Welcome to the Primary School Management Page. Here we hope you will find an answer to some of the questions you have about Primary Schools in our Diocese. We also provide some links to pages that will be of assistance to Boards of Management in relation to the running of your particular school. If you have any questions that are not answered here you can contact the Diocesan Secretary for Education:
Fr Brendan Ludlow e-mail. [email protected]
Mr Semus Mulconry, General Secretary
National Office of CPSMA
St Patrick’s College
T. 01-629 2462
PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN THE DIOCESE OF MEATH
Bishop Michael Smith is the Patron of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Meath, covering the most of counties Meath, Westmeath, Offaly, and parts of Louth, Longford, Cavan and Dublin.
When you enter a school in our diocese you will see a copy of the School Charter.
A Roman Catholic School (which is established in connection with the Minister) aims at promoting the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person of the pupil, intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and with other people.
The school models and promotes a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Catholic School provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church and promotes the formation of pupils in the Catholic Faith.
The Charter defines the goals of Education in a Catholic School.
Our Schools, with quality teachers and and ancillary staff, are managed of behalf of the Patron by Boards of Management.
Each Board of Management is composed as follows:
2 nominees of the Patron (one of whom is Chairperson)
2 Elected members of the Parents/Guardians
1 School Principal
1 Elected representative of the teaching staff
These six people meet and nominate 2 further members of the community to be co-opted onto the Board. Ideally, these 2 people are not parents/guardians, but people from the wider Parish community who have particular gifts and expertise to bring to the Board. This emphasizes the importance of the school in the Parish not only for the Parents and children of a particular generation but for the whole community.
These 8 members constitute the Board of Management. Each Board is nominated by the Patron to the Department of Education and Science (DES) and receives the approval of the State.
New Boards of Management were established on 01 December 2007 and will serve for 4 years.
Each school in the diocese should have a Parents’ Association, and Boards of Management are asked to encourage the parents/guardians to organize an Association. The National Parents’ Council (Primary) will assist schools in forming a Parents Association. The elected Parent representatives to the Board of Management are ex-officio members of the Parents’ Association.
SOME USEFUL LINKS
ENROLMENT IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS
SCHOOL BUILDINGS (DES Guide to Planning and Building Unit)
RELATIONSHIP OF CHURCH AND STATE IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS
NATIONAL CPSMA WEBSITE