Summary report 27th January 2016 - Ballycanew National School

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BOM Meeting Thursday 27th January 2016
Ballycanew National School
Summary Report
A number of school policies were reviewed and adjusted.  A section adopting the principals of Restorative Practices is to be included in the schools Code of Behaviour.  This enables the children to participate in resolving relationship issues themselves under the supervision of an adult. 
It was agreed to change the school’s enrolment policy governing the ASD classes so that children in the local area are given priority for places over children outside the area.
Staffing Levels and Staff Training
The current staff levels should remain the same for the coming year.  Anne Nagle will be returning to teach after a five year career break.  Staff training is supported fully by the board as it is aware of the educational benefit it bestows on all children in the school.  The BOM approved several training courses for teachers and SNA’s.
The Parents Association is helping to fund a number of projects from money raised at the Christmas Bazaar.
1.     Primary Movement Training for one teacher
2.    Provision of New Basketball Post Protectors
3.    To kit-out the assembly hall for sound and PowerPoint presentations.
The board welcomed and approved of the many extracurricular activities the school participates in over the school year. Included in these are:
1.     Cycling Training for pupils from 3rd – 6th sometime in May
2.    Hurling 365 in conjunction with Saint Patrick’s GAA Club and supported by many of the parents.
3.    Participation in Mini Basketball Ireland in the last term.
4.    Soccer Blitz for boys and girls on March 10th in Gorey Showgrounds.
5.    The school choir, under the stewardship of Karen Conroy, practices every week and enters competitions from time to time.
6.    A Book Fair has been orgainsed for the week beginning 18th April 2016.
The Book Rental Scheme was reviewed and found to be very successful.  Some small changes are being made in relation to payment arrangements in order to regularize our accounting system.
The school is working on commemorating the 1916 Rebellion in a number of ways; through history lessons and activities, music and song, visiting local exhibitions and watching film and videos about that period.
Enrolment Week will take place the week starting March 7th 2016.
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