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.
- 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.
- 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
- Parent Teacher Meetings
Parent Teacher Meetings took place in February.
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
- Christmas Raffle
- Cinema Club
- Cake Sale
- Sponsored Run
- Cash for Clothes
- Book Fair
- Table Quiz
- 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
- Speech & Drama
- Stretch & Grow
- 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.
- 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
- Parent Teacher Association
The PTA AGM was held in April and welcomed some new members, The PTA consists of;
|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|
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.
- 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.
Staffing for the school year 2017/18 was as follows;
|Deputy Principal||Pat Crowe|
|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.
- 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.
- 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.