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Parents Association

altGreenlanes Parents Association

Chair: Ronan White

Role and function of a Parents Association 

The main aims are:

·      To help the school achieve its aims in any way we can – providing the best education possible for all our children

·      To liaise with the Principal on relevant issues

·      To provide support for parents especially new arrivals in the school

·      To provide practical help when required in the school

·      To facilitate social opportunities for parents at school-based meetings

·      To help the school/BoM financially when suitable opportunities arise

It is not about:

·      Decision making and management issues in the school

·      Professional issues re. teaching and learning

·      A channel for complaints for other parents

In Greenlanes National School, the Parents Association liaise with the Principal in a monthly focus group. This is the directive of the Inspectorate. This focus group discusses current concerns, plans etc. and is open the Board of Management and the Parents Association Committee. It is chaired by the Deputy Principal and the agenda is set by the Chairperson of the Parents Association Committee. 

THE CONSTITUTION OF THE PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION OF GREENLANES NATIONAL SCHOOL  (Currently being revised) 

Contents

  1. The Purpose of the Parent Teacher Association
  2. The Aim of the Parent Teacher Association
  3. The Aim of the Parent Teacher Association
  4. The Membership of the Parent Teacher Association
  5. The Committee of the Parent Teacher Association
  6. Subcommittees
  7. The Election of the Parent Teacher Association committee
  8. The Work of the committee of the Parent Teacher Association
  9. Finance
  10. Membership of National Parents Council Primary
  11. Changing the Constitution

The Purpose of the Parent Teacher Association

The purpose of the Parent Teacher Association is to provide a structure through which the parents/guardians of children attending Greenlanes National School can work together for the best possible education for their children. The Parent Teacher Association will work with the Principal, staff and Board of Management to build effective partnership between home and school.
Under the Education Act, 1998 Section 26. –

(1) The parents of students of a recognised school may establish, and maintain from among their number, a parent teacher association for that school and membership of that association shall be open to all parents of students of that school.


(2) A parents teacher association shall promote the interests of the students in a school in co- operation with the board, Principal, teachers and students of the school and for that purpose may


(a) advise the Principal or the board on any matter relating to the school and the Principal or board, as the case may be, who shall have regard to any such advice, and


(b) adopt a programme of activities which will promote the involvement of parents,
in consultation with the Principal, in the operation of the school.


(3) (a) A parents teacher association shall, following consultation with its members, make
rules governing its meetings and the business and conduct of its affairs.


(b) Where a parents teacher association is affiliated to a national association of parents, the
rules referred to in paragraph (a) shall be in accordance with guidelines issued by that
national association of parents with the concurrence of the Minister.

The Aim of the Parent Teacher Association

The aim of the Parent Teacher Association is to enable parents to play their part in ensuring provision of the best possible education for their children and that this is achieved through the Association’s programme of activities.
The Parent Teacher Association will promote the interests of the students in co-operation with the Board of Management, Principal, teachers and students, in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act, 1998.

The Work of the Parent Teacher Association

The Parent Teacher 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 Teacher Association will consult with the school Principal.

The Membership of the Parent Teacher Association

All parents or guardians of children attending Greenlanes National School, and their teachers,will be deemed to be members of the Parent Teacher Association.

The Committee of the Parent Teacher Association

The members of the Parents Association will elect a committee with a maximum of 16 officers and a minimum of 4. This committee will have responsibility for representing the parents of Greenlanes National School and managing the activities of the Parents Teacher Association.

Subcommittees

Subcommittees can 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 remain at all
times accountable to the main committee.

The Election of the Parent Teacher Association committee

The members of the committee will be elected each year at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Parents Association. Each member will be elected for 12 months. At the AGM all committee members step down, but they can be re-elected as long as they continue to be eligible to serve, that is as long as they continue to be a parent or guardian of a child in the school.

The committee will ensure 2 places are available for new members each year.
 No member of the committee will hold the same officer position for more than three consecutive terms.

The Work of the committee of the Parent Teacher Association

The Parent Teacher Association committee will be responsible for ensuring that all parents are consulted on issues which are pertinent to the entire parent body. The Parent Teacher Association committee may advise the Principal and Board of Management on any matters relating to the school in accordance with the Education Act, 1998, 26.- (2)(a).

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 parents and in accordance with their wishes.

The committee will be responsible for seeing that activities are run in an efficient and effective way.
The committee will consult with the school Principal and Board of Management when planning the programme of activities for any particular year.

The committee will arrange with the Principal and Board of Management a system for ongoing communication.
All parents will be informed of the dates of forthcoming PTA meetings and are welcome to attend all meetings, regardless of whether they are members of the committee.
The committee will hold at least one meeting per term.
 At the AGM the committee will report to the parent body (the members) about its work. The committee will manage and account for any funds collected or expended by the Parent/Teacher Association.

Finance

The Parent Teacher Association committee will finance the activities of the Parent/Teacher Association through funds received from the Board of Management and/or the Fund raising Committee.
A Treasurer will be appointed from among the committee members and will be responsible
for keeping account of the income and expenditure of the Parent/Teacher 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 and a copy willbeforwarded to the Board of Management for their information.

Membership of National Parents Council Primary

The Parents Association will maintain membership of National Parents Council Primary(NPCP) by annualsubscription. A representative from Greenlanes, who may correspond withthe NPCP, and attend their meetings will be appointed on an annual basis at the AGM.

Changing the Constitution

Changes to the constitution can be made at the AGM or, if for an urgent reason, anExtraordinary General Meeting (EGM) can becalled for that specific purpose.Proposals to change the constitution must be submitted in writing to the Parent/Teacher Associationcommittee. The Parent/Teacher Association committee will then circulate theseproposals to all parents and teachersbefore the AGM/EGM. All parents and teachers of childrenin the school at the meeting are eligible to vote onthe proposals.

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