If the school must close due to a central heating failure or snow, etc, a text message from the school will be sent your mobile phone. The other situation that might arise is that the emergency may only be discovered by teachers when they enter the school. Should this happen you will be informed at the school gates. If children arrive alone they will be supervised until such time as a parent/guardian can collect them.
We are a Green Flag School and are continuing with our Environmental Projects.
Parents are asked not to park in front of the school’s gates as this is a pedestrian exit and is clearly marked by a yellow box.
Please mark all your child’s possessions with their name so that school staff can return any lost and found items promptly.
Educational Assessment and Learning Support
Glencovitt N.S. is supported by an Educational Psychologist. If we have serious concerns about a child’s behavior or educational progress we may contact the psychologist for advice. This is always done with parental permission. Some children may need to be assessed by the psychologist. Again parents are fully informed and permission is sought from parents before this takes place. The school also has a Learning Support Teacher who will assist children who are having difficulty in English and Mathematics. Should your child need extra help you will be consulted and your permission sought before the process begins.
The Staff of Glencovitt N.S. comprises of:
• Mrs Martina Mallon, Principal
• Mrs Angela Melaugh, Vice-Principal
• Mrs Kathleen Kelly-McIntyre
• Ms Sarah Timoney
• Mr Herron
• Glencovitt National School has a full time Special Needs Assistant Ms. Susan Stewart and a part time secretary, Ms. Geraldine McGuinness who works from Monday to Friday from 9.15 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.. We have one part time cleaner Mrs Frances Doherty.
The school has a Roman Catholic Ethos and is under the patronage of the Bishop of Derry, Bishop Donal McKeown. The school is governed by a Board of Management, which was formed in 2011.
Board of Management 2015 – 2019:
Chairperson and Patron’s Representative: Fr. Arkinson
Patron’s Representative: Mrs. Georgina O’Brien
Parent Representatives: Mr. Gary Gallen, Mrs. Anna Slevin
Teacher Representative: Mrs. Martina Mallon, Mrs. Kathleen Kelly-McIntyre
Community Representatives: Mr. Tony Gillespie, Mrs. Celine Friel
Support for Parents
The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) offers help and advice for parents who have difficulty reading, writing, spelling or doing math. They have a Freephone number parents can call 1800 20 20 65 or a website www.takethefirststep.ie – parents can learn with their local ETB Adult Education Service or over the phone and online through NALA’s Distance Learning Service. All services are free.