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Parents Association

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PA GENERAL MEETING 15 FEBRUARY 2017 

The meeting opened with a welcome and introduction by Ronan White, Chairperson, on the purpose of Greenlanes Parent Association, and the aims for the evening:

  • to draw to parents’ attention the various projects being undertaken by the PA Committee, and
  • our desire for the parent body to get involved with the school as much as possible.

Guest Speaker: Elaina Ryan of Children’s Books Ireland

The guest speaker,  Elaina Ryan, Children’s Books Ireland, then made a presentation to the meeting about her organisation and its projects on books and reading for children, many of which schools can participate in. Do read more detail on this below, and go to www.cbi.ie.

Greenlanes Library Initiative - Book Donations and Parent Volunteers Needed

The PA is working with Cathy Atkin, Principal, to develop the library and reading stock. New shelving will be provided for the children, and the book stock will be developed and enriched. To this end parent volunteers will work on reviewing the current stock of books and identifying gaps. They will sort donated books and order and arrange them ready for use. Volunteers were sought on the night, and a number of people at the meeting came forward.

Parents can also get involved by donating books (new or in really good condition) which are suitable for ages 4 to 12 years. There may be opportunities for reading and storytelling in the future. People interested in helping should contact the PA.

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National Parents Council Primary has been invited by the Minister for Education and Skills to submit the views of the organisation on “the Role of denominational religions in the school admissions process and possible approaches for making changes” to same. In advance of making this submission we are consulting parents via this survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RoleOfReligioninSchoolAdmissionsThe Minister has set out possible approaches for dealing with this issue and is seeking the views of those who might be impacted by the proposed changes or those who represent them. Further information can be found here

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An Open Meeting for parents is scheduled to take place at 8.00pm on Wednesday, 15th February to update parents on some of the work being done by the Parents Association Committee.
 
As per NPC guidelines (page 18) 
“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.”
 
 
CHILDREN'S BOOKS IRELAND
COMING TO SPEAK AT PARENT ASSOCIATION MEETING!
 
We are delighted to have Elaina Ryan, Director of Children's Books Ireland (CBI), as guest speaker for the Parent Association meeting. CBI is the national book organisation of Ireland, and is dedicated to ensuring that books are at the centre of young people's lives. Elaina and her team work to create awareness of the value and importance of books for children and young people.
 
CBI's vision is "an Ireland in which books are central to every child’s life and where meaningful engagement with books is supported by passionate and informed adults in families, schools, libraries and communities all across the island".
 
CBI produces excellent resources for parents and teachers to guide reading, including its Inis magazine, and reading guides. It holds an annual conference, makes the annual CBI Award for outstanding contributions to books and reading for children, and appoints the Children’s Laureate, or Laureate na nÓg. The laureate is chosen as a result of their internationally recognised body of high quality children’s writing or illustration and the considerably positive impact they have had on readers as well as other writers and illustrators. The current Laureate is PJ Lynch. 
 
The timing of this talk could not be better, as Greenlanes starts to redevelop the school library!

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 As part of the Parent Talks series, the Parent Association is pleased to announce that Speakeasy training will be offered for Greenlanes parents.

The Speakeasy programme is funded by the HSE and run by the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA). It is a two-part training designed to provide parents with the information, skills and confidence they need to talk to their children about relationships, sexuality and keeping safe.

Click here to register

WHEN - 27th Feb and 3rd April from 7pm-9pm

WHERE - Greenlanes NS

COST - Free of charge

CONTACT - Ciara Burns 0879263568

 Click here for more information

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Greenlanes National School - Parents Association (PA) - Annual Review

The purpose of the PA is to support parents to be active in the best interests of their children’s education whilst working in co-operation with the Board, the Principal and the Teachers.

All parents of children attending Greenlanes are automatically members of the PA. A committee oversees and organises the activities of the PA.

Over the past year, the PA has

  • Taken out membership of the National Parents Council (NPC).
    • Availed of NPC Training for “Parent Talks” Series. Talks to parents included Supporting Parents to Support their Children's Mental Health and Well-being,Internet Safety for Your Child, Your Child's Physical Activity, Transition from Primary to Post-Primary School and Anti-bullying.
    • Availed of NPC training for the Committee.
  • Contributed towards the school’s fundraising requirements, raising more than 12,000 euro, primarily through a cake sale and raffle, bag-packing and a sponsored walk. The fundraising will continue in the current school year.
  • Encouraged the setting up of extra-curricular activities such as Coder Dojo and a local history talk.
  • Engaged in a number of initiatives such as promoting a voluntary one way system for traffic on Seafield Avenue, parent involvement in the school Sports Day, a Parents Social and a cycle maintenance facility.
  • Arranged a New Parents coffee morning.
  • Hosted its AGM to report on progress and elect a new committee – current members of which include Sarah Armstrong, Nicola Barry, Ciara Burns (NPC Liaison), Alan Harper (Parent Nominee on Board of Management), Sinead Jordan (Treasurer), Elke Koker, Gerard O’Rourke, Kate Robbins (Parent Nominee on Board of Management), Rachel Rossney (Secretary), Hugo Thompson and Ronan White (Chair).

The new committee is working to build on the very good work done by its predecessor and in that regard, looks forward to co-operating with and supporting the school by

  • Playing a role in themed weeks at the school across the next year.
  • Getting involved in a library support and literacy project.
  • Encouraging greater parent involvement in support for the school and its activities.
  • Promoting the need for Garda vetting for parents who wish to help the school.
  • Directing fundraising towards specific needs.
  • Hosting an open meeting and further “Parent Talks” to support and encourage the parents in the school.
  • Communicating with the parents through the school website and through class reps as appropriate. The committee can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Dear Parents,

 
The cake sale last Friday was a huge success. We raised a fantastic €1,656.
A big thank you to everyone that supported us, especially the parents that baked cakes, sent in treats and the parents who donated raffle prizes. Finally, thank you to all the parents that volunteered their time to help organise and sell its greatly appreciated.
 
Kind Regards
Sinead Jordan
(On behalf of the PA Committee)

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