Mary Immaculate Secondary School

Parents' Association

The school is pleased to announce that a Parents' Association (PA) has been re-established for the benefit of the whole school community. At a general meeting for all parents on the 12 October 2020 a committee was elected and formed. The names, roles and catchment area of the 2020/21 committee members are listed in the link below. Please feel free to get in touch and email the Secretary of the PA on You can always approach a committee member from your locality and they will be happy to help you out.

Parents Association Members October 2020.pdf.

Every parent and guardian of children attending Mary Immaculate are members of the Parents' Association.

The aims of this Association are:

1. To promote and foster co-operation between school and home
2. To give parents representation in school planning
3. To support the educational and welfare interests of the students.

The Association is a forum for parents and a channel for information and support. We are interested in the well-being of our school and wish that no parent feels isolated from the school community. We will be organising and participating in events that bring teachers, pupils and parents together to promote wellness.

Useful links from presentation Laura Burke, Communications and PR Officer: MISS PA AGM Links.pdf

The presentation given by the Parents' Association at the AGM is found at this link. Parent's Association at Mary Immaculate School 2020-1.pdf

Attached at the link below is the inherited and newly adopted Parent Association Constitution which will be guiding the newly formed committee. We would welcome your input to make the association worthwhile for everyone. Your voice is important, so don't hesitate to express your ideas!

Looking forward to a positive collaboration with the entire school community.PA

School Books Grant Scheme for Needy Pupils

The school runs a Book Rental Scheme for our First, Second and Third year students. See application form by clicking here

For Needy Pupils in senior classes please ring the school office to see if any second hand books are available. See relevant circular by clicking here

Click here for the Book Rental Application form for 2019-2020 for first time student and click here for letter re: Book Rental for Second and Third year students.

Our Self Evaluation Report and Improvement 2018
In the last year, we have looked at teaching and learning in our school to find out what we are doing well. This is what we discovered:
The previous SSE will serve as a solid foundation for the promotion of Literacy Numeracy ICT and Teaching and Learning. They include the following:
DEAR, Oracy, One Graphic Organiser per year, Our Numeracy plan and sharing documents on Office 365.
 The new focus for our remaining two-year SSE cycle will shift to two current areas of Irish Educational change and transition, namely Junior Cycle Reform and the Digital Strategy.
 Using the Looking at Our School 2016 Framework, The Learner Experience and Promotion of Teachers’ collective / collaborative practice will be fostered through this focus to ensure successful student and teacher outcomes in these new areas of focus.

This is what we did to find out what we were doing well, and what we could do better.
We surveyed Parents Teachers and Students on the SSE Practices in our school.
Then we held focus groups to tease out areas of improvement.
Our recent Whole School Evaluation in September 2018 stated our SSE Practices are Excellent.
To maintain this standard into the future we will continue to integrate SSE practices and current educational policy as part of our everyday classroom teaching and school improvement plan.

This is what we are now going to work on:
To integrate the use of Digital Technology in teaching and learning practices.
 For teachers this will involve sharing plans and storing plans on office 365, allowing for improved Promotion of Teachers’ collective / collaborative practice
 For students it will involve increased use of Digital Technology in the classroom to enhance better teaching and learning.
To use two selected Junior Cycle strategies as per in the classroom for this year
 For teachers this will involve subject departments trailing JCT Strategies and working together to review outcomes and then feedback to wider staff on outcomes.
 For students it is engaging them in alternative ways of learning and enhancing the Learner Experience.

This is what you can do to help:
Join the SSE Parent and Student Focus group when an invitation will arise to give us feedback on your child’s learning.
● Encourage your child to take greater ownership of his/her learning
● Encourage your child to plan his/her own revision
● Remind your child to reflect on his/her learning and to note areas for improvement on each unit of work he/she is studying
● Check that your child is taking on board formative feedback
Encourage your child to communicate any Technology issues with the school if necessary.
● Ensure that your child fills in her journal for every subject each night also noting study that he/she will do.
Check Occasionally their Reading for Enjoyment table, their graphs on test results, their Oracy Presentation record and their presentation feedback table. All of which are in their Home Work Journal.
Here is some information about how we carrying out our work and about what the Department of Education and Skills requires us to do.
School time and holidays
The Department requires all post- primary schools to have 167 school days each year, and a 28-hour school week.
This year we had 167 school days, from August 27th 2018 to May 31 2019. Our school week is 28 hours.
The Department sets out a standardised school year and school holidays.
This year we took all our school holidays within the permitted time YES
The Department sets out arrangements for parent/teacher meetings and staff meetings
This year we had 6 parent teacher meetings and 6 staff meetings all in line with the Department’s regulations
Looking after the children in our school
The Department required schools to follow the Child Protection Procedures it has set down.
Our board of management has agreed in writing to do this. YES
All teachers know about the Procedures and we have told
all parents about them and how we follow them YES
Our Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is John O'Loughlin
And our Deputy DLP is Mona Hynes
Enrolment and attendance
The Department required schools to have and publish and admissions policy, to record and report attendance accurately, and to encourage high attendance and participation.
We have an admissions policy and it is published. YES
We reviewed (and updated) our admissions policy on September 2017
We keep accurate attendance records and report them as required. YES
We encourage high attendance in the following ways:
• Certificates and Awards at the end of the year
• Assisting students to feel a connection with the school community
• Pastoral care system which encourages and monitors attendance
This is how you can help as per out Attendance Strategy 2018:
● Encouraging full attendance in school where possible.
● Ensuring that notes are sent to school if a student is absent.
Positive behaviour for a happy school
The Department required schools to have a code of behaviour, and asks us to consult parents and students about it. We do this YES
Our code of behaviour describes and supports positive behaviour YES
We have a very clear and high- profile anti – bulling policy in our school YES

Notification of the Parents' Association regarding the BOM's review of the Child Safeguarding Statement_30April2019

Mary Immaculate Secondary School,
Co. Clare,

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