“The parents of students of a recognised school may establish and maintain from among their number, a parents’ association for the school and membership of that association shall be open to all parents of students of that school”. Education Act 1998
The parents association in a school works with the principal, staff and board of management to promote the interests of the students in a school.
The Education Act also sets out two broad tasks for a parents association which are:
· To advise the Principal or the Board on matters relating to the school
· To adopt a programme of activities which will promote the involvement of parents in the operation of the school, in consultation with the principal.
While all parents are part of the Parent Association, not all can be involved in the day to day organising of the work and it is for this reason that a representative committee is formed.
The following is the process by which a Parents Association committee is selected.
Two parents have selected at random from each year group to serve a one year term on the committee. It is the responsibility of the selected parent to find a substitute should they not be in a position to fulfil the role.
The outgoing committee members will attend the first meeting of the new committee.
The committee meets on around six occasions a year and in the past has been involved in helping out in a number of school activities such as the musical, supervision of study during holidays, campaigning for proper traffic management outside the school and the review of school policies.
Many thanks to the committee for their work in creating a better learning environment for our students.