About The Parents and Teachers Association
What is the Parents and Teachers Association?
A structure through which parents work with the Teachers and Board for the best possible education of their children.
Who is a member?
All parents of the children in the school and all teachers are members of the PTA. The Parents and Teachers Association Committee work on their behalf from one year to the next. The PTA committee is composed of volunteers.
What is the role of the PTA?
- To work in partnership with the Principal, the Board of Management, Pupils, Staff and the whole School community for the betterment of the children within the school.
- To support and empower parents to be active in the best interests of their children’s educational lives. It is important to note that the PTA is not a forum for complain against an individual, teacher, parent or child. Nor does it have a role in the pursuit of individual complaints.
How does this work in practice?
Collaborative work and good relationships depend on good communication between all the partners above. This is done through shared goals and expectations for the children and the school and shared understanding of one another’s work and responsibilities.
What is the work of the PTA Committee? (PTAC)
The PTAC manages the business of the PTA in accordance with the rules (constitution) of the PTA from one AGM to the next. The main aim of the PTAC in METNS is to raise funds and organise events for the school, such as the Spooky Walk, the Winter Fair, the Book Fair, the Quiz, the March Hare Run and the Summer Fair.
Who is on the PTA Committee?
Chairperson – Neasa Hogan
Treasurer – Deirdre Garvin
Secretaries – Daniela Hough and Sarah Kiernan
The key roles of the PTA Committee
- Chair meetings
- Guide and lead the committee
- Ensure that all members are respected and listened to and are encouraged to have their say. All decisions are taken democratically with respect for everyone’s opinion.
- Endeavour to facilitate that people work well together
- Delegate work to the committee and ensure that everyone has a clear understanding of the goals and roles.
- Plan the meetings in advance and ensure that here is a clear and manageable agenda
- Work closely with the Secretary to plan the agenda and meetings.
- Adhere to the start and end time of the meetings.
The PTA is a member of the National Parents Council in Ireland. THE NPC website has lots of interesting and useful information available. Here are a selection of their currect documents that may be of interest to parents.