St. Patrick’s College Lacken Cross
Board of Management Meeting 14/12/15
The Principal’s Report
Mr. Killeen informed the Board of the ongoing in-service regarding the introduction of the new JCSA in English.
The E.T.B. is involved in a new initiative with Microsoft and the Science teachers within the scheme with the introduction to the classroom of the Surface Tablet as an aid to teaching and learning. Within the school this project includes Ms. Mitchell of the Science Dept. and Mr. Walsh of the Maths Dept., who was initially engaged by Microsoft to pilot the Tablet in the region.
There will be a Junior Cycle training day on the 18th of January for the whole staff with Anthony Duggan.
Ms. Conmy and Messrs. Burke and Kissane have been recently engaged in RSE and DCG training respectively.
Recently Mr. Killeen and Mr. Jennings gave a Study Skills Seminar to Exam Year students in the school on exam preparation and mind maps.
In the Extra-Curricular area the school has been very busy since the last meeting. Sport has continued apace in various areas such as Gaelic, Rugby and Soccer, with the Senior Girls team qualifying for the Connacht final to be held in the New Year. The school also had medal winners in the local E.T.B. Mayo Cross Country Championships.
Last week a very successful fundraiser took place in the school, cookery demonstration by the TV3 chef Adrian. The board wishes to thank the Parents’ Council for all the preparation and hard work put in over the weeks and on the night itself. It was a memorable night for the school and the community.
Just before the mid-term break in October a Talent Show was held. Schools from the surrounding area, both Primary and Secondary, were invited to send their talented musicians and singers to compete. It was a huge success particularly for the younger performers. It is fast becoming an annual event for the local primary schools and a positive was to promote the school in the community.
There have been many educational trips out since October in the areas of Leaving Cert. Biology and Geography, Careers and LC English and Irish outings to the theatre.
Next week, Mon. 21st December, there will be a Carol Service in the school to mark the end of the term. Also SKY Sports will visit the school to talk to the 1st and 2nd Year Girls’ Gaelic teams on diet, fitness and wellbeing; the guest speaker will be Karl Lacey, a member of the 2014 All-Ireland winning Donegal team.
School Improvement Plan
Mr. Jennings, the Deputy Principal, outlined developments in the school. The staff is planning a Mental Health Week in the New Year. Suggestions have been made that each year group should have a speaker and an activity during this specific week.
The school has initiated a Student Support Team. This team will target students who need extra assistance outside of the usual pastoral care structures.
The Summer Works Scheme 2014 will be carried out over the Christmas period. Also a plan has been sent in, with regard to the 2015-16 schemes. This may involve the enlarging of the library space in the school.
The third strand of the School’s Improvement Plan has been decided upon by the staff. It is in the area of Wellness. Mr. Jennings hopes to develop a questionnaire which will ascertain the attitudes of First Years on their own wellbeing and will be in place by the next Board of Management meeting.