Griffeen Valley Educate Together National School

Griffeen Valley Educate Together National School

Parent Teacher Association

What is the PTA?

The Griffeen Valley Educate Together PTA is a group of volunteer parents and staff who work together to further enrich our children's educational experience through activities, events and fundraisers.  

The GVET PTA helps contribute to our vibrant learning community by filling in where school budgets cannot.

Griffeen Valley Educate Together National School needs our help in many ways. You can help in any capacity you want and dont have to be a committee member to participate.

What does the PTA do?

The PTA organises various activities and fundraising events during the school year

 - Clothing collections 

 - Notice board

 - Coffee morning

 - New parents evening

 - Winter raffle

 - Sponsored walk 

 - Calendar and year book photos

 - Healthy eating week activities

 - Quiz nite

 - The PTA Volunteer for organisation of school led activities e.g. School Insurance Scheme, School Book Rental Scheme & Food fair.

Reasons to volunteer!


If you would like to volunteer to help the PTA with events you will need to complete garda vetting. Please contact Eithne in the school office to do this.


What are our goals and achievements?

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of volunteer parents and staff, we were able to invest in important school enhancements such as:


- Garden Planters

- Buddy Benches

- Sensory Room Equipment

- School Team Sports Kits


We were also able to support Teacher Led classroom activities such as:

- Carrot Hunt

- Classroom Stick Insects

- Healthy Eating Week

- Winter Fair


Lending our time to School Led activities means that the school can offer services such as:

- School Insurance Scheme

- Food Dudes Programme

- Food Fair

- School Book Rental Scheme

- School Book Savings Scheme

Just a few activities supported or organised by the PTA in 2019/2020

Celebration Day

To celebrate all the achievment of the children over the last year a celebration day was organised

Bouncy Castles & Ice Cream!


Thanks to Anto for coming to our school to provide a lot of ice cream cones!

Sunflower Planting

Some classes took on the responsibility of raising two stick Insects

Sunflower Planting!


Our Junior Infants helped to plant a class Sunflower and will care for it over the last few weeks of school. 


Seed Pots

Thanks to Lidl, Ballyowen for providing the seed pots

Buddy Benches

Thanks to our fundraising efforts we were able to provide Buddy Benches in the school yard. 

Benches Supplied and fitted by Murray's Recycled Plastic

The Great Carrot Hunt

2nd and 6th Class searched high and low for the bunny's carrots

Stick Insects

Some classes took on the responsibility of raising two stick Insects

Some of the names are:


  • Junior Infants - Woody & Buzz
  • 2nd Class - Spike & Mike
  • 2nd Class - Bramble & Izzy
  • 4th Class - Grut & Mrs Bobby



Who are the PTA?

The GVET PTA is run by a committe which is overseen by the School Principal and reports to the Board of Management. A new committee is usually formed every two years. Our current committee was formed 1st March 2019.


Click here to view the PTA constitution.


The current committee members are:

Chairperson - Claire Kelly

Assistant Chairperson - Ashling Kelleehr

Secretary - Catherine Abbey

Treasurer - Sinead O'Connell

Assistant Treasurer - Nicola Corrigan

Committee Member - Sharon Conway

Committee Member - Annmarie Quinlan

Committee Member - Clair Saul


The School Staff is represented at meetings by:

Principal - Andrea Burke-Khan

Teacher Nominee - JohnPaul O'Keefe

SNA Nominee - Jackie Roe


The Board of Management is represented at meetings by:

BOM Parent Nominee - Helen Hawkins

BOM Parent Nominee - Brendan Hollywood