WELCOME TO SHOUNTRADE NATIONAL SCHOOL PARENTS COUNCIL

    The role of Shountrade National School Parents Council is to work in partnership with the Principal, the Board of Management and the whole school community for the betterment of the children attending the school. The Parents Council supports and empowers parents to be active in the best interests of their children’s educational lives.

    ALL PARENTS OF CHILDREN IN THE SCHOOL ARE MEMBERS OF THE PARENTS COUNCIL.

    The Annual General Meeting of the Parents Council is held, usually, in September and at this Meeting a committee is elected to represent the parents for the following year.

    The Parents Council generally meets at the school once a month, more frequently if we are organising an event or participating in a special project. Two members of the Parents Council are also representatives on the School Board of Management. Mrs Lyons, the Principal, regularly attends the Parents Council Meetings, which facilitates great communication between the school and the Parents Council. Quick and decisive decisions are made as a result.

    Fund raising is only a small aspect of the work undertaken by members of the Parents Council in Shountrade. Social events are organised in the school, such as the coffee morning for new parents. The Parents Council hosted the refreshments at the children’s “Write A Book Event”, which was a wonderful social evening held before Christmas 2010. Just before Easter, 200 tickets were sold to support the Holy Trinity Church Restoration Fundraiser at the Greyhound Stadium.

    Sponsorship of the school calendar together with calendar sales, has been the primary source of income for the Parents Council for the past number of years.

    Indeed, in the recent past, the Council has done tremendous work. Extensive fundraising was required when two extensions were added to the school at different times. On one occasion €25,000 was raised at a Thousandaire Function, for the school building fund.

    Over the past few years the Parents Council has helped to fund the purchase and installation of the interactive whiteboards, in each classroom. A large collection of books has been added to the school library over the years from Parents Council funding. In 2010, funding from the Parents Council was utilised to design the school’s new Website, and other technological improvements at the school. The beautiful window boxes, which enhance the school over the summer months, are also funded by the Parents Council.

    Participation in the work of the Parents Council, which evolves, with the life and needs of the school each year, is very rewarding, and a great opportunity for parents to get to know each other.

    New Members bring fresh ideas and stimulation, and are always welcome on the Committee.

     

    SHOUNTRADE PARENTS COUNCIL IS AFFILIATED TO THE NATIONAL PARENTS COUNCIL.

     


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