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Above  groups of parents partake in a drama during the Christmas concert.
The school has a very active and hard working Parents association. It helps out in a variety of ways throughout the school year. To date Parents have been involved in numerous activities. These include Fundraising, Sports events, Arts and crafts Halloween Party, Christmas Concert & Pancake day . Joining the Parents association is a great way for new parents to get to know others.  Meetings are held regularly and are well attended. To enable parents be aware of the role of a Parent Association we have copied the following from the National Parents Council website.

As per the Education Act 1998 "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 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"

  • The parent association should work in partnership with the Principal and teachers in the development and review of school policies such as the anti-bullying policy, code of behaviour etc.

  • Parent associations can suggest and/or organise extra-curricular activities with the agreement of the Board of Management, such as dancing classes, sports activities, social events etc.

  • 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 following is our complaints procedure as laid out in our school plan.
If your child has a problem that you cannot sort out, you can arrange to speak to the class teacher. If this doesn't resolve the problem you can speak to the school principal.
If you have a complaint about a teacher or about the school, the first step is usually to speak to the class teacher. Then, if the complaint is not resolved, speak to the school principal. The next step is to approach the chairperson of the school's board of management.
If you have exhausted the school's complaints procedure and are still not satisfied, you can appeal to the Ombudsman for Children.