Board of Management Report Annual Report 2017

The purpose of this Annual Report is to provide a summary of information on the operation of Scoil Naomh Padraig in line with Department of Education and Skills requirements.

The Report serves as an addition to the information provided on the school website,, the various letters issued by the school, circulars to parents, the Information Booklet provided to all new parents in June of each year and information provided to parents on all other occasions.


Board of Management 2015-2019.

A new Board of Management was elected in November 2015 to sit for a four year period.

Patron nominees           Anne Mc Carter

Fr John Walsh

Principal                         Roisin Walsh

Teacher nominee          Sorcha Harkin

Parent nominees           Danny Harkin

Elizabeth Doherty

Community nominees  Charlie Donaghey

Mary Pratt


The work of the Board of Management.

Work undertaken by the BOM during 2016-2017 included:

-Reviewing Department correspondence, circulars, etc.

-Staff appointments

-Vetting and Garda clearance certificates

-Board of Management training workshops

-Maintenance of school

-Planning additional resources for school

-Planning for the future



The school has three classroom teachers including the Principal, a learning support teacher (shared with Donagh N.S) and a full time resource teacher . We also have one Special Needs Assistant, a part-time secretary and a part-time cleaner/caretaker.

This support is invaluable in providing the best education possible to all children.


School Ethos

Scoil Naomh Padraig is a Catholic Primary School under the patronage of the Catholic bishop of Derry Dr Donal Mc Keown. Subject to the terms of our Enrolment Policy, our school welcomes and enrols pupils of other faiths or of no faith and respects their beliefs and practices.

The trustees of our school are nominated by our Patron.

The Board of Management meets termly or as business requires.  Outside of these meetings, the Chairperson and the Principal regularly communicate with each other. The Board is supported by an active Parents Association. It comprises of representatives of parents of current students. All play a highly supportive and active role in our school.



The financial management of our school is conducted in strict compliance with Department of Education requirements. The treasurer provides financial reports at each BOM meeting. The principal provides a report on the expenditure of parents fundraising money.

The Board is very aware of the impact that ongoing government cutbacks in funding are having on the school and is extremely grateful to the parents who organise and support all fundraising events in the school.


The BOM is grateful for the contribution received from BEAM Wind Ltd to school funds. Contributions were also received from Councillors Albert Doherty and Rena Donaghey towards the new parking arrangements.

Charities supported during the year included BUMBLEance and Donegal Leprosy Fund.



The building works/repairs carried out this year were:

Improvement to teacher car park to facilitate more parking space and improved road safety.  Repairs to prefab.  Ongoing investment was made in keeping IT equipment in working order.

Application has been made to the D.E.S. to replace prefab with a permanent building.

Consultation was made with county council in relation to road safety at home times.


Curricular Development

The Board notes the many positive developments implemented by the staff this year.

The children got a large variety of experiences including athletics, football, involvement in interschool quizzes, Sports Day, an opportunity to participate in a Speech and Drama competition in Feis Domhnaigh, participation in Seachtain Na Gaeilge and Active Schools Week. All pupils had a visit from An Garda Siochana about road safety. Middle classes had a visit from the fire brigade on fire safety. Middle classes also participated in environmental workshop provided by Annette Mc Neilis from Buncrana Tidy Towns.  Senior pupils attended a workshop in LYIT for Engineers Week. Senior classes also participated in a workshop on wind energy provided by KidWind.  All children for 1st to 6th classes attended swimming lessons for six weeks. School Completion Programme provides on-going support including art workshops, basketball etc.  The school achieved their second Green Flag for the Energy theme.

Members of staff have participated in a variety of Continuous Professional Development including courses on the new Oral Language curriculum, IT, Physical Education, First Aid, etc.


Policy Development

Administration of Medicines and Special Educational Needs Policy were reviewed. An E-Learning policy was updated. Annual review of Child protection policy and Anti Bullying Policy were carried out.


Parents’ Association

A new committee was formed at the start of the school year. They held two major fund raising events- the Silver Circle and the Run/Cycle /Walk. A quiz was held in the North Pole. A contribution was received from the Internet Of Things course, run in the Sliabh Sneacht centre which provided the facility free of charge. A parent organised a Christmas event and a summer bonfire in aid of school funds.

A debt of gratitude is owed to the hard-working committee and all parents for all their work throughout the year. They are a great support to the school and the staff.




This Board of Management wishes to express its appreciation to the hard working, dedicated and committed staff of Scoil Naomh Padraig Drumfries.

It also commends the involvement and work of the Parents Association and members of the community who actively support the school in many ways.

The pupils of the school are deserving of special mention for their excellent behaviour, co-operation and their many achievements.


The school will reopen for pupils on Wednesday 30th August 2017