A meeting of DSPNS Board of Management (BOM) was held on Monday 12th October 2020 (via Zoom).

Items on the agenda included the Principal’s Report, Maintenance report, Health & Safety report, and Buildings report.  Specific items included:

  1. The Board thanks the school community for participating in the Travel to School Survey. The Board can now respond to DLRCoCo requirement based on our planning application.
  2. The Board thanks the school community for working well together to deal with the challenges of Covid 19.
  3. The revised Code of Behaviour is uploaded to our website: https://www.dspns.ie/policies/
  4. The Board invites all school community members to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Board of Management on Monday 19th October 2020 at 7:30ppm via Zoom

Board of Management AGM

We had a bigger than usual attendance at the BoM AGM via Zoom. People who had not attended the BoM AGM previously found it a worthwhile opportunity to learn about the work involved behind the scenes in running the school.

We are sorry to say goodbye to our Chairperson of the past five years, Ross McManus. Ross led the Board in an empathetic and positive manner, sharing his skills and experience from working in third level education. He always considered what was in the best interests of the children in the school and facilitated debate and decisions to uphold our ethos. Ross generously stayed on after his children had graduated from DSP so that we could develop a sound succession plan thus enabling the smooth transition to the next Chairperson. Sincere thanks to Ross and hope his work in Trinity College continues to flourish.

We extend sincere gratitude to Paula Fagan and Simon Boucher who have stepped down from their roles as treasurer and voluntary contributions/communications person. Both contributed to monthly BoM meetings, always seeking innovative and creative solutions to challenges and promoting strong connections within the school community. As their children still attend DSPNS, it is wonderful to know we have their skills and support to draw on.

As Paula was a parent nominee, we needed to identify someone available to act as female parent nominee. Lisa Halpenny was proposed and will take on the role of voluntary contributions/communications person. Lisa has good experience with the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) which will help nurture connections between the different committees within the school community. Maintaining supportive relationships is particularly important in these pandemic times.

DSP Executive Meeting

A DSP Executive meeting was held on 22 October 2020. The executive is the Patron of DSPNS and Monkstown Educate Together NS (under the umbrella of Educate Together). Two patron nominees were proposed as members of our Board: Ciaran Byrne as chairperson and Brendan Lawlor as treasurer.

Ciaran is a teacher and leader at Newpark Comprehensive and a parent in DSPNS; Brendan is a chartered accountant, project manager and equality activist. We look forward to working with them to ensure the school is a safe, happy and nurturing space for every individual child.

Would you be available for future committee positions?

As a well established school, we have been fortunate to manage smooth transitions when people step down from their voluntary roles. The school benefits from a broad representation of committee members. The Board would like to encourage people to think about the possibility of sharing their skills. Also consider nominating people from the local community or the extended school community. Developing links with our locality and with DLRCoCo could enhance the learning opportunities we offer to children.

Click this link for further information on Boards of Management: https://www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Information/Boards-of-Management/governance-manual-for-primary-schools-2019-2023.pdf

We would love to hear proposals for people who might consider future involvement in the DSP Executive and the Board of Management.