Community National School

What is the role of the PTA?

The Parent & Teacher Association (PTA) works with the principal and the teaching staff to build partnerships between the home and the school. Educational research on the involvement of parents in schools shows that children achieve higher levels when parents and teachers work together.                                                  

  • The PTA fundraises on behalf of the school and the funds go towards the purchase of new equipment or the cost of the end of year school tours.
  • The PTA invites speakers to address the parents on issues which are topical or relevant.
  • The PTA affords the opportunities for parents to discuss and gather views about school policies with each other and with school leadership.

How do the meetings work?



  • The PTA meets three times a year to discuss topics and issues raised by the school teaching staff where they
    require parental input, support, and involvement. We also discuss fundraising opportunities and organises fundraising events that go towards funding the cost of the school tours and equipment, as well as providing fun and engaging activities for the students, and for parents to meet and make new friends within the school community.
  • Meetings are an open invitation to all parents and guardians with children at the school, and you are welcomed
    to attend these meetings and to help shape events at the school. These are also a great way to meet other parents within the school community.
  •  PTA meeting dates are announced in Principal’s weekly newsletter, please keep an eye out there for upcoming

Communication and sharing the success of PTA events

The weekly school newsletter features highlights of events that have taken place as well as upcoming PTA events.

This is to engage with the community on the work that the PTA does, and to encourage parents to support and engage with the PTA for future events and volunteering requests.

We are an active community, working together to build a supportive school environment and we invite all parents, where possible, to support the events throughout the year.

PTA Chairperson Contact

If you have any questions about the PTA, or if you would like to attend the next PTA meeting or be included on the PTA WhatsApp group, then please contact the school office and they will put you in contact with the PTA chairperson (school reception is 021 204 4200).

If you are an existing parent or guardian, then please contact your parent class representative and they will help you.

Winter Disco

Organised by the PTA team, this Winter Disco is a magical event for all children and parents of the school. With a
disco, Santa, lots of noise and treats, the children love it. The funds raised pay for the event itself.

Table Quiz

This fun and inclusive table quiz takes place twice a year. This is the first event after the winter break and the funds raised contribute towards playground equipment.

Teddy Bear Picnic

As part of World Book Week, the school hosts a Teddy Bear Picnic and Storytime in the evening. This is for children from Junior Infants to Second Class, and parents are invited into the Hall for a hot drink and a chat.

            Saint Patrick’s Day

Working with the school, the PTA create a theme for the school to participate in the Carrigtwohill St Patrick’s Day Parade. Banners are created for the children to carry during the parade.

Sponsored Walk

Organised by the PTA team, the Sponsored Walk around Carrigtwohill raises funds for the end-of-year school tours in
May and June.

Carrigtwohill Car Boot Sale 

A spot is booked at the Carrigtwohill car boot sale, selling good condition second-hand toys. The funds raised also
contribute towards the end-of-school tours in May and June.

Internet Safety Talk 
This event takes place within the school in May. Students attend an internet safety awareness session during school time, and there is a parental version in the evening, and all parents are asked to attend this important talk. Community garda will also attend. Details will be in the school newsletter.

Table Quiz

Organised by the PTA team, this fun and inclusive table quiz takes place twice a year.

Working with the school, the PTA help our graduates celebrate their educational milestone occasion by making a
speech on behalf of the PTA, decorating the hall, providing a gift of acknowledgement to the graduates and teachers, and providing hot drinks for the pupils, parents, and teachers.