Parent Council

Dear Parent Community

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the Parent Council will be held online
(Google Meet) on Wednesday November 17th at 6pm. The AGM is the time for
new members to join the Parent Council and we really want to encourage
people to come forward. We are very keen to boost the parent membership,
especially since some of us are parents of S5 and S6 pupils and won’t be able
to continue when our kids leave. The Parent Council meets around 4 times a
year – 1 meeting each term plus the AGM in November – but our role is more
than just holding meetings. We need people who are willing to do things. In
particular if anyone has any experience/ideas for fundraising this would be
marvellous. Our current project is fundraising towards a new minibus as the
present one has a high mileage and is getting tired. We really need new people
so if you are enthusiastic and 
able to give some time to actively supporting the
school and pupils, PLEASE 
consider joining the Parent Council.

Parent Forums (consisting theoretically of all parents) and their Councils were
established under the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 in
recognition of the important role that parents can play not only in their children’s
learning but also in the life of a school.

They are a team of parents who volunteer their time to represent parental
perspectives and help a school to constantly improve. The representatives are
selected at an open annual meeting and then act as a committee for the rest of the
year, meeting 3-4 times as the full committee with (if existing) sub-groups such as
fundraising and events teams meeting potentially more frequently.

The PC aims to…

  • Work in partnership with the school to decide on key priorities
  • Provide a voice for parents in the school and local authority on issues that
    are important to them
  • Improve the school’s understanding how to engage parents in their
    children’s learning and in the life of the school
  • Support the school in developing a strong home/school partnership
  • Communicate with the parent forum that is to represent all parents to hear
    their views and keep them informed
  • Support improvement by discussing the school’s strengths and areas for
    development from the parental perspective
  • Help make links with the wider community
  • Capture the unique and varied skills, interests, knowledge and experience
    that parents can offer

The Parent Council has a responsibility to keep track of its accounts and present
their accounts at the annual meeting.

Oban High School pupils originate from a wide geographic area and to allow more
parents to be on the PC, we decided to hold our meetings on a digital platform
going forward.

At the annual meeting new members commit to the committee for at least a year.
We urgently need parents joining the committee who are prepared to DO jobs and
not just attend the few meetings we have over the year when the committee just
discusses issues. Considering the size of the High School, the committee is small
and thereby limited by what it can achieve.

Members of the Parent Council are privileged to be given information which may
be sensitive and in draft format, for consultation and comment. Members of the
PC are thus bound to keep this information confidential. Members of the PC are
asked to think of the good for the entire school and wider community rather than
represent their own children and circumstances only, although their perspectives
are of course very valuable.

Check out the Parentzone Scotland website for information for parents:

Current office bearers are:
Treasurer: Angus McFadyen
Chair: Dr Anuschka Millere
Vice Chair / Secretary: Lucy Files

Next public meeting:
September 2021 (exact date tbc)

Click on the dates below for minutes of past Parent Council meetings and AGMs.

----- Year 2019-20 -----

June [DOC]

AGM [DOC] - November

Chair's Report for AGM [DOC] - November

November [DOC]

September [DOC]

----- Year 2018-19 -----

May [DOC]

February [DOC]

AGM [DOC] - November

Chair's Report for AGM [PDF] - November

September [PDF]

----- Year 2017-18 -----

May [PDF]

January [PDF]