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13 May 2016

 Coping with Bereavement

Assistance in coping with death is available from many agencies. Please do not hesitate to contact any of the undermentioned support groups should you have concerns.
  • The Samaritans (listening / confidential support on-line or direct) 1850 60 90 90
  • The Vault - Youth Support (059) 9130476
  • Barnardos Child/Teen Support (059) 9132868
  • Console (24 hour helpline) 1800 201 890
  • Aware (051) 565693
  • Follaine Counselling Services (085) 2780307 

23 Sept 2014

Two new documents are available:
- Parents Calendar
- Family Information and Support


1 May 2014

A message from Barnardos -There are still some places available on our parenting programme ‘You and Your Teenager’ which will commence on May 7th.  Attached Flyer with details.


Please contact Mary Byrne, Project Worker  on 059 9132868 for more information.

24 March 2014

The National Parents Council invites all parents to a seminar in Portlaoise on Sat Mar 29 at 10 am. Topics include the new Junior Cert and digital learning in schools. Go to for further information.

4 October 2013

1. The A.G.M.for Carlow Vocational School Parents Association will be on Oct 22 at 7.30 pm in the school.

2.The National Parents Council Post Primary are organising anti-bullying training programmes for parents nationwide. A programme will be held in the Dolmen Hotel,Carlow on Oct 21. For information log on to


6 March 2013 - NPCpp and NCCA Junior Cycle Information Evenings

The National Parents’ Council Post Primary in conjunction with the NCCA, will host Information evenings nationwide for parents on the upcoming changes to the Junior Cycle. These evenings are open to all parents, guardians and parent association members to attend.  These events are free to attend and light refreshments will be available on arrival. If you would like to join, please email to register. 
Also on the night, NPCpp will give a brief outline about their work since 2003 (10 year plan) and future strategies.
More details and locations are available here


16 Jan 2013 - Family Communication & Self Esteem Parenting course starting in Carlow 30th Jan

Aim: To support parents in building good relationships with their children

Topics covered include:
- Communication,  
- Peer pressure
- Self esteem  
- Assertive parenting 
- Problem solving  
- Conflict resolution.

Cost:  FREE
Venue:  St. Catherine’s Centre, Station Rd. Carlow
Dates & Time:   Wed evenings 7.30 – 10pm
  from 30th Jan – 20th March  2013 

For further information or to book a place
email or
text your name and details to 087-9693297                  

     Closing date: 25th Jan.


12 Nov 2012 - Open Night Photo
CVS Open Night 2012

3 Oct 2012 - The annual conference of the National Parents Council will be held in Athlone on 12th & 13th October.
The theme is Parents - Partners in Education. For further information contact the school or see the website

23 May 2012 - The National Parents Council pp will hold training for members of parents associations next September,October,November and December. Anyone interested can contact a member of the parents association.


Useful Websites - For students. For study skills and exam techniques.





Parents' Association

Parents have always been encouraged to play a very active part in the life of Carlow Vocational School and an active Parents’ Association has existed for many years.  The Parents’ Association provides parents with an active and dynamic forum to work together with the school for the best possible education for their children. 

The Parents’ Association works with the principal, staff and the board of management to enrich the education of the pupils and to build an effective partnership between home and school.

Partnership between home and school is important because with a positive and active partnership the pupils receive the best that post-primary education has to offer.

  • We know from research that pupils do better, behave better and are happier at school where parents and teachers work closely together and when parents are able to give their children support at home.

  • Teachers can do a better job where they are supported by and working closely with parents.

  • Parents can do a better job when they have the support of other parents.

  • All parents together can play their part in planning for the best possible education for children in their school.

  • The parents association is a means to make this partnership happen.


The Parents Association Committee

Chairperson - Anne Byrne
Secretary- Irene O'Brien
Treasurer - Una Mulalley
Nicola Phelan - Facilitator

For further information please contact the school on 059 9131187