Board of Management Report to the School Community School Year 2018-2019
Introduction The Annual Report provides a summary of information on the operation of Wicklow Educate Together National School in line with the requirements of the Education Act. The report serves as an addition to the information provided on the school website wicklowetns.com, the fortnightly newsletters issued by the school, Information booklet provided to all parents of new junior infants, the staff handbook and all information provided to parents and staff during the school year. The report sets out to reflect on the work of the past school year 2018-2019 and looks ahead to the new school year 2019/2020 in Wicklow Educate Together NS. Please see School Self Evaluation Report, also attached.
Board of Management The Board of Management was formed in December 2015. This board will serve a four-year term. The Board’s main function is to manage the school on behalf of the patron and for the benefit of the students and to provide an appropriate education for each student at the school. The Board is accountable to the patron (Educate Together) and the Minister for Education and Skills.
Robert Greene Chairperson
Sinead Watson Principal
Michelle Adebesi Patron Nominee
Koryne Smyth Parent Nominee, Premises
Graham Byrne Parent Nominee, Information Technology
Eamonn O’Hanrahan Teacher Nominee, Secretary
Brian Fitzsimmons Community Nominee, Treasurer
Anthony O’Rourke Community Nominee
School Ethos The school is founded on a caring, nurturing experience, with a child centred focus, and is equality based, coeducational & democratically run. It has found expression this year in
• Student Council
• Regular school assemblies
• Achievement Awards celebrating our pupil successes & progress
• Culture Week
• Forest School
• Learn Together-Ethics & the Environment, Moral & Spiritual, Equality & Justice and Belief Systems
• Aistear Infant classes continue to engage in Aistear, where curriculum objectives are fulfilled through structured play in a stimulating and motivating environment.
Pupils The current pupil enrolment number in Wicklow ETNS is 406. 238 boys and 168 girls
There are 295 families. 20% of our families have English as their 2nd language.
Our families come from Wicklow town, surrounding environs, serving a wide catchment area. The school is served by 4 Bus Eireann bus routes currently.
Staffing In 2018/19 we had a Principal, Sinead Watson and Deputy Principal Mary Dee along with promoted post holders Assistant Principal 1 Adele Kelly & Assistant Principal 2 post holders Paula Ryan/Sally Burnham, Eileen Power & Eamonn O’Hanrahan who made up the middle management structure of the school. We had sixteen classroom teachers. We had twelve support teachers and three classes for children with a diagnosis of autism. There are currently fourteen Special Needs Assistants