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Parents’ Association

Parents’ Association

Resources:

1.) PA Committee Members 2019-20

2.) PA Constitution

Parents’ Association -a note from the 2018-2019 Chair

The Parents’ Association (PA) of Belvedere work closely with the school on a number of initiatives throughout the academic year.

Each year we host three talks which are spread out over the academic year. We liaise with the Social, Personal and Health and Education (SPHE) Department on current topics being discussed in the College. All three talks were held in the Lecture Theatre and were very well attended.

Our first talk of the year was held on 12th November 2018. We invited John Lonergan, who served as Governor of Mountjoy Prison for 22 years, to speak to the group on his parenting philosophy. The next talk was held on 11th February 2019. Elaine Byrnes, a Doctoral Researcher at the School of Psychology, NUI, Galway, joined us to discuss the topic of consent. Our final talk of the year took place 8th April, 2019. Fr Donal Neary who is Editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger, spoke to us on religion and spirituality.

Each year the PA is allocated a budget, which we use to run new initiatives in the College. This year in an effort to reduce the use of plastic water bottles in the College, we purchased 2,000 aluminium bottles, one for each student.  We also installed a new water fountain right outside of the Old Ref to provide fresh filtered water for the students to drink. Both initiatives have proved to be extremely successful and we now have enough bottles for the next three years of students entering the College. The PA hope to provide many more water fountains to the College, at Distillery Road and at Cabra in the coming years.

The PA are also working to update the lock system on the Fifth and Sixth Year lockers to give the students a more secure storage space. This will allow for the proposed introduction of a ban on the use of mobile phones during school hours. This update will be completed over the summer months.

The PA invites fund requests from students through the Student Council to support their activities and ideas. This year, we donated funds to the Belvedere Role-Playing Society to purchase role books for Dungeons and Dragons. The Role-Playing Society meet every Thursday after school in the Library.

It has been a privilege to serve as the Chairperson of the Parents’ Association for the last year and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my fellow members of the PA for all of their help and support. I wish the incoming committee the best of luck next year.

Kind Regards,
Sharon Farrell, Chairperson
Belvedere College SJ Parents’ Association

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