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Summer Newsletter 2015

Summer Newsletter June 2015

Enrolment: Current enrolment: 351 pupils. Staff: 20 teachers, 2 SNA’s.

Board of Management: Thanks to the BOM Members, Frank Moran, Tom Conway, Martina Comerford, Mairead Cullivan, Paula McGuigan, Aileen O’Toole and Margaret Murphy, who are extremely supportive of Scoil Maelruain and have been kept busy this year. The BOM annual report may be viewed on the school website.

Parents

We are very appreciative of all the support given to the school by various parent groups:

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Board of Management Report 2015

Scoil Maelruain Senior


Board of Management – Annual Report 2015


Board of Management 2014-2015

Chairperson – Mr. Frank Moran
Patron’s Rep – Ms. Martina Comerford
Secretary – Ms. Caitriona Hogan
Teacher Rep – Ms. Margaret Murphy
Parent Reps – Mr. Thomas Conway, Ms. Mairead Cullivan
Community Reps – Ms. Paula McGuigan, Ms. Aileen O’Toole

School Ethos

The staff and children of Scoil Maelruain work in tandem with our Parish team to uphold our Catholic ethos. Daily prayers and regular attendance at mass with the children actively participating has deepened our partnership with Breda our Pastoral Worker and Fr. Michael. Over eighty children were confirmed by Bishop Eamonn Walsh on June 5th. Both Bishop Eamonn and Fr. Michael praised the children for their reverent behaviour. We had a very successful visit from the Diocesan Advisers at the start of the year.

Summer Works/Buildings

The BOM is in ongoing discussion regarding the Department’s proposed development/expansion of Scoil Maelruain.

As four third classes are transferring from the Junior School the computer room is reverting to a regular classroom. Two small portacabins will serve as resource rooms.

Staffing

There are currently nineteen teachers in Scoil Maelruain – thirteen classroom teachers and six support teachers. Mr. O’Neill is extending his career break for another year. Ms. D. O’Reilly is also taking a career break. Best wishes to Ns. F. Holland who is going on maternity leave. Congratulations to Ms. Dunning on the birth of her baby daughter. Ms. Dunning is returning to work in September. We welcome Mr. Ronan Kelly to our staff.

Policy Development

The BOM and staff of Scoil Maelruain worked on an attendance policy and a drama plan this year. The child protection policy and anti bullying policy was also reviewed.

Extra Activities

The Board would like to convey its thanks to all the teachers who work so hard and give the children so many opportunities to develop their talents. Congratulations to the quiz teams, hurlers, athletes, basketballers, footballers camogie players choir members and chess players who represented the school so well. We are proud of your achievements.

Curricular Development

The staff and BOM of Scoil Maelruain engaged with the School Self Evaluation process last year. The focus was on numeracy. Standardised test results were analysed, parents’ and teachers’ surveys were evaluated and pupils were interviewed. All this data was then collated and used to draw up a School Improvement Plan. The BOM would like to take this opportunity to applaud the good work being done in the area of numeracy. Work on literacy is ongoing.

Parents’ Association

The BOM of Scoil Maelruain would like to thank the Parents’ Association for their tremenduous support and trojan work throughout the year. The children and staff benefit from all their hard work. Thanks in particular for the very generous donation towards the purchase of 16 more laptops and a trolley. A big thank you also to the Lotto Committee !!!

The school will reopen on August 31st

Causey Farm 2015

We had fantastic fun on our visit to Causey Farm this year. The highlights was jumping in the bog (as always!) and the beautiful little puppies.

Awards Ceremony 2015

A huge congratulations to all the award winners in the school this year. Well done on all the hard work and training that was put in throughout the year.

Athletics 2015

Check out the photos on our slideshow.

Success in Santry Athletics!

This year 60 children represented Scoil Maelruain in Santry Sport Athletics. To be chosen to represent your school at this level is a huge achievement. Well done to all the children who were so committed to their training over the past few months. We enjoyed great success in Athletics in Morton Stadium this year. We brought home 27 medals in total.

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May and June in Ms Carty's 3rd class

Sports Day Fun

3rd Class Trip to the Zoo

Skipathon 2015

Check out these wonderful photos taken by George Carroll on the day of our skipathon.