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.

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 


1st Place 

Reave Technology, Michael Cunningham 

2nd Place 

Liam Foot & Tom Donald, ‘Tree Ring Coasters’ 

3rd Place 

‘Bits & Bobs Pens’, Josh Treacy and Bob Landers

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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.

Thanks to all the wonderful  speakers who shared their insights with students at the very successful Careers Information evening on Tuesday 15 January.  Over 90 people – many parents but also a number of people with no connection to the school – volunteered their valuable time which was much appreciated .   With career advice across a broad spectrum of careers (ranging from the army, the Gardai, to art and design, dentistry and engineering  to name a few) feedback from students and teachers was that they found the evening most valuable.  Thanks to all  Committee members  who were involved in the organisation and the event.  

To have 90+ professionals meeting with 300+ students over the course of 2 1/2 hours is quite an achievement and, I suspect, unique.” – Simon Thompson, Principal

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Parents’ Association Careers Information Night for 4th, 5th and 6th Forms in the Swift building.

81 speakers – representing professions and trades – are lined up to share their insights and career advice with students next Tuesday, 15th January.

The event – which is structured like a Parent Teachers meeting (or speed dating) is held across three rooms in the Swift Building.

Please remind your son or daughter if they are in the 4th, 5th or 6th forms.