About our Book Rental Scheme
As you may know, the Minister for Education has provided funds for schools to introduce the ‘School Book Rental Scheme’. Following this decision by the DES we are in the fortunate position to offer a book rental scheme in St Fiachra’s SNS. It is intended that when fully operational, it will significantly reduce the cost of textbooks for parents. The initial scheme will run until the year 2018 / 2019 and will be reviewed then. In the present climate, it is important to keep costs to a minimum and as a staff, we at St. Fiachra’s have been very mindful of this in the past number of years, especially when it comes to deciding on the booklists each year. We have used the same reading schemes for a number of years in an effort to keep down costs. However, some of the books that we have been using are being discontinued and others have been considerably revamped. This has resulted in a number of changes to our booklists.
- The Book Rental Scheme applies to the core textbooks in English, Irish, Maths, History, Geography and Science,
- The scheme is VOLUNTARY. Some parents may wish NOT to participate but the scheme will be offered to all.
- BOOKLISTS will be provided in the normal way. The list will consist of the core books and workbooks.
- A once-off SECURITY DEPOSIT of €10 is payable on behalf of each student who joins the scheme. This deposit carries forward to the following year if all books are returned in good condition at the end of the academic year. The security deposit will be held against the safe return of all books rented to the pupils under the scheme. If books are lost or damaged the deposit will be retained to cover such loss or damage. Full compensation for lost books will be required before readmission to the scheme. The security deposit will be returned to families when the child leaves the school or opts out of the scheme.
- ANNUAL RENT: A rental charge of €30 will apply. The payment of both charges will secure the rental of all relevant text books in the booklist as and when required throughout the school year.
- To qualify for ADMISSION TO THE SCHEME, the deposit and rental charge must be paid on or before 27th March 2015 for incoming third classes. Booklists for children in 4th, 5th and 6th classes will follow after Easter.
- The books supplied under the scheme will remain the property of the school and will be subject to inspection at any time by a member of the teaching staff.
- MEMBERSHIP of the scheme is at the discretion of the Board of and the school principal. Any pupil found to be abusing, defacing or disposing of the rented books will be dismissed from the scheme and will be required to supply their own textbooks for the remainder of their time in the school.
- Books supplied under the scheme may be new or second hand at the discretion of the principal and the Board.
- For parents who are usually in receipt of what is known in the school as ‘The Book Grant’, the Department of Education and Skills has assured the school that the scheme will operate normally and is not to be confused with this scheme. Qualification for this grant is as before. To be eligible, one must satisfy at least one of the following criteria: be widowed, single parent, both parents unemployed, or be in receipt of family income supplement. Application forms for inclusion in the book grant scheme will be available from the office once funds are provided by the DES.
- If a pupil is deemed eligible, the money from the Book Grant will be set against the cost of the rental charge and the security deposit. For example, if the Book Grant is €90, €30 will be set aside for the rental charge, €10 for the security deposit, €50 for the Section B charge will be forwarded to the teacher on your behalf. (These are only approximate figures as we do not yet know what level of grant we will receive. The size of the grant payable to applicants is determined by the number of applicants as the total is divided by the number of applications received.)
Previously owned books:
- As the Irish and Maths books remain unchanged, we propose to include good previously-owned books in the scheme rather than have them discarded. The school will gladly accept donations of these books for inclusion in the scheme.
INFORMATION RE. ACADEMIC YEAR 2015 / 2016
This scheme will continue for the next academic year, 2015/2016. At the moment the full cost of buying all the books new in Third Class is approximately €130. The Book Rental Scheme will apply to the core textbooks in English, Irish, Maths, History and Geography/Science. The normal retail price for these books is €79.55.
These core books are available under the Book Rental Scheme for €40 which includes a Deposit of €10*.
- The scheme is voluntary. Some parents may not wish to participate but it will be offered to all.
- Annual Rent: The annual rental charge of €30 will apply. The payment of both charges (deposit and rental) will secure the rental of all the relevant core books on the booklist.
- To qualify for admission to the scheme, the deposit and rental charge €40 should be paid during the weeks of 19 -27 March.
- If you are interested in joining, the members of the Senior School Parents’ Council will come to your child’s class to collect relevant documents and money each morning between 9.00 and 9.30am commencing Thursday 19 March.
- The once off security deposit of €10 rolls over to the following year if all books are returned in good condition.
Book Rental Committee.
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Third Class Booklist 2015 / 16 can be viewed HERE or under the News section of the website
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Frequently Asked Questions
Book Rental Scheme Policy
The scheme is voluntary. Book lists will be supplied to parents in the normal way.
A security deposit is payable on behalf of each student who joins the scheme. This deposit carries forward to the following year if all books are returned in good condition at the end of the current year. The security deposit will be held against the safe return of all books rented to pupils under the scheme. If books are lost or damaged, a percentage or all of this deposit will be retained to cover such loss or damage. Full compensation for lost books will be required before re-admission to the scheme. However, this deposit will be returned should a pupil leave the scheme having safely returned all the rented books within an acceptable condition of use.
Annual rental: A rental charge of € 30 per year will apply in addition to the security deposit of €10. The payment of both charges will secure the rental of all relevant text books listed in the book list as and when required throughout the school year.
Purchase of workbooks, disposable materials and stationery will remain outside the scope of this scheme and remain the responsibility of the parents.
To qualify for admission to the scheme, the deposit and rental charge must be paid on or before 6th June each year.
The Department of Education and Skills Book Grant scheme will be operated separately from this scheme. Application forms for the book grant scheme can be obtained from the school office and must be submitted to the school office before 1 June. If a pupil is deemed eligible, a grant of € XXXX will be set against the rental charge of € 30 leaving a balance of € XXXXX to be paid. The security deposit of €10 will still be payable if you are a new entrant to the scheme.
Each pupil/parent will be required to sign a receipt for the books supplied which will be retained in the school.
The books supplied under the scheme will remain the property of the school and may be subject to inspection at any time by a member of the teaching staff.
Membership of the scheme is at the discretion of the board of management and the school principal. Any pupil found to be abusing, defacing or disposing of rented books will be dismissed from the scheme and will be required to supply their own textbooks for the remainder of their time in the school.
Books supplied under the scheme may be new or second hand at the discretion of the principal and board of management.
18th March 2015