Dear Parents,                                                                                       15th April 2010

Credit Union Quiz:

Well done to all those who took part in this years Credit Union Quiz, held in the Links Hotel on the 2nd February 2010.  Many thanks to the teachers from 3rd class up to 6th class who helped with the class quizzes and to those parents who helped with the correction of the papers.  A big thank you goes to Breda Carey who put in a huge amount of work preparing the class quiz folders.

Cake Sale for Haiti:

A big thank you to all the children and parents of the school who gave so generously by baking and buying and to the staff of St.Marnock’s and the Parents’ Association for their organising and help.  A total of €3,400 was raised and handed over to GOAL who wanted to thank all those who supported this event.

Sports Co-Ordinator:

Alison Hughes, a member of the PA has taken up the role of Sport Co-ordinator. This entails liaising with the coaches of all the school teams and communicating details of training and matches to the parents of the children involved, through web texting.  The feedback from both Alison and the parents has been very positive.

Swimming Gala:

This year’s swimming gala took place on Monday 22nd March.  Congratulations to all those who took part in both the fun gala and competitive gala and many thanks to all those who helped out on the day.

Confirmation & Communion:

 Best wishes go to the 6th class pupils who will be Confirmed on Friday 23rd April and to 2nd class pupils who will receive First Holy Communion on Saturday 8th May.  The Parents’ Association will host a reception for both events in the parish centre straight after each mass.  A special thanks go to the teachers and priests who have helped prepare the children for their big day.  We wish them all the very best and hope they all enjoy the day. 

 It has been requested by a large number of parents that those wishing to exchange cards for the confirmation and communion, could do so in a private matter, rather than in the church or parish centre.  As times are very different and difficult economically, a number of parents are organizing a ‘day out’ with the children amongst themselves, instead of exchanging cards and money.  This may prove to be more enjoyable for the children and less of a financial burden on the parents.

 Sand Sculpting Event : 

 Workshops will be held with 4th class pupils and students from the Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire between the 11th-13th May 2009. There will be workshops in class on one day and then the sculptures will be built on the beach the following day.  A big thank you to Diog O’Connell for initiating and coordinating this event.

 Second Hand Book Scheme :

 Following a successful introduction of a second-hand book scheme last year, the Parents’ Association are to run this scheme again this year.  A separate letter will go out to all parents in due course.

Transition from Primary to Post Primary Workshop for Parents: 

 The National Parents Council run a workshop that is aimed at parents whose child is in 5th or 6th class and will be making the transition from Primary to Post Primary School.  The PA are willing to fund this workshop & will be organising a talk over the coming weeks. 

Creating a Directory of Parents’ Businesses: 

 In the current economic climate and job losses affecting more and more people every day, the Parents’ Association are hoping to help out by creating and compiling a directory and advertising the professional skills of students’ parents. Letter and details are to follow in the next few weeks.

 Anti-Bullying Workshop for 6th Class:

 A talk for parents on bullying took place in the school on 11th March 2010, where a speaker from The Sticks and Stones Anti-Bullying Programme gave a very well received talk.  As a follow up to this, the Parents’ Association are organising a workshop for the 6th class pupils, as they prepare for post-primary school.  Date to be confirmed.

 Malahide Against Head Shop:

 This premises in Malahide is causing serious concern among parents, sports clubs and schools within our community.   There is a group in Malahide, website is www.malahideagainstheadshop.com and they have organised a meeting to take place next Monday 19th April @ 8pm in the Grand Hotel.  All parents from Portmarnock are welcome to attend.

Railings/ Safety/ Traffic Problems : 

 Following an accident at the school’s pedestrian crossing, we are still awaiting Fingal to replace the railings.  A number of requests by the PA and the school have been made to local councillors to expedite this, to be told it is on the to-do list.  If anyone has any further contacts in Fingal to remedy this, please use them. A request has also been made for the presence of a traffic warden, as there are still parents who stop and park on the double yellow lines outside and across the road of the school.  This can obstruct the view of children crossing the road and is also a hazard for pedestrians, especially those with buggies and in wheelchairs. 

Can we again request that parents do not park or stop at the double yellow lines both in the Church grounds and on the main road in front of the school and drive slowly, so we can alleviate the congestion and make going and coming from school a safer place. 

General Communication:

We are always looking for new ideas and would welcome any suggestions anybody might have.  If you have a particular service, contact or service which you think might benefit the children of the school, please feel free to let us know.

 Kind Regards

The Parents Association Committee  – April 2010