St Bernadette's

Parent Council


A Parent Council has been established and there are currently 10 members.

Chair:                          Mrs. V. McCaveny

Vice-Chair:                 Mr. Paterson

Treasurer:                  Mrs. E. Campbell

Fundraising Rep:        Mrs. I. Mullen

Staff Rep:                    Mrs. E. Moran

Church Rep:              Mrs. G. Fleming

Clerk:                          Mrs. M. Smith 

Parent Members        Ms. A. Toner

                                    Miss. S. Beattie                          

The Head Teacher has a right and a duty to attend all meetings of the Parent Council. Meetings of the Parent Council are open to members of the public and will be announced in the monthly newsletter.  If a vacancy becomes open on the Parent Council all parents will be informed and invited to nominate themselves. The Parent Council in St Bernadette’s is very supportive of the school and works hard to represent the views of the wider Parent Forum.  Any parent can make direct contact with members of the Parent Council if they have a concern related to the general work of the school.


The Parent Council’s rights and duties include:


                        (a)        supporting the work of the school;

                        (b)       representing the views of parents;

                        (c)        consulting with parents and reporting back to the Parent Forum on matters of interest;

                       (d)       promoting contact between the school, parents, pupils, providers of nursery education and the wider community;

                        (e)        fundraising;

                        (f)        taking part in the selection of senior promoted staff;

                        (g)        receiving reports from the Head Teacher and Education Authority;                                  (h)       receiving an annual budget for administration, training and other expenses; and

                        (i)         improving home school partnership and facilitating parental involvement.


Members of Parent Councils, on a voluntary basis, may also have an advisory role in

decisions on placing requests by parents in respect of those situations where the number

of placing requests for a particular school or for a particular stage in a particular school

exceeds the number of places available.

The Parent Council can be contacted in person, care of the school or via our email address:


Chair:                          Mrs. A. Waldron/Mrs. M. Grew

Treasurer:                  Mrs. E. Campbell/Mrs. V. McCaveny

Secretary:                   Mrs. E. Love/Mrs. G. Devine 

Our Fundraising Group meet in the school.  Every parent is warmly invited to join in with all fundraising activities.  They organise a variety of events e.g. Family Nights, Christmas Fayre, Pupils’ Discos, throughout the school year which help to subsidise events and materials e.g. ICT equipment, our school library, outdoor jackets etc. for the pupils.  Meetings are held in tandem with the Parent Council meetings and prior to an event.  Dates and times of meetings will be announced in the monthly newsletter.

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