The School Day – 9.20am – 3pm

School bus transport is provided by Bus Éireann under the School Transport Scheme. Your child’s bus driver will arrange morning pick-up time with you.


School Uniform

All uniform items are available from Lynch’s of Marino,
130 Philipsburgh Ave, Marino. Find on Google Maps >>

  • Red jumper with St Joseph’s crest
  • Grey trousers or grey pinafore/ skirt
  • White polo shirt with St Joseph’s crest (buy 2)
  • Grey tracksuit with St Joseph’s crest (for PE and Swimming days)
  • Black shoes (unless special shoes are needed)

A waterproof jacket with the crest is available but is not essential.

The Principal will be happy to agree an alternative if an official uniform item causes difficulty due to your child’s sensory or physical needs.

Art Class: loose shirt, which can be worn over the uniform.

Please label all uniform clothing, especially jumpers and jackets with a permanent marker.

School Bus Transport

Bus transport is provided to and from school by the Department of Education and Skills, through Bus Éireann.

Your child is assigned to a bus route and is given a bus ticket to and from your address. The bus contractor or driver arranges morning collection and afternoon drop-off times with you.

Bus Éireann regulations allow the driver 3 minutes maximum ‘wait time’ in the mornings. A bus escort meets your child at the bus each morning and accompanies them to the school entrance and home again on the bus each afternoon.

Responsibilities of Parents and Guardians:

  • Bring the child to the bus steps or ramp each morning
  • Receive the child at the bus steps or ramp each afternoon.
  • Inform the escort/ driver in advance if their child will not be attending school so the bus does not make a wasted journey
  • Inform the escort/ driver in advance if their child will not be returning home on the bus, i.e. when a child is collected from school.
  • Provide a booster seat or car seat if required for the child’s safe travel, i.e. if child under 150cm in height or 36kg in weight. It is recommended that parents/ guardians familiarise themselves with the RSA Car Seat guidelines and/or or talk with trained staff in shops that sell car seats to make sure your child is using the correct seat for their height and weight.

Questions: What to do if…

Contact the school office as soon as possible. If you cannot be there to meet your child from the school bus, a named adult must be at your home to meet your son or daughter when the bus arrives.

Contact the school office in writing about your upcoming change of address as soon as possible. An application for transport to the new address must be made to NCSE. The school will help you make this application. If NCSE sanctions travel to your new address, they will inform the School Transport Section at the Department of Education. Once transport to the new address is approved by Department of Education, it can take Bus Éireann a few weeks to arrange this.

Speak first with the driver or escort. If you are still unhappy, please contact the school.

More information about the responsibilities of all involved in the safe transport of your child are available on the Policies and Other Information page.

School Absences and Late Arrivals

Questions: What to do if…

As soon as possible, phone or text the bus escort to save the bus an unnecessary journey. Also phone the school office (01 8373696), giving full details of reason for absence for required school records. Read more (Link to Information Booklet for Parent and Guardians on Policies and Other Info Page)

Give as much notice as possible to the bus escort to arrange collection on the first morning of return to school after an absence of unknown length.

Inform the bus escort and the school. Advance notice can be given to the teacher in the home-school diary. The teacher will inform the office.

Inform the bus escort and the school office. The teacher will be informed.

Call to the Principal’s or Secretary’s office before going to the classroom. If collecting, sign out your child on the ‘Sign Out Sheet’ in the entrance hall.

More information about the responsibilities of all involved in the safe transport of your child are available on the Policies and Other Information page.

Breakfast Club, Snacks and School Lunches

We aim to promote healthy eating throughout the school day.

At present, due to COVID restrictions, there is no Breakfast Club. When Breakfast Club becomes possible again, it will be provided at JoJo’s café in ChildVision, from 8.45 a.m – 9.15 a.m, Children whose buses arrive in time can enjoy breakfast consisting of cereal, toast and a drink.

At school, time is given for a 10 minute mid-morning snack. Lunch-time is from 1.00-1.20. Healthy eating is encouraged at mealtimes, through the teaching of the SPHE curriculum and, in some classes, through ‘Fun with Food’.

Where parents have reported a child’s special dietary needs, or difficulties with feeding or drinking, the school liaises with the Senior Speech and Language therapist at ChildVision.

If you discover that your child has a food allergy, please advise the school.

You will find our Healthy Eating Policy, including Lunch Menu, under Policies on this website.