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Board of Management Annual Report 2017/18

Board of Management Annual Report 2017/18

The Board of Management is the school committee charged with the day-to-day management of the school. Under the Education Act of 1998 all schools must have a Board of Management and the functions and responsibilities of the Board are laid out in documents published by the Department of Education and Science.

The Board of Management has eight members. The current Board of Management, as formed in September 2015 are as follows;

 Michael Costello Patron’s Nominee and Chairperson
Rita Galvin School Principal
John Cradden Patron’s Nominee
Maria Alcazar Parents’ Nominee
Jenny McCarthy Teachers’ Nominee
Enda Martin Parents’ Nominee
Paula Carroll Community Representative
Sinead Clarke Community Representative

 

The Board of Management met on 8 occasions during the school year 2017/18.

  1. Policy Reviews

The following policies were reviewed and amended as necessary;

  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Child Protection Policy
  • Child Safeguarding Statement
  • Hire & Use of School Premises Policy
  • English Plan
  • Maths Plan
  • Special Educational Needs Policy
  • Job Share Policy
  • Work Experience Policy
  • Student Teacher Placement Policy

 

An independent assessor carried out a Fire Safety assessment in December 2017.

 

  1. School Events

It was a busy year in North Kildare Educate Together N.S and some of the events included;

  • World Food Day
  • Friendship Week
  • Seachtain na Gaeilge
  • Music Week
  • 2nd Class Musical- Little Red Riding Hood
  • Grandparent’s Day
  • Circus Workshops
  • Winter Show
  • Easter Bonnet Assembly
  • Storytelling with Niall de Burca
  • Celebration of Culture Night
  • John Lonergan-talk for parents
  • Active Week
  • Cycle Safety
  • Sports Day

 

  1. Parent Teacher Meetings

Parent Teacher Meetings took place in February.  

  1. Fundraising

Many fundraising events were carried out in aid of the school by the Parent Teacher Association. The Board wishes to thank all those who fundraised for the school. Some of the events were;

  • Sale of a school calendar
  • Stationary Cycle
  • Cooking Demonstration
  • Reflexology
  • Christmas Raffle
  • Cinema Club
  • Cake Sale
  • Sponsored Run
  • Cash for Clothes
  • Book Fair
  • Table Quiz

 

  1. After-School Classes

A variety of classes took place after school in North Kildare Educate Together N.S this school year. These included;

  • Afterschool Care – HOPSCOTCH
  • Children’s Ark Religion Classes
  • Gymnastics
  • Keyboard
  • Speech & Drama
  • Tennis
  • Artzone
  • Soccer
  • Science
  • Stretch & Grow
  1. School Achievements

The school year 2017-18 was another very successful one for the students of North Kildare Educate Together National School. Students represented the school with great success in the following areas;

  • FAI Kildare Football Competition
  • Futsal Competition
  • Credit Union Quiz
  • INTEL Mini-Scientist Competition
  • Athletics Competition hosted by Celbridge Athletic Club

The school has received awards in the following areas

  • Award of Excellence for Science and Maths
  • Green Flag
  • 1st Active Flag

For the first time we had a postcard garden in Bloom in the Phoenix Park. The garden received a Highly Commended award from the judges.

  1. School Tours

The students all enjoyed their school tours immensely. The schedule for the school tours this school year was;

  • Junior Infants: Larchill Gardens
  • Senior Infants: Dublin Zoo
  • 1st Class: Imaginosity
  • 2nd Class: Lullymore
  • 3rd Class: Castletown House
  • 4th Class: Newgrange
  • 5th Class: Kilmainham Gaol & Collins’ Barracks
  • 6th Class: Lillyput Adventure Centre
  • Outreach Classes: Lullymore

 

  1. Parent Teacher Association

The PTA AGM was held in April and welcomed some new members, The PTA consists of;

Ciara McCarthy Chairperson
Jean Auden Treasurer
Arlene Higgins Teacher’s Representative
Audrey Philips Teacher’s Representative
Maria Alcazar Board of Management Parent’s Nominee
Enda Martin Board of Management Parent’s Nominee
Maria Kane  
Terri O’Brien  
Sarah Caldwell  
Karen Caffrey  

The Parent Teacher Association has a bulletin board on the school website and a Facebook page for the information of the school community. The Board of Management would like to extend its thanks to all parents who have helped out with activities organised by the Parent Teacher Association.

  1. Educate Together News / Ethos
  • North Kildare Educate Together N.S completed the transferral of patronage from the Executive Committee to Educate Together.
  • A fundraiser DISCO was held for One Day Together in aid of Educate Together.
  • Arlene and Sarah attended the ethos conference organised by Educate Together in October.
  • 6th Class completed their Places of Worship tour.
  1. Staffing

 Staffing for the school year 2017/18 was as follows;

Principal  Rita Galvin
Deputy Principal  Pat Crowe
Secretary  Adrienne Mullan
Caretaker  Noel Loftus
Special Education Teacher  Lorraine Dunne
Special Education Teacher  Aine O’Connell
Special Education Teacher  Fiona Kennedy / Audrey Phillips
Special Education Teacher  Fiona Knox
Support Teacher  Pat Crowe
Outreach Class – Teacher  Shane O’Neill
Outreach Class – Teacher  Aine Cleary
Junior Infants  Grace Larkin and Orlaith Tobin
Senior Infants  Cathy Breen/ Liz Foley   and Arlene Higgins
First Class  Sarah Downes and Lydia McGuinness Tyrrell
Second Class  Aoife Hogan
Third Class  Sinead Gallogly
Fourth Class  Kelly Murphy
Fifth Class  Jenny McCarthy
Sixth Class  Niall Keating
Special Needs Assistant  Sheila Reidy
Special Needs Assistant  Betty Mullins
Special Needs Assistant  Viv Butler-Rees
Special Needs Assistant  Edel Hutchinson
Special Needs Assistant  Linda Heraty
Special Needs Assistant  Brenda McCrory
Special Needs Assistant  Anna Ryan
Special Needs Assistant Kate Jennings
Special Needs Assistant Imelda Dillon

The Board of Management would like to extend its thanks to all the staff for their continued hard work throughout the year.

  1. Staffing Developments

In January 2018, Jenny McCarthy was appointed to the post of Assistant Principal 1.

Rita announced her retirement from North Kildare Educate Together N.S. The Board would like to extend its deep gratitude for all the commitment and dedication Rita has shown to the school community over the last 24 years.

Following due appointment process, the Board are pleased to appoint Pat Crowe as Principal of NKETNS, commencing in September 2018.

 

  1. Curricular Developments/Staff Training

Staff received one more day of training in the Revised Language Curriculum.

All staff completed Child Protection Training in March 2018.

All staff completed Fire Safety training in April & May 2018.

Some staff members completed training as Rainbows Facilitators, allowing us to offer this service to the children in our school outside of school hours.