Meán Scoil Mhuire, Longford

Parents Association

Free Family Wellbeing Support Programme.

Webinar for parents of 6th class students - Making the transiton to seconary school

Resource Bank for parents and students for remote learning

Advice for Parents during the Covid 19 school closure

lockdown lowdown some ways to cope while living with teenagers

Joanne Hanrahan short wellbeing videos

Video Dealing with Anxiety (click)

Safe hands thinking minds anxiety-stress-resources-links


Hi ,

I hope this finds you well.

Family life has become a little more complicated now that we have to respond to Covid-19. I am contacting you to let you know Barnardos is here to support parents throughout this challenging time.

We have just launched a dedicated telephone and emailsupport service to provide advice to parents on a wide range of issues that may have come up during this time. If you or someone you know needs extra parental support we are here to help.

This service will be staffed by Barnardos project workers who are trained professionals. Some issues that parents may need support on include:

  • How to talk to your children about the corona virus
  • Setting a good routine
  • Managing children’s behaviours and sibling dynamics
  • Managing aggression and family discord
  • Home schooling/managing school expectations.
  • Fostering natural learning opportunities in the home
  • Healthy eating
  • Accessing fun and educational activities for families and individual children
  • Managing your child’s worries
  • Self-care for parents
  • Helping parents manage their own worries and anxieties
  • Managing children’s online activity

You can make contact with this service by phoning 1800 910 123 between 10.00am and 2.00pm Monday to Friday or by emailing

We also provide specialist services and support in relation to bereavement, adoption and fostering.

Stay safe.

CEO Suzanne Connolly

Parents’ Association

In accordance with section 26 of the Education Act 1998, the parents of students of a recognised school may establish, and maintain from among their number, a parents’ association for that school and membership of that association shall be open to all parents of students of that school.

The following are some of the activities in which Parents’ Associations might be involved:

  • Organising information/social events for new parents to the school.
  • Organising welcome events for new students to the school.
  • Arranging talks on topics of interest to parents, e.g. guest speaker on parenting/discipline etc.
  • Preparing school handbooks/calendars.
  • Providing support/organisational input to major school events, e.g. communions, confirmations, debs etc.
  • Channelling parents views on school policy issues to the Principal/Board.
  • Contributing to school newsletter.
  • Helping to organise and supervise extra-curricular activities.
  • Organising Fund Raising Events for the school.

Some Useful information for Parents

A Guide to the Irish Education System.

Education Act 1998.

Junior Cycle Information for Parents.

National Parents Council Post Primary - Parents Association Guidelines Booklet.

Sample Constitution for a Local Parents Association.

National Parents’ Council Post Primary


The National Parents’ Council Post-Primary (NPCPP) is an umbrella organisation for affiliated parents associations. The Department of Education and Skills supports the National Parents’ Council Post Primary through the provision of grant-aid. The Department also liaises with the Council on issues of concern to parents of children in post-primary schools.

The National Parents Council – Post Primary (NPCPP) is an association representing all parents’ associations in post-primary schools in Ireland.

It can be contacted at:

Unit 6 Building 125,

Omni Park Shopping Centre,


Dublin 9.

Tel: + 353 (1) 8623346 .



Some Useful Links for Parents

Department of Education-

CAO (Central Applications Office) -

SEC (State Examinations Commission)-

NCCA (National Council for Curriculum and Assessment)-

JCT (Junior Cycle for Teachers)-

NCSE (National Council for Special Education) -

5 St Joseph's Rd

04 3334 6608

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