Parents play an active part in Portlaoise College. There is a strong Parent’s Council that meet regularly.

Portlaoise College believes in partnership with parents to achieve the best educational outcomes for their children:

 “Partnership is a working relationship that is characterised by a shared sense of purpose, mutual respect and willingness to negotiate. This implies a sharing of information, responsibility, skills, decision-making and accountability.”

(Pugh, 1989)

These are principles enshrined in laws in this country: Home School Community Liaison Scheme 1990, Education Act 1998, Education Welfare Act 2000, EPSEN Act 2004.

HSCL Courses 2015


English as an additional Language: Portlaoise College Parents’ room every Tuesday of school term 2015. 10-12pm

Colour Me Beautiful: completed in Scoil Bhride parents room January & February for six weeks.

Cookery: completed in Portlaoise College Home Economics room for six weeks.

Pottery: Portlaoise College parents room started Friday 9th for six weeks

Book club: parents are invited to the parents room in Portlaoise College where we chat over coffee about books we select to read.

Stop Food Waste:
In cojunction with AnnMarie Kelly, Laois Co. Council Environmental Officer Portlaoise College parents took part in this 6 week challenge www.stopfoodwaste.ie – a tasty road to less food waste and more cash in your pocket.

Maths Eyes project: In February Scoil Bhride 3rd class, Portlaoise College Transition Year students, teachers and parents travelled around Portlaoise town with their “Maths Eyes” on; taking photographs in local areas of interest and thinking of Maths questions to ask. These pictures were put on display for the public in Treo Nua on Friday 20th March 2015 10am until 12pm.

Paired Reading:
Second year students and parents are encouraged to read together over a six week period “The Fault in our Stars”. This has been organized in conjunction with Mr. Travers and Mr. Loughnane. Please contact Sinéad if you are available to partake in this.

Parents are encouraged to meet other parents in the school and become familiar with their child’s curriculum; to stay one step ahead of their child.

Life in the 1960s Ireland:
Nostalgia: people came to our library to remember life in the 1760s for Irish women; they brought their memories/books/records/magazines from the 1960s.
There was be a roadshow on life in the 1960’s in Ireland in Portlaoise College on Tuesday 12th May 7:00-8:30pm.Dr. Ciara Madden presented “Everyday Life – Modern Wife, Modern Life”. She is touring Ireland and the evidence she collects will be on display in July in the Print Museum Dublin


book club

To participate in the classes contact Sinéad Boland 087 1777847. Places are limited.