December PA News

Parents Association Good Shepherd N.S

To all new and existing members of the Parents Association (PA), i.e. every single parent/guardian in the school! We’re almost at Christmas already!
Just in case you haven’t heard, read on to find out what we got up to last year and what we have in the pipe line for the year ahead.
As you know, our goal is to be your voice and to collect ideas and suggestions to continue to better our school through our fundraising efforts. Our first meeting for this year was held on the 28th September.
We came up with some fundraising ideas and what we think is needed for this year
• Volunteers – For future events. We will be looking for volunteers on specific events, i.e., bag packing at SuperValu. If you could choose at least one thing to help out on this year that would be great!
• Website – we need your support so please keep checking the PA page for updates
• Your views/opinions – All general feedback and constructive ideas around the work carried out by your PA would be appreciated. We will collect and prioritise these and use them as a basis for our meetings.

We would like to congratulate everyone for last year’s efforts. Through our fundraising, from bag packing to carol singing to race night, we managed to raise enough money to enabled the school to purchase a touchscreen whiteboard which in turn helps all our children at the school.
There are a few things already completed this year and a few more lined up for after Christmas:
• Open Day (Sunday, 14th October)
We got to show off our school. We had great volunteers on the day as well as current pupils who did our school proud.
• Sponsored Walk (Friday, 12th October)
This is the schools biggest fundraising opportunity each year. A tremendous effort was made and even though it was brought forward due potential downpours, the pupils braved the windy weather and made it back to class after a lovely brisk walk.
• Bag Packing (x 2)
A great effort was made to fill all the spots and we had a very successful first bag packing event in SuperValu. A few slots remained unfilled so hopefully at the next bag packing, we’ll get all the time slots filled. This is a great opportunity for the school to get in some much needed funds. If you could consider giving just two hours of your time for this it would be great.
• Cake Sale (Sometime after Christmas break, date to be confirmed)
One of the children’s favourite PA events, and possible the parents/guardians as well . If your child brings in something for the sale they get no homework. We usually have a raffle and have some amazing parent-made masterpieces up for grabs.
• Second-Hand Uniform Sale (TBC)
This has worked so well the last few years. Because of requests from parents, we planned to do this twice this year. The first sale was in November and went really well. We have another one planned for around April. We’ll let you know date when it’s confirmed.
• Cloths Recycling Collection
Any unwanted cloths/bedlinen were collected over a three day period at the school and was then weighed and the school received money for each bag donated.
• Bingo (TBC)
We’re hoping this will be a great fundraising night. This is another great opportunity to meet other parents and win some prizes.
• Class Representatives What’s App groups
In order to keep you informed of what is happening within your child’s class this year, we’ve created individual class What’s App groups. This is run by a class representative (rep). The idea behind this is that each class rep can send reminders about class visits, trips, PA events, etc., for your child’s class.