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AGREED REPORT OF BOARD OF MANAGEMENT MEETING 6th March, 2018

PATRICIAN ACADEMY, MALLOW

AGREED REPORT OF BOARD OF MANAGEMENT MEETING

6th March, 2018

 

The minutes of January 29th were adopted, proposed by Labhrás White and seconded by John O’Sullivan.

 

Matters Arising:-

 

  1. The Principal clarified that in the event of oversubscription for Construction Studies in Transition Year, preference is given to students who have studied Woodwork in Junior Cycle. The Board agreed that parents should be made aware of this when students are in First Year.

 

Correspondence

 

The Board dealt with a number of items of Correspondence:

 

Board of Management 3 Year Plan

 

The Chair suggested that the Board work on the 3 Year Plan over the next four meetings.  The Board agreed that one aspect of the Plan would focus on Teaching and Learning.  The Board will seek to achieve and put into practice the Domains and Standards as outlined in Looking at our School 2016.  The school should aspire to highly effective practice and this will inform discussions of the Board.

 

Child Protection

 

The Board noted the Oversight Report.  There were no concerns.

 

Teaching and Learning

 

Analysis of Junior and Leaving Certificate Results

 

The Board noted the analysis for each subject department.  It was noted that

 

  • Results in 13 out of 18 subjects at Junior Cycle were above the national average.
  • Results in 10 out of 13 subjects at Leaving Certificate Level were above the national average.
  • The uptake at Higher Level at both Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate level was also above the national average in the majority of subjects.

 

The Board complimented staff on the excellent achievement across subject departments and asked that teachers use the analysis to plan for improvement.

 

Geography Inspection

 

The Board discussed the report and the recommendations therein.  It was noted that the quality of teaching and learning was good to very good.  The Board asked that the Principal and the Geography teachers meet to consider the report and its recommendations and to plan for improvement. A Recommendations Implementation Plan should be prepared and include dates by which progress will be made.  The Plan will be presented to the Board.

 

Anti-Bullying

 

The Principal reported that there had been no bullying issues since the last meeting.  The Bullying Survey conducted in December did not reveal any serious issues.

 

Update on Building Project

 

Fire Upgrade, Monastery Building

The works are progressing well.  The contractor expects to be finished work by March 30th.

 

New Build

The Project Managers are currently progressing the design for the school building and would hope to be in a position to schedule site surveys for the end of this month.  The DES has advised that the completion date for the project is 2019/20.

 

Storage

The DES will extend the storage rental for lockers until June 2019.

 

Principal’s Report

 

Parents’ Meetings

  • Monday, March 5th TY Parent Teacher Meeting.

 

Student Council

The Student Council is:

  • Working on the Green Flag Project. The specific focus is biodiversity.

 

Parents’ Association

There was a meeting of the Parents’ Association on Monday, March 5th.  The Principal:

  • Reported on current events and activities.
  • Provided an update on Building Projects.
  • Consulted parents on the Critical Incident Management Plan and Assessment Policy Review.
  • Discussed Annual Golf Classic and Clothing Collection.

Extra-Curricular and Co-Curricular Activities

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

 

Transition Year

February 7th: Manual Handling Training

February 22nd:  Launch of Transition Year YSI Project.  The focus of the project was the promotion of the use of the eircode.  The class designed and distributed stickers and worked with local ambulance personnel.  The National Ambulance Service and Eircode were represented at the launch.

February 26th:  School Bank Presentation.

 

Special Classes:

February 1st:  Resource 1: Horse Riding in Liskennet.

February 1st:  Naomh Eanna and Cuan horse riding in Liskennet.

Health Week, Feb 29 – Friday 2nd:  Various events / talks/ guest speakers were arranged for different class groups during the week.

 

Sport

Basketball:

Second Years:  Progressing well in the l League and will qualify for the play offs.

First Years:  Have won one game and lost one game.

Hurling:

U14:  The team has qualified for the quarter final of the Cork Colleges.

U15:  Defeated by Doon in the first round of the Munster Colleges.

Football: 

U14:  The team has qualified for the quarter final of the Cork Colleges.

Soccer

First Years:  Progressing very well.  They have won all their matches in the Cork Colleges and Munster Colleges.

Sean Dennehy in Third Year recently won an all-Ireland with the Cork U16 Schoolboys Team.

 

Principal’s Business

 

Enrolment 2018-19

Total number on waiting list is now 9.

The Entrance Assessment for First Years 2018/19 was held on Saturday, February 3rd.  All Students offered places attended.

 

Posts of Responsibility Review

The review has commenced.

Plant

The Board discussed a number of issues relating to plant.

Allocations 2018/19

The school is entitled to a total allocation of 43.99 teachers comprising 33.19 permanent teachers and 10.80 part-time teachers.  The school will be due 2 teachers on projected enrolment.

Suspensions

There has been 1 suspension since the last Board meeting for setting off the fire alarm and persistent breaches of the Code of Discipline.

 

School Development Planning

Staff is currently reviewing the following:

  • Child Safeguarding and Risk Assessment Policy
  • Critical Incident Management Plan
  • The Pastoral Care Team is reviewing the Guidance Plan.
  • Work has commenced on the ELearning Plan.

 

Continuous Professional Development

Staff attended in service on:

  • Special Needs
  • Junior Cycle RSE

 

AOB

 

Board noted that:

  • The annual Church Gate Collection is on March 24th and 25th.
  • Some Transition Year students are involved in a drama (Shadow of a Gunman) production with students from St. Marys. There is a performance in the Amelian Theatre on March 12th and 13th.

Next Meeting:   To be decided

 

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AGREED REPORT BOARD OF MANAGEMENT MEETING, 11th December, 2017  

 

AGREED REPORT

 

 BOARD OF MANAGEMENT MEETING, 11th December, 2017

 

 

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.

 

 

Correspondence:-

 

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.

 

Anti-Bullying

 

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.

 

Finance

 

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

 

Fundraising

  • 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

November

 

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).

 

Sport

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.

 

Hurling:

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.

 

Football

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.

 

Basketball

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.

 

Soccer

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

 

Suspensions

There have been 2 suspensions since the last Board meeting.

 

Staffing

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.

A.O.B.

  • 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.

 

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Building Projects Update

Building Projects Update

Monastery Building

The work is progressing well on site.   It is estimated that the building may be reoccupied in Mid-March.

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.  The school will then view the design before proceeding to planning.

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Vex Robotics in The Patrician Academy

On Friday 1st December The Patrician Academy hosted a Vex Robotics Scrimmage in The School Gym.This competition which aims to develop the STEM subjects(Science, technology, engineering, and maths), is promoted by Dell EMC and sees students from all over Cork county plan, design, programme and build their own robots.Up to ten schools were represented on the day which saw The Patrician Academy students top the table.The Scrimmage  is an opportunity for teams to observe the competition ahead of the final which will take place in C.I.T.on January 19.

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Garda Youth Awards

On Thursday last the 23rd, in the Charleville Park Hotel An Garda Siochana recognised youth volunteers from Cork North, in their annual youth awards. Patrician Academy 5th Year student Eoghan Kenny received an award for his outstanding contribution to his school and too his town of Mallow. Presenting the award was Mallow Community Garda Liam Doyle who referenced the many clubs and activities that Eoghan is involved in. From being a member of the Parish Council to organising Christmas Food Hampers as part of his work on the Student Council to helping out at the Annual Senior Citizens party, Eoghan is dedicated to improving the spirit within his community. Speaking after the event, a humble Eoghan thanked An Garda Siochana, his teachers and his family.

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Report of Board of Management Meeting, Sept 18th

 

PATRICIAN ACADEMY, MALLOW

REPORT OF BOARD OF MANAGEMENT MEETING

18th Sept., 2017.

 

The meeting opened with a prayer.

  • The minutes off May 31st and Special meeting of August 8th were adopted

Matters Arising: None

Correspondence:-

The Board dealt with a number of items of correspondence:

  • The Board noted a Letter of resignation from Ann Geary, Clerical Officer.
  • The Board thanked Ms. Geary for her long and loyal service to the school and wished her well in the future.
  • The Board agreed to advertise the position.

Child Protection

  • The Principal reported that she had not sought advice from or made a report to the Child and Family Agency since the last Board meeting.

Anti-Bullying

  • The Principal reported that there were no bullying issues since the last meeting.

 

Principal’s Report

 

Examination Results 2017

Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate results were excellent.

 

Leaving Certificate Results 2017

 

Patrician Academy                                         National Average

 

550+                –             7%                                         5%                              

500+                –           10%                                         12%                

450+                –           37%                                         24%                

400+                –           47%                                         36%                

350+                –           71%                                         49%                

300+                –           76%                                         62%                

200+                –           88%                                         81%

 

Average Points 380

Junior Certificate 2017

Results were excellent.  Results in all subjects were in line with or above the national average.

 

Sunday Times Top 400 Schools 2017

  • In top 200 schools in Ireland
  • In top 5 non- fee paying schools in Cork
  • In top 20 non- fee paying schools nationally

The Board congratulated teachers and students on the excellent results.  It was agreed that the Subject Analysis or Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate should be brought to the Board.

 

Enrolment 2017-18

Mainstream                                       Foreign (included in mainstream class total)     

1st Year                               99                             1 (Part Year)

2nd Year                            116                             4 (All Part)

3rd Year                                78

4th Year                                 72                           2 (1 Full, 1 Part)

5th Year                                 59                           2 (All part)

LCA 1                                       7

LCA 2                                       3

6th Year                                 46                           Total 480

Special Classes

Resource 1                      11

Naomh Pádraig               5

Cuan                                    6

Naomh Éanna                  6                                Total        28

 

Total Enrolment                                                               508       

 

Enrolment 2016/17: 465

Enrolment 2017/18: 508

 

The Board considered enrolment for 2018/19 and after some discussion agreed that the maximum enrolment would be 90, proposed by Ray O’Mullane and seconded by Claire O’Mahony.

 

Fundraising

  • There will be a Clothing Collection on September 26th
  • Parents’ Association is organising “Stars in your Eyes “ for Saturday, October 28th

Parents’ Meetings

  • Information Meeting for Transition Year Parents: Tuesday, September 12th
  • Information Meeting for First Year Parents: Tuesday, September 19th

 

Parents’ Association A.G.M.

The Parents; Association AGM will be held on Wednesday, September 20th.

 

Student Council

The councillors and Officers have been elected for 2017/18.  The Council is currently organising the Walk, Cycle, Run which is scheduled for Friday, September 29th.

Open Evening

The Open Evening will be held on Tuesday, October 10th starting at 7.00 p.m.

Extra-Curricular and Co-Curricular Activities

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

Leaving Certificate

History Trip to Collins Barracks, Cork.

Transition Year

  • Bonding Trip, September 12th

 

Principal’s Business

Suspensions

There have been no suspensions since the last Board meeting.

Staffing

The Board ratified a number of staff appointments.

 

The Board noted a number of CID appointments.

 

Allocations 2017/18

The school has been allocated 2 teachers on projected numbers.

The Board reviewed Allocations 2017/18 and noted that all hours had been allocated apart from the Supervision and Substitution hours.  The Board agreed that there should be a report on the usage of the Supervision and Substitution hours at each Board meeting.

 

Croke Park Hours

Staff have been consulted on the Croke Park Hours.  The hours comprise 23 hours for whole school activities and 10 hours for planning and development on other than a whole school basis.   The 10 hours will be used for subject department meetings and School Self Evaluation.

 

The Board noted that template was being provided for Staff to sign off on the 10 hours for planning and development on other than a whole school basis and that a report would be brought to the Board in June.

 

Supervision & Substitution Opt In-Opt Out Scheme

Six teachers opted out of the S&S.  The school will receive a grant to pay supervisors and teachers.

Personal Days

The Board noted requests of personal days.

Continuous Professional Development

The Board noted that teachers had attended CPD.

AMCSS Meeting, Monday, September 4th 2017

The Board noted a report from this meeting.

Wish List

The Board noted items on the Wish List which has been actioned.

Subject Department Budget Guidelines

The Board adopted the guidelines.

 

Policy Development

Review of Admissions Policy

The Board discussed a number of issues and agreed to adopt the amended Policy.

Admissions Policy for ASD Special Classes

The Board adopted the Policy.

 

Building Projects Update

 

Monastery Building

Works stared in September. The projected timeframe for occupation of the building is March.

Fire Damaged Building

Demolition of the building has started and will be finished by October.

New Build

The DES Design Team viewed the site for the rebuild on June 20th.  It will be a Rapid Build process.  The stages are as follows:

  • Surveys of site
  • Design ( Based on Schedule of Accommodation)
  • Planning Application
  • DES Conservation Architect will liaise with the Cork Conservation Architect
  • Tender will take 6 weeks
  • A Contractor will be appointed one month later
  • The entire project will take 38 – 42 weeks.
  • Construction is projected for 2018.

 

 

Finance

The Board noted a number of reports.

 

 

A.O.B.

  1. The Board decided that ‘Agreed’ should be deleted from ‘Agreed Report’ from the school website and appear as ‘Report of Board of Management.’
  2. The Chair, noting that it was the last meeting of the current Board, thanked all Board members for their service on the Board.

 

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