Agreed Report to Parents September 2018

  • Staffing – Ms Tara Quinn was appointment to the permanent position in the school. She is currently teaching 4th & 5th

Ms Alison McCullagh was appointed to the permanent SNA position.

Ms Rachel Marron is currently covering Junior & Senior Infants.

  • Code of Behaviour – This was reviewed and fully implemented.
  • Enrolment – There are 144 pupils enrolled in the school. A new enrolment policy will have to be implemented over the coming year.
  • SSE – The school is currently doing spelling as part of the School Self Evaluation.
  • Child Protection – A review of our Child Safeguarding Statement was undertaken by the Board in accordance with the CPP.
  • School Policies – The following were reviewed:
  1. a) Critical Incident Policy
  2. b) Digital Strategy
  • School events:
  • Green flag
  • GAA Coach
  • Tag Rugby
  • Parent – teacher meetings in November
  • Presidential Election, school closed October 26th

Agreed Report to Parents May 2018

  • Child Protection Training – Staff have undergone training with regard to new Child Protection procedures. These are available to look at on the website.
  • School Building – Planning permission is in for new extension of one classroom. This is to provide us for 6th teacher next year, as our numbers now entitle us to.  This will not be ready in September so arrangements are being made.
  • GDPR: The BOM has implemented procedures to ensure that the school complies with the General Data Protection Regulation.
  • School Reports/Standardised Tests: these are ongoing and will be completed June.
  • Class splits for next year discussed.
  • Events in the school:
  • Tours
  • Trip to Theatre
  • Sports

Agreed Report to Parents March 2018

  • New Child Protection Procedures have been adopted by the school. The BOM has produced a Child Safeguarding Statement and a Risk Assessment.  The C.S.S. is on the school website.
  • A new Parents as Partners Policy has been ratified by the BOM and is available on the school website.
  • A new Data Protection Policy has been ratified by the BOM as is available on the school website.
  • The School is looking at software and encryption as part of our I.T. Policy.
  • Events in the school:
    • Sponsored Walk
    • Catholic Schools Week
    • Quizzes
    • Swimming

Agreed Report to Parents December 2017

  • Child safety has improved for pupils at 3pm under the new system.  We are still seeking funds for the new car park.
  • All employees of the school are garda vetted as required.
  • Ms Cleary will return at the end of January.  Ms Quinn is moving on at Christmas – we wish her well.
  • Enrolment week takes place January 15th – 19th 2018
  • Code of Behaviour was reviewed and signed off.  It is available to view on the website.
  • Literacy Lift Off has been completed this year.
  • School events discussed:
    • Sport – Tag Rugby, Football, Soccer, Athletics & Swimming
    • Drama – Dr Whittington, 5th & 6th class play.
    • Parents Association – thanked for fantastic role played.

 

Agreed Report to Parents October 2017

  • The school is in the process of ordering new I.T. equipment for classrooms.  The grant has been provided by the Department of Education and Skills.
  • A number of jobs were carried out over the summer. The outside of the school was painted and some glass was replaced.
  • The Board undertook its annual Child Protection Checklist.  A copy of our Child Protection Policy is available on the school website.
  • The situation with regard to parking was discussed at length.  Our stakeholders would be consulted in relation to proposed changes.  Work is ongoing in terms of a long term solution.
  • Literacy Lift Off and the New Support Model are in operation.
  • Insurance:  Parents will be provided with clarity, that children are not automatically insured in the school in the case of an accident.  That is why individual insurance is offered.

 

Agreed Report to Parents June 2017

  • School is implementing new I.T. plan – looking to purchase equipment over the summer.
  • Number of Circulars discussed.

(a) Cost Savings circular – to be given to the Parents Association.

(b) Learning Support

(c)  Standardised Tests

  • 21 enrolled for New Junior Infants
  • Job Sharing next year between Ms McEneaney & Ms Burns
  • After School Club review took place
  • Board to explore E-payment option
  • School events
    • Sports day
    • Sacraments
    • Tours
    • Graduation Day
    • End of School Term
    • End of year report
    • Green Flag Ceremony

Agreed Report to Parents December 2016

  • Amended Health and Safety Statement ratified and available on the website.
  • New School Music Plan ratified and available from the school office.
  • New SEN model will commence in 2017.
  • Ms Tara Quinn will be covering maternity leave for Ms Sorcha Cleary.  We wish Ms Cleary all the best with the pending arrival.
  • Enrolment takes place week of 16th – 20 January.
  • New Language Curriculum – In-service day completed. We will begin to implement this in Junior classes.
  • Literacy Lift Off – Intensive language reading initiative completed in 1st class.
  • Sporting and Christmas Events of school – all available on the website.

 

 

Agreed Report to Parents September 2016

  • Staffing – Welcome to our new teachers Ms S Hamill and Ms L McNally.
  • Enrolment – We have 21 new Junior Infants & 3 enrolments in other classes.  Current number of students is 132.
  • Health and Safety report – Carried out by Allianz.  All items mentioned are being or have been checked and amended.
  • Parent Association – The AGM is on September 28th.  Outgoing committee thanked for their tremendous work.
  • Child Protection Policy – This underwent an annual review.  It is now available online and in the school office.
  • Tablets – 6 new Ipads purchased so that there is one between 2 in classrooms
  • Green Schools – Theme of Saving Energy for the new flag.
  • Critical Incident policy – Reviewed and adapted.  Again available online and in office.
  • Maths School Plan – reviewed and updated.  Focus on

¨      Mental maths

¨      Termly focus on different areas

¨      Maths language

Again available online or in school office

  • Car park – Safety issues and information with respect to car park discussed.

 

Agreed Report to Parents March 2016

  • The Board of Management ratified the following policies: Homework Policy, Supervision Policy and School Uniform Policy.
  • These ones are available on our website – all are available from the office.
  • Training for new language curriculum begins before Summer.
  • Sponsored walk will take place on March 16th.
  • After school class takes place on Monday in music.
  • School Events:
    • Proclamation Day
    • Seachtaine na Gaeilge
    • GAA/Swimming
    • Handwriting Competition
    • Muff 2K run
    • 1st Confession
    • Friendship Week.

 

Agreed Report to Parents December 2015

  • New Board members welcomed to begin their 4 year term.  The full board is: Ciara Walsh – Chairperson.  Jacqui Lynch; Philip Farrelly; Kevin Shiels; Áine Gogarty; John Canavan; Aonghus Byrne; Cherri Campbell
  • Enrolment takes place week of 11th – 15th January.
  • New appendix to Child Protection policy. On website
  • School Self Evaluation doing:

¨      English ? Recount writing

¨      Maths ? Puzzles & games

¨      Music ? Awaiting PDST cuiditheoir.

  • Parent association – acknowledged very active role they are playing
  • New Language curriculum due to begin being implemented in September
  • Eirgrid – awaiting oral hearings.
  • Events of school:

¨      Successful swimming competition.

¨      Great display in soccer blitz/GAA teams.

¨      Medals won at Cross Country.

¨      Football team made big impact with school.

¨      Flag Day was very enjoyable and memorable. Flag presented.

¨      2 trips – National Concert Hall and The Iontas Theatre Castleblaney

¨      Christmas – show by the senior class

¨      Literacy Lift off completed in 1st class

¨      Croke Park hours used for C.P.D., planning, staff meeting, Parent/teacher meetings

 

 

Agreed Report to Parents September 2015

  • Summer Works were completed over the holidays.  New fencing was erected around the ball courts.
  • New iPads have been purchased.  These will be in use in classes from this week on.
  • 16 Pupils have been enrolled in Junior Infants this year.
  • With regard to the Child Protection Policy, the annual checklist was completed by the Board.
  • The School Self Evaluation in continuing in the school with Music being the subject evaluated this year.  We are continuing with our maths and english plans.
  • Roll books have now been replaced by computer software making taking the roll more efficient.

 

Agreed Report to Parents May 2015

  • The Catechist came to the school and visited all the classes.  She was very impressed with all our pupils.
  • Food dudes was a huge success.  Many thanks to Ms Cleary for organising and coordinating same.
  • A Summer Works Grant has been granted to the school.  There will be work done on fencing in the school over the summer.
  • Communion and Confirmation preparations are complete with the Parents Association organising reception in the hall.
  • Staffing; Thank you to Ms Conlan for her wonderful work.  Ms Campbell has been welcomed back.
  • Sponsored walk was very successful.  Over €2500.00 raised.  This will help for art supplies and photocopying etc.

 

Agreed BOM Report to Parents Sept 2014

  • Enrolment for current Junior Infants is 15.
  • Parent Association AGM was held and a new committee was set-up – Chairperson: Laura Reilly; Secretary: Sharon Shiels; Treasurer: Debbie Morris; Assistance Chairperson: Elaine Fitzsimons; Assistant Secretary: Angela Reilly; Assistant Treasurer: Louise McCormack.  The Board recognised the invaluable work done by the Association in the past year.
  • School Self-Elevation – Year 3 of English plan is underway.  We are commencing our Maths Improvement Plan.  Maths Week takes place from October 13th.
  • Ms Siobhán Conlan is acting as substitute teacher in Ms. Campbell’s class.  We wish her all the best in the role.
  • Following draft policies ratified by Board after a review: Child Protection; Attendance; Code of Behaviour; Health and Safety.  Also looked at Critical Incident Policy.
  • Parent/Teacher meetings to be held in November.

 

 

Agreed Report to Parents June 2014

  • The School Self Evaluation process is ongoing with our English plan available to see on the website. We are now in the process of drafting the Maths Improvement Plan.
  • A check was carried out by the Board with regard to the legislation required under the Self Evaluation Process.
  • Enrolment of new Junior Infants next year will be 14 pupils.
  • A discussion on the upcoming events in the school took place – most of this information is available in the June Newsletter.

 

 

Meeting November 26th 2013 – Agreed Report to Parents

  • A new amended English School plan was ratified by the Board of Management.
  • An Anti-Bullying draft plan base on new Department guidelines was discussed and ratified by the Board.
  • The minister & local representative have been contacted by the principal expressing concerns over the construction by Eigrid of pylons.
  • A Green Flag initial application has been sent in for consideration.
  • Self Evaluation in English is ongoing with regard to writing.  Maths is the next subject that will be examined.
  • The Board was informed of a busy programme up until Christmas.

 

 

Meeting September 24th 2013 – Agreed Report to Parents

  • The standardised testing report for the Department was discussed in some detail.
  • Work has been completed on both the school gates and the drainage percolation area. The pitch will be in operation from next Spring to allow the grass adequate time to grow.
  • The Book Rental Scheme has been significantly increased this year and we will look to continue to so in the future.
  • Enrolment for the new Junior Infant class was 15 pupils meaning there are now 120 pupils in the school.
  • A new P. Association Committee was elected at the AGM. The outgoing committee were thanked for their efforts over the last twelve months.
  • The framework for a new Anti – Bullying Policy was discussed with specific focus on the  duties of the board.
  • School Self – Evaluation Plan discussed for both English and Maths.