Parent Teacher 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?
1. 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.
2. 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 goes and expectations for the children and the school and shared understanding of one another’s work and responsibilities. It is as much about building a community as it is about organising events and fundraising.
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 – Carol Connolly
Treasurer – Una Phillips
Secretaries – Karen Moore and Neasa Hogan
We would also love to have at least one parent representative from each class.
The key roles of the PTA Committee (PTAC)
· 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.
· Take and keep minutes of the meetings and to make sure that all the minutes are filed safely.
· Ensure attendance of the committee members and that the agenda is circulated prior to the meetings.
· Appropriately administer incoming and outgoing correspondence
· Assist the Chairperson
· Lodge and record all financial transactions.
· Manage and maintain books/records of income and expenditure.
· Give reports on finances after a major fund-raising event.
· Issue receipts for financial transactions.
· Liaise with the bank on behalf of the PTAC
· Present a full account of the income and expenditure at the PTA AGM
Are You A Parent With A Child In METNS
Please Get Involved And Dream With Us To Make Our Children’s Education The Best It Can Possibly Be …
Maynooth Educate Together Parents Association has been set up by a group of volunteer parents to work alongside the principal, school staff and board of management. The association offers all parents the opportunity to become involved with the school in a variety of ways, perhaps you can help with fundraising activities or share a skill or hobby. There will be many opportunities to help the school and to get to know other parents through social events and activities.
We look forward to working together and will keep you updated as to our progress.
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Constitution of Maynooth Educate Together Parent Teacher Association
- All parents of children attending Maynooth Educate Together National School (METNS) are recognised as automatic members of the METNS Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
- The officers of the committee are currently defined as Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. These officers are elected and/or re-elected on an annual basis. Any decision to create further offices will require a majority vote at a meeting of the PTA open to all members.
- The PTA Chair will be responsible for calling meetings of the PTA, drafting the agenda for meetings as well as chairing and moderating discussion. The Chair will liaise with the School Principal as well as the Board of Management (BOM) on all matters of mutual concern.
- The PTA treasurer will be responsible for issuing cheques on behalf of the PTA as well as presenting statements of income and expenditure.
- The PTA secretary will be responsible for taking minutes at meetings, making minutes available subsequently. The secretary will publicise PTA meetings in advance.
- In addition to these three officers, the PTA may determine to create an executive committee consisting of elected members who represent parents of children from as many different classes as may be feasible. Any decision to create such an executive will be made by a majority vote at a special general meeting open to all parents following a period of at least one month’s consultation. Should such an executive committee be created, the PTA will continue to arrange an Annual General Meeting (AGM) which all parents are welcome to attend.
- PTA meetings will take place on a monthly basis throughout the school year. The timing of meetings will be decided following consultations to ensure that a reasonable cross section of the parents can attend a reasonable number of meetings.
- The School Principal and/or another designated staff member will be welcome at each and every PTA meeting in order that a teaching perspective can be accommodated within parental discussions.
- The aim of the METNS Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is to work in partnership with the teaching staff, board of management and whole school community to improve the learning experience and social environment of all children at the school. PTA Constitution Oct 2017 - approved at AGM on 24th October 2017
- he PTA will seek to defend the ethos of the Educate Together network and will organise its activities in line with the core values of Educate Together.
- The PTA will undertake appropriate fundraising activities throughout the school year. This fundraising will be for specific projects, resources and facilities, publicised in advance. The PTA will liaise with the Principal and the BOM to ensure that such projects are appropriate, may not be funded by other means and do not conflict with alternative appropriate funding applications.
- The PTA will liaise in a consultative capacity in the formulation of school policies. The views of parents will be solicited and reported to the Principal and the BOM.
- The PTA will not discuss or represent individual concerns or complaints regarding any individual child or any individual member of staff. Concerns which involve school policy or which have implications for the entire school community may be discussed in a constructive spirit of engagement and dialogue.
- The PTA is to encourage parental involvement in the pedagogic, social and cultural life of the school. The PTA is to promote volunteerism and encourage parents to work alongside teachers to bring a diversity of experience and expertise into the classroom for the benefit of all children at the school. The PTA will encourage the normalisation of such volunteerism and seek to encourage a balance of disciplinary initiatives and continuity of parental engagement.
- The PTA is to liaise closely with the Principal of METNS in order to ensure regular and reliable communication between parents and teaching staff.
- Constitutional amendments and revisions may be voted and approved at annual general meetings at which all parents of children attending METNS are welcome to attend.