Parents' Association (PA)
The Parents' Association is the structure through which parents/guardians in a school can work together for the best possible education for their children. Legally every national school in Ireland is entitled to have a PA and its membership must be open to all parents in the school. Once you have a child in the school and there is an active PA in that school you are automatically a member of the PA even though you may not necessarily be on the committee itself.
The overall aim of a PA is to represent the interests of parents of children attending the school and to promote good working relationships between parents, the Principal, teachers and the Board of Management (B.O.M.). Educational research on the involvement of parents in schools shows that children achieve higher levels when parents and teachers work together.
The role of the Parent Association:
To support the school through fundraising and to utilise the funds as deemed appropriate by the Principal and the Board of Management. Fundraising for the school by the Parents Association may only be carried out with the prior approval of the Board of Management.
One of the key functions of the Association is that of fund-raising and running of annual events.