Parents Association Winter/Spring 2013/2014 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

I hope this Winter/Spring newsletter finds you all well.  I am writing to you on behalf of Mount Mercy Parent’s Association to update you on a variety of issues.

 

Fundraising

A sincere Thank You to all parents who donate €2 on our Non-Uniform Days.  Our Non-Uniform Days, 6 per year, and bag-packing, are our main fundraising ventures each year.  I would like to explain how our Parents Association Non-Uniform Days operate for any parent who is new to the school.  On our Non-Uniform Day every girl who donates €2 on your behalf is given a raffle ticket for a draw on that day, and two €20 vouchers for the Wilton Shopping Centre are raffled on each Non-Uniform Day by the Parent’s Association.  The Deputy Principal and the teachers kindly collect the money for us during first class.  The money is then counted and banked by our Treasurer in the MMC Parent’s Association account in A.I.B.  The October and November Non-Uniform Days collected €1,816.   These funds are held in in this account on your behalf, for spending on an area which is of direct benefit to your Daughters.

There will be a Bag-Packing fundraiser shortly after Easter, your help would be greatly appreciated as this can be a very successful fundraiser.   Once we have a firm date we’ll let you know.

Second Computer Room

The project agreed at the Parents Association AGM this year was to help equip a second Computer Room.  To no-one’s surprise the current computer room is the school is currently overbooked on a regular basis so a second computer room will be of great benefit you the students.    Each room will have 25 to 30 PCs.    To facilitate the increased load on the school network a second fibre broadband connection has already been installed for the exclusive use of the two Computer Rooms.  This will provide a significant improvement for both Computer Rooms for classes such as the ECDL.

UCC is currently in the process of donating a significant number of used PCs.  Once those have been received the Parents Association will provide funding towards completing the equipping of the second Computer Room.    Ideally all the PCs in a computer room would be identical which simplifies the maintenance of them, so individual PC donations would not be suitable.  If you are aware of any large company who might be willing to donate a large quantity (15+) of 3 to 4 year old PCs please let the school know (email admin@mountmercy.ie).

 

First Year Gathering & Mad Hatter Quiz Night

Great fun was had by the First Years and their parents at the First Year Mad Hatter Quiz Night held in November.   A great night was had by all who attended, with copious amounts of chocolate consumed!   The large amount of chocolate may explain why it was such an energetic, loud and lively evening.

We are very grateful to our excellent quizmaster, John Coulter, who gave so generously of his time on the night.

 

 

School Library

The school library is always eager to enhance its collection, so if you have any books in good condition suitable for 12 to 18 year olds please send them into the school.  The more the merrier.

Parents Information

The National Parents Council Post Primary regularly sends its newsletters to our Parents Association.  These can be accessed from their website www.npcpp.ie.   Some articles can be very informative, and their website has a wide range of information on topics such as Anti-Bullying and the weight of school bags.

Next Meeting

Our next Parents Association will be held on Tuesday 21st January at 8pm.   All parents are more than welcome to attend.   All Parents Association meetings are completely open.  We will also be posting the minutes of the meetings on the Mount Mercy website in the near future.

 

Regards,

Richard Cronin
Chairperson