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IFS PARENT COMMITTEE & CLASS REPRESENTATIVES

At IFS, we believe we exist to equip our students with the skills and knowledge to excel in all their personal and academic endeavours in an ever-changing world. Parents play an ever-increasingly important role in the upbringing and education of children. As such, at IFS parent involvement in the educational journey of our students is seen as a critical component to creating a conducive and engaging learning environment.

At IFS, we have found that parent involvement in the school brings out the best in our students. They have better self-esteem, are more self-disciplined, show positive attitudes, and exhibit higher aspirations and motivation towards their academic goals.

Parents can involve themselves in IFS through active participation in the Parent Committee, (Commission Parents) and as Class Representatives, (Délégués de Classes). Holding these roles within the school closes a vital gap and creates an all-important dialogue between family and school.

Elected each year by the parent community, the Parent Committee is made up of 12 members representing the school from Maternelle (Kindergarten) to Lycee (High School).

The Parent Committee is an essential platform for parent representatives to bring new perspectives to the school and help form positive links between the classroom teacher and other parents.

    Core responsibilities include:

  • Representing the parent community enrolled in IFS
  • Collecting information and acting as a relay between school leadership and parents
  • Coordinating the actions of parent class representatives
  • Managing regular or ad hoc projects, (book fair, school celebration day – “fête de l’école”, etc…)
  • Take part in discussions on pedagogical decisions of the school
  • Participate in the monthly meeting with the pedagogical leadership
  • Financially support families in need, recipients of scholarships with the proceeds from the fête de l’école

Becoming a class representative is an excellent way for new families to Singapore and the school to quickly integrated themselves into the IFS community.

A critical link between the parent community and the school, we encourage parents to become active participants in not only their children’s education but also in the broader operations of this school. And we are always looking for new perspectives and ideas to make IFS the best learning experience possible for our students.

    Core responsibilities include:

  • Organise start of school meetings for the class representatives
  • Participation on the Primary School Committees and secondary quarterly class councils
  • Provide support for parents in case of problems in their classes
  • Participation on the Educational Committee
  • Help and advise IFS families on class and school issues

Roles and missions

For primary (kindergarten / elementary):

  • Parents’ Representatives are the privileged interlocutor:
    • Of the parents of the class they represent with the teachers as and when necessary
    • Of the class’ teachers.
  • They organise the class lists (mail and / or WhatsApp)
  • They inform parents about all the resources available to them to follow school life.
  • They prepare the School Council by meeting every quarter with the other classes’ representatives and elected parents to the Parents Committee.
  • They participate, if they wish, in the various projects of the Parents Committee.

For secondary (college / high school):

  • They are the privileged interlocutor:
    • Of the parents of the class they represent during the 3 class councils (1 per term),
    • Of the class’ head teacher (PP).
  • They prepare the Second Degree Council by meeting every quarter with the other parents’ reps and parents elected to the Parents Committee (meetings open to elected representatives and substitutes).
  • They participate, if they wish, in the various projects of the Parents Committee.

 

Being a Parents’ Representative is a good way to integrate quickly and effectively into the life of the IFS. If you are new, do not hesitate to introduce yourself as you will bring a fresh perspective and can share your experience from other schools with us.

Please note that it is not needed nor requested to speak French. On the contrary, we welcome parents who are non-French speakers to join our representative community! By joining us, you are sharing your valuable perspectives with us and we count ourselves lucky to have you on board!