Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA) FAQs

What activities are being organised this Term? 

**1:10 Club requires a minimum of 2 days (does not have to be consecutive).

**Arts & Crafts and Science Club include a €5 materials fee

**No class, 10th Feb for Field Sports only

What time will the classes be held?  

  • Junior and Senior Infants will run from 1:10-2:05 PM, please collect your child from the small yard at 2:05 to provide space when the older kids are dismissed at 2:10 PM. 
  • Classes will run from 2:10-3:10 PM for the 1st-6th Classes. 
  • Ambles and Rambles runs from 2:10-4:30 PM, you may collect your child at the school after 4:30.

Where will children be collected from after the activities:  

  • Junior and Senior Infants will be collected from the small yard. Please wait until all children are inside the yard before attempting to collect your child.
  • 1st-6th Class: For outside activities, the children can be collected from the yard where the activity takes place, ie. Basketball students will be collected from the Basketball Court. 
  • For all indoor classes, children will be brought into the small yard for pick-up;  
  • On rainy days, all classes may be collected directly outside the door closest to the bike rack.  

What is the Term Duration?: Term 2 runs for 11 weeks, commencing on Monday, 9th January and ending on Thursday, 30th March.  There are no classes during school closures or half-days.

What is the cost?: Please see prices in the table above for each individual class. 

Please note there may be an additional Processing Fee of €1 added to each complete transaction; this helps cover the cost of payment fees. 

**Science Club and Arts & Crafts have an additional fee of €5 already added to the total price, this covers materials used during the class.

Apart from reading this section, how can I get ready in advance?

How long will places be available?

For Term 2, you may register your interest in all ECA classes until 7pm on Friday, 2nd December. After this time, we will begin to enrol all classes and email invoices. You will not be able to register your interest until after all classes have been booked. If there are spaces still open, we will offer one last chance for everyone to register interest in those classes only. We recommend registering your interest as soon as possible. All classes offer a waitlist. The waitlist will be sorted by a lottery system, if you register interest after 2nd December, your child can still be added to the waitlist but will be placed at the bottom.  

My child got a place, will preference be given to us when re-enrolling next term? 

Yes. All children enrolled in an activity will be offered the chance to re-enroll in the same activity for the following term of the same school year. Once re-enrollment is closed, all vacancies will be open for booking to the whole school community. There is no option to re-enrol for Term 1 if your child was involved in an activity in the previous school year.

My child has an SNA in school, can they join the activities?

Yes. Please keep in mind, for pupils who have been assigned an SNA during the school day, it is acknowledged that they may need an increased level of support in extra-curricular classes also.  SNAs are employed by the school and are only available during school hours, they are not available during ECA. Each parent may need to provide their own SNA or be present for lessons if the child needs extra assistance.  Each provider should be accommodating and inclusive of all pupils; however, if issues arise the Provider will speak to the parents and discuss the best course of action.

I’ve already informed the school about my child’s specific circumstances, do I need to inform the ECA provider also?

Extra-curricular activities happen outside of school hours and are run through the PAC; they operate under their own policies and practices. Due to GDPR rules and regulations, the school cannot under any circumstances share contact information, medical information, or information on the personal circumstances of the child with the PAC or with an ECA provider. It is the responsibility of the parent to inform the ECA Provider of any special circumstance.

How will ECA keep us informed on class information or cancellations?

All class information will be sent via the designated ECA email address and/or through the ECA WhatsApp Group. Please make sure our email address: eca@stepasideetns.ie is marked in your “safe” list, to avoid missing important class information.

Once your child(ren)’s registration is confirmed, you will be sent a link to our ECA WhatsApp Group. This will be an information-only group, as a means to share urgent class information or important reminders. You will not be able to reply to messages in this particular WhatsApp group, all enquiries should be directed to our email. If you would like to join the WhatsApp group and have not received a link, please email eca@stepasideetns.ie

What if a class is cancelled?

We make every effort to keep the number of cancellations to a minimum. However, if a class needs to be cancelled, the ECA Provider will contact the parents and inform you at least 2 hours before school collection time. Likewise, we encourage parents to join our ECA WhatsApp group, as any cancellations will be sent out via this group. 

In most cases, our ECA Supervisor will be able to provide an alternative class for the children. This class may include art, drama, or some other activity. If there is no one to supervise the children, parents will need to pick up their child at their normal school pick-up time. Refunds will be given for classes that are cancelled only if the child does not stay with the supervisor.  A refund will be made within 2 weeks of cancellation.

What Covid-19 Regulations will be in place?

  • All ECA Providers, teachers, and supervisors will adhere to the latest Covid guidelines as set forth at the time by the government. Each ECA Provider will inform students of their specific guidelines, which may vary from class to class.

Can you tell us a bit more about the classes and the teachers, please?

New Classes this Term:

CREATIVE WRITING (3rd-6th class)

New this term is Creative Writing, brought to you by parent and author Michelle Miller. Michelle has been writing since her primary school days and is now the author of four children's books. Creative Writing will focus mainly on fiction writing skills such as where the ideas come from, plotting, character development, and story drafting. These skills may be taught through games, role-play, and active writing. The children will be encouraged to work on their own stories throughout the term.

NB: Please ensure your child brings a notebook or paper and their favorite writing tool. 

SCIENCE CLUB (Jr/Sr Infants & 1st-2nd Class)

This term in addition to our Jr/SR Infants class, Science Club will be offered to our 1st-2nd Class. The class will be taught by our ECA Supervisor and parent Emanuela Caprio.  Emanuela has a background in pharmacy and science research. The class will revolve around learning science terms and creating several simple, but fun experiments. Some examples include: building a volcano, making fake snow, building catapults, etc. 

NB: Class may request materials from home, ie: toilet rolls, jars, and/or other recyclable materials

Ambles & Rambles (5th & 6th Classes)

Ambles & Rambles is an exciting new adventure class brought to us by Adrian Nolan. For two hours, Adrian will work closely with the students to teach them survival skills and wilderness techniques. They will spend their time up in the Dublin Mountains (just past the Blue Light) learning to build shelters, building fires, and basic survival skills, all while practicing a “leave no trace” attitude. The class will be held in all weather conditions, and only canceled in the event of high winds.

NB: Children will be in the muck come rain or shine, please provide proper footwear, warm clothing, jackets, hats, and gloves. They should bring an extra pair of shoes to school to change into before leaving up the mountain.

All other classes:

 1:10 Club

The “1.10 Club” is held every day and is facilitated by “Explorers”. Priority for this class will be given to those with older siblings in the school (1st-6th class), or those who ride the bus. Please note there is a minimum booking of two days per week. 

The children will enjoy playing and colouring in their classroom, reading in the library, and, weather permitting, they will spend time in the yard. 

NB: You must book a minimum of two days (does not need to be consecutive days), if you fail to book two days and a second day is no longer available, your spot will be cancelled. 

There will be no 1.10 Club during school holidays, or days the school closes early. 

Pick-up is strictly at 2.10 every day. Repeated late pick-ups will result in termination of enrolment.

HIP HOP

Motion 2 Motion School of Dance will be offering Hip Hop classes this term. Keep fit & have fun while building confidence by learning dances to the newest chart-topping songs! Each class allows children to shine like the superstar they are and help them to grow as performers. 

Sadbh is the founder and owner of M2M School of Dance and will be our new dance teacher. She has been dancing since the age of four.  Trained in a number of disciplines, these classes will mainly focus on hip hop. The students will learn many new skills including correct technique, choreography and stretching. In these classes, younger children can rock out to their favourite songs while older children can get down to work and learn some cool new moves!

BASKETBALL (1st-6th class)

This has been one of our most popular ECA classes in the past. This year we will be breaking the class into two days. Mondays our 1st & 2nd classes will be run by teachers Damien and Mark. Tuesdays the 3rd-6th class will be run by Damien and Paudie. All have played basketball at school along with other ball sports. Children will learn the basics of the non-contact sport and improve their fitness in a fun environment. They will focus on everything from shooting form, layups, footwork, ball handling, dribbling, and passing as well as athletic and movement skills.

NB: Please note, in inclement weather the class will move indoors.

SPEECH & DRAMA

Speech and Drama class is provided by Theatre Academy Ireland.  Both speech and drama will be taught through games and exercises. Speech may include tongue twisters, breathing exercises, voice projection, and a variety of other activities to help improve diction and confidence on stage. Drama is a great way for children to express themselves artistically. They will learn through performing, improvisation, role play, and observing others in action. 

Erika, our speech and drama coach, has an extensive background in Performing Arts. She has trained at Take2Performing Arts School in Foxrock, Gaiety School of Acting, and the Bill Keating Centre for TV Presentation Skills. She holds a diploma in Drama teaching from Leinster School of Music and Drama. Her passion is helping children gain confidence through creativity.

SCIENCE CLUB

This year we are excited to present Science Club for our Jr. and Sr. Infants. The class will be taught by our ECA Supervisor and parent Emanuela Caprio.  Emanuela has a background in pharmacy and science research. The class will revolve around learning science terms and creating several simple, but fun experiments. Some examples include: building a volcano, making fake snow, building catapults, etc. 

NB: Class may request materials from home, ie: toilet rolls, jars, and/or other recyclable materials

TENNIS

Tennis is brought to us once again by LC Tennis and coach Tom. Tom is looking forward to another successful term of teaching at our school. Children will learn basic skills and terms, while playing friendly matches against one another. . 

NB: Equipment is provided, but children are encouraged to bring their own tennis rackets when possible. Please note, in inclement weather, the class will move indoors.

ARTS & CRAFTS Jr/Sr Infants

Arts and Crafts for our Jr/Sr Infants will be taught by parents and PAC members Emma McKenna and Laura Peters, each of whom runs their own craft businesses. Each week the children will be encouraged to have fun with art and develop their motor and creative skills via various tasks. They will be crafting and creating in this active make-and-do class. 

NB: Children are encouraged to bring an apron or old top to protect clothing.

ARTS & CRAFTS 1st-6th

Arts and Crafts for the 1st-6th classes will be led this year by 1st Class teacher Emma. Emma will teach new techniques each week helping children tap into their creative side. From painting to drawing, each child will come home with a new piece of artwork each week.  

CHESS CLUB

Teacher Damien is excited to bring Chess Club to our ECA programme. Chess is a fun skill in which children can improve memory, and enhance creativity and critical thinking, all while having a good time. The children will learn basic rules, strategies, and practice playing with each other. 

NB: Chess boards will be provided.

SOCCER:

We are delighted to have Stephen Flynn back again as our soccer trainer.

‘I am a qualified personal trainer, I have been running my own successful fitness business (Future Fitness Dublin) over the last three years.” Children will learn basic soccer skills through a variety of drills in this highly active class. 

 NB: Please note, in inclement weather the class will move indoors.

HOCKEY (3rd-6th class)

This class is run by our teachers Ailish and Jessica D. Ailish has coached primary hockey in the past, and both enjoy teaching and playing the sport. Children will learn the basics and improve their fitness in a fun environment.

NB: Please note, all students registered in the class must come prepared with a mouth guard, shin

guards, and proper footwear (runners). In inclement weather the class will move indoors

FIELD SPORTS (Jr/SR Infants)

New this year is our Field Sports class, brought to you by parent Darren Hanlon. Darren has a love for all sports and has coached young children in the past. In this class, our Jr/Sr Infants will learn a variety of sports, ie, soccer, tag rugby, rounders, and several other outdoor sports. Darren plans to keep the activity and interest level high by offering a wide range of sports throughout each term. 

NB: Please ensure your child has extra drinking water and proper footwear.

YOGA

Anne-Marie’s Yoga Bears is returning again this year. Yoga is a fun way for kids to calm their racing minds and bodies through Yoga and Mindfulness activities. This term Anne-Marie will be dividing the older kids into two classes. The class for 1st-2nd will focus more on mindfulness and yoga games, while the class for 3rd and up, will focus on yoga flow and practice.

NB: Children will need to bring their own yoga mat and wear shoes they can fasten themselves. 

 

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