Parents’ Association/Coiste na dTuistí

St. Mary’s Parents Association is long established within the school.  The association is a representation of parents/guardians of children at the school and acts as a liaison between the school and parents.  It works to support the students and staff in activities and also is a vehicle for raising matters of interest and concern to the school.  We maintain regular contact with Mr O’ Coigligh and the work we do is for our children’s benefit.  The association is affiliated with the National Parents Council for Primary Schools in Ireland.
On an annual basis the association is involved in activities such as:
 Administration of Pupil Personal Insurance Scheme
Personalised Christmas Cards
Light refreshments for First Communions, Graduations, Open Evenings, Open Days and Sports Day
 Book Rental Scheme
– Fundraising activities such as bun sales, theme days and skip-a-thons
– Meitheal – Helping teachers update art work/scrap books – Actively involved on Committees within the school : Digital School, Be Active, Global Citizenship, Healthy Eating and the Gael Brathach Committee.  all with the aim of helping the school achieve and maintain their Green School status.
Over the years the funds raised by the Parents Association have been used to buy new books for the  library, to purchase white boards, visualisers, sports equipment, music equipment,  android tablets, covers and trolley for same.  In September 2016 the Parents Association presented a cheque to the school for €6,500 towards the MUGA fund.
A new association is formed or renewed every year at the AGM and there is usually an informal meeting
once a month.

Committee of the Association:

Chairperson:                        Denise Watson
Vice Chairperson:               Julie O’ Donoghue
Secretary:                             Caroline Smith
Vice Secretary:                    Michelle Watson-Halo
Treasurer:                            Sarah Madden
Vice Treasurer:                   Anne Hughes


Important Dates for the Parents Association during the School Year
  • September             Pupil Insurance Administration
  • September             PA Meeting
  • October                  AGM
  • October                 Christmas Card Template Issued
  • October                 Halloween Bun Sale/Fancy Dress
  • November            Christmas Card Sample Cards and Order forms sent home
  • November            PA Meeting
  • December            Christmas Card orders given out to children
  • December            PA informal night out
  • January                New parents open day refreshments
  • January                PA Meeting
  • February              Pink/Red Day
  • February              Coffee Morning – 17th February 9.30am
  • February              Skipathon
  • March                  PA Meeting 21st March @ 7.30pm in the Staffroom
  • April                     Bun Sale – 28th April
  • April                     PA Meeting TBA
  • May                      First Holy Communion Refreshments
  • May                      Sports Day
  • May                      1st Class Graduation
  • May                      6th Class Graduation

All dates for the above events will be issued in the weekly Imlitir and on our Facebook page


The Parents Association  representatives on the following committees:
Healthy Eating            Denise Watson
Global Citizenship      Anne Hughes
Digital Flag                  Yvonne McElhinney
Gaelbrathach              Sarah Madden
Be Active                      Susana Garcia


Below are a few pictures of the work that the Parents Association carries out every year to ensure that the girls from Second Class receive a warm welcome in the school hall after receiving their First Holy Communion.  Members of the PA decorate the hall and provide refreshments to families and friends allowing them time to mingle and take photo’s at their leisure.  Each girl receives a personalised goody bag and goody bags are also given to members of an Banna Ceoil and the school choir.


The Parents Association can be contacted through Helen in the office in the school or  through the messenger link on the Facebook page. We gladly invite parents/guardians to become involved to ensure our children continue to enjoy the events that are held by the Parents Association. You do not have to be a committee member to become involved. 

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