Parent engagement team
What was FOWSA is now the PTFA and is part of our new ‘Parent Engagement Team’ for Wyedean!
Dear Parents, Carers and Guardians
Our next Parent Forum meeting is on Tuesday 6th March at 7pm. (Meet in Foyer). Everyone is welcome, but please email me if you intend to attend so that I have an idea of numbers – firstname.lastname@example.org
Attached is an outline draft agenda, please email me with any items you would like to add to the agenda, I will include them on a first come first served basis and any that we cannot cover at the meeting will be rolled over to the next meeting but fed back to the school’s senior leadership team as issues raised prior to that.
I chair the meeting in my capacity as a Parent Governor and the Parent Link Governor and Gwennah Jeramiah Vice Principal will be there to represent the Senior Leadership Team.
The Parent Forum is about hearing form parents and carers about the issues that concern them, having the space to discuss these issues; answering questions and taking issues forward both to the schools Governing body and the Senior Leadership Team for action where appropriate.
If you are interested but cannot attend, please still feel free to be in touch with issues you would like raised, minutes of the meeting will be sent out to all parents and carers.
Vice Chair of Governors
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: Sarahmclellan20@gmail.com or come along to the relevant meeting for your interest; next dates are:
Next parent forum meetings:-
Tuesday 6th March at 7pm
Tuesday 24th April at 7pm
Tuesday 19th June at 7pm
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.