Board of Management End of Year Report 2015/2016

Creagh National School

Chairperson: Fr. Daniel O’ Donovan

Principal: Ms. Stephanie Keating

Board of Management End of Year Report 2015-2016 (June 2016)

Members of the Board of Management 2011-2015

• Fr Daniel O’ Donovan, Chairperson

• Carmel Stack, Patron’s Nominee

• Stephanie Keating, Principal and Secretary to the BOM

• Claire Mc Greal, Parents’ Nominee and Treasurer

• Paul Madden Parents’ Nominee

• Áine Bleahene, Teachers’ Nominee

• Frank Gallagher, Community Nominee

• Mary Fallon, Community Nominee

Members of the New Board of Management (From December 1st 2015)

• Fr Daniel O’ Donovan, Chairperson

• Carmel Stack, Patron’s Nominee

• Stephanie Keating, Principal and Secretary to the BOM

• Ivan Kelly, Parents’ Nominee and Treasurer

• Caroline Kerr, Parents’ Nominee

• Regina Power, Teachers’ Nominee

• Frank Gallagher, Community Nominee

• Paul Madden Community Nominee

The BOM operates under the guidelines of the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association. The School Patron is Dr. John Kirby, Bishop of Clonfert.


The BOM met on the following dates during the course of the academic year 2015-2016

• September 8th 2015

• November 3rd 2015

• December 2nd 2015 (Special Meeting to nominate two community representatives to the BOM)

• January 12th 2016 (First Meeting of all of the members of the New Board of Management)

• February 9th 2016

• March 1st (Special BOM Meeting re Applications for Career Breaks and Job Sharing)

• April 4th 2016 (Special Meeting re Enrolment for 2016-17)

• April 28th 2016 (Special Meeting to ratify 16th Mainstream Teacher)

• June 30th 2016

Agreed Report

An Agreed Report was posted on the school website after each meeting, apart from Special/Emergency Board Meetings. This has been found to be the most effective way of disseminating the Board’s Report to the relevant bodies within the school community.


An agenda is set seven days in advance of each BOM. At every meeting the Principal and the Treasurer present a detailed report to the Board.

Child Protection and Bullying are included in all reports presented by the Principal to the BOM.

Staffing Schedule 2015-2016

Administrative Principal; 15 Mainstream Staff; 9 teachers in Special Education (7 permanent positions; one fixed term resource post for the year 2015/16 and one shared post with Camcloon NS with Camcloon being the base school); 3.83 SNAs, 1 Secretary (Full time) and 1 Caretaker (Full Time).

From September 1st 2016, there will be 16 mainstream teachers; 9 teachers in Special Education (7 permanent positions; one fixed term resource post for the year 2016/17 and one shared post with Camcloon NS with Camcloon being the base school); 3.83 SNAs, 1 Secretary (Full Time) and 1 Caretaker (Full Time)

Posts of Responsibilities:

The posts of responsibilities allocated to the In School Management Team are as follows:

• Deputy Principal and Responsibility for Literacy and Numeracy: Noel Lohan

• P.E./Health and Safety: Mary Barrett

• Science and Green Schools: Áine Bleahene

•Gaeilge and School Website: Majella O’ Rourke

• Visual Arts and Rental Books Scheme: Caroline Gallagher

• I.T. Regina Power

Career Breaks:

Ms Laura Gallagher, Ms Aisling Connaughton, Mr Shane Dolan and Ms Sinead Cahalan are on career break this year 2015-2016

School Inspector: The Roinn Cigire attached to the school is Mr Nicholas Cosgrave. Mrs Anne Feerick, Divisional Inspector was also attached to the school for a brief period.

Enrolment September 2015: Total 415

Child Protection

Designated Liaison Officer: Stephanie Keating

Deputy Designated Liaison Officer: Noel Lohan

Child Protection Policy reviewed annually and on display in all classrooms.

Stay Safe Programme: It is school policy that the Stay Safe Programme is facilitated in all classes on an annual basis during the period January/February.

Attendance: Reports submitted to the National Education Welfare Board.

Main School Events and Achievements 2015-2016

• Election of Student Council (pupils from 5th and 6th class)

• Infant Curricular Information Evening for Parents/Guardians

• Partcipation in Peace Proms Choir

• Science Week

• Engineers’ Week

• Parent Teacher Meetings

• Parents’ Association AGM: Brief address by Principal

• Secondary Schools Principals’ Visits to 6th Class Pupils

• Taster Tuesday: Visit by 6th Class to the two secondary schools

• Various Field Trips which link in with SESE Programme

• Additonal Activity Kits for Pupils sponsored by the Parents’ Association to promote increased activity at break time.

• School Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany

• Credit Union Quiz

• St Brigid’s Day Crosses: All funds raised donated to Ballinasloe Social Services

• 1916 Rising Centenary Celebrations: Presentation of our national flag and a copy of the proclamation by members of the Defence Forces; 1916 Museum in school hall organised by Ms Blade’s 4th Class; Proclamation Day: Raising of the National Flag and recitation of the National Proclamation and Pupils’ Proclamations based on their hopes for Ireland for the future. 1916 Rising Play produced and performed by Mrs Gallagher’s and Mr Ronaldson’s classes.

• Participation in local community events and competitions eg Fair Week, Credit Union Competition, Local Art Competitions

• Sporting Events: Boys’ and Girls’ Football, Hurling and Camogie competitions; Spikeball Competions; Athletics at Regional and County Level, Swimming at Regional and All Ireland Level; Chess Competitions

• Seachtain na Gaeilge

• Visit to the Ombudsman for Children’s Office (5th Class)

• Participation in Busy Bee Spelling Competition

• Book Week

• Catholic Schools Week

• Tree Day and Tree Week

• Healthy Eating Promotion

• Information evening re Friends for Life Programme for parents of pupils in Fourth Class ; Implementation of Programme with Fourth Class

• Bishop Kirby’s Visit to the School

• Confirmation

• First Holy Communion

• School Choir (4th and 5th Class Pupils) performed at the Remembrance Mass in Mill Race Nursing Home

• Fun Run/Walk Fundraising event in aid of tablet technology for pupils organised by Staff and Parents’ Association.

• End of Year Standardised Tests

• End of Year Talent Show

• Active Week

• School Tours (Second to Sixth Classes)

• End of School Year Thanksgiving (All classes) and Graduation Mass for 6th Class

• Graduation Ceremony

• Presentation of Sporting Awards

• Presentation of Attendance Awards

• Presentation of Mr Johnny Johnston Special Acheivement Award

School Self Evaluation/ School Improvement Plan

Year 4 (2015-2016): Gaeilge Neamhfhoirmiúil (Informal/Oral Irish) Literacy and Numeracy

In School Staff Training:

• Gaeilge (Gaeilge Neamhfhoirmiúil) In service Training (PDST Facilitator) October 2015

• Science Workshop (Facilitated by Mrs Aine Bleahene) November 2015

• Writing Genres (PDST Facilitator) (March 2016)

• Annual Review of Child Protection Policy by Staff (April 2016)

• Friends for Life Training (Fourth Class Teachers)

• New Primary Language Curriculum (Facilitated by Principal) June 2016

Staff Development: Staff engaged in ongoing CPD outside of school hours.

The Principal attended a Child Protection Conference in Dublin and Training in the New Primary Language Curriculum

Training for Parents/Guardians and Pupils

• Relationships and Sexuality/6th Class (March 2016)

• Friends for Life Information Evening/4th Class (April 2016)

The BOM funded all of the above training where costs were incurred.

Policies Ratified by the BOM

The following policy was reviewed and subsequently ratified by the BOM

• Child Protection

A consultative process is followed for the review of all policies.

Literacy and Numeracy Scores for 2015-2016

End of year scores attained by pupils both in Literacy and Numeracy will be reviewed by the BOM. The Principal reports her satisfaction with the standards being attained in these areas.

Some In School Practices and Initiatives

• Review and agreement on whole school approach to Writing Genres

• Reading Recovery for four SEN pupils

• Literacy Lift Off (Senior Infants/First Class)

• Ready Set Go Maths Programme (Junior and Senior Infants)

• Paired Maths Programme (Junior and Senior Infants)

• Mata sa Rang (First Class and Second Class)

• Building Bridges Programme (All Classes)

• Integrated Approach to Reading (All Classes)

• Zippy’s Friends (Currently being piloted in two of the Infant Classes)

• Aistear Programme (Infant Classes)

• Friends for Life Programme (Fourth Class)

National Educational Psychologist Services/ Educational Psychologist: Ms Breda Hand

• Beginning of School Year Meeting and Consultation

• Educational Psychological Assessments

• Review Assessments

• Support for school.

Primary Online Data System

The required data has been updated as required by the DES.

Extra Curricular Activities in Creagh NS

Boys’ Hurling: Every Wednesday 3-4p.m. on the school pitch with Mr Liam Geraghty and Mr Eric Ward (Third to Sixth Classes)

Boys’ Football: Every Tuesday 3-4p.m. on the school pitch with Mr Mark Ronaldson (Third to Sixth Classes)

Girls’ Football: Every Monday 3.10p.m. – 4.10p.m. on the school pitch with Ms Fox, Ms Aine Dooley and Mrs Claire Gallagher (Third to Sixth Classes)

Camogie Training: Every Thursday 3-4p.m. on the school pitch with Ms Curtin and Ms Claire Kelly (Third to Sixth Classes)

Spikeball Training: Every Tuesday evening in the Emerald Ballroom 7.00p.m.-8.30p.m. with Mrs Caroline Gallagher and Ms Blade. A special word of thanks to Fr Garvey for allowing the school to avail of the Emerald Ballroom for Spikeball training and challenge matches.


The Board of Management is very grateful to all of the teachers and coaches who continue to give willingly and generously of their time to share their skill and expertise with the pupils.

Homework Club

Homework Club is organised and facilitated by two teaching staff members.

Use of School Premises by the Community

• Ballinasloe Chess Club

• Creagh Codordojo

• Speech and Drama Classes

• Gymnastic Classes

• Camp Cairdeas (Summer Course for Pupils)

Groups that avail of the school premises apply to the BOM on an annual basis.

School Library

The Board acknowledges the great work of parent, Ms Mairead Cannon in the school library.

Meditation with Children

Meditation with Children takes place twice weekly for approximately 5minutes to 10 minutes (depending on the age profile of the class).

Additional Accommodation

The new staffing schedule has resulted in the appointment of an additional permanent mainstream teacher from September 1st 2016. This has resulted in an application to the Building Unit of the DES for additional accommodation i.e. the building of one mainstream classroom. The DES has approved the Board’s application.

Minor Works and Improvements 2015-2016

• Fire Safety Certificate issued following Fire Safety Inspection

• Planning permission obtained for new Storage Shed

• Internal renovation to create a small classroom (temporary measure until new classroom is built)

Fundraising Events

• Tanzania: Annual fundraising event for Technology in Cobet in Tanzania. €3000 was raised in total.

• No Uniform Days: 2 days were organised by the Student Council and the following amounts were raised: 1. €400 for Portiuncula Hospital (Children’s Wards) €400 for Crumlin Hospital (Crumlin Hospital School Fund) 2. €300 for Tanzania

• Cake Sale: Organised by 5th and 6th Class in aid of hurleys and helmets for Infants/ First and second classes. €1290 was raised.

• Ballinasloe Lions Club Appeal: Annual Christmas Hamper Appeal was supported by the school.

• St Brigid’s Day Crosses: The making and selling of these crosses has become an annual event in Creagh NS. €4701.23 was raised and donated to Ballinasloe Social Services

• Fun Run/Walk: €2,500.00 towards tablet technology for the pupils


The End of Year Accounts were complied and reviewed by an independent accountant. Copies of same are available to view from the Principal’s Office. A copy of the school accounts was sent to the school Patron, Bishop John Kirby.

The BOM has approved the use of a new accounts package School Accounts.ie. The Board has also approved the use of online banking for the payment of some bills.

Voluntary Contribution: The Board of Management is grateful to parents for their ongoing support through the school’s Voluntary Contribution Scheme. This money helps to meet the increasing costs of cleaning and heating the school.

The BOM expresses its thanks to the previous Treasurer, Claire Mc Greal and the current Treasurer Ivan Kelly for maintaining the school accounts.


The BOM expresses its thanks to the Principal, Staff, Parents/Guardians, Parents’ Association, DES, Primary Inspectorate, School Community and all of those who support the work of the school.

Original copy signed and dated by the Chairperson of the Board of Management

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