To provide a structure for the involvement of parents in the education of their children.
To provide representation for all the parents of children attending Abacas School.
To work with and support the principal, teachers and Board of Management to achieve the best possible education for the students attending the school.
To facilitate and encourage effective communication between parents and the principal and teachers in the school.
To promote the interests of the students in co-operation with the Board of Management, the principal, teachers and students.
To undertake fundraising and other activities that would facilitate achieving the aims and objectives of the Association.
Membership of the Association includes all parents/guardians of the children who currently attend the school.
In addition, the Committee may co- opt, to the Association, a number of members, not necessarily parents of children attending the School, whose expertise may help the Committee in carrying out the aims and objectives of the Association.
The Association shall be structured as to:
a) A Committee, which manages the affairs of the Parents’ Association, and
b) Sub-committees, as required, to manage areas of activity as defined by the Committee, and which it considers to be relevant to the aims and objectives of the Parents’ Association.
The Committee shall comprise a minimum of three positions including Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer. The two parent nominees to the Board of Management shall be ex-officio members of the Committee.
The Committee Chairperson shall be elected by the Parents’ Association at its June meeting and shall take office from the following September.
The other elected Committee members shall be elected at the first Parents’ Association meeting of the school year.
A member elected to the Committee shall hold office for one year and may be re-elected but may not hold the same office for more than two consecutive years
The Committee shall hold at least four meetings during the school year at dates and times agreed at the first Committee meeting after the Annual General Meeting.
Any member may participate in a sub-committee by indicating their availability. Members of sub- committees shall choose, at their first meeting, a sub-committee chairperson from among its members.
The membership of sub-committees is not restricted in number.
The Association will finance its activities through fundraising specifically to achieve the aims and objectives of the Association.
The Treasurer shall be responsible for keeping the accounts of the association. The Treasurer will give a statement of income and expenditure at each Committee meeting and will give a written statement of income and expenditure at the AGM.
Fundraising activities will be shared with the Board of management by the two parent nominees.
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Parents’ Association shall be held in the first term of each school year.
Notice of the AGM shall be sent to all parents or guardians of students attending Abacas Kilbarrack School at least one week in advance of the date scheduled for the AGM.
Resolutions at the AGM shall be decided by vote on the basis of simple majority of those attending.
This Constitution can only be amended by resolution adopted by two-thirds of those present and voting at a General Meeting.