Obviously we do more than that and the official aims of the parent council (as set out in the school handbook) are to:
- support the school in its work with pupils
- represent the views of all parents
- encourage links between the school, parents/ carers, pupils, pre school groups and the wider community
- organise fund-raising events for the school
- report back to the parent forum (all parents)
Last year we organised an assault course, disco, film nights, a summer craft evening, a school cookbook and more. We used the funds to buy things ranging from book bags to cameras and ukeleles (and a cupboard to keep them in) to sports strips. We also represented the concerns of parents at meetings with Scottish Borders Council over the asymmetric week and staffing levels.
This year we are already hoping to build an outdoor classroom as well as providing funds for new school furniture, books and the Christmas Show. We have also committed to contributing £4 for every child towards the cost of school trips.
We have separate fund-raising committee and a governance committee which meets with Mr Bewsey (and Scottish Borders Council when appropriate) to discuss issues relating to the management of the school.
We are here to represent all parents so if you have a concern or an idea about the school let us know, ideally by joining us!
There is no minimum commitment: we hold meetings (always an hour or less) once a term (twice in winter), normally on a Wednesday evening, with the fundraising and governance groups holding separate meetings as necessary. All are welcome at the general meetings and the fundraising ones, but you will have to be an elected member if you want to take part in the governance discussions.
- Chairperson – Heather Waddell
- Vice Chairperson – Louise Smail
- Treasurer – Louise Lodge
- Clerk –
All members can be contacted through the school.
And if you do one thing for the Parent Council this year please, please, sign up to http://www.easyfundraising.co.uk (download the reminder bar as well). If you do this then a small percentage of your online shopping will come to the Parent Council. It costs you nothing and could really help all our kids.
Click on the links for copies of our most recent Agendas, Minutes, Newsletter and Accounts.
You may find out more information by looking at the Scottish Borders Council Parental Involvement Strategy on the SBC website.