The Parents Association is a structure through which parents/guardians can work together for the best possible education for their children. The Parents Association works with the Principal, staff and Board of Management to build effective partnership between home and school. The Education Act 1998 sets down the role of the Parents Association.
The College has a very active Parents Association. The Committee of the Parents Association is made up of approximately twenty parents of current students. This committee is elected at the AGM which is held annually in September.
The Committee is very active in fund-raising and helping with social or cultural events in the college. The Committee meets in the college on the second Monday for every month during the academic year
Parents Association Autumn 2018 Update
NEW PARENTS ASSOCIATION COUNCIL 2018/19
Alex O’Brien (Co-Chair) and Angela Murray (Co-Chair)
Carol Holland (Treasurer) Clodagh Zomer (Secretary) Carol Guildea (Teachers Rep)
Amanda Slevin, Catriona Grimes, Connie Lai, Cormac Gorman, Corona Naessens, Francesca Gallerati, Irene Mc Grath, Isabelle Baz, Karen Flannery, Lisa Stapleton, Liz O’Reilly, Mairead Johnston, Martina Gormley, Michelle Owens, Myles Slevin, Myriam Morgan, Siobhan Carr, Suzanne Jones, Trackie Ruxton
SUMMARY OF PARENTS ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES 2017/18
Our school year began with the AGM in September. The new committee was elected and a report given of our activities during the previous year. Parents present had an opportunity to hear Ms Clarke and management team speak of school achievements during the previous year and plans for the year ahead. Parents had an excellent opportunity to raise any queries they may have had.
The College Careers Evening was held in October, for 5th and 6th year students and their parents and it was deemed a great success. Members of the PA were at hand to welcome and direct parents and also to represent some of their various careers.
The PA sponsored the in house Study Skills sessions for 3rd and 6th year students at the start of the school year. These were facilitated by Grainne Enright of “Brighter Minds” and all students received a useful booklet for future use. Each student was asked for a nominal fee of 5€.
We also sponsored a talk by Pat McKenna of Childwatch.ie on Internet Safety/Cyber Bullying in the first week back to school.
We were very grateful to Skerries Theatre Group for giving us the proceeds of the first night of their brilliant production of “Ladykillers” in November. Proceeds are going to the College Music Department to purchase instruments and equipment.
Also in November, we had Enda Murphy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, speak to parents about fostering resilience in our teenagers. This talk was well received by all present.
Members of our committee have attended meetings in the school as it strives for Yellow Flag accreditation. The Yellow Flag is an initiative supporting inclusion and celebrating diversity. The school Yellow Flag team consists of students, parents, teachers and community reps.
The PA assisted in the College Open Day and assessment exams in February in a “meet and greet” capacity. We also assist on vaccination days (keeping waiting students calm, not giving jabs!)
In April, we had another guest speaker for parents, Dr. John Sharry, clinical psychotherapist and Irish Times columnist. John spoke about managing conflict with teenagers and how to get on better.
Parents were delighted to assist as “curators” to the biennial Art Expo in Ardgillan Castle which ran from mid to end of April and was truly impressive.
May was a busy month with 6th year graduation on the 24th of May and a welcome evening for parents of the new incoming 1st years on the 28th of May. The PA provided refreshments at both occasions.