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We hope you get a sense of the warm, friendly and caring learning environment that is our school, St. Patrick's G.N.S., Hollypark.  

Ms.Bernadette Gunning


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Homework Completion Guidelines

Importance of Homework


The school considers that homework is very important:

  • It fosters independence, self-reliance, self-esteem, responsibility and life-long learning skills.

  • It provides the child with the opportunity to consolidate her learning and so is an aid to her progress

  • It provides families with useful insights into their children’s learning and needs

  • It gives pupils the opportunity to develop the practice of independent study and to form good habits for secondary school

  • It affords pupils the opportunity to use alternative materials and supports from those available in the classroom

  • Occasionally, at the discretion of the class teacher or the principal, children are given‘homework off’ as a treat or as acknowledgement of some achievement or special occasion.

For additional homework tips for parents of primary school children please visit:


Parents Role

  • Parents can help by making sure their child has a suitable time and place set aside for homework with no distractions.

  • Check your child’s homework is completed to the best of her ability.

  • If you feel your child is trying really hard, remember to praise their efforts, especially if it’s something they find difficult.

  • Parents can hear oral elements of homework such as maths tables.

  • If your child is experiencing difficulties completing her homework, please discuss this with your class teacher.

  • Check your child’s homework journal daily and fill in the time taken, along with a signature.

Suggested time guidelines:


Infants - Class teacher will advise

1st/2nd: 20 - 30 minutes

3rd/4th: 30 - 40 minutes

5th/6th: 40 - 60 minutes

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