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Parents’ Council

  • Parents Council 2015-16

     

    The role of the Parent’s Council is to promote the interests of the students in the school in cooperation with the rest of the school community.

    Aims of the Parents’ Council

    • Act as a voice for the parent/guardian population
    • Help further educational objectives
    • Encourage active parent/guardian participation and networking
    • Ensure that parents/guardians are informed of developments and changes in the school

     

    The Parents’ Council is involved in a wide variety of activities in the school including organising and supporting school initiatives, student activities and fund-raising events.

    All parents/guardians of pupils enrolled in the school are automatically members of the Parents Council and are encouraged to attend our monthly meetings which are generally held on the second Wednesday of the month.

     The Constitution of the Mercy Mounthawk Parents’ Council can be seen here:

    Mercy Secondary School Mounthawk Parents Council Constitution

    To find out more about the Parents Council contact us at mmparentscouncil@gmail.com, or come to our next meeting.  Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month in the school at 8pm and last for one hour. Join us for tea/coffee from 7.30 on.

    2017-2018  Council

    Chairperson                       Kathleen Holmes

    Secretary                             Deirdre Carr

    Treasurer                            Edel Linnane

    PRO                                      Jerome Linnane

    Parents on BOM                Roger Harty, Angela Ryan

    • Parents’ Council News

      Careers Evening: Our second annual Careers Night for senior students was a great success on Thurs 5th October, with almost 200 of our students attending. This event offered a unique, first-hand opportunity to gain real insight into a variety of careers and we are very grateful to the many local professionals who gave so willingly of their time and expertise to explain their careers and to interact with our young people. The feedback from participants has been very positive so we anticipate that we will offer this initiative to our school again next year.

      Keep Fit Classes: We were delighted to receive support from the Kerry County Council Community Support Fund which is enabling us to run four “Get Active” classes for parents in the school during October 2017.

      Student ID Cards: Members of our Parents Council are currently organising this year’s ID cards, which are invaluable for students travelling on public transport.

      2017 AGM: Held in September in the Centenary Hall where we reported on our activities and finances for 2016/17.

    • Agreed Reports from the Board of Managment

      This section will carry the current agreed report from the most recent meeting of the Board of Managment.

    • Current Consultations

      This section will carry links to any current consultations being undertaken with parents in the school regarding policies or procedures.

      Wellbeing Policy draft 2 December 2016

  • The Parents Council work to develop and maintain an open relationship with school management for the benefit of all parents/guardians and students. We encourage parental engagement in our activities listed below.

    Activities of the Parents’ Council involve:

    • Forum for new and existing parents to meet and support each other.
    • Forum for parents to engage with their child’s education and be informed of developments and changes in the school.
    • Fund raising through bag-packing and table quizzes.
    • Educational courses and talks for parents and students.
    • First-Year book rental scheme.
    • Liaise with the Student Council.
    • Second Chance Uniform Scheme.
    • Student ID cards.
    • Debs Committee support.
    • Graduation presentation for 6th year students.
    • Careers evening for Senior students.
    • Support for Active Leisure Transition Year students.
    • Financial support for student activities e.g: Spanish debating, sports equipment and kit, sporting events.
    • Financial support for school projects e.g: Centenary Hall stage lighting and 1916 mural.
    • Organising activities for the parent body such as Keep Fit classes.

     

    2nd Chance Uniform Scheme:

    The Parents’ Council are always keen to help parents in any way possible.  New uniforms are readily available through Gemma’s Uniforms who visit the school regularly and Fitzgerald’s, Tralee.  However, understanding that new uniforms can be expensive, we have set up this scheme to offer for sale at reduced prices previously owned uniform items in good condition.

    If you wish to donate or purchase 2nd Chance Uniforms contact the Parents’ Council at mmparentscouncil@gmail.com or the school office.