Parent Teacher Association

Newpark’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) is an energetic and dedicated group of parents and teachers. The committee is elected at the Association’s Annual General Meeting each September, and then meets monthly thereafter until June.

The committee elects three officers: Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary. The remainder of the committee is made up of a minimum of seven parents and a minimum of two teachers. The Association aims to have a mix of men and women on its committee. All committee activities are undertaken on a voluntary basis.

All parents or legal guardians of students attending Newpark School are automatically members of the Association.

The aims of the Association are to:

  • Provide a forum to represent the views of parents to the Principal and the Board of Management, principally through monthly meetings during the school year.
  • Support the aims and objectives of the School.
  • Encourage parent participation in school activities.
  • Organise social events including the Annual Pre-Debs Reception and parents’ evening social get togethers.
  • Organise information evenings for parents.
  • Organise fundraisers and social events to provide additional items for the students and teaching staff. Just a few examples of PTA-run activities are:
    • Christmas Fair & Raffle – Social & Fundraiser
    • Quiz Night – 2015 & 2016 – Social & Fundraiser
    • Fine Art and Interiors Auction Update 2014 – Fundraiser
    • Buy a Brick Campaign (2012-2015) – New School Fundraiser
    • Used School Uniform Sales at end of year
  • Prepare / maintain 1st Year Contact List – Parent2Parent Link.
  • Engage with the Student Council on an ongoing basis.
  • Currently the PTA are working with a number of students who are designing and producing much needed additional indoor seating.

Joining the PTA

Interested in joining the PTA? Nominations will be accepted in the two weeks prior to the AGM.

Ideally submit your nominations via email to pta@newparkschool.ie before the meeting (Nominations will be accepted at the AGM as well.)

If you prefer not to be a committee member, but would still like to get involved, don’t worry there’s room for you too! Come along to the AGM and find out what we’re up to. The AGM is held annually in September each year but you can contact the PTA at any time via email to pta@newparkschool.ie.

(For a copy of the PTA Rules click here.)

Can You Help or Offer a Skill?

If you are a Newpark parent, a past pupil, a past pupil’s parent or a member of the wider Newpark School community and would like to offer help or some expertise to the school on a voluntary basis, the school and PTA would love to hear from you.

It is of great benefit to the school when support and expertise is given back to the school by the greater Newpark Community, and it enhances the ability of the school to provide an ever improving education experience for the Newpark students.

Perhaps you have a craft or a professional skill that the school might benefit from, or perhaps you have some free time and could help out in the library, with the school newsletter, with a fundraising event, driving the school bus or with lost property etc. If you would like to offer help, please contact the PTA at pta@newparkschool.ie or leave a note in the PTA letter box, which is located in the school entrance foyer to the right of the reception desk.

Meetings

All committee meetings are held on Wednesdays, in the School, at 8:00pm. Meetings are listed in the school calendar. A downloadable copy of agreed meeting dates is found here.

Committee

Sinead Hanna, Chairperson (5th Year Parent)
Sheelagh Parker, Co-Secretary (5th Year Parent)
Phoebe Crowe, Co-Secretary (2nd Year Parent)
Jonathan Chawke, Co-Treasurer and Board of Management Parent’s Representative (2nd & 5th Year Parent)
Louise Callaghan, Co-Treasurer (2nd Year Parent)
Derek Lowry, Principal
Geraldine Cloney, Teacher Representative
Mick Power, Teacher Representative
Alish Hogarty (2nd & 5th Year Parent)
Aoibhinn King (3rd Year Parent)
Becky Johnston, (5th Year Parent)
Beryl Alvey (5th Year Parent)
Carlotta Sacchi (4th Year Parent)
Ciaran Smith (2nd Year Parent)
Cliona Marnell (2nd & 5th Year Parent)
Dearbhla Lawlor (4th Year Parent)
Debbie Emerson (4th Year Parent)
Derbhal Cummins (3rd Year Parent)
Gary Kelly (1st Year Parent)
Ian Gemmell (4th Year Parent)
James O’Sullivan (3rd Year Parent)
Jean Francois Weston (2nd & 5th Year Parent)
Joanne Olliver (2nd & 4th Year Parent)
Julian Carvill (3rd & 6th Year Parent)
Lar Murray (2nd & 5th Year Parent)
Lizzy Pashley (3rd Year Parent)
Margaret Kelly (1st Year Parent)
María José Alvarez (5th Year Parent)
Marie Fahy (1st & 4th Year Parent)
Marie McCullagh (3rd Year Parent)
Michelle Lindsay (4th Year Parent)
Sandra Richardson (2nd & 5th Year Parent)
Sandra Stewart (4th Year Parent)
Shalini Sinha (3rd Year Parent)
Stuart McCudden (2nd Year Parent)
Tanya Kiang (1st & 3rd Year Parent)
Trisha McKinney (3rd & 5th Year Parent)
Ziene Mottiar (4th & 6th Year Parent)

Contact

Contact the PTA at pta@newparkschool.ie or leave a note in the PTA letter box, which is located in the school entrance foyer to the right of the reception desk.

Parent Community on Facebook

Parents can have discussions and support each other by way of social media on Facebook by going to the Parents of Kids in Newpark Comprehensive School group.

Social Media on Facebook & Twitter

General information about the school can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.