Parents’ Council

Meeting Report

2 October 2023

Present: Siobhan O’ Donoghue, Lisa McAuley, Eimear Mooney, Sinead Boland O’Brien, Evelyn Danaher, Nyki Carty, Eleanor Harpur, Anna Kelly and Edel Cullen

Apologies: N/A

Minutes of last meeting proposed and seconded.

A warm welcome to our new members Anna Kelly and Eimear Mooney.

September meeting 2023 did not take place as there were inadequate numbers.

Discussions re The Book Club will be carried forward to the next meeting.

School Inspection

The Department of Education completed an inspection of the Loreto Guidance Department, and their comments were very favourable.  The details re the inspection may be viewed on www.gov.ie.

Open Night

The Loreto Open Night held last week and was very well attended. The school received very positive feedback.

This year there will be 180 incoming first years, an increase of 30 places.

WhatsApp Group

A new WhatsApp group will be set up for 2023/2024 following consent from members individually.

Child Protection

Regarding Child Protection, new guidelines were published in 09 2023.  Circular 36/2023 outlines the new changes and responsibilities for schools.

Second Hand Books and Uniforms

A discussion took place re second hand books and uniforms.

SPHE Curriculum for LC1/LC2

The new SPHE Curriculum was discussed, specifically for Senior Cycle.  This is available on www.gov.ie to view and the deadline for submissions for parental feedback is 17 10 2023. The school will send a link to parents to remind and to access.

The School Planning Meeting is a forum for parents to consult the school re the curriculum and other relevant school issues.

Twice a year parents are invited into the school and are updated on developments and relevant issues.

The school policies are also available to view online.

Election of Officers

Nyki Carty – Treasurer

Eleanor Harpur – Chairperson

Sineád Boland O Brien – Vice Chairperson

Lisa McAuley– Joint Secretary

Anna Kelly – Joint Secretary

Zara Byrne outlined by email in August that she was stepping down as Secretary of the Parents’ Council.  A sincere thanks to Zara for her commitment to date.

Date of next meeting 6 November at 6:30pm