Parent Association St. Joseph’s N.S.

ganising forTheresa Creighton a local photographer, to come into the school on Monday 30th April to take pupil photographs. Below is her order form. If you wish your child/children to have their photographs taken on this day, please fill in the details below.

All details of the photography day will be available through the Parent Association Facebook page and any queries you have should be sent to the PA.

You can choose Package 1

(1) 10×8 print

(2) (1) 8×6 print

Total cost €13

and/or Package 2

1) A4 print

(2) 10×8 print

(3) 8×6 Print

(4) Large keyrings

Total cost €23

School Photographs Order Form

Please return the form above to the school office (marked Parent Assoc. Photos) by Tuesday 24th April 2018 if you wish your child/children’s photographs to be taken.


Easter Raffle on Thursday 22nd March

CAKE SALE 11th March

Cake sale to raise funds on Sunday 11th March “Mother’s Day” after 10.30 a.m. Mass and again after the 12 noon Mass. All donations of cakes are requested to be left in the
Parish Centre on this day. The money raised will be used to fund the First Communion party for children and parents on Saturday 5th May.

Pancake Tuesday 13th February 2018

Parent Association cook the most delicious pancakes for everyone.


Santa comes to our school at the kind invitation or our Parent Association.

Parent Association organisedChristmas Draw 2017


Parent Association –  2017-2018  AGM Monday 25th September @ 8 p.m.













Parent Association  – Action Plan for Term 3 2017

Organisation of Book Rental for 2017-2018

Sport’s Day for Junior Infants

Our Parent Association organised the Food Dudes for Junior Senior and First Class during Active School Week.

Thanks to our P.A. for funding our Skipping workshops for the entire school for Active School Week.

Sport’s Day- Thanks to our P.A. for their help with Senior Sport’s Day. The fruit and drinks were much appreciated.

Thanks to all who helped with tea and buns for First families in the Parish Centre on Saturday. It was a tremendous success!
Easter Raffle-Congratulations to the winners of the Easter Raffle. P.A. raised €810

Thanks to all who supported our “Cake & a cuppa” last Sunday

Thanks to all who supported our Table Quiz in Murtagh’s Lounge on Saturday 4th March. There was a great turn out and everyone had a most enjoyable night with quiz master Gabriel Patterson. Thanks to all who contributed to a great night!

Parent Association – News Feb 2017 – Action Plan for Term 2

Thanks to all our parents who helped Santa and Rudolph distribute treat bags and certificates of Goodness to our pupils at Christmas. The event was a huge success and enjoyed by all!

Pancake Tuesday

The Parent Association are looking for parents to help on Pancake Tuesday 28th February for their pop up restaurant in the hall where they will cook and serve the most delicious pancakes to our 427 pupils. This will all take place in the hall from 9.30 a.m. – 12. 30 . The purpose of the event is to raise money for Trócaire [€1 @ pancake] and to have some fun!


Table Quiz will be organised by the Parent Association for Saturday 4th March at 9 p.m. in Murtagh’s Lounge in aid of our school. Table of 4 for €20. We need your support.

“Cake and Cuppa”

Communion Mass takes place on Sunday 26th March at 1030 a.m. Our Parent Association are organising a “Cake and Cuppa” after the Mass in the Parish Centre. All baking is welcome. Please bring the whole family over after Mass and enjoy  the baking and tea and craic. Donations for the school are welcome.

Easter Raffle

Our Parent Association are organising an Easter Raffle. Ticket will cost €1 and will be available from 3rd April. The raffle will take place on Friday 7th April. Due to the ban on chocolate due to allergies parents/ guardians must be responsible for the collection of any Easter Egg Prizes.

Please contact Michelle Mc Niece 087 2784623 or Vicky Kieran 087 8982038 if you would like to help at any of these events




Parent Association -St. Joseph’s N.S. 2016-2017

Chairperson- Gabriel Patterson

Treasurer- Anne Marie Murtagh & Lisa Blake

Secretaries- Michelle Mc Niece and Vicky Kieran

What is a Parent Association?

The parent association is the structure through which the parents/guardians in a school can work together for the best possible education for their children. All parents/guardians of children in the school are members of the association with a number of parents being elected to a committee.

The parent association works with the principal, staff and board of management to build effective partnership between home and school.

Educational research on the involvement of parents in schools shows that children achieve better outcomes when parents and teachers work together.
What does a Parent Association do?

As per the Education Act 1988 “A parents’ association shall promote the interests of the students in a school in co-operation with the board, Principal, teachers and students and for that purpose may advise the Principal or Board, as the case may be, shall have regard to any such advice.

The parent association should work in partnership with the Principal and teachers in the development and review of school policies.

Parent associations can suggest and/or organise extra-curricular activities with the agreement of the board of management, such as dancing classes, sports activities, social events etc.

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.
What the Parent Association does not do?

The parent association is not a forum for complaint against either an individual teacher or parent. The Complaints Procedure is the mechanism for this.



Parent Association of St. Joseph’s National School –Constitution of the Parent Association
The Purpose of the Parent Association

The purpose of the Parent Association is to provide a structure through which the parents / guardians of children attending St. Joseph’s National School can work together for the best possible education for their children. The Parent Association will work with the principal, staff and board of management to build an effective partnership of home and school.
The Aim of the Parent Association

The aim of the Parent Association is to enable parents to play their part in ensuring the best possible education for their children, through the association’s programme of activities.The Parent Association will promote the interests of the students in co-operation with the board, principal, teachers and students in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998.

The Work of the Parent Association

The Parent Association will undertake a programme of activities which will promote the involvement of parents and which will support pupils, parents and school staff. In planning its activities, the Parent Association will consult with the school principal.
The Membership of the Parent Association

All parents / guardians of children attending St Joseph’s N.S. will be deemed to be parents association.
The Committee of the Parent Association

The members of the Parent Association will elect a number of members who will have responsibility for managing the activities of the Parent Association. This team will serve as the committee of the Parent Association.
The Work of the Committee of the Parent Association

The committee is the team that will manage the tasks of the association on behalf of the parent body (the members).The committee will draw up a plan for the activities of the association, in consultation with the parents and in accordance with their wishes. The committee will be responsible for seeing that activities are run in an efficient and effective manner. The committee will consult with the school principal when planning the program of activities for a particular year. The committee will arrange with the principal and the board a system for ongoing communication. At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) the committee will report to the parent body (the members) about its work. The committee will manage and account for any funds collected by the Parent Association.
Membership of the Committee

The members of the committee will be elected each year at the AGM of the Parent Association.

The number of the committee will be a maximum of 12 with a minimum of 6. Each member will be elected for a period of one year. Members may go forward for election for a further year, provided they have a child in the school. Where a member of the committee, for whatever reason wishes to step down, the committee may co-opt a replacement member.

Where a member of the committee does not attend three consecutive meetings, without apology, the committee may stand down this member and co-opt a replacement member. Parent representatives elected to the board of management are automatically members of the committee, but will not hold an officer post.

Co-options and Subcommittees

The committee may co-opt people onto the committee to assist in their work. Subcommittees may be set up for particular tasks. The subcommittees may also co-opt people to assist in their work. The subcommittees may not make decisions. They are accountable to the main committee. The subcommittee will automatically be dissolved with the committee that set it up at the next AGM.


The Parent Association will finance its activities through fundraising specifically for the work of the Parent Association, or through a small annual charge on parents agreed at the AGM. A treasurer will be appointed from among the committee members and will be responsible for keeping the accounts of the Parent Association finances. The treasurer will give a statement of income and expenditure at each committee meeting. A written statement of income and expenditure will be given at the AGM. The Parent Association will keep a bank account in its name. The treasurer and at least one other member must sign cheques drawn on the account.

Fund raising for the School

Fund raising for the school by the Parent Association will be done with the prior agreement of the board. The Parent Association committee will agree with the board as to the specific school projects for which funds are to be raised by the Parent Association.

Membership of National Parents Council Primary

The Parent Association will affiliate to National Parents Council Primary annually.

Click here for NPCP website
Changing the Constitution

Changes to the constitution can be made at the AGM. Proposals / motions to change the constitution must be submitted in writing to the Parent Association committee. The Parent Association committee will then circulate these motions to all parents before the AGM. All parents of children in the school at the AGM are eligible to vote on the proposals.
Ratified and passed at a General Meeting of Parents on 10th May 2015