In 2014, the former PTSA changed its structure and was renamed the Parent Forum in an effort to be more effective at involving all parents in the school in its fundraising and school improvement efforts.
A group of parent volunteers form the Core Parent Forum Group who meet once a month (or as necessary) with Mr Dingley, a member of the School Governing Body, a Staff representative and an RCL representative. Members of this Core group take responsibility for organising communication with parents in the different grades, through identified volunteer Parent Forum Helpers for each Grade. In 2014, a Grade 8 Parent Forum sub- group was formed and active and we would like to see this repeated in 2015. This group communicates mainly through whats app and email rather than regular meetings and they work with the Core Parent Forum to run events as well as organising a few Grade-specific improvement projects.
Among other efforts in 2014, the Parent Forum revamped the Grade 8 quad, making it a far more pleasant place for the children. Many new wooden bench tables were built and the gardens were redone. Our sincere thanks to all the families who help in these work parties. Our first workparty/braai organised for the Grade 8 parents for 2015 took place on 31 January and involved some much needed maintenance round our Astro and Basketball and Tennis courts. The next Workparty, for ALL Fairmont Families, will be on 14 March when we will be building bench-tables for the Quads. Please come and join us.
In 2014, for a number of reasons, the annual Fairmont Festival did not take place. We are currently assessing the viability of running the Festival as it requires months of planning and organising and its success depends largely on our ability to obtain significant sponsorship which is very difficult in the current economic climate.
The Matric Dance Expo was a new initiative of the Parent Forum in 2014 and, given its success, will become an annual tradition. We are currently in discussions with Tygervalley about exciting possibilities to extend and improve it. Watch this space.....The Car Boot sales of 2014 were popular when the weather was kind and our Christmas Fun Day on 29th November 2014 was a success contributing a much -needed R16000 to our school.
We, as a committed group of parents who work to help make our children’s school experience the best it can be, have fun working together. Watch this space for more details of our projects for this year and how you can be involved. We need YOU to contact one of the Parents Forum members listed below to give us your contact details and tell us how you would like to help. ANY help is welcome, whether you just want to offer to work a shift at a fund-raiser or be a Parent Forum Helper for your Grade or whether you would like to join the Core group or the Grade 8 sub-group. We promise you will make new friends and have fun, while doing something worthwhile for your children.
Audrey Dolpire (Chair)
|Ian Dunleavy (Vice-Chair)||082 9902679|
|Colleen Wilson (Secretary)||082 7819887|
|Thane Maseurik||082 4407381|
|Liza May (Treasurer)||082 3311426|