Parents’ Association | Private Secondary School Kildare | Clongowes Wood College

The Clongowes Parents’ Association

The primary function of the Clongowes Parents’ Association is to support and facilitate communication between the parents and the Headmaster on non-pupil specific matters. Two representatives from each year are elected annually at the AGM in September, and they may serve up to a three-year term. The group meets monthly and the Headmaster and a parent representative from the Board of Management also attend.

Officers for 2023 – 2024

Chairperson – Liamhán O’Kelly
Secretary – Glenda Groome
Treasurer – Grace McDermott

Committee Members 2023/24

Elements –  To be nominated
Rudiments – Gemma Coveney and Conor O’Leary
Grammar – Gillian Brady and Hilary Gordon
Syntax – Sumi Dunne and Nigel Walsh
Poetry –  Glenda Groome and Colm Kieran
Rhetoric –  Grace McDermott and Liamhán O’Kelly


The Parents’ Association is involved with a number of activities during the year, such as:

  • Assisting in careers talks and Third Level preparations for boys in Poetry and Rhetoric
  • Organising the hugely popular Q&A night for parents
  • Providing family activities on Union Day
  • Mulled Wine and Mince Pie reception before the Christmas concert
  • Providing support to the families of incoming Elements

Incoming Elements’ Parents

The Clongowes Parents’ Association extends a welcoming hand to the families of incoming Elements’ boys through a number of activities, such as:

  • The Annual Elements’ BBQ for prospective families
  • First Sunday Lunch for Elements’ Parents
  • The ‘Buddy’ system to offer support and advice to families to Clongowes

The Clongowes Parents’ Association encourages all parents and guardians to engage with us. We have two representatives present in the school Concourse once a month.  Please feel free to contact us by email at

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