It’s a double win for the PTA in St Patrick’s

The Friends of St Patrick's Primary School, Aghacommon (FOSPA), or the PTA, were recently awarded the Parent Kind UK national award for Northern Ireland PTA of the Year 2023 and, on top of that, they also scooped the much-coveted Champion PTA of the Year UK overall prize.
22-November-23
It’s a double win for the PTA in St Patrick’s

The Friends of St Patrick's Primary School, Aghacommon (FOSPA), or the PTA, were recently awarded the Parent Kind UK national award for Northern Ireland PTA of the Year 2023 and, on top of that, they also scooped the much-coveted Champion PTA of the Year UK overall prize.

FOSPA are a constant source of hands-on support for any and every school event. Through their targeted fundraising, in the last 12 months alone: they have funded the purchase of iPads; they have funded important training for teaching and non-teaching staff to enhance school capacity; they have funded digital maths and literacy learning platforms to supplement the core-curriculum classroom teaching.

FOSPA are very visible amongst and committed to the parents they represent. They have their ear to the ground for parent issues and are often the conduit for raising parental concerns. The parents and the wider school community hold them in very high esteem.

In recognising the need to create opportunities for families to spend quality time together, they have also organised a family FunRun as part of their 5K event, a Santa Sunday family day and a St Patrick’s Family Fun Day community event. In doing so, they have collaborated with other local community and council organisations and have successfully won grants across a range of providers.

Ms Kathryn Brown, Principal, stated;

“I can honestly say that in my 23 years of teaching, working in several schools and having had opportunities to collaborate with dozens more, I have never known a parent group as prolifically successful as the Friends of St. Patrick’s Aghacommon (FOSPA).

Since their inception, they have worked tirelessly for the benefit of our entire school community, raising thousands of pounds and leaving an indelible imprint on the fabric of school and indeed community life for our pupils.”

In October, their outstanding achievements and community contributions were acknowledged further when they were invited by the Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Council (ABC) for a civic reception hosted by the office of the Deputy Lord Mayor, Sorcha Eastwood.

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