What is a Parent Association?
The Parent Association is the structure through which the parents in a school can work together for the best possible education for their children. The Parent Association works with the Principal, staff and the Board of Management to build effective partnership between home and school. It has been shown that the better the quality of the relationship between home and school, the more likely children are to do well and be happy, and similarly, teachers can do a better job when they are supported by and work closely with parents.
Ballygunner National School Parent Association.
The Parent Association in Ballygunner N.S. has been established for several years and is affiliated to the National Parents Council. The present committee is made up of 26 parents and one teacher representative. Two parents who are representatives on the Board of Management are included in the committee. Meetings take place every six weeks in the school. The key activities of "The Parent Association" include:
- Holding an A.G.M. in the school hall every September.
- Fundraising for school equipment (i.e. Interactive Whiteboard for 2011).
- Publication of a quarterly Newsletter.
- Assisting the Principal Teacher and staff in the development and review of school policies.
- Inviting a guest speaker to address the parents about a relevant topic.
- Help out at the annual Sports night.
- Organise the annual disco for sixth class in recognition of their support for the “school buddy” system.
Please note any queries regarding the Parent Association can be made through the school office.