Community is at the core of St Finbarr’s success as a school. It is what defines and differentiates it as a leading and progressive educator of primary age children.
The Parent Collective’s mission is to embrace the building of community through every aspect of its operation. Expanding St Finbarr’s community and encouraging inclusiveness is the core strategy of the PC
The PC wants to also embrace innovation to build community and execute the traditional role of a parent-teacher organisation.
THREE KEY OPERATIONAL STRATEGIES HAVE BEEN PROPOSED:
STRATEGY: The Parent-Teacher Conduit
All PC meetings (monthly) should be open forums and held in the hall for all parents to attend. An agenda should be developed to encourage greater participation from a wider group of parents. There is no longer a committee: it is now a movement.
All issues school issues can be discussed. Tasks are delegated at each forum, and working groups are set up as required. WhatsApp is used to communicate.
These forums are key to community building and should have a social aspect.
An Instagram and Facebook page are already established. They should be used with greater effect, including:
STRATEGY: Building Community
Events should be created through the school year managed by the PC that is purely focused on building community and helping the school. They don’t always have to have a fundraising element. The PC Forum should be used to generate ideas and confirm an agenda for the rest of the year.
STRATEGY: Financial Support