Care and Management of Students
Managing the Transition from Primary to Secondary School
Both Principal and Deputy Principal visit all our feeder schools early in the school year. We host an Activity Day and Open Night. The Activity Day is when prospective Sixth Class pupils from all of the feeder schools are invited to come to Coláiste Mhuire for the day and sample school life. The Open Night is when the parents of prospective pupils are invited to the school to meet with the Principal, Deputy Principal and teaching staff and are given the opportunity to tour the premises.
The Principal and Deputy Principal individually meet with each incoming First Year student and their parents pre-entry. This meeting allows the Principal to ascertain the student’s needs and also any worries ahead of their transition from primary school.
Class Tutor System
The school places great emphasis on its Class Tutor system. It acknowledges that teachers undertake the resultant increased responsibilities on a purely voluntary basis.
At the start of each school year, a Class Tutor is allocated to each class group. The essential role of the Class Tutor is to take a pastoral interest in each student’s welfare and progress in school. S/he will get to know students sufficiently well to carry out the following specific responsibilities:
- To monitor and sign the School Diary of students on a weekly basis,
- To be aware of any factors likely to adversely affect a student’s school performance,
- To be as supportive as possible to any students experiencing difficulties impacting upon school life and performance,
- To refer any particularly serious matter affecting a student’s welfare to the Year Head, Deputy Principal, Principal and Guidance Counsellor,
- To deal initially with any reported instance of bullying,
- To assist the Principal and administrative staff in various organisational matters.
Class Tutors 2017-2018
|1A||Mr. O. Curran|
|1B||Ms. G. Fallon|
|2A||Ms. T. Cunniffe|
|2B||Ms. E. Beirne|
|3A||Ms. A. Nolan|
|3B||Mrs. C. Tiernan|
|Transition Year||Mr. E. Madden|
|5th Year||Ms. L. Murray|
|6A||Mrs. S. Flanagan|
|6B||Mrs. T. Clogher|
The school community is most appreciative of the care, professionalism and time-input of all those who work as Class Tutors on a voluntary basis.
Student Support Team
The Student Support Team consists of the Principal, Deputy Principal, Guidance Counsellor, SEN Coordinator, Year Heads and other staff members where necessary. The team meets each week to ensure that all students in the school receive any support necessary. They also review particular cases and address any general issues concerning the welfare of students.
The Student Support Team liaises closely with the SEN team and relevant Year Heads, reporting on its work at staff meetings. Furthermore, the Student Support Team is the primary body in Coláiste Mhuire for determining the school community’s prompt, caring and supportive response to any critical incident that may occur.
Special Educational Needs Team
“A recognised school shall provide education to students which is appropriate to their abilities and needs and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, it shall, as far as resources permit, ensure that the educational needs of all students, including those with special educational needs, are identified and provided for….”
Education Act (1998)
The school’s aim with regards to SEN is to be as inclusive as possible and favours an integrated approach. All staff teach students with SEN. There is a dedicated SEN Co-ordinator and team in the school.
All staff form an integral part of the learning support team. There is a growing awareness of the great importance of encouraging maximum participation and involvement by all students in their subject areas. Teachers and parents are continually invited by the SEN team to help identify students that may benefit from supports available.
Our draft SEN policy stresses:
- The recognition of difference,
- The importance of a child being able to esteem themselves,
- Partnership with parents.
Furthermore it makes provision for:
- The identification of students with special educational needs and the procedures to be followed once those students have been identified in receiving support.
Please refer to our draft SEN policy that is available on application to the school authorities.
As a learning community we are passionate about recognising, rejecting and reporting bullying. Since 2013, the school has adopted the Seán Fallon Anti-Bullying Programme which focuses on the promotion of positive behaviour. The programme has been most effective in its application as we have witnessed a reduction in reported cases of bullying.
Ms. Laura Murray is the Anti-Bullyng Co-ordinator.
Please refer to our Anti-Bullying Policy for a comprehensive treatment of same.
Year Head System
The school has three Year Heads: Mrs. Rita O’Connor (Junior Year Head) and Ms. Carmel O’Shea (Senior Year Head). and Ms. Mary Higgins (First Year). Year Heads liaise with Class Tutors and staff regarding students’ welfare and monitor academic progress. They deal with serious issues of indiscipline at the appropriate stage of the ladder of referral, and refer on to the Deputy Principal and Principal. Where necessary all Year Heads hold regular assemblies with students.
The school emphasises politeness, courtesy, co-operation and respect for self, others and property as fundamental principles of behaviour. We are committed to providing an atmosphere of tolerance and openness which respects the dignity of every member of the school community and in which each one can feel valued. Every member of the school community has the right to happiness and the right to learn. No one has the right to take these away from them. All members of the school community will be expected to display positive behaviour throughout the school, whilst representing the school through the wearing of the school uniform and participating in any school-organised activities. This fundamental principle forms the foundation of all the school rules and of the Code of Behaviour. Acceptance of a place at Coláíste Mhuire is taken as acceptance of this ethos.