AGM-  October 19th 2010

The year 2009/2010 was a very busy and fulfilling year for the Parents’ Association committee.  After last year’s AGM in October the new Committee took up office and the following is a report of its work during the last twelve months

 Swimming

We offer swimming lessons in the PSLC to children from Senior Infant class upwards.  This is the only revenue that the Parents’ Association receives and the profit is used to fund events throughout the year.  As the lessons were not fully subscribed last year, we made an effort in September, to attract and encourage parents to enroll their child/children, as the profit made from this, benefits the children through events.  A huge thank you must go to Lorraine Marshall and Jacinta Morrison for administering this throughout the year

Swimming Gala

In March we organised a school swimming gala which is a great event for the children.  The gala was divided into two categories, a Fun Gala for the first hour and a Competitive Gala for the 2nd hour.  There was great support from parents who helped on the day, it could not be run without this.

Insurance

202 children have been insured in this year’s optional Personal Accident Insurance Scheme.  This runs from 1st September to 31st August.  This is run in conjunction with the school’s existing insurance programme.  A full list of the insured is available in the office.

Astronomy Ireland

Last October, we arranged for Astronomy Ireland to come and give a talk to the school last week.  The children were delighted with the event and left full of information, facts and enthusiasm about the planets etc.

Book Fair

This event was held in November and is enjoyed by the children.  As always this helps to replenish 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 funding for library books has been abolished.

Trapattoni thanks St. Marnock’s for support

On the 11th November, the students of St. Marnock’s received a signed thank you letter from Giovanni Trapattoni and Robbie Keane.  This was as a result of the PA & staff of the school dressing up the windows of the school library with Irish flags & footballs & the schools Good Luck Banner hanging from the roof.  The team took note of the support shown when they drove by in the team bus & decided to send a letter to thank everyone for their support. 

Mulled Wine Evening  –

This event was hugely popular with a record attendance last year.  Pupils from 3rd and 4th Class sang seasonal songs on the night and were accompanied by the many musically talented Teachers.  Thanks to Mr. Keavney and the Teachers for all the work they put into making the entertainment such a success. The committee thoroughly enjoyed organising this event.  

Selection Box Appeal

This is held in December every year and as always was very well supported last year. The children love taking in 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 and we will be running this event again this year.

Christmas Tree

This was the 6th year we organised for a Christmas Tree to put up in front of the School. This gives the school an extra festive touch, brightens up Strand Road and supports the local sale of Christmas Trees for charity.  Thanks must go to Liam Corrish who always makes sure we get a great tree at a reasonable price and to John for his efforts in putting up this tree and the lights.

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.

Class Quizzes & Credit Union Quiz

Last November ’09, the PA organised class quizzes for the senior classes (3rd to 6th class) in preparation for the Credit Union Quiz which is held in the new year.  The PA sponsored prizes for those children who did the best in their class.

The Credit Union Quiz was held on the 1st February in The Links Hotel.  Teams were picked, from the class quizzes, to represent the school and the PA organised practice runs throughout the month of January.  Well done to all those who took part in the quiz and a big thank you goes to Breda Carey for all her work in the preparation of questions over the few months.  Thanks also go to all those who volunteered to correct the papers and supervise the trail runs with the children.  

Interactive Whiteboard

The current Parents’ Association Committee made a decision to purchase an interactive whiteboard with the revenue that was in the account.  This meant that by February of this year, all of the mainstream classrooms had them installed and we feel that this is a great achievement and one that will hugely benefit the children down through their primary school years at St.Marnock’s.

Cake Sale for Haiti

Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January of this year, the PA along with the staff of the school organised a cake sale in the school.  A big thank you to all the children and parents of the school who gave so generously by baking and buying.  A total of €3,400 was raised and handed over to GOAL who thanked all those who supported this event. 

Sports Co-Ordinator

The PA organised a Sports Co-ordinator for last term and hope to carry this on with the new committee.  This entailed liaising with the coaches of the school teams and communication details of training and matched to the parents of the children involved, through web texting.  The feedback was very positive last year.

Anti-Bullying Talk for Parents & Workshop for 6th Class

The PA organised and sponsored a talk for parents on bullying on the 11th March last, where a speaker from The Sticks and Stones Anti-Bullying Programme gave a well received talk. 

As a follow up to this, the Parents’ Association also organized the same company to carry out a workshop on 17th May for the 6th class pupils, as they prepared for post-primary school.

St Marnock’s School Website –

The schools website was launched on 28th April – address http://www.stmarnocks.scoilnet.ie.  As part of the launch, the school organised a junior and senior quiz to encourage the children to navigate around the site.  The PA helped with the correcting of the answer sheets and also sponsored the prizes for winners in each class.

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.  All events were very popular as it is an opportunity for all those involved to get together on their big day.

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 Parents’ Association provide water and fruit for the children which was very well received and for the first time, the PA organized a tea/coffee shop which proved very popular among the spectators throughout the day.  We also provided certificates for the junior students and congratulation go to all those who took part and to all the medal winners also.

Heineken Cup Visits St.Marnock’s

This was an example of a parent who had a contact and organised a very special visit to the school.  Many thanks to Robbie Hughes and his father in law Ollie Byrne who organised with Pat, for Bernard Jackman from the Leinster squad to bring the cup to each classroom, giving pupils and staff a close-up view of the impressive trophy.  There was great excitement especially when some of the photos made the local newspapers.

Sports

It was a very successful year for the School and congratulations to all, especially to the Senior Camogie and Hurling teams who made it to Croke Park and played two back-to back finals. It was a memorable day for both players and supporters and details and photos are on the school’s website and all the sporting results were listed in the summer Newsletter sent out by the School.

Substance Abuse Talk

 Last May the PA organised a speaker from The Rutland Centre to come to the school a give a talk to parents and give them a chance to educate themselves.  It was a very informative talk by Dr Fiona Weldon who gave up her time free of charge and the PA made a donation to The Rutland Centre which was greatly appreciated.

Sand Castle exhibition 

Workshops were held with 4th class pupils and students from the Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire in mid-May. There were workshops in class one morning and then the sculptures were built on the beach the following day with a prize for the best team, which was judged by a local artist.  The event was sponsored by the Parents Association and Fingal County Council.

The pupils, teachers and parents involved all enjoyed the event very much and it is an event that every 4th class look forward to. A big thank you to Diog O’Connell for initiating and coordinating this event.

Transition from Primary to Post Primary Workshop for Parents

The PA have sponsored and organised a speaker from the National Parents Council to give a talk to 4th, 5th & 6th class parents.  This will take place in January 2011.

Business Network Directory for Parents

The PA are in the process of creating and compiling a directory to advertise products/services and professional skills of the students parents.  This directory will be linked onto the school’s website, so therefore, when any parent requires a product or service they can consult the directory and hopefully generate business within the area.  If you are a parent that provides a product and service and wish to be included in this directory, please email stmarnockspa@gmail.com. 

Second Hand Book Scheme

As a result of positive feedback from 2009, we ran the Second Hand Book Scheme again back in May/June this year.   About ? sets of books were traded as a result.  We may look at a donation and rental scheme for the books in 2011, as a result of a number of local schools that are positively running over the past few years.

Science Workshop – 

A special thank you goes to committee member Jacinta Morrison who kindly gave her time over two days in June and came to the school and introduced all the children to a high spec microscope.  They viewed a number of biological samples under magnification which were displayed on an interactive whiteboard eg – piece of hair, blade of grass, cheek cells and other samples.  The feedback from the children was great and thanks also to the School of Biotechnology DCU for obliging Jacinta to borrow the equipment.

Green Flag Ceremony  –

There was great excitement on 21st September when the Mayor of Fingal raised the school’s Energy Conservation Green Flag.  The PA provided a tea/coffee reception after the ceremony.  Thanks go to Mr Boylan and the Green Committee and to those who organised the lovely artwork that was displayed and those that sang at the ceremony.

Thanks –

There are many people we would like to thank for their hard work and support throughout the last year:

Pat Keavney, the Teachers, Deirdre, John and Pat, the Traffic Wardens. It’s only when you get involved in a committee like this that you realise that they all put their hearts and souls into this school and we appreciate all they do. 

A special word of thanks to recently retired Pauline Brickley who attended the Parents’ Association meetings and whose contributions are invaluable. 

Also thanks to Siobhan Crean-Lynch for preparing the year end accounts and Treasurer’s report voluntarily.

In the next 12 months we hope to continue with all of the activities/events mentioned and to introduce some new ideas and would welcome any suggestions anyone may have.  If you have a particular talent, service or contact which you may think may benefit the children, please feel free to let us know.

Suzanne Ryan

Chairperson