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End of Year PA report


Parents - End of Year Report (2018/2019)

A huge congratulations to the Greenlanes parents for all your hard work this year. Here's what the Greenlanes PA (i.e., all of you!) got up to this year:

Coffee morning to welcome new/returning parents on first day back at school in September.

Parents’ Association. An AGM was held in September to elect new committee, thank you to Ronan White (chair), Rachel Rossney (Secretary and Treasurer), Pauline Garvey (NPC liaison), Richard Watson and Maryrose Lyons who stepped down from the committee in 2018.

Jane Sevastopulo and AnnMarie Avery (new to the PA) agreed to co-chair the PA. Jane Schwartzbacher is the Secretary, Sara Nolan the Treasurer, and Fiona Knox our Communication Officer (a newly created role, at which she has excelled this year). Elke Köker continues as a long-standing member of the PA. Lilian Mateu also joined the PA, however will step down at the end of this academic year as she returns to Barcelona with her family, we wish her all the best.

The Parents’ Association met with the Board of Management in January, have held regular Focus Group meetings with the school, and held regular committee meetings throughout the year.

Greenlanes Bookclub. For the last two years, the parent led Greenlanes book club has run Thursday morning reading sessions for second to sixth classes. Each class has four weeks of sessions: the children divide into small groups and listen to and discuss a variety of material, ranging from extracts from novels to poems, and short stories. Run as a pilot for third class in 2016/2017 by Elke Köker, Eadaoin Patton and their team, the Greenlanes bookclub has gone from strength to strength.

School Library. Thanks to the generous support given by Greenlanes families to this year's book fair, we will be able to stock the school library with the most popular books from this year.

Sprocket Rocket. Part funded by the PA and led by Colm Sevastopulo, in October eight parents attended a full day training session on Cycling Ireland’s ‘Sprocket Rocket’ coaching programme; Cycling Ireland’s Cycling Skills programme aimed at introducing children from a young age to the basic skills of cycling. Each of those parents is now qualified to deliver the Sprocket Rocket programme. A 6-week coaching programme for 47 children in the school was delivered in the summer term, coached by Colm Sevastopulo, Donna Cooney, Ruairi White and Andreas Schwartzbacher, where the children had lots of fun, learnt new skills, and will be awarded a certificate at the end of the course. We hope to run another Sprocket Rocket course next year.

Bakesale. Led by Michelle Harper and her team, this now annual event raised €1300 for the sports fundraising initiative in December 2018. Thanks to everyone who either baked, helped or supported.

Coderdojo. This was another great year for CoderDojo at Greenlanes (our 4th year). Our focus this year was going back to the big group of children who had never done any coding. We had two terms of introducing about 15 beginners to Scratch which was great fun. Thanks to our new mentor, Dave Parke, for stepping up. Richard Watson and John Forrest

Bag packing. A huge thank you to Honorata Kaluza, who facilitated a bag packing fundraiser in Supervalu Killester in April 2019. €1157.30 was raised by all the children, parents and Ms Atkin, who helped pack the bags. A great effort.

Active Schools Week. With the assistance of the PA, and the help of Nessa Smyth, Ms Barrett coordinated a massively successful Active Schools week in May 2019. There were activities to suit everyone in the school.

Photos of Sixth Class & Junior Infants. Arranged by Sarah Armstrong, in May every year Junior Infants and Sixth class final year photographs are done. Michelle La Grue, our photographer comes into the school and we organise individual photos and class ones. This year some Sixth class children were helping. With every photo bought, the school receive commission which is a great give back to the school resources.

Sponsored walk. Ger O’Rourke led the sponsored walk to the Bull Wall this year. This is the fourth year of Ger leading sponsored walks for the school and it is now a highlight of the school year. Despite weather forcing the postponement of the event by a day, all the children had a great walk, many thanks to the parent volunteers who walked with the children and teachers.

Hell&Back Junior. New this year, was the massively successful Hell&Back Junior, on 17th June, spearheaded by Sara Nolan (who managed to organise all this and also get married in the lead up!). At least 49 Greenlanes children participated in this event in Kilruddery House, and this, in combination with the sponsored walk, has raised over €5000 in sponsorship for sports equipment for the school.

National Parent Council. We continued involvement with the NPC including sharing their info and resources. This included a Transition from primary to post primary education training session in March for 5th and 6th classes.

Environmental initiatives. Such as reprising the Walk on Wednesdays, and the Golden Boot award in the Summer term for the class who has the most sustainable way of getting to school. Parents also suggested discontinuing the covering in plastic of non-reusable workbooks used in school. Some children went to the global School Strike for climate in March.

Traffic initiative. Reminders to parents of the one-way system and no u-turns. Dan spoke to assembly to ask children not to cycle or scoot in the laneway, as there have been too many close calls.

Parents Social Night. Held in June in the Pebble Beach, this was well attended and enjoyed by all who made the effort to go on a wet and windy night.

Greenlanes t-shirts and hoodies. A huge thanks to the great team at Camden Clothing, who we continued to work with to provide hoodies and t-shirts for the school. 

Shed clearing and sorting/sports equipment. A few parents got together to help to clear the small garden shed (a bigger job than it looked!) ready to house sports equipment that the children could play with at break times! The larger sports shed has now been refreshed with all the new equipment to only be used by teachers for PE lessons. This should ensure the equipment is well looked after and last for longer! Thanks to all the parents who helped and support from David O'Sullivan

Aldi Rugby campaign. The school collected over 900 stickers for the Play Rugby campaign by Aldi in February. Whilst we didn’t win the competition, we did however have lots of fun gathering stickers, and were rewarded when lots of lovely new bags, rugby balls, bottles and bottle carriers arrived at the school in early June

Friendship Stop. The PA funded the Friendship Stop, arranged by Alison Johnston. The idea is to have a Friendship Stop sign in place in the playground which is be supervised by "Friendship Buddies" (children from older classes in high-vis vests). If a child feels like they have no-one to play with or have lost their friends in the playground, the child will go to the Friendship Stop and the Friendship Buddies will assist the child in finding someone else to play with or help the child to locate their friends. A great addition to the playground!

Sports Day. A huge thank you to Ger O'Rourke, Mary Walsh and Bill O'Meara (and their team) for organising a brilliant Sports Day. They now have it down to a fine art and this year’s event was fantastic (even if the Co-Chair, Jane Sevastopulo, lost her voice manning the shot-put!). A massive thanks to the parent volunteers who give of their time to make this day so memorable.

Summer Picnic. End of year summer picnic, held in St. Anne’s Park after Sports Day.

Jane Sevastopulo and AnnMarie Avery, Co-chairs of Greenlanes Parents' Association

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