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Community Network


Re-established in 2020 the Community Network aims to build stronger community links between families and school and support the school to ensure strong achievement, wellbeing and engagement for all. The primary purpose of the Community Network is to:

  • Support a strong 'Partnership in Learning' between school and families
  • To plan school/community events and activities
  • Manage and support classroom communication through appointment of class reps.
  • Coordinate fundraising activities
The Community Network has its own group that family members can join via our school Facebook page. The Community Network representative on Governing Council oversees the Community Network meetings and invites family members to meet, discuss and plan whole-school events to build a more connected community.

The Community Network oversees the role of class reps. who are appointed each year. Roles are negotiated and may include:
  • Supporting new parents/carers to the school by helping with information on the school and local area.
  • Helping to answer questions from class parents/carers about generic things like uniform and excursions. Some liaison with the teacher and office for answers may be necessary.
  • Providing parent/carer feedback to Governing Council members.
  • Helping to coordinate two events throughout the year for the class (with help of other parents/carers) - ideally in term 1 and term 3. This helps connect families early on in the year, and throughout the year.
  • Supporting other parents/carers who may wish to get involved with school activities, however small.
What the Class Rep is not...
  • The Class Rep is not a replacement for a relationship between parents/carers and the teacher.
  • The role is not expected to be a heavy burden on the parent/carer, and they are encouraged to work with other parents/carers to help arrange a couple of social class activities each year, which can be as simple as arranging a play date at a local park on a weekend afternoon. However, you may choose to arrange more!
  • The Class Rep is not expected to add any additional workload on the teacher of the class. However, they may occasionally ask the teacher to send a note out via SeeSaw/Dojo app or put a paper note in reader bags to reach all families as some may not participate in the group.
How will Class Reps communicate with parents/carers?
WhatsApp is deemed as the best platform to use because it is secure, quick and doesn't require a Facebook Messenger account.

The Class Rep will be the WhatsApp group 'admin' and they may choose to put a block on the group so only the admin can post messages. This can avoid it becoming over-used. Parents/carers can still see other members of the group if they want to contact them privately.

Parents/carers can also send messages to the Class Rep which they can answer directly back to that person, or to the group if it's likely to be a common concern.

We understand that not all parents/carers may want to join the WhatsApp group. For activities we don't want that child to potentially miss out on - for example a social event - a note can be put in reader bags.

If families have any questions about the Community Network they can contact the Community Network Committee on wlsscommunity@gmail.com.