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 

Tuesday, 15 June 2021 

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

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

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

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (20 May 2021) were adopted following the proposal of Mr. Quigley, seconded by Mr. Gayer.

Correspondence

The meeting discussed correspondence expressing concern about unsuitable material that features in some prescribed texts on the English syllabus. The Board was informed that the matter was being dealt with in an appropriate and professional manner by the teachers in the English Department.

Covid-19 Response Plan / Health and Safety

The meeting was informed that the academic year had concluded safely with no Covid-19 cases being reported in the school since Christmas and that Leaving Certificate examinations were underway in compliance with all prevailing preventive measures. Guidelines are to be issued over the summer in relation to measures that would be required for the new school year.

The Board thanked all staff and students for the very high levels of co-operation, flexibility and compliance that were evident throughout this most difficult school year.

Building Report

Mr. O’ Shea reported that a meeting was to be held on 16 June with NDFA officials to discuss ongoing matters of concern.

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.  

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 20 May 2021.

School Planning / Teaching and Learning

Mr. O’ Shea reported that the School Plan was currently being updated. He advised that the next phase of School Self-Evaluation would commence in September in accordance with DES guidelines.

Principal’s Report

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

  • The appointment of KatieBeth Gaynor and Chloe Fortune to the positions of Head Girl for 2021/2022 – formally approved by the Board
  • The imminent posting home of school reports in respect of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th year students
  • Admission of students into years 2 to 6 in accordance with school policy
  • The completion of the Estimated Marks process on 3 June

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 Tuesday, 24 August 2021 at 16.30 in the school.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 22 June 2021.


Agreed Report of Board of Management Meeting 

Thursday, 20 May 2021 

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

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

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

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (20 April 2021) were adopted following the proposal of Ms. Foley, seconded by Ms. O’ Donoghue.

Covid-19 Response Plan / Health and Safety

The meeting was informed of arrangements for forthcoming school events that would be held in a manner compliant with Covid-19 preventive measures – graduation events for TY and 6th year students, supervised study for 6th year students from 28 May to 3 June.

It was noted that a fire drill was conducted on Monday, 10 May 2021 under the supervision of Derek Madden (Health and Safety Manager).

Leadership and Management 

It was agreed to conduct a mini review of needs and priorities in August/September with staff prior to the filling of additional posts that may be sanctioned from 1 September 2021.

Calendar, 2021/2022

The Board approved the school calendar for 2021/2022, subject to any changes that may be required due to public health measures.

Building Report

Mr. O’ Shea reported that work had taken place on the BMS but that further parts were required before it would be fully operational.

It was noted that updates were awaited from the NDFA and PPP Co. in relation to enhanced site security measures.

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.

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 20 April 2021. A copy of the report is attached to the minutes.

Principal’s Report

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

  • Forthcoming interviews for the positions of Head Girl for 2021/2022
  • Summer assessments and class tests
  • The Estimated Marks process for LC students
  • The conclusion of classes on 28 May in line with DES guidelines
  • LC written examinations from 9 to 29 June

Any other business

The meeting expressed its deep appreciation of the outstanding work done by staff and students in the course of this most difficult school year.

The contribution of the Head Girls was particularly lauded.

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 Tuesday, 15 June 2021 at 16.30 on MS Teams.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 25 May 2021.


Agreed Report of Board of Management Meeting 

Tuesday, 20 April 2021 

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

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

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

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (22 March 2021) were adopted following the proposal of Mr. Quigley, seconded by Ms. Cahalane.

Covid-19 Response Plan / Health and Safety

Mr. O’ Shea informed the meeting that the school had been open to all students since 12 April and that the implementation of preventive measures was being monitored on an ongoing basis by the LWR/Covid-19 Committee that meets weekly. He further advised that students were being asked to ensure that there were no more than 10 people in a classroom at break and lunch times to reduce congregation.

Ms. Cahalane suggested that students be reminded not to congregate at stairwells at the change of class.

Staffing, 2021/2022 

Mr. O’ Shea advised the meeting that advertisements had been placed for teaching positions for 2021/2022.

Building Report

Mr. O’ Shea reported that he had submitted a Client Satisfaction Survey to Sensori FM.

The contents of the monthly report from the FM Company were brought to the attention of the meeting.

The Board formally approved the use of the hockey pitch by Wexford Hockey Club for training purposes in accordance with public health guidelines with effect from Monday, 26 April 2021. It was agreed to give further consideration to the long-term use by the club of the pitch at the next meeting.

Mr. O’ Shea advised that there was no progress to report on the commissioning of the BMS in the school following the recent School Bundle 5 meeting.

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.

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 22 March 2021.

Principal’s Report

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

  • The completion of LC oral and practical examinations over the Easter holidays
  • Ongoing preparation for Accredited Grades and written LC examinations
  • The completion of the school timetable for 2021/2022 and the allocation of classes to teachers
  • Consideration being given to Graduation events for TY and 6th year students

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 Thursday, 20 May 2021 at 16.30 on MS Teams.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 27 April 2021.


Agreed Report of Board of Management Meeting 

Monday, 22 March 2021

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

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

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

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (8 February 2021) were adopted following the proposal of Mr. Quigley, seconded by Ms. Doyle.

Covid-19 Response Plan / Health and Safety

The meeting formally ratified the amended Covid-19 Response Plan and protocol checks associated with the re-opening of schools from 1 March 2021.

Mr. O’ Shea reported on the operation of the school since its re-opening to 5th and 6th year students. The Board hoped that all students would be back in school from 12 April 2021 but expressed concerns about this in the context of high daily cases of Covid-19.

The Board was informed that its Health and Safety Manager, Derek Madden, had visited the school on 22 March 2021.

The Board renewed its statement of very deep appreciation to all staff for the great work being done in relation to in-person teaching, RTL and support for students.

Staffing, 2021/2022 

Mr. O’ Shea advised that staffing schedules had not yet been issued by DES in respect of the 2021/2022 school year.

Building Report

The meeting was informed that the next School Bundle 5 Principals Meeting would be held on Zoom on Thursday, 25 March. The issues of the BMS, outdoor bins and perimeter security would be addressed at the meeting.

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.

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 8 February 2021. A copy of the report is attached to the minutes.

School Planning / Teaching and Learning

The Board was informed of the outcome of recent surveys on the operation of RTL.

Whilst they revealed high levels of satisfaction with the operation of RTL, a number of measures were put in place to lighten the burden of so much time being spent on screen e.g. breaks between classes, reduced levels of homework. In addition, two inservice afternoons were organised for staff to increase their knowledge of Teams/One Note capabilities and to share good practice.

The meeting acknowledged the difficulties associated with a prolonged period of RTL for both students and staff.

Principal’s Report

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

  • The arrangements for forthcoming oral and practical examinations for 6th year students
  • Summer assessment arrangements for students in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th years

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 Tuesday, 20 April 2021 at 16.30.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 23 March 2021.


Agreed Report of Board of Management Meeting 

Monday, 8 February 2021

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

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

Apologies were received from Ms. Foley.

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

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (18 January 2021) were adopted following the proposal of Mr. Quigley, seconded by Mr. Gaynor.

Covid-19 Response Plan / Health and Safety

The meeting was updated by Mr. O’ Shea in relation to the current school closure, as follows:

  • The current school closure continues with no date yet announced for a phased return.
  • Remote teaching and learning (RTL) continues for all students. Surveys of staff and students are currently being conducted into the operation of RTL and any learnings will be applied in the coming weeks.
  • Class attendance lists are being kept and absent students are being followed up on by Deputy Principals and Year Heads as appropriate.
  • SEN students are being actively supported by teachers, Learning Support Department and SNAs on a daily basis.
  • All regular school committee meetings are happening remotely.
  • A round of assemblies has been completed within the last week with all student year groups.
  • DES decisions regarding the State examinations are anxiously awaited by students, staff and parents.

The Board renewed its statement of very deep appreciation to all staff for the great work being done in relation to RTL and support for students.

Building Report

The meeting was informed that FM staff continue to work as normal during the period of school closure and that the building is cleaned on a daily basis.

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.

Child Protection Procedures and Oversight Report 

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 policy on Communication / Teaching and Learning Platform.

Principal’s Report

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

  • The holding of a very successful remote meeting on 26 January 2021 of the incoming 1st year students for September 2021 and their parents/guardians
  • The commencement of work on the 2021/2022 school timetable and the completion of the subject choice process by students
  • The weekly updating of the school website and App

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, 22 March 2021 at 16.30.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 9 February 2021.


Agreed Report of Board of Management Meeting 

Monday, 18 January 2021 

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

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

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

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (7 December 2020) were adopted following the proposal of Mr. Gaynor, seconded by Mr. Quigley.

Covid-19 Response Plan / Health and Safety

The meeting was updated by Mr. O’ Shea in relation to the current school closure, as follows:

  • The current school closure lasts until 31 January 2021 with a government review to be conducted prior to that date
  • Remote teaching and learning (RTL) commenced for all students on Monday, 11 January
  • Classes are being conducted in accordance with the normal school timetable to the greatest extent possible
  • Class attendance lists are being kept and absent students are being followed up on by Deputy Principals and Year Heads as appropriate
  • SEN students are being actively supported by teachers, Learning Support Department and SNAs on a daily basis
  • All regular school committee meetings are happening remotely
  • Discussions are taking place with staff and students regarding the mock examinations
  • About 10-12 teachers are attending the school building on a daily basis to provide RTL
  • A draft document on RTL was submitted to the Board for its consideration ahead of the next meeting
  • Derek Madden (Health and Safety Manager) will visit the school prior to re-opening to ensure that any additional preventive measures are in place

The Board expressed its very deep appreciation to all staff for the great work being done in relation to RTL.

Building Report

The meeting was informed that the latest date for the full commissioning of the BMS is now March 2021.

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.

Principal’s Report

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

  • The safe and happy completion of the Christmas Carol Service and Quiz prior to the holidays
  • The issuing of detailed Christmas reports to all families on 4 January 2021
  • Forthcoming meetings and presentations in relation to subject choice for the current 1st and TY students
  • An Information Meeting for incoming 1st year students and parents/guardians to be held via MS Teams on Tuesday, 26 January 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, 8 February 2021 at 16.30.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 19 January 2021.


Agreed Report of Board of Management Meeting 

Monday, 7 December 2020

Attendance

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

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

Minutes

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

Correspondence

From Subject Action
DES 0076/2020 JC Framework noted
DES 0077/2020 IT Funding noted

 

1st year Admissions, September 2021

The Board considered matters relating to the admission of 1st year students, September 2021.

Covid-19 Response Plan / Health and Safety

Mr. O’ Shea informed the meeting that LWR meetings continued to be held every Friday morning in order to address any Covid-19 concerns at school-level.

It was agreed that a letter be sent to all families before Christmas seeking ongoing support for all preventive measures.

Building Report

Mr. O’ Shea reported that the next SB5 meeting with NDFA, FM and PPP Co. officials would be held by Zoom on Thursday, 10 December. The failure to date in having the BMS operational would be a major topic at this meeting.

Report from Finance Sub-Committee

Mr. Gaynor presented the meeting with the draft audit report for 2019/2020. The meeting formally approved the report for signing on its behalf by Mr. Gaynor and Sr. Helen.

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 16 November 2020.

School Planning / Teaching and Learning

The meeting discussed the draft policy document on the use by students of mobile phones. The policy was formally adopted by the Board with three amendments.

Mr. O’ Shea advised that the School Planning Group was currently reviewing policy in relation to remote teaching and learning and the use of ipads. Additionally, he advised that aspects of curriculum would also be discussed shortly to take account of the increasing number of students attending the school with special educational needs.

Principal’s Report

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

  • The Think Languages Day held on 7 December
  • The help of different groups and individuals in decorating the school so well for Christmas
  • The completion of Leaving Certificate written examinations on Friday, 11 December
  • Arrangements for the Christmas carol service

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, 18 January 2021 at 16.30 in the school.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 8 December 2020.


 

Agreed Report of Board of Management Meeting 

Monday, 16 November 2020

Attendance

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

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

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (20 October 2020) were adopted following the proposal of Ms. O’ Donoghue, seconded by Ms. Foley

Covid-19 Response Plan / Health and Safety

The meeting was presented with the report of a recent SSPS inspection which found the school to be in full compliance with all Covid-19 preventive measures. The Board thanked all staff who had worked so hard to achieve this high standard.

Mr. O’ Shea informed the meeting that LWR meetings continued to be held every Friday morning in order to address any Covid-19 concerns at school-level.

It was reported that a full fire drill was successfully conducted on Friday, 13 November 2020.

Building Report

Ongoing problems with many whiteboards were reported once again to the meeting. It was also noted that the BMS had not been installed over the mid-term break as promised. It was agreed that both matters be pursued by Mr. O’ Shea with the FM Company.

Report from Finance Sub-Committee

Mr. Gaynor presented the meeting with a full Income and Expenditure Report in respect of the financial year to date. It was agreed to circulate sections of the draft audit report to members for discussion and approval at the December 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 20 September 2020.

School Planning / Teaching and Learning

The meeting was informed that the School Planning Group now meets every Tuesday morning. The group is currently reviewing policy on the use of mobile phones in school by students.

Principal’s Report

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

  • The work of the Academic Council and the forthcoming virtual Academic Awards ceremony on 17 December
  • Forthcoming Christmas reports
  • Leaving Certificate 2020 written examinations being held in the school

Any other business

In response to a query, Mr. O’ Shea advised that the school was trying to strike the correct balance between heating the building and ensuring proper ventilation in all rooms.

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, 7 December 2020 at 16.30 in the school.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 17 November 2020.


Agreed report of Board of Management Meeting 

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Attendance

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

Apologies were received from Mr. Quigley.

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

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (22 September 2020) were adopted following the proposal of Mr. Gaynor, seconded by Ms. Doyle

Covid-19 Response Plan / Health and Safety

The meeting was informed that there had been one further positive Covid-19 case in the school community since the last meeting but that HSE/Public Health did not identify any close contacts that would have required any further action.

The Board noted the change to a 40 minute staggered lunch for the duration of Covid-19 preventive measures as well as a number of changes to the guidelines for students in relation to desk-cleaning.

Mr. O’ Shea reported that weekly meetings were taking place with LWRs and other support staff and that all issues arising were discussed and addressed at these meetings. He expressed his deep appreciation of the support from the full school community in dealing with the threat posed by Covid-19.

Building Report

The Board was informed that work on the rectification of the hockey pitch had been completed and that certification was expected within 90 days.

It was also reported that the BMS would be commissioned over the mid-term break.

Ongoing problems with many whiteboards were reported to the meeting. It was agreed that this matter be pursued by Mr. O’ Shea with the FM Company.

Report from Finance Sub-Committee

Mr. Gaynor and Mr. O’ Shea reported that the annual audit was taking place at the present time and that a full Income and Expenditure Report would be presented 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 22 September 2020.

Annual Report from the Board of Management

Following discussion and amendments to the draft report, the Board formally ratified its Annual Report to the School Community in respect of 2019/2020. It was agreed to highlight this report in a letter to families and that it be placed on the school website.

School Planning / Teaching and Learning

The meeting was informed that work would re-commence on school planning, school self-evaluation and the further development of teaching and learning immediately after mid-term. Mr. O’ Shea stated that the School Plan, now running to 432 pages, had been fully updated in recent weeks and was available on the school website.

Principal’s Report

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

  • The forthcoming mid-term break and Halloween Dress Up events
  • The recent School Prayer Service and John Paul 11 Awards
  • The election of members to the Students’ Council for the year
  • The appointment of Eileen Roe and Sinead Mythen as Head Girls for the year – formally approved by the Board
  • The presentation of certificates to TY students for 2019/2020
  • The posting out of 1st year offers for 2021/2022 on 10 November

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, 16 November 2020 at 16.30 in the school.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 3 November 2020.


Please click here to view the Board of Management Annual Report for 2019/2020


Agreed Report of Board of Management Meeting 

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Attendance

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

Apologies were received from Ms. Cahalane.

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

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (17 August 2020) were adopted following the proposal of Mr. Gaynor, seconded by Ms. O’ Donoghue.

School Re-opening

Mr. O’ Shea informed the Board of the following:

  • That school was operating smoothly in line with the Covid-19 Response Plan
  • That one student had tested positive for Covid-19 but that no casual or close contacts were identified as the student in question did not attend school during her assumed infectious period
  • That mask-wearing and hand-sanitising by students and staff were of a very high order
  • That students needed to be reminded very often of the need for social distancing
  • That weekly meetings with the LWRs were progressing well
  • That a new model of inspection of schools in relation to Covid-19 measures was shortly to be put in place
  • That school activities were resuming in a safe manner e.g. TY trips and 1st year retreats
  • That Derek Madden was continuing his visits to the school and that he was inspecting cleaning records upon each visit

Building Report

The Board was very pleased to hear that work on the hockey pitch would be completed within a fortnight. The meeting was informed that weekly meetings between school representatives and the FM were continuing and that these meetings would also be attended by senior Sensori and PPP Co. representatives every four to five weeks in a further attempt to address ongoing issues.

Admission Policy

The Board discussed aspects of the Admission Policy following its ratification by the Loreto Trust Board. It was agreed to keep the policy under ongoing review.

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 17 August 2020.

Financial Report

Mr. Gaynor and Mr. O’ Shea presented the Board with an Income and Expenditure Report covering the period from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020 as well as a draft budget for 2020/2021. Budget proposals were formally approved by the Board for submission to the Loreto Trust Board.

School Insurance, 2020/2021

The Board reviewed its insurance cover for the new school year.

School Planning / Teaching and Learning

The meeting was informed that work would re-commence on school planning, school self-evaluation and the further development of teaching and learning in the coming fortnight, once all Covid-19 safety measures were fully implemented and working smoothly.

Principal’s Report

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

  • The start of year Prayer Service on Thursday, 1 October – being streamed from the Sports Hall to all classrooms
  • The recent presentation of badges to all class prefects
  • The imminent re-commencement of work by the Academic Council

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 Tuesday, 20 October 2020 at 16.30 in the school.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 29 September 2020.