Principal’s April message

Dear friends,

As we approach the beginning of May I have some exciting news to share with our community. After much lobbying and preparation I am delighted to report that the Department of Education and Skills have approved our application to construct 5 science laboratories. The current labs will be converted into general classrooms, and the prep rooms into small offices or SEN rooms. We are enormously grateful to our trustee, Fr Leonard Moloney SJ, Fr Provincial who has committed to funding the difference in cost of the construction of labs compared to the cost of 5 general classrooms which the Department had approved. It is an astonishing gift to the school and to its students and teachers. It means we are moving on to another stage of our development plan. The re-roofing of our school has arrived at the design stage so in just a few years the school facilities will be transformed. The Board and staff are delighted that the hard work they have put in to this process over the last few years is finally coming to fruition. The board is grateful also for the input from the parent council, and to those who completed surveys when invited on priorities for development, and to individual parents who have shared their skills. We hope soon to launch an overall Campus Development Plan to include improvements and overhaul of all facilities in the school. I will keep you posted.

I wish to salute the work of the sports fund-raising committee who held a very successful 20k drop during second term. Today I can notify that nearly €30k was raised which is a phenomenal figure! This has been invested in the delivery of the sports programme in Crescent, across all sectors. I wish to thank the committee, under the stewardship of Pat Rickard, our sponsors and advertisers, all who bought tickets and those who attended on the night. Thanks also to Brian Harrington in Radisson Blu.

The state exams are underway: orals are completed, projects submitted, and practical exams from May. We wish all in 6th and 3rd year the very best for the duration of their exams. These students will continue to be our focus during the final month of the academic year. TY are excited about their trip to Achill and 1st, 2nd and 5th years are revising for their summer exams. The study programme has helped many and I am always impressed at the quality of work our students achieve.

Over the next two weeks Crescent will be undergoing a WSE-MLL, Whole school evaluation under the headings of management, leadership and learning. We welcome the three Inspectors and hope that the experience will be an affirming one for all. When recommendations follow we will embrace these as an opportunity to improve. I have sent texts to parents regarding student participation, but please don’t hesitate to contact the school if you have any queries.

The Crescent talent show takes place on 27 April at 7.30. Good luck to all performers and thanks to TY students who will arrange and stage, and to Emma and Lisa for their support. The overall winner will be invited to perform at our next assembly, on 10 May. At this week’s assembly student achievement was celebrated in the winning of two 1st year trophies, one for girls’ soccer and one for hockey; the Green Schools committee addressed the assembly and we look forward to their work and hope that they will be as successful as the Healthy Schools committee who this week raised the flag they have been awarded. We also heard about the recent senior English trip to London and the Fr Troddyn walk.

I finish by reminding you that I am the DLP (designated liaison person) for child protection in the school and Sinead Mulcahy is Deputy DLP. The child safety statement is on the website with all other policies and displayed in the school.

Wishing you well,

God bless,

Karin Fleming