Parents Association Meeting November 13th Agenda

Parents Association Meeting – November 13th

Agenda

  • Minutes of previous meeting (AGM)
  • Correspondence
  • Financial Status
  • Update by Principal
  • First Year Fun Quiz Night (provisionally Nov 27th)
  • Fund Raising Ideas from AGM
    • Social Dance
    • Quiz Nights
    • Recycling Clothes Day
    • Past Pupils / Friends of Mount Mercy
  • Fund Spending Ideas from AGM
    • Whiteboards
    • Software for learning support
    • Desks for top floor
    • Set of iPads
  • Any Other Business / Suggestions
    • Díograis Sponsorship (Dec 9th)
    • Fence repair by all-weather pitch
    • Recyling / Buy&Sell listings on school website
  • Next meeting

Outstanding Expenditure

  • Water Fountain
  • Apple TVs

Parents Association AGM 2014 Minutes

Minutes of A.G.M. Tuesday 07/10/2014

Present:  Padraigin Uí Riordáin , Richard Cronin, Catherine O’Connor, Caroline Mc Namara, Aileen Coleman, Lila Browne, Mary Healy, Noreen Gubbins, Niamh Brooks, Eileen Collins, A O’Donovan, Catherine Buckley, Ashling Daly, Helena O’Sullivan, Jean Carroll, Orla Mc Carthy, Brian Shanahan, Tom Burton, Jackie Crowley in attendance.

Richard introduced the committee and welcomed all parents and then went through overview of the previous year:

  • Project for P.A for the yr was to help with setting up a 2nd computer room. We were to be I.T. focused.  It was decided to provide the school with Apple TV’S to the value of €3000.
  • There was a 1st year fun quiz night organised, great fun and lots of chocolate had by all J
  • Student representatives were invited to a PA meeting to ask what we could do for the students. It was decided to provide a water fountain for students so as each floor would have access to one.
  • A Parent’s Association section has been added to the school website.
  • PA helped by providing feedback on the Anti Bullying Policy for the school.
  • A double cuff school jumper is now available in Finns Corner following feedback from a parent on the PA.
  • Feedback on the school hall was provided by the Parents Association.
  • There was a bag packing day in Tesco to raise funds, P.A. parents supervised.  Transition year students were fantastic on the day.
  • The biggest fundraiser in the school are the monthly No Uniform Days, €2 collected from the girls, raffle for Wilton vouchers on the day. PA treasurer organises vouchers and counts money with help from members of the PA.

 

 

Financial Statement

Treasurer Catherine O’Connor talked us through financials for the year

  • No uniform days brought in €5941.50
  • Tesco bag pack brought in €883.64
  • Friends of Mount Mercy accrued €285.75

We have had a very healthy bank balance from the year, with closing balance on Aug 30th 2014 €3219.98, having paid out for the apple TVs and the water fountain. 

Update from Principal

Principal Padraigin Uí Riordáin welcomed parents and thanked them for being very supportive to the school, to her as a principal and to their daughters.

 

  • Expressed thanks to the Parents Association for their work for the school. A special thanks to Richard Cronin for his IT expertise, great help to the school. 
  • It has been very busy yr for the school and this is summarised in the Mt Mercy magazine.
  • Junior and Leaving Certificate exam results were very good, above national average. This is due to the hard work of the students, teachers, parents, a great partnership.    
  • Diograis Awards were explained: annual event where the school honours students who achieve highly, not only exam-wise. Guest Speaker last year Sinead Kennedy RTE who is a former student.
  • There are lots of extra-curricular activities during the yr.
  • School Mass started the year, school has a Catholic ethos. This is a lovely gathering.
  • TY has a range of activities, charity events. Last yr 4 groups from The Social Innovators programme received prizes at National level.
  • The make-up of the Board of Management was explained: 8 people, 4 from Ceist (trustees), 2 staff and 2 parents. The principal reports to the board.
  • Principal said that initiatives the school are working on improving at present are IT as a learning tool. There is also a focus on Numeracy and Literacy.
  • School is trying to achieve a 4th flag for transport. The girls were walking to school on 8th
  • Another flag the school is hoping to achieve is the Amber flag. This promotes looking after the mental well being of the students.
  • Mt Mercy College will be 50 years old in the spring of 2015. There will be events organised to celebrate during the year.
  • SPORTS HALL: We must continue to raise funds for the Sports Hall. O.M. has sought planning.  There are minor questions from the City Council.  Once sports hall is built the existing sports hall will be a student centre, canteen, and social space for the students.

 

 There was a brainstorm amongst parents present for Fundraising activities and ideas for events for the coming year.   

 

  • It was also decided that some of our funds from the PA would go toward buying white boards for classrooms that still have blackboards.
  • Election of new officers took place with committee remaining as last year:
  • Richard Cronin nominated as Chairperson by Mary Healy, seconded by Orla Mc Carthy.  Jackie Crowley nominated as Secretary by Mary Healy and seconded by Niamh Brooks.  Catherine O’Connor was nominated as Treasurer by Richard Cronin and seconded by Jackie Crowley.  Vice Chair is Leila Brown nominated by Richard Cronin and seconded by Adrianna O’Donovan.       

Parents Association Meeting – May 6th 2014

Agenda

  • Minutes of previous meeting
  • Correspondence
  • Financial Status
  • Update by Principal
  • Action Items from Previous Meeting
  • Upcoming Event
    • Bag Packing May 24th @Tesco – volunteers needed
  • Expenditure requiring Approval
    • Water Fountain (€20pm per fountain, 3year contract)
    • Diagrais Award donation
    • IT (Apple TVs etc)
  • Any Other Business
  • Next meeting
  • Water Fountains
  • Notice Board for Student Use / Buy&Sell
  • Text re Bag Packing
  • Feedback from next Student Council meeting
  • Email Addresses for parents
  • iPad Book Rentals – identify if 1 year or 3 year

Action Items from Previous Meeting

  • Water Fountains
  • Notice Board for Student Use / Buy&Sell
  • Text re Bag Packing
  • Feedback from next Student Council meeting
  • Email Addresses for parents
  • iPad Book Rentals – identify if 1 year or 3 year

Parents Association Meeting 18th March 2014 – Agenda

Parents Association Meeting – March 18th 2014

Agenda

  • Minutes of previous meeting
  • Students Council Welcome!
  • Correspondence
  • Financial Status
  • Update by Principal
  • Action Items from Previous Meeting
  • Upcoming Events
    • Bag Packing May 24th – volunteers needed
  • Any Other Business
    • Update on Open Night 6th February
    • Update on Diograis Awards
  • Next meeting
  • Student council invited to next meeting
  • Computer Room
    • 15 PCs & Screens from UCC, still in progress
  • Parents Association Page on school web site
    • AGM, agendas of meetings, newsletter etc all now on school website
  • French Exchange in Transition Year
  • Dr Maureen Griffin – talk to 1st Years

Action Items from Previous Meeting

  • Student council invited to next meeting
  • Computer Room
    • 15 PCs & Screens from UCC, still in progress
  • Parents Association Page on school web site
    • AGM, agendas of meetings, newsletter etc all now on school website
  • French Exchange in Transition Year
  • Dr Maureen Griffin – talk to 1st Years

Parents Association Meeting 21 January 2014 Agenda

Parents Association Meeting – January 21st 2014

Agenda

  • Minutes of previous meeting
  • Correspondence
  • Financial Status
  • Updates provided by Principal
  • Action Items from Previous Meeting
  • Anti-Bullying Policy     http://tinyurl.com/pzym442
  • Upcoming Events
    • 1st Year Sponsored Walk April 11th (Sports Hall fund raising)
    • Bag Packing TBD
  • Any Other Business
  • Next meeting (Feb 28th / March 11th )

 

Updates provided by Principal

  • Apologies and Happy New Year
  • Thanks from Board for generosity of voluntary contributions
  • Sports Hall – will be traditional building, cost will be in excess of €1million
  • Incoming 1st Year Information Evening January 30th, Tour of School February 6th
  • Annual T.Y. School Musical February 10th to 13th
  • Díograis Awards March 11th
  • Uniform Survey in progress – as requested by Minister for Education and Skills
  • Any suggestions for fund-raising for Sports Hall

 

Action Items from Previous Meeting

  • Purchasing mugs & microwaves
    • No need, slight issue with microwaves
  • Student council attending meeting
    • Yes – next meeting (hopefully)
  • iPads in other years
    • Plan to start in Transition Year Sept 2014
  • Supervision of sports at lunchtime
  • Computer Room
    • 15 PCs & Screens from UCC, still in progress
  • School Uniform
    • Jumper – Finns confirmed this will be the type of jumper used from now on
    • Windbreaker – sample provided, feedback
  • Parents Association Page on school web site

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