THE PARENTS ROLE AT GARDEN HOUSE SCHOOL

Communication between Garden House School and the parents is of paramount importance. We believe in a partnership between home and School. Only by means of such a relationship will your child achieve his or her potential.

Parents are always welcome to call the School. We urge parents to attend the many concerts, ballet recitals and School matches, assemblies and other events listed in the School Calendar.

+ THE PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION

Garden House has an active Parents' Association chaired by a parent. The primary purpose of the Association is to act as one of the channels of communication between parents and the School. It also provides parents a forum through which their skills and ideas can contribute to the well-being of the School.

Each class is represented on the Parents' Association Committee by a class parent known as the Class Representative. The Class Representatives hold regular meetings and coffee mornings with their Class parents to keep them informed and to exchange ideas.

The School and the Parents' Association host jointly an annual drink's party for each Class. This is an opportunity for parents to meet the parents of their child's class mates and for them to meet the teachers in an informal setting.

The Parents' Association meets twice a term at the School to review past events and plan new ones. The Parents' Association welcomes new, enthusiastic parents to join their ranks.

+ CHARITIES

Each year, a number of charities are nominated, a shortlist produced. Each summer term, a number of charities are nominated, a shortlist produced.

Each parent may vote to select their choice from the shortlist. In the past, the GHS Parents Association has supported Blue Marine Foundation, Critical Care Campaign at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Over the Wall, Helen and Douglas House, Honeypot, Louis Dundas House, Auditory Verbal UK, the Roald Dahl; s Marvellous Children’s Charity and The Whitley Fund for Nature.

Funds raised by the Parents Association are given to the year s chosen charity (80%) with the remainder to the Royal Hospital's Charity, the Chelsea Pensioners Appeal. These charities make presentations to the children in assemblies over the year, increasing awareness of issues whether local or global.

We encourage our children to raise funds in parallel with the major, annual PA fundraisers which include Quiz Night and Gala Night. We believe charitable endeavour is an important part of a child’s education at Garden House. To understand and to be aware there are people and animals who need our support is an essential life lesson. Opportunities to fund raise are numerous and varied. Cake days, Jeans for Genes day, the Poppy Appeal and Christmas Boxes are embedded in the School Calendar. Older children are allowed to propose a charitable enterprise, usually in response to a topical issue and to bring it to fruition such as raising funds for Grenfell victims.

+ PARENTS' EVENINGS

Meetings between teachers and parents are scheduled in the Autumn term for the parents of children in Middle School I (boys) to Upper School II (girls and boys). Other meetings are organised for the rest of the academic years during the Spring term, to see your child's work and discuss your child's progress and achievements and to set targets for future development.

In addition to these formal meetings, parents are welcome to contact members of staff throughout the year should they have any queries or concerns which they would like to discuss.

A Curriculum Meeting is scheduled in your child’s new classroom at the beginning of the new School year, to introduce the new class teachers and assistants and to outline the aim and content of the forthcoming year’s academic programme. During the Academic year, each class hosts an Open Morning where workbooks are displayed in order for parents to see their child’s work.

+ SCHOOL EVENTS

The Parents' Association has been responsible for holding many School functions such as the Gala concert held at the Cadogan Hall. Every pupil aged 6 and above (some 200 children) perform alongside professional musicans. The production involves the Music, Art, Drama and English departments at the School with children playing a significant role in the writing and creating.

The Summer Fair held in Burton Court, provides an afternoon of fun for every child ranging from pony rides and an animal petting zoo drawn from the classic country fair, to climbing walls and bungee trampolines, arts and crafts, face painting and bouncy castles. Both these events benefit the PA's selected charity.

The Quiz night is held at the Royal Hospital and is the main fundraiser of the year. There is a quiz and an auction element to the evening. The most hotly contested lots are the themed artwork created by individual classes.

Members of the Parents' Association decorate the School at Christmas, organise seasonal events such as Halloween workshops, Easter activities, parental workshops to promote understanding of events in other Faiths, such as Hannukkah or traditions in other cultures. Parents help design and make costumes for all the School plays and in so many ways contribute to and enhance our children's time at Garden House School. Other regular PA events include Cake Days twice a term and book related events such as running an in-house book store to coincide with Book Week and activities and events around World Book Day.

+ THE NEWSLETTER

We produce a weekly newsletter, one for the boys and one for the girls, which is distributed to all the children of each family on Friday. An electronic newsletter is available online. These newsletters are designed to keep you up to date with important notices, forthcoming events, such as details of School trips, sports events and matches, changes in procedure, diary dates, reminders of events and reviews of past trips and match analysis, weekly Assemblies and Morning Thoughts.