Parents Association

The Parents Association held their AGM on 20 September 2017. We had a great turn out for this important evening for our parents and our school. A new committee was elected, and if you have any questions, ideas, fundraising events or can help at any event please feel free to contact us. You can catch us most of the time in the school yard or email us parentsassociation.ardri@gmail.com or on Facebook.

  • Chairperson: Avril Byrne
  • Vice Chair: Darren McManus
  • Secretary: Corrinne Gibney
  • Treasurer: Nicola Gibney

Post Office Savings Scheme

The post office savings scheme runs every Friday (except the last Friday of term)

Post office savings stamps are collected from the Post Office in Johnstown and sold to children in each class who wish to participate. Each ‘Sammy Squirrel’ stamp costs €1 and the children can buy as many as they wish. Their stamps are stuck into their savings card by our volunteers and kept safely in the school each week. The child will be given a receipt to bring home.

Each savings card holds 20 stamps. The card is full once 20 stamps have been collected and the full card is then brought to the Post Office and lodged into the child’s savings account book. If we do not have a deposit account book for the child we send the full card home with the child for the parent to lodge into their account.

We keep all deposit books safely on file in the school for the duration of the school year. All deposit books and any unfinished cards are returned home with the children at the end of each school year. If you require your childs deposit book at any stage you can send a signed letter into us requesting so.

If you would like for your child to participate in this, parents must open an account for their child in the Post Office. Application forms can be gotten from our volunteers or the post office. Children must be over the age of 7 to withdraw money from their account but can open an account at any age.

If you have an hour on a Friday morning to help with this please let us know


Courses

Our first parent information training course was on Internet Safety in October in the school. It was great to see new parents and even the daddies came out in force! Some follow up sessions will happen in the next few months and we try to post any relevant helpful tips to our facebook page and in our email newsletter.

There are a range of courses that can be run throughout the year. Keep an eye out on the facebook page and newsletter emails for the next ones.


Community

We are working to increase our community connections. If you have any links to the community in Navan please do let us know!

Last year we worked with local services that brought awareness of their importance to the community. We had a great month in May with visits from An Garda Siochana, Fire Services and Meath River Rescue, to whom we donated €150 in support of the wonderful work they do in the area.

We worked in conjunction with Mens Sheds to build our new Buddy Benches. For more information on the Buddy Bench program please click here

This year we are looking at Animals in our community and a Careers Day highlighting the diverse jobs our parents have.