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Diary of a School Governor (by Eleanor Crosby)

Nov 10: Meet with Ben Spence, Assistant Vice Principal for Outstanding Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare (Governors have an area of special interest, and this is mine) – it’s good to get into school and see, first hand, how things are going. Today, Ben and I discuss Fairfield’s attendance: it is a whole school priority to improve the percentage. We agree to track progress later in the year.

Nov 13: Homework! Write report about the visit to share with other Governors.

Nov 17: Monthly Governors’ Meeting in the Community Room. There are ten of us, volunteers: parents, employers, others from the community, teachers/non-teaching staff.  We listen to presentations on school performance. Our role is to support the school and ask challenging questions to help the school be the best it can possibly be.

Nov 24: Meet with Janice Callow, Vice Principal. Today, Frances King (another Governor) and I are interviewing groups of Year 7,8,9 students to learn how well Fairfield contributes to their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Student views are so important and we know they will always ‘tell it like it is’!  Quote of the day: “Teachers care, even when they are not nice”.

Squeeze in a quick chat with Rose Hooke, Literacy Coordinator, about her lunchtime book club. Hey, parents! Any ideas how to get 20 copies of the same book? For free?

Later we discuss areas with Janice, including an issue that has been in the media recently: cyber bullying (see guidelines below). It’s reassuring to know the school are doing what they can, when it’s reported to them, and raising awareness in assemblies, tutor-time and lessons. 

Nov 27: A busy month and there’s still the report to write.  Meanwhile, enjoy the holidays and Happy New Year to you all.

If you are interested in internet guidelines, here are some points from the www.internetmatters.org website:

1. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

2. If you wouldn’t say it to someone in person, don’t say it online.

3. People can’t see your body language, facial expressions or hear the tone of your voice online so don’t over-use icons and punctuation to convey meaning.

4. Don’t make a situation worse by provoking people even more.

5. Don’t start rumours or spread gossip about someone online.

6. Don’t make fun of someone in an online chat.

7. Post things that will inspire and motivate people in a positive way

8. Make sure you don’t create a negative environment in an online world or game through name calling.

9. Include people in online games and social forums and don’t intentionally leave people out.

10. You can’t retrieve material once it’s sent or posted online so, if it embarrasses you or someone else, don’t put it online.

11. Respect other people privacy.

12. Respect other people’s time and bandwidth by avoiding posting too much information.

 

If a parent requires a paper copy of the information on the school's website, please contact us and this will be provided free of charge