Wilson’s Hospital School Parent’s Council (WHSPC) meets regularly on the third Sunday of each month over the course of the school year and undertakes various responsibilities and activities throughout. Historically, WHSPC sponsor and contribute to projects around the school including, in 2018 we were pleased to be able to sponsor a new Trophy Cabinet for the Study Hall to show case all the outstanding achievements of Wilson’s students. We were also delighted to contribute €1000 to the new hockey pitch.
The Warden, Mrs Niamh McShane regularly attends our meetings giving a full and valued Warden’s Report which is then open to discussion and questions - keeping WHSPC fully informed and up to date with events, activities and plans for the school.
The Annual Table Quiz, held in March and organised by WHSPC is a fun evening where parents, teachers and students all get together to pit their wits and general knowledge against each other – with prizes for everyone in the audience! To round off the year and school WHSPC arranged a successful Sixth Year parents’ dinner on the evening of the Sixth Form Debs.
WHSPC were delighted to host Mr Thomas Parke at this year’s AGM. Mr Parke is the Junior Certificate Co-ordinator at the school and gave parents a very important insight on recent and future developments in the Junior Cert cycle. We are always keen to provide parents with the opportunity to hear speakers on topics of interest and welcome suggestions from parents.
The Parent’s Representatives on the school Board of Management, Mrs Jenny McCormack and Mr Trevor McHugh, were voted in through a postal ballot at the end of 2017 for a term of 2 years. They contribute to WHSPC over the course of the year giving an agreed report from the Board at each meeting, attendance at both WHSPC and Board meetings ensures the interests of parents as partners in education are represented and promoted.
Wilsons Hospital School was privileged to host the 2018 Compass Annual AGM in May this year. COMPASS is the link, through the National Parents Council post primary (NPCpp), for parents in Minority Religion schools to the Government and the Department of Education. The current representatives on the Compass Executive are Mr Mary Lillis and Mr Nigel Bannister. The AGM saw changes to the NPCpp constitution, and the new Parents and Student Charter were outlined – to be introduced in 2019 as part of the aim of the Minister for Education to have one representative body, the NPCpp, to collate and express the concerns of all the various Parent Association groups in Ireland.
The Parent's Council
Is an active committee working with the school to promote the education and welfare of our children. The Parents Council is made up of parents who are voted in each year at the AGM which is held in October. Each school year is represented by two parents preferably having one representing boarders and one for the day pupils. We provide an open forum for parents to discuss issues, ask questions and have an input into school policies and offer an opportunity to get to know each other. The Warden, Mrs Eager, regularly attended our meetings and keeps us abreast of developments in the school as well as other areas that may have a knock on effect on the future education of our children.
Thank you to all our parents for their support over the years and we look forward to your continued support in the future.
1. To promote the interest of parents as partners in education, in the spirit of co-operation.
2. To foster good relations between parents, teachers, pupils and the school authorities.
3. To adopt a programme of activities that will promote the involvement of parents.