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                Parent Council A.G.M. 2014                                Front: Marie Fennell, Joe McGloin, Helena McKenna,Mary Kehoe, Aileen Bevins
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Welcome.
 
This is the home of the Parent Council at St. Mary's Academy CBS. With your help we hope to make it a vibrant and busy space where information can be posted and shared. We welcome your comments and your participation.

    Provision is made in the Education Act 1998 to allow parents of students of a school to set up a Parent Council. The Act states that:

    The parents of students of a recognised school may establish and maintain from among their number, a parents’ association (council)for the school and membership of that association shall be open to all parents of students of that school.

    The parents association in a school works with the principal, staff and board of management to build effective co-operation and partnership between home and school. 
    The role of the parent’s association is set down in the Education Act 1998 as follows:

    A parents association shall promote the interests of the students in a school in co-operation with the board, principal, teachers and students. 

    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.

    To operate effectively as a Parents Association you need to have mechanisms in place whereby you can establish the views of the parents and pupils on matters relating to the school. In this way you can select activities that will promote parental and student involvement.

    While all parents of pupils of a school are members of the parents association, the majority do not need to be involved in the day-to-day activities of the association. Usually the parents association will elect a committee who manage the responsibilities of the parent association of behalf of all the parents. The size and formation of the committee is usually determined by the size of the school and the amount of activities to be undertaken


    The following are some of the activities in which Parents Associations might be involved: 
    • Organising information/social events for new parents to the school
    • Organising welcome events for new students to the school
    • Arranging talks on topics of interest to parents, e.g. guest speaker on parenting/discipline etc
    • Providing support/organisational input to major school events, e.g. debs, graduation mass, awards night
    • Channelling parents views on school policy issues to the Principal/Board
    • Contributing to school newsletter
    • Organising Fund Raising Events for the school





 Upcoming Events.

Awards Night and Launch of the C.B.S. Run at 7.00 p.m. on Thursday 12th of May. Your support would be greatly appreciated.