Agreed Report from Board of Management January

Board of Management Meeting: Tuesday January 28th 2014

Agreed Report

Questionnaire on School Uniforms will be issued to all families, as directed by DES Circular 0063/2013.

Official Opening Time: The BOM continues to remind families that the official opening time for school is 9.20 a.m.

Parking: The issue of parking remains of concern to the BOM. Once again, we ask parents/gurdians to exercise extreme caution at peak times around the school. We also request that you are mindful of the local residents and that access to and from their homes is in no way compromised as a result of parking. The church car park, unfortunately remains under utilised. We ask you to consider making greater use of this facility where you can park safely. The safety of all of our pupils is our primary concern at all times.

First Holy Communion (May 10th) and Confirmation (May 31st) are among two of the highlights of our school year. The BOM wishes all of those involved the very best of luck over the coming months as preparations continue for these very important days.

Policies Ratified by the BOM

The BOM has ratified the Code of Behaviour, which comes into effect immediately. The BOM expresses its thanks to the committee who worked on this review.

The BOM has also ratified the Mathematics Policy. The BOM expresses its thanks to the teaching staff, and in particular to Mr Noel Lohan, Deputy Principal and Numeracy Co-ordinator for the work undertaken in reviewing this policy. Numeracy and Literacy continue to be priority areas and are currently the focus of our school’s self-evaluation.

All school policies may be downloaded from the school’s website www.creaghns.com under the downloads section. The password Tony2012 is required to gain access to this section of our website. Should you wish any of our policies to be translated, please contact the school secretary.

Policies for Review

Work has commenced on the review of the school’s Anti Bullying Policy, in compliance with the Anti Bullying Procedures issued by the Department of Education and Skills. A draft copy will be made available to school personnel and all submissions will be welcomed and considered. This policy will be formally ratified by the BOM before the end of this school term. In the meantime, the DES procedures may be viewed on www.education.ie

The annual review of the school’s Child Protection Policy will also be undertaken this term. Please note that the BOM has appointed Ms Stephanie Keating, Principal, as the school’s Designated Liaison Officer for Child Protection in this school. Mr Noel Lohan, Deputy Principal is the appointed Deputy Designated Liaison Officer.

School Events:

The BOM compliments the staff on the many activities undertaken with the pupils, some of which include the following:

Catholic Schools Week: January 27th-31st 2014.

St Brigid’s Day Crosses: Co-ordinated by Ms Regina Power, in aid of Ballinasloe Social Services. The BOM thanks all involved in making the crosses. A special word of thanks to Mr Anthony Blade (Ms. Blade’s father) for sharing his expertise in this craft with the staff and pupils.

Third Class Music Outing: The pupils in third class enjoyed a trip to Leisureland recently, to hear the RTE Symphony Orchestra perform.

Engineer’s Week: Week of Feb 10th 2014. Mrs Bleahene has a range of events organised for 4th/5th and 6th Classes for Engineer’s Week.

Science Week: The BOM acknowledges the generosity of the Principals, Staff and Pupils of Ard Scoil Mhuire and Garbally College for the great workshops provided by the schools during our science week. Sincere thanks also to the school’s science coordinator, Mrs Aine Bleahene.

Yellow Flag Committee: The BOM is delighted to hear of the great work being undertaken by the Yellow Flag Committee. The BOM extends its appreciation to the pupils, staff and parents on this committee, and in particular to this project’s coordinator, Mr Shane Dolan and to Mrs Caroline Gallagher.

Taste of the World: The BOM expresses its thanks to Ms Aisling Connaughton for organising the forthcoimg Taste of the World event in Halla Uí Bhruadair on February 7th 2014.

COW and WOW Days: Cycling or walking all or part of the way to school is becoming a very successful initiative, promoted and organised by Mrs Bleahene and her class. This currently takes place every second Wednesday, and it is hoped that when the weather improves, it will become a weekly event.

Transition to Secondary School: Pupils in 6th class have already experienced their first taste of life in secondary school. Taster Tuesday, on January 21st and the subsequent Open Days at the two local secondary schools were enjoyed by all.

Summer Course for the Teaching Staff: Integrated Approach to Reading

The BOM is fully supportive of the proposal to run a summer course for the teaching staff, based on An Integrated Approach to Reading. Subject to DES approval, it is anticipated that this course will take place during the first week in July. (July 1st-5th inclusive).

Christmas Fayre: The BOM commends Creagh Parents’Association on an extremely successful Christmas Fayre which was very well supported by the community.

Enrolment for September 2014: The closing date for the receipt of enrolment forms is March 31st 2014. The BOM will hold a special meeting on April 1st and applicants will be informed of the Board’s decision within 21 days of this meeting.

Treasurer’s Report:

The Treasurer, Mrs Claire Mc Greal, presented a detailed monthly financial report to the BOM.

End of Year School Accounts

The certified end of school year accounts, which have now been returned by the independent accountant, will be sent to the Patron of the School and are available to staff and parents at the Principal’s Office. The BOM acknowledged the tremendous work of the treasurer, Claire Mc Greal.

Condolences: The Board of Management extends its deepest sympathy to the O’ Halloran Family on the death of Peter O’ Halloran R.I.P.

BOM Meetings scheduled for the remainder of this term:

March 4th 2014

April 1st 2014 (Special BOM Meeting re Enrolment)


Stephanie Keating, Secretary to the BOM 30/01/14


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