It is important that parents and teachers work together in the best interest of the child. We very much appreciate the encouragement and support that parents give to their children in the Preparatory Department.
Parents are invited to meetings with class teachers to discuss their children’s progress. Early in the Autumn term parents will be invited to a Parent Information Evening to meet with the class teachers. Pupils’ progress is discussed with parents annually in November and again in June, following the issue of the End of Year Progress Report.
However, parents may, at any time during the school year, make appointments through the Secretary to meet with Class Teachers or the Head of Department, if they have any concerns, either educational or pastoral. In addition, there are many cases of daily contact, whenever necessary, between parents and teachers.
As part of the preparation for the Transfer Procedure, the parents of P6 pupils will attend an information meeting with the Principal, Head of Department, P6 class teacher and the P7 teacher. This usually takes place in the Spring term. This is followed by an individual pupil progress meeting with the P6 teacher.
The following October these parents meet with the P7 teacher for individual interviews to discuss their child’s progress. In February P7 parents will again be invited for interview with the Principal, Head of Department and P7 teacher to discuss the completion of their child’s Transfer Report Form.
Parents are cordially invited to our Christmas Nativity Play, Sports Days, Drama Performances and Social Events.
When we organise educational outings for our classes, we ask parents to accompany us, in order to help with the supervision of the children. Every year P6 and P7 have residential class trips. For this we require parents to volunteer to be group leaders to assist teachers with the organisation and supervision of the pupils during this time away from home.
We use the expertise of parents to enhance the curriculum. Parental help is used as we prepare for our Drama Club performances and for sporting events / coaching. Teachers and pupils greatly benefit from the support and co-operation we receive from parents on these occasions.
In accordance with Department of Education guidelines regarding Child Protection, parents who help on trips or in any other way in school will be asked to permit a Police Check.
Parent Teacher Association
Aim:- To encourage co-operation between parents and teachers and to work for the good of the school.
There is a very active Parent Teacher Association in Friends’ School. This forms an important link between parent and teacher and between one parent and another.
Many activities are held during the year so that vital funds can be raised to purchase equipment for the Grammar School and the Preparatory Department.
The PTA programme for the year includes social events which are very enjoyable. All those who attend are made to feel very welcome and there is the added satisfaction of knowing that the school will benefit financially.
In recent years, the PTA has provided playing kits for Prep hockey teams, including the purchase of goalie kits and it has funded Active Learning Days for Prep pupils.
We thank the PTA for its continued support.