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Parent Teacher Association

Newpark’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) is made up of 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.
  • Arrange talks on topics of interest to parents.
  • Prepare/maintain 1st Year Contact List – Parent2Parent Link.
  • Engage with the Student Council on an ongoing basis.
  • 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
    • Quiz Night
    • Used School Uniform Sales

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, 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 letterbox, 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 (6th Year Parent)
Phoebe Crowe, Co-Secretary (3rd Year Parent)
Trisha McKinney, Co-Secretary (4th & 6th Year Parent)
Louise Callaghan, Treasurer (3rd Year Parent)
Derek Lowry, Principal
Jonathan Chawke, Board of Management Parent’s Representative (3rd & 6th Year Parent)
Geraldine Cloney, Teacher Representative
Alish Hogarty (3rd & 6th Year Parent)
Aoibhinn King (4th Year Parent)
Becky Johnston, (6th Year Parent)
Beryl Alvey (1st Year Parent)
Ciaran Smith (3rd Year Parent)
Cliona Marnell (3rd & 6th Year Parent)
Dearbhla Lawlor (4th Year Parent)
Debbie Duncan (1st Year Parent)
Debbie Emerson (5th Year Parent)
Derbhal Cummins (4thYear Parent)
Frances Marshall (1st Year Parent)
Gary Kelly (2nd Year Parent)
Heather Chawke (1st Year Parent)
Ian Gemmell (5th Year Parent)
Jacqueline Finnegan (4th Year Parent)
Jean Francois Weston (3rd & 6th Year Parent)
Joanne Olliver (3rd & 5th Year Parent)
Julian Carvill (4th Year Parent)
Lar Murray (3rd & 6th Year Parent)
Liz Robinson ( 5th Year Parent)
Lizzy Pashley (1st & 4th Year Parent)
Marie Fahy (1st & 4th Year Parent)
Marie McCullagh (3rd Year Parent)
Orla Hyland (1st Year Parent)
Nikki Redmond (1st Year Parent)
Sandra Richardson (3rd & 6th Year Parent)
Sandra Stewart (5th Year Parent)
Shalini Sinha (4th Year Parent)
Suki Lloyd (1st Year Parent)
Suzanne Geoghegan (1st & 4th Year Parent)
Tanya Kiang (2nd & 4th Year Parent)
Tiggy Hudson (3rd & 6th Year Parent)
Ziene Mottiar (5th Year Parent)

Contact

Contact the PTA at pta@newparkschool.ie or leave a note in the PTA letterbox, 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.