Parent Teacher Association

What an absolute riot our Summer Fair was at the weekend.  We raised an amazing €921.75 for our PTA funds which will really help towards requirements in the new building.   It only happens because we have some fantastic families who always help out.

Martin was brilliant to move so many tables before we got there. To the early crew... Ophelie, Ethan and Eloise, Rufina, Shaun, Cathal, Gerard, Ruth, Edith, Gramps, Mary, Anne, Darren, Sam, Leah, Eve and Ray your tenting and set up skills are fantastic and tidy up was super speedy. 

The Cafe was amazing and a big thanks to everyone who donated to it. Claire and Stephanie were amazing again. Eoin on the Super Soaker was very enthusiastic in his encouragement of the children's aiming skills.... there was huge improvement... thanks!

Amanda and Eimear and their carnival games were brilliant ... thanks for coming back again! See you next year!? Sian, your face painting was super. Thanks to Saul, Sam and the other 6th class students who sold their JEP books and demonstrated the Bots. Tania thank you for your help on the crafts. Anthony's music and sound adds such atmosphere to the day, thanks. 

Miriam's raffle selling skills are second to none - and thank you to everyone who donated prizes including Shooting Stars After School and The Hermitage Medical Clinic.   Josh on the bouncy castle played and blinder. Cathal dug in wherever necessary! Bindiya, thanks (I think!) for the Candy Corner treats and the henna tattoos! 

Big thanks to Daniela, Sarah and Deirdre (the PTA) - another "first" ticked off the list for you guys so next year will be a doddle!
 

We actually can't even tell you all the Carol Connolly did, and always does, behind the scenes and on the day. Our school would not be the same with out all she does. Our PTA events would not run if she did not do all she does for every event. 

Thank you all. I apologise if I have forgotten anyone, it is tiredness rather than lack of gratitude.  Neasa 

And our BOTS made their first appearance.  We can look forward to seeing a lot more of them during the next academic year. 

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Information for incoming parents

Have a read of our little booklet of information for incoming parents where we try to explain what the PTA does and how you can get involved in the school community. 

 

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Well done to the Teams who showed up for the METNS Charity Quiz and for the amazing efforts for Crazy Hair Day in school the next morning.... (some of the Quiz attendees has fairly crazy hair too by then!)   A full tally of the amount raised will be confirmed soon.  

Our next big event is the METNS Summer Fair on Sunday 16th June from 2:00 - 5:00.  We are hoping for great weather and lots of volunteers (set up from 10am) so please let the PTA members know if you are available.  

We are also looking forward to meeting our incoming Junior Infant Parents on Wednesday 29th at the New Parent Evening.   

 

Some of the Crazy Hair styles on show for Barretstown

The METNS Charity Quiz in aid of Barretstown takes place on Thursday 23rd May upstairs in Brady's at 8pm.  We are really looking forward to seeing as many parents and teachers as possible there to pit their wits against each other in aid of a great cause.

 

 

We were absolutely delighted to win in our category in the St Patrick's Day parade 2019.  More silverware to put on display in the new school building.  Thank you to all the children, teachers, parents, guardians and grandparents that helped out. 

 

We are often asked 'How can I help?'  so we have put together this little piece to highlight some of the opportunities there are to help out in the School.

What can you do?

There are lots of ways for parents to help out with things within the school day.  Their involvement genuinely enhances the children’s experiences of learning – not just for their own children but for all children.

Paired Reading is probably the easiest way to get involved.  Contact your class teacher and ask if you can do some paired reading.  They will then schedule a short session once a week for you to meet with a couple of children who will read to you.  Generally, this starts in the second semester of Junior Infants, they start with single words, building to sentences and paragraphs.  There is great joy in seeing the progress of the children over the school year, and indeed, even more so if you continue to be read to by them over a few years.

Library Facilitation is the other regular way to get involved.  Parents from classes Junior Infants through to 4th are asked to volunteer to escort the children to and from the school library and help them choose their books each week.  At least two parents are needed.  One to stay in the library and the other to bring the children to and from class.  Unfortunately, next year we won’t have access to our library in the new school but it is only until the Phase 2 is complete so we will cope.

Arts and Crafts are always a big hit with the children.  Over the school year there are several times that arts and crafts are made within the class that Teachers could do with some help with.  You don’t have to be an ArtNinja to help out.  If you can open a glue-stick your help will be welcome.  Let your Teacher know that you can be called upon.

Escorting classes on outings is another way to dig in.  This year we have had climate protests, football matches, trips to the Dáil, mountain climbing and cinema trips to name but a few.  If you could spare a day once a year please do think about speaking up.

For families who participate in the First Holy Communion there is always a small celebration held in the school.  This is hosted and catered for by the 1st Class parents as they will invited to enjoy their own event the following year when it is their time for the sacraments.  Of course, if other parents in the classes wish to help out, nobody will turn them away.  The more the merrier is the catchphrase when it comes to getting things done!

The Graduation for our 6th Class students and parents is a lovely event.  The students themselves put on a performance for the parents, the teachers sing the praises of the children, they present their piece of art to the school, they get presented with their hoodies from the PTA and then they get to have a party.  The parents from the 5th class do the catering and the hosting as they will be the beneficiaries the following year and it leaves the 6th class parents time to just enjoy the celebration.

None of these events are PTA events.  These are just some of the ways that parents in Maynooth Educate Together National School can get involved and help make our School Community a lovely place for our children. 

Don’t assume someone else will do it.  Even if you child’s class has regular volunteers there is always room for more.  Any time you can give will always be appreciated and again.  All children benefit when parents volunteer. 

 

 

 


Information about what a PTA is and what a PTA does is now available here 


 

Minutes of PTA Meetings

2018-2019 

September 2018

October - AGM 

November 2018

December 2018

January 2019

February 2019

March 2019 - no official meeting to busy winning the St Patrick's Day parade! :-) 

April 2019 

 

 

2017 - 2018

September 2017

October 2017 - AGM

November 2017

December 2017

January 2018 - cancelled due to snow storm

Feburary 2018

March 2018

April 2018

May 2018

June 2018


 

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