Every class has one or more 'Class Reps', parents or carers who have volunteered to act as a point of contact between the school and parents and carers.
Class Reps - What do they do?
Being a class rep is an important and rewarding role. Class reps help build a sense of community among the class parents, and it is they who provide the link between the parents and the Friends of Atwood and the Head Teacher/Senior Leadership team. Class reps are invited to attend the Friends of Atwood Committee meetings to gain a broader understanding of what the group does for the school, and to lend their expertise and time if they choose. Below is a summary of what a class rep does.
Attendance of Class Rep meetings
These are held monthly with the Head Teacher. Feed into the agenda any generic point regarding the school that your class parents have raised with you.
See minutes of Class Reps meetings below:
Parental Help in Class
Liaise closely with the class teacher to organise parental help in class.
Some teachers appreciate help with communication to parents. Also providing feedback to parents/carers on matters/issues raised.
Maintaining Class Lists
Keeping (and circulating) an up to date list of all the children in the class and their contact details. It is very important to get everyone's permission to be added to the list. This is a very handy list for everyone in the class to have, for everything from play dates to emergency pick-up help!
Organising Socials for Parents
Class coffee mornings and parents’ evenings are always good fun and the most effective way of generating a good team spirit in your class (which makes enlisting volunteers for school fairs much simpler and easier when the time comes). It is totally at your discretion how often to organise them, although as a general rule, drinks are usually held at Christmas and at the end of the school year, and coffee mornings a minimum of once a term.
Christmas Fair and Summer Fair
Every year group is allocated stalls, and class reps are responsible for co-ordinating the preparation, rota and clearing up. This is a vital role - without this help the event would not take place.
Once the fair is over, you are the asked to gather feedback (positive or negative) and summarise it in a written or verbal report.
Sometimes, if children leave Atwood, the class reps co-ordinate gift and cards for them.
Again this is at your discretion. Sometimes parents prefer to get together and pool money to buy presents for the teacher at Christmas and end of year and if so, the class reps co-ordinates this. Class reps also generally co-ordinate a card or similar for the teachers with messages from the children at Christmas and end of year.
If you are interested in volunteering to be a class rep, your class's current rep should be able to give you some advice. The list for 2019-2020 is below.
Nursery AM Fiona Rhodes
Nursery PM TBC
Red Class Sandra Podd & Lisa Richards
Yellow Class Katie Harris & Emily Wragg
Blue Class Sherein Saikia & Georgina
Green Class Madeleine Cooling
Orange Class Sarah Anderson & Nicola Mearkle
3S Kay Hannaford, Carolyn Jones & Vicki Rudman
3W Sarah Honey & Nike Bailey
5I Louise Kewell
5RB Karen Bishop & Rupal Morarji
6D Laura Bradley & Sarah Anderson
6S Eleanor Fikry & Vicki Rudman