The children are grouped into the following classes:
The Crèche: 0-12months
The Toddler Section: 1 year - 2 years
The Early Nursery Section: 2 years - 3 years
The Nursery Section: 3 years - 5 years.
The Primary Section: 5 years -10years
- HOURS OF SCHOOL
The school is open 6.30am - 6.00pm daily for the following departments:
Crèche 6:30a.m - 4p.m Extended service 4p.m - 6p.m
Pre Nursery Class – 7.45a.m - 12.30pm (Lesson - 1.30pm - 2:30pm)
Early Nursery Class 7.45am - 1.00pm (Lesson - 1.30pm - 2:30pm)
Primary Class 7.45am -1.30.pm (Lesson - 2.00pm - 3:30pm)
The school should be notified by a phone call or in writing if a different person is picking up the child from school. The child will otherwise not be released. The closing time on Fridays is 2:00p.m
- ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCES
Pupils are expected to attend school regularly and punctuality except due to ill health. Children who come in late miss out on some very important initial activities of the day. If a child will be away for some reasons during the term, a written application must be sent to the head teacher.
Parents are to provide a healthy nutritious diet (limiting “Sugar” calories). Children may come along with snacks, fruits, drinks, enough water (though the school has water dispensers at some points) and food that will last them for the day. Sweets, chocolate and fizzy drinks in bottles are not allowed. Parents should label their babies' milk bottles and food tins to avoid mix-up (i.e. in the Crèche/Toddler). Nevertheless, Lunch will be provided (with a fee charged) for nursery and primary children and optional for toddlers’ class
The school can provide the service at a charged fee. Please consult the school for details.
At each stage, your child’s progress is continually assessed through teacher observations and assessment, peer and self assessment listening, talking, making and doing. Children’s achievements are also recognized. Our head teacher and deputy Head go into classes to monitor learning and teaching and teachers also visit each other classes to share good practice. Children are encouraged to reflect on their learning and identify their next steps / targets. You will be invited to school once every term to discuss your child’s progress with your child’s teacher and at the end of term you will receive a written report on your child’s progress.
You are welcome to come in to speak with your child’s teacher or the Head Teacher if you have concerns or you would like to update us on any information.
It is the policy of the school to encourage school uniform and it is hoped that parents will endorse this. The school uniforms are to be worn always. Crèche and toddlers should be dressed comfortably in washable clothes, which is easy for them to handle
- TOILET TRAINING PROGRAMME
Your child will be introduced to the potty at approximately 18 to 20 months, depending on child’s readiness and interest. Once a child has dry diapers, we cooperate with your effort at home and make a smooth transition into underwear.
- THE ROLE OF PARENTS
Every parent in our school is a member of the parent’s forum and can bring any matter to the attention of the parent’s council. Participation of parents in school activities is welcomed. This may be on occasion such as:
Helping with events or celebrations
Bringing in items of interest or books that relate to their work.
Assisting on school trips.
- FEES STRUCTURE
Dawn Michaels School fees are paid per term in advance. Fees for the crèche is paid either monthly in advance or quarterly in advance.
- PAYMENTS OF FEES
Parents will receive school bills and bank teller of the following term fees, one or two weeks before the end of each term or month. FEES must be fully paid on or before the first day of term.
It is expected that all children would have received their routine vaccination including BCG, DPT (Diphtheria, Polio and Tetanus, Whooping cough and Measles at the appropriate time. Please let us know if your child is not vaccinated in any of the above.
Children who have infectious diseases like measles, chicken pox, conjunctivitis diarrhoea and other infectious diseases should be kept away from school till it is advised to return by the doctor.
However if a child takes ill in school suddenly the child will receive medical attention and the parents would be promptly notified. The school must be notified if there is a change of address or telephone number so as to allow us update or records.
- TERMS DATES
The school consists of three terms as follows:
Winter Term: September to December (1st Term)
Spring Term: January to April (2nd Term)
Summer Term: May to July (3rd Term)
Exact term dates for each year will be given to parents at the beginning of each academic year to enable parents plan holidays in advance.
All public holidays declared by both State and Federal Government will be observed by the school. Notice for mid- Term Breaks are sent out as and at when due.
Homework is provided to supplement class work, provide additional practice or help with specific needs of support/challenge. No new concepts, recently taught, will be sent home until the child has satisfactorily grasped the new concept.
The work sent home will be to reinforce his/her understanding of concepts already satisfactorily mastered in class. Your co-operation in ensuring that this work is completed is vital in order to maintain high standards at home and in school. A signature or initials at the foot of a piece of homework indicates to the teacher that you have checked and approved your child’s homework. The homework diary should be used as an informal contact between the home and school. Concerns should be discussed with the class teacher and/or Head Teacher
Children are expected to complete their homework as and at when due.
- Extra-Curricular Activities
Many staff and pupils enjoy activities at the end of the school day. Teachers organise clubs, which include football, athletics, tennis, drama, country dancing, knitting, sewing, swimming, and clubs -Boy Scout, Brownie club, Red Cross society and cross-country. We encourage parents with the right skills to support extra-curricular activities. Parents'/Guardians' written permission is required before children join in extracurricular activities after school or are taken on any visit away from the school premises (other than short local walks when the class will be supervised by the class teacher and other helpers).
- Playground Supervision
When pupils are at school, the responsibility for their safety rests with the Authority, the Head Teacher and staff undertaking this responsibility on behalf of the Authority. This means that reasonable steps should be taken to prevent any pupils suffering injury and to ensure that accidents or difficulties can be reported to a responsible adult and appropriate action taken. The school has playground supervisors both at morning interval and lunchtime in both the infant and upper school playground areas as well as in the dining room area over lunch and the school corridors during both interval and lunch.
- EXCURSION AND SCHOOL TRIPS
This is organized once every term for the children in the nursery and primary section. This is related to the theme for the term.
We post our monthly birthday celebration on our notice board and newsletter and Parents who wish to bring a special treat for their child's birthday can do so. Parents should check with the child’s teachers a few days before to confirm the number of children.
- TREASURES FROM HOME
We ask that children refrain from bringing toys from home; this avoids loss, breakage and unnecessary tears/hurts
All teaching staff are qualified. Qualifications recognized at Dawn Michaels School include:
Degree in Education
P.G.D.E or P.G.C.E
Montessori teaching Diploma (2 years - 6years experience)
Classes Directresses are often assisted by classroom assistance, whose work is to allow the class directress, teach 100% of the time.
All further enquiries should be directed to the school on 01 454 0944, +234 814 877 3323, +234 818 815 0032.