The Board of Management of St Patrick's BNS
Dr. Daire Keogh- Patron's Nominee
Ms. Elaine O'Rourke - Parent
Mr. Paul Clarke - Parent
Ms. Cliona Kernan - Community
Mr. Eamonn O'Connell - Community
Ms. Natasha Bassett - Teacher
Fr. Paul Hampsome - Patron's Nominee
Mr. Tomás Moriarty - Principal
The new Board has taken office and will continue for the next 4 yrs.
Overview of the role of the Board of Management
Boards of Management of primary schools are appointed for a four year term. The term of
office for new Boards of Management is from 1 December 2011 to 30 November 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 guidance and direction of the teachers and other staff of
the school, and is accountable to the Board for that management.
All Boards of Management of primary schools assuming office from 1 December 2015
onwards are required to adhere to the provisions of the Governance Manual of Primary Schools.
It is acknowledged that the most effective Boards also have a clear
understanding of their role and responsibilities and ensure that these are fulfilled.
The Board should adopt a child-centred approach to all of its work. It must also have regard to the
efficient use of resources (particularly the grants provided by the State), the public interest in
the affairs of the school and accountability to students, parents and the community.
It is important that from the outset, the Board carefully considers its role and responsibilities
and identifies the key activities and priorities that it will address during its term of office.
These will vary from school to school depending on the school’s individual circumstances.