Tuairisc Bhliantúil ón mBord Bainistíochta 2016

Tuairisc Bhliantúil ón mBord Bainistíochta 2016

Gaelscoil Chill Mhantáin
Annual Report of the Board of Management
School Ethos
Gaelscoil Chill Mhantáin is an All-Irish primary school.  An Foras Pátrúnachta is the patron body of the school. Gaelscoil Chill Mhantáin was founded in 1996 to provide education through the medium of Irish in Wicklow and the surrounding district.
Gaelscoil Chill Mhantáin was the first interdenominational gaelscoil – with a joint Catholic and Protestant ethos – in the country.  It is also a co-educational school.
The Board of Management 2015 – 2019
The Board of Management operates in accordance with the Governance Manual for Primary Schools 2015-2019 (Department of Education and Skills) and with the support of our Patron body, An Foras Pátrúnachta.
Chairperson                                                 Marie Dunphy
Patron’s Nominee (2)                                  Séadna Mac Seoin
Treasurer                                                    Gearóidín Ni Loingsigh
Community Nominee (2)                            Pádraig Ó Dé
Secretary (Príomhoide)                               Seán Ó Briain
Teacher’s Nominee                                     Anne Mannion
Parent’s Nominee – Mother                        Gráinne O’Kane
Parent’s Nominee – Father                          Gerry Walsh
Gráinne O’Kane resigned from office and this was accepted at the Board Meeting of 11th October 2016. Elections for Parents’ Nominee –Mother will be held on 23rd November 2016.
Meetings
The Board met for the first time on 24th November 2015 and on the following dates during the past year: 12th January, 2nd February, 8th March, 12th April, 16th May, 21st June, 6th September, 11th October and we have arranged a meeting for the 29th November.
All meetings were quorate. The agenda was circulated seven days before each meeting. Each meeting was presented with a report from the Príomhoide and the Treasurer.
Policies and Policy review
1.Use of School for After-school Care
2.Annual Review of Child Protection Policy
3.Review of Enrolment Policy, Policy for Assessment and Record Keeping and Critical Incidents Policy. The staff reviewed the supervision arrangements for playtime.
4.Reviewed the tax and insurance implications of after school and extracurricular provision in the light of legal and financial advice provided to all schools.
Courses and Training
• The Chairperson, Treasurer and Príomhoide attended a training course organized by An Foras Pátrúnachta.
• The Chairperson and the Treasurer attended a course organized by the Patron.
• The Chairperson, Príomhoide and Patron’s Nominee attended the Annual Conference of An Foras Pátrúnachta.
• CAPP (Child Abuse Prevention Programme) delivered Child Abuse Prevention training to the Board and to school staff.
Finance
1.Budget
The Board agreed the Annual Budget on 21st June and this was then forwarded to An Foras Pátrúnachta
Budget 2016 – 2017
Projected Income                                                 Projected Expenditure
Grants €117,214                                                    Education €41,958
School Income €56,540                                       Repairs/Maintenance/Establishment €83,534
Fundraising/Donations €7,000                            Administration €46,650
Contingency €8,607
Total €180,754                                                       Total €180,749
2.Aladdin and on-line payment
A sub-committee of the Board, including Parents who volunteered at the meeting of November 2015, looked at platforms for on-line payments to the school. The committee settled on a payment module attached to the ALADDIN system which is in use by the school for school attendance and record-keeping. This system came into operation in September 2016. All bills will be communicated to parents by email or text and payment can then be made online on a secure platform using debit or credit card.
3.Family Contribution
The sub-committee also examined the Síntiús Clainne. It was agreed to keep the amount at €100 per family.
4.Annual Report
Opening Balance                                                    Closing Balance
01-09-2015                                                               31-08-2016
€123,779.18                                                              €98,576.08
 Income                                                                     Expenditure
Grants €113,546.10                                                  Education €42,170.23
School Income € 39,618.67                                      Repairs/Maintenance/Establishment €96,392.52
Fundraising/Donations € 15,000.00                        Administration €54,805.12

Total €168,164.77                                                    Total €193,367.87

Fundraising/Donations
The school also received a generous donation of €10,000 from Atlantic Philanthropies during the last school year. We used this and other budgeted funds to purchase ActivBoard Touch machines to replace some Interactive Whiteboards. We will continue to replace these machines as funds arise. The Board of Management wishes to acknowledge the generous support the school has received from Atlantic Philanthropies.
Buildings (Current)
The Board addressed the following issues during the past year
• Traffic Issues at school opening and closing times
• Heating
• Water Costs
• Lift Maintenance and Safety
• Health and Safety
o School Playground
o Other safety issues arising from the open nature of the school site
• Replacement of Interactive whiteboards with ActivBoard Touch
• General Maintenance-consultation with KWETB
o Roof leaking
o Heating
o Window Breakages
o Burglary – one incident in September 2016
Parents’ Association
At Cruinniú na dTuismitheoirí in November 2015 it was agreed that, prior to the re-establishment of Coiste na dTuismitheoirí, a Constitution of the Parents Association would be prepared for the meeting of November 2016.
In the meantime, some parents who attended the meeting agreed to work on sub-committees to investigate on-line payments and discuss the Family Contribution/Síntiús Clainne, to support school social events and to prepare a Constitution of the Parents Association.
The Board of Management acknowledge the work of these parents and thank them for their support in the past year.
The Constitution of the Parents Association has been circulated to all parents and will be presented for ratification at our Parents’ Meeting. Following this, a new Coiste na dTuismitheoirí will be elected.
The New School/Permanent Site
• The Principal and Chairperson met with the DES Buildings Unit and the Design Team on 21st September 2015
• There was ongoing contact with the Design Team through Oppermann Associates
• The Principal and Chairperson met with the Principals and Chairpersons of St. Joseph’s GNS and St. Ernan’s BNS, Rathnew on 14th April 2016. The Principal has continued contact with the Principal of St. Coen’s, Rathnew
• The Board was kept informed by Oppermann Associates of the progress of the planning application for the new school
• The Board was in communication with An Foras Pátrúnachta regarding the progress of our building programme
• The Board considered the appeal to An Bord Pleanála and sent our observations to Oppermann Associates and to An Foras Pátrúnachta
Buíochas
The Board of Management expresses our thanks to the Principal and Staff of Gaelscoil Chill Mhantáin for their commitment to the school, its pupils and their families, and to the ideals of the Gaelscoil. We also acknowledge the significant contribution of parents and guardians, the parent committees, An Foras Pátrúnachta, An Roinn Oideachais agus Scileanna (DES) and all who support and assist the development of our school.
As Chairperson, I wish to thank all Board Members for their generous commitment to the good of our school; for their time and expertise; and for their sincere efforts to ensure the best possible resources and facilities for the pupils and families of Gaelscoil Chill Mhantáin.                                  Samhain 2016