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St. Brendan's National School, Cartron Point, Sligo

Parents' Association News

A meeting was held in the school on 25th January 2023 to form a new committee of the Parents' Association. Many thanks to those who attended. The Principal, Ms Hurley, spoke to the group about what a Parents' Association does. She emphasised that research has shown that children grow, develop and learn a best when parents and teachers work together. During the discussion that followed, there were many interesting and useful ideas from the group. It was agreed that further ideas of how the Parents Association could enhance school life would be sought from the new Student Council.

A further effort will be made to get representatives from each class in the school to expand the committee. Election of officers has been postponed until then.

St. Brendan's NS Parents' Association is affiliated to the National Parents Council (NPC).

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 can fundraise for planned activities, under the stewardship of the Board of Management

The Parent Association has a positive role to play in the life of the whole school community: pupils, parents, staff, families and the wider local community.