Enrolment and Induction Procedures
For First Year Students
ACTIONS PRIOR TO ENTERING SCHOOL
Sixth class students, their parents and the principals of the local primary schools are invited to the College Prizegiving Ceremony. (Oct / Nov)
The “College Knowledge” newsletter is circulated to 6 class students in local primary schools.
Transition Year students with lead roles in the Christmas Concert visit the local primary schools (in costume) to invite students to the show. A number of family tickets are raffled in each school. (Dec)
The Wendy Smith Poetry Awards are circulated to primary schools from Lisheen to Kilcrohane. (Jan)
The Principal visits the primary schools with Enrolment Pack, which includes an invitation to the annual Open Evening. (Feb)
Enrolment forms are either returned at Open Evening, delivered to the college or collected by the Principal after Open Evening. (Feb)
A Treasure Hunt for sixth class students during Open Evening is organised, with the aim of getting them to visit and explore every room of the college and familiarise themselves with its layout. (Feb)
Over a period of one week, sixth class students from the various primary schools, are invited to spend a half-day in the school, following an arranged timetable, usually of practical subjects. Transport is provided by the college. (Feb / March)
Places in the college for enrolled students are confirmed and assessments are carried out on a designated Saturday in April, with the sole purpose of identifying individual students who would benefit from learning support. Refreshments provided. (April)
Enrolled students and their parents are invited to an Induction Evening and extensive tour of the college and its facilities. Students are divided into small groups with individual staff members for the tours. (May)
FOLLOW ON ACTIONS DURING FIRST TERM OF FIRST
YEAR AT THE COLLEGE
Day 1 of Term 1 - First Year students only, attend school for orientation with all staff.
Class Teachers and Year Heads maintain regular contact with first years, especially during the first term, through class contact time and assemblies.
The first of a series of Friendship Days for 1 Years takes place early in Term 1 and a Buddy Scheme is put in place between 1 years and 4 years. SPHE Co-ordinator reports back to staff on issues raised and action plans are put in place to deal with these.
The Chaplain and Guidance Counsellor meet with 1 Years on an on-going basis to help them integrate into the school community and to alert staff to any difficulties being experienced by them as individuals, as class groups or as a year group.
First Year Parent / Teacher Meeting takes place early in Term 1.
All first years participate in the annual Christmas Concert and parents are involved in backstage supervision.
Parents Council Meetings are used as a forum for disseminating information to parents and gaining feedback from them.
Individual parent / teacher meetings organised if necessary.