Almost every school has some sort of Teacher Parent Network but ours is different. Yes, we organise all sorts of social gatherings – from drinks evenings to treasure hunts. And, yes, we help out at school events like sports days and discos. But one thing we rarely do is ask parents to put their hands in their pockets. We do not exist simply to raise funds for the school – and that gives the majority of our activities a special quality that we believe serves to strengthen the bonds of the school community much more effectively.
What also sets us apart is the level of involvement we have in the way the school is run from day to day. The Headmistress sits down with us once or twice every term and we not only discuss arrangements for events like quiz nights, we also get to talk about subjects such as how school reports are circulated, how swimming lessons work and how children should go about choosing library books. It really does give parents an important voice when it comes to non-academic policy at the school.
TPN Chair: Derek De Souza