Board of Management


Board Members

Kieran Hastings (Chairperson) Patron nominee

Canon Jim O’ Donovan Patron nominee

Seán Lyons Principal

Kieran Lynch (Recording Secretary) Teacher nominee

Graham Manning Parent nominee

Sandra O’ Meara Parent nominee

Paul Donovan (Treasurer) Community member

Ann McKernan Community member

 

Board of Management of St. Anthony’s BNS Agreed Report 25/02/2020

The meeting of the Board of Management 2019-23 took place on Tuesday 25th February 2020.

 

Board Members Present:

Kieran Hastings (Chairperson)

Seán Lyons (Principal)

Kieran Lynch (Recording Secretary)

Canon Jim O’ Donovan 

Anne McKernan

Graham Manning

Sandra O’ Meara

Apologies:

Paul O’ Donovan (Treasurer)

  • The board has received a letter the Education Secretariat of the Diocese of Cork & Ross to formally recognise the new board.

 

  • The board has agreed for Ballinlough Summer Festival Committee to hold the Easter raffle in our school again this year.
  • We had four school teams compete in the Ballinlough Credit Union Quiz on February 2nd. Our U13 team won their competition and the U11 team were runners up. This was a remarkable achievement. Thanks to teacher Mr. Paddy Murphy for all his work and well done to all the boys.
  • A Croke Park meeting for teaching staff was held on the 3rd February. This meeting facilitated the monitoring of the Gaeilge School Improvement Plan across all standards to analyse what is working well, and what areas there are for improvement.
  • The Ficheall Chess Tournament took place on Tuesday 4th February.  It was a great success with boys competing in both the team and individual competitions. Thank you to Ms. Allen and Mr. Pardis and well done to the boys.
  • Dr. Maureen Griffin hosted a very informative parent information talk, pupil workshops (3rd – 6th classes) and a staff talk on Cyberbullying & Internet/Mobile Phone Safety on Monday 10th February. The parent talk was very well attended.
  • The school garden is presently at design stage. Members of the Parents’ Association and staff will facilitate the preparation and tidying of this space.
  • Work is to be done to increase the broadband speed throughout the school and to install Wifi. 
  • The school swimming team became All-Ireland Champions at the All-Ireland Primary Schools Swimming Gala in the National Aquatics Centre Dublin on Sunday 9th February. They received team medals in the relay, gold for the front crawl and silver in the medley. They also won medals in the individual events. Congratulations and well done to the swimmers and their coaches Mr. Harrington and Mr. Cussen.
  • The school basketball team won their second title this year, winning the Cork Schools Basketball Tournament on February 11th. Thank you to coaches, Ms. Leen and Mr. Murphy and well done to the boys.
  • Two Policies are presently being reviewed by school staff, the Challenging Behaviours Policy and Our Health and Safety Statement. 
  • 4th Class pupils and teachers went to see a production of “Under the Hawthorn Tree” in the Cork Opera House on Wed 19th Feb.
  • Pupils of St. Anthony’s BNS attended UCC on February 19th to celebrate UCC’s 10th Anniversary of their First Green Flag.
  • The School Admissions and Enrolment Policy will be updated to reflect circular 007/2020. 
  • The school accounts are presently being prepared for submission to the FSSU.

 

 

Board of Management of St. Anthony’s BNS Agreed Report 28/01/2020

The meeting of the  Board of Management 2019-23 took place on Thursday 28th January 2020.

Board Members Present:

Kieran Hastings (Chairperson)

Sean Lyons (Principal)

Paul O’ Donovan (Treasurer)

Kieran Lynch (Recording Secretary)

Canon Jim O’ Donovan 

Anne McKernan

Graham Manning

Apologies:

Sandra O’ Meara

  • Catholic Schools Week was held from 26th – 2nd February. An intercom Prayer and a daily “Thought for the Day” were read by 6th Class pupils. An altar was displayed in the main school corridor. 
  • 6th Class had their Ceremony of Light on Monday 26th January. Thank you to the 6th Class teachers and Canon Jim O’ Donovan. The boys will continue to prepare for their Confirmation on the 1st of April.
  • Fr. Michael Keohane has forwarded a video of the Rite of Confirmation from Bishop Gavin showing how the pupils will receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit this year. 
  • “Parent Information Talk on Cyberbullying and Internet/Mobile Phone Safety” with Dr. Maureen Griffin on Monday 10th February at 7pm in St. Anthony’s BNS. Dr. Griffin will also host a workshop for all pupils 3rd – 6th during school and for the staff after school.  This will be financed by the Parents’ Association.
  • The Parents’ Association will finance the purchase of new PE Equipment.
  • Staff are to undertake CPD in First Aid with First Aider Stephen Mulcahy on Saturday 28th March. 
  • The Board of Management is undertaking a review of the rental fees of the school hall.
  • Congratulations to our Basketball Team who won the Cork Garda Basketball Tournament. Thanks to Mrs. Leen and Mr. Murphy for coaching the team.
  • 4th Class Indoor Hurlers had two teams competing in the Sciath na Scol Indoor hurling Competition.  Thanks to Mr. Lynch and Mr. Brick for training the teams.
  • The Ficheall Cork schools Chess Tournament is taking place on  Tuesday 4th February in Blackrock GAA club. Thirty-two pupils from St. Anthony’s BNS will play in this event.  Thank you to Ms. Sarah Allen and Mr. Richard Pardi for coaching the teams.
  • Mr. Eddie Hogan O’ Connells’s, Fifth Class will enter the ESB Science Blast Competition in the RDS Dublin in early March.
  • Second Class pupils will receive their Sacrament of Reconciliation on Monday 17th Feb and will receive their First Holy Communion on Saturday 16th May.  We look forward to these spiritual occasions.

Board of Management of St. Anthony’s BNS  Agreed Report 09/01/2020

  • The first meeting of the New Board of Management 2019-23 took place on Thursday 9th January 2020.
  • Form 2 – Declaration of Acceptance of Membership of the School Board of Management signed by all members.
  • Nomination of Treasurer and Recording Secretary.
  • Education Secretariat to the Diocese of Cork & Ross, Mr. Seán Ó Caoimh gave a presentation to the Board on the roles and responsibilities of Board members.
  • The Board of Management would like to sincerely thank all the dedicated staff for preparing the pupils so well for their wonderful Christmas concerts, plays and beautiful Christmas Mass.  It would also like to thank the hard working Parents’ Association for their very successful ‘Christmas Giving Tree’ which provided much needed items for St. Vincent de Paul, and for their Christmas card initiative which raised funds for Penny Dinners Cork, and their successful Santa’s visit to the Junior classes.  The Board of Management would also  like to thank all the pupils who raised much needed funds for Cork Simon Community and Cappagh Kids through the fun Santa circuits and Reindeer run initiatives organised by pupils and staff.
  • All classes will be taught ‘The Stay Safe’ Programme, which is a personal safety education programme and part of the SPHE Curriculum during the months of January and February.
  • As part of St. Anthony’s BNS, School Self Evaluation, the focus is on Gaeilge and Teanga ó bhéil.At present a number of policies are being reviewed by the school, Assessment Policy and Anti-Bullying Policy.
  • The Principal presented ‘The Child Protection Oversight Report.
  • The Board of Management would like to congratulate the two school quiz teams who recently came first  and third respectively in the Sciath na Scol Sports quiz for Cork City and County. Maith thú to all involved.

 

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