Wilson's Hospital School

Parents' Council

Welcome to our Parents’ Council

Who We Are


An enthusiastic, friendly, and hard-working group of parents who promote and support the interests, welfare and education of our students in co-operation with the Board of Management, Principal, teachers and students. You can contact us via email at parentscouncil@whs.ie

Wilson’s Hospital School Parents’ Council (WHSPC) is open to all the parents and guardians of pupils in the school and all parents/guardians are deemed members. Members are represented by a committee which has representatives for each year group in the school and includes both day and boarding parents.


Our Annual General Meeting is held every October/November. At the AGM we invite parents to volunteer to become members of the council committee. The committee meets each month during term time where the Principal updates the committee on school activities and items for discussion. These monthly meetings and our representation on the Board of Management provides a forum to communicate the views of parents and have an input into school policies. We are members of Compass.


We would like to say big thank you to all our parents for their support over the years and we look forward to your continued support in the future.

WHSPC 2023

Current Committee
Chairperson Mary Gouldsbury
Vice-Chair Shelly Furlong
Secretary Shina Baba
Treasurer Bernie McHugh
Public Relations Officer TBC
Nominees to the Board of Management Jane Lewis & Leonard O’Mahony
Compass Representative Mary Lillis
Form 1-6 Representatives Mary Gouldsbury, Shelly Furlong, Maggie Malone, Shina Baba, Mary Lillis, Brian Dowling, Bernie McHugh, Wendy Gillespie, Mary Donnelly

What We Do:


We aim to promote the interests of parents as partners in education, in a positive spirit of cooperation. We also aim to foster good relations between parents, teachers, students, and the school authorities.

On a practical level we organise and support activities throughout the year to help with school fundraising and provide opportunities for parents and guardians to get involved in school events and to get to know each other.

Each year we have a very enjoyable family table quiz in March, a Christmas get together and the 6th Form parents’ BBQ. We run a second-hand uniform shop. In Summer 2022 we organised a Summer Fete which we plan to run as a yearly event going forward. We also invite guest speakers to give talks on topics of interest to parents. All events are advertised through the school’s media channels.


How you can get involved:
  • We are happy to hear from you and value your input. Please contact us at parentscouncil@whs.ie
  • Come along to the AGM in October/November.
  • Look out for events posted via school email and on the school website and school social media.
  • Sign up for our volunteers list at parentscouncil@whs.ie . We would love to hear from parents who may be unable to commit their time to the WHSPC but would still like the opportunity to be involved, especially in larger one-off events.
  • You can send guest speaker/talk suggestions toparentscouncil@whs.ie . We are always keen to provide parents with the opportunity to hear guest speakers on topics of interest and welcome any ideas.

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