Have a look at some of our amazing Autumn art work in the gallery section!
GOAL Jersey Day - Friday 11th October 2019
WOW we raised €122 for GOAL !!!! Have a look at some of our snaps.
Seeking candidates for new Board of Management The current Board of Management will complete its four-year term in November this year. We are seeking candidates interested in becoming members of the new Board of Management, which will commence its four-year term on 1st December 2019.
The Board of Management comprises the following members:
Two parents/guardians of children enrolled in the school (one mother and one father), both elected by the parents
One teacher elected by the teaching staff
Two members nominated by our patron body, Autism Ireland
Two representatives of our local community.
At the end of Sept, parents/guardians will be invited to nominate themselves as candidates for the parent/guardian representatives. If the number of parent candidates exceeds the number of parent representative positions on the board, elections will be held to allow all parents/guardians of pupils in the school to vote for their preferred candidate.
The primary task of the Board of Management is to ensure that the school provides the best possible education and learning environment for our pupils. Other specific responsibilities of the Board include the following:
Upholding the characteristic spirit of the school.
Ensuring that the school fulfils its functions as set out in the Education Act.
Ensuring compliance with directives of the Department of Education & Skills.
Developing, reviewing and overseeing the implementation of all school policy. Key policy areas include child protection, behaviour, enrolment and health & safety.
Appointing all school staff.
Managing the school’s finances efficiently and effectively.
Supporting and facilitating the Principal and Deputy Principal in exercising their leadership role within the school.
Promoting contact between the school, the parents and the community.
To be a board member, the two most important pre-requisites are availability and commitment. You need to be available to attend regular board meetings and must be committed to putting in any preparation work required. The Board of Management currently meets every six weeks during term time. Meetings currently take place at 6.30pm on a weekday in the school.
Once the new board has been formed, the board will appoint a Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer from among its members. The board may also choose to appoint sub-committees to manage or investigate different areas of school management (e.g. health & safety, finance, the sourcing of new school equipment). For the role of Treasurer, a sound knowledge of accounting is essential. Other skillsets that would be of benefit (but are not essential) to the Board of Management in running the school are: legal expertise, IT skills and general leadership/management skills.
If you know of anyone in the local community who may have some of the skills mentioned above and who may be interested in becoming one of our community representatives on the board, please ask them to contact the school asap.
Child Safeguarding Statement The Board of Management reviewed the Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment on the 18th September 2019. The reviewed and ratified statement can now be found under "policies". It is important that all parents and staff familiarise themselves with this very important policy.