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The Parents Council

The Parents Council is made up of 2 representatives for each year from 1st year to 6th year, plus the two parent representatives on the Board of Management of the School.  Elections to the Council happen every year at the AGM of the Parents Association in September.


The objectives of the Parents Association, and therefore the objectives of the Council, as outlined in the Constitution of the Parents Association are:



                                                                                          


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Parents Association Constitution.pdf

Parents Association Constitution

                                                        Gonzaga College SJ

                                                          Parents Council


                                                                                                          21st November 2013


Dear Parents,

I am pleased to write to you as Chairman of the Gonzaga College Parents Council for 2013/2014, and to extend a belated welcome to new parents who may not be familiar with the Council and its objectives.

The Council is made up of 2 representatives for each year from 1st year to 6th year, plus the two parent representatives on the Board of Management of the School. Our names and contact details are attached and available on the Gonzaga College website. As you may know, elections to the Council happen every year at the AGM of the Parents Association in September.

The objectives of the Parents Association, and therefore the objectives of the Council, are outlined in the Constitution of the Parents Association and are published on the parents council section of the website. Our primary role is to provide an opportunity for discussion and consultation about matters of common interest to parents, teachers and pupils of Gonzaga and to bring forward to the Board of Management items of interest particularly from parents’ perspective.


Our preferred means of communication to you is by email and our intention is to communicate by email in the coming year. Similarly if you feel there is an item of interest we invite you to submit an email to parents@gonzaga.ie or you may wish to bring the item to any member of the Parents Council particularly your own year representative. For parents who have not supplied email addresses to the school the information will be available on the Parents Association section of the website and the following link is to that page http://gonzaga.ie/parent_council.html. You may wish to save this link to your favourites file in your web browser. If you forward your email to the school or indeed to the above email address we will ensure it is included on the list.


At our AGM the previous Chairman, Oliver Brennan, outlined the improvements that had been achieved regarding the Gonzaga web site and the ongoing work that will foster greater communications between parents and the activities of the school. Oliver also reviewed the various talks arranged by the Parents Council and the (slightly used) Jumper and polo shirt sale at the end of the school year which proved to be a great success and will be repeated this year. Indeed a considerable sum was raised by this and donated to charity.  Many thanks to Oliver, for all his hard work, last year.


After the success of the series of talks the Parents Council are planning further talks in the spring and will have more details on the subject and speakers as the time nears. The basic theme will be on Careers in the Future and skill sets for flexibility in future careers. It will be an attempt to look into the future of the world our boys will take part in and shape. If there is any parent with any suggestions for speakers or topics around this theme, or would like to know more please contact the Council through your year representative or through email at parents@gonzaga.ie We seek your input into this venture and would be delighted to hear from you through either of the communication channels mentioned above.


Concern has been expressed at the very large and possibly unsafe numbers attending midnight mass each year. Discussions at Board of Management are ongoing on how to facilitate as many people as possible and several options are being considered. As with every year a number of invitations by ticket are issued and we have been advised that there will be a very strict application of entry by ticket only in coming years. Our co-operation in this matter would be greatly appreciated.


The Parents Forum for each year, while primarily, but not exclusively, a social forum for parents of the relevant year, has been another growing and is a successful channel of communication. We look forward to working with the various Fora in the coming year as appropriate. The Parents Council members look forward working with the Fora in the coming year on any relevant issues that arise in the Parent Forum.


Please feel free to contact me or your representative on the Council if there are any issues that you would like us to consider.



Sincerely,


Gerry Cleary

Chairperson

Parents Council 2013/14


The members of this year’s Parents Council  (2013/2014) are:

       

Year                Name                                 Email                                              


1st year        Anna Barry                     annadebarra@gmail.com              

                   Rita Lovett                     rita.lovett@hotmail.com              

          

2nd year       Ruth Shanahan                ruthfin@eircom.net                   

                   Gerry Cleary                    rgpcleary@gmail.com                Chairperson

         

3rd year        Sinead Wilson                  sinead_wilson@eircom.net         

                   Deirdre Travers                traversdeirdre@gmail.com          

          

4th Year       Valere Coyne                   valjc@live.co.uk                       O  Secretary

                  Declan Devereux               ddevereux@orourkereid.com       

          

5th Year       Sean Finn                       seanmfinn@iol.ie                        

                  Cooleen McCarthy            cooleenmccarthy@gmail.com       

          

6th year       Vincent Mulvey                vincent.mulvey@boi.com       

                  Mary McLoughlin               marymcloughlin22@gmail.com       

          

Invitees

     

1st year       Neil Kenealy                     neilkenealy@gmail.com              

5th year       Dermot Hickey                 dehicks@gofree.indigo.ie            

          

Board of Management Representative          

          

                   Siobhain O'Leary              sioleary@eircom.net      

                   Feichin McDonagh            eftmcd@indigo.ie       









Gonzaga Parents Council Letter 2013.pdf

Parents Council
Letter
2013-14


2013

2013-14

Parents Council Lecture Evening

Thursday 27 March at 1930 in the Coulson Theatre

Theme:  Career considerations in an ever changing world.          More Information:-

Parents_Council_ lecture evening.pdf