Thank you to parents, students and staff who completed the recent survey to show your support for the Parents’ Association (PA) of Lucan Community College and to express your views regarding its role. The survey is now closed and the results will be used to assist parents in reforming a committee.
The Parents’ Association has always played an active and important role in Lucan Community College since the college opened its doors in 1987. As a parent you are automatically a member of this Association. The Association is represented by a committee which is established each year. Due to the small number of parents attending meetings, the current lack of a chairperson and other issues, the Parents’s Association committee is in danger of permanently dissolving, leaving parents with no formal active way of communicating as a group to the school.
We feel it is timely to conduct a survey of the parent body to see if there is support for the continuation of the PA and to clarify the role of the PA. The results of this survey will be collated and a small committee of parents will then invite the parent body to a meeting to present the results of the survey and to form a new committee if there is sufficient support shown for the existence of the Association.
The Parents’ Association main objectives as set out in its constitution include:
– To promote a spirit of co-operation and goodwill between school management, staff and parents where the education and welfare of the pupils is concerned;
– To provide opportunities for parents and teachers to meet to exchange ideas and information on the education of pupils at the school.
It is not the role of the PA to deal with individual complaints as the school has policies and procedures in place as developed by the Department of Education for these matters.
In previous years, the PA has organised talks on drug related issues and stress, and has arranged introductory evenings for first year parents and students. It also has assisted in fund-raising for the provision of extra equipment or facilities for education at the school. Since the school stopped running the Debs function a number of years ago the PA has successfully run this occasion which is very much appreciated by our 6th year students. The PA recently researched and recommended a new uniform supplier to the Board of Management which reduced uniform costs for parents. All in all, quite an active record!
Please take this first step in supporting the work of the PA.