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!

A Reminder of the Parent Forum Terms of Reference

Parent Forum Meeting - 3rd March 2017


1. Terms of Reference - Mrs Owen

2. Changing facilities for girls and boys in Y5 and Y6

3. Attendance - hygiene report from Makhan Singh

4. WhatsApp - increasing the uptake

5. PTA

6. KDRES and Fair Funding Campaign

7. Y4 lunches

8. Proposed workshop re internet safety and issues with roadblocks

9. Traffic Lights - buses outside school

10. Planners - better use of


Parent Forum at King David School

“Where Stars Shine”

The Parent Forum is a group of parent representatives who meet once a term to discuss school-related issues.

Regular, open communication and consultation with parents is very important to the school. The Parent Forum provides a valuable way to listen to your ideas and concerns and seek your views, helping to make sure the needs of children and their families are met.

Parent Forum to be established with the following Terms of Reference:


Two representatives per class - by nomination

Two Parent Governors - ex officio

One member of staff - (deputy head)

One other Governor - (max)

The chair to be elected, normally, from the class representatives.

Meetings to be held normally once a term.

Areas for possible involvement/ discussion/responsibilities

Preparation of school development plan

School uniform


Safety of children

School clubs

Funding for specific projects

Proposals from staff for increased parental involvement.

Responding to OFSTED reports

Web page for the school

Preparation of minutes/notes of meetings for circulation to parents, staff and governors

Excluded Areas

Individual children’s problems

Complaints against staff

Changes to the School’s Constitution, e.g. Jewish Ethos