Ballymana National School, NS, Craughwell

Parents Association

Role Of A Parent Association

The Parent Association is the structure through which parents/guardians in a school can work together for the best possible education for their children.

The Education Act, 1998 sets down the role of the parent association.

  • The Parent Association works with the principal, staff and the board of management to build effective partnership of home and school.
  • Educational research on the involvement of parents in schools shows that children achieve higher levels when parents and teachers work together.
  • The Parent Association can advise the principal and Board of Management on policy issues and incidents that may require a review of school policy, e.g. Bullying, Safety, Homework, Enrolment, Behaviour problems etc.
  • Parent Associations can suggest and/or organise extra-curricular activities.
  • 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.

2014-15 Committee Members and Officers

Chairperson: Ruth Hegarty

Secretary: Mark Barry

Treasurer: AnneMarie Gilchrist

Committee Members

Sylvie O’Donovan

Marian Barry

Lynia O’Brien

Steve McCrorie

Sean Regan

The Parents Association meets a few times each semester and is responsible for the Halloween and Christmas Parties. Recent years the Committee has been responsible for the Christmas Market, Disco and Car Wash Fundraisers. The Committee also hosts coffee and teas for after the Christmas Carole Service (and a visit from Santa!) and for other events during the school year. The Parents Association has raised funds for playground items, picnic tables, window boxes and was responsible for the design and construction of the playground. The Parents Association welcomes new members and new ideas all throughout the year. We would encourage more people to get involved from ALL classes to come together to make positive changes for our school and our children.

The Ballymanagh parents association is currently working on the following:  looking for people to help man the school’s Christmas market fundraiser,  organising refreshments for the Christmas carol service and a school disco.

Our Parents Association is a member of the Nation Parents Council (NPC) Click here for info on NPC and their next conference

Please contact a commitee member if you would like to join the Parents Association or if you have any suggestions or questions.