Parents’ Council

Meeting Report

2 November 2020

Attendance: Aideen Buckley, Evelyn Danaher, Louise Evans, Iris Johnston, Lisa Mc Auley, Eleanor Harpur, John Mc Ginnity, Nyki Carty, Liam Gaynor and Lorenia Gil.

Apologies were received from Annette Cahalane.

In line with current guidelines, this meeting took place remotely, via Microsoft Teams.

October minutes approved.

Ms. Danaher was welcomed to her first meeting of the Council.

Financial Report

Mr. Gaynor presented an updated financial report to those present.

Correspondence

An e-mail from a parent, sent to the Parents’ Council account, was discussed. The correspondence related to the possibility of holding remote Parent/Teacher meetings. Mr. Mc Ginnity explained that school management has discussed the matter earlier in the year but, for reasons of privacy and security, it was not considered an appropriate means of holding such a meeting. Comprehensive school reports will be sent home and parents/guardians are invited to contact teachers should they wish to discuss anything. A letter, issued on the school website on 22 October 2020, outlines all of these points.

Election of Officers 2020/21

Following some discussion, it was decided that all existing members of the Parents’ Council would retain their roles. This motion was proposed by Ms. Johnston and seconded by Ms. Harpur.

School Business

Mr. Mc Ginnity presented a brief report on school matters since the previous meeting. He confirmed that the school was unaffected by the requirement to change hand sanitiser and wipes. He summarised the ongoing situation in relation to Covid 19 and praised the continued efforts of the whole school community in ensuring that all guidelines are being followed as best they can.

Christmas Events

Members suggested some events/initiatives that the Council could run in the lead-in to Christmas. These ideas will be advanced further before the next meeting.

Next Meeting

Monday, 7 December 2020 at 18.30.


Meeting Report

5 October 2020

Attendance: Aideen Buckley, Annette Cahalane , Patricia Delaney, Louise Evans, Iris Johnston, Lisa Mc Auley, Eleanor Harpur, John Mc Ginnity, Nyki Carty and Lorenia Gil.

Apologies were received from Liam Gaynor and Edel Cullen.

In line with current guidelines, this meeting took place remotely, via Microsoft Teams.

September minutes approved.

Correspondence

None to discuss.

Covid – 19

Mr. Mc Ginnity updated those present on the first few weeks back in the school. He thanked the students for their efforts so far and referenced a number of points including social distancing, the cleaning of desks and the use of face coverings. Feedback from members of the Parents’ Council was positive. The issue of excessively hot water in the taps has been addressed and Mr. Mc Ginnity encouraged ongoing feedback from parents through him.

A.G.M

Arrangements to amalgamate the A.G.M. with the Autumn General Meeting of Parents, due to take place on Monday, 19 October via Zoom, were discussed. A slot during the presentation was suggested. Ms. Evans and Ms. Buckley undertook to submit material to Mr. Mc Ginnity in this regard. Following the meeting, Mr. Mc Ginnity contacted members of the Parents’ Council indicating that the Zoom meeting would not now go ahead. As an alternative, Mr. O’ Shea will issue a letter to families next week. This letter will include some information about the Parents’ Council and details on how to join the group.

School Business

Mr. Mc Ginnity spoke about some recent activities in the school – 1st Year Retreats for all groups and TY trips to Curracloe and Clonroche. He also confirmed the appointment of the Head Girls and all members of the Students’ and Prefects’ Councils.

The School Planning Group will reconvene, in line with HSE guidelines, after the Halloween break.

AOB

Ms. Evans spoke about the possibility of a student led Instagram account around the areas of wellbeing and nutrition – students to speak to Mr. Mc Ginnity.

Ms. Johnston suggested a virtual run as an activity, which the Council could undertake. Upon discussion, Ms. Cahalane spoke about an upcoming HSE initiative around fitness and walking. This could link in with that. It was agreed to revisit the idea further.

Next Meeting

Monday, 2 November at 18.30.


Meeting Report

7 September 2020

Attendance: Aideen Buckley, Annette Cahalane , Patricia Delaney, Louise Evans, Edel Cullen, Iris Johnston, Lisa Mc Auley, Eleanor Harpur, John Mc Ginnity and Nyki Carty.

Apologies were received from Lorenia Gil.

In line with current guidelines, this meeting took place remotely, via Microsoft Teams.

May minutes approved.

The Chairperson, Aideen Buckley, opened proceedings by welcoming everyone to the first meeting and extending sympathy to Louise Evans on the passing of her father.

Correspondence

None to discuss.

Covid -19

Mr. Mc Ginnity reported on the reopening of the building and spoke about the work done in the school over July and August. He spoke about high levels of compliance with regards to sanitising and the wearing of face coverings. He encouraged all parents to emphasise the importance of social distancing. Procedures around the use of lockers, entering and exiting the building and the staggered break times were discussed further.

Meitheal Leaders

Mr. Mc Ginnity praised the work of the Meitheal Leaders in helping to get the first years settled in.

Hockey Pitch

An update on the hockey pitch was provided. It should be complete by mid-September.

A.G.M

The decision was taken to defer the A.G.M. for the time being. The possibility of holding the meeting over Zoom was discussed.

AOB

Mr. Mc Ginnity answered questions in relation to the Covid – 19 Response plan and other school business.

Next Meeting

Monday, 5 October at 18.30.