Glanmire Community College Parents' Council:

The Parents Council is an advocate for the parent body within the school to discuss issues that affect the entire student population within Glanmire Community College.It aims to give parents an effective voice in the education of their children and promote better communication and greater participation between parents, students, school management and teachers.  Meetings are held monthly.
 
Some of the functions of the Parents' Council include the following:-

  • Two parents are appointed to the Board of Management of the V.E.C. which meet on a regular basis and they report back to the monthly meetings.

  • Representatives from the Parents' Council are present on the annual Open Night for prospective new students to give information to both parents/students.

  • While fundraising is not our primary purpose, the two main fundraising activities each year are bag packing to raise funds for the Transition Year Musical, where the TY students take an active part in the financial backing of their musical and the Annual Quiz Night which raises funds for equipment in the school and also serves as a social outing for parents and teachers.

  • In 2012, the Parents Council began to facilitate the selling on of second had wheelie bags to incoming first year students and 2013 was a very successful year.

 
In the past few years the Parents Council have contributed over €23,000 to the school as follows:-

  • Transition Year Musical : €5,800 (2011) €2,000 (2012), €3,044 (2013)

  • Purchase of Headsets for the French/Irish Departments and website subscription: €1,585

  • Installation of Projector and networking in the meditation room for use as a classroom : €2,861

  • Purchase of 150 chairs: €1,500

  • Purchase of 5 Laptops for the Home Economics Room: €2,445

  • Installation of pc cabinets in each classroom: €4,000

 
Great credit is due to parents who attend meetings and those that actively take part in fundraising, to Supervalu for enabling Transition Year students to bag pack, to Sarsfields Hurling Club for providing prizes and a venue for the Annual Quiz Night and to local businesses who support the Quiz Night.
 
Going forward the Parents' Council will be working with Ms. A. Sheehan with a view to taking over and operating the Book Loan Scheme.  A Sub-Committee was also set up recently to explore the use of E books for learning. 
 
Due to cutback in resources, the Parents' Council and Mr. McKelvey are identifying further areas where it can be of assistance.
 
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Pat McKelvey, Principal for his support, inclusiveness and willingness to encourage and foster positive relations between all partners in the school.  We also commend the students who do us proud and the teachers who generate a hugely positive impact on students in recognising and acknowledging their marvellous strengths and talents.