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On Saturday the 24th Jan and again on the 7th Feb, the PTA provided Teas/Coffees/Hot food etc at a Midleton Hockey Club Blitz that was being held at the school. The morning was a huge success, as a result of a team effort from the broader parent community of our school, and the PTA. As a result, the funds generated are being put towards buying new team sports tops for the School. Well done to all involved!!

St John the Baptist Christmas Fair this coming Friday 12th December 1:00pm to 4:00pm - please come and support our event, and start your Festive Season - all welcome.

Andrea Gunn, Chairperson, Speech form Information Meeting 13th October 2014

Looking back over our two years on the PTA committee, we have achieved a huge amount together. 
When I started in 2012, funding for the new school was well underway, and now that the kids are well settled in to their new building, I’d like to congratulate all involved – the parents, the management committee and of course the teachers themselves who made it all possible.
As we get ready to leave our seats, I’d like to thank some special people who were on the committee last year and have already stood down – Jackie Daly (for her huge work with organising sports), Michael McNamara (treasurer & events) and Tracey Roche (events and her legendry nails).  Their input was a vital and they contributed a huge amount to the PTA. 
Tonight, I’d like to thank those who are stepping down tonight Audrey Crowley, for keeping us all organised and who we could always rely on to make us smile!
Gillian McIlreavy who was outstanding as treasurer this year.
John Ellis, who supported the schools sporting endeavours and organised the swimming gala.  Sara O’Connor will be staying on in the sports role and so too will Tommy Lynch who is our director of operations for all our event!
Annie Murphy, you have been amazing in organising our events.  Without you we’d we out in the car park.
Maire O’Donoghue was the teaching reprehensive during this committee’s term in office!  You’ve been an essential between the teaching staff and ourselves, making sure we’re all on the same page.
We celebrated Bridie’s retirement with both teachers and parents in June. It was a great afternoon. Bridie was taken aback by the warmth shown to her form all the parents.  It emphasises the strong bond all the parents have with the school and our teachers.  We are lucky to have such a special school community.   


So Id like to give you a few highlights of what we’ve achieved over the 2 years.   We raised over €8000 from all of our activities.
To remind you of the fundraising events here’s a few…..
Bun Days, coffee mornings, ice-cream day, Family fun day, pancake day, non-uniform days, fancy dress, wine tasting evening in the rugby club, the Christmas Fair and Cash for Clobber,
Charities we supported this year were the Guide Dogs, Cork Penny Dinners, Aimee Foley Treatment Fund, Temple Street Children’s Hospital and the upcoming ice-cream day is for Down Syndrome Ireland.
The Kitchen was finished and equipped – parents contributed €2,000 towards this, please come check it out.  It’s getting used by all classes.
Rachel Allen came to launch its opening, she did demonstrations with the all the kids in the school. The made YUMMY cupcakes.
Science equipment to the value of €2,000 has been purchased for the school and shared by all classes. This includes an assortment items from  magnets to electricity and weather equipment.
Library and Resource Books to the tune of over €4,000 have been purchased over the last two years, in every classroom.
Sporting Events comprised the School Swimming Gala and the Annual Inter School Gala in which St John the Baptist were the main organisers.  This was enormous success thanks to Clare Deegan and her team of helpers.  Hockey Tournaments and Hockey Blitz; Soccer and Rugby Blitz and After School Activities also took place.
I’d like to thank all parents who support all these activities and gave their time throughout the year, which benefitted our school community and our children, for without your help they could not take place.  And thank you to all the teachers for their co-operation during these many events. 
If everyone managed to do even one thing each to help the school and the PTA’s efforts, it would mean the world of difference to the overall community.   We’ve already brought in the idea of having a class rep and we would again like to get this up and running this year. Perhaps on a term by term basis.  It would involve a parent acting as a lead or as a link between teacher and PTA or other parents etc.


Judy
I’d like to just take a moment to talk about our dear Judy Cuddy on behalf of all the parents. She was an outstanding secretary and link to us all, but she was much more than that.  She was a huge part of our school community, she knew every child in the school and looked after them all in special ways, she made a difference to all our lives.   
We would like to offer our deepest sympathies to Dan and her family on behalf of all the families in the school.   She is a huge loss to school, in both a professional level and on a personal level. She had a special place in the hearts of Elma and all the teachers, management and in fact all those connected with the school.
I’d like to read a few words to sum up my sentiment.
You can make a difference;
Always go the extra mile
To make sure you smile
Always keep in mind to be thoughtful and kind
Always be honest and true in everything you do.
You can make a difference in everything you do.
Always be you.

So, before we look forwards to welcoming the future committee, I’d first like to say goodbye to those who are leaving, Audrey Crowley, Gillian McIlreavy, Annie Murphy, Marie O’Donoghue John Ellis and myself.
Nominees were sought and names were put forward prior to the meeting. Following discussions some parents were happy to get involved as parent reps and so we have 3 names to go forward to the committee. What we are going to do is get one proposer and seconder for all three.
Lorraine Olden
Diane Geaney
Bree Allen
Geraldine Brodkorb
Sean Cullen
Trish Johnson
We will all be around to support the handover and feel free to come to any of us for any help during the year.
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Parent Teacher Association

5 NEW MEMBERS NEEDED!

A great way to get involved with the school community:
Arrange social and educational events.
Fundraising
Support school events
Enhance school facilities and services
Two year term commencing October 2014

Interested to learn more or to put your name forward?
Please contact any of the PTA members listed below by 6th October:
Andrea Gunn 086 2253420 (Chairperson), Audrey Crowley 087 2922652 (secretary),John Ellis, Annie Murphy, Sara O’Connor, Tommy Lynch, Gillian McIlreavy, Ms O’Donoghue, Mrs Huggard
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As we head towards the end of the school year we just want to update you on all the events the children have been involved in and the money you the parents have raised.

From Cash for Clobber to Bun Days, Dress-up Days, Non Uniform Days, Fancy Dress, Christmas Fair a substantial sum of money was raised and a big thank you to all.

Charity supported this year were the Guide Dogs, Cork Penny Dinners, Aimee Foley Treatment Fund, Temple Street Children’s Hospital and the upcoming ice-cream day is for Down Syndrome Ireland.

Kitchen is now fully finished and equipped and photos are on the website – feel free to come and see the School Kitchen to which you contributed €2,000

Rachel Allen visited the school last week and presented a full fun packed day of coming demonstration and hands on experience to every child in our school which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.  This event was to celebrate our new kitchen,

Science equipment to the value of €2,000 has been purchased for the school and shared by all classes.

Resource Books to the tune of over €1,000 have been purchased this year and are in every classroom.

Sporting Events comprised the School Swimming Gala and the Annual Inter School Gala in which St John the Baptist were the main organisers.  This was enormous success thanks to Clare Deegan and her team of helpers.  Hockey Tournaments and Hockey Blitz; Soccer and Rugby Blitz and After School Activities also took place.

Upcoming Events include the Junior Bun Day on 6th June : 6th Class Plant and Cake Sale on 10th June : Cash for Clobber on 13th June (keep collecting and drop in your bags to the School Hall) : Family Fun Day in Rugby Club on 15th June and finally the Ice-Cream Day on the 16th June, 26th June 2.10pm Retirement party for Bridie O'Brien in School Hall.

The last event of the year is the Annual Sports Day on the 23rd June – do come along and enjoy and sports and refreshments with your PTA committee members.

A huge thank you to all parents who support all these activities and gave of their time throughout the year, which benefitted our school community and our children, for without your help they could not take place.  And thank you to all the teachers for their co-operation during these many events.
Have a lovely Summer

From Andrea Gunn, Chairperson and your PTA Committee members.
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