N E I G H B O u R H O O D   R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

The British International School of Houston (BISH) with the PTSA recognises the advantages of having Neighbourhood Reps appointed to each year group.  It is a key role throughout the school year and helps enormously by keeping the school community in touch with what is going on from FunRaising events to coffee mornings.

 

Please check here to know who your Neighbourhood Reps for 2017-18 are. Many Year Groups have set up Facebook group pages to keep in touch, organise events and share information. Ask parents from your Year Group about it so you can join them.

 

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Below is a list of frequently asked questions.  It is by no means a complete list, please feel free to offer up any other questions you think are missing and would help make the role of a new Neighbourhood Rep easier to understand.


The role of a Neighbourhood Rep is really whatever an individual wants to make it.  The skills required are to be able to listen to others and to work as part of a team.


The PTSA really wants to make the role of a Neighbourhood Rep as stress free as possible and your input, help and enthusiasm is what will make this possible.

 

Being a Neighbourhood Rep should not be just about chasing donations.  It truly is about helping bring the school community together in a positive and supportive way.

 

Please think about becoming a Neighbourhood Rep and join in the fun along the way!!

 

Please contact the Neighbourhood Reps Coordinator if you would like to be a Neighbourhood Rep:


 
WHO CAN BE A NEIGHBOURHOOD CLASS REP?

Basically, ANYONE who feels they would like to get involved is eligible to put themselves forward to be a Neighbourhood Rep.


HOW LONG DOES THE ROLE OF BEING NEIGHBOURHOOD REP LAST?

Every year (normally two/three weeks into the new academic year), the position of Neighbourhood Rep is open for people to volunteer for the year long job.  In some instances a Neighbourhood Rep may run for two years, this is particularly the case for years 10 and 11 and years 12 and 13.  It is recommended that after two years a new rep is appointed. 


As can happen, a Neighbourhood Rep may have to leave the school before the end of the academic year.  If this happens it is recommended that either a new volunteer (from the appropriate class/year group) puts themselves forward or if this is not possible, the remaining Neighbourhood Reps for that year group, cover the vacant position.


HOW DO I GET APPOINTED AS A NEIGHBOURHOOD REP?

You just need to express your interest and put yourself forward


IS IT JUST ONE NEIGHBOURHOOD REP PER CLASS/TUTOR GROUP?

No, this is entirely up to the year group and the parents who put themselves forward. Some year groups will have two per class, some one per class. If multiple volunteers come forward it is recommended that a vote be taken amongst the year group and the outcome of that vote determines who the Class Rep or Reps will be.


DO NEIGHBOURHOOD REPS ONLY REPRESENT THEIR CHILD’S CLASS/TUTOR GROUP?

No, Neighbourhood Reps are encouraged to act as ‘Year Reps’, which means the volunteers  would host joint coffee mornings and events etc.  This can be very useful if the children in one classes socialise with children in other classes. It can also be advantageous to new parents, giving them the opportunity to meet the year as a whole. 


In the Middle and High School, combining the classes works well as the students are in different classes working  with different students.


If there are no volunteers for a particular class/tutor group.  It is recommended that the other Neighbourhood Reps work together as ‘Year Group Reps’ therefore covering the unrepresented class/tutor group.


WHAT IF I NEED SUPPORT THROUGH THE TIME I AM NEIGHBOURHOOD REP?

It is the aim that the PTSA will fully support the Neighbourhood Reps throughout the year.  This will be done by hosting regular coffee mornings where any questions can be answered.  It is the promise of the PTSA to value and support the Neighbourhood Reps.  It is vital that in order for the Neighbourhood Reps to be able to do their job effectively, that ALL lines of communication are clear, expressing absolute transparency and clarity at all times.


WHO CAN CONTACT IF I HAVE A PARTICULAR ISSUE REGARDING MY NEIGHBOURHOOD REP DUTIES?

The PTSA Neighbourhood Reps Coordinator is responsible for the Neighbourhood Reps.  Please contact the Neighbourhood Reps Coordinator if you have any queries about being a class rep or need any help as a class rep.


WHAT WOULD I HAVE TO DO?

It is the role of the Neighbourhood Rep’s to:

  1. Welcome new families into the school community.
  2. Liaise with the Admissions Department to be aware when students may be leaving and organise, if agreed by the year group, a small gift.
  3. Organise class coffees for parents to attend (at least once a term is advisable). 
  4. Introduce yourself (can be done via email or in person) to your class teacher/tutor and Phase/Year Head.
  5. Support the PTSA and BISH community when social events are being held.  This does not mean that you have to attend every event. As Neighbourhood Rep, you will need to make sure that your class/year group know about events and how they can be  involved/contribute.  The involvement needed from Class Reps and parents varies from organising the baking of homemade goods, for staff appreciation, to helping organise and run a stall at one of the fayre’s through the year.
  6. If appropriate, and as an act of courtesy, a Neighbourhood Rep can copy their teacher/tutor/ head of year in on the mails they send.  Sometimes a teacher may see that a class is getting together for a coffee and want to share something with the class/year group through their Neighbourhood Rep.
  7. Organise social events through the year.  This is totally at the discretion of the individual class/year groups.
  8. For years 10,11, and years 12,13, there is more involvement needed as traditionally there is a Prom and Graduation to organise (in collaboration with the school).  Planning for these events could start to be made over a year in advance hence the need for a two year commitment for those year groups.

IT IS NOT THE ROLE OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD REP TO:

  1. Feedback individual parent’s complaints/concerns regarding curriculum or educational matters.  If a parent approaches a Class Rep to voice such concerns it is advised that the Neighbourhood Rep directs the parent to the appropriate class teacher/tutor for them to address any issues.
  2. Be involved in curriculum and class matters unless asked by the teacher/tutor/year head.
  3. To pass on parent’s email addresses without their permission.  To ensure privacy it is requested that emails sent out to the parents in any class/year group are Bcc’d into the mail.  
Do you have an idea for a project within the school. Why not apply for PTSA funding and see if you can make it happen.

Do you have an idea for a project within the school. Why not apply for PTSA funding and see if you can make it happen.

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