9th March 2017

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

Our Parents’ Association Annual General Meeting takes place on Tuesday, 14th March at 8pm.

We encourage as many parents as possible to attend and feel sure you will find the reports interesting and relevant to you and your son/daughter’s education here in Coláiste Bhríde.

There will be no change of officers this year but if you are aware of someone who would like to join the Parents’ Council or indeed if you would be interested yourself please contact Trevor, Linda or a parent who is already on the Council. As always, at the end of May we will lose some parents as their sons/daughters complete their Leaving Certificate.

Looking forward to seeing you on 14th March

Trevor Mathews (Chairperson)
Linda Dunne (Principal)

Tuesday, 14th March 2017, 8pm

Treasurer’s Report
Secretary’s Report
Principal’s Address
Chairperson’s Address

Special Presentation – Report on 2nd & 5th Year iPad Survey
– The School Improvement Plan

Close of Meeting

Education Act, 1998 sets down the role of the Parents’ Association.

The Parents’ Association is the structure through which parents/guardians in a school can work together for the best possible education for their children.

The Parents’ Association works with the principal, staff and the board of management to build effective partnership with home and school.

Did you know that once your child is enrolled in Coláiste Bhríde you, as a parent or guardian, are automatically a member of the school’s Parents’ Association. Parents are encouraged to attend the AGM and if they wish they may join the Parent’s Council. We are also represented on Kildare Wicklow Education Training Board (KWETB).

Contrary to popular belief, the Parents Council is not solely involved in fundraising for the school.

  • We work in partnership with the school to create a warm welcome for students and parents alike. We promote and encourage these partnerships between the school, its pupils and all its parents.
  • We develop and engage in activities which support the education and welfare of the pupils.
  • We invite speakers to address our parents on issues which are topical or relevant to us in our role as parents. Working in co-operation with the school, particularly through representation on the board of management, policy, learning and teaching Committees and working groups established from time to time.
  • We offer financial support in many areas of school life.

Meetings are held on alternate Tuesday evenings each month. A new Parents’ Council Committee is elected every two years. Our AGM is usually held before the end of February each year and we encourage all parents to attend.

The Parent Association is not a forum for complaint against either an individual teacher or parent. The Complaints Procedure is the mechanism for this (available from school).

Trevor Mathews

Parents Association Constitution

Parents Association Contacts

P.A. Newsletter Nov. 2016


Coláiste Bhríde’s Parents’ Council is involved in extensive fundraising throughout the school year…

Our BIG goal is the same as previous years and that is to have sufficient funding to provide an all-weather pitch for our school in the future and to provide funding for all the events we support in the meantime.


Upcoming events for 2017

January 21st 2017       

LC Presentation Evening Ashdown Park Hotel, A great night for all Coláiste Bhríde’s 2016 Leaving        Certificate students and their parents. The students are presented with certificates and awards for various achievements, a very enjoyable night!

February 5th 2017        

Model Exhibition. We have hosted this exhibition of miniature models in the past and this year it will be a communal effort with all three schools in our area and will take place at Coláiste Bhríde’s Campus. The Parents’ Council helps provide a meal and refreshments to exhibitors. In addition to helping set up and cleaning up afterwards, we also hold a cake sale on the day.

March 14th 2017          

Parents’ Association AGM- All parents welcome..

April 2017                   

Digi Draw. Our Digi Draw returns for a fourth time in April 2017. Previous prizes have included iPads, Smartphones & Gaming consoles. This year’s prizes will be announced soon and all students will receive cards to sell lines.

June 9th 2017              

Golf Classic Coollattin Golf Club. An annual event held at Coollattin Golf Club. With the help of the school, teachers and parents alike, sponsorships and donations are generated through local businesses and people in the area and this event has proven to be our biggest fundraiser each year and a fantastic day out!



Ongoing events…                                                                   

Lotto– This is typically collected in September by our Parents’ Council or alternatively can be dropped into the school. The lotto runs for 18 weeks. You choose 4 numbers at the beginning of the year. The draw takes place every two weeks and costs €30 for the year. (if you sign up at the beginning you get 2 free draws!). Alternatively you can opt to purchase a ticket for €2 each fortnight.


All monies raised throughout the year also contribute to many projects for the students and our school.