Board of Management
End of Year Report 2016-2017
The following is the End of Year Report for 2016/17 agreed by the Board of Management at its meeting on June 20th 2017.
Members of the Board of Management
• Fr Daniel O’ Donovan, Chairperson R.I.P.
• 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 and Acting Chairperson since March 28th 2017*
• Paul Madden, Community Nominee
Fr Dan O’ Donovan, Chairperson to the Board of Management passed away on April 28th 2017 following a short illness. Members of the Board of Management are deeply saddened at the huge loss of Fr Dan whose gentle, kind and unassuming manner endeared him to all. His trojan work as Chairperson is acknowledged with deep gratitude. The Board of Management expresses its deepest sympathy to Fr Dan’s brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, to Bishop Kirby and the priests of the diocese of Clonfert, to his wide circle of friends in Ballinasloe and West Cork. Fr Dan will be greatly missed but forever remembered as our Chairperson and as our loyal and supportive friend. May he rest in peace.
The BOM operates under the guidelines of the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association. The School Patron is Dr John Kirby, Bishop of Clonfert.
* Bishop Kirby appointed Mr Frank Gallagher as Acting Chairperson on March 28th 2017. Frank Gallagher will continue in this role until the Board receives further notification from the Bishop.
The BOM met on the following dates during the course of the academic year 2016-2017
o September 19th 2016
o December 8th 2016
o February 28th 2017
o April 3rd 2017 (Special Board Meeting)
o April 29th 2017 (Special Board Meeting)
o June 20th 2017
An Agreed Report was posted on the school website after each meeting, apart from Special 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 2016-2017
Administrative Principal; 16 Mainstream Staff; 9 teachers in Special Education (One of which is a shared post another is based on part time hours) 3.83 SNAs, Secretary (Full time) and 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
• Visual Arts and Rental Books Scheme: Caroline Gallagher
• Gaeilge and School Website: Majella O’ Rourke
• I.T. Regina Power
In School Management Team meetings are held during the year.
Career Breaks for 2016/17
Ms Laura Gallagher, Ms Aisling Connaughton, Mr Shane Dolan and Ms Sinead Cahalan all members of the teaching staff were on career breaks.
Job Sharing for 2016/17
Ms Elaine Whyte, 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 Elaine Whyte.
Ms Frances Lyons 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 visited a teacher on probation twice during the school year.
Enrolment September 2016: Total: 421
Designated Liaison Officer: Stephanie Keating
Deputy Designated Liaison Officer: Noel Lohan
Child Protection Policy is reviewed annually and is on display in all classrooms.
Revised 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-March inclusive. Staff training took place in the Revised Stay Safe and Walk Tall Programmes in February 2017.
Attendance: Reports submitted annually to the National Education Welfare Board.
Main School Events and Achievements 2016-2017
• Election of the Student Council (Pupils from 5th/6th Class)
• Infant Curricular Information Evening for Parents/Guardians
• Fundraising Campaign for Tablet Technology resulting in the purchasing of 22 iPads, 22 Covers and Two Charging Trolleys.
• 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
• Additional Activity Kits for pupils to promote increased activity at break time sponsored by the Parents’ Association. €1894 was doanted by the Parents’ Association to cover the cost of these Activity Kits.
• School Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th.
• Credit Union Quiz Participation and Success
• 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
• Overall Winners of the St Patrick Day Parade for the school’s Intercultural Entry “One World One People”. Presentation of the Tony Colohan Memorial Award to the School.
• Intercultural Awards: Media Competition (1st Prize for 6th Class); Art Competiton (1st Prize for 3rd Class)
• Show Racism the Red Card Competition: Special Recognition for 3rd Class Song Entry
• Visits to Mill Race Nursing Home (School Choir and Dancers)
• Christmas Carol Service by 6th Class Pupils to raise funds for Ballinasloe Social Services and Ballinasloe Lions Club
• Sporting Events:
Spikeball: Connacht Champions; All Ireland Runners Up; All Ireland Community Games Finalists (2nd and 3rd Place)
Boys’ Football: Roscommon County Final Champions June 2017
Girsl’ Football: Roscommon County Semi Finalists June 2017
Hurling: Galway County Final Champions June 2017
Camogie Galway County Final Champions June 2017
Athletics at Regional, County Level and All Ireland Level
Swimming at Regional and All Ireland Level;
• Seachtain na Gaeilge
• Díolachán Cáca organised by 6th Class Pupils
• Artist in Residence: As part of the Artist in Residence Primary School Scheme 2017, our school’s application was successful in securing a 40 hour Drama Residency with Ms Joanna Parkes for pupils in Infants-2nd Classes.
• Participation in Busy Bee Spelling Competition
• Book Week
• Catholic Schools Week, including a Prayer Service celebrated by Fr Dan with the sixth class pupils.
• Diocesan Advisors’ Visit to the school.
• Tree Day and Tree Week
• Healthy Eating Promotion
• Biz World provided by Bank of Ireland: 5th Class Pupil had the opportunity of a “Dragons’ Den” experience.
• Information evening re Friends for Life Programme for parents of pupils in Sixth Class; Implementation of this Programme with the current Fourth and Sixth Classes.
• Bishop Kirby’s Visit to the Confirmation Class
• Commitment Ceremony
• First Confession
• First Holy Communion
• Party for Second Class pupils hosted by the Parents’ Association
• Health and Safety Review by a representative from Allianz
• End of Year Standardised Tests
• End of Year Talent Show
• Activity Week (all classes)
• School Tours (Second to Sixth Classes)
• Renewal of the school’s Yellow Flag for Promoting Inclusion and Diversity
• Renewal of the school’s Green Flag
• 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
In School Staff Training:
• AED and CPR
• Revised Stay Safe and Walk Tall Programmes
• Use of iPads in the Classroom
• Anti Bullying, including Anti Cyber Bullying (December 7th); In addition, the Principal attended an Anti Bullying Seminar in Athlone Education Centre on May 10th.
• Literacy Training (Accelerated Readers)
• New Primary Language Curriculum
• Two teachers trained in Fun Friends and Friends for Life Programmes. (a total of four teachers are now trained to facilitate these programmes in the school)
• Whole staff session on the recently published New Guidelines for Supporting Pupils with Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools.
Staff Development: Staff engaged in ongoing CPD outside of school hours.
Training for Parents/Guardians and Pupils
• Relationships and Sexuality/6th Class (May 2017)
• Anti Bullying including Anti Cyber Bullying (December 2016)
The BOM funded the following training:
• Anti Bullying, including Anti Cyber Bullying Training for Staff, Pupils and Parents
• RSE Talk for 6th class pupils.
• Fun Friends/Friends for Life Training
Athlone Education Centre funded the Use of iPads in the Classroom Training.
Policy Ratified by the BOM during the school year 2016/17
• New Anti Cyber Bullying Policy
• Reviewed Critical Incident Policy
• Anti Bullying Policy (annual review by the Board)
• Child Protection Policy (annual review by the Board)
New Policy currently being formulated by the BOM
• Use of CCTV
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.
• Supporting Pupils with Special Educational Needs as per DES Guidelines for the new model of support.
All active school policies are available on the school website www.creaghns.com under the Downloads Section. The password Tony2012 is required to access these policies.
Literacy and Numeracy Scores for 2016/17
End of year scores attained by pupils both in Literacy and Numeracy will be reviewed by the BOM.
Some In School Practices and Initiatives
• Reading Recovery for four pupils
• Literacy Lift Off (Senior Infants/First Class)
• Introduction of the New Language Curriculum (Oral Langauge: infants-2nd Classes)
• 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)
• Aistear Programme (Infant Classes)
• Friends for Life (Fourth and Sixth Classes)
National Educational Psychologist Services/ Educational Psychologist: Ms Breda Hand
• Beginning of School Year Meeting and Consultation
• Educational Psychological Assessments
The reduction in the pupil teacher ratio by the Department of Education and Skills resulted in the appointment of an additional permanent mainstream teacher (16th Mainstream Teacher) from September 2016. As a result of this additional appointment, the Board applied to the Department of Education and Skills for funding to build a new classroom. The Department has approved the Board’s application. Planning Permission has been granted by Galway County Council and it is expected that this building project will commence over the coming months.
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 Friday 3-4p.m. on the school pitch with Mr Mark Ronaldson (Third to Sixth Classes)
Girls’ Football: Every Tuesday 3p.m.-4p.m. on the school pitch with Ms Aine Dooley and Mr Colum Mc Cann (Third to Sixth Classes)
Camogie Training: Every Thursday 3-4p.m. on the school pitch with Ms Ria Curtin and Ms Claire Kelly (Third to Sixth Classes)
Spikeball Training: Every Monday 3.30p.m.-4.30p.m. in the Emerald Ballroom 7.00p.m.-8.30p.m. with Mrs Caroline Gallagher and Mrs Mary Barrett. A special word of thanks to Fr Garvy 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 is organised and facilitated by two teaching staff members.
Use of School Premises by the Community
• Ballinasloe Chess Club
• Speech and Drama Classes
• Art Classes
• Camp Cairdeas (Summer Course 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.
The Board acknowledges the great work of parent, Mairead Cannon for her 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 currently underway as per legislation.
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 has alleviated some of the traffic congestion.
Minor Works and Improvements 2016-2017
• Fire Safety Certificate issued following Fire Safety Inspection
• Renovations to Room 6
• New Storage Shed
• Upgrading of IT Equipment
• Tanzania: Annual fundraising event for Tanzania. €2835 was raised in total this year. Cake Sale: Organised by 6th Class in aid of Tanzania. €1973 was rasied and is included in the above figure.
• No Uniform Day: €470 for Cancer Research
• Ballinasloe Lions Club Appeal: Annual Christmas Hamper Appeal was supported by the school.
• 6th Class Carol Service in aid of Ballinasloe Social Servives and Ballinasloe Lions Club, €415 was donated to each organisation.
• St Brigid’s Day Crosses: The making and selling of these crosses has become an annual event in Creagh NS. €5409 was raised and donated to Ballinasloe Social Services
• Tablet Technology A total of €11,245 was raised.
The End of Year Accounts for 2015/16 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.
School’s Voluntary Contribution Scheme
The BOM is grateful to parents for their ongoing support through the school’s Voluntary Contribution Scheme. The Board reviewed the scheme at the start of the current school year.
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.
The Board of Management extends its sympathy to all families who have been bereaved during the school year. We remember the Doran and Hurley families on the recent loss of Mrs Michelle Doran R.I.P. and the O’ Donovan Family on the recent loss of Fr Dan R.I.P.
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.
Signed: Frank Gallagher, Acting Chairperson
Signed: Stephanie Keating, Principal