What a wonderful evening we enjoyed last Friday. Big thanks to the organisers and helpers who had to return to Killiney Castle on Saturday morning to take down stage, balloons etc! That’s commitment!
The night was the culmination of a year of events for the 40th anniversary: Family Quiz – September; Educate Together Student Meet – October; Educate Together photo call and news event – November; Winter Market Hall of Fame – December; Founders’ Day children’s 70s party – February; Whole School Assembly DSP History presentation and Million Dreams songs – March; DSP AGM Vincent McDowell draw – May; – and the fabulous social media postings throughout the year. Thanks to each and every person involved for contributing to the celebrations and creation of archives for future reference.
Chairperson Ross McManus reported on the progress with our building extension – the Department of Eduction and Skills is satisfied with the plans pending clarifications regarding land under lease from DLRCoCo. Our thanks to local public representatives for their support on our behalf, in particular to Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor.
Items on the agenda included the Treasurer’s Report, Principal’s Report, Communications Report, Maintenance report, Voluntary Contributions report, and Buildings report. Specific items included:
- The Board appreciates the positive response to the recent reminder letter re Voluntary Contributions and thanks all those who have contributed to date €27,820.44.
- Thanks to positive voluntary contributions the Board has approved improvement works on floors and some furniture.
- The Board acknowledges the tremendous work carried out by the DSP40 committee. Sincere thanks to all involved in celebrations throughout the year. Special words of gratitude to Ailish and Saoirse who led the DSP40 committee, to Victoria who led the social media campaign, to Alice and Lorraine for leading the photographic archives and to Aisling O’B for liaising between the many committees.
End of Year Reports 2nd – 6th
We expect significant changes in standardised test results this year. Drumcondra Primary Tests have been re-normed giving a more accurate indicator of children’s abilities within class groups. This should enable us to continue accessing support from the Department of Education and Skills (DES) for children who need additional scaffolding.
It is important to note that teachers’ comments tend to give a more comprehensive assessment of children’s progress rather than results from one test administered in one morning in a child’s school life. Teachers’ observations are more holistic including reflections on social, emotional, organisational and creative skills.
End of year reports will be issued through the Aladdin Connect App at the end of the third week in June. If you are interested in further information on standardised tests, click the link below.