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Board of Management 2019-2023

24-May-17

CETNS Board of Management:

Mary Friel Patron Nominee & Chairperson
Martin Kavanagh Patron Nominee
Aedín Ní Thuathail Principal Teacher & Secretary
Pat Hough Teacher Nominee
Isobel Phillips Parent Nominee
Andrew Byrne Parent Nominee
George Maybury Community Nominee
Diarmuid Delaney Community Nominee

To contact the BOM please write to Secretary of the Board of Management, Castleknock Educate Together National School, Beechpark Avenue, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

A yearly update from the Board is sent out via the children’s schoolbags.

Board Of Management Meeting Updates

Agreed Report from CETNS Board of Management Meeting 23rd September 2020

The Board of Management met and discussed the following:

The minutes from the previous meeting were approved.

Correspondence to the board was discussed.

The Principal's Report was presented:

Admissions and Enrolment: New admissions policy approved by Educate Together and being implemented.

Curriculum, teaching and learning: Teachers in the school are currently working through the curriculum from the 3rd term of last year, and are aiming to begin with the current year's work in late October.

Positive Behaviour Policy was discussed and amended based on parental feedback, and was approved.

Building and Maintenance was discussed. The board is to follow up with the Department of Education regarding building and safety assessment. A 20ft storage container is being procured through the Department of Education to meet the additional storage requirements for the school.

Finance: The budget was discussed and is on track. A deficit in fundraising is expected due to COVID-19 and the suspension of after school activities, and the board discussed how to address this.

Staffing: Covid-19 is understandably causing absences across the school, and staff cover is being managed as best as possible. CETNS sits on a Dublin 15 school supply panel, which currently has 4 subs to cover 14 schools.

Following requests from students, a replacement for the annual "Spooky Walk" was discussed, as this event cannot go ahead under COVID-19 restrictions. It was agreed to task 6th class with coming up with some ideas for this. The board agreed that this would not be a fundraising event.

Communications: The board noted that the PTA AGM is due to take place in October and asked the secretary of the board to contact the current PTA Chairperson to offer the school's support in facilitating this.

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Agreed Report from CETNS Board of Management Meeting 24th August 2020

The Board of Management met via WebEx.

The school Covid-19 Response Plan was presented to and approved by the board.

The board discussed afterschool activities in light of Covid-19 and agreed to pause afterschool activities, but to continue the childcare facilities provided by Kids Club and Tigers After School Care.

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Agreed Report from CETNS Board of Management Meeting 20th August 2020

The Board of Management met via WebEx. The appointment of 2 permanent teachers and 1 secretary were ratified.

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Agreed Report from CETNS Board of Management 25th June 2020

The Board of Management met and discussed preparations and planning for the return to school subject to Government restrictions and COVID-19 protocols for returning to work. Arrangements continue to be made to disinfect and clean the school in preparation for this. The Board approved appointments for 2020/2021 and discussed requests for the school to be used during the Summer months for Childcare and Summer Provision but felt this was not possible due to lack of guidance at this stage from Government. We are working towards re-opening the school September 1st as previously decided, pending Government advice. Staff will be working in the first part of Term 1 on curricular matters from Term 3 of 2019/2020 school year as well as progressing children through Term 1 work for the 2020/2021 school year. The following policies were ratified Critical Incident Management Plan, Science/STEM, Acceptable Use and Assessment. The Positive Behaviour Policy and Admissions Policies will be placed on the website late August for comment from parents. You will receive a message when they are ready for viewing.

The school community is praised for their co-operation with work on Aladdin, Seesaw and other remote learning media and in particular for modifying the way both parents and children have engaged with staff in supporting the work of the school. Your co-operation with book returns is also acknowledged and we thank you for this. We thank you and wish everyone safety and good health during these uncertain times and hope everyone will take a well-earned break from school work over the Summer months.

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Agreed Report from CETNS Board of Management 27th May 2020

The Board of Management met and discussed school finances and in particular explored the resources monies contributed by parents. A breakdown will issue with the school’s financial statement to parents shortly.

There have been some questions raised about swimming lessons resuming during school times. Given the deficit in terms of the expenditure from the resources monies contributed by parents and the Board’s desire to keep the overall costs of schooling at a minimum for parents, it is not currently financially viable for us to reintroduce swimming for CETNS pupils at this time but that alternative options are being reviewed within the school at the moment. The Board agreed to leave the resources contribution as was for last year at €100 per child.

We wish safety and good health to the school community during these uncertain times.

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Agreed Report from CETNS Board of Management 20th May 2020

The Board of Management met and discussed preparations and planning for the return to school subject to Government restrictions and COVID-19 protocols for returning to work. Arrangements have been made to disinfect and clean the school in preparation for this. The school community is praised for their co-operation with work on Aladdin, Seesaw and other remote learning media and in particular the engagement of children, parents and staff in supporting the school work. Your co-operation with the book collections is also acknowledged and we thank you for this. A further meeting on school finances is scheduled to take place and we wish everyone safety and good health during these uncertain times.

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Agreed Report from CETNS Board of Management 28th April 2020

The Board of Management met and discussed the draft Admissions policy work undertaken thus far, Educate Together Annual General Meeting’s motions, the need for a Code of Behaviour review which is currently underway. We will be seeking parental feedback on the Behaviour and Admissions policies over the next few weeks and we hope you will support this review and give your feedback on the policy documents online when notified. We would like to express our sincerest thanks and acknowledgement to staff and parents alike who are working so hard on behalf of the children of the school during this COVID-19 closure. We are glad to hear the Seesaw is proving a huge success in facilitating remote learning in households.

We wish everyone safety and good health during these uncertain times and look forward to our resumption to normal school times again.

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Agreed Report from CETNS Board of Management 4th March 2020

The Board of Management met and agreed Community Nominees and details of all the members of the CETNS Board of Management are in the table below. The Board would sincerely like to thank the previous Board of Management members for their hard work in CETNS during the term of the last Board and in particular the commitment they showed volunteering and giving of their time to work for the children, staff and parents of the school. We thank each and every one of them, Billy Quane, Margaret Condon, Kevin Quinn, Caitríona O’Sullivan, Richard Dixon, Anne Gunnell and Pat Hough on your behalf.

The new Board met and availed of Board of Management training with Eileen Flynn about the Board as a corporate entity as part of the national training for all incoming Boards of Management in schools. They considered all applications for leave of absences for staff 2020/2021 and agreed staffing arrangements. The Board assigned officer roles to Board members and these are identified in the table below. The calendar for the academic year 2020/2021 was agreed and there may be a further closure date for staff Primary Language Curriculum training which has not yet been identified. Please see calendar on the website. The Board agreed the schedule of Board meetings until the end of this year, 22/04, 20/05 and 24/06/2020.

The Board was especially pleased to hear about the continued hard work of the children and staff over the past number of weeks and in particular the successes of the quiz team, cross country runners, Science Blast, Engineer’s Week, Green School’s walkability audit alongside some interesting projects underway with Fairtrade, stockbroker visit, Baba Marta Day, Nursing home visit, Seachtain na Gaeilge and the many other wonderful things that are ongoing in the school.

Board of Management Members 2019-2023

Mary Friel – Chairperson & Patron Nominee

Retired Principal with CDETB. Currently doing some work with teachers and SNAs in Restorative Practice. Also, a volunteer Family Mediator through Ballymun Law Centre.

I have a particular interest in athletics and have been involved with the local athletic club Metro St Brigid’s (MSB) for the past 30 years.

Martin Kavanagh – Buidlings/Maintenance & Patron Nominee

A retired Primary School Principal with a wealth of experience in a variety of school settings including DEIS and Special schools.

I have a keen interest in swimming and have coached for many years in this field.

Aedín Ní Thuathail – Staff Nominee & Principal

Principal Teacher at CETNS since September 2008. Qualified from Coláiste Mhuire, Marino and worked as a primary teacher in Dublin.

Worked with the Primary Curriculum Support Programme, now PDST as a Cuiditheoir (Facilitator) supporting schools and promoting best practice in the implementation of the Primary School Curriculum. M.Sc. in Education & Training Management from Dublin City University.

Worked on a variety of education boards over the years.

A keen interest in sports and a life-long commitment to children and their education.

Pat Hough – Staff Nominee & Health and Safety

I am the teacher nominee on the Board. I have been teaching since 1985 with a 16 year break in between where I sold cars,sold finance, managed teams of people collecting from thosei n arrears for a well known credit card company,taught in a second level school and immediately prior to returning to Primary school teaching I worked in “Second Chance Education” with 16 to 22 year olds in Dublin’s North Inner City.

I am a passionate rugby supporter of The Munster variety!I am very excited to serve our whole school community on The Board of Management of CETNS.

Isobel Phillips – Parent Nominee & Planning/Policy

Isobel is a leadership consultant, facilitator, and coach, working across the private, public and not for profit sectors. Originally from England, Isobel has lived in Dublin since 2001. She has two sons, one in second class and one incoming junior infant in 2020.

Andrew Byrne – Parent Nominee & Buildings/ Maintenance

I have 4 son’s enrolled in CETNS - 5th , 4th, 2nd & Junior Infants.I have 13+ years experience with children diagnosed with ASD and various schools relating to same and have lived in the locality since 2001.

Professionally, I am the founder, Chariman and Chief Executive of a multi national group of comapnies specialising in aviation. I am proud to be able to contribute to the Summer Fair donating the helicopter static display.

I’m a qualified aircraft engineer, airworthiness inspector, airline pilot,flight instructor and examiner. I also hold a Bachelors degree of engineering in aircraft technology.

George Maybury – Community Nominee & Treasurer

Serving Garda 1972-2004

First station Blanchardstown

Seconded to AGSI – Association of Garda Sergeants & Inspectors 1987-2004 as General Secretary.

Moved to Public Service Executive Union as Assistant General Secretary 2004-2019

Hold a B.Sc Public Administration from Trinity College

H. Dip Mediation & Conflict Resolution from UCD

Diarmuid Delaney- Community Nominee & Planning/ Policy Development

Graduated from UCD 1990

Graduated from Froebel College of Ed.1998

10 years in mainstream education

13 years in special education

11 years as Principal of Benincasa

Previously served on Executive Committee of NABMSE for 4 years

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Agreed Report 13/02/2019

The Board of Management met and discussed the following:

Communications: In continuing to progress the development of the communications policy the Board would like to thank all stakeholders for completing the recent survey about communication within the school. We are currently collating all data gathered. Eileen Flynn will continue to work with the various stakeholders to progress the development of the communications policy. We will continue to update and want to thank you for your participation.

Fundraising: Our next fundraising event will take place on 14th February in the school. Our Red Day fundraiser is a great day for the school and all funds raised will go towards general school funds to help with funding educational resources for the school.

Staffing: Arrangements for staff leave requests 2019/2020 have been agreed. The Board will be looking at reviewing the Leave of Absence policy for the school for staffing arrangements 2020/2021. The Board also wish to thank Sarah Dolan

Primary Language Curriculum Day: A reminder the school will close February 18th to facilitate staff training as per Department of Education & Skills requirements for Primary Language Curriculum Training 2018/2019. Please note this date is additional to school closures already noted on the school calendar.

Health & Safety: In line with child protection measures the Board recently highlighted access to the school being too open. The fence work previously mentioned will take place during the midterm break. The newsletter will update you as to the arrangements that will be in place as a result. In line with our health & safety procedures our termly walkthrough and checklists were monitored last week.

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Agreed Report 22/01/2019

The Board of Management met with an external facilitator to further discuss communications within the school alongside their regular Board meeting.

Communications: In continuing to progress the development of the communications policy the Board would like to thank all parents for completing the recent survey about communication within the school. We are currently surveying all other stakeholders in the school with a view to collating all data gathered. The Board also finalised the agreed complaints procedure for the school which is now on the school website http://www.cetns.ie/Page/Policies/687/Index.html. We will be in touch again soon and thank you for your participation.

Fundraising: Our next fundraising event will take place on 14th February in the school. More details will follow shortly in the school newsletter about our Red Day fundraiser which involves everyone wearing red clothing. All funds raised will go towards general school funds to help with funding educational resources for the school.

Health & Safety: In line with child protection measures the Board recently highlighted access to the school being too open. As previously mentioned a fence will be erected to address this. Work on this project will take place during the midterm break.

Staffing shortages: All schools are experiencing staffing shortages at this time of year due to illnesses and the Board would particularly like to thank all staff for making every effort to minimise disruption to children’s learning.

Primary Language Curriculum Day: A reminder the school will close February 18th to facilitate staff training as per Department of Education & Skills requirements for Primary Language Curriculum Training 2018/2019. Please note this date is additional to school closures already noted on the school calendar.

The next Board of Management meeting will take place February 13th and only correspondence received up to one week beforehand will be considered by the Board of Management.

Agreed Report 29/11/2018

The Board of Management met with an external facilitator to further discuss communications within the school alongside their regular board meeting.

Communications: In order to progress the development of the communications policy the Board will be in touch with parents shortly to gather information about communication within the school. We hope you will participate in the survey to enable us to put together a communications policy in a collaborative, consultative way. The Board discussed communications with the Parent-Teacher Association.

Fundraising: Recent events such as the Cake Sale, Sponsored Walk and Winter Fair were commended. We would like to thank all who got involved in raising funds for the school as well as encouraging the children in such a positive way as part of the school community. A particular word of thanks to the Winter Fair Committee led by Ian Brangan for all their hard work and the staff of CETNS for the wonderful art displays which helped raise funds and raise spirits of all in attendance.

Health & Safety: Some concerns were raised about incidents in the school car park recently and the Board would ask all adults to be mindful of being respectful around the school at all times. In line with child protection measures the Board has noted access to the school is too open and in order to address this it has been decided to erect a fence limiting access to the open areas around the school.

Primary Language Curriculum Day: The school will close February 18th to facilitate staff training as per Department of Education & Skills requirements for Primary Language Curriculum Training 2018/2019. Please note this date is additional to school closures already noted on the school calendar.

Thank you.

Agreed Report 23rd October 2018

The Board of Management had their third meeting since the start of this school year. The Board of Management considered the WSE report and decided to address communication as the first priority. We will put together a communications policy in a collaborative, consultative way with all stakeholders in the school community. This work will begin in the very near future. Thank you.

Agreed Report 3rd October 2018

The Board of Management met on Wednesday October 3rd and the following items were among those discussed :
Work is well underway to address the issues raised in the WSE. The Board of Management is continuing to work with Educate Together to achieve this. The entire school community will be kept informed of the progress.

In order to facilitate direct communications between the school community and the Board, a letterbox for communications to the Chairperson of the Board will be installed in the school lobby. This box will be opened by the Chairperson and correspondence will be responded to in a timely manner.

Funding was approved to replace the roof in the prefab and this work is due to commence this month.

In the current environment all schools, especially those in Dublin, have been challenged by the difficulty in replacing staff. The Board of Management is very conscious of the impact that this has on our pupils and staff and is working to both minimize this impact and replace staff as quickly as possible.

The Board of Management has asked that the ISM team meet at least once a month.

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