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Parents' Association

St. Colman's Parents' Association (the “PA”) is a parent-run, volunteer organization.

Our mission is to support the children in the school and build our community, by delivering a range of events that help to raise funds. All profit is re-invested into the school and spent on essential items at a school and classroom level. Mr Baine (Principal) and Mr Crouch (Vice-Principal) attend the meetings and help to focus our activities and how the funds are allocated.


On this page you can find out about the PA Committee and get a sample of the fundraising events we plan and manage through each year.  



The Parents' Association Committee

The PA plays a critical role in supporting the school with funds for resources and supporting special school events. The PA has a special relationship with parents, one that is characterized by empathy and mutual respect.


We want to emphasise the importance of parent volunteers who are dedicated to fostering a strong, supportive community for the benefit of children, parents, and staff. Contact any of the Committee if you wish to help out directly or indirectly. You can support the school and PA with time, sponsorship, services or perhaps you may know of an important contact.



Robbie Maye

Vice Chair

Stephen McCrory


Ciara Daly

Vice Treasurers

Aideen Hanna


Karen O'Hare

Vice Secretary

Grainne Girvan


What we do:
First of all we want to share a huge thank you to everyone who worked so hard to raise almost £14,000 since the academic year in September 2016! We appreciate every penny from everyone who donates money, effort, gifts and time to support our events. So well done to our parents and wider families, teachers and support staff, our local community and businesses. A special praise is shared with all of the children who attend our events and contribute greatly to make the events fun, fulfilling and safe!

<<<<<<<< BREAKING NEWS >>>>>>>>

We are delighted to announce that our children are reaping the rewards of the Accelerated Reader Programme. Mr Baine has just shared results from recent reassessment. Every class has an increased reading age. One child has increased her reading age by 2 years and 11 months in the space of 6 months. There are P7 children reading at age 16 and P5 children reading at age 12.


These wonderful results would not have been achieved without the investment in this scheme. To every parent and family member that supported any PA event, we are all fundraisers for this invaluable resource.

Also a big thank you to all the staff that have embraced this programme and supported our children's rapid progress in reading. Happy Easter and keep reading.

Here's an example of what we get up to:

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School Discos:

We usually run a disco at Halloween and St Patrick's. We sometimes run a tuck shop or serve water and juice. We always arrange a DJ!



Christmas Fayre:
Most Christmases we run a Fayre and Santa is always the biggest attraction! The Rickety Wheel is always very popular and loads of prizes are generously donated by parents and local businesses. There will always be food and drink and plenty of activities for kids and adults.




PA funding is used to purchase tea, coffee and biscuits for families after confirmation. PA volunteers make and serve refreshments and clear up after. We also do an early morning run to the bakery for scones and pancakes and assist the photographers and arrange DVD. More helpers always welcomed even to set up or clear up!








PA funding is used to purchase tea, coffee and biscuits for families after confirmation. PA volunteers make and serve refreshments and clear up after.




Formal Events:

Some years we organise a formal event for parents and staff in the evening. These are always great fun and well attended and help to raise a great amount for the school. 





Summer Fete:

Every June we endeavour to run a Summer Fete. This is a great opportunity to get outside for bouncy castles and football. We also have our ever popular rickety wheel, BBQ, Cake stall, Tattoos, face painting and visiting stall holders.



Other Events:

We help out at other events as and when requested by Mr Baine, e.g. Open Day for prospective P1s, Official Opening of the Outdoor Classroom, 50th Anniversary Celebrations, purchase trophies, certificates and transport. We are currently raising funds to replace many old books in the school and have contributed the full amount to introduce the Accelerate Reading programme.