So this is me, a proud mamma to my two fantastic teenagers, my youngest being a T.Y. student in Belmayne Educate Together Secondary School. After the children were born I took a career break to be a “Stay at Home Mam”. In 2012 our family moved to Sweden where we lived for 8 years. It was a fantastic experience which opened our minds to other cultures and ways of life. It was also a great opportunity to learn another language. We moved home to Ireland at Christmas 2019, and I returned to the work force as a clerical officer in the Criminal Courts of Justice. In the past I have volunteered with the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps and the Scouts, and I have a lot of experience in organising and planning fundraising events. I was also the treasurer for Swords Scout Group. In my spare time I enjoy cooking and baking, gardening and I am a member of a book club. My strong skills are administration, communication and organisation which I feel will add strong value to the Board of Management.
My name is Karina Malone but I also go by the title of ‘Páidí and Meadhbh’s Mam’. Both my children attend Belmayne ETSS, Páidí is in 4th year and Meadhbh is in 3rd year. My children attended Belmayne ETNS and as a family we strongly believe in the Educate Together ethos.
I helped campaign for the patronage of our new secondary school by going door-to-door, and with the patronage secured I never imagined the school would be open in time for either of my children to attend! Thankfully, I now find myself in the position where my two children can continue their education in an Educate Together school.
I would like to be considered for the role of Parent Rep on the Board of Management, and I feel that through my work and life experiences I can bring many qualities, and a good work ethic that is needed for the Board of a developing school. I have spent the last year on the BOM and I would love to continue my work on it. I have previously worked in a busy retail shop through my school and college years. This was followed by 12 years as a self-employed painter and decorator, specialising in decorative finishes, a job which allowed me to travel throughout the country working in cathedrals, hotels, pubs and private homes. After the premature birth of my eldest child, Páidí I spent a few years at home with my children before returning to work temporarily in childcare. A career I quickly grew to love and enjoy. With the introduction of new qualifications required for childcare workers by the government I studied at night while working part time in childcare. Nearly ten years later I am still working in the same creche! I challenge myself to evolve and progress in the field of childcare and have recently started working with the pre school age group as an AIM worker. I am working with children who have additional needs so that they are included in the preschool classroom.
I feel through my varied career the skills I can bring to the BOM will be good communication, the ability to multi-task, a strong work ethic and understanding the importance of confidentiality.
Gesuina(Giusi) Diana is an accountant with a strong background in finance and hospitality.
She moved to Ireland from Italy in 2004 and embrace irish culture.
In her spare time, she loves reading, cooking italian food and travel.
She wants to join the BOM to bring new ideas, different points of view of learning and, with her background in finance, she can assist in all the financial aspects of the school, but most importantly, she wants to be involved and connected to the children’s learning and development.