Parent Forum / PTA coffee morning in aid of Macmillan 29th September 2017 - 8.45 to 10.15am

Parent Forum / PTA coffee morning in aid of Macmillan

29th September 2017 - 8.45 to 10.15am

24 parents attended and the morning was led by Eman Penny and Lior Kaminetsky, co-chairs of the Parent Forum with a presentation on finance by Simone Bryant, Chair of Finance Governors. 

Welcome by Eman and introduction to the role and structure of the Parent Forum. 

Presentation by Simone to continue to raise awareness and increase understanding among parents of the effects of cuts to King Davids funding by central Government. Simone explained the measures that have already had to be taken: reduction in the number of teaching assistants, loss of outdoor education, cuts to music provision, level of lunchtime supervision, loss of withdrawal groups for pupils requiring additional stretch. Parents are asked to consider whether they are able to contribute £1 per school day to protect our remaining level of provision. This can be done by setting up a regular donation via the MyDonate button on the homepage of the school website. If enough of us can do this, the current provision can be maintained and we can reduce the likelihood of further cuts. We could even have some of these important elements reinstated.

Lior introduced himself, gave a special welcome to the Dads in the room and explained his wish for the KD parent community to be a place where parents feel able to raise and discuss issues, even where agreement cannot be reached. 

Lior and Eman gave an overview of recent achievements of the PF e.g. the separate changing facilities for Y5 and Y6 pupils when getting ready for PE, concerns about internet safety and sites such as Roblocks led to the school organising the NSPCC to deliver workshops to both children and parents, changes to the structure of lunchtime prayers to give children more time to eat and play after we raised concerns about this. 

Each parent was asked to say something they like and something they wish were better:

We like: mix of people, friendly faces in the playground, feel happy here, children are keen to come to school, the teachers, the other parents, feeling of warmth, community spirit, WhatsApp groups, warm welcome, parents’ enthusiasm to help school and their children, happy now with this years nursery, children are happy, children are stable and secure, the hugely valuable help from Mrs Owen in her SEN role, multicultural, comfortable from day 1, single form entry, small school, very happy overall, the teachers, multiculture, multi faith, that the children are happy. 

We wish were better: outdoor learning, more parents donating, diversity of clubs on offer, the cuts, lack of breakfast club, free reading happening too early, inappropriate choice of books, less confident since change in security guard - needs to know who is coming in, lack of soap & general hygiene (* Simone will take the hygiene issue to governors), children avoiding using toilets, playground bit drab, handwashing, loss of teaching assistants, attendance - reward system needed, loss of withdrawal groups for extra stretch, small school means we are vulnerable to cuts, outdoor amenity, online payments for dinner money (unclear how much to pay and having to pay every week), communications lost between office and Mr Langford regarding request for leave, child was bored in Y1 but happier in Y2. 

Issues to be brought to the next Parent Forum meeting to raise with our staff rep are:

  • hygiene - access to soap, handwashing facilities in nursery and reception

  • attendance - which is perhaps related to the hygiene item, we as a parent community are asked to consider how we can improve the level of attendance as it is below where it should be. Unauthorisedabsense is the particular problem. 

  • Lunches - Y4 in particular - many concerns about lack of food, cold food, poor quality food

  • breakfast club - is it time to revisit this?

  • playground - change to rules re scooters, ball games, running

PTA - several parents offered to lend a hand with the PTA. Thank you! The full list of PF yeargroup reps will be announced soon and the board in the school entrance updated. 

Parent Forum Minutes 3.4.2017

King David Parent Forum Coffee morning
3rd April 2017

PF members present: Fiona Owen (staff rep), Eman Penny and Lior Kaminetsky (co-chairs), Kate Panagamuwa (secretary), Rofiza Begum (nursery rep), Sadia Ahmed (Y2 rep), Samantha Bushell (Y5 rep)

Two parents (nursery and Y1) attended.

Summer Fayre 2017 Date - 9th July 2017.

Organising group - Louise Fenton (Y1 rep), Sadia Ahmed (Y2 rep) and Kate Panagamuwa (Secretary) will form a core group and will be delegating tasks and asking for volunteers to help on the day too.

Theme - Big Bang Summer Fayre or Bangs and Bubbles or similar to continue the science activities the children have had this year.

Ideas for Activities -
Face painting, mendhi, nail art.
Craft activities - painting egg cups / flower pots
Bouncy castle - ask Natali
5 a side football
Tug of war
Animal Man - company who bring animals for the children to meet
Teddy, bottles and toy tombola
Year 6 throw sponges
Gunge the Headteacher
Remote control car obstacle course
ball pit
Balloon modelling

Food -
Tuck shop
Ice cream
Decorate biscuits
NB: We may be able to use the kitchen in the Nest on the Friday before, with Mrs Halter to supervise for making cupcakes or other items in advance.

Decorations - bunting / balloons

Roblocks – as a safeguarding issue, this is considered acceptable by school as it is al-lowed through the BGFL filter which screens out inappropriate content. We remain con-cerned at the use of a site which in an online community. FO and Parent Forum to explore with BGFL to raise this concern.
NSPCC workshops on internet safety - these will run in July for the children and there will be a workshop for parents on 18th July at 9am in the Nest.

Y4 lunchtimes - following concerns raised by Parent FOrum, FO has thoroughly looked at this. It seems that the difficult with the shortage of time is combination of children being delayed in starting to eat by prayers and then wanting to get out to play. Rabbi Jacobs will be reviewing lunchtime prayers to see if anything can be done to ease this.

Hygiene - PSCHE lessons will include reminders and discussion around hygiene and handwashing. Funding has been applied for to change the toilets and washbasins in the nursery and reception classrooms as the current taps are too stiff to use for some of the children. Hopefully this will have a positive effect on attendance.

Eid - Many parents seem unaware that absence for Eid must be asked for. The correct process for this needs to be communicated to parents so that they know what to do.
Items to go in the newsletter and information via WhatsApp groups nearer the time.

Bullying - there have been some issues of bullying. An item has already been in the newsletter to explain the proper process for parents if they are concerned about their child.
FO to explore training, such as Confident Communicators,to help children learn to re-solve these issues well. Play leaders are also on hand to help lead games at play times. Staff has been made aware of the particular dynamic of older children in an extended family trying to support younger children by confronting other children and the upset this can cause.

Parent Forum Coffee Morning

The next Parent Forum / PTA Coffee Morning will be on Monday 3rd April. We would like to start planning the summer fair - bring your ideas!