The School Day

Junior and Senior Infants: 9:10 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.
First – Sixth Classes: 9:10 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Morning Break: 10:50 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Lunch Break: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Punctuality and Attendance

Please bring your child to school on time each day.  Lateness causes disruption.  We ask that you are on time picking up your child daily.

Safety Underpins Everything

In the interests of safety and the fostering of independence, children are encouraged to say good bye to their parents /guardians in the school yard.  They know their own classroom and are expected to take responsibility for their own coats, bags and lunches.  Please name / label all belongings e.g. clothes, lunchboxes and drink bottles.  Junior Infants may be accompanied by a parent/guardian for their first week.

Going Home Early

A signed written consent is necessary if a child has to leave the school during the day.  We would urge you not to collect your child early as disrupts their learning time.

Adults collecting children early are asked to call to the office.

Healthy Lunch Policy

The successful maintenance of Our Healthy Lunch Policy depends on a whole school initiative – children, parents and school staff.

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: Healthy Lunch
  • Friday: Healthy Lunch plus one treat.

Healthy Lunch – (options)

Sandwiches, rolls, crackers, cheese, pasta, salad, fruit, popcorn, yoghurts, (petit filous – for infants, no frubes).
No crisps, bars, biscuits, sweets, cakes, chocolate or fizzy drinks. (Monday – Thursday)

One treat is allowed on Friday – One bar or cake etc.
No crisps of fizzy drinks allowed Monday – Friday.  Don’t forget water is the best drink of all for children, parents and teachers.

Note: So that you know what your child has eaten, each child brings home the remains of their lunch box.


Respect for the environment is very important to us.  We encourage the children to take responsibility for their environment and to be litter conscious. This is a great help in keeping their school tidy. Nun’s Cross National School has just successfully achieved it’s Green Flag by encouraging all pupils to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.


It is the policy of the school not to administer any medications to children unless we have written permission. The school will be happy to facilitate Parents / Guardians needing to give medication to their child.

Children Unwell in School

When the Principal feels that a child is not well enough for school, either as a result of becoming sick or due to an accident, the Parents/Guardians will be contacted immediately.
If your address or phone number changes please notify the school so we can amend our records.

Do Not Send a Sick Child to School

If your child is too sick to go to the school yard, he / she is too sick to come to school. 
Exceptions are made in the case of ongoing or chronic illness and limb injuries. Otherwise all children are expected to go to the yard as it is a vital part of social interaction.

Head Lice

Head lice are regular visitors in all schools! So please check your child’s hair regularly (i.e. at least once a week) for head lice. Please let the school know if your child / children have head lice. Lotions and shampoos are readily available from your local pharmacy.


In accordance with the Educational Welfare Act the school has a duty to report any child who has missed 20 days or more in one academic year. The Principal has no discretion in this.