The Board of Management have welcome the feedback from the Dept of Education Inspectors following the recent WSE-MLL. The Inspectors reported very favourably on the quality of Teaching and Learning in the school and on the high level of Leadership and Management. The next stage of the process is for the draft written report to be forwarded to the school for verification prior to being fully published on the DES website.
Prior to the Christmas holidays the Student Achievement Awards were presented. The board congratulate all the recepiants and in particular James Cawley and James Hepton who both recieved the new Spirit of Moyne Award which is presented by the school Board. This award marks student who have "done the ordinary thing in an extra-ordinary way"
The Board have recognised the changes being proposed to the School Transport Scheme which include methods of application and eligibility criteria for free transport. The Board have agreed that full information will be provided to parents of incoming first years (the group to whom the changes apply) when it becomes fully available. The school will also provide full assistance to parents who are experiencing difficulties with the process.
A slight ammendment to the school Admissions Policy now means that those applying to transfer to Moyne from another school will not have to provide a written reference with their application. Three recent school reports must be provided with an application. Once a place in the school has been offered it will be conditional on a suitable reference then being provided.
Due to retirements the Board will shortly be advertising positions for substitute teachers for the remainder of the school year and for Assistant Principal posts. Details will appear in the vacancies section of this website.
28th February 2012
The Board wish to express their sincere best wishes and thanks to Mr Mark McGuckin, Mr Pat Redahan and Ms Loreto Gannon who retire on 29th February after a life time of service to Moyne Community School. The board acknowledge and recognise their contribution into making Moyne the success it is today. We wish them long life, health and happiness in their retirement
The recent Open Day for new first years and their parents and guardians was a huge success with over 130 enrolments for next September. The Board would like to commend both staff (teaching, Clerial and Ancillary) and pupils who gave time on a Sunday to make the day such a success and soaccessible to parents and families.
Continuing on from works of the last number of years the Board discussed a number of areas for work during the summer works. A schedule of works is being planned and will form part of our ongoing renovation and renewal works in the school.
As part of the works to the island a memorial to Fr McGee will be installed. Fr McGee was the first Principal of Moyne CS and the driving force behind its establishment. His passing at a young age was a big loss for the school and the community and it is fitting that he should be remembered in the school.
A discussion took place on cuts to education and the potential impact to all schools. The Board have agreed that every effort will be made to maintain subjects, courses and services. Decisions will be made over the coming months on how we can adapt with changing circumstance without adversely effecting our pupils.
The Board wish the SENO Ann Donnelly well on her retirement and thank her for her assistance over recent years.
27th March 2012
The Board have received the first Draft copy of the WSE-MLL. This is the Whole School Inspection - Management Leadership and Learning which took place last December. The members have checked the document for factual accuracy, which is the first requirement of the Board. This has been returned to the Inspectorate and we await the final version of the Inspectors report. In due course this Repot will be made public via the DES website.
Over Easter work will take place on the school gates. The Cattle will be removed and replace by a concrete ramp. The purpose of the ramp is to ensure traffic flows at a suitable speed.
The Board wish to congratulate the school Concern Debate Teams and our Transition Year Journalism student on their recent success.
24th April 2012
The Board have welcomed the significant announcement that the school has now been included in the first phase of the roll out of 100mB Broadband. Just over 200 schools have been chosen for this first phase. It is expected that the high speed provision will be in place in September or October 2012 at the very latest. Following on from the considerable IT investment made by the Board in recent years this news will allow the school to provide the best in educational infrastructure and facilities to all of our students.
The board wish to congratulate our TY enterprise students "Cord Up" in their success in reaching the All Ireland enterprise Competition and on gaining funding through the Young Social Innovators (YSI) Dragons Den awards. We also recognise the successes of our Showjumping team and 1st and 2nd year Basketball teams recently. Tribute was paid not only to the students participating but also to the teachering staff for giving so freely of their time to these activities.
The board have agreed that the Graduation Mass for the Leaving Certificate Class of 2012 will take place on Thursday 24th May.
18th September 2012
The Board congratulated Junior and Leaving Certificate student on their results. The board will carry out an indept analysis of the results at a future meeting but were initially very pleased.
The repot from the DES Inspectorate was accepted without comment and is now free for publication on the department website.
An annual review of Child Protection guideline was carried out and the school is fully compliant with its responsibilities.
The Board in reviewing RE have decided that its policy is that ALL pupils will take RE to Junior Cert. This is based on the subject being a core subject, developing in pupils a knowledge and understanding of many faiths and not denominational in its outlook. This policy complies with the Deed of Trust.
Ms M Wrynn was elected as Chairperson for the forthcoming school year.
Finally the board request all parents collecting pupils by car to do so at the school designated area and not on the main road to ensure the safety of pupls.
The Board congratulated Gavin Heaney who will receive a 2012 All Ireland Scholarship on 17thNovember at the University of Limerick. Patrick Heslin, Siobhán Breslin, and Eibhlin Maguire have secured scholarships for €1000 from NUI Maynooth. This follows from the success of Patrick Heslin and Jason Nertney who secured both Co Longford Naughton Scholarships last month. Following media reports of breeches of security of ePortal in some school the board can report that the system in place in Moyne is not yet accessible from external links and Serco have been in contact to remedy the problems. The Board has adopted the following text for inclusion in the School Code of Behaviour: Online privacy and code of behaviour Circulating, publishing or distributing (including on the internet) material associated with school activities including but not limited to material in relation to staff and students where such circulation undermines, humiliates or causes damage to another person is considered a serious breach of school discipline and may result in disciplinary action. As part of such disciplinary action the Board of Management reserves the right to suspend or expel a student or students where it considers the actions to warrant such sanctions Improvement works are ongoing including the purchase of 10 new PC’s to upgrade the larger ICT room, decoration of the Library with a view to increasing its usage as part of the school literacy strategy and a number of work to improve Health and Safety around the school grounds. Following interviews the board appointed substitute teachers to cover two maternity leaves. Subject to the approval of the DES the board also ratified the appointment of two Assistant Principals.
27th November The Board of Management discussed the School Self Evaluation process and agrees that the first of the three topics to form part of a School Improvement Plan will be Literacy. An Incidental Inspection took place 22nd November and the Board is pleased that the findings showed good quality teaching and learning. The areas discussed in the WSE-MLL under the heading Teaching and Learning will continue to be a focus for development. The Board welcomes the election of the new Parents Association Officers and wishes them well. The Association is now fully affiliated to the NPC. The Survey of Child Protection and Welfare Management in Community and Comprehensive School carried out by the State Claims Agency and ACCS has been received. Recommendations on best practice contained in this survey will be reviewed in the coming months. It was noted that recent league tables on progression to third level placed Moyne in first place in Co Longford with 100% progression.