Coiste na dTuismitheoirí

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COISTE na dTUISMITHEOIRÍ / Parents’ Committee

Mary McCrossan (Cisteoir); Paul Dilger (Rúnaí); Pádraic Ó Flátharta (PRO).

Board of Management parents’ reps: Étaín Ó Corcora & Eoghan Mac Cormaic

Coiste na dTuismitheoirí Meeting 18 September 2017

(Meetings generally last one hour maximum, are in English, and are a great way for you stay in touch and make suggestions for improvements. All welcome.)

– The Coláiste is 10 years old! We’re now at 206 pupils, 20 teachers
– There are 40 children in the new first year, with a healthy 50-50 split male/female
– Revised Junior cycle programme (starting with these 1st years) -students now take 9 subjects, with a short course in CSPE
– Leaving Cert results were very good, with 33% of students exceeding 510 points, this is against the national average of 9%. This year saw the introduction of a new CAO points system for Leaving Cert  Click for more info
– We welcome 2 new teachers on staff. Múinteoir Oisin is covering PE and Irish, Muinteoir James is covering Business and Geography. Best wishes to Múinteoir Caroline and Múinteoir Deirdre who will shortly be going on maternity leave.
-A new online Fee Payment facility, www.way2pay.ie has been launched – parents’ feedback to date is very positive
– Our 2 additional classrooms are very nearly complete!
– Many thanks to the parents and Transition Year parents, who raised €716 at Dunnes bag-packing on 16th Septembr
– Our new Coláiste rugby team has started up
We have a range of activities already lined up:
– Introduction to Jigsaw (a self-referral service for 16+ students) discussing mental health matters
– Study skills sessions for students and parents
– 1 period a week of pastoral support for students
– Sports activities after school every night, and other activities at lunchtimes (eg. chess, traditional Music session)
– Open night Wed 25th October 7:30pm for prospective first-year parents and students
– Coláiste Musical – Back to the 80s! Thursday and Friday 16th and 17th November. Mark your diaries!
 
Your ideas for external speakers and fund-raising are always welcome

Coiste na dTuismitheoirí Meeting 23 March 2017

NEW JUNIOR CYCLE
A ‘Wellbeing’ module is being introduced as part of new junior cycle reform, 2 periods a week. It will be compulsory, with no exam. The new cycle features 10% of the mark allocated to classroom-based assessment (‘CBA’). Also, exams will be 2 hours, and this approach will be phased in by subject. There’s more information for parents at http://www.jct.ie 
REVISED SCHOOL DAY
New school hours will be effective September 2017, where the Colaiste has to move to 40 minutes minimum per class period. Students must have 28 hours of class contact per week, so it’s likely the school will move to 9 periods a day Monday to Thursday and 6 periods on a Friday with an earlier finish, @1:20pm. Exact times will be decided to align with bus and train times.
SUBJECT OPTIONS
For those parents looking for more subject information (especially for students choosing subjects in 1st year and also in TY students choosing for the senior cycle), see https://colaisteaneachreidh.com/abhar-roghnacha-subject-information/
The Colaiste is already starting to look at the TY trip in 2018 and the Autumn musical, with auditions this academic year
The 5th years are going to RTE for a day soon, as a result of Ciara ní Ghríofa’s fantastic win at BT Young Scientists Exhibition
Date for your diary: Information night for 3rd year parents about the TY, Tuesday 25th April 7pm
Another date for your diary: Presentation on the new junior cycle, as part of the next Parents’ Council meeting, Wednesday 3rd May 7pm-8pm

 

Coiste na dTuismitheoirí Meeting 26 Jan 2017

The school is 10 years old! Many thanks to all the students, teachers and parents who made this first decade such a successful one.

Please remind your children to make full use of the lockers. They’re provided free to students, whereas it’s not unusual for there to be a charge for them in other schools.

The school will be setting up a stationery shop for student to get work essentials – details to follow.

Thanks to all parents who returned the summer survey. The results were very encouraging and the school plans to reach out to parents for their views across a number of areas.

It’s been a fantastic start to the academic year so far:

– Mamma Mia was a great success

– Senior Boys B won the All-Ireland Volleyball

– At the BT Young Scientist awards in Dublin, Ciara ní Ghríofa came 1st in her category – Social & Behavioural Sciences

– The 1st years boys won the  All Ireland Spike Ball

– We attended the music national finals

– At the quiz night, the Coláiste came 2nd and go forward to the All Irelands on 27/28th March

There’s also a lot going on over the coming weeks and months:

– 2 additional classrooms confirmed for August/September

– There’ll be around 40 students for the intake in ’17/’18

– The TY students have a plenty to fill out their time, with drivers’ education in the soccer car park, dancing lessons,the April trip to Madrid, a TY drama on an Irish author in March (in the Coláiste), and a quiz to organise for the 5 Gaelscoileanna.

– There’s a linguistics workshop w/c 30.1.17

– February is friendship / anti-bullying awareness month

– There are also talks planned on sexual hygiene and LGBT awareness, Internet/social media awareness and the laws around it, and drugs and alcohol awareness

The next Parents Council meeting is Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 7pm in the school staff room. It’s in English and lasts an hour, why not come along and let your voice be heard

Coiste na dTuismitheoirí Meeting 6th Oct 2016

The first meeting of the Coláiste Parents Council for 2016/2017 was held on Thursday 6th October 2016

We encourage all parents to attend Council meetings. We need your help! All meetings are in English, Here are some of the things happening:

– There are lots of activities for the students at lunchtimes, including, chess has started, music, a range of sports at lunchtime. Computer coding is also coming soon.

— There was some discussion on the weight of the bags, students to be encouraged to use the lockers more

– There is a new catering system at lunch time

– Music is new on the curriculum

– The Coláiste is 10 years old this year – as is Gaelscoil Riada, there’s a joint event in the planning – watch out for announcements this term

– The Big Brother Big Sister program starts on Monday 10th October 2016

– The Coláiste has organised, in partnership with the Western Region Drugs Task Force, a series of talks on drug awareness to help parents broach these subjects with their children. These sessions are free of charge to all parents. Watch out for details of the first session

– We’re joined this year by 48 new first year students, split alomst exactly 50-50 between boys and girls. They’re very welcome and we wish them well as they start the secondary school careers, with the new subject of music on the curriculum this year

– Junior Cert and Leaving Cert results were very good. Junior Cert, 9/10 papers taken at higher level, 82% were A/B/C. Leaving, 15 students sat, going onto a variety of things. 28% of students exceeded 510 points, 62% exceeded 410 points, four times & twice the national average respectively.

– Did you know that your child’s GRETB Microsoft Office license is good for 4 more downloads on other devices?

– The Transition Year musical for 2016 is Mamma Mia, on the 17th and 18th November in Athenry Community Hall. Look out for more details soon

– There’s an open night for prospective students of the Coláiste on the Wednesday 26th at 7:30pm. It would be great if you could volunteer to help and serve tea and biscuits etc

– The next Parents Council meeting will be after half term, details to follow

Coiste na dTuismitheoirí Meeting 11th May 2016

Matters discussed included:-

Devices – Netbooks/Laptops/ Tablets – Coláiste moving towards BYOD (bring your own device) subject to minimum specifications and Windows operating systems

GRETB Awards Ceremony     (click on links for more information)

Woodwork National AwardComóradh 1916 50-50 LOTTO

School Uniform – O’Neills School Crested Top to be included as an option along with the school crested jacket and plain (no logos, no markings) plain black or navy coat/jacket

The Coláiste has recently had 2 inspections, for SEN (Special Education Needs) and Maths

The seminar on IT security awareness was very well received. Look out for the presentation slides soon on the Coláiste website

Behaviour Code – At least one weeks notice for after-school detention

Dates for your diary: 

Leaving Certification graduation night Thursday 19th May

Coláiste Awards Ceremony Monday 23rd May

Coláiste Sports Day Tuesday 24th May

Transition Year presentation night, Thursday 26th May

Summer Examinations May 26th -June 2nd

Coiste na dTuismitheoirí Meeting 18th January 2016

The latest meeting of the Colaiste Parents Council was held on Monday 18th January. Some of the items discussed were:

– the weekly 50-50 lotto, where your odds of winning are very good indeed

– numbers for the new intake of 1st years in September

– watch out for a range of talks and shows aims at parents over the next few weeks, covering study skills, how to deal with signs of bullying, and safe Internet browsing for your children

We’re interested in your views and need your help! The next Parents Council Meeting meeting is on Tuesday 5th April at 7-8pm. Why not come along and suggest some speakers for future parents’ events, ways to raise funds for students, or lend a hand?

Coiste na dTuismitheoirí Meeting 16th November 2015
Agenda – items discussed:
– Study skills – scheduled for early 2016
– Keyboarding skills – Microsoft Academy could be suitable for that, get pupils to self-start on that, maybe termly prize on for progress or words per minute
– Colaiste 50-50 LOTTO will commence after the musical (this has now started after the superlative musical)
– Call for topics from parents for evening presentations
– Awards ceremony 22nd Dec 11am, parent committee members needed to give out awards
Coiste na dTuismitheoirí Meeting 14th October 2015
The latest meeting of the Coláiste parents council meeting was held on Wednesday 14th October at 7pm. 
 
We need your help! Please volunteer yourselves to attend council meetings, help with fund-raising or or suggest events and guest speakers for the school.
 

School Uniforms: Please contact the school with any questions about school uniforms.

Payments: Parents will have received payment requests from the school. These can now be done online via the VS system on the website. Please contact the school with any online payment issues.

Tablets: The School will be sending parents of their children’s use of their tablets on school premises, so that the school and parents can be informed accordingly.

Building: The new science lab is coming on well!

School musical: would like to advertise your company at the Colaiste musical? Or do you know a company that would? Contact the Colaiste office for more information.
Fund-raising: the Colaiste 50-50 lottery will start after mid-term break. Look out for other fund-raising events for the musical and beyond. Please send your items for discussion in advance of the next meeting on Monday 2nd November to the council secretary Paul via pjdilger@hotmail.com.

Coiste na dTuismitheoirí – Meeting 24th September 2015

School Uniforms: Please contact the school with any questions about school uniforms. The Coiste was pleased with the various options of plain Black or Navy school coats/jackets which range in price from €22 – €50.

Payments: Parents will have received payment requests from the school. These can now be done online via the VS system on the website or alternatively by cheque/postal order or bank draft. Please contact the school with any online payment issues.

After-school study – Monday- Thursday from 4pm to 6pm. Looking at 9am -1pm Saturdays for senior students. A 5 minute break at 5pm was agreed upon.

Study Skills Session – to be organised for new first years and fifth years,

Tablets: The School will be sending parents reports of their children’s use of their tablets on school premises, so that the school and parents can be informed accordingly.

Building: The new science lab is coming on site in the next fortnight.

School musical: the Community hall is booked for 2 matinees and 2 evening shows on the 19th and 20th November. Tickets are €10 for the evening shows, €5 for the matinees. Please support this important show and please volunteer to help at the various fund-raising events.

We need your help! Please volunteer yourselves to attend council meetings, help with fund-raising or suggest events and guest speakers for the school.

Please send your items for discussion in advance of the next meeting on 14th October to the council secretary Paul via pjdilger@hotmail.com.

Coiste na dTuismitheoirí –  30 Aibreán 2015

The latest meeting of the Coláiste parents council meeting was held on Thursday 30th April at 7pm. 
We need your help! Please volunteer yourselves to attend council meetings, help with our groups or suggest guest speakers for these important matters: 

Mental Health: A talk on bullying awareness is scheduled for the beginning of the new academic year

Dunnes Bag-packing 14/15 March: Well done everyone, we raised €611.20! Many thanks to Mary McCrossan and all the parents and students who were involved

Big Brother/Big Sister initiative: The Lough Kee event was a fantastic success! Thanks to Múinteoir Gearoidin for her work on this

Heavy school bags: Is your child complaining their bag is too heavy with hard-backed books? Remember only to buy hard backs if it’s specifically stated. Encourage your child to make use of their lockers and store the books they don’t need

Fund-raising: We’ll be doing more fund-raising to help raise money for the Transition Year school trip to mainland Europe next Easter

School musical: The school will be performing ‘Grease’ in November! Watch this space for more information and fund-raising efforts

Please send your items for discussion in advance of the meeting to the council secretary Paul via pjdilger@hotmail.com.

Coiste na dTuismitheoirí –   3ú Márta 2015

The latest meeting of the Coláiste parents council meeting was held on Tuesday 3rd March at 7pm. 
We need your help!  – –Please volunteer yourselves to attend council meetings, help with our groups or suggest guest speakers for these important matters: 

Healthy School Initiative: there are a range of projects underway and we need a parent to help out and suggestions for speakers for the pupils on healthy eating.

Mental Health Matters: There will be a friendship week for anti-bullying coming up and we need suggestions for who can give a talk on mental health subjects, and we need a parent to come in and help out too.

Bag-Packing March 14/15, Dunnes Briarhill: we need your help to raise much-needed funds at this annual event. Contact Mary McCrossan on 085 723 4135 after 7pm to help us out.

Big Brother/Big Sister initiative: this is going well and we’re looking at more activities.

We’re also looking at the weight of school bags for the pupils to carry, the longevity of the new uniforms, and the car parking situation in the evenings.

Finally, we wish Múinteior Seán a speedy and safe recovery.

Coiste na dTuismitheoirí 29ú Eanáir 2015
 The latest meeting of the Coláiste parents council meeting was held on Thursday 29th January at 7:30. A wide-ranging list of topics were discussed, including:- 6th years  allowed out at lunchtime- Bag-packing slot at Dunnes Stores Briarhill, to help raise funds. Details to follow.- Updates on teacher industrial action around proposed changes to the junior cycle- The Coláiste is putting together a book on literacy fundamentals, transactional language, to help the transition to secondary school. This is part of literacy strategy and school improvement plan- Homework policy is currently under review, including the monitoring of ‘Dialann’ up to 3rd year- The Coláiste organises a leaving certificate graduation ceremony for pupils and parents.- First aid training was delivered after the council meeting of 19th November.
The next meeting of the Parents Council is on Tuesday 3rd March, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, in the staff room next to the office. All are welcome. 
Please send your items for discussion, as well as your suggestions for guest speakers, courses, fund-raising etc in advance of the meeting to the Coiste Tuismitheoirí secretary, pjdilger@hotmail.com

2014 AGM – Coiste na dTuismitheoirí / Parents’ Council

Coiste na dTuismitheoirí – Election of Officers: The positions of Cathaoirleach(Chairperson) and Rúnaí (Secretary) were filled by Étaín Ó Corcora agus Paul Dilger respectively. Gabhadh buíochas le outgoing officers Maureen Berry agus Alison McCormaic for their contributions, interest and support during their time in office. Mary McCrossan was re-elected Treasurer.

The AGM was well attended and the following were among the matters discussed: – School Facilities & Future Developments; Coláiste Webpage – overview & suggestions; School Improvement Plan – Literacy & Numeracy; Coláiste – Pastoral Care; Examination Results; Extra-Curricular Activities; Behaviour Code – Polasaí Gaeilge; School Uniform – Parents’ Survey;  Board of Management Elections; Fund Raising – Bag Packing?; Future Information Sessions.

Next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday November 19th at 7:00pm9

Coiste na dTuismitheoirí / Parents’ Council Meeting 13/03/14

A meeting was held at the Colaiste – among the items discussed were –  Results of the Uniform survey; Breathe (see homepage); Revised Anti-Bullying policy; Proposed reforms to the Junior Certificate; School Self-Evaluation;

Coiste na dTuismitheoirí / Parents’ Council Meetings-1st Term

Included on the agenda – Update on the relocation of Coláiste an Eachréidh as part of the overall school accommodation plan for Athenry; Literacy and Numeracy Strategy; Brat Glas;  New administration software- VSWARE; Overview of the CAREERS PORTAL webpage; look at the revised COLÁISTE webpage; Principal’s report.

Bailiú Airgead / Fund Raising 2013

Buíochas le Coiste na dTuismitheoirí as ucht €1001 a bhailiú ‘bag-packing’ i Dunnes Briarhill. Well done to all involved! Úsáideadh an t-airgead chun maoiniú a dhéanamh ar dhuaiseanna le haghaidh Ceiliúradh Gaisce/ The monies raised went towards the end of year awards ceremony –  Ceiliúradh Gaisce.

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