Board of Management Annual Report 2017/18

The Board of Management is the school committee charged with the day-to-day management of the school. Under the Education Act of 1998 all schools must have a Board of Management and the functions and responsibilities of the Board are laid out in documents published by the Department of Education and Science.

The Board of Management has eight members. The current Board of Management is as follows:

Patron’s Nominee and Chairperson Meena Baskarasubramanian
Patron’s Nominee Elaine Harris
School Principal Gráinne McManus
Teachers’ Nominee Aoife Claffey
Parents’ Nominee Lesley Fahey
Parents’ Nominee Donal Bergin
Community Representative Richard Dillon
Community Representative Daniela Buda

 

The Board of Management met on 8 occasions during the school year 2017/18.

1.  Policy Reviews

The following policies were reviewed and amended as necessary;

  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Child Protection Policy
  • Child Safeguarding Statement
  • Lucan Common Enrolment System Policy
  • Enrolment Policy for ASD Classes
  • DEIS Plan
  • Job Share Policy

The Department of Education appointed an assessor to carry out a Fire Safety assessment in December 2017.

 

2.  School Events

It was a busy year in Lucan East ETNS Together N.S and some of the events included;

  • Book Day
  • Friendship Week
  • Seachtain na Gaeilge
  • Science Week
  • Maths Week
  • Winter Plays
  • Drumming Workshop
  • Skipping Workshop
  • Grandparents’ Day
  • Active Schools Week
  • Sports Day
  • Talent Shows
  • Whole School Singing Performances

 

3.  Parent Teacher Meetings

Parent Teacher Meetings took place in November for all classes from Senior Infants to Sixth Class and in February for Junior Infants.

 

4.  Fundraising

Many fundraising events were carried out in aid of the school by the Parent Teacher Association. The PTA raised €2689 in 2017/18 which was spent on PE equipment for gymnastics and basketball.  The Board wishes to thank all those who fundraised for and contributed to the school. Some of the events were;

  • Book Fair
  • Halloween Disco
  • Winter Raffle
  • Movie Night for 5th and 6th
  • Clothing Collections
  • Bring a Book, Buy a Book
  • Sponsored Walk
  • Jersey Day
  • School Photos
  • Summer Disco

Our 6th class students also ran a Cake Sale and raised over €500 which they donated to Focus Ireland.

 

5.  After-School Clubs

A variety of after school clubs took place after school in Lucan East ETNS this school year. These included;

  • Chromebooks
  • PE Games
  • Art & Crafts
  • Tag Rugby
  • Creative Club
  • Games & Puzzles
  • Soccer
  • Spanish
  • Chess & Draughts
  • Scratch
  • Glee
  • GAA
  • Gaeilge
  • Tin Whistle
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics

 

6.  School Achievements

The school year 2017-18 was another very successful one for the students of Lucan East ETNS. Students represented the school with great success in the following areas;

  • Cumann na mBunscol – Gaelic Football and Hurling/Camogie
  • Chess Tournament (Esker ETNS & Lucan East ETNS)
  • Basketball Blitz (Esker ETNS & Lucan East ETNS)
  • 6th Class Radio Show with Liffey Sounds FM
  • Spelling Bee
  • Cycle Safety
  • Garbo Productions Shadow Shapers Drama Workshop
  • Dublin Spar 5’s Final
  • FAI Futsal Competition
  • Peace Proms
  • South Dublin Libraries Schools’ Table Quiz
  • Dublin City GAGA (Getting All Girls Active) Initiative
  • Leinster Rugby Tag Rugby Tournament at Irishtown Stadium
  • Santry Sports for Schools
  • Suas Reading Programme

The school received awards in 2017/18 in the following areas

  • Award of Excellence for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)
  • Gaelbhratach

 

7.  School Tours

The students all enjoyed their school tours immensely. The schedule for the school tours this school year was;

  • Junior Infants: Imaginosity
  • Senior Infants: Lullymore
  • 1stClass: Dublin Zoo
  • 2ndClass: Tayto Park
  • 3rdClass: Causey Farm
  • 4thClass: Croke Park
  • 5thClass: Astro Park
  • 6thClass: Belfast (W5 & Titanic Museum)
  • Outreach Classes: Tayto Park

 

8Parent Teacher Association

The 2017/18 PTA Committee consisted of;

Chaiperson Niamh Brennan
Treasurer Liz Nolan
Secretary Colette Darcy
Teachers’ Representative Rebecca Doyle/Sinéad Gunning

 

The Parent Teacher Association has a section on the school website. The Board of Management would like to extend its thanks to all parents who have helped out with activities organised by the Parent Teacher Association.  As well as the fundraising events listed above the PTA also assisted with;

  • Catering for Eddie’s leaving event
  • Coffee Morning for International Women’s Day
  • Clearing the Snow in March so the school could re-open
  • Bagging & helping with school books
  • Welcoming parents at the Junior Infant Open Evening
  • Grandparents’ Day
  • 6th Class Breakfast

 

9.  Educate Together News / Ethos

  • The Learn Together Teachers’ Committee continued to work on and update our Learn Together School Plan
  • Aisling and Jenny attended the ethos conference organised by Educate Together in November and Jenny presented a piece about ‘Democracy in the Classroom’ at it.

10.  Staffing

Staffing for the school year 2017/18 was as follows;

  • Principal:             Eddie Fox  (until Dec. ‘17); Grainne McManus (from Mar. ’18)
  • Deputy Principal:             Linda Maher
  • Assistant Principal: Niamh Byrne
  • HSCL Teacher:             Rebecca Doyle/Sinéad Gunning
  • Secretary:             Lesley McGuirk
  • Support Teachers:             Des Sheehan; Joanna Long; Elaine Kennedy; Carol Makim;  Aoife Claffey; Sarah McHugh; Margaret Leonard; Simon Moloney;  Niall O’Laoghog; Níall O’Muineacháin; Aoife Boland.
  • SNAs: Tracy Byrne; Anita Clarke; Lucy Wong; Pierina Walsh;  Siobhán O’Donoghue; Kavitha Ravi; Nikki McGarry; Yvonne Costello
  • Junior Infants: Louise Ledwith and Fiona Martin
  • Senior Infants:                 Karen Davis and Aoibhínn Doyle
  • First Class: Niamh Byrne, Jenny Byrne and Melissa Hanney
  • Second Class: Maria McManus and Eanya Tone
  • Third Class: Linda Jane Murray, Sarah Sweeney and Tomás Collander
  • Fourth Class:  Alan Deegan and Ryan McKenna
  • Fifth Class: Paula McGee and Colm Smyth
  • Sixth Class: Tom Finnerty and Aisling Egan

The Board of Management would like to extend its thanks to all the staff for their continued hard work throughout the year.

 

11.  Staffing Developments

Eddie announced his resignation from Lucan East ETNS in October 2017. The Board would like to extend its deep gratitude for all the commitment and dedication Eddie has shown to the school community over the last 10 years.

Following due appointment process, the Board appointed Grainne McManus as Principal of Lucan East ETNS and she began working in this capacity in March 2018.

 

12.  Curricular Developments/Staff Training

  • Staff received one more day of training in the Revised Language Curriculum.
  • All staff completed Child Protection Training in March 2018.
  • All staff completed Restorative Practice Training in September 2018.
  • Some staff members completed training with the NCSE, Reading Recovery, Friends For Life and Fundamental Movement Skills.
  • The staff participated in whole staff training in teaching methodologies for Maths, English and Gaeilge during the 2017/18 school year.

 

13.  Parental Involvement Programmes

Our HSCL teachers, Rebecca Doyle and Sinéad Gunning, were extremely busy in their role during the 2017/18 school year.  Parental involvement activities they organised include:

  • Parents’ Coffee Mornings
  • Parents’ Classes e.g. DIY, language, parenting, gardening, Gaeilge and yoga classes.
  • Transfer talk and coffee morning for 6th Class parents
  • Parents’ Walking Group
  • Parents’ Book Club
  • Grandparents’ Day
  • Junior Infants Parental Involvement Programme: CLOVER reading project
  • Senior Infants Parental Involvement Programme: Bedtime reading trolley
  • 1st Class Parental Involvement Programme: Maths for Fun
  • 2nd Class Parental Involvement Programme: Art Workshop
  • 3rd Class Parental Involvement Programme: Chess
  • 4th Class Parental Involvement Programme: Maths Trails
  • 5th Class Parental Involvement Programme: Monopoly
  • 6th Class Parental Involvement Programme: Table Quiz