Parents Association Newsletter June 2020
Little did we think starting last September that the school year would finish like this. It has been a strange experience for pupils, parents and teachers. While the fundraising activities of the Parents Association were abandoned we want to take this opportunity to say thanks.
To Mrs Vaughan, the teaching staff and SNA’s thank you. The support and help given to the families of the school particularly since March 12th has been wonderful. Home schooling has been a steep learning curve and knowing there is a strong support network there for parents has been a great help. The live classes have been invaluable in keeping the children connected with their friends and teacher.
To Nora, Mike and Caroline thank you for all that you do for our children and the support you give to the PA at the many school events during the year.
To our Sixth class girls, who could have thought starting out last September that you would finish school formally in March. It has been particularly tough for you all. However, be in no doubt the contribution you have made to our school will be long lasting. Each one of you has shown remarkable courage, kindness and respect over the last 8years. Be proud of yourselves and believe in your own strengths when starting secondary school. We wish every one of you a happy secondary school life and we hope you have some wonderful memories from primary school to take with you.
To the Senior Infant boys we hope you enjoyed your time in our school even though it was cut short. We hope you have a great time in St Colemans School.
To the First Communion girls we hope that you weren’t too disappointed to have missed your day. When school returns we know that your special day will be made even more special by the school and hopefully the Parents Association will be there on the day to host the party.
While it is going to be a strange summer and none of us knows what September will bring the Parents Association want to wish everyone a happy and safe summer and hopefully we will see you all in September.
Gerry O’Connell (Chairperson)
Cathy Green - Linehan (Secretary)
Parents Association Committee 2018- 2019
Chairperson : Geraldine O'Connell
Vice Chairperson : Rose Browne
Treasurer : Bridget Jordan
Vice Treasurer: Natasha Humphryes
PRO Ursula Carroll
Secretary Cathy Green Linehan
Vice Secretary Roanna Browne
COMMITTEE Skirma Vasiliauskas
Our most recent fundraiser was Strictly Comes to Kanturk. This took place on the 9th of December 2016. This event was a huge success and we at Convent GNS are very grateful to those who participated and supported this event in any way. See below some photographs taken of our dancers.
Parents Association Committee 2016-2017
Chairperson: Adele Hynes
Vice: Geraldine O'Connell
Treasurer: Bridget Jordan
Vice: Natasha Humphries
Secretary: Cathy Green-Linehan
Vice: Ann Keller
PRO: Ursula Carroll
Vice: Peter O'Callaghan
The Parents Association of Convent of Mercy N.S. is a voluntary body aspiring to be an inclusive and representative organisation where the parents/guardians of all the children attending the school are welcome.
The Parents Association is a voluntary group of parents that actively support the school in different ways. If you have a child attending the school, you are automatically a member of the Parents’ Association (PA) and welcome to get involved in any or all of the various activities that are planned throughout the school year.
The Parents Association meets about once /twice a term or more often if needed. Each year in late September, a Committee is elected for that school year at the Annual General Meeting. The officers of this Committee meet regularly with the school principal throughout the year.
At these meetings the Principal briefs the officers on behalf of the school’s Board of Management while the officers of the Committee update the Principal on behalf of the Parents Association. Upcoming events and activities are discussed and planned for. The Parents Association is committed to good open communication with parents, the school and its Board of Management.
The following are some of the successful events run by the Parents Association of our school
Coffee Mornings, Womens Wellness Night, Family Fun Walk, Bag packing, Concerts, Table Quiz, Fashion Shows and our most recent Strictly Comes to Kanturk.
The primary aims of the Parents Association are :
To foster and promote effective communication and interaction amongst its members, the school community and the wider community.
To provide and facilitate financial and practical support, in consultation with the school community, in maintaining a quality education for the children.
To support the Board of Management in its policy making role and to work with the professional teaching body in planning and implementing school policy as appropriate.