Board of Management End of Year Report June 2018

Creagh National School


Co. Galway.

Tel. 090 9642634

Fax. 090 9645463




Chairperson: Mr Frank Gallagher

Principal: Ms. Stephanie Keating

Board of Management

End of Year Report 2017-2018

The following is the End of Year Report for 2016/17 agreed by the Board of Management at its meeting on June 18th 2018.

Members of the Board of Management

• Frank Gallagher, Chairperson

• Carmel Stack, Patron’s Nominee

• Fr Kieran Danfulani, 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

• Paul Madden, Community Nominee

Bishop Kirby appointed Mr Frank Gallagher as Chairperson of the Board of Management and Fr Kieran Danfulani as the Patron’s Nominee to the BOM on January 15th 2018.

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 2017-2018

o September 25th 2017

o November 13th 2017

o December 20th 2017 (Special Board Meeting)

o January 22nd 2018

o March 5th 2018 (Review and Ratification of Child Safeguarding Statement)

o April 10th (Special Board Meeting)

o June 18th 2018

Agreed Report

An Agreed Report is posted on the school website after each meeting, apart from Special Board Meetings. The Agreed Report after the meeting on March 5th was the ratified Child Safeguarding Statement.


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.

Principal’s Child Protection Oversight Report to the BOM

Following the enactment of the Children First Act 2015, the Principal presents a Child Protection Oversight Report is to the BOM at every meeting. This is in line with the oversight role of the Board of Management in relation to matters relating to Child Protection.

Classes and Teachers for 2017/18

Junior Infants Ms Curtin & Ms Carty

Senior Infants Ms D Dolan/Ms K Barrett

First Class Ms Whyte/Mr Geraghty & Ms Carey/Ms Dooley

Second Class Ms Power & Ms Fox

Third Class Mrs Gallagher and Ms Connaughton

Fourth Class Mrs Barrett and Ms Blade

Fifth Class Mr Dolan & Ms Cahalan

Sixth Class Mr Ronaldson & Ms Greene

Special Education Team

Mr Lohan

Ms Farrell

Ms K Dooley/Mr Ward

Mrs Bleahene

Mrs Mc Cann

Ms O’ Rourke

Ms Moran

Ms Colohan/Ms Larkin

Ms E Dolan

Special Needs Assistants

Ms Helena Divilly Sweeney/Ms Catherina Concannon

Ms Siobhan Carty

Ms Sarah Loughnane/Ms Carmel O’ Riordan

Ms Patricia Rooney

Mrs Fran Lyons

School Secretary: Ms Ann Haynes

School Caretaker: Mr Joesph Murphy

Leadership and Management Team

Following DES Circular 0063/2017 the following personnel are part of the Leadership and Management Team:

Deputy Principal and Responsibility for Literacy and Numeracy: Noel Lohan

Assistant Principal 1

Aine Bleahene was appointed to this position on January 22nd 2018 and she has responsibility for Pastoral Care including SPHE and RSE and The School Library.

The Deputy Principal and the Assistant Principal 1 assist the Principal with the day to day running of the school, including the area of Supervision.

Assistant Principal 2

Mary Barrett has responsibility for P.E./Health and Safety/ Fire Officer.

Majella O’ Rourke has resposibility for Gaeilge and the School Website.

Caroline Gallagher has responsibility for Visual Arts and the Rental Books Scheme.

Regina Power has responsibility for Information Technology/Computer hardware and software/School’s E Learning Plan.

All members of the team are part of the Critical Incident Management Team and they also assist the Principal in the areas of leadership and management within the school including the area of School Self Evaluation.

Career Breaks for 2017/2018

Ms Laura Gallagher, a member of the teaching staff, was on a career break.

Job Sharing for 2017/18

Ms Fionnuala Colohan, a member of the teaching staff and Ms Helena Divilly Sweeney, a member of the SNA staff were job sharing in their respective roles.

Ms Claire Larkin was employed by the BOM to job share with Ms Fionnuala Colohan.

Ms Catherina Concannon SNA was employed by the BOM to job share with Ms Helena Divilly Sweeney.

School Inspector:

The Roinn Cigire attached to the school is Nicholas Cosgrave. The inspector carried out an “Incidental School Inspection” on April 19th 2018.

Enrolment September 2017: Total: 417

New Legislation

• The Children First Act 2015, enacted December 2017

• General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), enacted May 2018

In line with the above legislation, the Board of Management has ratified the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement (March 5th 2018) and has published the school’s Privacy Notice on the school website (May 25th 2018). The BOM will undertake a Data Audit and a review of the school’s Data Protection and Retention Policy in the new school year.

Proposed Legislation

• Education Amendment (Admissions to Schools) Bill 2016 is due to be enacted shortly. This will necessitate a review of the school’s Admissions Policy, which will be undertaken in September 2018.

The Board of Management is aware of its mandatory obligations and ensures that policy and practice is compliant with legislative requirements.

Child Safeguarding

Designated Liaison Person: Stephanie Keating

Deputy Designated Liaison Person: Noel Lohan

The Board of Management met on March 5th 2018 to review the Risk Assessment and to ratify the Child Safeguarding Statement. The Child Safeguarding Statement replaces the school’s Child Protection Policy and operates alongside the DES Child Protection Guidelines for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017. All staff have completed the Tusla “Introduction to Children First” E Learning Programme. The Child Safeguarding Statement was uploaded to the school website on March 6th 2018 and parents were advised accordingly. A copy of this Statement was sent to the School Patron and the Inspectorate.

Revised Stay Safe Programme: It is school policy that the Stay Safe Programme is taught in all classes on an annual basis during the period January-March inclusive.

New Model to Support Pupils with Special Educational Needs

The New Model to Support Pupils with Special Educational Needs has been implemented since September 2017 as per the guidelines in DES Circular 0013/2017 and DES Guidelines for Primary Schools Supporting Pupils with Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools. The Principal outlined the main provisions of this new model in a letter to parents at the start of the school year. The Board of Management is committed to the provision of an inclusive education for all pupils in the school.

School Attendance

Individual pupil attendance reports are submitted annually to the National Education Welfare Board.

Concerns relating to attendance are reported to the Education Welfare Officer. Parents are notified in advance of this report being made.

Main School Events and Achievements 2017-2018

• Election of the Student Council (Pupils from 5th/6th Class)

• Galway Senior and Minor All Ireland Hurling Champions visited the school with the Liam Mc Carthy Cup.

• Padraig Pearses Roscommon County Champions Final visited the school.

• Infant Information Evening for Parents/Guardians

• 6th Class Halloween Party

• Science Week

• Engineers’ Week

• Two nominations for Ballinasloe People of the Years Awards (Sport and Recreation Category)

• Christmas Jumper Day in Aid of Simon Community

• Parent Teacher Meetings

• Parents’ Association AGM: Brief address by Principal

• Secondary Schools Principals’ Visits to 6th Class Pupils

• International Anti Bullying Week 13th-17th November

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

• Various Field Trips which link to the SESE Programme

• School Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th.

• Credit Union Quiz Participation and Success at local, regional and All Ireland levels

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

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

• Show Racism the Red Card Workshops for Senior Pupils

• Visit by Sr Annette Farrell to the 6th Class Pupils

• Christmas Carol Service by 6th Class Pupils to raise funds for Tanzania

• Sporting Events:

Boys’ Football: Qualified for the Roscommon County Final due to be played on June 19th.

Girsl’ Football: Roscommon County Champions (Large Schools) June 2018

Hurling: Participated in Cumann na mBunscol Competition.

Camogie: Participated in Cumann na mBunscol Competition.

Soccer: Spar FAI Schools 5s/Runners Up in Galway

Athletics: Competed at Regional, County Level and All Ireland Level

Swimming: Pupils represented the school at Regional and All Ireland Level

• Seachtain na Gaeilge

• Díolachán Cáca organised by 6th Class Pupils in aid of Tanzania

• Book Week

• Catholic Schools Week, including a Prayer Service celebrated by Fr Garvey with the sixth class pupils.

• Tree Planting Ceremony in memory of Fr Dan O’ Donovan, former Chairperson BOM, on the first anniversary of his death April 27th 2018.

• Tree Day and Tree Week

• Healthy Eating Promotion: Food Dudes

• Information evening re Fun Friends and Friends for Life Programmes for parents of pupils in First Class and in Fourth Class. Refreshments hosted by the Parents’ Association.

• Bishop Kirby’s Visit to the Confirmation Class

• Commitment Ceremony for 6th Class Pupils

• Confirmation

• First Confession

• First Holy Communion

• First Communion Party for Second Class pupils hosted by the Parents’ Association

• Online Safety: Letter issued to all families informing them of the resource “Webwise”.

• End of Year Standardised Tests

• End of Year Talent Show

• Activity Week (all classes)

• School Tours (Second to Sixth Classes)

• End of School Year Thanksgiving Mass

• Graduation Ceremony for 6th Class Pupils; followed by refreshments provided by the Parents’ Association.

• Presentation of Sporting Awards

• Presentation of Attendance Awards

• Presentation of Mr Johnny Johnston Special Acheivement Award

Staff Training:

• Positive Working Environment

• New Primary Language Curriculum

• First Aid Training

• Fun Friends and Friends for Life Programmes (a total of six teachers are now trained to facilitate these programmes in the school)

• CPR Training for some staff members

• TSI Literacy Programme (Attended by Special Education Team and 5th/6th class teachers)

• Digital Framework for Learning (Attended by the Principal and IT Co-ordinator)

• Child Safeguarding Seminar (Attended by the Principal)

• Health and Safety Training (Attended by Chairperson and Deputy Principal)

• *School Self Evaluation Seminar (Attended by the Principal)

• Anti Bullying Seminar (Attended by Principal)

• **Droichead Information Meeting (Attended by Principal)

Staff members also engage in additional ongoing professional development throughout the year.

*School Self Evaluation

All schools are now re-engaging with the process of School Self Evaluation. Areas of strength will be identified and areas of focus for improvement will be prioritised in September.


Droichead is a new model of induction for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) and from September 2018 it will be the only route of induction for NQTs employed in our school. The Principal is responsible for organising a Professional Support Team (PST) to support NQTs within the school. Those involved will attend a number of days training, starting in September 2018.

Training for Parents/Guardians and Pupils

• Relationships and Sexuality/6th Class

• Show Racism the Red Card workshop for Senior Pupils

The BOM funded the following training:

• Positive Working Environment Workshop for Staff

• RSE Talk for 6th class pupils.

• Fun Friends/Friends for Life Training

• Anti Racism Workshop for Senior Pupils

• CPR Training

• TSI Literacy Training for the Special Education Team and 5th/6th class teachers.

• Athlone Education Centre funded the First Aid Training.

Policy Ratified by the BOM during the school year 2017/18

• Child Safeguarding Statement

• CCTV Policy

Policy Review

• Anti Bullying Policy (annual review by the BOM took place on January 22nd 2018)

• Health, Safety and Welfare Policy (Draft policy presented to staff and parents for input in June 2018; due for ratification by the BOM in September 2018)

Plans and policies currently being reviewed/formulated by the staff

• SPHE School Plan

• New RSE Policy

• Gaeilge Neamhfhoirmiúil leading to the compilation of a comprehensive bank of the recommended vocabulary for each class level.

• Revised Special Educational Needs Policy.

All active school policies are available on the school website www.creaghns.com under the Downloads Section. There is no password required to access these policies. The review and drafting of policies is a collaborative process and draft policies are uploaded to the school website for staff and parental input.

Literacy and Numeracy Scores for 2017/18

End of year scores attained by pupils both in Literacy and Numeracy will be reviewed by the BOM. Scores are submitted to the DES for 2nd/4th and 6th classes at the end of each school year.

Some In School Practices

Pupil Wellbeing

• Social, Personal and Health Education Curriculum (mandatory for all classes)

• Stay Safe Programme (mandatory for all classes)

• Friends for Life (Fourth and Sixth Classes)

• Fun Friends (First Class)

• Weaving Wellbeing (currently being piloted in some classes)

Literacy and Numeracy

• Reading Recovery for two pupils

• Literacy Lift Off (Senior Infants/First Class)

• New Primary Language Curriculum (Oral Langauge/Reading and Writing: Infants-2nd Classes) This applies to English and Irish langauges.

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

• Paired Maths Programme (Junior and Senior Infants)

• Mata sa Rang (First and Second Classes)

• Building Bridges Programme (All Classes)

• Writing Genre: PM Writing Programme (First to Sixth Classes)

• Integrated Approach to Reading (All Classes)

• TSI Comprehension Strtegies Programme for 5th and 6th Class Pupils

• Aistear Programme (Infant Classes)

National Educational Psychologist Service

Dr Niamh Flynn was appointed as the school’s educational psychologist on November 2017. The following services have been provided throughout the year:

• Beginning of School Year Meeting and Consultation

• Educational Psychological Assessments

• School support as the need arises.

Additonal Accommodation

The building project for one new classroom commenced in March 2018.

Builders: T.Murray and Sons

Architect: Gerry Dolan, Dolan & Associates

This classroom is expected to be completed in July 2018 and ready for use in September. The Board of Management acknowledges with thanks the funding provided by the Department of Education and Skills.

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 (Soccer and Gaelic Training): Every Friday 3-4p.m. on the school pitch with Mr Mark Ronaldson and Mrs Aine Bleahene (Third to Sixth Classes)

Girls’ Football: Every Tuesday 3p.m.-4p.m. on the school pitch with Ms Aine Dooley, Ms Majella O’ Rourke and Mr Stephen Kerr (Third to Sixth Classes)

Camogie Training: Every Thursday 3-4p.m. on the school pitch with Ms Sinead Cahalan, Ms Claire Larkin and Ms Danika Dolan (Third to Sixth Classes)

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 independently by teaching staff members.

Use of School Premises by the Community

• Ballinasloe Chess Club

• Art Classes

• Camp Cairdeas (Summer Camp organised by members of the teaching staff)

• Athlone Education Centre (Summer Course for Teachers)

Groups that avail of the school premises apply to the BOM on an annual basis. Approval by the BOM is subject to the terms and conditions of the school’s policy.

School Library

The Board acknowledges the great work of parent, Mairead Cannon and Aine Bleahene, Assistant Principal 1, for their work 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).

Retrospective Garda Vetting

The process of retrospective Garda Vetting is now complete.


The issue of parking, when dropping off and collecting pupils, is of ongoing concern to the Board of Management. The health and safety of our pupils is our priority at all times. The uptake on pupils walking and cycling to school along with the co-operation of parents/guardians continues to alleviate some of the traffic congestion.

Minor Works and Improvements 2017-2018

• Fire Safety Certificate issued following Fire Safety Inspection

• Annual check of Fire Alarm and Intruder Alarm.

• New Perimeter Fence around the Basketball Court

• Upgrade to school’s security system including CCTV Cameras, Lighting and Security Key Pad for internal door.

IT Equipment

The DES IT Grant has enabled the school to upgrade some of its IT equipment. Details of expenditure on IT equipment forms part of the school accounts.

Summer Works Scheme 2017

The Board of Management acknowledges with thanks the grant provided by the Department of Education and Skills (Summer Works Scheme) to undertake a complete upgrade of the roof and the replacement of gutters on the older part of the school building.

New Committee

A new committee has been formed by the BOM to review the use of the pitch/playground areas in the school with a view to maximizing all areas to their full potential. The Board of Management, Staff and Parents will be presented on this committee. Pupil input will also be invited. The Committee will meet after the current building project is complete.

Fundraising Events

• Cake Sale: Organised by 6th Class in aid of Tanzania. €2056.90 was rasied and is included in the above figure.

• Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Simon Community: €608 was raised.

• No Uniform Day: € 575 in aid of Project Africa

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

• 6th Class Carol Service in aid of Tanzania, €671 was raised.

• St Brigid’s Day Crosses: The making and selling of these crosses has become an annual event in Creagh NS. €6514.26 was raised and donated to Ballinasloe Social Services

Total fundraising for Tanzania expected to reach the target of €3200


The End of Year Accounts for 2016/17 were compiled and reviewed by an independent accountant. Copies of same are available to view from the Principal’s Office. A copy of the school accounts will be sent to the school Patron, Bishop John Kirby.

Online Banking The school is now using online banking for the payment of many bills. This is proving to be an efficient and economical way of making payments. The BOM wishes to thank the school secretary, Ann Haynes for her trojan work with this new system.

School’s Voluntary Contribution Scheme

The BOM is grateful to parents for their ongoing support through the school’s Voluntary Contribution Scheme.

Budget for the School Year

The Board of Management agrees on a budget in advance of the beginning of the school year.

The BOM expresses its sincere thanks to the Treasurer, Ivan Kelly for maintaining the school accounts.

Creagh NS Parents’ Association

The Board of Management acknowledges with thanks the ongoing support and great work of the school’s Parents’ Association.

Unforeseen Closures

There were a number of unforeseen closures due to adverse weather conditions. The Minister for Education and Skills directed all schools to close on the following dates in the interest of the health, safety and welfare of the school community:

October 16th & 17th (Storm Ophelia)

March 1st & 2nd (Storm Emma)

The school was also closed on December 11th. The school grounds and premises were inaccessible due to adverse weather conditions.

The Board refers to DES Circular 009/2017 Appendix B in the event of unforeseen closures.

Additional Closure

The Returning Officer requested the use of the school as a polling station for the Referendum on May 25th. Given the number of unforeseen closures that had already occurred this school year, the Board of management requested that an alternative venue might be considered. However, the Board was informed that this was not possible on this occasion and therefore the school had to close.


The Board of Management extends its sympathy to staff member Ms Majella O’ Rourke on the death of her mother, Mrs Maureen O’ Rourke and to staff member Ms Carmel O’ Riordan on the death of her mother Mrs Dooley.

The Board of Management extends its sympathy to all families and staff members who have been bereaved during the school year.


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.

The BOM congratulates Ms Aine Dooley and Mr Eric Ward on being appointed to permanent teaching positions in Carrabane NS. From September 2018.


This End of Year Report for 2017/18 was proposed by Board Members, Carmel Stack and seconded by Paul Madden.


This is the Agreed Report from the Board of Management Meeting 18th June 2018



Frank Gallagher, Chairperson


Stephanie Keating, Principal

Date: June 18th 2018.

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