Board of Management Meeting Agreed Report
December 8th 2016
Vote of Sympathy
The Board of Management offered its sympathy to the former Principal, Mr Tony Broderick, on the death of his mother Mrs Lilly Broderick R.I.P.
Policy Review and Development
• The BOM undertook the annual review of the school’s Anti Bullying Policy using the approved Checklist (Appendix 4 of DES Anti Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools) at this meeting.
• The Board welcomes the review of the school’s Critical Incident Policy, following the publication of the new guidelines Responding to Critical Incidents (NEPs and DES Publication November 2016)
• The Board welcomes the work currently being undertaken by the In-school Management Team drafting a new Anti Cyber Bullying Policy.
• Draft policies will be presented to the BOM for ratification following the completion of the consultative process.
Anti Bullying Day
The BOM acknowledges the contribution of the facilitator Mr Pat Courtney to the school’s recent Anti Bullying Day (December 7th 2016). The workshops for pupils (3rd-6th classes) and information sessions for staff and parents were funded by the Board. The Board also acknowledges the ongoing work of staff in this area.
New Stay Safe Programme
The Board welcomes the introduction of the revised Stay Safe Programme. The Principal will attend a training day on December 9th and will then liaise with staff in relation to the implementation of the revised programme. The Stay Safe Programme is a mandatory part of the Social Personal and Health Education Curriculum and it is school policy to cover this programme during the months of January and February.
The BOM has submitted a planning application to Galway County Council for a new classroom. This classroom is required as a result of the reduction in the pupil teacher ratio and not as a result of an increase in numbers. The Board welcomes this reduction in class size, which will benefit all students. The additional classroom will be fully funded by the Department of Education and Skills.
Tablet Technology for Pupils
The BOM congratulates and thanks all of those involved in the recent fundraising events in aid of the school’s fund for tablet technology for pupils. The Board wishes to acknowledge in a particular way the work of teaching staff members Ms Power and Ms Blade for co-ordinating this very successful project. There is now a total of €14,510 in this fund to spend on iPads. The school’s IT co-ordinator, Ms Regina Power is currently evaluating quotations and a final decision will be made shortly.
An application has been made to the PDST (Professional Development Support Services) for Whole Staff Training. This will not incur any cost to the school.
The BOM acknowledges the very generous contribution of €1894.00 from the Parents’ Association to purchase additional activity kits for the pupils. This purchase has now been complete and all classes now have access to their own individual kit.
Parent Teacher Meetings
The Board noted the following arrangements for this year’s Parent Teacher Meetings:
4th/5th/6th Classes: Tuesday January 17th (3.15p.m.-5.15p.m.) and Thursday January 19th (3.15p.m.-5.45p.m.)
1st/2nd/3rd Classes: Tuesday January 24th (3.15p.m.-5.15p.m.) and Thursday January 26th (3.15p.m.-5.45p.m.)
Junior and Senior Infants: Week beginning Monday January 30th as follows:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 2.15p.m.-3p.m.
Thursday February 2nd 2.15p.m.- 5.45p.m.
Enrolment Forms for 2016/17
Enrolment forms for 2016/17 will issue on January 9th 2017. The school’s enrolment policy may be viewed on the school website www.creaghns.com under Downloads using the password Tony2012.
The Board of Management wishes to thank the school’s science co-ordinator, teaching staff member, Mrs Aine Bleahene for organising a range of exciting events for Science week last month.
Supporting the Local Community
The Board compliments and thanks staff and pupils for their involvement in activities to support the local community.
The 6th class pupils and their teachers Mrs Bleahene and Mr Ronaldson will perform some Christmas Carols next Friday December 16th in aid of Ballinasloe Lions Club and Ballinasloe Social Services. A representative group from the school will also perform some Christmas Carols in Millrace Nursing Home next week.
Ballinasloe Lion’s Club Food Appeal
Mr Lohan, Mrs Barrett and the Student Council are organising the school’s contribution to the Ballinasloe Lion’s Club Food Appeal.
Christmas Festival in Ballinasloe
Mrs Aine Bleahene, Ms Aine Dooley, Mrs Barrett, Ms Elaine Dolan, Mr Lohan and Mr Geraghty co-ordinated the school’s participation in the recent Christmas Festival organised by Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre.
No Uniform Day
Congratulations to all involved in the school’s No Uniform Day in October which raised €470 in aid of Aiden Sheridan’s fundraising for Breast Cancer Research. We congratulate Aiden, a parent in the school, on his fantastic achievement of completing 52 marathons in 52 weeks in aid of this very worthy cause.
Voluntary Contribution Scheme
The Board wishes to thank parents for their generous response to the school’s voluntary contribution scheme, which was reviewed recently. Envelopes with your contribution may be returned to the secretary’s office.
Renewal of Green Flag and Yellow Flag
The Board of Management wishes to acknowledge the great work of staff and pupils as they engage in the process of renewing the school’s Yellow Flag and Green Flag. A special word of thanks to Mrs Bleahene and Mr Lohan who are coordinating the Green Flag project and to Mrs Gallagher and Ms Danika Dolan who are coordinating the Yellow Flag Project.
December 8th Holy Day/Christmas Confessions
The BOM wishes to thank Fr O’Donovan and all involved in the school mass to celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th. Christmas Confessions will take place on December 12th.
The Board expresses its thanks to the priests of the parish for their support to the school throughout the year.
Health and Safety
The Board of Management endorses the ongoing Health and Safety reminders in the newsletters. Please note the following, which was included in the Christmas newsletter:
Road Safety and Parking Awareness
We thank you for your full co-operation in relation to road safety and parking when dropping off and collecting children. We ask you to continue to be extra vigilant at all times. We ask all parents to please reduce speed when coming in around the church area to drop off and collect pupils.
Please continue to remind your child of the importance of keeping safe coming to and going from school, especially during these dark winter mornings and evenings. Pupils should never be alone nor should they deviate from their normal route to and from school. Seat belts should be worn at all times when travelling by car/bus while helmets should be worn when cycling. We also encourage pupils to wear high visibility jackets at this time of the year. Children should use the Pedestrian lights or the lollipop lady, Mrs Madden to cross the road safely at all times.
Congratulations to our former Community Gardaí
The BOM congratulates Aidan Lonegan on his promotion to the position of Sergeant.
The BOM congratulates Garda John Scully on his recent retirement.
The BOM acknowledges the great work of Aidan and John in their roles as Community Gardaí.
The Treasurer presented a detailed report to the Board of management. The Board acknowledges the great work of the treasurer, Mr Ivan Kelly.
Date of Next Meeting: The date for the next meeting of the Board of Management will be confirmed in January.
The Board of Management wishes all members of our school community a very happy and peaceful Christmas. The members of the Board wish you and your family health and happiness in 2017.