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St. Patrick's N.S.
Board of Management - Annual Report 2013/14

Board of Management 2013/14
Chairperson - Cristín Deiseach
Treasurer - Jeff O'Conrí
Secretary - Mary Conroy
Patron Rep - Alan Gilsenan
Teacher Rep - Declan Curry
Parent Reps - Catherine Nolan
Jeff O'Conrí
Community Reps - Don Clarke
Nora Engmann
The Board wishes to thank Amy Carswell for her valued contribution since 2011and welcome her successor Nora Engmann.

Policy Development
During this year the B.O.M. have developed and reviewed the following policies;
Child Protection (Review), Health and Safety (Review), Anti-bullying policy (new) Uniform (Review)
We wish to thank all the members of the school community who took part in this work.

School Ethos
The sacraments of Confirmation took place on March 26th, Sacrament of Reconciliation on 10th February and First Holy Communion on the 24th May. The Board wish to thank all parents who helped out on these occasions with catering, decorating etc.
All pupils from 1st to 6th class took part in the annual carol service in St Marys Parish Church.

Achievements and participant pupils
The Board wish to congratulate the following students for their achievements during the past academic year;
All students, for their work towards achieving the Green flag for work on Biodiversity.
Moritz Reiben who won the Enniskerry Heart Savers Art prize of €200 for the school.
Kate Burton Stafford and Hannah Stephens who were shortlisted in the final 16 (out of over 800 entries) of the Noelle Ringwood Creative Writing competition.
Kate Burton Stafford who represented the school at the Leinster swimming gala.
Cliodhna Coleman ; gold medal in the Schools Community Games chess competition for Wicklow.
Danny O'Shea, Molly Dunne, Patrick Kenny, Shauna Cronin Finn, Isabel Gilsenan, Hannah Stephens, and Ciara Campbell who were this years winners in the Write a Book Competition.
Danny O'Shea who was the Infants Category winner in the Irish Water Safety competition.
Joshua Kenny who won a gold medal in the under 11 80m and Holly Kavanagh who won a silver in the over 12 long kick at the Noth Wicklow Field and Trach event.
The Senior class hosted a sucessful problem solving Maths Fair.
The Student Council who proposed, fundraised and established a stationery shop.

Training/ /Building/ Maintenance
B.O.M. members attended family law training.
A seminar from the community guards on Cyber bullying and its prevention was available to parents attending the Welcome meeting in September.
Angie Nolan and Michelle Lyons attended a manual handling refresher course.
The Board commissioned a report and applied for the Summer Works Grant scheme to replace all windows in the older part of the school. This was unsuccessful this year, but remains on file for consideration in the next round of grants.
The Board wishes to thank the Enniskerry Heart Savers for paint work and Milo O'Shea for making safe protruding pipes in lower yard play area.

Parents' Association
The Board wishes to thank the Parents' Association for all their hard work this school year including weekly management of the school library, Santa's visit and organising the Book Fair. Fund-raising included running successful events such as the Clothes Sale, Easter Egg Hunt, Non uniform day, Ladies lunch, Liberties recycling and Cake sale.
We would especially like to thank Adam Gornik for teaching chess to all students from 1st class upwards, Frederika Stolz for her work cataloguing the school library collection, Brian Fisher, Alan Gilsenan for visiting the school and sharing their expertise and knowledge.
Voluntary contribution; In an effort to alleviate the constant pressure to fundraise, the Board has focussed on a Voluntary Contribution this year. Its success will be reviewed when we have final figures and discussed at the Welcome meeting in September

Curricular Development
The school continues to engage in a School Self Evaluation process. The focus this year has been on Maths and Physical Education, in particular problem solving and the processes of recall, connecting information and transferring knowledge that contribute to problem solving skills. We have also looked at assessment practices in Physical Education, and introduced more self and peer assessment and specific success criteria. Each classroom received a white board for displaying success criteria in subject areas to help with pupil's self evaluation techniques. Other curriculum related events included Points for Life project, History week, Seachtain na Gaeilge, Gascháint phrases, visits by Bray Fire Service, Dental Hygiene nurse, Wicklow Parks representatives and the Write a Book Project.

The Board wishes to thank Nicholas Behan, Sarah Jane Montgomery Quinn and Áine Moran for their work in the school this year.
The job sharing arrangement between Declan Curry and Emma King will continue for another academic year.
Rosie Ambrose was on maternity leave and will be returning in September 2014. The Board wishes to thank all the staff for their hard work and contribution to the school during the year.

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