidence of lice, all pupils in the concerned class receives a letter, stating school policy and the procedure to be taken. Pupils who are infected are to be treated at home. Long hair should to be tied back or plaited.