October  25th October 2011

 The year 2010/2011 was once again a very busy and fulfilling year for the Parents’ Association committee.  A new Committee came into effect immediately after the AGM in October 2010, below are some of the main items covered during that year.

Insurance – 205 children are currently participating in the Brennans Personal Accident Insurance Scheme.  A list of all pupils enrolled can be found in the Parents’ Association folder in the school.

Swimming – We offer swimming lessons in the PSLC to children from Senior Infant class upwards.  This is the main source of revenue for the Parents’ Association and the profit is used to fund events throughout the year.  Last year saw both the winter and spring swim term almost fully subscribed.  Unfortunately the current term falls considerably short of this and that means we may have to find other methods of raising funds.

Swimming Gala – In March we organised a school swimming gala.  This brought great excitement to the school.   As in previous years the gala is divided into two categories, a Fun Gala for the 1st hour and a Competitive Gala for the 2nd hour.  The support from parents makes this event the success it is today.

Book Fair – The Book Fair is a great way of replenishing the School library stocks as the Book Company will give a percentage of the overall spend in books to the School.  This is very welcome particularly as the government continuing to cut funding to schools.

Garda Band – The Garda Band came to the school on the 23rd November and what a day it was.    The pupils decorated the hall with various musical instruments and the Garda Band involved the pupils in every aspect of the concert.  The Parents’ Association provided some light refreshments for the band before the concert.

Text Messaging Service – As you will all know the school text messaging service is now fully operational.  This service has many advantages, the first is a reminder of when the school is closed or if there is a meeting.  It is also used to advise parents when and where the pupils have football matches.

Mulled Wine Evening  – Unfortunately due to the adverse weather conditions we were unable to hold the event last year.  Hopefully we might have more luck this year.

Christmas Cards – Last Christmas the pupils of each class designed Christmas Cards for purchase through the school.  The demand was high and parents were delighted to have been able to send these cards to family and friends.  We hope to repeat this event again this year.

Selection Box Appeal – The Selection Box Appeal is held in December every year and is always very well supported. The children love taking the gift-wrapped selection boxes and placing them under the lovely crib in the school.  St. Vincent de Paul greatly values our support with this event.

Christmas Tree – Once again we organized a beautiful tree for the front of the School. This gives the school an extra festive touch and also brightens up Strand Road.  Many thanks to John for his efforts in putting up this tree and the lights.

Class Quizzes & Credit Union Quiz – In January this year, along with the teachers, we started to prepare the pupils from 3rd to 6th class for the Annual Credit Union Quiz.  Mr. Keaveny selects approximately 16 pupils to represent the school.  The PA organise daily quiz sessions with these pupils to prepare them for the big night.  The PA sponsor prizes for these pupils as an added incentive.

The Credit Union Quiz was held on the 7th February in The Links Hotel.   The four Teams did extremely well.  The standard of questions gets harder each year.  Well done to the teams and also many thanks to those parents who turned up on the night to support the pupils.

Food Dudes – This year we welcomed the Food Dudes to the school.  The programme is designed to enable children to enjoy healthy diets and to create a healthy eating culture within the school.  The feedback from this programme was really good.

Second Hand Book Scheme – The second hand book scheme ran again this year in conjunction with the book rental scheme.  Once the rental scheme is full operational there should be no need for the second hand book scheme.

Trocaire Boxes – The Trocaire boxes are given out to the children just before Lent begins. We then empty the boxes and organise for their collection by Trocaire.

Confirmation and Communion and Graduation – We hosted tea/coffee receptions for the Communion, Confirmation and Graduation children and their families.  Following the ceremonies, we used the Parish Centre for the reception.  These events are very popular as it is an opportunity for all those involved to get together on their big day.

Transition from Primary to Post Primary Workshop for Parents – A talk by Irene Cassidy on the Transition from Primary to Post Primary took place on the 20th January.  The aim of the talk is to create awareness of the changes and challenges for both parents and children during this transitional period.   The talk also looked at the role of parents and at Irish research on the transition from Primary to Post Primary.  Those who attended the talk said it was extremely helpful and certainly worthwhile. Hopefully we can run this again in another two years.

Sand Sculpture Event – Sand Sculpture workshops were held with 4th class pupils and 3rd level students from the area. There were workshops in class on day one and then the sculptures were built on the beach the following day with a prize for the best team – this was judged by a local artist.  The Parents Association and Fingal County Council sponsored the event.  The pupils, teachers and parents all enjoyed the event very much and it is one that 4th class look forward to every year. A big thanks you to Diog O’Connell for initiating and coordinating this event.

Sports Day – Sports day was a great success this year and we would like to thank all the parents who helped out on the day.  The PA provided water and fruit for the children that were very well received.  The PA also organised a tea/coffee shop that proved popular among the spectators throughout the day.  We also provided Rosettes for all the junior students.  Big congratulations to all those who took part and to all the medal winners and I must not forget all the parents who participated in the Daddy’s and Mammy’s race.  This caused great excitement for the pupils.  Maybe next year we can get the teachers involved!!

Sports – The annual Cross Country race took place this past month.  The day started out dry but extremely windy but unfortunately just as the second last race got under way the heavens opened.  Fair play to the pupils – they put their heads down and got stuck in! The school did extremely well and many thanks to everyone who supported the pupils.

 Upcoming Events:

*          Talk on supporting your child to build healthy friendships and relationships

*          Talk on Nutrition, Healthy Eating and Obesity

*          Christmas Cards

*          Christmas Carols evening


Financial Report

Report prepared by Sharon Gormley and signed off by Siobhan Crean-Lynch.

I would like to thank the committee who in many ways do a very thankless job and I personally would like to thank each individual member for their time, support and continuous hard work.  The above events could not have taken place or been successful without you – so many thanks.

There are many people we would like to thank for their hard work and support throughout the last year: Principal Pat Keavney, the teachers, Deirdre the school secretary, John and Pat the caretakers and the traffic wardens. Also thanks to Siobhan Crean-Lynch for preparing the year-end accounts and Treasurer’s report voluntarily.

In the coming year we hope to continue with all of the activities/events shown above and to introduce some new ideas.  We would welcome any suggestions you may have.  If you have a particular talent, service or contact that you think may benefit the children, please feel free to let us know.

Kind regards

Lorraine Marshall