Meetings of the Board of Management Sept and Oct 2014

Report of the Meeting of the Board of Management, September 8th 2014

  • Congratulations were extended to the students who sat the LC in 2014 and who achieved great results.  Special mention was made of the eleven students of the 68 who were in the LC class who achieved more than 500 points and of the fact that 38% of the cohort achieved more than 400 points.
  • Best wishes were extended to Becky Murphy on her new career path as she pursues her studies in nursing.
  • Best wishes were extended  to Kathy Clark who is on sick leave.
  • A welcome was extended to Mr. Alan Moore who has joined the teaching staff as a teacher of Biology and Science.
  • The School Improvement Plan and report on the School Self Evaluation were accepted.  They are now ready for publication on the website for parents to access.
  • School finances were examined by the Finance sub-committee that met at 6:30 prior to the meeting of the complete Board.  The voluntary contribution of €70 per family has been maintained.
  • There were no new cases of child protection or bullying to report.
  • Margaret Taheny was acknowledged and thanked for her membership of and contribution to the Board.  She leaves a position vacant as she no longer has children in the school.

Report of the Board of Management Meeting, October 6th 2014.

  • Condolences were offered to Margaret Taheny on the recent death of her father, Tom Connolly.
  • A  welcome was extended to Maeve McCormack as a parents’ representative on the Board.  Maeve is replacing Margaret Taheny who left the board in September as she no longer has children in the school.
  • A welcome was extended to Sandra Quinn who is acting school secretary in Kathy’s absence.
  • the school’s finances were examined by the finance sub-committee and a report was made to the Board.  The finances continue to be tightly managed.
  • Annual reports were accepted and acknowledged from the Student Council and Parents’ Association.
  • a progress report in the building of the school’s  website was presented.  The site is currently at testing phase.
  • The Follow Through inspection on the Whole School Inspection went very well.  School leadership was complimented on the manner and speed in which recommendations from the Whole School Inspection of 2013 were implemented.  Of the seven recommendations, five are fully compliant and a verdict of  very satisfactory progress  was given on the remaining two.
  • The Child Protection policy was amended to include internet safety.
  • St Mary’s College policy on Safety & Health was ratified.
  • Thanks were expressed to Mr. Tom Loughnane on his unwavering support to the school from the CEIST office and goodwill was offered to him on his retirement.
  • Congratulations were extended to Gerry McGuill who has been appointed to the CEIST office and is now advisor to the school.
  • Congratulations were extended to Dr. Marie Griffin on her appointment as CEO, CEIST.
  • Kayaking has been added to the range of extra-curricular activities on offer to students.  Thanks were expressed to teacher Mr. Alan Moore for introducing this activity.
  • Mr. Charles O’Connor has agreed to work with the choir this year and thanks were expressed to him by the Board.
  • Child protection and bullying were discussed.
  • The school is fully compliant under Health & Safety regulations following a recent inspection.
  • Students who have excelled recently in academics (business studies awards in NUIG) and in sport (athletics) were mentioned and congratulated.

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