Encouraging and supporting good pupil attendance is always to the forefront of our planning and actions in Scoil Mhuire. As a school, we see regular attendance as being a key contributor to our pupils’ success in learning. We recognise the clear and direct relationship between regular school attendance and our pupils’ social, emotional and academic progress.

At all times, we work together as a school community to create a welcoming, nurturing and supportive environment for every pupil. Our teachers deliver stimulating, differentiated and flexible learning experiences that respond to our pupils’ different learning styles, interests and abilities.

Our pupils are consistently made aware of the high value we place as a school on good attendance and punctuality, through class discussions, school assemblies and meetings with parents/guardians and families. We also host a range of different attendance initiatives throughout the school year, including:

  • HERO (Here, Everyday, Ready, On Time) Certificates for improved attendance. Achievements are affirmed at assemblies and noted on the Attendance Noticeboard.
  • The Count Me In twenty day class attendance challenge during particular months, including prize winners in every class.
  • The Drive for Five attendance challenge tailored for specific pupils to realise five, ten, fifteen and twenty consecutive days attendance.

As a school, we also draw on the following supports to promote attendance:

School-based Supports for Pupils

  • Special educational needs (SEN) interventions
  • SPHE Curriculum & Weaving Wellbeing Programme
  • Mindfulness Programme
  • Student Council, Active School Flag & Amber Flag activities
  • The Nurture Room
  • Pupil Support Team initiatives
  • Play Therapy
  • Headstart and Next Step Programmes
  • Suite of programmes delivered through Wexford School Completion Programme
Co-curricular & Extra-curricular Supports

  • School & class assemblies
  • School-based celebratory weeks
  • Sports coaching and boys & girls team games
  • Swimming & gymnastics
  • Parkour, equine therapy & Forest School
  • School Band
  • Music Generation Wexford Song Singing Programme
  • Sixth Class Show
  • Sports Day & school tours & outings
  • Liturgical & sacramental celebrations
School-based Supports for Families

  • Breakfast Club
  • School Meals Programme
  • HSCL family contact/home visitation
  • Formal & informal Parent/Teacher Meetings
  • Sunny Days Afterschool (& preschool facility)
External Supports for Families

  • Wexford School Completion Programme (Wexford SCP)
  • National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS)
  • FAB Community & Family Resource Centre
  • Tusla Education Support Service (TESS)
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

If you would like to know more about Scoil Mhuire’s school attendance work, you will find our School Attendance Strategy in the Policies section of our website.