There is a very active PA at St Mary's. The school benefits from the brilliant fundraising events throughout the year. Recently, laptops were purchased for the Juniors. This will allow children to have easier ICT access across the curriculum. Besides raising money, the PA organises many events such as: Fireworks; Quiz Night; Children's Disco; Summer Fayre; Wine Tasting; Christmas Wreath making. It is a fabulous way of making new friends.
We are always looking to welcome new committee members to join the PA. It is great to feel you are giving back something to the school and raising money which directly benefits all of our children. If you would like to get involved, or just have a chat about what we do, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the PA or leave a message with the Office, and someone will be in touch.
Parents' Association Committee:
Joint Chairs: Melanie Aird, Emma Rowley
Treasurer: Sarah Rawlings
Vice Treasurer: Samantha Tovey
Secretary: Lisa Garrity
Committee Members: Becky Linane, Breda McMillan, Charlotte Langley, Julie Crowley, Karen Tate, Katrina Stasiak, Louise Conn, Mary Duffy, Natalie Moss, Nora McGrillen-Badiane, Rowena Fannon, Sarah Quarrington.
Once again, the PA did a splendid job organising all the lovely gifts. Children could choose special gift for their mums. A great deal of care and attention goes into this event. It is one of our great successes. Seeing the children’s happy faces choosing a gift and then taking it away makes all the hard work worthwhile.
St Patrick’s Evening
This was a new event and what a success story! From early on in the evening, families and Irish dancers gathered to celebrate this special day. The place was covered in Green, White and Gold, face paints showed off wonderful pictures of shamrocks, the music was lively and the dancers put on a splendid show. Well done to everyone.
Christmas Disco for Children 2017
So many PA members helped out to ensure the Christmas disco was a great success. There were three separate sessions, catering for the different age groups and Father Christmas even managed to pop along at the end of each one! Every child went away with a present, hand delivered by Fr Christmas himself, ably assisted by one of his many elves.
Christmas Wreath making 2017
Once again, the PA managed to organise a creative afternoon/evening with many parents trying their best to make their wreath extra special! There were wonderful baubles and evergreen so the wreaths looked splendid. Well done to the PA for encouraging this creative side to come out.
There was a splendid gathering at the weekend with Infant children attending the first display and older children the second. Hot food was served throughout along with refreshments so it was a great evening of family entertainment. There were cries of excitement as the fireworks made patterns in the sky and the classical music, which accompanied the fireworks, was just perfect. Former pupils who have formed a band turned up to entertain the crowd between the two displays. The boys were very good as usual and should go far!
Well done to members of the PA who turned out in force to ensure this event was successful. It is always a great team effort with many volunteers turning up early in the day to set up and returning afterwards to ensure everywhere is left tidy. As one family said on the night-what a great community spirit there is here so WELL DONE!
Three separate events for the different ages ensures this is a popular evening for our children. They return to school in their party clothes, ready to dance and showcase their party moves.
Christmas Wreath Making
Once again, this popular event returned to St Mary's. So many people return each year to create beautiful wreaths for their front doors. Well done to the PA. A lot of hard work goes into this event.