“The Parent Association is the structure through which Parents/Guardians in a school can work together for the best possible education for their children”
National Parents Association
What does Monaleen PA do?
- Hosting an Open Night for Parents of Incoming Junior Infants
- Arranging talks on topics of Interest to Parents
- Providing support for major school events including the First Holy Communion, Confirmation and Graduation receptions.
- Channelling Parents views on School Policy to School Management and to the Board of Management
- Contributing to School Newsletter and Website development
- Communicating school Information to parents via Email, Facebook, Twitter and leaflets
- Organising Fundraising Events for school resources.
- Funding additional resources for the School including IT equipment, The Infants Aistear Programme, Literacy Lift Off etc.
- Hosting an end of year lunch for the teachers and staff.
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 is not a forum for complaint against either an individual teacher or parent.