The meeting opened with a prayer.


The Chair welcomed the Board


Ratification of Chairperson:-

The Board ratified the appointment of Ed O’Donovan.


The Chair outlined the responsibilities of the Board with particular reference to the corporate responsibility of Board members and the need for confidentiality.  The Principal outlined Schedule I and the Chair outlined Schedule II.  The Board agreed to discuss a three year plan for the Board at the next meeting.


The Board passed a vote of sympathy to the family off the late Dan Breen, a former teacher in the school.


The minutes of September 18th were adopted.


Matters Arising:-


The Board discussed the new build as outlined in the Schedule of Accommodation from the D.E.S. in the context of having adequate provision for the future, given the increased numbers in the school.





The Board noted a number of items of correspondence.



Child Protection

Catherine Fitzpatrick was appointed as Designated Liaison Person and Arthur Murphy as Deputy Designated Liaison Person.




The Principal reported that the school had dealt with one bullying incident since the last Board meeting and was currently investigating a second incident.


Children First Act 2015


The Board noted the provisions of the Act that came into effect on December 11th 2015.  It was agreed that all staff and Board members should access a Tusla eLearning module through the PDST website.




The Board elected the following Finance Committee: – Ed O’Donovan, Catherine Fitzpatrick, Claire O’Mahony.


The following Cheque Signatories were appointed: –

Claire Cogan and Labhrás White


Financial Reports


The Board noted a number of reports.


Book Grant Audit


The Board noted the Report issued after the audit and the recommendations therein.


Building Project Update


Monastery Building

The work is progressing well on site.



Temporary Accommodation

  • Thermostats have been installed in all the Portakabins to regulate the heating system.
  • An intercom system is currently being installed in the Portakabins.

Fire Damaged Building

This building has been demolished.


New Build

The DES has advised that they are still drawing up the design.  They will contact the school before going to planning and invite the school to view the design.


Emergency Works –Disability Access

The DES has sanctioned the installation of a lift to the canteen to enable access for a student in a wheelchair.


It was agreed that the membership of the Building Projects subcommittee would remain the same.



Teaching – Learning


  • The Principal circulated information on the Junior Cycle Framework and outlined the main aspects of the framework.
  • Analysis of the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert results: Board members received copies of the results which will be reviewed at the next meeting.


Appointment Procedures


The Chair outlined the different types of Interview Boards required.



Principal’s Report



  • The Parents’ Association held a very successful fundraising event, “Stars in your Eyes” on Saturday, October 28th.  The event realised €10,949 for the Academy and €5,000 for Mallow Day Care Centre.


Parents’ Meetings

  • Tuesday, November 15th: Fifth Year Parent Teacher Meeting.
  • Monday, November 20th: Second Year Parent Teacher Meeting.
  • Monday, December 4th: Sixth Year Parent Teacher Meeting.
  • Tuesday, December 12th: First Year Parent Teacher Meeting.


Parents’ Association

There was a meeting of the Parents’ Association on November 28th.

Items discussed were:

Fundraising:  Stars in your Eyes realised €10,949.  It was decided not have a Table Quiz in January and it was suggested that the Student Council might like to organise a quiz.   The Church Gate Collection will be on March 17th /18th and the Flag Day will be on May 19th.

School tracksuit:  The Principal advised that the Sports Teachers agreed with the Parents’ view that there should be one school tracksuit for all school teams.  The Principal circulated some information from one company and advised that samples were awaited.  It was agreed to have a meeting with the Parents’ Association when the samples arrive.

Careers Day:  The Guidance Counsellor has liaise with the parents with the intention of organising a Careers Day next year.

Study Skills:  The meeting noted that the Guidance Counsellor is doing a Study Skills programme with Second Years.

Website Link: It was agreed to put a link for the Parents’ association on the school website.

The Principal updated the parents on

  • Junior Cycle Framework
  • Building Projects


Student Council

The Student Council:

  • Organised a very successful Walk, Cycle, Run on Friday, September 29th. This annual fundraising event raised €2,698.50
  • Will present Christmas hampers to the Vincent de Paul, Le Chéile and Meals on Wheels in December.
  • Is working on the Green Flag Project.


Extra-Curricular and Co-Curricular Activities

The relevant Consent Forms were signed by parents for all trips.


Leaving Certificate

September 21st: History Class visited Cork Library to research their L.C. projects.

October 24th:  Geography Field Trip re: projects

December 6th:  Visit to Liebeherr, Killarney – L.C.V.P. students.

November 16th:  King Lear – Firkin Crane Theatre



Transition Year

September 25th:  Enterprise & Marketing Seminar, Charleville

September 27th:  Visit to Mass Rock

October 5th:  L.G.B.T. Seminar, Mallow.

October 12th:  Poetry Workshop

October 17th:  C.I.T. Open Day

November 17th:  Mini companies showcased their products at the Bank of Enterprise Showcase in the Patrician Academy.

November 20th /21st:   Rotary Peace Advocacy Programme – The programme sets out to develop the three major skills in conflict resolution.  One teacher and 3 students attended the training and will now train other students to act as peace advocates in the school.

—Collaborative Conversation.

—Purposeful Listening.

—Purposeful Speaking.

December 1st:  Vex Robotics Competition hosted by the Academy.  Academy team was successful.

December 7th:  Student Enterprise Trade Fair Competition, Carrigoon.

December 11th – 13th:  Transition Year production “Academy’s Got Talent”.


Special Classes:

October 12th:  Resource 1 – visit to Liskennet Equine Centre

October 17th:  Cork Mental Health Seminar – Cork City Hall

November 24th:  Sports Morning for Resource 1 and Naomh Padraig


First Years

October 27th:  Bonding Day in Carrigoon


Second Years:

November 4th – 6th: Soccer Trip to Manchester

November 24th:  Visit to Spike Island

North Cork Enterprise Awards

The Patrician Academy won the Senior Category, Best Team Spirit – KJ Candles  (Transition Year Students).

The Academy also won the overall Intermediate Category – 4 Lego (Second Year student).



Presentation of Medals to the 3 County Title Winning Football Teams 2016/17.

Medals were presented to the 14, U16 and Senior teams.  The Chairs and Secretaries of local G.A.A. Clubs attended as well as coaches.  The local clubs presented sports equipment worth €400 to the school.   The event was well supported by parents.



Cork Colleges:

U14:  Beat Mitchelstown to be placed at top of League.

U16:  Beat Mitchelstown and are through to quarter final.

Senior:  Defeated In round 1 by Coláiste an Phiarsaigh.

Munster colleges

U16.5:  Defeated In Round 1 by Scarrifff Community College.

Senior:  Defeated Rice College and drew with Coláiste Chríost Rí.  To play Clonakilty in the knockout stages.



The U14 team hope to advance to the County Quarter Final having defeated Mitchelstown and Bantry in the first round.

The U15 team were defeated by Ennistymon in the Munster Quarter Final.

The Senior team was defeated by Hamilton High and Rockwell College in the opening stages of the Munster Championship.



The U16 and 19 season has ended for this year. Both teams were promoted to A level last year.  The 16 made it out of the League and were defeated in the Quarter Final. The U19 did not reach the Quarter Final.



First year soccer have done well and came 4th in the Cork Futsal tournament losing to all Ireland winners Rochestown.   2nd years start their Munster campaign v North Mon next week. Under 17 lost in the first round v Ballincollig. Seniors topped their group in the Munster A competition beating Ashton and Blarney. They defeated Charleville CBS 5-3 last Tuesday to reach the last 16 knockout stages.


Principal’s Business


Enrolment 2017-18

The Open Evening was held on Tuesday, October 10th.  The closing date for receipt of Application Forms was Tuesday, November 7th.  The total number of applications received by the due date was 98.  43 applicants secured a place because they had a brother in the school, brother or father was a past pupil. 55 applicants were entered in the lottery and 8 students were placed on a waiting list.  5 offers were declined and theses places were offered to the first 5 on the waiting list. There are 5 late applications. Total number on waiting list is now 9.


Health and Safety

The school was in contact with the Health and Safety Authority and the Environmental Protection Agency re: radon remediation in the school.  The school is fully compliant re: remediation and levels are being monitored.


Geography Inspection, October 4th

Feedback on the day indicated that teaching and learning was good.  A report will issue from the DES.


Incidental Inspection, Thursday, November 30th

The feedback from the inspector was very positive. She visited 5 classes.   She observed a very good relationship between students and teachers.  Teaching was engaging and interactive and students enjoyed learning.


Audit of Book Grant

The FSSU carried out an audit of the 2015/16 Book Grant on October 5th



There have been 2 suspensions since the last Board meeting.



Allocations 2017/18

The school was allocated an extra 8 hours for Special Education Needs on September 29th based on projected numbers.


School Development Planning

  • The subcommittees on Literacy, Numeracy and Teaching and Learning are implementing and reviewing the School Improvement Plans in these areas.
  • The school has prioritised the following two key skills for the Junior Cycle:
  • Managing Myself
  • Managing Information and Thinking.


The Pastoral Care Team is reviewing the Guidance Plan.


Supervision & Substitution Opt In-Opt Out Scheme

Six teachers opted out of the S&S. in August.


On Line Claims (Part Time Hours)

The board noted teachers who received part time hours:


Personal Days

The Board noted teachers who requested personal leave since the last Board meeting.


Continuous Professional Development

The Board noted teachers who attended CPD training:


AMCSS Meeting, Monday, November 15th 2017

The following issues were discussed:


  • Implementation of the Junior Cycle Framework
  • Teacher Supply
  • Special Educational Needs:
  • Leaving Certificate Computer Science
  • Posts of Responsibility
  • Getting Ready for the new General Data Protection Regulation
  • New Child Protection Procedures are due to issue before Christmas.


Authority to suspend


The Principal was delegated authority to suspend for up to a maximum of 5 days.


  • It was agreed to put a Building Project Update on the website.

Next Meeting


The next meeting will be end of January or early February.