Class Teachers/Year Heads/Student Care Co-ordination Team

Class Teachers, Year Heads and the Student Care Co-ordination Team

The school places great emphasis on its Class Teacher system. It acknowledges that teachers undertake the resultant increased responsibilities on a purely voluntary basis.

At the start of each school year, a Class Teacher is assigned by the Principal to each class groups. Each class group will be allocated a base room for the year by the Principal.

Class Teachers of each year group will meet as required to discuss any issues arising in that year group. Such meetings will be facilitated by the Deputy Principal.

The school will provide training to Class Teachers to support them in carrying out their role.

The essential role of the Class Teacher is to take a pastoral interest in each student’s welfare and progress in school. S/he will get to know students sufficiently well to carry out the following specific responsibilities:

  • To monitor a student’s attendance in school, in consultation with the Anseo system, and to receive notes from parents through the school diary explaining any absence
  • To sign the school diary of students in 1st, 2nd and 3rd years on a weekly basis.
  • To be available to Subject Teachers to assist in dealing with any serious disciplinary matters
  • To be aware of any factors likely to adversely affect a student’s school performance and to inform Subject Teachers of same in a professional and appropriate manner.
  • To be as supportive as possible to any students experiencing difficulties impacting upon school life and performance.
  • To refer any particularly serious matters affecting a student’s welfare to the Student Care Co-ordination team (SCCT)
  • To refer any reported instance of bullying to the Deputy Principal.
  • To facilitate the election of two prefects in each group
  • To assist the Principal and administrative staff in various organisational matters
  • To meet/consult with parents as necessary in relation to the discharge of these responsibilities.
  • To attend a staff meeting every August when vital handover information on students will be provided

It is essential that parents keep Class Teachers fully informed of any relevant matter so that the above responsibilities can be fully discharged in the best interests of all students.

The school community is most appreciative of the care, professionalism and time-input of all those who work as Class Teachers on a voluntary basis.

To ensure that all students in the school receive the necessary support at difficult times in their lives, the Student Care Co-ordination Team (SCCT) meets every week to review particular cases and to allocate support. The SCCT will also address any general issues concerning the welfare of students. Membership of the SCCT is as follows:

Principal (chair), Deputy Principals, Learning Support Teachers, Guidance Counsellors and Chaplain.

The SCCT liaises closely with the relevant Class Teachers and Year Heads and reports on its work at staff meetings.

The SCCT will be the primary body for determining the school’s prompt, caring and supportive response to any critical incident that may occur. When meeting as the critical incident team, the SCCT will have due regard to the 2016 publication by NEPS: Responding to Critical Incidents – NEPS Guidelines and Resource materials for Schools. This publication was reviewed by the SCCT in January 2017 and has been brought to the attention of the full school staff.

This policy will be brought to the attention of staff every August.

Class Teachers and Base Rooms, 2021/2022

Class Class Teacher Classes Base Room Room Number
1.1 Mr. O’ Shea 0 Selskar 057
1.2 Mr. Murphy (Business) 3 Business/Commerce 102
1.3 Ms. N. Kelly (Irish) 3 Teresa Ball 1 065
1.4 Ms. Cotter (Maths) 3 Mathematics 2 217
1.5 Ms. Doyle (Maths) 3 St. Ignatius 132
2.1 Ms. Beattie (Maths) 4 St. Joseph 123
2.2 Mr. Broderick (Maths) 4 Spawell 070
2.3 Ms. A. Byrne (Maths) 4 St. Anthony 120
2.4 Mr. Crowdle (Maths) 4 Mathematics 1 052
2.5 Mr. Grant (Maths) 4 St. Francis 122
2.6 Ms. Skelton (Maths) 4 St. Francis 122
3.1 Ms. Johns (Geography) 4 Tuskar 134
3.2 Mr. J. Cummins (Geography) 4 Menapia 032
3.3 Mr. Mc Bride (Religion) 3 St. Kevin 233
3.4 Ms. L. Jordan (Religion) 3 St. Brigid 221
3.5 Ms. Culleton (Religion) 3 St. Aidan 232
4.1 Ms. Walton (Music) 2 Teresa Ball 2 067
4.2 Mr. O’ Sullivan (Business) 3 Teresa Ball 3 069
4.3 Ms. McLean (IT) 2 St. Patrick 121
4.4 Ms. Mullen (PE) 2 St. Cecelia 147
4.5 Mr. Gunning (Religion) 3 Religion Room 219
5.1 Ms. Carroll (Irish) 5 St. Peter 203
5.2 Mr. Cornejo (Irish) 5 St. Raphael 206
5.3 Ms. De Róiste (Irish) 5 St. Michael 204
5.4 Ms. Shannon (Irish) 5 St. John Paul 215
5.5 Mr. Usher (Irish) 5 St. Gabriel 205
5.6 Ms. O’ Keeffe (Irish) 5 St. Bernadette 150
6.1 Ms. Browne (English) 5 Richmond 059
6.2 Mr. Goff (English) 5 St. Ita 237
6.3 Ms. Davey (English) 5 St. Catherine 153
6.4 Ms. O’ Donoghue (English) 5 St. Ibar 231
6.5 Ms. Whitty (English) 5 St. Colmcille 230

 

Year Heads in 1st, 2nd and 3rd years 

Year Head – 1st Year: Ms. Siobhan O’ Donoghue 

The responsibilities of the Year Head are as follows:

  1. To get to know all students in the year group in order to support them pastorally as they progress through the school. A Year Head will remain with the same group of students as they move from 1st to 3rd years inclusive.
  2. To co-ordinate the work of class teachers in the year group so as to maintain a uniform and consistent approach to matters that may arise
  3. To assist class teachers in dealing with any discipline or pastoral issues that might arise before referral, if necessary, to the Deputy Principal or Counsellors
  4. To ensure that any alleged instances of bullying are brought to the immediate attention of the Deputy Principal
  5. To monitor the attendance of students in the year group in the following manner:
    • When a student is absent for 5 consecutive days, to telephone the student’s home in a spirit of pastoral care and to then inform the relevant class teacher of the reason for the absence
    • When a student’s cumulative absences in any given school year exceed 10 days, to write to the student’s parents to inform them of this and to seek an opportunity to discuss the matter with parents
    • When a student’s cumulative absences in any given school year exceed 20 days, to notify the Education Welfare Officer, as required by law, and will continue to liaise with parents and the student in an attempt to encourage more regular attendance
    • In co-operation with secretarial staff, to ensure that the reason for every student absence in the year group is properly and promptly entered on the Anseo system
    • In co-operation with the Deputy Principal, to arrange for the presentation of certificates of attendance to all students whose cumulative absence in a given year do not exceed 3 days
  6. To ensure the consistent implementation of the  school’s uniform policy in the year group
  7. To attend meetings of the Academic Council when the tracking of 1st year students is being discussed
  8. To liaise closely with the Meitheal Co-ordinator and leaders in relation to the welfare of 1st year students
  9. To liaise closely with the Student Care Co-ordination Team in relation to 1st year students, attending meetings of the team when required
  10. In co-operation with a Deputy Principal, to meet parents/guardians of students in the year group to discuss  matters of disciplinary or pastoral concern

Year Head – 2nd Year: Ms. Josie Byrne 

The responsibilities of the Year Head are as follows:

  1. To get to know all students in the year group in order to support them pastorally as they progress through the school. A Year Head will remain with the same group of students as they move from 1st to 3rd years inclusive.
  2. To co-ordinate the work of class teachers in the year group so as to maintain a uniform and consistent approach to matters that may arise
  3. To assist class teachers in dealing with any discipline or pastoral issues that might arise before referral, if necessary, to the Deputy Principal or Counsellors
  4. To ensure that any alleged instances of bullying are brought to the immediate attention of the Deputy Principal
  5. To monitor the attendance of students in the year group in the following manner:
    • When a student is absent for 5 consecutive days, to telephone the student’s home in a spirit of pastoral care and to then inform the relevant class teacher of the reason for the absence
    • When a student’s cumulative absences in any given school year exceed 10 days, to write to the student’s parents to inform them of this and to seek an opportunity to discuss the matter with parents
    • When a student’s cumulative absences in any given school year exceed 20 days, to notify the Education Welfare Officer, as required by law, and will continue to liaise with parents and the student in an attempt to encourage more regular attendance
    • In co-operation with secretarial staff, to ensure that the reason for every student absence in the year group is properly and promptly entered on the Anseo system
    • In co-operation with the Deputy Principal, to arrange for the presentation of certificates of attendance to all students whose cumulative absence in a given year do not exceed 3 days
  6. To ensure the consistent implementation of the  school’s uniform policy in the year group
  7. To attend meetings of the Academic Council when the tracking of 2nd year students is being discussed
  8. To liaise closely with the Cara Co-ordinator and leaders in relation to the welfare of 2nd year students
  9. To liaise closely with the Student Care Co-ordination Team in relation to 2nd year students, attending meetings of the team when required
  10. In co-operation with a Deputy Principal, to meet parents/guardians of students in the year group to discuss  matters of disciplinary or pastoral concern 

Year Head – 3rd Year: Ms. Patricia Kinsella 

The responsibilities of the Year Head are as follows:

  1. To get to know all students in the year group in order to support them pastorally as they progress through the school. A Year Head will remain with the same group of students as they move from 1st to 3rd years inclusive.
  2. To co-ordinate the work of class teachers in the year group so as to maintain a uniform and consistent approach to matters that may arise
  3. To assist class teachers in dealing with any discipline or pastoral issues that might arise before referral, if necessary, to the Deputy Principal or Counsellors
  4. To ensure that any alleged instances of bullying are brought to the immediate attention of the Deputy Principal
  5. To monitor the attendance of students in the year group in the following manner:
    • When a student is absent for 5 consecutive days, to telephone the student’s home in a spirit of pastoral care and to then inform the relevant class teacher of the reason for the absence
    • When a student’s cumulative absences in any given school year exceed 10 days, to write to the student’s parents to inform them of this and to seek an opportunity to discuss the matter with parents
    • When a student’s cumulative absences in any given school year exceed 20 days, to notify the Education Welfare Officer, as required by law, and will continue to liaise with parents and the student in an attempt to encourage more regular attendance
    • In co-operation with secretarial staff, to ensure that the reason for every student absence in the year group is properly and promptly entered on the Anseo system
    • In co-operation with the Deputy Principal, to arrange for the presentation of certificates of attendance to all students whose cumulative absence in a given year do not exceed 3 days
  6. To ensure the consistent implementation of the  school’s uniform policy in the year group
  7. To attend meetings of the Academic Council when the tracking of 3rd year students is being discussed
  8. To liaise closely with the Student Care Co-ordination Team in relation to 3rd year students, attending meetings of the team when required
  9. To meet parents/guardians of students in the year group to discuss any matters of concern
  10. In co-operation with a Deputy Principal, to meet parents/guardians of students in the year group to discuss  matters of disciplinary or pastoral concern

Year Heads for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year were introduced following a review of the school’s Leadership and Management structures in Spring 2018. The BOM, in consultation with staff, will review their introduction over the next two years and will assess the desirability of their introduction into 4th, 5th and 6th years in due course.