Parents Council

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Parents Council is to provide a structure through which the Parents/Guardians of Ballindaggin N.S. can work together to provide a healthy social environment and the best possible education for their children.


Committee Members 2017/2018

Chairperson: Charlene Nolan

Secretary: Trish Frayne

Treasurer: Niall Kennedy


What we Do:

The Parent Council is the structure through which parents/guardians in a school can work together for the best possible education for their children.

The Education Act, 1998 sets down the role of the parent association.

The Parent Council works with the principal, staff and the Board of Management to build effective partnership of home and school.

Educational research on the involvement of parents in schools shows that children achieve higher levels when parents and teachers work together.

The Parent Council can advise the principal and Board of Management on policy issues and incidents that may require a review of school policy, e.g. Bullying, Safety, Homework, Enrolment, Behaviour problems etc.

Parent Councils can suggest and/or organise extra-curricular activities.

The Parent Council is a support for parents in the school.

The Parent Council can invite speakers to address the parents on issues which are topical or relevant.

The Parents Council of St. Colman’s NS are involved in a range of activities to support the school. We liaise with the Board of Management on items such as fund raising and review of school policies.

We have been responsible for the introductions of the Book Rental Scheme, The Soccer League and Christmas Parties to name but a few.

We have helped financially with building debt and the furnishing of a new classroom.

The Parent’s Council are members of the National Parents Council of Ireland.


What we do not:

The Parent Council is not a forum for complaint against either an individual teacher or parent. The Complaints Procedure is the mechanism for this. The complaints procedure can be viewed by clicking on the Our School tab and then on Policies.


Thrift Fund / Penny Bank

The Thrift Fund is designed for the people of the Parish to save for Christmas. This is done through weekly contributions made in the School or after Mass at the Weekend. You can join anytime throughout the year. Any money raised through interest goes back to the Parent’s Council for the benefit of the Children.



Meetings are held in the school. All Parents / Guardians are automatically members of the Parent’s Council and are welcome to attend.

We welcome your new and ideas to help improve our school and services.


Useful Links:

Working Effectively as a Parent Association

Supporting Each Other – a guide to best practice for the effective partnership between Principals and Parent Associations