Parent Council Meeting Minutes – 23 November 2021
Parent Council Treasurer’s Report & Accounts (27 August 2019 – 13 September 2021)
Parents As Partners in Their Children’s Learning
The Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 has changed the arrangements for parental representation in all schools. Since August 2007, all parents/carers are automatically members of the Parent Forum for their school and they have a right to establish a Parent Council to represent them.
The membership of the Parent Forum is made up of all parents/carers who have a child or young person at an education authority school. Membership of the Parent Forum allows parents/carers to have a say in the local arrangements to enable their collective views to be represented on matters such as the quality and standard of education at the school and other matters of interest to parents/carers. One of the ways parents in the Parent Forum will be able to express their views will be through the Parent Council.
The Parent Council is a group of parents/carers selected by members of the Parent Forum to represent all the parents/carers of children at school. Parent Councils are very flexible groups and the Parent Forum can decide on the type of group it wants to represent their views. A Parent Council could get involved in:
- Supporting the work of the school
- Gathering and representing parents’ views to the Head Teacher, Education Authority and HMIe
- Promoting contact between the school, parents/carers, children and their local community
- Involvement in the appointment of senior school staff
Parent Councils are recognised in law from August 2007. As a statutory body, the Parent Council has the right to information and advice on matters which affect children and young people’s education. The school and the local authority must listen to what the Parent Council says and give it a proper response. Every school’s Parent Council will be different because it will be parents/carers in each school who make the key decisions. The Parent Council is also entitled to support from the education authority in fulfilling its role
At the Notre Dame Parent Council Meeting held in June 2018 parents voted the following members as key personnel within the Parent Council:
- Suzanne Rae and Giovanna McDonald – Joint Chair
- Vivianna Kennedy – Secretary
- John Grady – Treasurer
Our school enjoys the support of a very active and supportive Parent Council. The Parent Council hold regular meetings and during the session have also been involved in consultation meetings with the authority to plan for the future of the new school.
Notre Dame Parent Council is an integral part of the school. Their effective partnership working makes a positive difference to the life and work of the school. They continually demonstrate their support and commitment to our school community raising funds to support curricular developments, for ICT equipment, events, performances and school outings. They have organised our new School Library, have set up a reading club and have planned a full calendar of events across the session to raise funds, support curriculum developments and promote positive partnerships with the whole school community.
Parent Council Roles
A little about the roles needed for a successful Parent Council:
Chairperson(s): This role is for a person to lead the Parent Council for the next two years with the support and help of the rest of the Parent Council. They chair the PC meetings, provide the week to week coordination of PC activity and act as the liaison between the PC and the school. This role has been shared in the past as co-chairs, or a chair and vice-chair.
Finance lead (treasurer): This volunteer will manage the money paid in and paid out of the PC bank account. They keep a simple set of accounts and give a summary of these at each PC meeting. Some of our previous finance leads have had a banking or legal background but this is not required. We need someone who has a good eye for detail and is reasonably confident with numbers.
Admin lead (secretary): A volunteer is needed to take notes at each meeting and share these with other PC members and the school. No experience is necessary.
Core group of volunteer members: If you would like to become a member of the Parent Council but not volunteer for one of the above specific roles, coming along to the meetings and helping make decisions is a great way to find out more about the work of the PC.
We are looking for our PC volunteers to also help us with the following this year:
Fundraising lead(s): This is a new role and we would love to find someone who could coordinate creative fundraising ideas and work with all of us to turn them into great fundraising campaigns or events. You might have experience of this but enthusiasm is just as useful!
Uniform recycling lead: This is a very practical role and one that is extremely important within the school. Lots of parents donate lightly worn uniforms and we need someone to coordinate a team of sorters and then (covid rules permitting) once a term, organise an after school playground sale.
The wider parent forum: All of us! Every single parent or carer at Notre Dame is very very welcome to come to a meeting, meet other parents and teachers, and find out more about school life. You might come to every meeting or you might manage to attend one a year. We understand how much you are juggling and are very grateful for any contribution.
Parental Involvement in the Curriculum
- Our parents are very involved in developing and supporting many aspects of the curriculum through:
- Helping at field trips and events
- Making costumes and props
- Giving talks and workshops
- Careers day
- Supporting the modern language programme in the school
- Skills clubs