Board of Management

Board of Management 2022 – 2025

 

Membership of Board of Management

16 October 2022 – 15 October 2025

Trustee nominees

Ms. Iris Johnston (Chairperson)

Ms. Barbara Foley

Mr. Daniel Gayer

Mr. Liam Gaynor

 

Parent nominees

Ms. Edel Cullen

Ms. Eleanor Harpur

 

Teacher nominees

Ms. Laura Pheasey

Ms. Aoife Doyle

The Secretary to the Board is Mr. John McGinnity who attends meetings in a non-voting capacity.


Agreed Report of Board of Management Meeting

Monday, 5 December 2022

Attendance

Ms. Johnston (Chairperson), Ms. Foley, Ms. Harpur, Mr. Gayer, Ms. Cullen, Ms. Doyle and Mr Gaynor.

As Secretary to the Board, Mr. Mc Ginnity also attended.

Apologies were received from Ms. Pheasey.

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (14 November 2022) were adopted following the proposal of Ms. Foley, seconded by Ms. Doyle.

Correspondence

The meeting was informed of the publication of a number of recent circulars and bulletins from the DES and JMB respectively.

Health and Safety

The Board was informed that Derek Madden (Health and Safety Manager) visited the school on Tuesday, 15 November. He completed his normal health and safety inspection.

Building Updates

Mr. Mc Ginnity updated the meeting on a number of points in relation to the building. He noted that the regular meetings between NDFA officials and the FM Company continued to go well.

Matters relating to the hockey pitch were discussed.

Finance Report

Mr. Gaynor, on behalf of the Finance Sub-Committee, summarised the content of their recent meeting.

An Income and Expenditure Report was presented to the meeting covering the period from 1 September to date.

Mr. Mc Ginnity noted a recent online meeting held with the Financial Support Services Unit. This is part of the support given to newly appointed principals.

Mr. Mc Ginnity also presented the Board with an OLCS report.

Board of Management Training

Mr. Mc Ginnity thanked members for attending the recent training in Kilkenny on Saturday, 26 November.

Leadership and Management

The Board reviewed and discussed the needs and priorities identified by recent staff consultation.

Admissions into 1st Year, 2023/24

Mr. Mc Ginnity updated the Board on the implementation of the enrolment process for 1st year, September 2023 in respect of the 303 applications received.

The Board considered reviews in respect of students whose parents/guardians had requested same.

The Board discussed proposed amendments in relation to the Admissions Policy.

Child Protection

Mr. Mc Ginnity presented the Board with a Child Protection Oversight Report covering the period since the last meeting on 14 November 2022. A copy of the report is attached to the minutes.

Anti-Bullying

The Board was advised that, to the school’s knowledge, no case of bullying was currently unresolved.

The Board was informed of a recent announcement by the Minister for Education and Skills in relation to a new action plan on bullying, entitled Cineáltas. Mr. Mc Ginnity noted that much more detail in relation to the initiative at individual school level was awaited.

School Planning/Teaching and Learning

The Board was informed that recent changes to the mobile phone policy were working well.

The work of the School Planning Group (SPG) was summarised. Consideration of one – hour classes will, after three weeks of discussion, move to a sub – committee of staff members. In 2023, the SPG will begin by looking at the area of wellbeing.

Principal’s Report

Mr. Mc Ginnity made mention of the following:

  • Various team and individual activities, including football, hockey, camogie, swimming, show jumping, debating etc.
  • The Spirit Award, awarded to Loreto, Wexford this year for their vocal support at the recent Swimming Gala.
  • The successful completion of the November exams.
  • Wellbeing Day for Leaving Certificate students.
  • The visit of Caroline Clarke, Director of Education with the Loreto Trust.
  • November Remembrance Mass celebrated by Fr. Jim Fegan.
  • The commencement of an arrangement with Our Lady of Fatima school. This involves students from the school attending Loreto each Wednesday to use the Home Economics kitchen.
  • Upcoming events, including the inaugural TY Trade Fair on Saturday, 10 December and the annual Carol Service on Tuesday, 20 December.

AOB

The Board thanked the teacher in charge of the schools’ social media accounts as they are very active at the moment. Mr. Mc Ginnity agreed to pass on the word of thanks, noting that Mr. Enda O’ Sullivan was the teacher involved.

Next Meeting

The next meeting was scheduled for 16.30 in the school on Monday, 16 January 2023.

 

John Mc Ginnity,

Secretary to the Board of Management,

Wednesday, 7 December 2022.


Agreed Report of Board of Management Meeting

Monday, 14 November 2022

Attendance

Ms. Johnston (Chairperson), Ms. Foley, Ms. Harpur, Mr. Gayer, Ms. Cullen, Ms. Doyle, Ms. Pheasey and Mr Gaynor.

As Secretary to the Board, Mr. Mc Ginnity also attended.

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (10 October 2022) were adopted following the proposal of Ms. Foley, seconded by Ms. Doyle.

Welcome

Ms. Johnston welcomed new members to this, the first meeting of the new Board of Management.

Health and Safety

The Board was informed that Derek Madden (Health and Safety Manager) would visit the school on Tuesday, 15 November as part of his normal duties.

Building Updates

Mr. Mc Ginnity informed the meeting that a number of leaks appeared to be resolved while a new one had been identified.

The BMS system is complete.

Matters relating to the hockey pitch were discussed.

Finance Report

Mr. Mc Ginnity confirmed the publication of the draft accounts for the year passed. These will be considered further by the Finance sub-committee.

A video, developed by the Financial Supports Service, was shown to all members.

Leadership and Management

Mr. Mc Ginnity informed the meeting that clarity in respect of permanent Assistant Principal posts has now been received. The process of reviewing the needs and priorities in the school is ongoing.

Child Protection

Mr. Mc Ginnity presented the Board with a Child Protection Oversight Report covering the period since the last meeting on 10 October 2022. A copy of the report is attached to the minutes.

Anti-Bullying

The Board was advised that, to the school’s knowledge, no case of bullying was currently unresolved.

The Board was informed of the initiatives that took place as part of Bullying Awareness Week (7 – 11 November).

School Planning/Teaching and Learning

Updates in relation to the Mobile Phone policy and the Critical Incident Management Plan were discussed.

Principal’s Report

Mr. Mc Ginnity made mention of the following:

  • Ongoing school activities – e.g. sports activities, paired reading, board games
  • Recent fundraising activities for various charities
  • The cardiac screening and flu vaccine service provided to staff and students
  • Start of Year Mass in Clonard Church
  • The work of various groups in the school – Inclusion Committee, Green School Committee, Students’ Council
  • The award of our third Cycle Against Suicide award
  • Arrangements for the November exams
  • Assemblies planned for this week

Next Meeting

The next meeting was scheduled for 16.30 in the school on Monday, 5 December 2022.

 

John McGinnity,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Wednesday, 23 November 2022.


Agreed Report of Board of Management Meeting

Monday, 10 October 2022

Attendance

Sr. Helen, Mr. Quigley, Ms. Foley, Ms. Johnston, Ms. Doyle, Ms. Pheasey and Mr. Gaynor.

As Secretary to the Board, Mr. Mc Ginnity also attended.

Apologies were received from Mr. Gayer.

The meeting began with a presentation from two members of the Loreto Education Trust. They outlined the current situation in relation to the proposed arrangement with the Le Chéile Trust.

Following their departure, the normal Board of Management business resumed.

Minutes

The minutes of the previous meeting (5 September 2022) were adopted.

Correspondence

The publication of recent circulars was noted.

Health and Safety

The Board was informed that Derek Madden (Health and Safety Manager) had visited the school in late September in order to oversee a fire drill.

A revised health and safety plan was approved by members present.

Building Updates

Mr. Mc Ginnity informed the meeting that a small number of additional leaks had been identified since the last meeting. Works to resolve these issues were scheduled for next week.

Finance Report

Mr. Mc Ginnity distributed a draft budget for 2022/23 to the Board. Mr. Gaynor, as part of the Finance sub-committee, spoke about certain elements of the document. The Board approved the budget for the year ahead.

Leadership and Management

The Board was informed that Ms. Siobhan O’ Donoghue had now taken up the role of Deputy Principal.

Mr. Mc Ginnity informed the meeting that clarity in respect of vacant Assistant Principal posts was awaited from the DES. The Board also approved a full review of roles and responsibilities attached to the post structure in the school.

Child Protection

Mr. Mc Ginnity presented the Board with a Child Protection Oversight Report covering the period since the last meeting on 5 September 2022. A copy of the report is attached to the minutes.

Anti-Bullying

The Board was advised that, to the school’s knowledge, no case of bullying was currently unresolved.

The Board formally reviewed the anti-bullying policy and were informed about initiatives to be taken during the school year.

School Planning/Teaching and Learning

The meeting was informed that the School Planning Group (SPG) met for the first time on Thursday, 6 October. A list of priority areas will be drafted for the school year 2022/23.

The Board was also informed that formal, timetabled exams for students would take place this November as part of a revised assessment procedure. These exams will form the basis of reports to be issued to students at Christmas time.

The Board discussed elements of the Admissions Policy in advance of the process for filling first year places.

Principal’s Report

Mr. Mc Ginnity made mention of the following:

  • A student enrolment of 906 on 30 September 2022.
  • The publication of the annual report to families. This was approved by the Board.
  • The school insurance provision for the year.
  • An update on staffing within the school.
  • The resumption of training, matches, debates and other activities.

Any other business

On this, the last meeting of the current Board, Sr. Helen thanked all members for their service to the school. She commended those who have committed to stay on for another term.

In turn, Mr. Mc Ginnity acknowledged the immeasurable contribution to Loreto made by Sr. Helen as she retired from the Board. He also thanked Mr. Quigley for his input over a long period of time.

Next Meeting

The next meeting was scheduled for 16.30 in the school on Monday, 14 November 2022.

 

John McGinnity,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Thursday, 13 October 2022.


Agreed Report of Board of Management Meeting

Monday, 5 September 2022

Attendance

Sr. Helen, Mr. Quigley, Ms. Foley, Mr. Gayer, Ms. Johnston, Ms. Doyle, Ms. Pheasey and Mr. Gaynor.

As Secretary to the Board, Mr. Mc Ginnity also attended.

Minutes

The minutes of the previous two meetings (23 June and 19 August 2022) were adopted.

Correspondence

The Board considered correspondence from the Loreto Trust seeking a meeting to provide an update on the proposed arrangement with Le Chéile Trust.

The publication of recent circulars was noted.

Health and Safety

The Board was informed that Derek Madden (Health and Safety Manager) had visited the school in August and assessed the building prior to opening.

The meeting was informed that all Covid – 19 supports, put in place by the Department of Education and Skills, had been withdrawn for this school year.

Building Updates

Mr. Mc Ginnity informed the meeting that fortnightly meetings with the FM Company and NDFA officials had resumed for the year.

It was reported that the BMS was now fully operational. Furthermore, a sub-contractor had now completed work on the leaks in the building.

A schedule of painting, agreed by all parties before the summer, is ongoing.

Finance Report

An Income and Expenditure Report was presented to the meeting covering the period from 1 September 2021.

Mr. Mc Ginnity informed the Board that the annual audit will take place during the last week of October 2022.

Leadership and Management

Mr. Mc Ginnity informed the meeting of the current situation in relation to Assistant Principal posts in the school.

Child Protection

Mr. Mc Ginnity presented the Board with a Child Protection Oversight Report covering the period since the last meeting on 23 June 2022. A copy of the report is attached to the minutes.

The Board ratified the appointment of Mr. Mc Ginnity as Designated Liaison Person (DLP).

Anti-Bullying

The Board was advised that, to the school’s knowledge, no case of bullying was currently unresolved.

School Planning

The meeting was informed that the School Planning Group (SPG) will begin their meetings for the year from late September onwards.

A new circular on School Self Evaluation, covering the period 2022 – 2026, will be considered by the SPG when meetings resume.

Principal’s Report

Mr. Mc Ginnity made mention of the following:

  • A student enrolment of 903 at the time of the meeting
  • Staffing update
  • The operation of the school over the initial days
  • Recent Study Skills seminars
  • The visit of a Japanese delegation to the school
  • Forthcoming events, including a TY Information Meeting for parents and Retreats for 1st year students, beginning on 19 September.

Next Meeting

The next meeting was scheduled for 16.30 in the school on Monday, 10 October 2022.

 

John McGinnity,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 6 September 2022.