Should history be compulsory for Junior Cycle ?
NPCpp will be represented at the NCCA consultation on the question of whether or not history should be a compulsory subject in JC and would like to hear your views on this topic. Please take a few moments to complete this short survey and add your comments. This survey should take only 2 minutes and would give us valuable https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5XF8BLX
At the recent April meeting of the PA , the Committee approved funding for 10 Ukuleles for 1st Year students. This was in response to a request from the school – which recently purchased 30 Ukuleles for 1st Years. Ms. Ann Marie Kavanagh (music teacher) has had a very good response and in order to ensure everyone is accommodated there was a requirement for a further 10 instruments
Representatives from the PA Committee attended the opening of the new school Library and were impressed by the variety of books available to students as well as the quiet, relaxing space now available to students. On behalf of the PA Committee, Chairman, Mr. Ger O Neill, congratulated Mr. Cuddihy, Ms. Arnopp and all students associated with this new facility.
Patrick Empey, the President of COMPASS addressed the PA about the benefits of joining Compass and being members of the NPCpp.
Our Parent’s Association is a member of Compass and the NPCpp and as such pays an annual contribution of €1 per pupil. For parents there are a number of benefits of this membership - for example you can avail of anti-bullying and other training, as well as free educational helplines provided by the National Parents Council (Post Primary). For more details please see the attached Compass / NPCpp report.
The purpose of our Parents’ Association (PA ) is to promote the interests of the students. We do this in a number of ways, including running a programme of activities which involve parents in the operation of the school, as well as the alllocation of funds raised by the Parents Association. At the recent March meeting of the PA , the Committee approved the following contributions :
- hockey tournament expenses in Dublin of €40 per head (18 students travelling - total of €720)
- €8 per head towards the graduation hoodies total - €1152
- funding for three new drinking stations for the school - €1300
A letter of thanks was also received from Fields of Life for the donation towards the TY students travelling to Uganda this April.
Congratulations to Michael Cunningham, winner of the 2019 Dragons Den Competition which took place on 5 March. Second place went to Liam Foot and Tom Donald and third place to Josh Tracey and Bob Landers. Well done everyone!
The Parents Association continues to support this very popular TY event by making members from the PA committee available to the student entrepreneurs to have a practice run in the week in advance of the event proper, by recruiting the Dragons and by providing prize money
Thanks to the following members who played a huge role in making this event such a success
* Amanda O'Flaherty, Stephanie Codd and Eleanor Duggan who sourced and co-ordinated the Judges
* Amanda and Colin Phelan who did the rehearsals with the students
* Eileen Spens who introduced the Dragons to the audience and wrapped up at the end
Students were put through their paces by the Dragons’ interrogation of their product, sales projections, production techniques, and every aspect of a business plan.
Thanks especially to our Dragons who were :
* Sam Smyth Owner of Smyth Trailers
* Melanie Foot Owner/Operator Black Stairs Events & Catering
* John Grace Head of Business Banking for Bank of Ireland for counties Carlow & Kilkenny
* Anne Barber Butterslip Shop
Also a call out to the TY students Richard Crotty who acted as MC and Rupert Murray for Technical Co-ordination
Reave Technology, Michael Cunningham
Liam Foot & Tom Donald, ‘Tree Ring Coasters’
‘Bits & Bobs Pens’, Josh Treacy and Bob Landers
The National Parents Council pp has been in contact (via Compass) offering our parents an opportunity to take part in a consultation as part of the discussions it is having with the Dept of Education and Skills regarding ‘Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE)’ and possible changes in the curriculum. NPCpp has has set up a link for a the survey it is carrying out as part of its submission to the DES. We are all encouraged to participate. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/82HP8KY