Parents Association

Current Members of the Parents Association- 2019/2020

The Parents Association AGM was held on Thursday 21st November 2019 and the following committee was elected:

Chairperson- Claire Kirwan

Vice Chairperson- Aishling Alcock

Treasurer- Clare Bailey

Assistant Treasurer- Deirdre Fay

Secretary- Aisling Fagan

Assistant Secretary- Karina Dempsey

PRO- Úna Nolan

Assistant PRO- Yvonne O Brien

 

The Parent’s Association have also created a new website and can be contacted at GrangeParentsAssociation@gmail.com

 

Background:

St Brigid’s National School’s Parents Association is in operation for many years now and since it’s inception has worked with the principal, staff and board of management to build effective partnership of home and school and has promoted communication and friendship between the parents.

We will continue to develop new ways in which parents can play an active part in school life and improve the school’s facilities for the benefit of the pupils.

 

 

 

THE CONSTITUTION OF THE PARENT ASSOCIATION OF GRANGE NATIONAL SCHOOL

The Purpose of the Parent Association

The purpose of the parent association is to provide a structure through which the parents/guardians of children attending Grange N.S. can work together for the best possible education for their chi worked with the principal, staff and board of management to build effective partnership of home and school and has promoted communication and friendship between the parents as

The Aim of the Parent Association

The aim of the parent association is to enable parents to play their part in ensuring the best possible education for their children, through the association’s programme of activities. The parent association will promote the interests of the students in co-operation with the board, principal, teachers and students, in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act, 1998.

The Work of the Parent Association

The parent association will undertake a programme of activities which will promote the involvement of parents and which will support pupils, parents and school staff. In planning its activities, the parent association will consult with the school principal. The parent association may advise the principal and board on any matters relating to the school in accordance with the Education Act, 1998, 26 (2)(a

The Membership of the Parent Association

All parents or guardians of children attending Newstreet N.S. will be deemed to be members of the parent association.

The Committee of the Parent Association

The members of the parent association will elect a number of members who will have responsibility for managing the activities of the parent association.This team will serve as the committee of the parent association.

The Work of the Committee of the Parent Association

  • The committee is the team that will manage the tasks of the association on behalf of the parent body (the members).
  • The committee will draw up a plan for the activities of the association, in consultation with parents and in accordance with their wishes.
  • The committee will be responsible for seeing that activities are run in an efficient and effective way. The committee will consult with the school principal when planning the programme of activities for a particular year. The committee will arrange with the principal and board a system for ongoing communication.
  • At the annual general meeting (AGM) the committee will report to the parent body (the members) about its work.
  • The committee will manage and account for any funds collected by the parent association.

Membership of the Committee

The members of the committee will be elected each year at the AGM of the parent association.

The number of the committee will be a maximum of 12 with a minimum of 6.

Each member will be elected for one year. Members may go forward for election for a further year, providing they have a child in the school. Parent representatives elected to the board of management are automatically members of the committee, but will not hold an officer post.

Co-options and Subcommittees

The committee may co-opt people onto the committee to assist in their work. Subcommittees can be set up for particular tasks. The subcommittees may also co-opt people to assist in their work.

The subcommittees may not make decisions. They are accountable to the main committee.

Finance

The parent association will finance its activities through fund raising specifically for the work of the parent association, or through a small annual charge on parents to be agreed at the AGM.

A treasurer will be appointed from among the committee members and will be responsible for keeping the accounts of the parent association finances.

The treasurer will give a statement of income and expenditure at each committee meeting.

A written statement of income and expenditure will be given at the AGM.

The parent association will keep a bank account in its name.

The treasurer and at least one other member of the committee must sign cheques drawn on the account

Fund raising for the School

Fund raising for the school by the parent association will be done with the prior agreement of the board.

The parent association committee will agree with the board as to the specific school projects for which funds are to be raised by the parent association.

Membership of National Parents Council Primary

The parent association will affiliate to National Parents Council Primary annually.

Changing the Constitution

Changes to the constitution can be made at the AGM.

Proposals/motions to change the constitution must be submitted in writing to the parent association committee.

The parent association committee will then circulate these motions to all parents before the AGM. All parents of children in the school at the meeting are eligible to vote on the proposals.

Education Act, 1998

Parents’ association. 26.—(1) The parents of students of a recognised school may establish, and maintain from among their number, a parents’ association for that school and membership of that association shall be open to all parents of students of that school.
(2) A parents’ association shall promote the interests of the students in a school in co-operation with the board, Principal, teachers and students of a school and for that purpose may—
(a) advise the Principal or the board on any matter relating to the school and the principal or board, as the case may be, shall have regard to any such advice, and
(b) adopt a programme of activities which will promote the involvement of parents, in consultation with the Principal, in the operation of the school.
(3) The board shall promote contact between the school, parents of students in that school and the community and shall facilitate and give all reasonable assistance to parents who wish to establish a parents’ association and to a parents’ association when it is established.
(4) (a) A parents’ association shall, following consultation with its members, make rules governing its meetings and the business and conduct of its affairs.
(b) Where a parents’ association is affiliated to a national association of parents, the rules referred to in paragraph (a) shall be in accordance with guidelines issued by that national association of parents with the concurrence of the Minister.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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