The Role of the Parent Council
The Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 came into force on 1 August 2007 and is designed to extend and improve parental involvement in their children’s education and in their schools. The Act required that existing School Boards and Parent Teacher Associations be removed in favour of a Parent Council
The objectives of the KHSPC are to:
1. Work in partnership with the school to create a welcoming school which is inclusive for pupils, academic and support staff, and parents;
2. Promote partnership between the school, its pupils, its parents; and the local community;
3. Develop and engage in activities which support the education and welfare of the pupils;
4. Identify and represent the views of parents on the education provided by the school supported by the Education Authority and other matters affecting the education and welfare of the pupils.
5. Be consulted in and to contribute to the selection and appointment of senior academic staff at KHS.
The Parent Council is in place to represent the views of parents and guardians of pupils at the school, to help ensure that our young people can learn and develop to their maximum potential. We work in partnership with the school to create a positive and proactive environment which supports pupils, staff, and parents. The Parent Council also has an Events and Fundraising Team (EFT), formerly the Parent Teachers Association, whose objective is to organise events and raise funds to enhance pupils’ experience at the School.
Our success is totally dependent upon the input of parents and guardians and so we want to hear your views, good and not good, so that we can help to improve the performance of our school. Please, if you have anything to contribute, contact any member of the Parent Council. Better still come along to any of our meetings where, I can assure you, you will be warmly welcomed. We are also always looking for new members of the Parent Council or EFT. It’s very satisfying work, can be fun and really isn’t a huge commitment, so why not give it a try?
Who are the Parent Council?
The Parent Council comprises parents/carers of pupils from the school. Our aim is to have two parent representatives for each year group at the school. Parent Council meetings are also attended by the Head Teacher and other members of the teaching staff and local councilors. We are also able to co-opt members from the community who are able to offer an external perspective or provide specialist advice. The Parent Council office bearers for the 2018/19 academic year are:
Chair: Laura Alexander
Vice Chair: Kay Mitchell
Treasurer: Catriona McLean
Clerk to the Parent Council: Rosemary Cameron
According to our constitution, at the AGM each year the two longest serving members of the Parent Council are meant to stand down and offer themselves for re-election. We aren’t entirely sure who the longest serving members are, but all the current office bearers are willing to continue if required, (most were newly elected last year). However, to fulfil the requirements of the constitution, it is probably simplest to say that all posts are available if anyone is interested, and we will then hold elections if required. The process of applying is that ‘Written and seconded nominations for parents standing for election to the KHSPC are to be forwarded to the Clerk of the KHSPC a minimum of fourteen days before the date of the AGM’. The AGM is on 18th June, so these would need to be with Rosemary Cameron, our Clerk, by 4th June. The email address is [email protected].
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Email address: [email protected]
EFT Contact: TBC
The programme of meetings for 2019/20 academic year is:
Tuesday 27 August 2019
Monday 30 September 2019
Tuesday 5 November 2019
Monday 9 December 2019
Tuesday 21 January 2020
Monday 16 March 2020
Tuesday 12 May 2020
Monday 15 June 2020
All start at 19:15.
Minutes from the meetings can be viewed on this website, or a paper copy can be obtained from the Clerk.
Do you have a passion for science? Do you do something in Science that young people would find interesting or inspiring? If so, the Science department would love for you to share your knowledge and enthusiasm with our young people. We ideally are looking for people whose professions we can publicise in the faculty, people who could come in and give exciting talks, people who would host a visit at their workplace or people who could share expertise in a project (e.g. build a plan/water transportation competition/CREST Science Awards at the moment, but there is always lots on the go.). If you were able to help, please do get in touch with Dr. Armstrong ([email protected]) or give your details to any member of the parent council.
The provision of school blazers is organised by parents. This has been a huge success. Not only do pupils now look extremely smart but they are also immediately recognisable and distinguishable from visitors to the campus.
There has been a huge amount of time committed to this and we are always looking for willing volunteers. If you can help with some time to continue their excellent work, please contact Gemma or Rachel at [email protected], it will be very much appreciated.
Remember, the new blazers are manufactured from washable polyester and the girls’ blazer has a more fashionable, fitted style. The blazers are comfortable, light and easy to wear, and have been reduced to £40.
We have a number of blazers available in stock. If you would like to buy a blazer please contact Gemma and Rachel at [email protected]
School Blazer Recycling
The Parent Council would like to invite pupils who no longer require their blazers (either because they have grown out of them or are leaving the school) to donate them back to the school. We will make sure the blazers are recycled and put to good use by a new owner. Anyone wishing to donate their old blazer should hand it in to the school office on the campus.