Board of Management

Board of Management 2016 – 2019

 

Membership of Board of Management

15 October 2016 – 14 October 2019

Trustee nominees

Sr. Helen O’ Riordan, I.B.V.M. (chairperson)

Mr. Patrick Quigley

Mr. Brian Mac Gonagle

Ms. Heike Huelswitt

 

Parent nominees

Ms. Barbara Foley

Mr. Patrick Clancy

 

Teacher nominees

Mr. Joe Cummins

Ms. Siobhán O’ Donoghue

The Secretary to the Board is Mr. Billy O’ Shea who attends meetings in a non-voting capacity.


Agreed Report of Board of Management meeting 

Monday, 29 May 2017

Attendance

Mr. Cummins, Ms. Foley, Mr. Clancy, Mr. MacGonagle, Mr. Quigley, Ms. O’ Donoghue, Ms. Huelswitt and Sr. Helen.

As Secretary to the Board, Mr. O’ Shea also attended.

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (4 and 17 May 2017) were adopted following the proposal of Mr. Clancy, seconded by Mr. Cummins.

Capital Development

The meeting was informed of the following:

  • The granting of planning permission for the erection of temporary accommodation from August to 30 November 2017
  • The approval of a grant to cover all IT costs in the new school
  • A scheduled meeting with Carillion representatives in the school on 31 May 2017
  • A meeting with Gary O’ Doherty (DES) in the school on 23 May 2017 in relation to the costs of the all-weather hockey pitch
  • An update was given by Sr. Helen on possible future use of the existing school building

Report from Finance Sub-Committee

The Board reviewed the Income and Expenditure A/c from 1 September 2016 to 24 May 2017.

School Planning and Self-Evaluation

The Board formally approved the revised policy in relation to student use of mobile phones.

It was agreed also to examine the issue of a reasonable use IT policy for staff.

Mr. Cummins reported on the completion of self-evaluation reports in respect of both literacy and numeracy for inclusion in the school plan.

Principal’s Report

Mr. O’ Shea made mention of the following in his report to the Board:

  • The very successful completion of end-of-year events
  • The forthcoming ASTI special convention to consider a suspension of industrial action
  • The appointment of Carla Fusciardi Wallace and Sally Shortle as Head Girls for 2017/2018 – formally approved by the Board
  • The publication on the website of booklists and calendar for 2017/2018
  • The commencement of State examinations on 7 June 2017. The Board wished all students well in forthcoming examinations.

Any other business

The Board sympathised with Sr. Helen on the recent death of her brother.

The meeting paid warm tribute to Barbara Foley who was attending her last meeting as a parent nominee to the Board.

The Board discussed the contents of its Agreed Report to be placed on the school website by Mr. O’ Shea.

The next meeting of the Board was fixed for Wednesday, 6 September 2017 at 4.30 p.m. in the school.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017


Agreed Report of Board of Management meeting

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Attendance

Mr. Cummins, Ms. Foley, Mr. Clancy, Mr. Quigley, Ms. O’ Donoghue and Sr. Helen.

Apologies were received from Mr. MacGonagle and Ms. Huelswitt.

As Secretary to the Board, Mr. O’ Shea also attended.

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (30 March 2017) were adopted following the proposal of Ms. Foley, seconded by Mr. Cummins.

Capital Development

Mr. O’ Shea reported that the building of the new school remained on target and that he and Mr. Cummins had recently been brought around the building and grounds.

The Board was informed that planning permission was awaited in respect of the temporary accommodation and that cost estimates were being gathered in respect of this work.

The meeting gave preliminary consideration to the decommissioning of the current school buildings when the move to the new school takes place. It was agreed to return to this matter at the next meeting.

Report from Finance Sub-Committee

The Board reviewed the Income and Expenditure A/c from 1 September 2016 to 3 May 2017.

Staff Wellbeing

It was agreed to ask Health and Safety Manager, Derek Madden, to incorporate elements of the recently-discussed ASTI document into the school’s Health and Safety Statement in time for the new school year in September 2017.

School Planning and Self-Evaluation

The Board was informed of ongoing work in relation to a review of the class teacher system and mobile phone policy. It was agreed to discuss the mobile phone policy again at the next meeting.

Mr. O’ Shea updated the Board on meetings that were taking place to raise the profile of the Parents’ Council.

Principal’s Report

Mr. O’ Shea made mention of the following in his report to the Board:

  • Visit of Bishop Brennan to 6th year students on 10 May
  • School Prizegiving on 22 May
  • 4th and 6th year Graduation events on 30 and 25 May respectively
  • School calendar 2017/2018 – formally approved by the Board

Any other business

The Board discussed the contents of its Agreed Report to be placed on the school website by Mr. O’ Shea.

The next meetings of the Board were fixed for Monday, 15 May 2017 at 4.15 p.m. and Monday, 29 May 2017 at 4.30 p.m. in the school.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017


Agreed Report of Board of Management meeting

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Attendance

Mr. Cummins, Ms. Foley, Mr. Clancy, Mr. MacGonagle, Ms. O’ Donoghue and Sr. Helen.

Apologies were received from Mr. Quigley and Ms. Huelswitt.

As Secretary to the Board, Mr. O’ Shea also attended.

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (2 March 2017) were adopted following the proposal of Ms. Foley, seconded by Mr. Cummins.

Capital Development

Mr. O’ Shea reported that the building of the new school remained on target.

Report from Finance Sub-Committee

The Board reviewed the Income and Expenditure A/c from 1 September 2016 to 30 March 2017.

It was agreed that the Administration Charge would remain unchanged for 2017/2018.

Appointment of second Deputy Principal

The meeting discussed a range of possible responsibilities that the new Deputy Principal might undertake.

School Planning and Self-Evaluation

The Board was informed of ongoing work in relation to a review of mobile phone policy.

Principal’s Report

Mr. O’ Shea made mention of the following in his report to the Board:

  • Proposals from staff for a ski trip for 2nd and 3rd year students in February 2018 – agreed by the Board
  • Ongoing oral and practical examinations
  • A DES inspection of LCVP on 24 March 2017
  • Recent mock interviews for 4th year students
  • The general meeting of parents held on 13 March

Any other business

Mr. MacGonagle complimented the students from the Justice and Peace Group who spoke on South East radio about worldwide water supply and wastage.

The Board discussed the contents of its Agreed Report to be placed on the school website by Mr. O’ Shea.

The next meeting of the Board was fixed for Thursday, 4 May 2017 at 4.30 p.m. in the school.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017


Agreed Report of Board of Management meeting 

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Attendance

Mr. Cummins, Ms. Foley, Mr. Clancy, Mr. MacGonagle, Ms. O’ Donoghue, Ms. Huelswitt and Mr. Quigley.

Apologies were received from Sr. Helen. In her absence, Mr. Quigley was appointed by members to chair the meeting.

As Secretary to the Board, Mr. O’ Shea also attended.

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (12 January 2017) were adopted following the proposal of Ms. Foley, seconded by Ms. Huelswitt.

Capital Development

Mr. O’ Shea reported that the building of the new school was progressing very well and that two meetings and visits to the site had taken place in recent days. Follow up meetings were to take place with the NDFA and the DES re: the IT grant.

The meeting was informed that the DES had approved, in principle, grant aid for the provision of temporary accommodation (2 general classrooms) from mid-August to December 2017.

Report from Finance Sub-Committee

The Board reviewed the Income and Expenditure A/c from 1 September 2016 to 28 February 2017.

The expenditure of the IT grant on 30 pcs and 6 surface pros was approved by the Board.

Loreto Network Day

Mr. Cummins informed the meeting of proceedings at the recent Loreto Network Day and expressed the view that it had been a very worthwhile event.

School Planning and Self-Evaluation

The Board was informed of ongoing work in relation to a review of mobile phone policy.

Principal’s Report

Mr. O’ Shea made mention of the following in his report to the Board:

  • A forthcoming general meeting with parents on 13 March to update them on educational developments both within the school and nationally and to pave the way towards increased parental involvement in the school
  • The recent meeting with DES officials and post-primary principals to discuss school places in Wexford Town
  • Forthcoming events – mock results, orals, practicals

Any other business

The school’s involvement in the Just One Life Road Safety Programme was discussed.

The Board discussed the contents of its Agreed Report to be placed on the school website by Mr. O’ Shea.

The next meeting of the Board was fixed for Thursday, 30 March 2017 at 4.30 p.m. in the school.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017


Agreed Report of Board of Management meeting

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Attendance

Mr. Cummins, Ms. Foley, Sr. Helen. Mr. Clancy, Mr. MacGonagle, Ms. O’ Donoghue, Ms. Huelswitt and Mr. Quigley.

As Secretary to the Board, Mr. O’ Shea also attended.

Minutes

The minutes of the last two meeting (7 December 2016) were adopted following the proposal of Mr. Cummins, seconded by Mr. Quigley.

Capital Development 

Mr. O’ Shea reported that the building of the new school was progressing very well and that work was on schedule. A further site meeting is expected in February.

Report from Finance Sub-Committee

The Board reviewed the Income and Expenditure A/c from 1 September 2016 to 10 January 2017.

School Improvement Plan, 2016 to 2020

The Board considered and formally approved the School Improvement Plan, 2016 to 2020. Board members thanked all those who had contributed to this work and asked that the different groupings be acknowledged in the plan.

JMB training for Boards of Management

Members who attended the recent training updated the meeting on the key points covered at the training day.

Principal’s Report

Mr. O’ Shea made mention of the following in his report to the Board:

  • The forthcoming ASTI ballot
  • The recent work of the Academic Council
  • The successful completion of Christmas events
  • Forthcoming talks for students and parents on subject choice
  • The introduction of a 42 period week from September 2017 following agreement with all stakeholders
  • The appointment of a second Deputy Principal from September 2017

Any other business

Mr. Cummins updated the meeting on recent successes by school camogie, football and hockey teams. The Board expressed its gratitude and congratulations to all involved.

The Board discussed the contents of its Agreed Report to be placed on the school website by Mr. O’ Shea.

The next meeting of the Board was fixed for Thursday, 2 March 2017 at 4.30 p.m. in the school.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017


Agreed Report of Board of Management meeting

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Attendance

Mr. Cummins, Ms. Foley, Sr. Helen. Mr. Clancy, Mr. MacGonagle, Ms. O’ Donoghue, Ms. Huelswitt and Mr. Quigley.

As Secretary to the Board, Mr. O’ Shea also attended.

Minutes

The minutes of the last two meetings (25 and 28 October 2016) were adopted following the proposal of Mr. Cummins, seconded by Ms. Foley.

1st year enrolment, September 2017

The Board considered matters relating to the admission of students into 1st year, September 2017.

Report from Finance Sub-Committee

The Board formally authorised the signing of the auditor’s report for 2015/2016 by Mr. MacGonagle and Sr. Helen.

Principal’s Report

Mr. O’ Shea made mention of the following in his report to the Board:

  • The ongoing ASTI/DES dispute
  • Progress on the new school building
  • The Droichead programme for newly-qualified teachers
  • The imminent completion of the School Plan, 2016 – 2010
  • The presentation of Academic Awards on Monday, 19 December at 6.00 p.m.

Any other business

The Board discussed the contents of its Agreed Report to be placed on the school website by Mr. O’ Shea.

It was agreed to discuss recent JMB training for Boards of Management at the next meeting.

The next meeting of the Board was fixed for Thursday, 12 January 2017 at 4.30 p.m. in the school.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Thursday, 15 December 2016


Click here to download the Board of Management Annual Report 2015/2016


Agreed Report of Board of Management meeting

Friday, 28 October 2016

Attendance

Mr. Cummins, Ms. Foley, Sr. Helen. Mr. Clancy, Mr. MacGonagle, Ms. O’ Donoghue, Ms. Huelswitt and Mr. Quigley.

As Secretary to the Board, Mr. O’ Shea also attended.

Industrial Relations Update 

The Board considered the current industrial dispute between the ASTI and DES.

The Board decided that, in the absence of supervision and substitution cover, the school would open to staff only on Monday, 7 November 2016. Mr. O’ Shea was asked to convey this information to both families and staff.

It was further decided to advertise among parents for the positions of supervisor as contained in JMB/DES contingency planning.

DES Circular 71/2016 was brought to the Board’s attention.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Thursday, 10 November 2016


Agreed Report of Board of Management meeting

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Attendance

Mr. Cummins, Ms. Foley, Sr. Helen. Mr. Clancy, Mr. MacGonagle, Ms. O’ Donoghue, Ms. Huelswitt and Mr. Quigley.

As Secretary to the Board, Mr. O’ Shea also attended.

Sr. Helen welcomed the new teacher nominee to the Board, Ms. O’ Donoghue.

1st year places, September 2017

In accordance with its Admission Policy, the Board allocated places for 1st year, September 2017. A waiting list for places was also drawn up.

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (12 October 2016) were adopted following the proposal of Mr. Mac Gonagle, seconded by Ms. Foley.

Board of Management Annual Report to the school community

This report was formally approved by the Board for publication by Mr. O’ Shea on the school website.

Industrial Relations Update

The Board considered the current industrial dispute between the ASTI and DES.

In relation to the withdrawal of ASTI members from supervision and substitution duties, the Board felt that the common approach being adopted by the four secondary schools in Wexford Town was wise. It was decided to issue a letter to families to update them on the current situation. It was felt that no decision could be taken at this meeting in relation to the opening of the school on Monday, 7 November 2016 as developments at national level would have to be awaited.

The Board decided to postpone the staff meeting scheduled for school hours on Thursday, 10 November 2016 so as not to cause any further disruption to teaching and learning time.

Principal’s Report

Mr. O’ Shea made mention of the following in his report to the Board:

  • The ongoing work of the School Planning Group
  • Continuing progress on the building of the new school

Any other business

The Board discussed the contents of its Agreed Report to be placed on the school website by Mr. O’ Shea.

It was agreed that the Board might have to meet at short notice later in the week to discuss the industrial relations situation.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Thursday, 10 November 2016.


Agreed Report of Board of Management meeting 

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Attendance

Mr. Cummins, Ms. Foley, Sr. Helen. Mr. Clancy, Mr. MacGonagle and Mr. Quigley.

Apologies were received from Ms. Shannon and Ms.Huelswitt.

As Secretary to the Board, Mr. O’ Shea also attended.

Health and Safety

The meeting was addressed by the school’s Health and Safety Manager, Derek Madden, who outlined the new procedures for the notification to the school and then to the staff of student medical conditions. He indicated that he would further advise the Board of training that certain school personnel would have to undertake to cater safely for these medical conditions.

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (5 September 2016) were adopted following the proposal of Mr. Cummins, seconded by Sr. Helen.

New School

Mr. O’ Shea informed the Board that an application had been made by him to the DES for temporary accommodation in the form of two general classrooms to cover the period from August to November 2017 when 750 students would be based on Spawell Road prior to the move to Pembroke Hill.

It was reported that the building of the new school was progressing well.

Report from Finance Sub-Committee

Mr. O’ Shea, on behalf of the Finance Sub-Committee, presented the Board with an Income and Expenditure Statement from 1 September 2016 to 11 October 2016 in the new SAGE format.

The Board was informed of the completion of the annual audit, the report of which would be considered shortly by the Finance Sub-Committee.

150th Anniversary events

The Board reflected with considerable joy on the success of the recent 150th anniversary celebrations. Members felt that the celebrations created a great sense of Loreto identity and awareness. The Board thanked everyone who helped make the anniversary such a meaningful and enjoyable event.

School Planning

The Board was informed that the School Planning Group was presently discussing issues relating to the move to the new school. It was also reported that surveys of parents, students and staff had been completed as part of the SSE process and that a School Plan for the period 2016 to 2020 was being drafted.

Principal’s Report

Mr. O’ Shea made mention of the following in his report to the Board:

  • A series of recent Guidance events – mock interviews, study skills seminars and Going to College Talk
  • The current ASTI situation
  • The 1st year enrolment process

Any other business

The Board discussed the contents of its Agreed Report to be placed on the school website by Mr. O’ Shea.

The next meeting of the Board was fixed for Tuesday, 25 October 2016 at 4.30 p.m. in the school.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016.


Agreed Report of Board of Management meeting

Monday, 5 September 2016

Attendance

Mr. Cummins, Ms. Foley, Ms. Shannon and Sr. Helen.

Apologies were received from Mr. Clancy, Mr. MacGonagle, Mr. Quigley and Ms.Huelswitt.

As Secretary to the Board, Mr. O’ Shea also attended.

Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting (24 May 2016) were adopted following the proposal of Mr. Cummins, seconded by Ms. Foley.

New School

Mr. O’ Shea informed the Board that, following financial close on 21 July 2016, building of the new school was now well underway. He informed the Board of a meeting with NDFA officials on 4 August 2016 at which details of the building programme were outlined. He advised the Board that a further meeting would be held in the DES offices in Tullamore on 15 September 2016.

Following discussion, the Board affirmed its intention to move into the new school as soon as it was ready in November 2017 and that all advance enrolment, timetable and curricular planning would be consistent with that aim.

Report from Finance Sub-Committee

Mr. O’ Shea, on behalf of the Finance Sub-Committee, presented the Board with an Income and Expenditure Statement from 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2016.

The Board formally ratified the budget for 2016/2017 as drafted by the Finance Sub-Committee.

150th Anniversary events

Board members discussed the wide range of activities for the upcoming 150th anniversary celebrations and agreed to attend as many events as possible.

School Planning

The Board agreed that the following areas of school policy would be reviewed in the course of the 2016/2017 school year:

2016/2017 1. School self-evaluation and improvement plan – implementation
  2. WSE-MLL Report – implementation
  3. Literacy and Numeracy – implementation
  4. Child Protection Policy
  5. Anti-Bullying Policy
  6. Internet Acceptable Use Policy
  7. ICT Policy
  8. In-School Management
  9. Admission Policy
  10. Curriculum – Junior Certificate reform
  11. Whisleblower Policy
  12. Data Protection
  13. Code of Behaviour

 

School Insurance

The Board reviewed its level of insurance cover.

Principal’s Report

Mr. O’ Shea made mention of the following in his report to the Board:

  • Report on commencement of the new school year
  • National backdrop – ASTI directives, threatened industrial action
  • German exchange 14-21 September
  • Derek Madden, Health and Safety Manager – Individual Healthcare Plans being prepared for certain students

Any other business

The Board discussed the contents of its Agreed Report to be placed on the school website by Mr. O’ Shea.

The next meeting of the Board was fixed for Wednesday, 12 October 2016 at 4.30 p.m. in the school.

 

Billy O’ Shea,

Secretary to Board of Management.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016.