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Board of Management Annual Report 2018-2019

Board of Management Annual Report 2018/19

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
Pat Crowe School Principal
Paula Carroll Patron’s Nominee
Maria Alcazar Parents’ Nominee
Jenny McCarthy Teachers’ Nominee
Enda Martin Parents’ Nominee
John Cradden Community Representative
Sinead Clarke Community Representative


The Board of Management met on 10 occasions during the school year 2018/19.




  1. Policy Reviews

The following policies and school plans were reviewed and amended as necessary;

  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Child Protection Policy
  • Child Safeguarding Statement
  • Drama
  • Visual Arts
  • Substance Abuse
  • SPHE


  1. School Events

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

  • World Food Day
  • Seachtain na Gaeilge
  • Music Week
  • 2nd Class Musicals- Goldilocks & the Three Bears and Jack & the Beanstalk
  • Drumming Workshops
  • Winter Wellbeing Show
  • Storytelling with Niall de Búrca
  • Active Week
  • Cycle Safety
  • Sports Day
  • Science Workshops
  • Music Therapy Classes


  1. Parent Teacher Meetings

Parent Teacher Meetings took place in February.  




  1. Fundraising

Many fundraising events were carried out in aid of the school, with much help from the PTA and SRG. The Board wishes to thank all those who fundraised for the school. Some of the events were;

  • Sale of a school calendar
  • Stationary Cycle
  • Christmas Raffle
  • Cinema Club
  • Cake Sales
  • Sponsored Run
  • Cash for Clothes
  • Book Fair
  • Mini-Marathon


  1. After-School Classes

A variety of classes took place after school in North Kildare Educate Together N.S this 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 2018-19 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

The school took part in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and was highly commended by the organising committee.

  1. School Tours

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

  • Junior Infants: Clonfert Pet Farm
  • Senior Infants: Dublin Zoo
  • 1st Class: Imaginosity
  • 2nd Class: Lullymore
  • 3rd Class: Castletown House
  • 4th Class: Newgrange
  • 5th Class: Kilmainham Gaol & Bowling
  • 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;

Sarah Caldwell Chairperson
Jean Auden Treasurer
Lisa Freeman Secretary
Enda Martin Board of Management Parent’s Nominee
Maria Alcazar Board of Management Parent’s Nominee
Orla Potter Teacher’s Representative
Niall Keating Teacher’s Representative
Caitríona O’Connor  
Laura John  
Jim Tattersall  
Rob Burke  

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
  • A fundraiser Dress up day was held for One Day Together in aid of Educate Together.
  • Kelly, Lorraine and Liz attended the ethos conference organised by Educate Together in October.
  • 6th Class completed their Places of Worship tour.
  • In keeping with our ethos, it was decided to incorporate the Rainbow flag and Show Racism the Red Card emblem on our new school jerseys.
  • The school raised its Rainbow Flag for the first time in June on a day that was filled with colour and excitement.
  1. Staffing

 Staffing for the school year 2018/19 was as follows;

Principal  Pat Crowe
Deputy Principal  Jenny McCarthy
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  Orla Potter
Outreach Class – Teacher  Sinéad Gallogly
Outreach Class – Teacher  Áine Cleary
Junior Infants  Jenny McCarthy and Shane O’Neill
Senior Infants  Orlaith McLoughlin/Aoife Hogan  and Grace Kilbride
First Class  Arlene Higgins and Sharon McCabe
Second Class  Niall Keating and Lydia McGuinness Tyrell/Liz Foley
Third Class Cathy Breen
Fourth Class Lisa Sutton
Fifth Class  Bearach Ó Cásaide
Sixth Class  Kelly Fitzsimons
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 Carol Farrell

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 November 2018, Kelly Fitzsimons and Orla Potter were appointed to permanent teaching positions on the staff.

In December 2018, Jenny McCarthy was appointed to the post of Deputy Principal.

In June 2019, Niall Keating was appointed to the post of Assistant Principal 1.


  1. Curricular Developments/Staff Training
  • Staff received one more day of training in the Revised Language Curriculum.
  • Staff attended seminars provided by a Speech and Language therapist and an Occupational therapist this school year.
  • The focus of School Self Evaluation for this school year was in the area of promoting wellbeing among the pupils.
  • An indoor and outdoor sensory area has been developed in the school grounds this year.