Mungret Community College

Parents Association

Parents Association

Mungret Community College, Parents’ Association.

Minutes from Virtual Meeting 28th January 2021. 7.00 pm

1.Welcome: Lisa Leenane- Chairperson welcomed everyone.

2.Adoption of minutes of meeting dated 2nd December 2020.

  1. Wellbeing Initiatives overview: Niamh Grealish/Fiona Hickey. Niamh Grealish advised re the schools’ Wellbeing Page, which can be accessed through the school’s home page by following the links under “school curriculum” then “wellbeing”. The importance of balancing remote learning and keeping a routine during home schooling was emphasised.

Fiona Hickey stressed the importance of keeping active and highlighted the “Walk for Wellbeing” challenge that the students are taking part in each week. The week ending 29/1/21 was students v teachers challenge. At the end of each week students submit a screenshot of steps achieved to the school, of which the recommended amount is 6000 steps per day. Important to encourage students “to get out, get active and join in the fun”.

  1. Update from Board of Management- Erika Martin from the Board of Management meeting held on Tues 26th Jan. 2 members of student council attended this meeting. Student council training has been provided to the student council this year. The struggles re home learning and student welfare were discussed with the students.

Fundraisers held by students which were held before Xmas for Pieta House and Simon community were acknowledged.

There were 3 projects entered by students of the school into the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in January, one of which was highly commended.

The school's Anti-bullying policy was updated and is available for parents/guardians to view on the school website under the policy section.

Design team for the new school submitted all relevant information before Christmas to the support planning application. (Since this meeting planning permission has been granted for the new school)

Bicycle lanes are being planned from Fr Russell Road to St Nessans. The new road access will give priority to pedestrians and cyclists.

BOM members are currently participating in a course run by LCETB over 3 nights for training for Board of Management members.

5 Suggestions for Lock down Trivia/Prizes- Maura McHugh. Agreed to consider prizes towards school “Walk for Wellbeing” challenge for students.

6.Update on Pre-Junior Cert Schedule for 3rd Years- Liam O Mahoney. Every effort will be made for students to sit their pre junior certificate. Uncertainty remains around the Junior Certificate, however if it does not go ahead then calculated grading will be used, similar to last year. Studyclixs will be set up for Junior certificate students which will help students revise and receive any help which they may need.

7.Update on Parent Information Evenings; Liam O Mahoney. An information evening will take place soon for students in 3rd Year / TY about their options for 5th year next year. This follows on from the information evenings for First, Second and Third year (about Transition Year) earlier in the academic year, on Zoom.

  1. General update; Liam O Mahoney A new school timetable will be effective from Mon 1st Feb for all students and this will incorporate both recorded and live classes. This timetable should apply for the following 4 weeks. Students are requested to put on their cameras for classes if possible and their backgrounds can be kept blurred, if they so wish. If students do not have a device with a camera, they should contact the school, as these are important for the breakout rooms that students take part in.

School team meetings for teachers continue in the areas of Leading Learning, Student Welling, Student Support, Additional Education, Transition Year.

Justin O’Connor advised that parents should review the Christmas reports with students in relation to the formative feedback and ensure that their child is aware of the skills which they need to work on and understand the next steps which they should take. If unsure, parents can contact the school for support from the relevant teacher. Liam mentioned the importance of the student voice in the christmas reports.

This is all part of our School Improvement Plan (SIP), where we are focusing on Formative Feedback, Reflection and listening to the Student Voice.

For now, no parent teacher meetings will take place.

A link to a parent support page and webinar organised by Jigsaw was shared with parents.

  1. AOB; It was suggested that the Christmas exams should be sent back to students if possible, through their personal email.

The meeting pointed out that we need to acknowledge the skill sets that students are accumulating through remote learning. The ability to engage and operate on line is an obvious example of students being active in their own learning...another skill that is valued.

A special acknowledgement should be given to all the cleaning staff and to the caretaker in the school, for all of the work which they have put in throughout this pandemic to keep the school a safe environment for everyone.

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