Hello,my name is Mary (Conway) Fouhy,
I am the Chairperson of the Ovens National School Parents'
Association. I was elected in September 2001 and I will hold this
position until September 2004. Being a past pupil of the school I
am delighted to be back in the school as a parent working with
teachers and other parents.
You might ask, what is the Parents
The Parents Association is the structure
through which parents in a school can work together for the best
possible education for our children. The Parents Association works
with the principal, staff and the Board of Management to build
effective partnerships between home and school.
We in Ovens National School Parents
Association meet regularly to discuss ongoing projects which we
implement throughout the year, also to act upon any concerns that
a parent may wish us to act upon. We then in turn pass these
concerns on to our Principal, Mr. Denis Lynch.
Over the years the Parents Association
has fundraised for items needed in the school, such as computers
for each classroom. We also organise light refreshments on the
morning of the First Communion for the children and the families
in the school hall, which is normally the responsibility of the
parents of the first class children. The Association also has the
responsibility of organising the school tracksuits each year.
So far this term we have continued the Christmas Card Competition,
which again proved to be a very successful fundraiser. This would
not have been the success that it was, but for the kind
sponsorship which we received to help with the printing costs. The
standard of competition was very high and we thank every pupil who
In mid January we held a coin day, which
proved to be very lucrative for the Association. The money raised
went towards the cheese and wine reception, which we in the
Parents Association organised in conjunction with Marian
O'Callaghan for the launch of Clann Lir the video. It was a
tremendous achievement and a great night for the association to be
involved. Congratulations to all involved.
I would like to take this opportunity to
congratulate Paula O'Shea for her work during her term as
chairperson and whom we can still rely on when needed.
I hope that this will give you an insight into the works of the
Parents Association. So please don't hesitate to come and
introduce yourself to myself, or any member of the Association
with any ideas or suggestions that could benefit our school. We
would be delighted to hear from you in this matter. Please watch
this site for more updates and watch out for our newsletter, which
will be coming out shortly.
M Conway Fouhy.