Castlelyons NS Parents Assoc.

Chairperson Harriet Cotter    
Asst. Chairperson Julie Long
Secretary Yvonne Fenlon
Asst. Secretary
Treasurer Nicola O’Neill

About Our Association:
The purpose of the Parents’ Association (PA) is to provide a structure through which the parents/ guardians of pupils of Castlelyons National School can work together for the best possible education for their children.

The PA will work in co-operation with the Board of Management, Principal, teachers and students in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998.

Aims and Objectives:

The aims and objectives of the Parents’ Association of Castlelyons N.S. are as follows:

    • The Parents’ Association hopes to help all parents feel they have a part to play in the school and a contribution in helping to make their child’s years in the school a positive time in their life.
    • To represent the interests and views of parents of children attending the school. To inform parents of developments in Education and in Castlelyons N.S.
    • To foster cooperation and promote good relationships between parents and the Principal, Teachers and Board of Management.
    • To assist with extra curricular activities.
    • To help with the provision of extra equipment and teaching aids through fund-raising events.


The PA Represents You and Your Child. Get Involved!
Becoming involved in the PA is an excellent way for you to play an active role in your child’s education and personal growth at Castlelyons N.S. The PA Committee invites you to join in the PA’s endeavours, to make our children’s experience at Castlelyons N.S. as enriching and rewarding as it can be.


All parents/guardians of Castlelyons N.S. students are automatically members of the Parents’ Association. If you have not already supplied your contact details to us, give same to any Committee member for inclusion

       •   Be added to the PA text service, which is the easiest and best way to keep up-to-date on PA news and events;
Let the PA know whether you can volunteer, and indicate the volunteer opportunities you are interested in.


Who is on our Committee?

As well as our elected committee (see table above), there is a large number of other parents who support meetings, volunteer for fundraising and events.  





Attending meetings:

Meetings are designed with your needs in mind. Attendance will enhance your understanding of issues that directly affect your child.

Committee meetings are usually held on first Tuesday of the month in the school from September through to June, with at least nine meetings a year. Committee meetings generally start at 8:30 pm and the Parents’ representative on Board of Management as well as school principal, Mr de Roiste will also be in attendance.

It is important to remember that this is not all about work – we do have fun too!

What have the Parents’ Association done for our school

For many years Castlelyons National School has been served by a well established, strong and pro-active Parents’ Association. Their hard work and commitment towards meeting the changing needs of our school has left us a legacy to be proud of. From resurfacing and painting the school yard to interactive whiteboards for all classrooms, educational toys and P.E. equipment, the students continue to reap the benefits of their efforts. 

The current Parents’ Association continue this tradition. Below are examples of the things we have done over the past 2 years:




Hallowe’en Party and Art Competition.
First Holy Communion Refreshments.
Ladies’  Night Out.
Children’s Sports Event at the Fr Ferris  Community Field Opening Day.
“Castlelyons Got Talent” Student Show.
Inter Schools Table Quiz.

Dessert Making Day with Students
Provided Support For:
School and Class Photos.
Review of School Policies and Procedures.
Supply of Homework Journal.
Army Band Refreshments.
Book Covering.
Supply of School Tracksuits.
School concert

Provided and Supplement Funding For:

Bus Transport for Students Travelling to Sporting, Educational and Cultural Events.
Upgrading of the “Jolly Phonics” Literacy and Language Programme for Infants Classes.
Folk Dancing Classes.
“Bug Busting” DVDs.
School Books for Book Rental Scheme.
The Introduction of the Early Literacy “Lift Off” Programme.
A Cooker for baking lessons.



Fund Raised:
Bag Packing.
Notice Board Sponsorship.
Christmas Raffle.
Church Gate Collection.
Used Cloths Recycling Collection.
Ticket Sales for Barrymore Players Production of “Separate Beds”
Cake Sale.
Cookery Book.



The Parents Association can be contacted either in writing through the school or by text to 086 2396189.




Providing Refreshments at First Holy Communions

Providing refreshments – Communions 2011

Interschool Table Quiz Adjudicators 2011

Making Desserts with students 2011

Halloween Party 2010

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