2016 St. Marnock’s N.S. Parent’s Assocation AGM
ST MARNOCKS NS PA AGM
TUESDAY 25 OCTOBER 2016
Chairperson: Elizabeth Crilly
Treasurer: Lorna Gallagher
Swim – our swim classes were as popular as ever last year. The annual swim gala was not run last year due to lack of sufficient interest.
We did however run a 4 week lifesaving course towards the end of term. This was very successful and the children thoroughly enjoyed it.
Junior Infants Coffee morning – we held our first coffee morning to welcome new parents to the school. This was great for parents to meet each other and also meet some of the PA.
PPI – 24 hours 365 days a year pupil protector insurance – again very popular.
Trick or Treat for Temple Street – always a fun morning – pupils and teachers all make a great effort so the PA made the effort to dress up last year – well received and supported – total of €790 raised on the day
Book Fair – this is always well anticipated and supported. Last year was no exception and over €3465 was raised from the event last year.
Christmas Cards – last year we were approached by a group of 4th class students to see if we could help them raise monies for The Laura Lynn Foundation – it was agreed that the funds raised from the sale of Christmas Cards would be donated to this charity. A total of €1255 was raised and handed over to a very appreciative rep from Laura Lynn. She came out and gave a presentation to the whole senior school which was very moving and hard-hitting.
Last year we undertook to put a Buddy Bench in the school play yard – the aim of it is to help children that have difficulty mixing/are lonely/just have no pal on that day. To fund the purchase of this bench we held a raffle with tickets being sold at the entrance to the school Christmas concerts. This was so well supported and over €1172 was raised. With this money we were able to purchase and decorate 3 Buddy Benches which are now situated in the 3 main play yards.
The balance of the monies was used to purchase toys for the play yards which were a great success.
As we have done for the last few years we decorated the school corridors for Christmas – this is so much fun and we engaged all pupils this year making all the decorations. We also held a Recycled Christmas Tree Decoration competition for the older classes – this was great fun too.
Our big fundraiser last school year was a Retro Disco – this was so well supported and great fun was had by everyone who attended – we are being pestered to make this an annual event! A total of €3695 was raised on the night.
Clearys Pharmacy supported us by holding one of their 5K Op Transformation walks – they undertook to double every €1 that was raised thru entry fees. On the day they did more than that and they gave us a cheque for €1000.
The Communion and Confirmation and Graduation Masses – the PA held tea/coffee reception for each of these masses – they are always well received (esp the Communion and Confirmation receptions). The PA sponsored two beautiful cakes again for these two receptions which everyone loved.
School Sports Day – always a favourite of mine – an awful lot of organising and preparation involved. Basically Mr Greene and the teachers run the ‘front of house’ ie all the races and the PA runs ‘behind the scenes’ – coffee shop, chaperones to medal collections, winners registration, chopping oranges, clean up etc. The PA sponsors Rosettes for the Junior classes and also the water and oranges that are distributed during the day.
Junior/Senior Infant Fun Day – the PA assisted by organising a number of parents to help out at this fun morning for the Jnr and Snr classes. Meant to be Fun but it is actually very competitive!
SCHOOL GARDEN –
You will have noticed our beautiful school garden – this was once a jungle of weeds and stones. Now it is a lovely external school classroom with vegetables and flowers and games. This project was undertaken by the Green Schools C’tee with some assistance from member of the PA. The PA also helped out by running a Cake Sale for the Green Schools C/tee – great fun and €1500 was raised on the day.
One of the ongoing issues we have been working on was road safety especially at the pedestrian crossing and Lower Carrickhill Road. Letters/Emails were sent and meetings held with local councillors and Fingal reps – the result of which has been new road markings on Strand Road, Carrick Court and new barrier at the end of Carrickhill Road – great success but we would like more to be done especially re the speeding cars along Strand Road and cars that break the lights.
SANDCASTLE EVENT –
This was the 10th year of the annual event so we engaged pupils in 4th and 5th classes to partake in a one day workshop and then visit the beach to create their ideas. The weather stayed sunny for us and all the children had a ball. Prizes were given to the winning team. Thank you to Diog O’Connell (parent), Ingrid Nolan and Debbie Hogan as well as some of the TY students from PCS for helping in this event.
We approached O’Farrells Sportswear Shop to enquire whether they would donate a stock of school tracksuit bottoms for the school office – as usual they were fantastic and donated a stock for Deirdre to have in the office for those inevitable accidents.
FACEBOOK PAGE –
The PA entered the world of Facebook last year and this has proved a great success – it is a quick way of contacting parents and informing them of our various events etc. To date we have nearly 160 members.
SVP and BArnardos Christmas Appeal – every year we run a selection box appeal for the local SVP which is always well supported. This year we stepped it up to include a food appeal for Barnardos and the response was fantastic. We had a carful of things for them.
As you can see we have had another very busy and successful year on the PA but we could not have achieved this success without all the parents/guardians/staff support so for that we thank you.