Agreed Report from BoM

Agreed Report Board of Management Meeting – 9th December 2021

A Board meeting took place via zoom on Thursday 9th December 2021 at 7:30pm

The meeting was opened by Chairperson Kevin McCarthy.

Minutes of the previous meeting were proposed and seconded.


Principals Report

Principals Report was presented. It included the details of enrolment, staffing, Covid 19, curriculum, ethos, extracurricular and fundraising. See some of the following details from the report.   

We returned to school from the mid-term break on Monday 1st November. 

Enrolment

3 new pupils started in Cappoquin on Tuesday 2nd November, Umar Ashraf enrolled in Junior Infants, Aishah Ashraf in Senior Infants and Ahsaan Ashraf in First Class. 

Staffing

Following interviews Ms Hannah Houlihan has been appointed to cover the 5th Class maternity leave.

Covid 19

We have had a number of Covid cases amongst our school population in recent weeks. New guidelines came into effect last Monday week where parents are entitled to apply for free antigen tests should their child be in the same pod as a positive case.  Guidelines on wearing masks for 3rd to 6th Class pupils came into effect on Tuesday 30th November.  Compliance in Cappoquin Primary School to date has been excellent. 

A deep clean of the school was carried out on the weekend of 26th to 28th November. 

Storm Barra

The school was closed on Tuesday 7th December and Wednesday 8th December due to Storm Barra. 

Curriculum

PLC – Primary Language Curriculum

On Monday 15th November there was no school for the children as the teaching staff had in-service training on the primary language curriculum.  For the first hour and a half the staff engaged in an online webinar. Then Elizabeth O’Brien from the PDST (Professional Development Service for Teachers) came into the school for the rest of the day to work with the staff on the primary language curriculum, with a particular focus on the writing genres in English.

Literacy Lift Off

Literacy Lift Off is now taking place in Second Class on a daily basis for a six-week period.  Literacy Lift Off is an intervention that gives children lots of opportunities to read books at their own level of competency and gradually lift the complexity of what they can do in both reading and writing.  During Literacy Lift Off we increase the number of adults in the classroom to work with the children in smaller groups especially in relation to reading. Thanks to Mrs Price for organising Literacy Lift Off.

 

Music

Mrs Veale has set up a choir group comprising of children from 4th to 6th class for the Peace Proms.  Obviously we have not brought the choir group together as of yet because we are not allowed to mix the class groupings.  It will more than likely depend on the Covid numbers in early 2022 as to whether the Peace Proms will proceed or not. 

SESE (Social Enviromental & Scientific Education)

Heritage in School specialist Elaine Garde will visit the school again on Tuesday 14th December for a Heritage in Schools lesson. This time Elaine will work the pupils from Junior Infants to second class   

Sustainable Use of Water

On Friday 12th November, an officer from Irish water Catherine Seale met with Kevin McCarthy at Cappoquin/Affane GAA Club.   That morning Catherine did a walk and talk at the GAA grounds with two of our classes, 5th and 6th class, the talk focused on sustainable use of water.   

History

For the past few years Ireland has been commemorating the centenary of a number of hugely significant events from our history.  The centenary of the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty was on Tuesday 7th December.  Recently 6th class pupils have been working on projects based key events from early 20th century Ireland.

Seachtain na hEolaíochta

Science Week Ireland took place from 7th to 14th November.  There pupils and teachers were very active carrying out science experiments and investigations during the week. 

Art – Cappoquin Library

Cappoquin Library are currently a coluring competition for the pupils in our school.  

Ethos

On Monday 1st November 4th class pupils, Mrs Scanlan, Mr Casey and Mr Delaney all attended Mass for All Saints Day in Cappoquin. Later in November Mr Casey organised a prayer service over the intercom to remember all our deceased relatives and friends.  Well done to the 6th class pupils who read out so well over the intercom.   6th Class pupils along with Mrs Veale and Mr Casey attended First Friday Mass on Friday 3rd December.  Thanks to Mary Casey, James Casey and some of the 6th class pupils for putting up the crib and the Advent Wreaths as well as the Christmas tree and other decorations in preparation for Christmas.

 

Sport

Gaelic Games

Thanks to Cappoquin/Affane GAA Club for enabling the school to set up gaelic games coaching for all classes on a weekly basis.  John Twomey coaches each class in the school once a week and the club help to provide cover for John while he is coaching.  During November and December John is coaching Gaelic Football.  John will coach hurling from February onwards. 

Thanks also to Cappoquin Camogie Club who are currently in the process of sourcing equipment for the school such as indoor hurleys and sliotars.  While mentioning the camogie club congratulations to Patricia McCarthy who received an award virtually from the Federation of Irish Sport Volunteers in Sport Awards ceremony last night, Wednesday 8th December, in recognition for her years of dedicated volunteer work with Cappoquin Camogie Club.

In 1998, upon realising there was no sports club for her daughter to join, Tricia McCarthy, with her friend Gina McGrath, set up Cappoquin Camogie Club. Since then, Tricia has been an influential force behind the club’s success. 

Soccer-Futsal

Futsal in the Yard in Cappoquin Primary School. As mentioned previously a number of FAI coaches came to the school in September and coached the Futsal programme to our 3rd and 4th class children.  Then in November Michael Looby and another coach came back to take the 2 classes for a follow up session.  Michael also presented new futsals to the school.  The teachers will continue with the program in January. Also a huge thank you to the soccer club for giving the school so much access to the astro pitch.  

Tennis  Shelley Mernin from Dungarvan Tennis Club is coaching tennis on a weekly basis to all classes for six weeks.  We postponed today’s lessons to tomorrow due to the wet weather.   The feedback from the children to date is very positive about the tennis.  Again it is brilliant to have the use of Cappoquin Railway Football club’s astro pitch for the tennis. 

Cycle Right

The pupils in 5th class are currently participating in the Cycle Right program with Donal Jacob and Ollie every Wednesday morning for four weeks. 

Active Schools

For active schools we are focusing on the fundamental skill of dodging during December. 

Clothes Collection Fundraiser

We hosted a clothes collection on Monday 8th November.  1200 kg of clothes were collected.  We should be paid for this in December. 

Child protection – Principals Oversight Report

This report was presented by the Principal

Health and Safety

  • Weekly battery checks of the defibrillator are being carried out
  • Monthly checks on break glass units, fire extinguishers, emergency lighting and RCBOS are being carried

Sonny Landers checked on the school following Storm Barra to ensure that there was no physical damage anywhere. 

Substitute Teacher Appointment: Ms Hannah Houlihan was ratified as the teacher appointed to cover the 5th Class maternity position from January to the end of the school year. 

IT

It was agreed at the last BoM meeting that Martin could explore other options for providing broadband to the school and if necessary pay a private company for the next year or 2 while we wait for the NBI to come to Cappoquin.  Imagine engineers came in November and installed their system to connect up to the PDST Cisco router in the school.  The engineers told Martin that there is a download speed of over 50 Mbps download speed coming into the Imagine box, however, the current Cisco box can’t cater for this speed and that there is only 18 Mbps download speed coming through to the school from the Cisco box.  He told me to get back in contact with PDST that they are providing new boxes with greater capacity.   There hasn’t been any significant improvement to the wifi in the school as of yet, hopefully the new Cisco box will change that scenario and possibly by January that there will be good enough broadband in the school to cater for our proposed IT purchases.  

Mrs Scanlan and Ms Houlihan are currently in the process of setting up a school facebook page.  Mary Casey is sending out permission slips through Aladdin to the parents to allow photos of their children be put up on the new Facebook page.  The Facebook page will be used a promoter of Fundraising in 2022. 

 

Fundraising and Parents Association

Tom Kelleher has agreed to allow the school to run the Super Valu raffle again this Christmas. The Parents Association are organising a rota of ticket sellers, traditionally they sold from inside the shop but obviously with Covid we will need to sell tickets from outside.  We will avoid Saturday week 18th December as the Fire Brigrade are having their traditional fundraiser on that date.  The school will actually be one of the beneficiaries from the Fire Brigrade fundraiser as well. 

The 6th Class are organising a small mini-sale of work in the school next Wednesday 15th December. 

Finance

Financial Report was presented by Treasurer

Plans and Policies

The Code of Behaviour was ratified and adopted.  Some discussion took place on the Anti-Bullying policy and further work is needed on this policy before the next BoM meeting. 

Votes of sympathy Vote to Sympathy was passed to family of Marie Morrissey following her recent passing. 

Agreed Report Board of Management Meeting – Thursday 14th October 2021

A Board meeting took place in the school on Thursday 14th October 2021 at 7:30pm

The meeting was opened by Chairperson Kevin McCarthy. Fr Gear led the opening prayer for the meeting.

 

Minutes of the previous meeting were read, proposed and seconded.

 

Principals Report

Principals Report was presented. It included the details of enrolment, staffing, school maintenance, curriculum, ethos, extracurricular and fundraising. See some of the following details from the report. 

The staff officially returned to school on Wednesday 25th August.  All the children returned to school on Thursday 26th August.

Enrolment

We have an enrolment of 196 pupils for the 2021/22 school year. There are twenty-five new students in Junior Infants, one of these Junior Infants joined us from another school in mid-September. We also have one new student in Second Class and one new student in Fourth Class.

 

Staffing

  • Teachers- 14

We welcome back Ms Laura Roche to Senior Infants following her maternity leave.   Ms Hannah Houlihan was teaching with us for most of last year and is currently back in BGS covering for Ms Aisling Fennell. 

Principal

Martin Delaney

Deputy Principal

James Casey

Special Education Teachers

 

 

 

James Casey

Caroline Price

Aisling Fennell (Hannah Houlihan – covering for first term)

 

 

 

 

Le Chéile Class 1

Le Chéile Class 2

 

Caoimhe Ní Chuirrín

Louise Lyons

Junior Infants

Leonie O’Brien

Senior Infants

Laura Roche

1st Class

Máire Kearney

2nd Class

Eilish Curran

3rd Class

Jenny Kiely

4th Class

 

Susan Amy Scanlan

5th Class

Mary Cora Roche

6th Class

Mairéad Veale

Special Needs Assistants

Olivia O’Daly, Deirdre Cahill, Therese Walsh, Mary O’Brien, Deirdre Buckley, Cathy Halley, John Twomey, Aileen Buckley, Jamie Corcoran and Jacinta Casey.

Bus Escorts

5

School Secretary

Mary Casey

School Maintenance

Mary Flynn, Lois Crotty &  Janice Barry

  • SNAs – 9

Welcome to Jamie Corcoran who is working as an SNA in Le Chéile 2, Jamie had subbed numerous days in the school over the last couple of years.   Welcome also to Jacinta Casey, who is covering for Deirdre Cahill. 

  • Bus Escorts -5

Maintenance

Mary Flynn painted the staffroom and the main entrance inside the school along with 2 classrooms during the summer months.  We send get well wishes to Mary who was in hospital recently. 

Ethos

Two Confirmation ceremonies for our former 6th Class pupils were celebrated in St. Mary’s Church Cappoquin on Friday 27th August.  Thank you to Fr Gear for celebrating the ceremonies and thanks to Mrs Veale for preparing the class during the last school year for Confirmation.  Mr Casey was also very much involved throughout the year organising Masses and a retreat for the class. Well done to all the children and best wishes to them as they begin the next stage of their education journey at post primary level.

First Holy Communion finally took place for our now 3rd Class pupils in St. Mary’s Church Cappoquin on Saturday 4th September.  Due to Covid restrictions the class were split in half and we had two Masses on the day.  The first one took place at 10 a.m. and the second one took place at 11.15 am.  The children were superb on the day and well done to all of them.  Thank you to Fr Gear and Fr Butler for co-celebrating the Masses.  Thanks to Mrs Curran and Mary Guiry for preparing the class during the last year for First Holy Communion.  Mr Casey also accompanied the class on a number of occasions for their practice sessions in the church.

As we were unable to have an Opening Year Mass with the whole school, Fr Gear came to the school on Wednesday 29th September to celebrate Mass with 5th Class. Thanks to Mr Casey and Fr Gear for organising the Mass. 

Curriculum

PLC – Primary Language Curriculum

The new PLC (Primary Language Curriculum) for English agus Gaeilge continues to be implemented in our school and in schools throughout the country.   The Department of Education had paused its engagement with schools on the PLC over much of the last 18 months due to Covid.  However, towards the end of the summer term the Department began to re-engage with schools remotely in relation to the PLC.  Now for the 2021/2022 school year the Department through the PDST are providing support and in-service to teachers in order to continue to implement the curriculum.  Part of this support requires half day closures for schools during this and the next school year.  Rather than using two half days before Christmas we will combine the webinar training and in-service PDST support to close the school to the pupils for a full day on Monday November 15th.  So there will be no school for the pupils on this date.  Apologies in advance for any inconveniences that this causes to parents.  I know this is not ideal following on from the past 18 months of Covid 19.     

 

Literacy Lift Off

Literacy Lift Off is taking place in First Class on a daily basis for a six-week period.  Literacy Lift Off is an intervention that gives children lots of opportunities to read books at their own level of competency and gradually lift the complexity of what they can do in both reading and writing.  During Literacy Lift Off we increase the number of adults in the classroom to work with the children in smaller groups especially in relation to reading. When Literacy Lift Off is finished in First Class we will start it with Second Class in November.  Thanks to Mrs Price for organising Literacy Lift Off and thank you to Ms Christine Collender for helping out. 

 

Author

Irish Author Dave Rudden held an online zoom call with 4th, 5th and 6th Classes on Tuesday 5th October to talk about his books and about being an author.  Many of the students said that they found Dave to be engaging and funny.  Thanks to Waterford Libraries for organising the talk with Dave. 

 

Summer Stars

Well done to the pupils from Bunscoil Gleann who participated in the Summer Stars reading programme in Cappoquin and Dungarvan Libraries. Sheilia Curtin sent the certificates to the school recently and we will present the children with their medals and certificates before the mid-term break.

 

 

Maths

Maths Week Ireland will take place from 16th to 24th October. 

 

 

Music

Three musicians from the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival come to play for 6th Class in the hall in September. There was a violin player, a viola player and a cello player.  It was really cool to see instruments that all looked the same but with one bigger than the other and the different sounds that they made individually. The musicians demonstrated how to change the mood of a piece of music by changing just one note, this was very impressive. All three musicians were really funny and talented and the 6th class pupils truly enjoyed the session.

Mrs Veale is also looking into the details of the Peace Proms for 2021-2022 school year so we hope to have the school choir back up and running after the mid-term all going well and if restrictions allow. 

 

SESE (Social Enviromental & Scientific Education)

Elaine Garde visited the school on Monday 11th October for a Heritage in Schools lesson with 3rd and 5th class pupils.   Elaine returned on Thursday 14th October to do the same lesson with 4th and 6th classes.  Elaine focused on the Celtic year, ogham stones and the bio-diversity in our environment. 

Science Week Ireland is from 7th to 14th November.  There will be plenty of science activities during the week and we will be encouraging the children to carry out their own investigations and experiments as well.  As part of Science Week Mrs Curran has also booked Lismore Heritage Mobile Science to do workshops with all the classes in the school on Wednesday November 10th. Cost is €4 per child, Mary Casey will send the notice out on Aladdin to collect the €4 along with €10 for tennis.

 

 

PE,  Sport  and Extracurricular

Futsal

Futsal in the Yard in Cappoquin Primary School

A new initiative for primary schools called Futsal in the yard is being set up by the FAI.  Some of the coaching videos for the programme were recorded here on our school yard with our 3rd and 4th classes.  A number of FAI coaches came to the school in September and coached the programme to our 3rd and 4th class children.

 

GAA

Gaelic Football Tuesday 12th and Tuesday 19th October with Barry Dunne for half the classes on the yard and CP & Snoopy take the four senior classes classes on the field.  Congratulations to Robyn and Bonnie Mclaughlin on winning the under 12 Ladies Football Championship with Shamrocks in September.  Well done to our current pupils from 5th and 6th class who were on the Affane under 13 panel that reached the under 13 County Final recently. Affane lost the final but it was a great achievement to get there. Billy Buckley, Paul Coughlan, Kevin Hennessy, Micheál O Gorman, Donnchadh Stapleton, Conor Whelan and Jay Sheehan were all members of the panel.  A number of our past pupils were also involved. 

Tennis  Shelley Mernin from Dungarvan Tennis Club will be coming into the school for 6 weeks of tennis coaching for all classes on Thursdays after the mid-term.  Cost will be €10 per child for the 6 weeks.  Shelley will start on Thursday 4th November. 

 

Bike Week

National Bike Week ran from September 12th to 18th this year. To celebrate this in the school the Junior and Senior Infants had the loan of 13 balance bikes for two weeks. The children in both classes had great fun and got plenty of exercise using the bikes regularly over the two weeks.

 

Swimming

We have not booked any swimming lessons for any class this year due to Covid 19.

 

Active Schools

Fundamental movement skills for October is running for the Junior Infants and striking with the hand or dribbling for Senior Infants to 6th Class. 

Movement breaks throughout the day.

 

 

Parents Association

The committee members of the Parents Association/Council held a meeting with Mr Delaney in the school on Tuesday 5th October.  Fundraising ideas and upcoming events were amongst the issues discussed, which we will come to later in the meeting. It was also agreed that going forward 3 to 4 years is long enough to serve on the committee.  We will be adding new members to the committee from Junior and Senior Infants in the coming weeks. 

 

 

Damage to School Property & Trespassing

Unfortunately, there was damage done to our school roof in September when teenagers climbed up on the roof and broke some slates. The damage cost the school almost €300.  The teenagers were caught on CCTV and the Gardaí have spoken to the teenagers involved and to their parents.  Thanks to our neighbours who called the Gardaí that evening.   During the summer and through September there have been teenagers and some children trespassing on the school grounds after school.  We request that parents ensure that the children do not trespass on the school grounds nor use the school as a short cut.  We ask parents who live near the school to continue to phone the Gardaí if they see people on the school grounds illegally.  Please be especially vigilant during the mid-term break.

 

Photographs

Billy Whyte took school photographs on Wednesday 15th September.

Thanks to Mary McGrath for taking photos at the First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies.  Mary also took photos of the Junior Infants at the start of the school year. 

 

Clothes Collection Fundraiser

We will host a clothes collection on Monday 8th November.  Please see the following details. Cash for Clobber from Cookstown Textile Recyclers.

 

Child protection – Principals Oversight Report

This report was presented by the Principal

 

Health and Safety

  • A fire drill was carried out on Tuesday 28th September 2021
  • School defibrillator battery was replaced and weekly battery checks of the defibrillator are being carried out. A spare set of pads were also purchased.
  • Monthly checks on break glass units, fire extinguishers, emergency lighting and RCBOS are being carried out and James Casey tested all them on Monday 15th March. (Guardian Fire Service carried out a service of fire alarm system with James Casey present on Wednesday 17th February.
  • First Aid supplies have been purchased
  • The fire extinguishers are being serviced during the mid-term break.

Staff training on managing diabetes type 1 training took place after school on Wednesday 15th September.  All the staff will have First Aid and Defibrillator training after school on Monday 8th November. 

 

 

Appeal

School formally received clarification for the year and all posts to remain the same.

 

IT

Martin is anxious to purchase the following: –

  • Tablets for Junior & Senior Infants
  • Lap Tops for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Class
  • Chrome Books 4th, 5th & 6th Class
  • 2 new whiteboards needed or 2 projectors.
  • One teachers lap top needs to be replaced.

Martin phoned NBI in relation to Broadband and he was told June 2023 the school had a date for fibre rollout.

 

Finance

Financial Report was presented by Martin

 

A.O.B.

No Sale of Work

 

Vote of Sympathy

Vote to Sympathy was passed to the family of Patrick (Patsy)

 O’Brien following his recent passing. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Agreed Report Board of Management Meeting – 7th July 2021

A Board meeting took place in the school on Wednesday 7th July 2021 at 7:30pm

The meeting was opened by Chairperson Kevin McCarthy. Fr Gear led the opening prayer for the meeting.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read, proposed and seconded.

 

Principals Report

Principals Report was presented. It included the details of enrolment, staffing, curriculum, The Summer Provision Programme, ethos, extracurricular and fundraising. See some of the following details from the report. 

Return to School for Term 3

All the children and staff returned to school following the Easter break on Monday 12th April. We welcomed one new pupil to the school on that day, Arthur Meyer started in 4th class.

We had a very busy but enjoyable third term in Bunscoil Gleann Sidheáin.  Thankfully there was no home schooling during the term.  All the children and teachers worked hard throughout April, May and June.  It wasn’t all work especially as we reached the end of May and headed into June.  

Enrolment

On March 24th, the day of our last Board meeting we had just received the staffing schedule for 2021/2022 school year and the retention number for 8 mainstream class teachers is 196(down from a 200 retention figure a year ago.)  As stated that evening our enrolment as of 30th September 2020 was 3 short as we had 193 pupils on POD.  During April we worked hard on filling in an appeal form and we actually sent two forms in to the Department in the end. Our main appeal was based on 3 new pupils enrolling in the school during March and April. Thankfully and to the great relief of all involved in the school the appeal was successful but there is a provision in that. We must have a minimum of 196 pupils on our roll by September 30th 2021, otherwise the post will be rescinded in October and we’ll have to split classes. 

Staffing

Ms Emma O Neill subbed in 5th Class for the last term and got on great.  A huge thank you to Ms Hannah Houlihan for all her hard work as a teacher in the school during the year.  Ms Houlihan covered Ms Laura Roche’s maternity leave in Senior Infants from December to the summer holidays. Hannah is also working in our summer provision programme for the children in Le Chéile during July. Ms Lisa Collins was in for Aisling Fennell this year in the SET cluster roll and congratulations to Lisa on recently securing a permanent teaching position in Cariglea NS. We wish Lisa well with her appointment and are grateful to her for all she brought to Cappoquin this year.

Thanks to Jamie Corcoran who subbed as SNA for the last term, Jamie was mostly with 5th class but he also covered days in Le Chéile 2.  Jamie is also working as an SNA with Le Chéile 2 for summer provision.

We wish Mary Guiry well on her retirement after 17 years in Cappoquin.  On Thursday 17th June James Casey made a presentation to Mary on behalf of the staff and I made a presentation to Mary on behalf of the BoM. 

Curriculum

Standardised Testing

Almost every child in the mainstream classes completed standardised tests in numeracy, literacy and spelling in late May and early June.  The results of the tests were added in to the report cards, which were released to parents on Aladdin in June. 

PLC

Any in-service and training for the Primary Language Curriculum was paused during the current school year. However, it is the intention of the Department of Education to have further training and support for the Language Curriculum available to schools during the 2021-2022 school year.  From this end Elizabeth O’Brien from the PDST contacted the school with a view to starting back up the sustained support programme which had originally begun with Bríd during 2019/2020 school year.  In June Elizabeth held 2 zoom calls with the teaching staff.  Elizabeth will come back to us at the start of the school year with further support through zoom calls and visits to the school (Covid permitting.)

Summer Provision

Our students in Le Chéile have summer provision in the school for the month of July.  

Ethos

Fr Arthure

Fr Arthure who played such a prominent and leading role in the foundation and establishment of Bunscoil Gleann Sidheáin passed away in April.  Fr Arthure was very much involved in school life here up until recent times and only retired as a member of the BoM in the past year.  Obviously members of the school community were anxious that the school could play some part in Fr Arthure’s funeral, which was obviously more difficult with Covid restrictions.  Kevin McCarthy and James Casey, on behalf of the school, attended the rosary in the funeral home on Wednesday evening 28th April.  Many past and previous staff members along with many families from the school lined the streets in Cappoquin to pay their respects for the removal on Thursday 29th April.  Then on Friday 30th April Fr Arthure’s funeral cortege stopped outside the school gates and the children from 1st to 6th classes sang ‘I have a dream’ accompanied by the piano played by our former Principal, Mrs Bríd Duggan.  Fr Arthure’s had previously stated that it was his wish that he would the school choir to sing this song at his funeral.  Fr Arthure’s niece, Audrey Arthure, later contacted us to thank the school for this and she even organised cakes and buns from Barron’s for every pupil and staff member.

First Holy Communion and Confirmation

In preparation for Confirmation the 6th Class pupils had a retreat with the Holy Family Mission on Tuesday 18th May. The feedback from the class afterwards was very positive about the day.   Well done to our second class pupils who made their First Confession on Tuesday evening 1st June with Fr Gear and Fr Butler.  The boys and girls were terrific.  Thanks to Mrs Curran and Mary Guiry for all their work in preparing the children for First Confession.  Confirmation was due to take place on Friday 9th July and First Holy Communion was due to take place on Saturday 10th July.  To the disappointment of all concerned they are now postponed until the autumn. 

 

 

Extracurricular

School Tours

Unfortunately, the traditional school tour wasn’t possible for most classes.  However, both 4th and 5th classes enjoyed historical walking tours of Cappoquin with Kevin McCarthy on separate days.  After their tours each class had a picnic in the GAA field. 5th Class had their tour on Thursday 3rd June and 4th Class had theirs on Tuesday 15th June. Thanks to Kevin for guiding both of those tours. 6th Class went on the Greenway on Friday 11th June, they started off in Durrow and finished in Clonea.  Thanks to Ms Veale for organising the tour and to Mrs Price for accompanying the class with Ms Veale on the day.  

 

Sport – Hurling

All the classes had hurling every week during the term.  Thanks to our four fantastic coaches, James Lacey, Shane Coughlan, Conor Prendergast and Patrick Morrissey, from Cappoquin/Affane GAA Club. We finished with class blitzes on the last day of hurling, which was on Thursday 17th June.  Thanks very much to Barnados who along with GAA provided us with 4 free places at the upcoming Cúl Camp in Cappoquin.

Soccer

Many of the senior classes also got to go to the astro pitch in the soccer club on a few occasions during June to play soccer in their class grouping.

Sports Day and Active Schools Week 

 Active Schools Week took place from Tuesday 8th June to Friday 11th.  Thanks to Ms Lyons and 6th Class pupils for organising the timetable for Active Schools Week. There was a wide range of activities throughout the week and every class had Zumba in the hall on Tuesday 8th June.   Sports Day was originally pencilled in for Wednesday 9th June, however due to the weather it was postponed to Monday 14th June and it was a terrific day in every sense as we were blessed with the weather.  There were bouncy castles and everyone was thrilled to hear the sound of the ice-cream van coming into the school.  Our Active Schools Flag was recently renewed and Irish international soccer player Jason Molumby was on hand on Friday 18th June to present the flag to Ms Lyons.  Thanks to Ms Louise Lyons and her Active Schools teams for all their great work in ensuring the flag was renewed.  A huge thank you to our local soccer club Cappoquin Railway Football Club for making their facilities so regularly during the last term.  For active schools we were also focusing on the fundamental skill of hitting and striking a ball/object during June. 

Fundraising

Cappoquin Camoigie Club also presented the school with a cheque for €1,576.56 in April following their fundraiser.  Thanks so much to the club for including us in their  fundraiser. 

IT

Our new website went live on Monday 12th April.

Wifi speed- broadband – fibre.  BoM members were informed at the last meeting that PDST (Professional Development Service for Teachers,) told the Principal that an upgrade to our wifi was  put out to mini- tender and the expectation that the tender would be awarded to a company and that work would take place after Easter. Then the PDST told me that there was a change to the plan and that all the wifi upgrades for schools was now to be covered by NBI (National Broadband Ireland.)  I requested that the PDST put pressure on NBI to get our upgrade sorted asap as this was dragging on way too long. I also contacted NBI and I was told that they are prioritising schools, however, they could not yet give me a definitive date but the person on the phone told me that sometime in the autumn.  My experience to date would leave me sceptical about an upgrade by the autumn. I will continue to apply pressure both on NBI and PDST. 

 

Child protection – Principals Oversight Report

This report was presented by the Principal

Health and Safety

  • A fire drill was carried out on Thursday 22nd April
  • Weekly battery checks of the defibrillator are being carried out
  • Monthly checks on break glass units, fire extinguishers, emergency lighting and RCBOS are being carried out and James Casey tested all them on Monday 15th March. (Guardian Fire Service carried out a service of fire alarm system with James Casey present on Wednesday 17th February.
  • First Aid supplies have been purchased.
  • Guardian Fire Service carried out a quarterly service of the fire alarm system.

Finance

Financial Report was presented by Treasurer

Votes of sympathy were expressed to the family of Fr Arthure on his passing in April and to the family of the late Vincent Begley, his daughter Phadrea is a member of our Parents Association.

Agreed Report Board of Management Meeting – 24th March 2021

A Board meeting took place via Zoom on Wednesday 24th March 2021 at 7:30pm

The meeting was opened by Chairperson Kevin McCarthy. Martin Delaney led the opening prayer for the meeting.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read, proposed and seconded.

Principals Report

Principals Report was presented. It included the details of the staggered return to school in line with the latest Covid 19 restrictions. The report also included details of staffing, enrolment, curriculum, IT, ethos, extracurricular and fundraising. See some of the following details from the report. 

 See some of the following details from the report.

Return to School   

The majority of pupils in Le Chéile 1 and Le Chéile 2 returned to school on Monday 22nd February.  It was very quiet around the school that week. Then the following Monday, 1st March pupils from Junior Infants to second Class returned to school along with their teachers.  Finally, on Monday March 15th pupils from third to sixth class returned to school.   It is great to have all the pupils back in school and obviously we all hope that schools can remain open for all the pupils for the rest of the year.  In general, the teachers have focused on just getting the children settled back to school and creating a good routine with them again. We agreed as a staff that there shouldn’t be a lot of homework as the children settled back into school.

On Thursday 4th March we celebrated World Book Day with the junior classes.  We kept it low key this year as the children had only returned to school the previous Monday.  For Seachtain Na Gaeilge we had a Lá Glas on Tuesday 16th March.  The children wore something green in and each class paraded around Slí na Sláinte in front of the rest of the school.  We have also introduced a Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine every Friday to encourage pupils to speak more Irish around the school.  

As the junior classes returned to school on March 1st WLR did a few different pieces on the return to school here in Cappoquin.  They played some of our children and their parents talking about returning to school after the closure on their news bulletins that morning.  They also had a news article along with photos and a video of some of the pupils in the school yard on their website.

To celebrate National Tree Week (21st to 27th March) each class went on an outing to Glenshelane.  Junior Infants to second class went to the woods on Tuesday 23rd March, then earlier today (Wednesday 24th March,) 3rd to 6th class and the two Le Chéile classes went to Glenshelane. Every class had a picnic there too.   The feedback from the children and teachers was very positive. Thanks to Mark Mason Financial Services for sponsoring costs associated with hiring the bus for the outings. 

On Friday 26th March we will announce the winners of our photo competition entitled ‘Nature’ which was run during February when the children were learning from home.  There will be two overall winners, one junior and one senior, who will both receive a €20 voucher for Easons. One winner from each class will be given an Easter Egg.  Thanks to the Cappoquin St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee for sponsoring the prizes. 

We welcomed two new pupils to the school on Tuesday 16th March, Alicia Stokes started in 5th class and Rico Stokes started in 4th class.

Ethos

James Casey suggested that we ask some of the 6th class pupils to read out prayers and reflections over the intercom on the day of the holidays as a means or marking Easter. 

Active Schools

For active schools we are focusing on the fundamental skill of jumping during March. 

Fundraising

Cappoquin Camoigie Club are running a fundraiser over the Easter holidays and they are kindly donating half of the proceeds to the school.  The club feel that there are a lot of connections between families in the school and the club.  The fundraiser is called ‘Run, Walk, Skate to 1998.’ They are aiming to clock up 1998 km over 4 days.

The camogie club also applied to the Sports Capital Grant Programme for funds for sports equipment.  They also included the school in that application.  The club haven’t heard back yet if they were successful in their application. Thanks to the club and to Elaine McCarthy for including the school in that application.

Cappoquin Affane GAA Club recently donated €500 to the school, proceeds from a quiz they ran in 2020.  Thank you to the GAA club for that donation.

Moss – Cleaning the roof of the school

During the last week of February there was very heavy rain and water was leaking in through the ceiling in the hall and in the PE equipment room.  We believe that the moss on the roof and in between the slates was the cause of the leaks.  Dave Mason and his team spent three days cleaning the roof and clearing the moss. Thanks to the soccer club for allowing us to use the astro pitch for break times for the junior classes on those days of Thursday 4th and Friday 5th March.

IT

Website –  We are going to let the new website go live on Monday 12th April. 

Wifi speed- broadband – fibre.  I had applied to Imagine for their free Broadband initiative for rural schools.  They got back to me to say that Cappoquin wasn’t covered in their schools initiative.  I had better news from the PDST (Professional Development Service for Teachers,) so an upgrade to our wifi was put out to mini-tender and that is where it is at presently.  The PDST would expect that once the tender is awarded, the upgrade should happen reasonably quickly after that. The wifi was really poor again when we returned to school especially in the Le Chéile section of the building.  Keith Dransfield came in and he improved the situation.

 

Child protection – Principals Oversight Report

This report was presented by the Principal

 

Health and Safety

  • Weekly battery checks of the defibrillator are being carried out
  • Monthly checks on break glass units, fire extinguishers, emergency lighting and RCBOS are being carried out and James Casey tested all them on Monday 15th March. (Guardian Fire Service carried out a service of fire alarm system with James Casey present on Wednesday 17th February.
  • First Aid supplies have been checked

Covid 19●Mary Flynn and Mary Casey monitor PPE supplies and resources for Covid 19 and Mary Casey orders when necessary.  We had to buy extra masks for return in February/March as more staff were to wear the medical grade masks.

  • Martin went back over cleaning checklist with cleaners on return to school.
  • The teachers are now sanstising the children’s desks each morning after the school boxes are removed from the tables.

Enrolment

A detailed discussion took place on enrolment in the school and the staffing schedule for 2021/2022 school year as a result of our enrolment figures for 2020/2021 school year. We were only three pupils short of retaining 8 classes across mainstream. An appeal will be made to the Department of Education to see if the school can retain the 8 classroom teachers in the mainstream setting.  Efforts will be made to contact local representatives about the possibility of new families moving to our catchment area and about potential future enrolments for the school.

 

Finance

Financial Report was presented by Treasurer

 

Policies.

The ASD Admissions Enrolment Policy was approved.

 

A vote of sympathy was expressed to the family of Mike Bennett on his recent passing.

Agreed Report Board of Management Meeting – 10th February 2021
​A Board meeting took place via Zoom on Wednesday 10th February 2021 at 7:30pm
The Chairperson, Kevin McCarthy, opened the meeting by welcoming everybody with a special welcome to Fr. Gear.  Fr. Gear replaces Fr Arthure as a patron nominee on the Board following Fr Arthure’s recent retirement.  Fr.Gear led the opening prayer for the meeting.
Minutes of the previous meeting were read, proposed and seconded.


Principals Report
Principals Report was presented. It included details of Covid 19 guidelines from the government and Department of Education. The report also included details on remote learning. See below for further information from the report. During the Christmas holidays it was first announced that there would be a three-day extension to the holiday period and schools would reopen on Monday January 11th.  Then on January 6th it was announced that schools would remain closed for mainstream pupils until February 1st and that remote learning would take place.  It was also announced that date the Special schools and special classes would re-open on January 11th along with leaving cert classes in post primary schools. However, a day later on January 7th this decision was reversed and an announcement was made that all schools for all pupils would remain closed and education would take place via remote earning for all pupils.  On January 7th a staff meeting via zoom was held with all the teachers.  We made plans and arrangements for our remote teaching to start the following week.  The teachers went into the school individually at different times between 7th and 9th January to organise books, resources and the children’s’ boxes. The teachers were going to teach remotely using the online platform Google Classroom and they agreed to copy everything onto Aladdin Connect for parents as a back-up.  We decided to use Aladdin Connect as well as a back-up to Google. Every family should have been guaranteed to receive the lessons from the teachers that way. Contact was made with parents to collect the boxes belonging to the children on Sunday 10th January.  Thanks to a number of SNAs who came into the school to help with this on the day.  Overall, the collection went well. On January 14th the government announced a phased return for children in special schools and a return to school for those in special classes in primary schools and children with significant additional needs in mainstream primary classes, beginning on Thursday 21 January. Then again on 19th of January this decision was reversed.  Also on morning of January 19th we had another staff meeting via zoom.  We planned for that expected opening on 21st January and we reviewed our online learning. Some of the classes were going to trial using zoom once a week to check in on the children.  After a few weeks every class trialled at least one zoom check in call with their class before our next staff meeting which was on Friday 5th February.  It was agreed at that meeting that all classes would have one live video call check in with their class every week except the week of the mid-term.  On February 1st the government informed that special classes in mainstream will re-open on Monday 22nd February. 
Child protection – Principals Oversight Report
This report was presented by the Principal


Health & Safety
An email was forwarded to all the BOM members prior to the meeting in relation to the final report from the Department Inspectorate on supporting the safe provision of schooling (Covid 19 Inspection.) In terms of Health & Safety there is no new report following on from the previous meeting as we were only physically in the school for four days since the last BOM meeting.
James Casey is going into the school on Thursday 3rd February to meet someone from Guardian Fire Service who will check and service our fire alarm system.  A number of different staff members have been in to check on the school building since Christmas.


Retirement Gift for Fr Arthure
The Chairperson purchased the gifts for Fr. Arthure’s retirement in Clonmel Garden Centre.  Fr. Arthure’s wish was to plant a tree in his honour on the school grounds.  A Mountain Ash was purchased to plant in the school as a memory to all ther service given by Fr Arthure to the school. 

Enrolment
Enrolment Forms were sent out to the pre-school and a discussion about school enrolment was held. 

Re-opening Le Chéile (22nd February)
The return to school of Le Chéile on Monday February 22nd  was discussed as was   the Supplementary Home Tuition Programme announced by the government recently.  Preparations are being made for the re-opening of Le Chéile on February 22nd and risk assessment will be reviewed to ensure the school is compliant with the latest Covid 19 guidelines.

Irish Water
The Principal is corresponding with Irish Water with the aim of ascertaining the possible cause/s for the school’s large water bill from last year.

IT –Remote teaching & Online Learning – Devices- Wifi 
There was a discussion on remote teaching and home school learning.  A small number of devices were lent out to families who requested them.

Financial Report
Financial Report was presented by Treasurer

Congratulations were extended to Ms. Laura Roche on the birth of baby Alex last week.

A vote of sympathy was expressed to the family of Tom Burke on his recent passing.

Conclusion
The Chairperson thanked all in the school community (parents and staff) for all their patience during this current time.

Agreed Report Board of Management Meeting – 16th December 2020

​A Board meeting took place via Zoom on Wednesday 16th December 2020 at 7:30p.m. The meeting was opened by Chairperson Kevin McCarthy.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read, proposed and seconded.

Correspondence

A thank you letter from Bríd Duggan to the Board was acknowledged. She thanked the Board most sincerely for their beautiful gifts to her to mark her retirement. Bríd also thanked the Board for their support for the last year since the current BoM was in situ.

A Christmas Card and donation of €200 from Mount Melleray to the school was acknowledged by the Board.

Principals Report

Principals Report was presented. It included details of staffing, curriculum, IT, ethos, extracurricular, sport and fundraising. See some of the following details from the report. 

Drama– Ms Roche and 5th Class were busy over the last few weeks rehearsing and practising for a play.  Towards the end of last week and all this week the class are performing the play each day and inviting a different class in to watch it.  The 5th class are really enjoying themselves and so are the classes who have gone to the hall to watch the performance.

Art – Credit Union Competition-Five pupils from the school won prizes for the Lismore & Cappoquin Credit Union Art Competition. Well done to our 5 winners!

Ethos– Fr Gear held a Mass to remember all our deceased relatives and friends in Affane on Friday 20th November which Brigid Murray recorded live and James Casey gave every class link to zoom to watch the mass.  Fr Gear celebrated Mass with 6th Class in the school hall on Tuesday 8th December to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  Thanks to Mary Flynn and James Casey for putting up the crib and the Advent Wreaths in preparation for Christmas.

Extracurricular- Blue and White Days – There was great colour and excitement in the school in the lead up to the All Ireland Hurling Final.  Firstly Ms Veale organised the 6th class to draw their own portraits as fans and Taylor Murray (Waterford GAA pro) displayed the portraits in the stands in Páirc Ui Chaoimh on Saturday 21st November for Waterford’s All Ireland quarter-final against Clare.  Then in preparation for the All Ireland semi-final we had a Blue and White Day on Friday 27th November.   We had a second Blue and White Day on Friday 11th December before the All Ireland Final.   €220.45    was collected for Club Déise.    The school was also chosen as one of the schools by Centra Ireland to have portraits of fans in the stand for the All Ireland Final.  This time every class were involved and they all produced 100 great and colourful portraits.  Thanks to Mary Flynn for putting all the putting up and thanks to Jacinta Uniacke for donating the lovely blue Santa for the final.

Sport Barry Dunne GDA for Waterford GAA came to the school on Tuesday 8th December and on Tuesday 15th December. On both days Barry coached gaelic football skills and fundamental movement skills with six different classes.  Thanks to the soccer club for allowing us to use the astro for break times for some of the classes on those days.

Active Schools- For active schools we are focusing on the fundamental skill of dodging during December. 

Fundraising-The Sale of Work wasn’t possible with Covid restrictions and Tom Kelleher said he would prefer not to proceed with the Super Valu raffle this Christmas either because of Covid restrictions. He is willing to look at it again possibly at Easter or another time.  Laura O Rourke offered to sing online and to raise funds for the school through Go Fund Me and we accepted that offer.   The staff and pupils are going to wear Christmas jumpers to school this Friday (18th December) and we will make a contribution to St Vincent de Paul in Cappoquin.  

Child protection – Principals Oversight Report

This report was presented by the Principal

Health & Safety / Risk Assessments

Weekly battery checks of the defibrillator are being carried out

Monthly checks on break glass units, fire extinguishers, emergency lighting are being carried out

Fire extinguishers were serviced in October

First Aid supplies have been restocked

Mary Flynn and Mary Casey monitor PPE supplies and resources for Covid 19 and Mary Casey orders when necessary.

IT

​ The Principal informed the meeting that the school are in the process of hiring designers to create a new website.

In terms of Wifi speed and broadband the Principal is disappointed with the service currently in the school.   Keith Dransfield has been in the school a few times to try help with some of the wifi blackspots and Keith along with another IT specialist will come back into the school at some stage in the new year to ensure our Ubiquity system is working properly.  However, before they come in for that job we need to get much better broadband speed into the school.  We currently get our broadband through PDST Technology and this is how most schools get their broadband but our wifi isn’t near fast enough for a school of our size.  Our download speed coming into system is 14.4 mbps and upload is 0.6 Mbps which would be fine for an individual house but not for a whole school.

Finance

Financial Report was presented by Treasurer

Policies

The Child Protection Child Safeguarding Statement & Risk Assessment were updated as Martin Delaney replaces Bríd Duggan as the DLP.

Health & Safety Policy was approved.

Congratulations

Congratulations were extended to Aisling Fennell on the birth of her baby girl, Ella.  ​