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Budding writer

Some children at some time during their school life show an interest in writing. This child helped by friends has really used her artisitic skills and her vivid imagination to write some great stories.

Naoise book

Well done

 

Tree planting October 2015

Children in Ms O Mahony's class planted a hazel tree and alder treee as part of National Tree Day. Trees are so important to us all as they are the only thing that gives us clean air to breathe. The children learned all about the roots, the trunk and the leaves.

Well done.

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Harvest Time at School

The outgoing Green Flag Committee picked their harvest this week. The carrots were a great success. Potatoes struggled a bit! The children picked chives and some lettuce also. There was great excitement. We hope to expand the vegetable patch this coming year. The children were amazed that a carrot could grew so big from a tiny seed.

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1916 Centenary Celebrations

As part of the 1916 Centenary Celebrations each school in Ireland is given a Tri-Colour by the Defence Forces. St Oliver Plunkett's received the flag on the 18th of September. The defence forces explained to the children why the flag had the colours it has. Green to symbolise Ireland, Orange to symbolise William of Orange and the white colour in the middle symbolises peace between both sides. The 1916 proclamation was read to the children with the help of one of our students. The children in Mr Callaghan's class told the story of the 1916 rising. Then the 5th and 6th class sang the National Anthem. Two children from Ms Andrew's class received the flag on behalf of the school.

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Children telling the story of the 1916 rising.

 

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Reading of the 1916 proclamation.

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Receiving the flag.

 

Board Of Management Report 2015

               St Oliver Plunkett’s NS

Enrolment

The enrolment to date is 341. Our average attendance is 95.1%. Increase of 1.5% from last year.

 

BOM Annual Report 2014/2015

Board of Management 2013/2014                                      

Chairperson ( patron’s nominee) Sheila Macken

Treasurer( parents’ rep)     –        Martin Fanning

Secretary               –                        Mairéad Murphy

Teacher Rep         –                        Joanne Callaghan

Parents’ rep                                   Ann Butterly

Board of Management

The Board of Management had five meetings this year to date. There were a number of extra meetings in relation to WSE.  A number of policy documents were revised and agreed by the board during the course of the year which included  Enrolment policy, Anti-Bullying policy checklist complete, Attendance Policy, Administration of medicine Policy, Data Protection and record keeping policy, job share policy, Anti-racism policy, Inclusion Policy .Teachers engaged in professional development in relation to  Autism Spectrum Disorder, PE by Fingal Co Council, Cricket by Cricket Ireland and support from PDST on the teaching of writing genres. Various courses were taken by teachers in the summer months.

Talk given to parents on Internet Safety.

 

Patron’s nominee                         Shane Tobin

Community Reps –                        Eileen Morrison

                                                         Sharon Brennan

Staffing

St. Oliver Plunkett’s N.S. currently has twelve mainstream class teachers, four Learning Support/Resource Teachers, one extra resource  teacher for one day and two learning support teachers  for three  days as part of clustering under extra resource hours and GAM/EAL ,four Special Needs Assistants and Administrative Principal. The school also has the support of our school secretary, our caretaker and two cleaners.  We currently have two special duties teachers and one deputy principal on the in - school management team. Staff continue to fully implement the Haddington Rd. Agreement on Public Service Reform. The additional hours have been used to facilitate class teacher planning, staff meetings, whole school planning, school self-evaluation and professional development. The staff took part in training on teaching writing genres by PDST.

 

                                 

School Ethos

42 children made their communion this year.

39 children made their confirmation.

Remembrance service for Mr O Connor was held in November. Family attended.

Catholic week marked with assembly and tasks each day.

Children in 6th class did a guard of honour for a pupil’s dad who died.

 

 

 

St Oliver Plunkett’s NS

BOM Annual Report 2014/2015

Curricular Development

Literacy : Guided reading taking place in junior end of school and in some classes in the senior end. Supplementary reading scheme available throughout the school, oral language , writing , reading fleuncy and handwriting are our target areas .

Numeracy : Problem solving is our target area with another to be decided in September 2015. Mathematical language booklet given to each teacher to focus on mathematical language.

     
 

Parents

Parents are generally very supportive of their children’s education in St. Oliver Plunkett’s  N.S. and actively support their children’s learning through checking and guiding homework, communicating with their child’s teachers and attending parent/teacher meetings. Positive feedback was given by parents who completed the WSE questionnaire for parents.

The Parents’ Committee are supportive in the review of school policies and actively involved in supporting the work of the school. They organised fund raising which included a pumpkin sale, Christmas Fair, Christmas Card fundraiser ,Movie afternoon, 80’s night and Vintage cake sale .  The committee also provided refreshments and catering for the Communion party and the 6th class graduation. The parents’ committee hosted a morning for the parents of junior infants in September. The parents’ committee provide support on Intercultural Day. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all their work and support.

 
 
 

School & Community :The school continues to be available to the community to use the hall for activities which include Irish dancing classes, Dance and Drama classes and Taekwondo. The Community Garda visited Fifth classes during the year as part of their community work.  Parents from a different cultural background visited the classes on Intercultural Day.6th class took part in National Clean Up Day picking up litter around the village. We supported Balbriggan Fest by hosting a shorts and shades Day.We continue to have strong links with the Man O War GAA, O Dwyer’s GAA, North County Cricket Club , Balbriggan Rubgy club and Matt Lane Resource centre.

 

 

Buildings and Grounds: The Board of Management has continued with its campaign to improve the facilities, the buildings and the grounds of our school. Planning application has been approved. Prefabs should be replaced with new temporary accommodation in July 2015. Ground investigations still underway. Tender for building in the process of being completed .  During the year 2014/15 the following improvements were effected in St. Oliver Plunkett’s NS :

  • Purchase of educational resources including maths/literacy resources.
  • IT support secured
  • Trees felled and  made safe
  • Fire and intruder alarms maintenance
  • Fire extinguishers checked and maintenance carried out.
 

 

 

St Oliver Plunkett’s NS

BOM Annual Report 2014/2015

Other Noteworthy Events

  • Gaa : Girls won final
  • Soccer
  • Cricket: Boys and Girls reached finals
  • Peace Prom Concert                                   
  • Balbriggan Choral festival as part of the Summerfest
  • Seachtain na Gaeilge
  • Remembrance ceremony for Mr O Connor
  • Friendship week
  • Christmas Carol Service
  • Green Flag award on Bio- Diversity
  • Chess league and chess lessons to 5th,6th,3rd and 4th
  • Cross country events
  •  Yellow Flag renewal June 2015
  • Intercultural Day : Visit from Garda Band and Musicantia ( Romanian Band)
  • Science exhibition in school
  • Engineer’s Week
  • Discover Maths and Science Award
  • Took part in the credit union quiz
  • Christmas Plays
  • Debating club: Inter school debates with St Mologa’s NS
  • Sports Day
  • Litter picking around the village.
  • WSE

Book Grant Allocation 2019/2020

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Book Grant Allocation Form 2019/2020

Class Blog

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