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Parents' Council News 2016-2017

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Please find the news articles for the 2016-2017 school year below.

June 2017: A Special Note of Thanks and Overview of Activities
We would like to thank you all for the support which you have given the Parents Council over the school year. We also wish to thank Mrs. Cosgrave, Mrs. O’Rourke and the staff for their continued assistance and support. And the Board of Management for their ongoing support. Just to remember that all parents give their time voluntarily for the benefit of your children so we really do appreciate all the time that parents have provided throughout the year. We wish Mrs. Cosgrave a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her in September.
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21 June 2017: End of Year Parents Council Meeting at 8pm
We will be having the End of Year Parents Council Meeting on June 21st at 8pm in the school. We hope to see you there. The agenda for the night will be as follows:
- Update on Trolley Raffle outcome
- Update on funding from Breda Murphy’s marathon run;
- Update on close of year finances;
- Upcoming Parent's Council support to events
- 6th Class leaving

10 June 2017: NPC Education Conference 2017
All parents are invited to attend the NPC Education Conference 2017 - Shaping the Future. This event is FREE to attend and runs from 10.30am to 4pm on June 10th in Dublin. You can register online at Further information available in the flyer (pdf).

May 2017: Volunteers needed on 2 & 3 June
We are looking for volunteers for the annual trolley raffle which will be held in Supervalu, Bunclody on 2nd & 3rd June from 10am to 6pm. If you have an hour or two to help us out we would really appreciate it. Should you have any questions about what’s involved, just contact us and we’ll do our best to answer any question you have. You can contact any of the Parents Council members directly or by e-mail to let us know if you can help out. All monies raised will be used for “Sports & Recreation Resources in the School”.

April 2017: Parent's Council Meeting Tuesday 25th April at 7.30 pm
We are proposing to have a meeting on Tuesday 25th April at 7.30 pm with regards to our next upcoming fundraiser. This will be a Trolley Raffle on the 2nd and 3rd June. On the night of the meeting we will be agreeing on the proposed purpose for this fund raising and we will also be looking for you, the parents, to volunteer an hour or two on these days to help in raising funds for the benefit of your children. Meeting will be held in the school.

April 2017: Sponsorhip Welcome for Breda Murphy in Running London City Marathon
Breda Murphy, one of the members of the Parent's Council, former pupil of our school and parent of a child in first class, will run the on Sunday 23rd April on behalf of the Parent's Council of Clonegal National School. Her aim is to specifically raise funds for the school's Social, Personal and Health Development Programme (SPHE). Should you have an interest in sponsoring Breda, feel free to pick up a sponsorhip card in the school's office or sponsor her online. Parent's Council banking details will be sent out to parents in a separate newsletter. There is a chance to win a prize of 50 euros. May thanks in advance.

February 2017: Mindfulness Programme for All Pupils
At the meeting on 2nd February the funding raised at Christmas from the raffle was discussed. Historically the money has been spent on computers, however this year we proposed to support a mindfulness programme for all pupils in the school. This programme offers approximately 10 lessons on mindfulness to the children. The vote was in favour to contribute €500 to the school towards the mindfulness and yoga course. Thank you to all those who attended or forwarded comments.

January 2017: How to Encourage your Child’s Mental Health and Wellbeing
This programme supports parents to encourage and promote positive mental health and wellbeing in their children. It will be held on 26th January from 7 - 8.30pm in St. Brigids NS. The programme also explores how the building of resilience in children helps them to manage and cope with the day to day stresses of life as they occur. Parents who attend this session will:

  • Explore the factors that influence mental health and well being in their child.
  • Learn how to build and nurture resilience within their own child.
  • Understand what children need for positive mental health and well being
  • Look at ways in promoting wellbeing in your children
  • Be given tips on how best to support their child’s positive mental health and wellbeing.

We hope you will be able to join us. If you have any questions, please send us an e-mail:

January 2017: Parents Council Christmas Raffle
Happy New Year! Thank you to all who returned their raffle cards and to those who donated prizes and their time for the Christmas Raffle. There were 23 prizes, including vouchers, large hampers and sponsored cash prizes. The prize winners were drawn on 20th December 2016. There was over €1,000 raised - well done to everyone!

December 2016: Letter from Santa
Every pupil received a form in his/her school bag. Santa is updating his database. As our school is on the borders of three counties he is afraid some child might be missed. Therefore he needs details on every child. Santa will reply with a personal letter! The form needs to be posted in Santa's special locked post box by 15 December at the latest.

Please use this form to talk to your children about the need to be careful about giving out personal information to others - even Santa! We would like you to sign the letter to emphasise the need to check with you before giving out personal details.

November 2016: Parents Council Meeting on 24 November
The Parents Council will be holding a meeting to organise the annual Christmas Raffle and a few other festive items. We would really appreciate if you could attend the meeting on Thursday 24th November from 7 - 8pm in the school and volunteer in some capacity around the Christmas events for your children. Hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please contact the Parents Council (Catherine, Breda & Eliz).

November 2016: Free Internet Safety Training on 15 November
On November 15 at 7 pm there will be an Internet Safety Training, provided by the National Parents Council. All parents are welcome to attend, FREE of charge! The overall objective of the session is to provide parents with enough information and skills so that they will be able to engage in their child’s online life. If you are interested, please send an email to

October 2016: Invitation to Halloween Party on 28 October
The Parents Council would like to invite all the children of Clonegal NS to the Halloween Party for some freaky fun and ghoulish games! It is held on October 28 from 5-7 pm in Ben Mulhall Complex in Clonegal. Each family must have an adult present in the hall for the duration of the party. The Parents Council cannot be responsible for discipline or supervision of children. If you have any questions, please contact a member of the Parents Council (not the school).

September 2016: New Parents' Council formed at Annual Meeting
We normally hold the Parents' Council meetings every 4-6 weeks in the school on a weekday evening. Advance notice of meetings and agendas will be posted here as appropriate. All parents of children in the school are automatically members of the Parents’ Council and are encouraged to attend meetings as they are called.

During our Annual General Meeting a new Parents' Council was formed. The members are:
Chairperson: Catherine O'Brien
Treasurer: Breda Murphy
Secretary: Elizabeth Cosgrave

September 2016: Weekly Split the Pot
Split the Pot is a form of fund raising for the school, organised by the Parents Council. Each week an envelope is sent home with your child. Should you wish to contribute to Split the Pot, write your name on the envelope, put €2 in it and send it back to the school on Thursday or Friday. The draw will take place at Assembly, each Monday. Each week, money from the envelopes is split - with the winner getting half and the school getting the other half. All money that is raised from Split the Pot and other fundraising is put together in order to buy various things for our children in school.

September 2016: Parents' Council Events
Money raised from last year’s fundraising events has been used to buy 3 new laptops for our children to use and enjoy. Please note that the events run by the Parents Council are with the support of the school but are not run by the school. So if you have any queries about an event, please contact a committee member, not the school.