Parents Association

The Parents’ Association of Dunamase College plays an important role in the education of our children, ensuring the parents have their voices heard. The Association was founded in 2017, shortly after the first few weeks of the opening of the school, when some parents and Principal Elster met and both parties outlined their visions for the future. It was important in setting up a Parents’ Association that the partnership was mutually beneficial to parents, teachers, school, and pupils. It was felt that the association must be professional if we wanted to be taken seriously within the school community. If there is trust and integrity between parents, teachers and the school, all parties benefit. It was agreed not to just be a fund-raising organisation, but one that would be actively involved, working with the school.

We are a group of parents working in partnership with all parties to enhance the educational development and educational opportunities of our children. The Parents’ Association deals with issues in a structured way. All parents and guardians of children attending the school are members of the Association.

Objectives of our Parents’ Association

  • To be a resource at the disposal of the school community.
  • To be a resource at the disposal of the individual parent.
  • To represent the views of parents, e.g. by having an input into school policies.
  • To act as a conduit between the parents and the school.
  • To inform parents of their role (rights and responsibilities) regarding the school.
  • To inform parents about their school: policies, curriculum, system of governance (Board of Management, etc.).
  • To encourage dialogue with the Board of Management and other partners relating to parents’ expectations for their students.
  • To ensure that parents are represented at all levels in the consultative process of school development planning and decision-making.
  • To help parents acquire the necessary skills which their role demands.
  • It is important to remember that the educational, technical, and professional aspects of education belong to the teachers and the school, not to the parents/ guardians.

So why not get involved? You choose how much involvement you want to have. The more parental involvement there is, the lighter the load for all. We can be contacted at

parents@dunamasecollege.ie

Looking forward to hearing from you!