Please note that the minutes of the meeting will not be formally passed until the next meeting - what follows is a summary of discussion at the Parents Association Meeting September 2012
The Parents' Association would like to welcome all parents back to school and also the new parents who have joined us this year with the Junior Infant Class.
The Parents' Association AGM will be held on October 1st at 8pm. A letter will be going out to parents in the next few days inviting them to join the PA committee for 2012-2013.
All parents and guardians of children in the school are members of the PA. The other partners are the Pupils, the Teachers, the Principal, the Board of Management (BoM) and the Community.
Our PA plays a supporting role in achieving the aims of the school. It has a key role in promoting partnership within the whole school Community. All activities undertaken should assist the Association to achieve its two main roles in the school:
a) to work in partnership with the principal and BoM for the betterment of the children in the school
b) to support and empower parents in the school to be active in the best interest of their children’s educational lives.
The PA must represent and communicate with the entire parent body. The PA will be stronger if it represents all parents. A vibrant PA offers the opportunity to all parents of children in the school to have their views represented.
Involvement on the PA Committee consists of 10 monthly meetings (approx 1 - 1 1/2 hours long) and assistance with organising also events like family fun day, coffee mornings, etc. It is a good opportunity to meet other parents.
Anyone who has old uniforms they do not need anymore should drop them into Mrs Fahy.
New furniture has been purchased for 2 classrooms - Junior Infants and also 1st or 2nd class. This will be installed before the end of September.
Mrs Fahy thanked the Committee for buying new library books for each class - a very welcome addition.
Some committee members attended the National Parents Council Primary annual conference in June entitled ‘I can do it…but I need your help’. The theme of the conference was parental involvement and explored how parents can support their child’s learning in a practical way. This is complementary to the Department of Education and Skills Numeracy and Literacy programme. The committee hope to have a guest speaker available on the evening of the AGM to share thoughts and experiences on this topic.
Any questions re the above or any other queries, please do not hesitate to speak to your class representatives or you can email email@example.com.