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Welcome back to all after the Easter Break. Below is s summary of Parents Association meeting held on Monday 8th April.


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Parenting Course  - There are still some slots available if any parent is interested in the Parenting Course being run in conjunction with the National Parents Council (NPC).

School Jumpers - The Cluny Crest will be incorporated on new school jumpers from September when you purchase them in Arnotts.

Thanks to all those who attended the Coffee Morning and Book Sale held on Friday 22nd March. A grand total of €830 was raised. This amount will be used to replace one of the teaching laptops. The Parents Association have sponsored the purchase of a total of 4 new laptops this year - allowing staff to fully utilise the excellent infrastructure already installed in the school including the interactive whiteboards, faster internet connection and of course the full set of student laptops (Fizzbooks). Check in with your daughter to see how she is getting on with the Fizzbooks!

Mrs Fahy has asked us to say Thanks to  all those parents who provide lefts to various school events - Zoo trip for 1st class, athletics in Porterstown, hockey Matches.

Next month is a very busy month for the girls in 2nd class and 5th class with Confirmation taking place on the 17th May and Communion on the 18th May. We wish the girsl and teachers (and parents) well in their preparations.

Communion 18th May: Traditionally the parents of 1st class help the committee with the reception after the Communion Ceremony. This takes place in the secondary school hall and we will need help from 10am until about 1.30pm. Can you please contact Philippa (086-0406186 - 1st Class rep) if you can spare even 1 hour on Saturday 18th May to help with the communion.

Confirmation 17th May: The tradition is similar for Confirmation where we look to the parents of 5th Class to help the committee with the reception after the Confirmation Ceremony. This takes place in the Castleknock Parish Centre and we will need help from 11.30 - 2pm. Please contact Liz (087-2353651) or Emma (086-2376852) 5th Class reps if you can spare even one hour

Parents Association Social Night - Friday 24th May

We have been busy organising a fun SOCIAL NIGHT for all of you. It will take place on Friday 24th May in the Castleknock Golf Club. This is a fun evening and we are only looking to cover the cost of the event. To that end - the tickets are a very reasonable €16 a head or €30 for 2. For this you will have a Prosecco reception on arrival, followed by canapés and a DJ for the music.

Please please make an effort to come along. The last social night we had was a fantastic night and so well attended. It is a great opportunity to meet and chat with other parents in a fun environment. So get those babysitters organised and get your tickets from your class reps as soon as possible.

We need at least 100 people to make sure we cover our costs so with 192 families in the school that should be achievable. And remember this has been organised for you so please support us -Your committee  - by buying a ticket.

Congratulations to the 6th Class hockey team on their fabulous Leinster League win - Well Done girls and Ms. Carroll too.

Ms. Chapman continues Basketball training with the girls from 5th and 6th class - girls have had a few friendly matches and are really enjoying the new sport.

Good Luck to the girls from 4th, 5th and 6th who have been entered in to the Leinster Tennis League.

GAA continues to grow in popularity throughout the school. We hope to ensure our entry to the Cumann na mBunscoil next year and who knows - we might even enter the hallowed turf of Croke park one day!

See below for details on the NPC Annual Conference which will be held this year on Saturday June 15th at the National College of Ireland, IFSC, Dublin 1.

 The NPC are delighted to be able to announce that Joyce Epstein will be joining us at our conference as the key note speaker. You will recognise her name from the six principals of parental involvement which formed the basis for the NPC policy on parental involvement, which can be found in their publication,” Education for Tomorrow the Parents’ Vision”. You will also recognise Epstein’s framework reflected in NPC’s newly launched Strategic Plan.

 As you know Epstein’s work has formed the basis of NPC’s vision and hopes for the future. Much of the work that NPC plans to do in the future and the legislation, which NPC are campaigning for, has been developed using Joyce Epstein’s framework for parental involvement. NPC are delighted that we will be able to hear in person how the framework has been implemented in the USA and to have the opportunity to ask questions of this eminent researcher.

Joyce L. Epstein, Ph.D. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University , is Director of the Centre on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS), Principal Research Scientist, and Research Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University . 

In 1995, she established the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS), which provides professional development to enable school, district, and state leaders develop research-based programs of family and community involvement. Dr. Epstein has over one hundred publications on family and community involvement including School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action, Third Edition (Corwin Press, 2009), which guides partnership program development, and a textbook for college courses for future teachers and administrators called School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Preparing Educators and Improving Schools, second edition (Westview, 2011).  Among recent awards, she was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in 2009 and received the 2009 Elizabeth Cohen Award for Applied Research from AERA’s Sociology of Education Special Interest Group.  Her current research focuses on how district and school leadership affects the quality of schools’ programs of family and community involvement and results for students.  In all of her work, she is interested in the connections of research, policy, and practice.  (For Dr. Epstein’s publications, see the Publications List in the section Research and Evaluation.)

This is a wonderful opportunity for us all particularly as Epstein’s work has info rmed so much of NPC and Government policy on Parental Involvement. The event will be attended once more by the Minister. Further details will follow closer to the event.

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