Parent engagement team
What was FOWSA is now the PTFA and is part of our new ‘Parent Engagement Team’ for Wyedean!
PTFA Quiz/Bingo night - Friday 22nd June 2018 more info to follow
Parent Forum Meeting - Wednesday 16th May 2018
Dear Parents and Carers
To read the action points from this meeting please click HERE.
The next Parent Forum meeting is on Weds 16th May at 7pm. I am putting together the agenda, please send my any issues you would like discussed at the meeting to me via email by Thursday 7th May. Items will be included on a first come first basis. You can contribute to the agenda even if you are unable to attend the meeting and will be kept informed of any outcomes via email from me and via the notes from the meeting.
Sarah Dalton Assistant Principal and Humanities teacher will be attending the meeting as the representative of the school’s Senior Leadership Team and I will be there as the ‘Parent Link Governor’.
The purpose of the meeting is for parents to have time and space to:
- Express views,
- Share relevant experiences of the school for their children and
- Ask questions
- Share ideas
- Offer support to the school either via the PTFA or via the Parent Forum itself.
Notes of the meetings are then shared with the Senior Leadership Team and the Governing Body.
On-line Safety for Children – Parent and Carer Support Group
I would also like to explore the idea of starting up an ‘Chid on-line Safety parent and carer support group’, please let me know if you are interested in this idea.
I envisage meeting once a term with a speaker for each meeting who is expert in the field, as well as chance for parents to share what and how they manage ‘on-line’ safety for their children at home, or to ask for help with how to manage at home.
Thank you for your attention
Vice Chair of Governors
Parent Link Governor
Quiz night - £600 raised
Fantastic to see so many families, staff, students and governors attend the @WyedeanSchool PTFA Quiz night on Friday. In all the fun you raised £600 for the PTFA. A huge thanks to Sarah Mclellan, vice chair of governors, for all of her hard work in getting the new PTFA launched.
Minutes of meetings
So what is new and what is happening?
New is the launch of an overarching approach to parent engagement so as to broaden the ways in which parents can get involved. The aim is that we hear from as many parents as possible: hear ideas; answer questions; hear concerns; utilise skills and work together to fundraise for both the essential and the extraordinary.
In order to do this we have re-launched the ‘Parent Forum’. The Parent Forum is specifically focused on hearing parents views, gathering their ideas and working in collaboration to change what needs changing for the better. We have also changed the name of the PTA from FOWSA to the PTFA ‘Parents; Teachers; Friends Association. We are developing a new approach to fundraising, turning down the volume on cake sales and fete’s and turning up the volume on more creative and effective methods. For example: crowd funding for specific needs and projects, holding ‘Business Breakfast’ events to gain support from local business and utilising social media, both to fundraise and to reduce the burden of endless meetings for the sake of meeting. The PTFA has two teams: the ‘Committee’ who have a commitment to have ideas, create events and organise fundraising and the ‘On the Day Volunteers’ who can come along to support as and when they are able and interested.
If you would like to sign up to any aspect of the Parent Engagement Team please email Sarah Mclellan, who is the Vice Chair of Governors and Parent Link Governor: SarahMclellan@wyedean.gloucs.sch.uk or come along to the relevant meeting for your interest; next dates are:
Next parent forum meetings:-
Wednesday 16th May at 7pm (new date)
Ad hoc meetings may be arranged in relation to specific event organisation.
If you intend to attend any of these meetings, please do get in touch with Sarah so she can send you information in advance.
Current Fundraising Targets of the PTFA are:
- A new portable 230V vacuum pump for the science dept.
- Sewing Machines for DT
- Registration costs for the Soil Association Food for Life Awards Scheme
- Funding to broaden access to school trips
- Outside eating area to increase ‘sit down’ space for canteen.
- The beautiful ‘Study Garden’, designed by the student and once funding secure, built by the students.
- Development of raised beds, herb garden and outside learning opportunities.
- Funding to support the role of a ‘Sustainability Co-ordinator in school.