The Board of Management of Firhouse Educate Together National School
Chairperson: Francis Fullen Patron Representative: Luke O'Shaughnessy Parent Representative: Catrin Prys-Cummins Parent Representative: Ciarán Fortune Community Representative: Brian Buckley Community Representative: Mary Carron Teacher representative: Sarah Coughlan Principal: Niamh Byrne
What is the Board of Management?
The board of management manages the school on behalf of the patron (Educate Together). The board must uphold the characteristic spirit (ethos) of the school and is accountable to the patron for so doing. The principal is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school, including providing guidance and direction to the teachers and other staff of the school and is accountable for that management.
Tuesday 23rd November 2021
Positive Behaviour The children have been working really well on our weekly goals. Last week, we worked on walking and whispering in the corridors to make sure that we don't disturb the learning in other classrooms.
Covid 19 There has been a growing number of Covid 19 cases within our school community. Our responses has been guided by HSE Public Health Advice. We discussed the substitute crisis and the steps that have been taken to combat this.
What we have been working on We have been doing lots of Literacy work so far this year. Positive behaviour has also been a focus point and we are working on 'Be respectful, be responsible, be ready.' We are also focussing on pupil wellbeing. We use a range of different programmes throughout our school. You can find out more on our wellbeing padlet here.
New leadership team in Firhouse ETNS Principal: Niamh Byrne Deputy Principal: Heather O'Doherty (currently on leave) Acting Deputy Principal: Tríona Ní Léanacháin AP1: Tríona Ní Léanacháin AP2: Holly Beggan and Sarah McNamara
Monday 13th September 2021
All members were present.
Return to school: The children and staff were very excited to return to school on Wednesday 1st September. We have many new staff to our school this year.
Covid 19: There has been a number of Covid 19 cases throughout our school. Our response has been guided by HSE Public Health Advice. Emails were sent to all families to keep them informed of positive cases within our school community.
Our focus points for the year ahead: Literacy: a team of teachers was formed to continue to develop our approaches in Literacy across the school. The teachers have met weekly to outline topics and share best practice in reading, writing and oral language. We have also introduced team teaching across class levels using strategies such as Daily 5 and Guided Reading.
Positive behaviour A positive behaviour support team (PBST) of teachers and ISAs was created. This team will work in collaboration with the NCSE to continue our development of a whole school positive behaviour plan.
Maths equipment A variety of math equipment was purchased for the senior classes in our school. We recognise the importance of using concrete materials to enhance teaching and learning of mathematics.
Other discussions: Smart watches/Personal devices: The board reviewed our personal devices policy which was also circulated to parents.