AGM Parent Council Chair Person’s Report

Our Lady’s High School
Parent Council

Annual General Meeting
Monday 3rd October 2016

Chair Person’s Report

We started the new academic year with the school in a degree of upheaval due to the care and maintenance activity being undertaken by North Lanarkshire Council (NLC). This is predominantly focused on the electrical re-wiring of the school with associated replacement of suspended ceilings and redecoration.

So far, the areas already completed are favourable to the eye – new lighting, ceiling tiles and paintwork all helping to make a difference. The young people and teachers have taken this in their stride and are working around the areas under construction.

Whilst there has been less change than recent years on the academic front, especially with Curriculum for Excellence having settled into a more normalised working pattern, it is however still reassuring to see that the results from this year have been particularly impressive. The ongoing commitment from our young people and the teaching staff remains impressive.

Extensive extra-curriculum activities remain open to all students within the school and this adds a real sense of community and ownership with the staff, young people and parents / carers. There are ongoing opportunities for our children to participate in school trips both within the UK and abroad, and this would not be possible without the support of the teaching staff.

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has also continued their good work in actively fundraising for our school and their continued support and efforts is greatly appreciated. The funds raised are directly used for the benefit of the school and your children so please support the calendar of events for the PTA in the forthcoming year.

The focus of the Parent Council has remained in providing support to the Head Teacher, Senior Staff, Staff and Pupils of our school. Were we have identified issues we believe are important to the life of our school community we have sought to influence the outcome of these particular issues to the benefit of our school.

In the past year the school has had a degree of change with the teaching staff due to retirement, promotions and temporary cover. The Parent Council would like to express our gratitude to those teachers, who have left the school, for the many years of service and commitment in the education of our young people, and to warmly welcome those who have joined our school.
I would also like to formally thank those parents who have left the Parent Council after many years of service, including our previous Chair Suzanne Graham, Clare McCarron and Margaret Dochnenko.

There were a number of areas I wanted to touch upon and these are listed below.

School playing fields

The Parent Council is still trying to convince NLC of the merits in upgrading one of the outdoor red blaise pitches so that our children can enjoy a sports facility currently enjoyed by many other high school children in North Lanarkshire. Further dialogue is ongoing with local Councillors and the Convenor of Learning & Leisure.

Fund-Raising

It remains an area of great pride that the school community gives time and money freely to help others who are less fortunate, both in our local community and also internationally. The recent school awards ceremony saw a number of large cheques presented to various charities and we know this would not be possible without your ongoing help and support. Thank you.

School Chaplain

I would like to formally thank Father Martin Delaney for his dedication and commitment to our school over the past year. It is fair to say that having a dedicated School Chaplain has made a difference to the young people and teachers of OLHS and we look forward to working closely with Father Delaney in the new academic year.

Parent Council and the broader Parent Forum

The Council is here for all parents and carers and is open to all, even if just to observe. Please fell free to come along.

I would also ask that parents an carers help the Parent Council by providing feedback on how best to engage with you / the wider Parents Forum. This is always an area we are keen to hear more about and this will help us in the future.

We try to keep the meetings short and focused. On behalf of the wider Parent Forum I would like to say a very big thank you.

I would also like to thank Mrs Sinclair, the Senior Staff and Staff for their ongoing commitment in the life of our school community.

Stephen Verrecchia
Chair
Our Lady’s High School Parent Council
3rd October 2016.

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