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Parents Association

Parent’s Association Report 2007

The Committee this year has been under the Chairmanship of Caroline Williams, ably assisted by a very enthusiastic and committed team. Having begun the year with our hugely supported Junior Discos for P7, Forms 1 and 2, and Hallowe’en and Christmas parties for Penrhyn, the members met for their first ‘social’ evening of 2007 at the Water Margin in Holywood, during which time plans for the forthcoming year’s events were put into place.

The discos are proving very popular with many requests to host more. With this in mind the Committee warmly invites Mums and Dads to offer help at these events. It is ninety minutes of entertainment which positively contributes to the social lives of our children and their friends. The Hallowe’en costumes just keep getting better and better and we congratulate the parents on their efforts! As always too, the Committee would like to thank Santa for taking time out of his busy schedule to make a repeat visit to the school during Penrhyn’s Christmas Party. It’s wonderful to see the awe and excitement in the children’s eyes whilst they recite the sometimes long lists of wishes and hopes! These end of term parties bring huge enjoyment, as, as always, more are planned for the remaining terms.

The ‘Brown Money’ collection at Penrhyn during the Spring Term has again been well supported; all donations are warmly received and will be well spent on behalf of our girls.

The May Ball last year was fantastic fun; the dancing didn’t stop until the band – Brazil – did. Royal Belfast Golf Club was the perfect venue and, as requested, many of you will be happy to hear we are doing it all over again and the Committee looks forward to seeing you there on 12 May.

As always, the Parents’ Association members have been, and will be, on hand to meet with prospective parents during the Penrhyn Open Morning and the P1 Induction Evening. We also continue to lend our support with the provision of refreshments during the School Production and Sports Day events.

All of these events meant we were able to contribute £9,000 towards School Funds which was spent on IT items, which included Data Projectors for classrooms in the Senior Department and Electronic Robots for Penrhyn. The school has been most appreciative of this support and the real contribution it makes to the quality of provision for our daughters. We very much hope to achieve a similar amount again this year.

Finally, I wish to take this opportunity to thank al of the parents who have given us their time and support both on and off the Committee. Next year we would like to expand the number of our members and volunteers and would ask you to give some thought as to how you could help. Please contact me via Penrhyn Office; your support is vital to our continued success and the ongoing provision of the events so widely enjoyed by the Strathearn and Penrhyn girls. I look forward to hearing from you.

Caroline Williams

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