Board of Management

Boards of Management are responsible for the direct governance of schools. The duties of the board include the following:

• The appointment of teachers and ancillary staff
• Approving school closures
• The appointment of teachers to deputy principal and other posts of responsibility
• Ensuring compliance with relevant legislation
• The school is adequately insured and maintained

The members of the Board of Management of Scoil Bhríde NS are:
Fr. Martin Delaney PP (Chairperson), Sean Sherman, Brendan Hickey, Siobhan Standish,  Anne Creagh, Oliver Kennedy, Marie Dunne and John Gunnell,

The Board of Management of Scoil Bhríde is a member of the CPSMA.

Agreed Reports of Board of Management

 

A meeting of the Board of Management of Scoil Bhríde took place on 24th October 2017.

 

  • Minutes of previous meeting were read and adopted.
  • Matters arising were discussed.
  • The Treasurer presented his report to include the following items;
    • Bank Balances and balances in various grant categories.
    • Recent large pieces of expenditure were recorded including fitting of new water softener and ICT repairs.
  • Principal reported on the following items –
    • Pupil numbers
    • Staffing for the next school year 2018/19 and class organisation of same was discussed.
    • Changes to pupil teacher ratio announced in the budget.
    • School Attendance
    • Substitute teachers in Scoil Bhríde.
    • Review of curriculum plans in Maths, English and Gaeilge and creation of curriculum review teams.
    • Reduction in SNA hours.
    • Carol Service at Christmas.
    • Ireland Unlimited Choir.

 

 

  • The Health & Safety report was presented and discussed. Some works remain to be completed under our building project. We are currently awaiting resolution of outstanding items from MCOH Architects.

 

  • The Child Protection Report was presented and discussed.

 

  • Code of Behaviour and pupil behaviour and any behaviour incidents of note were discussed.

 

  • The Anti-Bullying Report was given and discussed.

 

  • Action plan for Child Protection was drafted- to be agreed at next meeting.

 

  • A date for the next meeting was agreed; Tuesday 12th December 2017.

 

 

This concluded the business of the meeting.

 

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT NOTES FEBRUARY 2017

A meeting of the Board Of Management of Scoil Bhríde took place in the school on 21st February 2017 at 8:15pm.

 

  • Minutes of previous meeting were read and adopted.
  • Matters arising were discussed.
  • The Treasurer presented his report to include the following items;
    • Bank Balances and balances in various grant categories.
  • Principal reported on the following items –
    • Pupil numbers
    • Staffing for the next school year 2017/18 and class organisation of same was discussed.
    • Staff on leave
    • Attendance Statistics
    • New Parents Association Committee meeting on 1st February.
    • Agreement to Parents Association fundraising request.
    • Thanks to P.A. for recent fundraising cake sale.
    • School Closure on Wednesday 10th May so all staff can attend in-service training on the revised language curriculum.
    • Update on building works being carried out by building Contractor Joe Doolan Ltd. Tullamore.
    • New grant for I.C.T.
    • School Placement for trainee teachers.
    • Visit of HSE for infant health screening.

 

 

  • The Board discussed and approved the 3-year plan for review of curriculum and administrative plans.

 

  • The Health & Safety report was presented and discussed.

 

  • The Child Protection Report was presented and discussed.

 

  • The Anti-Bullying Report was given and discussed. Anti-Bullying week took place on the last week of January.

 

  • Job-share application for 2017/18 was approved.

 

  • A date for the next meeting was agreed; Tuesday 4th April 2017.

 

This concluded the business of the meeting.

 

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT NOTES – JANUARY 2017

A meeting of the Board Of Management of Scoil Bhríde took place in the school on 24th January 2017 at 3pm.

 

  • Minutes of previous meeting were read and adopted.
  • Matters arising were discussed.
  • Mr. Mark Kirwan of Kirwan Bain accountants presented the annual audited accounts. The accounts were approved by the Board and forwarded to the Patron.
  • The Treasurer presented his report to include the following items;
    • Bank Balances and balances in various grant categories.
  • Principal reported on the following items –
    • Pupil numbers
    • Staffing for the next school year 2017/18.
    • New Parents Association Committee meeting on 1st February.
    • School Closure on Wednesday 10th May so all staff can attend in-service training on the revised language curriculum.
    • Update on building works being carried out by building Contractor Joe Doolan Ltd. Tullamore and approved payment to same.
    • Internet safety talk for parents.
    • Triple-P parenting programme.

 

  • The following school policy’s were approved:
    • Gaeilge

 

  • English

 

  • Maths

 

  • SPHE

 

  • Arts Education (Music/Drama/Visual Arts)

 

  • SESE (History/Geography/Science)

 

  • PE

A plan to review and update all curriculum plans over the next three years will be submitted to the BOM before the end of term 2 (Easter 2017).

 

  • The Health & Safety report was presented and discussed.
  • The Child Protection Report was given and discussed.

 

  • The Anti-bullying Report was given and discussed. Anti-Bullying week will take place on the last week of January.

 

  • A date for the next meeting was agreed; Tuesday 21st February 2017.

 

This concluded the business of the meeting.

Board of Management Notes 15 November 2016

A meeting of the Board Of Management of Scoil Bhríde took place in the school on 15th November 2016 at 7pm.

  • Minutes of previous meeting were read and adopted.
  • Matters arising were discussed.
  • The Treasurer presented his report to include the following items;
    • Bank Balances and balances in various grant categories.
    • Summary of school contribution and book rental collections.
    • A report was given on CPSMA training for Board of management Treasurers.
  • Auditor Kirwan Bain & Co. was approved to audit the school accounts.
  • Principal reported on the following items –
    • Pupil numbers
    • Possibility of a reduction in mainstream teachers from 8 to 7 next year.
    • Attendance figures.
    • In-school management
    • New Parents Association Committee
    • Updating of The School Plan
    • Update on building works being carried out by building Contractor Joe Doolan Ltd. Tullamore.
    • Equipment to new classroom.
    • Launch of School app.

 

  • The following school policy’s were reviewed and agreed;
    • Child Protection Policy (including annual review checklist)
    • Anti-Bullying policy (including annual review checklist)
    • Critical Incident Policy

 

  • The Child Protection Report was given and discussed.

 

  • The Anti-bullying Report was given and discussed.

 

  • A date for the next meeting was agreed; Tuesday 24th January 2017.

 

This concluded the business of the meeting.

 

BOM Notes May 2016

 

The latest Board of Management meeting took place on May 26th last. Click below to read the agreed report of the BOM meeting.

Agreed BOM Report 24.05.16

Board of Management Notes – February 2016

The Board of Management had its most recent meeting on February 2nd 2016.

The Agreed Report of the BOM can be accessed by clicking the link below.

Agreed BOM Report 2.2.16

 

Board of Management Notes – May 2014

The following is a list of the main areas of discussion at the May meeting:

  • Minutes of the previous meeting were read and adopted.
  • After school club – expression of interest received and the interested group will begin surveying the level of interest among parents shortly.
  • Correspondence from the Department of Education and Skills granted approval to the Board to instruct the design team to proceed to prepare tender documents in respect of the outstanding works and correction of defects in the school building project. It is hoped that most of this work can be carried out during the school summer holidays.
  • The Treasurer presented the financial report.
  • The Principal presented his report  as follows:
  1. 203 pupils on the roll
  2. Enrollment of Junior Infants for September is underway.
  3. Applications have been made for resources to the Special Educational Needs Organiser.
  4. School Self Evaluation (SSE) of numeracy – ongoing implementation of the school improvement plan.
  5. SSE of Literacy – gathering of evidence stage will commence this month.
  6. PDST advisor will visit the school to assist with same.
  7. Artists in schools scheme was very enjoyable and worthwhile for all the pupils who took part.
  8. Anti-bullying talks for parents and staff and workshops for pupils were very successful.
  9. Drumming workshops are currently underway.
  10. Standardised testing of reading and maths will take place at the end of May.
  11. Pupils will be going on educational trips in June.
  12. Swimming for Rang 3 and Rang 4 is currently underway.
  13. School hurling and camogie competitions currently underway.
  • Health and safety report was presented.
  • Child protection report was presented
  • Official opening of the new school will take place on June 13th.
  • School Calendar 2014/15 – Standardised School Year Circular from DES was discussed. It was agreed that the school does not have to close on January 6th, the feast of the Epiphany.
  • Gratitude was extended to the second class teacher for all the work in preparing the pupils for the sacraments.
  • The Board agreed to meet again on Wednesday 11th June 2014.

Board Of Management Notes – March 2014

The Board of Management of Scoil Bhríde met on Wednesday 4th March 2014.

The following items were discussed:

  • The proposal to set up an after-school club in Scoil Bhríde.
  • Application for a career break for 2014/15 from a member of staff
  • The Treasurer presented the financial report
  • Applications for Special educational Needs resources will be processed and forwarded to the SENO before 26th March.
  • Currently 203 pupils on the roll.
  • Post of Responsibility – review of duties is ongoing
  • Self Evaluation professional development arranged for 27th March
  • School Self-evaluation progress in literacy and numeracy and plans for future SSE.
  • DES have yet to agree terms and conditions in relation to resolving outstanding issues related to the school building project.
  • Thanks to GAA President Liam O Neill for his recent visit to the school
  • Anti-bullying campaign is currently underway in SB.
  • Talks for parents, teachers and pupils have been arranged relating to bullying/cyberbullying and internet safety.
  • Approval received from Laois Co.Co. for artists in school project.
  • School is currently working on its digital schools of distinction award.
  • Fire drills have recently taken place.
  • School uniform survey was discussed and will inform the revision of the school uniform policy.
  • Child Protection report was presented.
  • Parents association proposal for fundraising disco was approved.
  • Official Opening committee was formed.
  • Next Board meeting fixed for May 7th 2014.

Board of Management Notes January 2014.

The Board of Management of Scoil Bhríde met on 29th January 2014.

Report of the main items is as follows:

  • The Board expressed its gratitude to the pupils,staff and Parents Association for the wonderful performances at the recent Christmas concert.
  • The Board approved the annual school accounts prepared by Kirwan Bain & Co. The accounts will now be forwarded to the School Parton.
  • At recent parent association meetings, some parents asked about the feasibility of setting up an after-school/homework club at the school.

The Board invites expressions of interest from individuals or groups who may be interested in setting up an ‘after-school club’. The board may be prepared to rent the prefab to facilitate such a club. It is envisaged that such a club would operate on all schooldays, where the club would provide the following:

  • Homework Time
  • a hot meal
  • after school activities for pupils

Expressions of interest outlining proposals together with insurance details and references should be forwarded to Scoil Bhríde, Rathdowney, Co Laois and be marked ‘After-school Club’. Closing date for receipt of expressions of interest is Wednesday 12th February 2014.

 

The Board hopes to develop an ‘infant play area’ at the back of the junior infant classroom. This area would help with infant socialisation,working with concrete materials and with implementing the Aistear programme.

The Board agreed the following policys/procedures:

Revised anti-bullying policy

Diabetes policy

Revised School Improvement Plan for Maths

The Board formed a sub-committee to help organise an official opening of our new school for June 2014.

The Board is currently revising postholder duties and responsibilities.