Frequently Asked Questions

What about the school uniform?

School uniform is important to us at BJAB. It helps our children feel part of a close and happy school community where everyone is included and equal. It also makes life a lot easier for busy parents. The wearing o f the uniform is compulsory fo all our children from Reception upward (Prekindergarten and Kindergarten only wear a smock)

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Is there a Garderie?

To assist working parents, a Garderie and a homework facility are provided on a daily basis from 3.30 – 6.00pm, and on Wednesday afternoons from 12.30pm – 6.00pm.  To ensure that we provide more than a child-minding service, garderie is overseen by a teacher who provides guidance with pupils’ homework. The time for homework runs mainly from 3:30pm – 4:30pm. The cost of the garderie is 5 euros per hour or part thereof. Garderie arrangements can be made at the start of each term. On a day-to-day basis, parents should request that their child attends garderie in person by email or by telephone. If you are late to pick up your child, your child will be sent to Garderie.

Information about lunches, snacks, treats and food allergies.

Meals and snacks for ‘Healthy Eating’

Your child spends a long time in school each day, so snacks and drinks must be provided. Our aim, with your support, is to educate the children about healthy eating habits based on sound nutritional advice. We wish to encourage the development of a healthy growing body, mind and immune system through a balanced diet. Children who are active all day become quite hungry and thirsty so please ensure that they have enough to eat and drink. If you are not sure what ‘enough’ is then please provide too much initially and monitor what is not consumed.

Morning break

Only fruit and bottled water are permitted for snack time.

 

Hot lunch

The BJAB provides a hot lunch service in school for the benefit of our pupils on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Pupils staying for Garderie on Wednesday afternoon should bring a packed lunch. Please note that hot lunches are normally ordered for a minimum of half a term from a local supplier and notice is required if you wish to cancel. An extra fee of 5.00 euros per day is charged for this service. Since September 2012, the Hot Lunches have been provided by SODEXO catering company. The monthly menus can be found on the Parents’ billboard on this website. Please contact the Office if you wish to order a Hot Lunch for your child. 

 

Packed lunch

If you do not wish to order a Hot lunch, please provide a packed, nutritionally balanced lunchtime meal, including water and at least one piece of fruit.

 

Afternoon snack

An Afternoon snack is only required for pupils in Kindergarten.

 

Garderie

Children attending Garderie should be provided with a piece of fruit and a bottle of water or milk. Please be aware that for reasons of health, safety and convenience, glass bottles, canned drinks, sweets, chocolate, chewing gum, biscuits and crisps are NOT allowed.

Party food and treats

There are opportunities for children to enjoy a range of party food and treats on special occasions and children may bring into school birthday cakes to share.

Food allergies

For those pupils who have food allergies, parents are asked to provide a suitable alternative which can be kept by the teacher to have as needs require. (Please speak with your class teacher about this.)

Table manners

Whatever their cultural background, pupils are expected to eat in a mannerly fashion. Parents are requested to prepare their children to use table utensils before arriving in school.

How can I arrange for school transport ?

Families wishing to arrange for their children to be transported between home and school are directed to ‘INFINITY SPRL’, a local transport provider that offers bespoke transport services. Children are picked up from their home and returned at the end of the school day. This service is by prior arrangement only and involves an extra fee. Linda Rosenblum of INFINITY SPRL can be reached at infinities.solutions(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com or 0479 490 941.

What if my child is sick, absent or late?

The following regulatory requirements apply to all children registered in full-time primary education which at the BJAB is from Reception Class upwards.

Parents are to be in school in line with the scholastic calendar. Families wanting to withdraw their children for any reason other than sickness during the scholastic calendar must formally request in writing permission from the Headteacher.

Pupils are required to be in school punctually, in line with the school’s timetable. Late arrival is recorded formally in the school register and formal reports reflect the attendance and punctuality of pupils.

In the event of illness, the school must be informed as soon as possible by telephone or email if a child will be absent.

For any illness of up to three days, a letter from the parents explaining the illness is required.

For any absence due to illness for more than 3 days, parents are required to send in a medical certificate.

Details of all absences are noted in the school register.

 

How do I arrange to meet my child’s teacher ?

Teachers are always available to meet with parents to discuss their child’s progress or any concerns. To request a meeting with your child’s teacher, parents should simply note their request in the Journal de Classe which is sent home each day in each child’s homework folder.  The teacher will reply, identifying potential dates and times.

How and when do I drop off and pick up my child ?

In the morning, parents may use parking spaces on Boulevard St Michel in front of the school to pull in and drop off children. As there is a teacher on duty to collect the children and guide them into school, it is not necessary to leave your car. School doors open at 8.10. Registration for Reception Class upwards is at 8.25 and registration for Prekindergarten and Kindergarten is at 8.55.

All pupils are expected to be in their classes promptly for registration. Cover will be available from 8.15am for children in Kindergarten.

At the end of the day, parents wait outside the front of the school on Boulevard St Michel to pick up their children.

Prekindergarten, Kindergarten and Reception finish at 15.20 except on Wednesday (12.20)

Year 1 upwards finish at 15.30 except on Wednesday (13.00)

Teachers bring their class to the front of the school and children wait with their class teacher to be collected. Children not picked up due to unexpected lateness will be taken directly to the garderie.

We cannot release a child to an unauthorised person, therefore parents should inform us in writing of any changes to their normal collection arrangements. We require a photocopy of the ID of all persons charged by parents to pick up their chidlren. Parents are required to sign the photocopy of the ID and note the dates on which pick up is authorised.