Board of management meeting 22/06/22
- Covid-19: The Board of Management again recognised the contribution of the whole school community throughout the various stages of Covid-19 regulations, and welcomed the opportunity for the recent return to activities in/by the school.
- Confirmation: The children, choir, parents, Mrs. Fahy and Fr. Power were all thanked for their contribution in preparing for the recent Confirmation celebration.
- Patricia’s Garden: Jimmy, Fr. Power, and Patricia Doherty’s family & friends were commended for their input in creating a lovely garden ceremony in her memory. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a hAnam.
- Croke Park: The Board were informed of the breakdown of compulsory Croke Park hours completed by staff in the school, and the many extra additional hours also carried out.
- Erasmus+: the recent visit of Spanish guests to our school was discussed, as well as the overall project. The children, staff, parents and local community were recognised for their generosity and hospitality. It was agreed that the project was of great benefit to the school, and would be strongly considered again in the future, should the correct opportunity arise.
- Standardised Tests: the overall results of the school versus the national average were presented to the Board, and it was discussed as to how this information will be used to assist our teaching going forward.
- Parents Association: The P.A. and the whole school community were thanked for their contribution & support throughout the entire school year, and particularly during the hectic final term.
Board of Management Meeting 05/04/2022
• Covid-19: The Board of Management again thanked the whole school community for their continued cooperation and diligence with Covid-19 guidelines. After the easing of restrictions on February 28th, hand sanitising is still ongoing in the school, masks are no longer a requirement but many are still choosing to wear them, and windows and doors are still being opened to allow for ventilation.
• Break times: Staggered break times are still currently in place in the school (junior & senior), and staff will review this after Easter.
• Erasmus: Staff were thanked for their additional work and commitment in planning & preparing for the recent Erasmus trip to Spain. Students from 5th & 6th Class were acknowledged for their exemplary behaviour throughout, those who were fortunate enough to get to travel and those who stayed behind in school for the week.
The Board expressed sympathy for those who unfortunately didn’t get the opportunity to travel, and to those who had to juggle delayed passport arrivals and antigen testing. Parents were also thanked for their cooperation & understanding throughout the process.
• Walk for Ukraine: The Board of Management were informed of the upcoming Sponsored Walk in aid of Ukraine, which will take place on Friday 8th April, organised in conjunction with the Parents’ Association.
• E.S.B. Pedestrian Crossing: The E.S.B. have had to alter original plans to supply power to the pedestrian crossing near the school gate, by changing a wooden pole to a steel pole. As a result, there will be a delay as the design plans are changed.
• School Phone: The Board approved the retention of a school mobile phone, which was used on a trial basis for the recent Erasmus trip. This will be used for school outings, matches, tours, photos etc.
• Zeeko: The Board of Management were updated on the recent Internet Safety talks they funded in the school.
1st – 6th Class received talks and presentations from an Internet Safety speaker on the day, and the importance of the topic was again emphasised by the Board.
• CPR Course: The Board expressed their appreciation for Clive O’Regan delivering a recent CPR and Defibrillator Course in the school.
• Guest Speakers: The Board also thanked Damien McLellan, Andrew Doherty and Gráainne Keating for their recent visits to the school to speak about the Camino and James Rice with 5th & 6th Class.
• School Activities: In light of the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, many activities have returned/are returning to the school, such as orienteering, gymnastics, Little Red Kettle, tag rugby, hurling and an upcoming series of organised art classes.
Board of Management meeting 08/02/2022
- The Board of Management welcomed Jenny Corcoran as the new Mother Nominee, and thanked the outgoing Orla MacNamara for her contribution in recent years.
- Covid-19: The Board of Management thanked the school community for their continued diligence and compliance with the guidelines and restrictions that remain in place. Further guidance will be issued to schools in advance of February 28th.
- CO2 Monitors: CO2 monitors remain in place in every classroom in the school to ensure adequate ventilation and air quality in each room.
- Communion: The Communion will take place on May 7th.
- Confirmation: The Confirmation will take place on June 17th.
- GIY and RTÉ: the school were thanked by GIY and RTÉ who recently visited to launch ‘The Big Grow’ initiative. They were really impressed with the school garden, and the children from whom they received a warm welcome.
- iPads: 10 new iPads have been purchased for the school, to be used specifically for Learning Support. The Board thanked the Parents’ Association for their contribution to the purchase of these.
- Library: the Board acknowledged the work by those involved in getting the School Library up and running again. Thanks to the 6th Class students who have helped with this. The children have really enjoyed visiting the library in their pods, particularly the younger children who may not have had the chance before. We look forward to welcoming parental involvement back with the library as soon as permitted.
- Internet Safety: the Board of Management have agreed to fund the Internet Safety talks/lessons, which will be given by Zeeko, from 3rd-6th Class at the end of March.
- Uniforms: After much consideration and a lengthy discussion, the Board of Management decided to maintain the current arrangement of uniform and tracksuit in the school. Junior and Senior Infants will continue to be permitted to wear the school tracksuit for the school week, and 1st – 6th Class will continue with the ‘3 and 2’ schedule currently in place – 3 days uniform (Mon – Wed), and 2 days tracksuit (Thurs & Friday).
In the interest of cost effectiveness and the ever increasing cost of living, the Board of Management undertook a price analysis, and each tracksuit quoted cost considerably more than that of available uniforms. The tracksuit only, as proposed by some parents, would prove to be an expensive & unfair burden. It was also agreed that the school crest is not a requirement on the school uniform &/or tracksuit.
- First-Aid: the staff will receive a First-Aid talk in the coming weeks. A group of staff members have also volunteered to undertake a certified 4-hour CFR Course on a Saturday morning in the next month. A date is being agreed upon, and we would like to extend an invitation to any member of the community who would also be interested in joining.
Board of Management meeting 14/12/2021
· Mr. O’Sullivan thanked the students, parents and staff for their kind words and messages, as well as the effort they have made in helping him settle into his new role.
· Charitable donations: The Board of Management would like to thank the school community who made a fantastic effort for the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal and the Crumlin Christmas Jumper Day respectively. Over 100 boxes were contributed, and €400 donated to two great charities.
· Christmas Raffle: The Board of Management would also like to thank the Parents’ Association who are kindly organising the Christmas Raffle again this year, as well as everyone who has contributed and donated prizes.
· Christmas Performances: due to the restrictions that remain in place, each class are going to perform and record something Festive which will be emailed home for families to view.
· An Post: Cards containing messages of goodwill are being created by the children before Christmas, and ‘An Post’ will allow the freepost of these to Nursing Home and Care Home residents.
· Christmas Door Design: each classroom door is being given a makeover for the Christmas period, and pictures of these will be shared for viewing on the website.
· First-Aid: the staff have committed to undertaking a First-Aid refresher course, and this will be completed when possible in early 2022.
· Library: the library is a fantastic resource for the school, and will be up and running again in January to allow children the opportunity to avail of it. This will be done in a different capacity for now, spread out over the course of the week, in class & pod groupings to adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines. It will return to being run in its original capacity as soon as permitted thereafter.
· Internet Safety: The Board of Management agreed to support Internet Safety talks &/or lessons in the school in early 2022.
Merry Christmas: The Board of Management would like to wish everybody a very happy Christmas, and a peaceful New Year.
Board of Management meeting 5/10/2021
Mr. Hannon’s relocation:
Mr. Hannon informed the Board that he would be resigning from his post in Faithlegg NS to take up the Principal’s position in a school in West Waterford. He thanked the Board, Staff, Parents and pupils for the fond memories he would be leaving Faithlegg with.
Plans are underway to create a school garden in memory of Patricia Doherty. The garden will be located to the front of the school near the greenhouse. Malachy Doherty has agreed to assist with the design and advise on which plant and flowers would be suitable. Malachy has also arranged sponsorship for 100 euro worth of bulbs from the Glanbia CountryLife store in Dungarvan where he works. The garden will have a bench with a commemorative plaque to honour the contribution Patricia made to Faithlegg N.S.
It is hoped to see the return of the school library and some other events such as music lessons following the October 22nd easing of Covid 19 restrictions. This will all be done in adherence to the latest guidance which we await from the Department of Education.
Board of Management Report to Parents for Academic Year 2020/2021
Board of Management Agreed Report from meeting held
The Board discussed the concerns parents had raised regarding safety
for children and adults when crossing the road in front of the school due
to traffic and the speed at which cars drive past. The submissions from
the Board of Management and the community groups were discussed
and all agreed that appropriate signage and speed limits were of utmost
importance. The need for the crossing to be constructed over the
summer was discussed also and it was felt having this completed prior
to the return to school August 30th would not only make sense but be
necessary to facilitate a safe return to school.
Exemption from Irish & Substance misuse Policies
Both policies were ratified by the Board
The organisation of a bus for the school community was discussed and
progress is being made in this regard. It is hoped that following early
soundings, a bus service could return to the school for the coming
The Board agreed that the return to school in August should see the
return to the school uniform on non P.E days and school tracksuit on P.E
or sports days which has been a long standing arrangement in the
Board of Management Agreed Report from meeting held
● The Board of Management would like to thank the Parents’
Association for their successful fundraising efforts before the
Easter break. The raffle raised €1183.Thanks to all
involved-organisers, supporters and our special guest the
Easter Bunny for their commitment to the school!
● The Board of Management ratified the Managing Chronic
● Safety at drop off and pick up times: In the interests of
safety, all members of the school community are reminded of
the parking protocol and adhering to drop off and collection
● Traffic lights: It is hoped to have a safe crossing point in front
of the school for the beginning of the next school year. There
will be a set of traffic lights and a crossing point installed
which will not only make it safer for drop off and collection
but will hopefully encourage more children and parents to
walk to school on fine days.
● The Board agreed to give the go ahead to gaelic football
coaching in school. Our Games development Officer David
Robinson is working on a timetable for May and we will let
you know when this is finalised.
● We received thank you letters from GOAL and Saint Vincent
de Paul following our recent fundraising events. €424 was
raised for GOAL through our jersey day and €1,052.90 was
raised for Saint Vincent de Paul at Christmas. Thank you all
so much for your amazing support.
● It is hoped that children will be able to go on nature walks
now that the weather has improved. It will be great to see the
children learning about the local environment.