Summary report 14th October 2016 - Ballycanew National School

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BOM Meeting Tuesday 18th of October 2016
Ballycanew National School
Summary Report
1.   Homework Policy Review
A new homework policy is currently being drafted.  Once this is ratified by the Board of Management it will be available to view on our school website. 
2.   Critical Incident Policy Review
The school’s Critical Incident Policy was reviewed and roles within this policy were updated as follows –
§  Team Leader: Principal
§  Staff Liaison: Mary Crean and Lisa Ferguson
§  Student Liaison: Claire O’ Donnell, Laura Farrell and Karen Purcell
§  Parent Liaison: Fr Orr
§  Community Liaison: Ann Tighe
§  Media Liaison: Fr Orr
§  Administrator: Ann Tighe
This policy is mandatory in school and provides detailed procedures to follow in the event of a critical incident affecting our school community.
3.   Middletown Autism Courses
The school will be hosting a series of courses provided by Middletown Autism Centre.  Beginning the week of the 7th of November, courses will run for five consecutive Mondays for professionals and six consecutive Tuesdays for parents.
4.   Assessments
A number of diagnostic assessments have been researched and purchased in order to better identify the learning needs of our pupils.
5.   Appointments
Recent staff appointments filled are as follows –
§  Permanent SNA post: Ciara O’ Neill
§  Job-share SNA post: Christina Doolan
§  Maternity Cover teaching position: Theresa Shanahan
6.   Bicycle Shelter
We are in the process of applying for a bicycle shelter for our school through An Taisce.  .
7.   New Drama Schedule
The following is the Drama schedule for mainstream classes this year.  This will provide the opportunity for all children to perform a class play/drama to an audience.  Parents will be notified of exact dates of the performance nearer the time.
§  Junior Infants: December
§  Senior Infants: June
§  1st/2nd: The Nativity – Christmas
§  2nd/3rd: December
§  4th/5th: June
§  5th/6th: June
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