Bishop Jim Moriarty, Patron of 166 Primary Schools in the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin, has given a warm welcome to 1,300 members of incoming Boards of Management (BOMs) in these schools who have just begun a four year term of office.

Speaking in Carlow Cathedral at the commissioning of trainers who will deliver a series of workshops for the incoming Boards on the ethos of Catholic schools, Bishop Moriarty commented

Our school Boards of Management undertake a crucial service for the school community and by extension for the whole parish. Our Catholic schools are a key part of the fabric of our parishes. We can be very proud of our schools, in particular for the way they promote and demonstrate gospel values for our young people and their families.

The workshopfor incoming BOMs will be offered on nine nights in seven venues all around the diocese beginning on January 29th and concluding on March 11th.

Thanks for service given by outgoing Boards of Management

Bishop Moriarty also offered words of praise for the outgoing Boards

I want to record our thanks to the members of the outgoing Boards. I would like to highlight two very clear achievements that we have witnessed across the diocese during the last four years.

Firstly, there has been a very welcome building programme both in terms of new schools and additional facilities all over the diocese. These new facilities are a credit to the generosity of their school communities and the stewardship of the Boards of Management.

Secondly, our schools have played a full part in integrating the children from migrant families, the new Irish, into the educational system and into their local community. To give just one of many possible examples – in the seven schools in Newbridge Parish, there are 300 children with an international background, drawn from 29 different nationalities.

The Catholic ethos is one of respect and hospitality. We can be proud of how our schools have managed in these times when there has been a lot of pressure for school places.

In conclusion, Bishop Moriarty stated –

In the coming years, there will be more choice in regard to primary schools and their underlying ethos or patronage. We welcome that development. In some ways, it will help to define more clearly for a new generation what a Catholic school is.

I commend all who contribute to the progress of our schools and especially the well-being and full development of the children.

K&L Primary Schools

The Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin has 166 Catholic Primary Schools under the patronage of Bishop James Moriarty. These schools cater for more than 30,000 children.

Each Board of Management has eight members

2 Patrons nominees (one of whom acts as Chairperson)
Principal + Teachers representative
2 Parents representatives
2 co-opted members