Board of Management

Board of Management 2016 – 2019

 

Membership of Board of Management

16 October 2019 – 15 October 2022

Trustee nominees

Sr. Helen O’ Riordan, I.B.V.M. (chairperson)

Mr. Patrick Quigley

Ms. Barbara Foley

Mr. Daniel Gayer

 

Parent nominees

Ms. Annette Cahalane

Mr. Liam Gaynor

 

Teacher nominees

Ms. Siobhán O’ Donoghue

Ms. Aoife Doyle

The Secretary to the Board is Mr. Billy O’ Shea who attends meetings in a non-voting capacity.


Agreed Report of Board of Management Meeting

Monday, 17 August 2020

Attendance

Mr. Gayer, Ms. Cahalane, Ms. O’ Donoghue, Mr. Gaynor, Sr. Helen, Ms. Doyle, Ms. Foley and Mr. Quigley.

As Secretary to the Board, Mr. O’ Shea also attended.

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (16 June 2020) were adopted following the proposal of Mr. Quigley, seconded by Ms. Doyle.

School Re-opening

The Board formally adopted the Covid-19 Response Plan and then discussed in detail and approved the current guidance documents for staff, students and parents as submitted by Mr. O’ Shea.

The meeting ratified the appointment of Mark Mullen and Glenda McKiernan as Lead Worker Representatives.

The Board agreed to keep all aspects of its Covid-19 Response Plan under ongoing review.

Building Report

The Board was informed of the following:

  • That work on the hockey pitch had commenced and was due to be completed by the end of August
  • That work on the provision of bus shelters was underway
  • That matters of concern (heating, leaks, ongoing maintenance) were discussed with the facilities management company at a meeting in the school on Friday, 19 June 2020

Admission Policy

The Board was informed that a meeting of the Loreto Trust Board was to be held on Wednesday, 19 August 2020 at which all admission policies would be considered for formal approval. It was agreed to examine aspects of the Admission Policy at the next Board meeting.

Financial Report

The Board was presented with an Income and Expenditure Report covering the period from 1 September 2019 to 17 August 2020. It was agreed to schedule a meeting of the Finance Sub-Committee in early September to prepare a draft budget for 2020/2021.

Any other business

The Board discussed the contents of its Agreed Report to be placed on the school website by Mr. O’ Shea.

The next meeting was scheduled for Monday, 14 September 2020 at 16.30 in the school.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 18 August 2020.


Agreed Report of Board of Management meeting 

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Due to the Covid-19 emergency, this meeting was held by using MS Teams. All members indicated that they were in a setting that provided confidentiality for the full duration of the Board meeting.

Attendance

Mr. Gayer, Ms. Cahalane, Ms. O’ Donoghue, Sr. Helen, Ms. Doyle, Ms. Foley and Mr. Quigley.

Apologies were received from Mr. Gaynor.

As Secretary to the Board, Mr. O’ Shea also attended.

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (19 May 2020) were adopted following the proposal of Mr. Quigley, seconded by Ms. O’ Donoghue.

Covid-19

Mr. O’ Shea reported on the following:

  • The completion of the Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades process at school level
  • The recent DES roadmap regarding the re-opening of schools in September, ahead of more detailed guidelines in the coming week or two
  • The ordering of protective screens for Reception and school offices

Building Report

The Board was informed of the following:

  • That work on the hockey pitch was due to commence in mid-July and conclude by the end of August
  • That bus shelters would be in place on the approach road to the school by the end of August
  • That the Min Ryan Park beside the school had opened to the public and that it would be a great asset to the school from September

Admission Policy

The meeting was informed of a conference call between Sr. Marie Céline Clegg, Sr. Helen and Mr. O’ Shea to discuss draft 4 of the proposed Admission Policy from 1 September 2020. Amendments proposed by Sr. Marie were accepted by the Board but further questions were formulated for her.

Staffing, 2020/2021

The Board formally ratified the appointment of Maria Kehoe as School Secretary with effect from Monday, 10 August 2020 following the retirement of Noeleen Goggin.

School Planning / Teaching and Learning

Mr. O’ Shea informed the meeting that the School Planning Group had conducted surveys in relation to both the school plan for 2020 – 2024 and the recent experiences of remote teaching and learning. The next step was for focus groups to meet in September to consider the findings of the surveys and to propose specific actions for inclusion in the new school plan.

Any other business

The Board discussed the contents of its Agreed Report to be placed on the school website by Mr. O’ Shea.

The Board agreed to leave the date of its next meeting open pending receipt of guidelines for the re-opening of the school in September.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Monday, 22 June 2020.


Agreed Report of Board of Management meeting

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Due to the Covid-19 emergency, this meeting was held by using MS Teams. All members indicated that they were in a setting that provided confidentiality for the full duration of the Board meeting.

Attendance

Mr. Gayer, Ms. Cahalane, Ms. O’ Donoghue, Sr. Helen, Ms. Doyle, Ms. Foley and Mr. Quigley.

Apologies were received from Mr. Gaynor.

As Secretary to the Board, Mr. O’ Shea also attended.

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (21 April 2020) were adopted following the proposal of Mr. Quigley, seconded by Ms. Doyle.

Covid-19

Mr. O’ Shea reported on the following:

  • The new arrangements for the assessment of Junior and Leaving Certificate students
  • The engagement of 4th year students and their forthcoming remote Graduation Ceremony
  • Ongoing teaching and learning for 1st, 2nd and 5th year students to 29 May
  • The completion of class / year group assemblies for all students using MS Teams
  • The ongoing work of all committees and groups in the school
  • Arrangements for the completion of summer reports

Building Report

The Board was informed that the replacement of the hockey pitch surface would take place between 13 July and 1 September 2020.

Financial Report

The Board was presented with an income and expenditure report for the school year to date as well as details of balances in current and savings accounts. It was agreed that the school would look at the issue of refunds that might be due in respect of cancelled TY events and supervised study.

Admission Policy 

The meeting was informed that the Loreto trustees were continuing their review of all admission policies. It was noted that they had approved a new section on Loreto characteristic spirit and ethos for insertion into all admission policies as well as on the right of a Board of Management to refuse to enrol a student should she present an unacceptable risk to the health and safety of the school community.

Staffing, 2020/2021

The Board formally approved its review of the school’s Leadership and Management Framework until the next biennial review in April 2022. In doing so, it was agreed to add in specific responsibilities relating to the further development of the school’s capacity for remote teaching and learning.

The Board was informed that the position of Secretary would shortly be advertised.

School Planning / Teaching and Learning

Mr. O’ Shea informed the meeting that the School Planning Group was conducting surveys in relation to both the school plan for 2020 – 2024 and the recent experiences of remote teaching and learning.

Health and Safety Report

The meeting was informed that Derek Madden (Health and Safety Manager) was continuing to advise the school on the arrangements that would be required for the safe re-opening of the school in September. Members felt that this would be a major issue over the summer months involving the Board, NDFA, DES, PPP Co. and full consultation with staff, students and parents.

Calendar, 2020/2021

The Board formally ratified the school calendar for 2020/2021, subject to public health regulations that may be in force at all times.

Principal’s Report

Mr. O’ Shea made mention of the following in his report to the Board:

  • The weekly updating of the school website and social media accounts
  • The outstanding work of the school staff – teaching and non-teaching – over the period of the enforced school closure since 12 March

Any other business

The meeting extended its sympathies to Cathleen Skelton (teaching staff) on the recent death of her mother.

Sr. Helen thanked Mr. O’ Shea for his superb leadership of the school through the current crisis.

The Board discussed the contents of its Agreed Report to be placed on the school website by Mr. O’ Shea.

The next meeting of the Board was fixed for Tuesday, 16 June 2020 at 4.30 p.m.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 26 May 2020.


Agreed Report of Board of Management meeting

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Due to the Covid-19 emergency, this meeting was held by using a conference call facility. All members indicated that they were in a setting that provided confidentiality for the full duration of the Board meeting.

Attendance

Mr. Gayer, Ms. Cahalane, Ms. O’ Donoghue, Sr. Helen, Mr. Gaynor, Ms. Doyle and Mr. Quigley.

Apologies were received from Ms. Foley who was unable to attend due to work commitments.

As Secretary to the Board, Mr. O’ Shea also attended.

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (27 February 2020) were adopted following the proposal of Ms. Cahalane, seconded by Ms. O’ Donoghue.

Covid-19

The meeting was informed that the school had been closed since 18.00 on Thursday, 12 March by government order.

Mr. O’ Shea informed members of measures being taken to ensure continuity of teaching and learning, as well as possible, and of communicating with the full school community.

The meeting discussed the uncertain situation facing Leaving and Junior Certificate students in particular and expressed the hope that the coming weeks would provide more clarity.

The meeting was advised that school administration continues as normal, albeit remotely, and that planning for the new school year e.g. timetable, booklists, calendar was unaffected by the enforced closure.

Building Report

The Board was informed that outline agreement had been reached by the school with PPP Co. and the NDFA for the replacement of the hockey pitch carpet following a meeting on 13 March 2020 attended on the school’s behalf by Sr. Helen and Mr. O’ Shea. The agreement, subject to final contract, provides for full certification of the hockey pitch and a timeframe for the completion of all works. It is hoped to have the pitch ready for use in September 2020.

Mr. O’ Shea reported that an order had been placed for the provision of bus shelters on the approach road to the school.

The Board agreed that a great deal of preparation would be required to provide for the safe re-opening of the school. Mr. O’ Shea informed the meeting of his intention to contact Derek Madden (Health and Safety Manager), NDFA and FM Co. to begin this process.

Staffing, 2020/2021

The Board agreed to complete its review of the school’s Leadership and Management structures at its next meeting.

The decision of the School Secretary, Noeleen Goggin, to retire on 31 July 2020 was conveyed to the meeting. Members paid very warm tribute to Noeleen whose service to the school over a long number of years was considered to be truly outstanding. Sr. Helen advised that a process to find a suitable replacement would commence shortly.

Any other business

The Board discussed the contents of its Agreed Report to be placed on the school website by Mr. O’ Shea.

The next meeting of the Board was fixed for Tuesday, 19 May 2020 at 4.30 p.m.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 28 April 2020.


Agreed Report of Board of Management meeting

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Attendance

Mr. Gayer, Ms. Cahalane, Ms. O’ Donoghue, Sr. Helen, Mr. Gaynor, Ms. Doyle, Ms. Foley and Mr. Quigley.

As Secretary to the Board, Mr. O’ Shea also attended.

Minutes

The minutes of the last meetings (13 January and 11 February 2020) were adopted following the proposal of Mr. Gayer, seconded by Ms. O’ Donoghue.

Building Report

The Board was disappointed to learn that the issue of the all-weather hockey pitch remained unresolved. Mr. O’ Shea was asked to maintain pressure on the NDFA, DES and PPP Co. in this regard.

The Board was informed of ongoing issues with heating and leaks.

It was agreed that the Board would help to finance the cost of bus shelters for students in co-operation Wexford County Council.

Financial Report

The Board was presented with an income and expenditure report for the school year to date.

Child Protection Procedures and Oversight Report 

Mr. O’ Shea presented a Child Protection Oversight Report covering the period since the last Board meeting on 13 January 2020 (included with the minutes of the meeting).

The meeting conducted its annual review of child protection measures in the school and agreed to publish all required information on the website and to notify the Parents’ Association and Loreto Trust Board of same.

Mr. O’ Shea and Ms. O’ Reilly were re-appointed as Designated Liaison Person and Deputy Designated Liaison Person.

School Planning / Teaching and Learning

The Board formally approved a revised policy in relation to CBAs and whole-school assessment. Changes to the policy on student attendance were also agreed.

The recent DES circular on admission policies was considered. Mr. O’ Shea submitted a draft policy for members’ attention. It was agreed to consult with staff and parents on this matter in the coming weeks and to review the draft policy in detail at the next meeting.

It was also reported to the Board that the School Planning Group would be consulting with all interested parties in the coming months on the formulation of a strategic plan for the next three to four years in accordance with its own self-evaluation findings and DES requirements.

Health and Safety Report

The meeting was informed that Derek Madden (Health and Safety Manager) visited the school on Monday, 24 February 2020.

Principal’s Report

Mr. O’ Shea made mention of the following in his report to the Board:

  • Mock exams – return of scripts and preparation of reports
  • Ski tour – safe return but with concerns about the outbreak of the coronavirus in parts of Northern Italy
  • 3rd and 5th year retreats – to be held over the next two weeks
  • Inclusion Week from 4 to 6 March – focus on disability, ageism, LGBTQ awareness
  • TY mock interviews 9 March

Any other business

The Board discussed the contents of its Agreed Report to be placed on the school website by Mr. O’ Shea.

The next meeting of the Board was fixed for Tuesday, 31 March 2020 at 4.30 p.m.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 3 March 2020.


Agreed Report of Board of Management meeting

Monday, 13 January 2020

Attendance

Mr. Gayer, Ms. Cahalane, Ms. O’ Donoghue, Sr. Helen, Mr. Gaynor, Ms. Doyle, Ms. Foley and Mr. Quigley.

As Secretary to the Board, Mr. O’ Shea also attended.

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (3 December 2019) were adopted following the proposal of Ms. O’ Donoghue, seconded by Mr. Gayer.

Building Report

Mr. O’ Shea informed the Board that the GAA pitch had been completed with the exception of lining that is due later in the week. He told the meeting that a new sound system for the Sports Hall would be fully installed by the end of the week in accordance with budgetary provision. It was noted that the next Principals’ Liaison Meeting would be held for schools in Bundle 5 on 6 February in Tullamore at which the issue of an official school opening would be further discussed.

The Board was disappointed to learn that the issue of the all-weather hockey pitch remained unresolved. Mr. O’ Shea was asked to maintain pressure on the NDFA, DES and PPP Co. in this regard.

Financial Report

The Board was presented with an income and expenditure report, balance sheet, bank reconciliation statements and trial balance for the school year to date.

It was agreed that Sr. Helen and Mr. Gaynor would meet the auditor later in the week to discuss matters arising from the move to the new school building.

Child Protection Procedures and Oversight Report 

Mr. O’ Shea presented a Child Protection Oversight Report covering the period since the last Board meeting on 3 December 2019 (included with the minutes of the meeting).

Staffing, 2019/2020

The Board formally approved a statement on the role and responsibilities of the Programme Co-ordinator following recent consultation with the teaching staff. It was agreed to advertise this position.

The Board agreed to the appointment of Nigel Usher as Fitness Instructor in the school.

School Planning / Teaching and Learning

Mr. O’ Shea briefed the meeting on the ongoing work of the School Planning Group in relation to CBAs and whole-school assessment.

The meeting considered amendments to its admission policy. It was agreed to return to this matter at the next meeting.

Health and Safety Report

The meeting was informed that Derek Madden (Health and Safety Manager) conducted fire extinguisher training for 20 staff members earlier that day and that further training for staff in this area would be organised in the coming months.

Principal’s Report

Mr. O’ Shea made mention of the following in his report to the Board:

  • The successful completion of Christmas events in the school
  • Forthcoming meetings of parents and students in relation to subject choices
  • The information meeting for incoming 1st year students and their parents/guardians
  • Cardiac screening to be held in the school over a 4 day period in late January for 138 students/staff who had registered for it
  • Forthcoming mock examinations

Any other business

Ms. Cahalane informed the meeting of her involvement in the Young Scientists’ Exhibition and of her conversation with a school in Cork that would be willing to share its experience of the event with Loreto staff. Mr. O’ Shea warmly welcomed this initiative and agreed to facilitate a meeting in this regard.

The Board discussed the contents of its Agreed Report to be placed on the school website by Mr. O’ Shea.

The next meeting of the Board was fixed for Thursday, 27 February 2020 at 4.30 p.m.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020.


Agreed Report of Board of Management meeting

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Attendance

Mr. Gayer, Ms. O’ Donoghue, Sr. Helen, Mr. Gaynor and Ms. Doyle.

Apologies were received from Mr. Quigley, Ms. Foley and Ms. Cahalane.

As Secretary to the Board, Mr. O’ Shea also attended.

Minutes

The minutes of the last meetings (4 and 18 November 2019) were adopted following the proposal of Ms. O’ Donoghue, seconded by Mr. Gayer.

Admission of students into 1st year, September 2020

The meeting considered various matters relating to enrolment into 1st year, September 2020.

Child Protection Procedures and Oversight Report 

Mr. O’ Shea presented a Child Protection Oversight Report covering the period since the last Board meeting on 4 November 2019 (included with the minutes of the meeting).

Leadership and Management

The meeting agreed to consult with staff on the roles and responsibilities of Programme Co-ordinator before proceeding to advertise the position in mid-January.

Health and Safety Report

The meeting was presented with the report prepared by Derek Madden (Health and Safety Manager) following his visit to the school on Monday, 11 November.

Principal’s Report

Mr. O’ Shea made mention of the following in his report to the Board:

  • JC training for staff – 2 December
  • Christmas class tests/reports
  • School Show – 10/11/12 December
  • Academic Awards – Monday, 16 December 18.00
  • Carol Service – Thursday, 19 December 13.30
  • The possibility of appointing a Fitness Instructor – to be further discussed at the next meeting

Any other business

The Board discussed the contents of its Agreed Report to be placed on the school website by Mr. O’ Shea.

The next meeting of the Board was fixed for Monday, 13 January 2020 at 4.30 p.m.

Sr. Helen wished all members a very happy Christmas and New Year.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019.


Agreed Report of Board of Management meeting

Monday, 4 November 2019

Attendance

Mr. Gayer, Ms. Cahalane, Ms. O’ Donoghue, Sr. Helen, Mr. Gaynor, Ms. Doyle, Ms. Foley and Mr. Quigley.

As Secretary to the Board, Mr. O’ Shea also attended.

The part of the meeting dealing with the admission of students into 1st year, September 2020 was also attended by John O’ Leary (solicitor) and Noeleen Goggin (school secretary).

Sr. Helen formally welcomed all members to this, the first meeting of the new Board of Management. She expressed the hope that the Board would continue to work as a collective unit with the good of the school at the centre of all deliberations and decisions. She emphasised the need for confidentiality so that all matters could be discussed safely in an open and honest manner. She wished all members well and thanked them for agreeing to serve the school in this important role.

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (7 October 2019) were adopted following the proposal of Ms. O’ Donoghue, seconded by Mr. Quigley.

Admission of students into 1st year, September 2020

The Board allocated places in  accordance with its Admission Policy.

Draws were overseen by Mr. O’ Leary (solicitor).

Building Report

Mr. O’ Shea informed the Board that work had commenced on the GAA pitch to ensure compliance with minimum length requirements. He further reported that the PPP Co. was expected to outline its proposals for the rectification of the all-weather pitch in the coming days.

He reported on the recent meeting in Tullamore between representatives of the schools in PPP Bundle 5, DES, NDFA, FM Company and PPP Company. Such meetings will take place quarterly for each of the next 24 years and will be used to address any issues in the schools in the bundle.

Mr. O’ Shea informed the meeting that the Helpdesk continued to work very well.

Financial Report

The Board reviewed an Income and Expenditure Report covering the period from 1 September 2019 to 4 November 2019.

Child Protection Procedures and Oversight Report 

Mr. O’ Shea presented a Child Protection Oversight Report covering the period since the last Board meeting on 7 October 2019 (included with the minutes of the meeting).

The meeting continued to review the checklist for child protection inspections.

School Planning / Teaching and Learning

Mr. O’ Shea briefed the meeting on the ongoing work of the School Planning Group in relation to CBAs and whole-school assessment.

A detailed analysis of the school’s 2019 Junior Certificate results was presented to members.

The recent experiment of allowing 6th year students to attend their parent-teacher meeting on an optional basis was discussed.

Health and Safety Report

The meeting was informed that Derek Madden (Health and Safety Manager) would visit the school on Monday, 11 November.

Mr. O’ Shea reported that the fire assembly points for 5th and 6th year students had been moved to avoid congestion in the area in front of the school.

Principal’s Report

Mr. O’ Shea made mention of the following in his report to the Board:

  • The commencement of the 7 week term to Christmas
  • The forthcoming school show, “South Pacific”, in the National Opera House on 10/11/12 December
  • Multicultural Week in the school
  • The commencement of a review of Transition Year at staff level

Any other business

Ms. Cahalane informed the meeting of the Zeminar programme that would be of benefit to the health and wellbeing of TY students.

Ms. Foley welcomed the introduction of food safety training in TY.

The Board discussed the contents of its Agreed Report to be placed on the school website by Mr. O’ Shea.

The next meeting of the Board was fixed for Tuesday, 3 December 2019 at 4.30 p.m.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019.


The Board of Management annual report for 2018/2019 may be viewed by clicking here.


Agreed Report of Board of Management meeting

Monday, 7 October 2019

Attendance

Mr. Cummins, Ms. Cahalane, Ms. O’ Donoghue, Sr. Helen, Mr. Gaynor, Mr. MacGonagle and Mr. Quigley.

Apologies were received from Ms. Huelswitt.

As Secretary to the Board, Mr. O’ Shea also attended.

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (2 September 2019) were adopted following the proposal of Ms. O’ Donoghue, seconded by Ms. Cahalane.

Building Report

Mr. O’ Shea informed the Board that day-to-day maintenance issues were being very well dealt with by means of the Helpdesk that was now fully operational.

Members were informed that serious difficulties had arisen with both pitches. The GAA pitch was found by the school to be 4 metres short of the required minimum length of 130 metres. The all-weather pitch had many creases on it thereby rendering it unplayable for competitive matches. The Board asked that these matters be addressed as priority issues when Mr. O’ Shea meets NDFA, DES and PPP Co. officials in Tullamore on Tuesday, 8 October 2019.

Financial Report

The Board reviewed an Income and Expenditure Report covering the period from 1 September 2019 to 7 October 2019.

It was reported that the annual audit would take place on 18/19/20 November 2019.

Child Protection Procedures and Oversight Report 

Mr. O’ Shea presented a Child Protection Oversight Report covering the period since the last Board meeting on 2 September 2019 (included with the minutes of the meeting).

The meeting continued to review the checklist for child protection inspections.

School Planning / Teaching and Learning

Mr. O’ Shea briefed the meeting on the areas for policy development and school self-evaluation in 2019/2020, as follows:

Policy Area Priority
Suicide Prevention/Substance Use/Wellbeing 5
Student Empowerment and Representation 6
Leadership and Management (April 2020) 7
Whole School Assessment 2
SIP 2016-2020 Review 1
School Improvement Plan post 2020 8
Class Teacher and Year Head System 4
Uniform 3
Whistleblower TBC

Annual Report by the Board of Management to Families

A draft of this report was submitted to members for their consideration. Mr. O’ Shea reported that its contents would be presented at the forthcoming general meeting of parents on Monday, 14 October 2019. It was agreed to further consider the report at the next Board meeting.

Health and Safety Report

A report of the first visit of the year by Derek Madden (Health and Safety Manager) was read to the Board.

Mr. O’ Shea reported on a successful fire drill that had been conducted earlier on Monday, 7 October.

Principal’s Report

Mr. O’ Shea made mention of the following in his report to the Board:

  • Junior Certificate results that were issued to the school on Friday, 4 October
  • Start of Year School Mass
  • Completion of 1st year retreats organised by the Religion Department
  • The appointment of Head Girls, Students’ and Prefects’ Councils, prefects, Meitheal and Cara leaders for 2019/2020
  • The school website

Any other business

The Board discussed the contents of its Agreed Report to be placed on the school website by Mr. O’ Shea.

The next meeting of the Board was fixed for Monday, 4 November 2019 at 4.30 p.m.

As this was the last meeting of the current Board, Sr. Helen thanked all members for their tremendous work and commitment over the past three years, a time of immense challenge and change for the school with the move to the new building.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019.


Agreed Report of Board of Management meeting

Monday, 2 September 2019

Attendance

Mr. Cummins, Ms. Cahalane, Ms. O’ Donoghue, Sr. Helen, Mr. Gaynor and Mr. Quigley.

Apologies were received from Mr. MacGonagle and Ms. Huelswitt.

As Secretary to the Board, Mr. O’ Shea also attended.

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (27 May 2019) were adopted following the proposal of Ms. O’ Donoghue, seconded by Mr. Gaynor.

Building Report

The Board was informed of summer works in relation to the following matters:

  1. Leaks
  2. GAA pitch
  3. BMS
  4. Rainwater harvesting
  5. All-weather pitch
  6. Painting
  7. Maintenance

It was agreed that three members of the Board would join Mr. O’ Shea at a meeting with NDFA and PPP Co. personnel in the school on Tuesday, 3 September 2019 to review all building issues.

Financial Report

The Board reviewed an Income and Expenditure Report covering the period from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019. Based on this outcome and future projections, the Board approved its school budget for 2019/2020 for submission to the Trust Board.

Child Protection Procedures and Oversight Report 

Mr. O’ Shea presented a Child Protection Oversight Report to the meeting covering the period since the last Board meeting on 27 May 2019.

Leadership and Management

Mr. O’ Shea presented the meeting with a report on the operation of the Leadership and Management Structure in the school in 2018/2019.

School Planning / Teaching and Learning

Mr. O’ Shea briefed the meeting on the ongoing introduction of Junior Cycle specifications.

School Insurance

The Board reviewed its level of insurance cover for 2019/2020.

Health and Safety Report

The meeting was informed of the first visit of the year by Derek Madden. A review of fire drill was conducted with the FM Company and a programme of improvement measures was agreed. It is planned to hold the next fire drill in October.

Principal’s Report

Mr. O’ Shea made mention of the following in his report to the Board:

  • The very pleasing Leaving Certificate results. The Board thanked all staff for their excellent support of students and congratulated them on the results.
  • The smooth resumption of the new school year
  • Total student enrolment for the year: 809
  • Arrangements for the election of a new Board of Management from 16 October 2019

Any other business

The Board discussed the contents of its Agreed Report to be placed on the school website by Mr. O’ Shea.

The next meeting of the Board was fixed for Monday, 7 October 2019 at 4.30 p.m.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 3 September 2019.