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Parents Representatives

Welcome to the GSIS Parents Reps site! Below you will find a brief explanation of the tasks and mandate of the elected Parents Representatives within the context of the German-Swiss International School. This is followed by the names of the current Parents Reps.

If you have an issue you would like to bring to the attention of the Parents Reps, then please contact the representative of the class your child is in  OR  send an email to: parentreps@gsis-accra.org

 

 

Purpose and Mandate of the Parents Reps

The legal status of GSIS is a ‘Limited Liability Company by Guarantee’ (with not-for-profit, charitable status) which applies to an association (‘Verein’) such as our school. In terms of governance, this means that in General Assembly the parents (as its largest group of members) elect a school board which governs the school on their behalf. All major policy decisions regarding the school and the association are put before the members for approval during a General Assembly meeting. The daily management of the school is in the hands of the headteacher and management staff, who are appointed by the school board. In accordance with the statutes of the school, at the beginning of each academic year, the parents also elect a representative for each class (or combination of classes) that their children attend.

Main Functions of the Parents Reps

The resulting group of Parents Representatives has two main functions:

  1. To act as an intermediary and facilitator between parents, teaching staff and the school leadership in communication about different areas of the school, such as pupil development and learning, class and school management, school culture and development, and facilities and resources.
  2. To act on behalf of the parents as facilitator of dialogue and as advisor between the board of the school and the parent-members of the association, and to follow-up on progress regarding decisions made in the General Assembly (which is typically held only once per year).

Simply put: the Reps function as the ‘eyes & ears’ of the Board and the ‘mouthpiece’ of the parent-members.

Main Tasks of the Parent Representatives

The main tasks of the Parents Representatives therefore are:

  • To receive from parents information on any issue of satisfaction or concern, which is related to the class their child attends or to the school in general. These issues can vary widely, for example from relatively simple issues like hygiene in class, quality of school lunches, homework or comprehensiveness of information for parents new to the school, to more complicated issues like playground behaviour, language support in class, provisions for children with special needs, or the school’s longer-term development plans.
  • To inform parents about and assist with going through the appropriate channels for bringing issues they may have to the attention of teachers, management or the school board.
  • To liaise (if necessary) on behalf of parents with class teachers about class-specific issues and with the headteacher and/or school board about more general issues, and to communicate the results back to the respective parents.
  • To assist staff and school leadership in finding solutions to issues of concern, to follow up on actions taken and to contribute to the ongoing development of the school.
  • To represent on occasion the parents to visitors from outside the school (e.g. school inspectors)

One of the Parent Reps is also a member of the School Board. The Parent Rep group meets at least three times per half term (6x per year), although it may do so more often depending on any further need for communication with and involvement of parents. By the end of each academic year an annual report of the group’s activities will be disseminated among parents.

 

Parents Reps 2018 – 2019
Class Name Remarks
Kindergarten & Nursery
(approx. 60 pupils)
Judy Ntow
Zayda Vennekotter
German Stream
English Stream
Class 1&2
(approx. 25 pupils)
Barakissa Tien-Wahser
Lauren Simpson
German Stream
English Stream
Class 3&4
(approx. 20 pupils)

Lisa Vollmar

N.N.

German Stream +
Board Member

English Stream
Class 5&6
(approx. 10 pupils)
N.N.
Andreas Schwarz
English Stream
German Stream
Class 7,8,9
(approx. 10 pupils)
Markus Spitzbart
Ina Schuelbe
English Stream
German Stream

PLEASE NOTE:

Parallel to the statutory Parents Representatives, the school also has a social Parent Group, which meets every last Tuesday of the month in the Swiss Club. Attending these meetings is open to all and voluntary. Its purpose is to offer parents an opportunity to socialise and to discuss any topic they wish to bring to the table. Through these meetings parents can also be actively involved in organising or assisting in the school’s social events. Information about these meetings is disseminated via Whatsapp or on the notice board at school. For 2018-2019 the Parent Group organisers are: Lauren Simpson and Wyn Ertl.