Our Board of Management

The Board of Management  

 

Introduction

This brief note has been written to give parents of children attending our school an overview of the role of the Board of Management.

 

What does the Board of Management do?

Under Section 15(1) of the 1998 Education Act it is the duty of the Board of Management to manage the school on behalf of and in cooperation with the patron (Louth & Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB)) and for the benefit of students and their parents and to provide or cause to be provided an appropriate education for each student. The principal is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school and is accountable to the Board of Management/ETB.

In carrying out its functions the Board of Management shall:

• Adopt the educational plan within approved resources in each year

• Act in accordance with the policies of the Minister and ETB

• Uphold the characteristic spirit of the school

• Consult and keep the patron informed of decisions and proposals

• Publish the policy of the school concerning admission, participation, expulsion and suspension

• Have regard to the principals and requirements of a democratic society

• Have regard to the efficient use of resources

• Use resources provided to make reasonable provision for students with a disability or other special educational needs

• In consultation with the Principal and subject to regulations be responsible for carrying out minor repairs and for the choice and replacement of books, stationery, furniture and other materials. The Board may delegate their functions in this regard to the Principal subject to such conditions as they may think appropriate

• Prepare a Code of Behaviour for students

 

How often does the Board of Management meet?

The Board of Management is required to meet at least five times during the school year.

 

Are nominees acting as representatives?

No, they are nominated to the board to ensure that the board is open to views from all sectors of the school community, not to act as representatives. Decisions taken by the board should reflect the views of the board members nominated by parents, staff, the patron and the wider community within the school’s catchment area. Board members have an overriding responsibility to act ethically and in the best interest of the school and its students at all times. The board makes its decisions collectively, members are bound by collective decision making and the board is accountable to the patron for its decisions.

 

Confidentiality

Confidentiality is required in respect of the business of a board of management and no public disclosure of the business of a board may be made without the authority of that board. As a matter of good practice, a board may decide to issue an agreed report of board meetings to the parents and staff of the school/college.

 

Communication by Board of Management

All communication on behalf of the Board of Management is carried out by the Secretary of the Board, who is the Principal. Queries received by individual board members regarding Board matters should be referred to the Principal.

 

How do I contact the Board of Management?

All correspondence with the Board of Management is to be addressed to the Secretary of the Board, who is the Principal. Correspondence for the Board is not to be addressed to individual Board members.

 

If I have a complaint about the school, can I send that complaint to the Board of Management?

Your complaint may eventually come to the attention of the board. However, all complaints are dealt with in accordance with the school’s complaints procedure. Each school has a complaints procedure which is available from the policies section of the school website. This policy has been developed in order to ensure that all complaints are dealt with in a fair and efficient manner. All complaints should be directed, in the first instance, to your child’s class teacher.

 


Board of Management Report to Parents for Academic Year 2018/2019

(5/5) Board of Management Report to Parents following meeting of the Board on 28.05.2019

  • Congratulations were extended to children who received the Sacraments of Communion and Confirmation this month 
  • Congratulations were extended to members of the school community especially the Green School Committee on their achievement of the school’s first Green Flag 
  • Votes of sympathy were extended to a member of staff on the death of her mother 
  • Teacher Allocation: Increase from 8 to 10 mainstream classrooms (10th Teacher based upon September 30th Enrolment of 256) 
  • SNA Allocation: (+1.5) 5.33 
  • The Green School Committee steered the school community to achieving their first Green Flag for Litter and Waste Management. Members of the Board of Management congratulated the school and students, staff and parents on the achievement of the Green Flag. 
  • The Parent Association will run Down Syndrome Ireland Ice-cream Fun Day on 18.06.2019 to raise funds for Down Syndrome Ireland 

(4/5) Board of Management Report to Parents following meeting of the Board on 02.05.2019

The proposed contribution from Parents/Guardians for Ard  Community National School for 2019/2020 will be as follows:  

  • Junior Infants, Senior Infants, First Class, Second Class, Third Class- €90 
  • Fourth Class, Fifth Class, Sixth Class- €85 

(3/5) Board of Management Report to Parents following meeting of the Board on 12.03.2019

  • Principal and Deputy Principal are engaging in an initiative of the Centre of School Leadership. It is an inter-school project focusing on pupil voice and pupil well-being. 
  • The Board of Ard  Community NS are delighted with the announcement by the Department of Education that there will be a new Community National School in Dunshaughlin. 
  • At 94.2%, attendance for February 2019 was 2.4% better than the same month last year. The Board ask we continue to encourage our children to attend school as often as possible.  
  • Currently working with the LMETB IT Department to have High Speed Broadband line installed at the school. The installation of this service has not been without its challenges. The Board hope this will be installed shortly. 
  • The Board congratulate pupils who received prizes at the LMETB Robert Ballagh Art Competition. 
  • The Board recognise the hard work being done by the Parent Association in supporting the staff and management at the school. Their contributions to resources, curriculum support, parent support and the development of community and strong home school links is to be commended.   
  • The Board ratified the March 2019 Special Education Needs Policy. It will be available to view on our website. Thank you to parents who contributed during the consultation phase of this policy’s development.  

(2/5) Board of Management Report to Parents following meeting of the Board on 20.11.2018

  • Currently 34 Acceptance Forms received for Junior Infants September 2019- not all Acceptance Forms have been returned yet. 
  • The Aladdin Attendance by Month was circulated: Total attendance percentages for October are 0.1% lower than the same month last year at 95.9% 
  • School Self Evaluation is proceeding based upon Handwriting (closely linked with spelling). We are still collecting data. Parent Survey has been completed. Pupil work samples have been collected. Staff SWOT analysis and pupil surveys to follow.   

(1/5) Board of Management Report to Parents following meeting of the Board on 02.10.2018

  • With an enrolment of 238 pupils on 30.09.2018 we will be entitled to one more teaching post in September 2019 if the 26:1 pupil teacher ratio remains the same.  
  • Total attendance percentages for September 2018 are slightly better than the same month las year at 94.9% attendance for the month. We will continue to reward classes for overall monthly attendance and individual pupils for attendance at 100 days and full year (183 days).  
  • Staff are committed to providing Excellence in Education. The Board commend staff on the high level of CPD being undertaken on a regular basis especially in the area of IT and Well-Being. 
  • Principal attended DoES Inspectorate Principal’s presentation in relation to Circular 0016/2018 Re-engaging with the SSE process in Primary Schools. All staff attended NCCA in-service on new Primary Language Curriculum. The staff have agreed that in order to follow on from new practices we have put in place for the teaching of spelling in the school (based on the thesis of Brendan Culligan) in year 1 of this cycle of SSE we will focus on Writing and specifically Handwriting. We have had an advisory visit from our DoES Inspector. The focus of our SSE is to be Handwriting. We are beginning now to gather evidence and soon after that we will analyse the data. Based on judgements made we will write and share our improvement plan. We hope to have our improvement plan in practice after mid-term break in November.  
  • In line with a recommendation made in our WSE report and in keeping with the ‘Equality-Based’ cornerstone of the Community National Schools ethos statement the Board of Management support the proposal by school Principal to establish a Student Council for Ard Rí Community National School. The date for the establishment of the council is January 21st, 2019. This date marks the 100th anniversary of the first Dáil Éireann in the Round Room of the Mansion House.  
  • School Child Safe-Guarding Statement and Risk-Assessment, School Critical Incident Management Plan and Anti-Bullying Policy were ratified by the Board. The following points of LMETB Policy were authorised and noted by the Board of Management: Principal may suspend for 3 days as per 3.2 of the LMETB Suspensions and Expulsions Policy. The Principal, with the approval of the Chairperson of the Board of Management may impose a suspension of up to 5 days in circumstances where a meeting of the Board cannot be convened in a timely fashion. 

Board of Management Report to Parents for Academic Year 2017/2018

 

(5/5) Board of Management Report to Parents following meeting of the Board on 29.05.2018

  • School did not meet the criteria for developing school status under Circular 0010/2018. Appeal was made by Principal/Director of Schools and HR to the Primary Staffing Appeals Board. The Appeals Board determined that we do not meet the criteria for a developing school post. 
  • At the end of year 1 of the new Attendance Strategy the Aladdin Attendance by Month Report shows total overall attendance percentages are exactly the same this year as the same time last year at 92.9% per month. We will review the implementation of the strategy in 2018/2019. 
  • The Board would like to commend and thank the Parent Association on their continued work in supporting the Principal, staff, families, children and the wider community. The broad range of initiatives introduced and being run by the PA contribute positively to school life at Ard Rí.  
  • The following policies were discussed, reviewed and ratified at the May meeting of the Board of Management; Code of Behaviour (inc LMETB Suspension and Expulsion Policy and Procedures), LMETB Vetting for ETB Staff and Volunteers, LMETB Use of Facilities Policy and LMETB Data Protection Policy. 

(4/5) Board of Management Report to Parents following meeting of the Board on 13.03.2018

  • The Board wish to reiterate we will communicate clearly class allocations for 2018-19 including arrangements for multi-grade classes as early as possible in order to avoid confusion and upset for the community. At time of meeting confirmation of allocation of teachers for 2018-19 had not been confirmed by DoES. 
  • Planning Permission has been granted for 2 new prefabricated classrooms on the ground at Navan Tennis Club. We are working with LMETB Building Unit on the project. Commencement notices have been issued and we hope work can begin as soon as possible. 
  • The following school based policies were discussed and reviewed at the meeting of the Board. Following discussion they were ratified by the Board as follows: Child Safeguarding Statement, Child Safeguarding Statement Notice and Risk Assessment. 
  • The Board would like to commend and thank staff, parents and volunteers who worked to clear snow and make the school safe to reopen following Storm Emma. 

(3/5) Board of Management Report to Parents following meeting of the Board on 16.01.2018

  • The Board prioritise the implementation of new guidelines outlined in circular 0081/2017- Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools.  
  • Two members of staff are receiving training in National Educational Psychology Service Friends for Life Programme at present. Friends addresses anxiety and builds resilience in children. The Board are well aware of the increase in anxiety in young people in our society and support the introduction of Friends for Life at Ard Rí Community NS.  
  • Absent rates have improved within the school from 10.8% in December 2016 to 8.7% in December 2017. The Board encourage the continued implementation of the School Attendance Strategy. 
  • The Board commend the work of the Ard Rí Community NS Parent Association; especially in relation to funds raised for 6th Class Library and ICT, Hampers donated to Meals on Wheels, and the securing of Council funds to pay for an AED for the school. The Board support plans for social events, animal welfare awareness events, career guidance, parent training, menstrual care provision. The board wish the Cahirperson of the PA well in her role on the Meath Board Assembly for the National Parents Council. The Board look forward to meeting representatives from the Parent Association at the next meeting in March.    
  • The Board have ratified the Intimate Care Policy and encourage the formal implementation of Intimate Care Plans where required. The Board noted the LMETB Complaints procedure and support its immediate implementation. Updated policies are now available for download from the school website and from the school office upon request.  

(2/5) Board of Management Report to Parents following meeting of the Board on 21.11.2017

  • The Board wishes to remind parents that based on enrolment figures and trends multi-grade classes will continue to be a feature at Ard Rí Community NS. The staff and management will continue to assign classes as equitably as possible. The Principal will try to announce September 2018 classes before summer break. 
  • The Board support the efforts of the Parent Association to support the parents and children in the school community. 
  • The Board support the establishment of a Parent Association mailing list to inform parents of support and upcoming events. 
  • The Board support both proposed fund-raisers by the Parent Association. 1) NCBI Clothing collection to stock the 5th/6th Class library 2) Cake Sale to fund the Winter Show  
  • The following policies were ratified by the Board 
  • Statement of Strategy for School Attendance 
  • Critical Incident Policy 
  • The Rainbows Programme supports children and young people affected by loss or bereavement, separation or divorce. The Board support the establishment of a Rainbows Group at Ard Rí 

(1/5) Board of Management Report to Parents following meeting of the Board on 03.10.2017

  • Members of the Board of Management are as follows: David Cullivan (Chair), Linda Duffy, Catherine Dooley, Darragh Roe (Secretary), Paul O’Toole, Lynsey Ginnity, Rebecca Meade, Séamus Kenny 
  • BOM formally adopted reviewed Child Protection and Enrolment Policy