NKETNS has now transferred to the patronage of Educate Together and no longer has an independent patron or Executive Committee. The information on this page is historical.
- Annual General Meeting 2012
- School Development
- About the School Patron
- Executive Committee 2011 – 2012
- Work of the Executive
- School Ethos Initiative 2011 – 2012
- Communications (email us, sign up to our newsletter)
- Membership Application Form 2011 – 2012
NKETS Ltd. Annual General Meeting 2012
The 2012 AGM of NKETS Ltd. took place on Monday 26th November at 8.00 pm.
Turnout for the meeting was very strong, and Members heard a series of updates from the Executive Committee. Presentations were made on the initial plans for the school expansion, and on the outline of a new Finance and Fundraising Strategy for the school. There was considerable engagement from the floor in relation to these items. The Executive Committee 2012 – 2013 was elected, and a commitment was given to continuing to expand the level of communications and engagement with the school community during the coming year.
A warm thank-you to all who turned up on the night, and to those who have been actively contacting the Executive or the Board of Management over recent weeks in response to our communications.
Update, March 2012
In December 2011, the Executive Committee made a unanimous decision to agree to the expansion of NKETS, in response to a growing demand for primary school places in the Celbridge area. When the expansion is completed, NKETS will become a double-stream school. The Executive is committed to keeping the school community fully informed about developments, and to hosting an information meeting about the expansion as soon as the Department provides necessary details about the project to us. Over recent months we have been engaged with the Department to emphasise our priorities as a school community. On behalf of the school community, the Executive wrote a detailed letter to the Department outlining our priorities for the project. This and other correspondence is provided below. Once we receive the necessary information from the Department, the Executive will host an open meeting for the school community to outline the plans for the expansion. In the meantime, please continue to contact us by email (email@example.com) with any questions or observations that you might have.
Please view the documentation below for further information:
- Open Letter to the NKETS School Community, December 5th 2011
- Briefing Document on the Proposed School Development, December 5th 2011
- Letter from Executive to the NKETS School Community on the decision of the Patron regarding the School Development, December 21st 2011
- Letter from Executive to the Department of Education and Skills on behalf of NKETS School Community, March 2012
- Link to Department of Education and Skills announcement regarding details of 275 major school building projects, including NKETS listed in the 2014 – 2015 list.
- Contact email for the Executive
About the School Patron
In Educate Together schools such as NKETS, the role of the Trustee, or School Patron, is fulfilled by the school community – including parents, teachers and other parties, who form themselves into a Limited Company.
NKETS Ltd. was established in 1993 to fulfill the role of School Patron. The Company (NKETS Ltd.) fulfills its patronage role through the election of an Executive Committee, which is the management board of the patron body. The Executive Committee is made up of 11 members who are elected by the membership of the company at our Annual General Meeting. Membership of the company is open to parents, teachers, and interested parties and is by payment of an annual subscription. In becoming a member, you will have the right to vote at the A.G.M. and to elect the Executive Committee, which will represent you as a parent when policy or long-term decisions for the school are made. It will also give you the opportunity to go forward for election onto the Executive Committee if you so wish, once you have been a member for twelve months.
The Constitution of NKETS Ltd. states that “the primary function of the Executive is to represent the collective views of the membership on all matters pertaining to the N.K.E.T.S, subject to the provisions of the constitution.”(Article 2, Paragraph 2.8.3)
The main responsibilities of the Patron include:
- The school purpose and ethos
- The development and upkeep of the school assets
- The appointment and support of the Board of Management
- Financial and legal matters
- The supervision of staff appointments in accordance with departmental regulations.
Executive Committee (the ‘Executive’)
Executive 2012 – 2013
- Paula Carroll (NKETS rep on Board of Management)
- Louise Corry
- Michael Costello (NKETS rep on Board of Management)
- Aisling Gallagher (Fundraising Committee)
- Paula Martin (Treasurer)
- Philip McLoughlin (Secretary)
- Yvonne O’ Neill (Vice Chairperson)
- Cathal O’ Regan (Chairperson)
- Collette Reddy
- Brendan Ryan
- Dharmesh Shah
Work of the Executive
The Executive holds monthly meetings during the school year. It also meets with the Board of Management as the need arises. The Executive Committee nominates two of its members to serve on the Board of Management.
Members of the Executive are actively involved in a number of committees, including:
- School Development Committee
- Fundraising Committee
- Ethos Committee
In line with the Constitution of NKETS Ltd., an Annual General Meeting is held each year to elect a new Executive Committee and to deal with motions from the membership.
School Ethos Initiative 2011 – 2012
The Executive is pleased to announce the launch of an important new initiative for 2011 – 2012.
The objectives of the initiative are a) to provide an opportunity for meaningful engagement by the school community in examining and re-stating our school ethos, and b) to provide the Executive with up-to-date information on the views of the school community regarding school ethos. This will inform the Executive in the governance of school ethos, and will enable us to more effectively fulfil our role in representing the views of the membership on matters pertaining to NKETS. This exercise can also help us collectively as a school community to more effectively promote our school within the local area, and to participate in wider local and national debates about future schooling needs. Most importantly, we hope that the School Ethos Initiative will help to open up new channels of engagement between the Executive and the school community that will allow for vibrant and effective participation by the school community in relation to school ethos.
To read more about the initiative, please click here.
In line with the relevant legislation, NKETS Ltd. produces a set of audited accounts each year, which are presented at the AGM and also submitted in our annual returns to the Companies Registration Office. Our auditors are Lyons O’ Connell, a local firm of chartered accountants and registered auditors.
The Executive is committed to engaging and communicating with its membership and the wider school community. We invite you to sign up to our newsletter, and to make contact with us via email, letter or direct contact.
To receive updates and communications from the Executive via email, please sign up here.
Contact the Committee
If you would like to contact the committee, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to the Secretary, NKETS Executive Committee, c/o NKETS Primary School, Clane Road, Celbridge, Co. Kildare.
To ensure the effective governance and continued success of our school, it is of great importance for all parents to become involved and to make use of their voting rights. We therefore strongly encourage you to become a member.
To become a member of NKETS Ltd. a person must pay an annual membership fee. In our case this is €2.50 for a single membership or €5.00 for a family membership. If you wish to become a Member of NKETS Ltd., please complete theform below.