Have you ever wondered what difference the Parents’ Association (PA) makes to our school? The PA is a voluntary group of parents that actively supports the school in different ways. If you have a child attending the school, you are automatically a member of the Parents’ Association (PA) and welcome to get involved in any or all of the various activities that are planned throughout the school year.
We hope that as you browse through these pages, you will find some useful information. If you have any queries about the activities mentioned below or about the PA, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Parents Association meets about once a month or more often if needed. Each year in late September or October, a Committee is elected for that school year at the Annual General Meeting. This officers of this Committee meets regularly with the school principal throughout the year.
At these meetings the Principal briefs the officers on behalf of the school’s Board of Management while the officers of the Committee updates the Principal on behalf of the PA. Upcoming events and activities are discussed and planned for. The PA is committed to good, open communication with parents, the school and its board of management.
The Parent Nominees on the B.O.M are Trish O’Mahony and Richard Martin.
Parents Association Charter
The Parents Association of Scoil Náisiúnta an Chroí Naofa is a voluntary body aspiring to be an inclusive and representative organisation where the parents/guardians of all the children attending the school are welcome.
The primary aims of the parents association are:
- To foster and promote effective communication and interaction amongst its members, the school community and the wider community.
- To provide and facilitate financial and practical support, in consultation with the school community, in maintaining a quality education for the children.
- To support the board of management in its policy making role and to work with the professional teaching body in planning and implementing school policy as appropriate.
Role of a Parents Association
The Parent Association is the structure through which parents/guardians in a school can work together for the best possible education for their children.
The Education Act, 1998 sets down the role of the parent association.The Parent Association works with the principal, staff and the board of management to build effective partnership of home and school. Educational research on the involvement of parents in schools shows that children achieve higher levels when parents and teachers work together.
“The Parent Association can advise the principal and board on any matter relating to the school” (1998 Education Act).
- Parent Associations can suggest and/or organise extra-curricular activities.
- The Parent Association is a support for parents in the school.
- The Parent Association can invite speakers to address the parents on issues which are topical or relevant.
The Parent Association is not a forum for complaint against either an individual teacher or parent. The Complaints Procedure is the mechanism for this.
- The National Parents Council (NPC) offers training for new parent associations on the role and functions of a Parent Association. Please contact Caroline Clynes or Sharon Hopkins on 01-8874475.
Our role is to work in partnership with the school in support of our children’s education. Have a question? Get in touch by email: email@example.com.