What is the Parents’ Association (PA)?
- A body of parents aiming to act as the voice of the parents whose children are attending the school
- An intermediary between parents, the teachers and the school management
- Comprised of one or two parent representatives from each class in the school, from Kindergarten through to Secondary School
What does the PA do?
- Fosters social interaction between parents with the aim of nurturing the sense of school community
- Informs and consults the parents regarding school plans and activities
- Enhances communication between the parents and school management
- Organises and encourages parents’ participation in school fundraising and other events throughout the year.
- Keeps parents informed of parent information evenings and activities. Please register your email address with the Parents’ Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fundamentally the character of the Parents’ Association is reflective of the school ethos; it is diverse and inclusive. We are a hands-on group of volunteers whose aim is to encourage parents to meet and get to know each other in order to enhance the sense of community within our school. We encourage you to contact your class representative if you wish to have an issue brought up at a PA meeting. Please note that queries concerning individual students/teachers may not be raised through the PA, but should be processed through the school authorities. We are always looking for volunteers; please consider volunteering as representative for your class OR registering your particular skill or interest (Drama, Science, Art, Business, etc.) with the PA so that the school community can benefit. Please contact us at email@example.com with any queries you may have.
Events organised by the Parents' Association
|Ongoing events Activities in the school which require on-going parental involvement. When parents who are not members of staff are on the school grounds and have responsibility for children (e.g. playground supervision/reading assistant) then a GARDA Vetting Applications and a Statutory Declaration must be completed and are held by the school to be produced if required.|
|Lost & Found||Parents volunteer to run the lost & found three times a year on two consecutive days usually before Christmas, Easter and the summer break. All items – clothes, shoes, stationary and sports equipment are displayed in the assembly hall. Any unclaimed items are sent to charity.|
|Parent Information Evenings||These are hosted by the Parents’ Association. Topics include Drug Awareness, Internet Safety and study skills. The talks are given by external speakers. Refreshments are also served.|
|Fixed Events on the St. Kilian’s Calendar|
|First Class Picnic 1st school day (August)||This picnic is organised by the Parents’ Association on the first day of the school term. Parents of children starting first class bring along cakes, fruit and other treats and drinks. It is a chance for parents and pupils to meet in a relaxed atmosphere after the 1st class children’s first day in first class.|
|New Parent Evening September||During September, the Parents’ Association welcome new parents to the school. It is an opportunity for new parents to meet existing parents, ask questions and find out more about the school from a parents’ prospective.|
|Oktoberfest October||This is a fun day for secondary students only. It coincides with the Würzburg exchange when the German students are in St Kilian’s. It takes place on a Saturday afternoon. Entertainment and refreshments are provided.|
|St. Martin’s Event around 11th November||In Germany St. Martin’s Day is celebrated on 11th November. At St Kilian’s this is an event for children in Kindergarten School and 1st & 2nd class in Primary School where there is a small procession around the school grounds with the lanterns that the children have made in class. Parents are asked to bake gingerbread men for the event.|
|Christmas Bazaar last Saturday in November||This is one of the longest standing St. Kilian’s traditions and the main fundraising event for the school. Parents help organise and sell products on the stands. It is a great social event for the whole school community.|
|Communion & Confirmation May||After the Communion and Confirmation, all pupils and their families are invited back to the school for refreshments. Parents from 1st class and 5th class serve the refreshments.|
|Sommerfest June||This is a fun day out for all Kindergarten and Primary school pupils and their families. It usually takes place on the last Saturday of the primary school summer-term. Entertainment, BBQ and refreshments are provided.|
|End of Primary Party for 6th Class June||This party is organised and run by the 6th class parents. It usually takes place on the last morning of primary school to mark the transition into secondary school.|
|Wandertag September and June||In Kindergarten and Primary, parents accompany the classes on their outings.|