Willow Park is a very busy school. Below are the key events that are organised in Willow Park each year. Garda vetted volunteers are needed to support any events in the school.
Traditionally, parents from different year groups take responsibility for organising specific events.
The 1st Form parents organise the reception and Church décor for the Second Form families who are celebrating their First Holy Communion.
If you have any questions about these activities or would like to get involved contact the WPA committee.
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Organised by the school librarian, parent volunteers from all classes are needed to organise talks, give talks or supervise book sales. There is usually a book fair where the boys can go on a book spree. The funds raised are used to buy new library books.
PARENT SOCIAL EVENING
This is an annual fundraising event organised by the WPA. All parents are encouraged to attend. Generally, parents from the same class sit together. It's a great opportunity to meet the other parents in your son's class.
Organised by the school, parent volunteers from all classes play a key role in this event by speaking to the boys on science topics or supervising science demonstrations. The week-long event is organised by a Committee which includes parent volunteers and teachers.
FATHER GAVIN'S CAKE SALE
This popular event is the responsibility of the 4th Form parents and usually, the 4th Form boys are involved in making and selling the delicious treats that are sold. All funds raised are donated to St Vincent De Paul.
Hosted by the Sixth Form Boys (with assistance from their parents) the annual Fun Run is held right before Christmas break. All boys participate by dressing up in a fun Christmas fancy dress or holiday jumper. Boys are encouraged to make a small donation to the Fun Run and the proceeds go to a charity selected by the Sixth Form class.
WILLOW LADIES LUNCH
The WPA Committee organised this inaugural fundraising event in 2020 and raised €15,000 for projects to support the boys. The lunch took place in the Westbury Hotel and 160 Willow mothers attended and also took part in a raffle. It is hoped the event will become an annual event.
Willow Park Junior School was set up by the Spiritans – a French religious order. So French is an important part of our heritage. French Day is an opportunity for the boys to celebrate the French language and culture. They learn and perform French music and poetry and appreciate the cuisine. Any parent with a French connection can get involved and should contact the school.
FIFTH FORM MUSICAL
5th Form parents are centrally involved in helping to put on these performances from organising the stage sets, making costumes, and applying makeup!
Fifth form parents host a light reception for the 6th form boys and their parents in the school.
FATHER GAVING RUGBY FESTIVAL
The Fr Gavin Rugby Festival is the largest single-age event in Europe and is attended by rugby schools and clubs on the island of Ireland and the UK.
Over 50 teams take part including 5th Form boys in Willow Park.
5th Form parents are centrally involved in organising this event but parent volunteers from throughout the school are welcome to help on the action packed day.
Parent volunteers from all classes can get involved in organising this event or supervising activities in the hub or classrooms during the fun week. Parent volunteers are involved in the Arts Committee that is formed to organise the event.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Parents in 1st Form are responsible for organising the décor of the Church and the reception in the school after the Church ceremony. Parents from the junior classes kindly provide the food for the reception and 1st form volunteers serve the tea, coffee, and food on the day to Communion families.
SPORTS DAY/SPRING FAIR
The Sports day takes place on a Saturday. Families can watch their sons competing with their classes in a range of sports. There are also fun activities for all the family and lots of delicious food.
In the past specific responsibility has been assigned to each Form so there are opportunities for many parent volunteer to get involved.
The Willow International Network organise a day to share cultures from around the world with the boys of Willow Park. Parents from all forms are invited to volunteer for this event.
FIFTH FORM SHARE VILLAGE TRIP
5th Formers usually go on a three-day trip to Share Village in Co Fermanagh every year. The WPA makes a contribution to the cost of the trip. Parent volunteers also join the teachers to manage the event.
SIXTH FORM GRADUATION
There is generally a Mass and reception for 6th Form boys and their families to mark their graduation from Willow Park. 5th form parents are involved in organising the reception and the WPA provides a graduation cake for the boys.
SATURDAY RUGBY COFFEE
Throughout the year
Parents from the 3rd-6th form are usually responsible for making teas and coffees for parents during rugby sessions on Saturday mornings during school term. A rota of volunteers is drawn up who are responsible for setting up the coffee/tea station by the front doors. The catering supplies, flasks and hot water are stored in the kitchen by reception. Parents attending the rugby practice can buy the teas and coffees - biscuits are free.
VISITING RUGBY TEAMS
Throughout the year
Willow Park is lucky that many teams visit to take part in rugby matches with our teams. Fifth and Sixth form parents contribute to making sure our guests get a good Willow welcome by making sandwiches and treats for any visiting team.