The Parents’ Association works with the Principal and staff to promote good working relationships between parents and the school. This ensures parents are represented in matters which relate to their children and are involved in decision making processes affecting the school.
The role of parent associations 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:
- 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.
Membership is open to every parent in the school from Junior Infants to Sixth Class. The association usually meets on the first Tuesday of every month during the school year. Activities are planned and reviewed and matters relating to the school are discussed in a relaxed environment. The Parents’ Association is a great way to be involved in the boys’ school experience. New members are always welcome and offers of help in running some of the school events are greatly appreciated. We are fortunate in St. Anthony’s that, for many years now, we do not have to raise funds for building projects or school equipment.
The main activities organised by the parents association are:
- Coffee Morning for parents of Junior Infant boys on the day they start school
- After Church Reception for families of boys on their Confirmation Day
- After Church Reception for families of boys on their Communion Day
- Gifts for sixth class boys as a memento of their time in St. Anthony’s
- Educational talks on matters of interest to parents, i.e. Bullying, Internet Safety etc.
Subcommittees are formed from time to time to deal with specific issues, e.g. Traffic, Book Scheme, Uniforms, and Healthy Eating. The Parents’ Association hold an AGM at the start of each school year and all parents are invited. This is a good way to meet other association members or raise any issues you may have.
The key committee members are:
Chairperson – Niamh Foley
Secretary – Jill Mc Andrews
Treasurer – Denise O’Mahony
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“We would be delighted to see you at our monthly meetings and are always grateful for help at any of the school events. The parents association is a great forum to meet other parents, as the boys move through their school years.”
St. Anthony’s Parents’ Association is excited to have a very active and creative group. We are well supported by the school and have a great partnership with the principal and staff. Every year we work together to introduce new and exciting projects as well as host annual events such as the Confirmation and Communion receptions. We strive to enhance the boys’ school experience in a positive and fun way.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT:
At the heart of the St. Anthony’s Parents’ Association is the goal to create lasting memories. We hope the events and programmes we organise create fun, positive memories for the boys and will stay with them long after their time at St. Anthony’s.
How We Work
Our aim is to have a parent class representative for each class to make up a working Parents’ Association Committee of about 30 people.
We are led by a Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Committee meets regularly, typically in the evening, on the third Wednesday of each month. We also have sub committees with project leads who organise specific events.
In addition, we receive great support from our wider volunteer list of parents who cannot commit to the Committee but can volunteer their time on occasion. We use Sign Up! This is a free online tool that allow us to create, coordinate and track our events.
You can volunteer for our events. Sign up by clicking here!
The Parents’ Association is primarily financed through an annual voluntary contribution from each family.
Our Events and Programmes
Here is a list of some of the events we organise and host throughout the year:
- Coffee Morning for Junior Infants and New Families
- 2nd Hand Uniform Resale
- Scholastic Book Fair (every second year)
- Staff Appreciation Morning
- Vincent De Paul Collection / The Giving Tree
- Santa Visit for Junior and Senior Infants
- Guest Speaker / Information Talks
- Confirmation and Communion Receptions serving up to 1000 guests each
- Healthy Eating Week (every second year)
- 6th Class Farewell Party
- Infants’ Sports’ Day
Why Get Involved?
There are many benefits to being involved in the Parents’ Association. It is a great way to get to know the workings of our school. The parents also create their own memories by working together, achieving great things and making new friends.
The feel-good factor is another plus! We make a difference through our charitable work and put smiles on children’s faces when they’re enjoying the programmes and events we provide. Children love to see their parents involved in their school – it gives them an added sense of comfort and security and makes them feel proud.