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Parents' Association

Parents' Association

Parents' Association Corner 
 

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The role of the Parents’ Association is to:

  • Support the school as we work together towards our common goal of providing a safe, nurturing, inclusive school environment for all our students, enabling them to receive the best possible education.

  • Provide opportunities for discussion, information and consultation about matters of common interest to parents, teachers and students of Dominican College.

  • Promote the role of parents and guardians as the primary educators of their children.

  • Provide support for school activities as needed and initiate activities which advance the aims and objectives of Dominican College.

All parents / guardians of current students of Dominican College are member of the Parents’ Association.

The members are represented by a committee, with elected officers of Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer.

Our annual general meeting is held in September or October each year.   At the AGM we invite parents to volunteer to become members of the Parents Association committee.   We always welcome new members and new ideas.

The committee usually meets once a month and the meetings are also attended by Dr. Laffoy (principal).  Being a member of the Parents’ Association is a good way to meet other parents and to demonstrate your interest in your child’s education.   It gives you a better understanding of what is going on in our school.

During the 2015-2016 school year the Parents’ Association

  • Organised a study smart programme

  • Helped with the TY musical and the 6th year graduation ceremony

  • Changed the supplier of the school uniform

  • Our main fundraising events were the annual plant sale & raffle and the school walk

Upcoming events

  • Guest Speaker – Tuesday 25th April at 7.30pm

  • All parents will be invited to attend a talk by Dr. Fergus Heffernan who will talk to us on the subject of promoting positive mental health and understanding the emotional well-being of teenagers, children and the family.

  • Easter Raffle

  • Annual Plant Sale – Sunday 7th May.


History


The introduction of free education in the 1960's created financial difficulties for many secondary schools. However three pioneering parents namely Eileen Caff, Brendan Murphy and Bernie Ryan founded the Dominican College Parents' Association and were responsible for setting up the voluntary contribution scheme in order to maintain the high standard of education enjoyed by its pupils. Although these parents addressed some of the financial difficulties at that time, the principal aims of the Association still remain as:

  • To promote the School, its image, aims and philosophies by encouraging active participation of all parents.

  • To promote better understanding, liase and maintain a working relationship between the management, teachers and parents.

  • To support the management, teachers and pupils in any areas where they require help concerning the school or its activities.

In 1966, Brendan Murphy became the first chairperson of Dominican College's Parents Association and its dynamic committee paved the way for the committees to come.

Today the working committee comprises of twenty-seven members with a supplementary committee of ten people. The committee organised a quiz night in the school recently and also a very informative and successful talk for parents dealing with adolescent development. A school fundraising walk is currently being organised for the last term of this school year.

The Annual General Meeting takes place in late September. The first meeting of the Association is the first Monday in October and we would welcome any new members who wish to join. 

Parents' Newsletters

DCGA news is a newspaper for the parents by the parents of students in Dominican College.  Click below to keep up to date with what is happening in our community.

 Volume 1, Oct. 2010          Volume 2, Feb. 2011