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St Mary's PS Dechomet, Castlewellan

Parents' Support Group

We currently have a very enthusiastic 'Parents' Support Group' which is made up of a group of nine parents. We meet at least twice per term or indeed more often when approaching major events.

Primarily we support the school by helping to organise such events as Halloween Discos, Christmas Plays, Easter Events, Special Occasions such as our recent very successful Fifty Year Celebration.

We also, in conjunction with the school, identify an annual 'wish' for the school and this provides a focus for our fundraising activities. Over the past few years for example we have organised sponsored walks, a family fun day, Fifty Year Celebration reception, cake/uniform sales, bingo evening, quizzes etc and as a result we have helped the school acquire a whole range of playground games, including part funding of a new adventure play park, gardening grow boxes, reading resources and most notably a set of thirty iPads. This year's focus is to raise funds for new learning resources for our school. In particular we would like to help the school purchase two new IZAK9 Numeracy Blocks. These are amazing kits which are durable and provide children from Year 2 to Year 7 Active Learning opportunities in all areas of Numeracy.

As a group we have the chance to be involved in decision making. For example we make suggestions for the school to consider when planning ahead and we are consulted when the school is revising their pastoral policies. This is a great opportunity for parents to have a voice in the running of the school and the principal and staff are provided with reassurance that parents are happy with the school's policies.

As always, new members are always welcome.  At our last meeting we organised a special 'Halloween Day' in school in conjunction with the school council. This comprised of organising a 'Fireside Quiz' for parents and friends, organising a 'Dress-Up' Day and also a very enjoyable disco for all the children. We also provided special 'Halloween Treats foe every pupil. See our 'Home Page for many photographs. We raised £320.00 from out Quiz, so a Big Thankyou to everyone who supported us.