Board of Management
The Board of Management is the body that governs the school. Boards are elected/selected every four years. This Board took up office on December 1st 2011 and its term of office will end on November 30th 2015. The Board manages the school on behalf of the Patron and is accountable to the Patron and the Minister. The Board must uphold the characteristic spirit (ethos) of the school and is accountable to the Patron for so doing. The Principal is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school including the guidance and direction of the teachers and other staff of the school and is accountable to the Board for that management.
It is important to note that Board members are not delegates of their electorates. They have no obligation to either report back to their electors or to take instruction from them on how to vote at Board meetings. Such reporting may be a breach of the confidentiality requirement 8 (a) of the Constitution. It is a matter for each Board to decide what may be reported, and, in this respect, it is advisable that personnel, financial and personal matters should be treated as strictly confidential unless otherwise decided by the Board.
The Board adopts a child-centered approach to all of its work. The Board identifies the key activities and priorities that it will address during its term of office.
One of the agreed priorities of this Board is the physical regeneration of the school building including the building of as many permanent state of the art classrooms as possible during the term of the Board. The Board of Management of SNCN generally arranges a meeting at least once a month.
The current Board members are:
- Chairperson (and Patron’s Nominee): Mr. Gerard Harrington
- Patron’s Nominee: Mr. Paddy Twomey
- Parent Nominee: Mr. Donncha Collins
- Parent Nominee: Ms. Imelda Pearce
- Teacher Nominee: Mr. Stephen Patterson
- Community Nominee (and Treasurer): Ms. Deirdre Mulcahy
- Community Nominee: Mr. Richard Martin
- Principal (and Secretary): Mr. Damien Irwin