Board of Management 2016 – 2019
Membership of Board of Management
16 October 2019 – 15 October 2022
Sr. Helen O’ Riordan, I.B.V.M. (chairperson)
Mr. Patrick Quigley
Ms. Barbara Foley
Mr. Daniel Gayer
Mr. Liam Gaynor
Ms. Iris Johnston
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
Tuesday, 24 August 2021
Mr. Gaynor, Mr. Quigley, Sr. Helen, Ms. Doyle, Ms. Foley, Mr. Gayer and Ms. Cahalane.
Apologies were received from Ms. O’ Donoghue.
As Secretary to the Board, Mr. O’ Shea also attended.
The minutes of the last meeting (15 June 2021) were adopted following the proposal of Mr. Quigley, seconded by Mr. Gaynor.
Covid-19 Response Plan / Health and Safety
The meeting formally ratified an updated Covid-19 Response Plan for the year ahead. Approval was also given for amended guidelines for students, staff and parents. The meeting was advised that the full school community would be made aware of these documents by means of letters to families, emails to staff and students, staff meetings and Introduction Meetings for each year group.
The Board was informed that Derek Madden (Health and Safety Manager) had cleared all documents during his first to the school for the new year. Mr. O’ Shea further advised the meeting that weekly LWR meetings would continue for as long as necessary.
Mr. O’ Shea and Sr. Helen reported that meetings had been held with FM, PPP Co. and NDFA officials on 16 June, 9 July and 20 August.
It was noted that the FM staff had been increased by the appointment of an additional member who is a qualified painter/decorator.
Mr. O’ Shea advised that 10 classrooms and much of the ground floor corridor had been painted over the summer and that the school buildings and grounds were in a very good condition for the commencement of the new school year.
It was reported, however, that matters relating to the BMS and leaks remained unresolved.
Report from Finance Sub-Committee
Mr. Gaynor and Mr. O’ Shea presented the meeting with a full Income and Expenditure Report in respect of the financial year to date. The meeting agreed with a recommendation from the auditors and the Loreto Trust Board that the audit for 2020/2021 be conducted in a modified format that would be fully compliant with all DES and FSSU requirements.
It was agreed to consider a draft budget for 2021/2022 at the next meeting.
Child Protection Procedures and Oversight Report
Mr. O’ Shea presented the Board with a Child Protection Oversight Report covering the period since the last meeting on 15 June 2021.
School Planning / Teaching and Learning
Mr. O’ Shea reported that the School Planning Group would reconvene in September and work in accordance with DES circular 0033/2021. Areas for consideration would include:
- curriculum i.e., effects of new JC, LCAP
- 1-hour classes
- whole-school approach to teaching study skills
- learnings from the pandemic experience
Leadership and Management
The meeting was informed that the school would have one new AP1 position and one new AP2 position from 1 September 2021. It was agreed to review posts and responsibilities at the next meeting following a consultation process with the teaching staff.
The Board was presented with an Annual Report on the Leadership and Management Structure in the school for 2020/2021.
Mr. O’ Shea made mention of the following in his report to the meeting:
- Arrangements for the commencement of the new school year
- Student enrolment details for the year
- Ongoing negotiations with Wexford Hockey Club for the use of the pitch in the long term
Any other business
Members thanked Ms. Cahalane for her great contribution to the Board over the past four years on this, the occasion of her last meeting.
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, 20 September 2021 at 16.30 in the school.
Billy O’ Shea,
Secretary to Board of Management.
Tuesday, 31 August 2021.