Before enrolling it is important you browse our enrolment page, watch our information video, look through the subject information leaflets and read our relevant policies. During the enrolment process, you will be asked to accept these policies. Towards the end of the enrolment process you will be asked to choose the subjects your child would most like to study in order of preference. It is extremely important you do this in order of preference, from 1 down to 8, with 8 being the subject your child would least like to do. It would be a very good idea to create this list before starting the enrolment form. The optional subjects are listed below, your child will study three of them. We try our best to ensure your child gets their 1st three preferences, but occasionally that is not possible. If this is the case, we move down the list of subjects, so your child gets their next preference. We will be in touch with you in May if your child does not get their 1st three preferences.
During enrolment, you must bring your child’s birth cert (which we will copy and return) and bring any relevant documentation with you, for example, Irish exemption documentation or SEN documentation. Following enrolment, any further documentation must be sent to Enrolment 2/24, Dunmore CS, Dunmore, Co. Galway H54 KP03 or drop it into the office.
If your child changes their mind about subject choices after enrolment, or you wish to speak to someone about their subject choices, please get in touch with the school as soon as possible. You can complete this form to change your subject preferences before the end of April. Once the option bands are created, normally in April or May, the possibility of movement from one subject to another may not be possible if classes are full.
If in September or October, a child realises they do not like a subject, it is important you contact the school urgently to see if we can assist your child in finding options that do suit them.
After completing the application form, please ensure you email all relevant documents to firstname.lastname@example.org to complete the enrolment and we will then get in touch. If you need to speak to someone before enrolling, please feel free to contact the school and we will get our SEN Coordinator, Ms Grehan, to call you back.
In order to access our ASD class, a student must have a report from a relevant professional or team of professionals (for example, psychologist, speech and language therapist, psychiatrist) stating that:
1 S/he has an Autism/Autistic Spectrum Disorder and
2 S/he has complex or severe learning needs that require the support of a special class setting and the reasons why this is the case.
The professional report must meet DES requirements for the particular disability in question. Please ensure you forward the required documentation urgently.
Yes, every student must purchase a Dunmore CS journal (€10) and must have it in their possession at all times while in school, except breaks. The journal is designed to:
• Organise homework on a daily basis
• Note key information and important dates
• Provide a range of permission forms which require the signature of the student’s parents/guardians. Eg. notes
• Contains the school’s Code of Behaviour and other important information and Policies.
Students who wish to avail of a locker for the storage of their property and books may do so by the payment of a refundable key deposit (€10) and a rental fee (€20). The locker is rented on the strict understanding that the student will keep it locked. This fee is paid via our Online payment portal.
For many years now the school has operated a book-rental scheme to ease the financial burden on families. This year, the Government is promising free book rental to Junior Cycle students. The school contribution fee is separate to the book rental, as is the school jounral and locker rental. Dunmore CS is a cashless school, all payments to the school are made via our payment portal Dunmorecs.vsware.ie. We intend to send out our fees to parents/guardians early in the summer. This is to allow them to pay in stages before the start of the school year. Please note the rental fee must be paid in full before books are distributed. We now charge a refundable deposit for the books to ensure students return all their books in a reusable condition.
We distribute the books prior to the school year, so you can ensure your child is organised before the start of the school year. The books rental does not cover workbooks, exam papers etc. These will be sold by the individual teachers.
We use a School management system called VSWare, where parents are given a username and password after enrolling their child. This portal allows parents to view their child’s attendance, timetable, results and behaviour records. The mobile number you provide for the school texts will be the default user account. Parents/guardians are required to install the school app, details of which will be given out after enrolment is complete.
Black shoes or fully black runners are the only acceptable footwear. We have also introduced a school jacket, which has proved very popular with students.
This is the only jacket/hoodie allowed in the school building during the day.
Generally, we use our school App to send out important information and the occasional text. It is very important you notify us if your email or mobile number changes or you can’t access the app during the time your child is enrolled with us. We also regularly update our website, Facebook and other social media platforms with school updates etc. Please follow us on these platforms to be kept fully informed.
Students must remain on the school grounds during the school day. Where the student has a written request from the parent/guardian seeking permission to leave, the parent/guardian must sign the student out in the book provided in the office. Students are not permitted to leave the school during the day, without a parents/preauthorised adult collecting them.
The school day begins at 9:00 am and ends at 3:50 pm Monday to Thursday. The morning break is from 11.00 am to 11.15 am and the lunch break is from 1:15 pm. to 1:50 pm. On Friday the school finishes at 1:15 pm. The school day comprises of 6 periods, all 60 minutes long, except friday where there are 4 periods..
Yes, we have an excellent canteen and students have the option of availing of purchasing a lunch in the canteen or bringing in a packed lunch. The canteen menu is drawn up with the intention of providing healthy options for students. In the past few years we have introduced a menu of healthy school dinners at a very reasonable cost.