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The new Board of Management met for a Saturday session to: become familiar with how the board is administered, how the finances work; and develop a vision for its work over the next four years.
- Confidentiality of discussions and agreed reports are recognized. Protection of the identity of persons and their views at board discussions will be adhered to.
- The question of Board as employer will be placed on an agenda.
- The question of patronage and the ethos will be will be discussed in the context of the school admissions bill
- The need to adopt specific strategies for relaying the information at the end of each meeting.
- Data Protection and pupil information will get priority consideration.
- Designation for the Chairperson to act in loco patron will be sought in writing in regard to the Autism Centre.
- A strategy for getting staff and BOM members to sign off on policies
- We will examine the The Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 and consider the implications of it and the various different arrangements that are expected examining family law.
- The wish list for expenditure will be considered.
- A strategy for further engagement of parents; staff and pupils in BOM work.
- Website contact number;
- Weather contingency – Shelters and cover for wet mornings.
- Development the yard facilities so that they are up to new school standard.
The Department of Education and Skills is developing an electronic database of primary school pupils called the Primary Online Database (POD) which will involve schools maintaining and returning data on pupils to the Department at individual pupil level on a live system. The database will allow the Department to evaluate progress and outcomes of pupils at primary level, to validate school enrolment returns for grant payment and teacher allocation purposes, to follow up on pupils who do not make the transfer from primary to post primary level and for statistical reporting.
The database will hold data on all primary school pupils including their PPSN, First Name, Surname, Name as per Birth Certificate, Mother’s Maiden Name, Address, Date of Birth, Gender, Nationality, whether one of the pupil’s mother tongues is English or Irish, whether the pupil is in receipt of an Exemption from Irish and if so the reason for same, whether the pupil is in receipt of Learning Support and if so the type of learning support, whether the pupil is in a Mainstream or Special Class. The database will record the class grouping and standard the pupil is enrolled in. The database will also contain, on an optional basis, information on the pupil’s religion and on their ethnic or cultural background.
Parents in Scoil Mhuire have submitted the following data when they applied to the school. We have it on the school database already
Teacher/Class Name Current Standard Junior Infants Senior Infants First Class Second Class
Pupil Forename: Pupil Surname:
PPSN of Pupil ____________________
Pupil’s Date of Birth _________________ Pupil’s Gender: Male Female
Birth Cert Forename (if different from name above) Birth Cert Surname (if different from name above) __________________________________________
Nationality (In the case of dual citizenship where Irish is one, please choose Irish)
This is information now required by the DES. We propose to upload it to the DES website by June 5th unless we hear from parents who do not want their information uploaded.
Welcome Back. Fáilte Romhaibh ar ais.
The school office reopens on Wednesday August 26th at 9.00.
School resumes for children on Monday September 1st. The full holiday list for the year is enclosed below for your information.
A copy of the booklist for each class level is under the room number heading.
As part of the school hygiene policy we do not have shared towels in the children’s toilets. Please remember to purchase a couple of face cloths or small towels if your child is in in senior infants to 2nd classes so that they can dry their hands at school. The school will provide a plastic bag for the hand towels.
SECOND CLASS BOOKLIST 2014/2015
Treo Nua 2 (Folens) – €11.50
The Green Genie, Reading & Activity Book (Folens) – €10.50
Planet Maths (Folens) – €13.25
Planet Maths Satellite Book – €5.75
What a Wonderful World (CJ Fallon) – €9.85
(Folens Primary) Homework Journal
A4 20 pocket display folder
Tin Whistle ‘D’ Available in Cill Dara Educational Supplies
These books are available for purchase in Cill Dara Educational Supplies, Easons or Farrell’s
An amount of €110.00 to cover the cost of the following is also due.
The use of English readers and activity books
Art and Craft materials
Materials and equipment
Cost of maintaining I.T. equipment
Cost of distributing the lunches for the year is €10.00.
Cost of 24 hour insurance cover is €8.00
Cost of swimming is €8.00 per session
(9 sessions) or €70.00 if paid in advance.
This money can be paid to the office between 9.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. ideally on the following dates:
1st & 2nd July 2014
1st & 2nd September 2014
7th & 8th October 2014
The school is moving towards being a digital school. We have registered for Digital school status which will mean we are positioned to provide the highest standard in Information Technology experience. With the help of a volunteer father who gives most generously of his time we have made great progress. The updating of equipment is essential and we have no budgetary allocation for it. We are therefore asking parents to make a further contribution of €10 per child (included above) towards the updating and replacement of equipment such as Interactive Board bulbs, tablets (of the computer kind!) and software licences (for example the Mathletics licence for 400 users which children got a lot of use and benefit from cost the school €2,354 this year).