Agreed Reports

Board of Management Meeting (22/03/22) Agreed Report

Members Present: Fr. Barry O’Flynn, Duncan Mc Carthy, Emma Fleming, Nuala Hennessy, Angela Loughnane and Joan Rigney

Apologies: Aidan McCarthy and Christy Fitzpatrick

  • School Self-Evaluation focus for the final term- Report Writing
  • Digital Learning Framework focus for the final term-  Puppet Pals app
  • The school’s Wellbeing Framework process has started.
  • Contact has been made with Anne Marie Moylan about further CPD for staff in Restorative Practice, with a specific focus on restorative questions.
  • Following on from Dragons’ Den in the school hall, 6th Class are now working on the production and promotion of their product. More details to follow.
  • Outcome of our SNA Exceptional Circumstances review by the NCSE- The school’s SNA allocation has increased from 1.83 to 2.83.
  • Sciath na Scol games for boys and girls start this week. The other schools on our side of the draw are Rathcormac NS, Aghada NS, Kilcredan NS and Bunscoil Mhuire (Youghal).
  • Storytime- The short story writing competition coordinated by the PA was a great success and the overall winner was a girl in 2nd Class (Róisín Cremin).
  • The resurfacing work (e.g. footpaths) will be completed over the Easter break.
  • Scór na bPáistí is back and the school will host a preliminary round in the hall on the evening of Tuesday, April 6th.
  • A non-uniform day (organised with past-pupil Lucy O’Gorman at the start of the school year) will be held on the last day of this term, Friday, April 8th in aid of Médicins sans Frontiéres. Lucy will visit the school on March 28th to provide information for the children.
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation was held on March 15th in Clonmult Church and thank you to Ms. O’Sullivan for all of the preparation with the children.
  • Kindness Week was a great success and Respect Week will be coordinated in the school for the last week before the Easter Holidays. This is part of an ongoing process of ensuring that our school values become a central part of school life.

Board of Management Meeting (20/01/22 via Zoom) Agreed Report

Members Present: Fr. Barry O’Flynn, Duncan Mc Carthy, Emma Fleming, Nuala Hennessy, Angela Loughnane and Christy Fitzpatrick Apologies: Aidan McCarthy and Joan Rigney

  • Anti-Bullying Policy and Code of Behaviour have been reviewed by staff and sent to Parents’ Association for review. These will be reviewed and ratified by the Board of Management.
  • Staff received input from Anne Marie Moylan on Restorative Practice last week and this is something that we will now explore further as a whole school.
  • School tours are being booked across classes in the hope that we will be able to go in June.
  • 6th Class have started the Junior Entrepreneur and Cycle Right programmes.
  • 5th Class will be receiving 10 week engineer support through the Engineering-in-a-Box Programme.
  • A Healthy Eating Policy review has started with a survey for the staff to complete.
  • The Parents’ Association have organised Storytime, a short story writing competition for all the children.
  • The external works out the back of the school are finished and work on the front is planned for over the coming months.
  • The updating of yard markings will hopefully take place in April.
  • CCTV is being installed on the astroturf pitch for safety and also monitoring the key lockbox.
  • Community Garda (Eddie Crockett) will visit all classes on Tuesday, January 24th.
  • Catholic Schools Week and Science Week are being run in the school from Monday, January 24th onwards.
  • We will have a values update over the next week or so. The plan is to run a Kindness week on the last week before the midterm.

Board of Management Meeting (14/12/21 via Zoom) Agreed Report

Members Present: Fr. Barry O’Flynn, Duncan Mc Carthy, Emma Fleming, Joan Rigney, Nuala Hennessy, Angela Loughnane  and Christy Fitzpatrick Apologies: Aidan McCarthy

  • The admissions window for 2021/22 school year opened on October 18th and closed on November 12th. Any further enrolment requests should be sent into the school via the website or school office. 
  • Our Anti-Bullying Policy and Code of Behaviour have been reviewed by staff recently. These will be shared with the Board of Management and Parents’ Association for review before formal ratification by the Board of Management.
  • A School Improvement Board has been developed and displayed in the staffroom.
  • The School Self-Evaluation genre for term 2 is procedural writing.
  • The app highlighted in our Digital Learning Plan is Book Creator for January and February.
  • A staff development day took place on December 10th and the focus was on assessment practices.
  • 3rd to 6th Class teachers met to coordinate a Gaeilge plan to ensure progression and prioritisation recently.
  • Following on from discussions with all of the classes from Junior Infants to 6th Class, a school values (Kindness, Respect and Belonging) document has been drafted. 
  • 6th Class will participate in the Cycle Right programme (5 weeks) from January onwards.
  • The external works are almost finished at the back of the school (e.g. ramp to school pitch).
  • Two new interactive panels have been installed in 1st and 2nd Class.
  • Storm Barra- school was closed on December 7th and 8th, but thankfully there was no damage.
  • An outdoor tap has been installed for use in and around the school garden.
  • The plan is to look at freshening up and introducing new yard markings in the new year.
  • We have undertaken a number of fire drills over the last number of months.
  • There are lots of festive activities on the timetable between now and December 22nd: door competition, movies in the hall, non-uniform day, Glendonagh carol visit, Zoom read alouds and assembly etc.
  • Lord Mayor of Cork (Colm Kelleher) visited 6th Class via Zoom last week.

Board of Management Meeting (27/09/21 via Zoom) Agreed Report

Members Present: Fr. Barry O’Flynn, Duncan Mc Carthy, Emma Fleming, Joan Rigney, Nuala Hennessy, Angela Loughnane, Aidan McCarthy and Christy Fitzpatrick

  • Admissions Policy and notice- In line with our Admissions Policy, an admission window for Junior Infants 2022/23 will run from October 18th to November 12th. Details will be posted on the website.
  • In the absence of Mrs. Bolster,  Sarah McCarthy has taken up the role of acting Deputy Principal and Martha Doyle has taken on the role of acting Assistant Principal II.
  • Our school will receive extra support through the Covid Learning and Support Scheme Programme (CLASS). As a result, we will have access to an extra teacher for 2.5 days per week from October 11th.
  • Our Anti-Bullying and Code of Behaviour policies will be reviewed during this school year.
  • The School Self-Evaluation process is continuing with a focus on recount writing this term across the classes.
  • We are continuing to explore the potential of outdoor learning and a number of canopies have been purchased for installation in the garden area. We will also put a whiteboard up in this space.
  • A letter was sent out to Dungourney GAA, Kiltha Óg and Camogie coaches on 14/09/21 via Orla Kelleher highlighting the process for booking/using the astro turf facility from October onwards.
  • Jack Leahy and Ben Nyhan visited our school on September 15th and it was a great success. We would like to thank Jack and Ben for engaging with the children in such a positive way and for spending lots of time autographing all sorts for all of the classes afterwards.
  • Mr. Healy and Ms. McCarthy coordinated a Guess the Sweets for Marymount last week and they raised approximately €1300 (donations still arriving) for this worthy cause.
  • The Parents’ Association are meeting on Monday, October 4th to discuss plans for the 2021/22 school year.
  • The Confirmation and Holy Communion ceremonies took place on September 15th and September 25th respectively. The Board of Management would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone involved, including Fr. Barry, Mr. Healy, Ms. O Sullivan, Ms. Fleming, Ms. Sheehan and Ms. McCarthy for the music.

Board of Management Meeting (20/05/21 via Zoom) Agreed Report

Members Present: Fr. Barry O’Flynn, Duncan Mc Carthy,Emma Fleming, Joan Rigney, Nuala Hennessy, Angela Loughnane, Aidan McCarthy and Christy Fitzpatrick

  • A number of policies are under review ahead of the 2021/22 school year: Administration of Medication Policy, Assistive Technology Contract and SNA Policy.
  • A school values survey has been sent out to the school community and the findings from these surveys will be discussed at an upcoming staff meeting.
  • Parent Teacher Meetings have been completed since the Easter break in 4th to 6th Class.
  • Standardised testing will finish in the school on May 28th and school reports will be sent out on June 18th.
  • Three themed weeks are being coordinated to finish off this school year: Nature, Creativity and Sport. We are hosting a flag design competition for each week.
  • The Special Education Team is currently reviewing the continuum and support models as we look towards the 2021/22 school year.
  • The Acceptable Use Policy was sent out to parents.
  • Communication was received from Bishop Crean. As a result, Confirmation and Holy Communion have been postponed. 
  • A grant has been approved to resurface the walkways at the front of the school and also the path up to the school field. It is hoped that the work will be completed over the summer months.
  • The Daily Mile, coordinated by Ms. Barry, is ongoing.
  • The school calendar for 2021/22 was sent out and we return to school on Thursday, August 26th.

 

Board of Management Meeting (26/03/21 via Zoom) Agreed Report

Members Present: Fr. Barry O’Flynn, Duncan Mc Carthy,Emma Fleming, Joan Rigney, Nuala Hennessy, Angela Loughnane, Aidan McCarthy and Christy Fitzpatrick

  • The following policies/documents have been ratified and will be published online shortly:
    – Acceptable Use Policy
    – Digital Learning Plan
  • A number of board members attended training, hosted by the CPSMA, Board as a Corporate Entity, on March 22nd via Zoom. This webinar covered a number of key areas, including grants, fundraising and roles and responsibilities.
  • Parent Teacher Meetings (1st to 3rd Class) took place over the last few weeks. The 4th to 6th Class meetings will be organised when we return after Easter.
  • A number of teachers met with Gerard Farrelly of the PDST Health and Wellbeing team (Friday, March 12th) to guide us on best practice in relation to Stay Safe and Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) in our school. Stay Safe and key elements of RSE will be completed with classes after Easter and parents have been notified.
  • Cathy Horgan coordinated Internet Safety talks with Ger Brick on March 15th for the classes from 4th to 6th and parents too (over 40 in attendance). Further correspondence went out to parents following this with links to the presentation, our own internet safety guidelines and information about free safety talks over Easter. In addition, our Parents’ Association supported an Easter Egg Hunt this week and it proved a very enjoyable activity for all involved. Finally, the Parents’ Association have also provided funding for a number of school projects over the last few months (e.g. school garden and book shortfall).
  • The astro turf pitch should be completed for the final term and a new basketball ring has been installed.
  • Fittest Family was run across the school for the four weeks up until March 13th by a team of coaches: Ms. Barry, Mr. Healy, Ms. Coakley, Mr. Mc Carthy and Mr. Murphy. This proved a fun event for everyone involved.
  • The school ran two World Book Days over the last number of weeks. Ms. J. O’Sullivan coordinated a whole school read aloud at the beginning of March that included stories from lots of staff members. In addition, we had our dress up on March 25th and Ms. McCarthy organised a book quiz for the children in 3rd to 6th.
  • School will reopen after the break on Monday, April 12th.

Board of Management Meeting (02/02/21 via Zoom) Agreed Report

Present: Fr. Barry O’ Flynn, Duncan Mc Carthy, Emma Fleming, Angela Loughnane, Aidan McCarthy, Nuala Hennessy, Christy Fitzpatrick and Joan Rigney

  • Our Acceptable Use Policy was reviewed and edited by Mrs. Bolster, Ms. McCarthy, Ms. C. O’Sullivan and the rest of the staff recently. It has now been sent to the Parents’ Association for feedback before being ratified by the Board of Management.
  • A library service is up and running and books are being made available to parents/children during the school closure. In addition, a daily activity is being posted on the website for the children.
  • We had our first remote Zoom Assembly last week and we had a very high level of interaction. We will now run this fortnightly with the next one on Friday, February 12th.
  • Mr. Murphy, Ms. Fleming and Mr. McCarthy will review the school’s Digital Learning Plan over the coming weeks.
  • Cathy Horgan and the Parents’ Association have coordinated Internet Safety talks with Ger Brick for March 15th. More details to follow.
  • A Holy Communion and Confirmation letter was received from the Diocesan Office recently and the key details are below:
  • All celebrations be deferred until the months of May and June, at the earliest.
  • Both 1st Communion and Confirmation will be celebrated by the priest(s) of the parish
  • Due to the unavoidable difficulty in planning, it is strongly recommended that parents should defer the purchase of new ‘outfits’ for their child until they know the likely date of the celebration.
  • All celebrations will be arranged in the light of the prevailing Public Health Guidelines

Board of Management Meeting (14/12/20 via Zoom) Agreed Report

Present: Fr. Barry O’ Flynn, Duncan Mc Carthy, Emma Fleming, Angela Loughnane, Aidan McCarthy, Nuala Hennessy, Christy Fitzpatrick

  • The school had a Covid and Child Safeguarding Inspection on Monday, November 23rd. The report highlighted that the Department of Education was satisfied with all of the policies and procedures in place in the school to maintain the safety and welfare of pupils and staff.
  • In-school professional/personal development for staff has been facilitated by Ms. Jean O’Sullivan over the last number of weeks, using a coaching approach and the JESS model. We would like to thank her for her support. The plan is to start exploring JESS for Children in a number of classes in terms two and three. 
  • It is hoped that another basketball ring, across from the current one, will be installed in January.
  • Some flooring will be replaced in the 6th Class room in January by Mark Kidney.
  • A number of ICT improvements have been made across the school over the last few months: purchase of webcams, repair of laptops and desktops, servicing of the internet in a number of rooms and the installation of an interactive screen in Junior Infants.
  • A Songs for Glendonagh CD has been sent to Glendonagh Nursing Home and a link has been shared with parents.
  • The filming of the Christmas shows took place on the week of the 7th of December and the links will be shared shortly.
  • A non-uniform day will be held in the school on Monday, December 21st and the money will be donated to a worthy cause.
  • 4th class raised €2,375 for Cork Simon Community with a virtual 10k walk/cycle. We’d like to thank Sharon Walsh, Anne Marie O’Callaghan and Ms. Sheehan for supporting this.
  • The school garden is taking shape, led by Mr. Healy and Jack Roche. We’d like to thank Dave Roche for his work on this project too. The Parents’ Association are also committing to funding the flower and vegetable plots and the sensory elements. 

Board of Management Meeting (19/10/20 via Zoom) Agreed Report

Members Present: Fr. Barry O’Flynn, Duncan Mc Carthy,Emma Fleming, Joan Rigney, Nuala Hennessy, Angela Loughnane, Aidan McCarthy and Christy Fitzpatrick 

  • Our Admission Policy and Admission Notice were published on the website recently and applications for the school year 2021/22 are now being accepted. 
  • The following policies have been ratified and published online: Child Protection Risk Assessment, Intimate Care Policy  and Critical Incident Policy 
  • School Calendar- The school calendar will be coordinated by Ailish and Zane over the coming weeks and available in the school in the lead up to Christmas. 
  • Go Red for Marymount raised €1824 and more events to support this worthy cause are planned for upcoming terms.
  • New furniture (i.e. tables and chairs) arrived from ABAL following on from a grant application and is being put into the classrooms that require any upgrading.
  • We are hoping to install another basketball ring over the coming weeks and months. A number of parents have kindly volunteered to support this process.
  • Holy Communion took place on September 26th. Thanks to everyone for their support during the build up and on the day. The ceremonies were recorded and shared online on September 30th for those who were unable to attend.
  • Alan Nolan (author and illustrator) visited virtually on Monday, October 5th courtesy of the Cork County Library Service (2nd to 5th class). Pupils and teachers were delighted with his presentation. 
  • Halloween Dress Up day takes place on Friday, September 21st and treats will be kindly supported by the Parents’ Association. 
  • A number of classes are currently writing letters, stories and poems and drawing pictures for Glendonagh Nursing Home in an effort to bring some joy to the residents at this difficult time. This was inspired by a request from Cathal Halloran in 2nd Class.
  • Healthy food demos can be accessed on the website under News and Events and a subsection called, ‘What about the lamb sauce?’ It is the plan that these will be added to by 6th Class pupils over the coming weeks.

Board of Management Meeting (10/09/20 via Zoom) Agreed Report

Present: Fr. Barry O’ Flynn, Duncan Mc Carthy, Emma Fleming, Joan Rigney, Angela Loughnane, Nuala Hennessy, Christy Fitzpatrick

  • Our annual Marymount coffee morning was due to be held on September 24th. However, unfortunately, it has been postponed due to current restrictions. Mr. Healy and his class are researching alternative approaches to making money for this worthy cause.

  • Our Risk Assessment to accompany our reopening plan has been reviewed and signed by staff and signed off by Fr. Barry.

  • We are delighted with the number of families who have signed up for Aladdin. This will be our main mode of communication over the coming weeks and months.

  • A wheelchair accessible toilet and a ramp have been installed in the school over the last few weeks.

  • Our main entrance and secretary’s office have now been moved to the back of the hall. A buzzer and intercom system have both been installed to ensure direct contact with this office or the principal’s office upon arrival.

  • A Critical Incident Management Team has been established to support the school in the event of a critical incident. The staff who have volunteered will meet to finalise a plan and roles on September 29th.

  • First Holy Communion will take place in St. Peter’s Church on September 26th. It will be run over two sessions (i.e. boys at 10 am and girls at 11.30 am). Ms. Fleming is currently revising the prayers and thanks to Ms. O’Sullivan for all her preparation before the school closure.