There is a long tradition of parental involvement in St Patrick’s N.S. A strong sense of community brings parents and teachers together to provide a fulfilling and supportive learning environment for the children. While fundraising is an essential role of the Parents’ Association, the emphasis is always on the social aspects of the various events to encourage participation from all the families.
Supporting our School
The Parents Association are involved in many aspects of school life including;
Together with the teachers, the parents also promote initiatives such as the Healthy Eating Policy. We concentrate on keeping such initiatives fun for the children by holding picnics, smoothie days and international food days.
Supporting our Parents
Another important aspect of the Parents’ Association is our membership of the National Parents’ Council. Through this, we are able to offer educational talks, such as Internet Safety Awareness.
Like many schools we suffer a shortfall between our Capitation grant and the running costs of the school. The Parents’ Association actively fundraises to assist with this shortfall and to provide additional resources for our pupils.
All funds raised go towards enhancing the educational experience for the children. Thanks to the generosity of parents the school was able to buy interactive white boards for all of our classrooms over the last four years. We have also benefited from free gymnastic classes for all children. This money also facilitates us in providing free transport to school tours and events.
The Parent Association is not a forum for complaint against either an individual teacher or parent. The Complaints Procedure is the mechanism for this. Please see the parent section of the website for an outline of this procedure.
The Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary and other Committee Members are elected at the A.G.M. which is held in September each year. All parents are encouraged to attend this meeting.
Chairperson: Emma Madigan
Secretary: Deborah McGowan
Treasurer: Linda Nolan
PA Committee Member: Jenny Small
PA Committee Member: Monica Caulfield
PA Committee Member: Marie Acres
PA Committee Member: Leeanne Campbell
PA Committee Member: Filipa Cardoso
PA Committee Member: Sarah O’Malley
BOM Rep 1: Ruth Fitzsimon
BOM Rep 2: Peter Keane