Section 26 of the Education Act 1998 promotes the establishment of a Parents-Staff Association (PSA) open to all parents of students in any given school.
At ETSS Wicklow, all parents and guardians automatically become members of the PSA
The National Parents' Council provides a lot of important information to support a new PSA: https://www.npcpp.ie/information-for-parents/
In October, parents and guardians met in order to elect a committee to run the PSA throughout the academic year.
At this meeting, a calendar of further meetings for the year was decided and the new committee hopes to provide opportunities for training courses of interest to parents and guardians during the year: https://www.npcpp.ie/training/. Staff members have agreed to attend committee meetings to create the strongest possible links between the work of the association and the school.
We believe that a strong PSA is essential to the work of the school and we rely on parental support. The parent representatives on the Board of Management report back to the PSA and request as needed members of the PSA for working groups developing policy documents. The PSA also supports school events and we hope to see as many parents and guardians as possible attending special occasions and helping with fundraising initiatives. There will also be special events during the year to provide a social platform for parents to get to know each other.