Parents’ Council

Meeting Report

2 March 2020

Attendance

Louise Evans, Nyki Carty, Eleanor Harpur, Lorenia Gil, Liam Gaynor, John McGinnity, Edel Cullen, Aideen Buckley and Iris Johnston

February minutes approved.

Financial Report

Mr. Gaynor presented a financial report to those present.

Mock Interviews

Arrangements for the TY mock interviews were agreed.

School Planning Group (SPG)

Mr. Mc Ginnity updated the Council on the ongoing work of the SPG. He referenced draft policies on Suicide Prevention and Substance Misuse. He spoke about the revised arrangements for recording student attendance and absences, which will take effect from Monday, 9 March 2020. He confirmed that the Board of Management had completed its annual review of the Child Safeguarding Statement. Finally, he referenced the upcoming work on the group, namely the development of a School Plan to cover the next three/four years.

AOB

The group discussed the emerging issue of Coronavirus. Mr. Mc Ginnity outlined that all information is included on our website and that the school would act based on the medical advice given by the relevant experts. The school will remain in contact with parents via the website and text message.

Those present discussed the possibility of hosting a disco in October. This will be considered further at a later stage.

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Parents’ Council will take place on Monday, 11 May at 18.30.


Meeting Report

4 February 2020

Attendance

Louise Evans, Nyki Carty, Eleanor Harpur, Lorenia Gil, Liam Gaynor, John McGinnity, Edel Cullen, Aideen Buckley and Iris Johnston

Apologies

Mai Fanning, Annette Cahalane and Patricia Delaney

January minutes approved.

Financial Report

Mr. Gaynor presented a financial report to those present. Monies received from the Christmas fundraiser will be lodged into the account.

Correspondence

None received.

School Planning Group

Mr. Mc Ginnity and Ms. Buckley outlined the current work of the School Planning Group. The group is currently looking at a draft Substance Use policy. The next meeting will take place on Friday, 28 February at 13.30.

Christmas Quiz/Fundraiser

The Council expressed disappointment at the response to the armchair quiz. Ms. Johnsoton suggested that the Students’ Council could be contacted in order to ascertain what activities they would like to see done by the Parents’ Council. Mr. Mc Ginnity agreed to speak to Mr. Broderick (Students’ Council Co-ordinator) in relation to this.

Mock Interviews

TY students will attend mock interviews on Monday, 9 March 2020. Ms. Barbara Foley (member of the Board of Management) will help to coordinate this event. Ms. Buckley will link in with her in relation to the practical arrangements and assistance from the Parents’ Council.

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Parents’ Council will take place on Monday, 2 March at 18.30.


Meeting Report

6 January 2020

Attendance

Louise Evans, Nyki Carty, Annette Cahalane, Eleanor Harpur, John McGinnity, Lisa McCauley, Aideen Buckley and Iris Johnston

Apologies

Mai Fanning and Liam Gaynor

December minutes approved.

Matters Arising

Members of the Council spoke about the recent school musical, noting that it was a superb production. Feedback in relation to the Carol Service, which was held in the school due to the inclement weather on the day, was discussed.

Financial Report

Apologies were received from Mr. Gaynor (Treasurer).

Correspondence

None to discuss.

School Planning Group (SPG)

Mr. McGinnity updated the Council on the recent work of the School Planning Group. He mentioned a review of the Uniform policy and the role of the Class Teacher and Year Head. Finally, he distributed a draft document in relation to Classroom-Based Assessments (CBAs) and Whole-School Assessment. This document had emerged following many weeks of discussion by the SPG. The Council discussed the contents and approved it. It will now go to the Board of Management for further discussion.

Christmas Quiz

The Council agreed to extend the time for entries to the quiz. The draw will be made next week.

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Parents’ Council will take place on Monday, 3 February at 18.30.


Meeting Report

2 December 2019

Attendance

Louise Evans, Nyki Carty, Eleanor Harpur, John McGinnity, Lisa McCauley, Lorenia Gill, Liam Gaynor, Aideen Moroney, Iris Johnston and Mai Fanning

Apologies

Annette Cahalane

November minutes approved.

Matters Arising

Mr. Mc Ginnity updated the Council on the current situation regarding the two pitches. The GAA pitch will soon be available for use.

Treasurers’ Report

Liam Gaynor presented a financial update to those present. He presented Mr. Mc Ginnity with a cheque for €652.00. This money was raised at the Table Quiz in April and will be spent on resources for the School Library.

Correspondence

None to discuss.

School Musical

Mr. Mc Ginnity invited the Parents’ Council to the musical. He asked for assistance in relation to the raffle and distributed headed letters requesting the donation of spot prizes.

Wellbeing Programme

Mr. Mc Ginnity spoke about the requirement to have 400 hours of Wellbeing related learning at junior cycle. He outlined our current provision and invited members to reflect on what they might deem important in any future programme. He said that a wider consultation with parents would take place in 2020.

Christmas Quiz/Fundraiser

Iris Johnston distributed a sample of the Armchair Quiz, which will be distributed to families shortly. The Council also discussed the importance of having representatives from the Parents’ Council present in the school around Christmas, perhaps to distribute treats to the students in the General Purpose Area.

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Parents’ Council will take place on Monday, 6 January at 18.30.


Meeting Report

4 November 2019

Attendance

Louise Evans, Nyki Carty, Eleanor Harpur, John McGinnity, Lisa McCauley, Lorenia Gill, Liam Gaynor, Aideen Moroney, Iris Johnston and Edel Cullen.

Apologies

Annette Cahalane

October minutes approved.

Matters Arising

Mr. Mc Ginnity updated the Council on the current situation regarding the GAA pitch. Works to complete the project have now started. An update on the hockey pitch will be provided as soon as possible.

Treasurers’ Report

Liam Gaynor presented a financial update to those present.

Correspondence

None to discuss.

Review of events

The Council discussed the various events that they are involved with throughout the year. It was agreed to look at new ideas and change some of the events that the Council are involved with. With this in mind, Iris Johnston proposed the idea of an ‘arm chair quiz’. This will be considered more thoroughly at the next meeting.

AOB

Feedback from the recent TY Road Safety event was discussed with Mr. Mc Ginnity.

Next Meeting

The next Parents’ Council meeting will take place on Monday, 2 December at 18.30.


Meeting Report

7 October 2019

Attendance

Louise Evans, Nyki Carty, Eleanor Harpur, John McGinnity, Lisa McCauley, Lorenia Gill, Liam Gaynor, Aideen Moroney, Iris Johnston, Annette Cahalane and Edel Cullen.

Apologies

Mai Fanning.

September minutes approved.

Correspondence

None to discuss.

Treasurers’ Report

Liam Gaynor presented a financial update to those present.

Election of new committee members

The following parents were elected;

  • Chairperson – Aideen Moroney, proposed by Liam Gaynor, seconded by Nyki Carty
  • Vice Chairperson – Eleanor Harpur, proposed by Nyki Carty, seconded by Annette Cahalane
  • Secretary – Louise Evans, proposed by Iris Johnston, seconded by Liam Gaynor
  • Treasurer – Liam Gaynor, proposed by Iris Johnston, seconded by Louise Evans.

Deputy Principal’s Report

Mr. Mc Ginnity mentioned the following points in his report:

  • Works completed over the summer
  • Ongoing discussion with the relevant bodies regarding the G.A.A. pitch and the hockey pitch
  • Feedback from a recent fire drill
  • School events, including the upcoming General Meeting of parents
  • Preparations for the school musical, South Pacific
  • Traffic management and feedback from a recent meeting with Wexford County Council and An Garda Síochána.

AOB

A brief discussion around fundraising ideas for the year ahead was held. There were a number of great ideas shared, which will be discussed further at the next meeting.

Next Meeting

The next Parents’ Council meeting will take place on Monday, 4 November at 18.30.


Meeting Report

2 September 2019

Present

Liam Gaynor, Aideen Moroney, Annette Cahalane , Lorenia Gill, Patricia Delaney, Louise Evans and Edel Cullen.

Apologies

Mai Fanning, Iris Johston and John McGinnity.

Correspondence

None to discuss.

Treasurers’ Report

Liam Gaynor presented a financial update to those present.

Parents’ Council Annual General Meeting

Arrangements in relation to the A.G.M. were discussed and agreed upon. A handout outlining the role of the Parents’ Council will be prepared and the names of people interested in joining the Council will be noted. The A.G.M. will take place on Monday, 23 September at 19.00.

AOB

Nominations for the Parent Representatives on the Board of Management need to be returned to Mr. O’ Shea by 12 p.m. on Wednesday, 11 September 2019.

Next Meeting

The A.G.M. will take place on Monday, 23 September at 19.00. The subsequent Parents’ Council meeting will take place on Monday, 7 October at 18.30.