FOMS is a school community group which meets twice per term and more frequently when required for specific project planning. Every parent and teacher is automatically a member and all are welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings – you can be as actively involved as you wish.
For further information on how to get involved, upcoming events and meeting dates, please visit the new School Community Website www.maungawhauschoolcommunity.co.nz
You can also keep up to date via our Facebook page
If you would like to view the MINUTES or AGENDA from one of our meetings, please click here.
- Nurture our school culture through inclusiveness
- Provide a vehicle for new parents to the school to become part of the school community
- Provide a forum for parents and caregivers to help understand our school and how we can help support
- Assist in fundraising and community/fun events
- Enhance school communication systems
- Encourage parent involvement
- Encourage relationship building between families and school
FOMS Contact Information
Chairperson: Lucy MacGinley: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Gillian Doyle: email@example.com
Each classroom requires a parent who volunteers to be a Class Liaison.
Karen Blanchard from the office will provide all Class Liaisons with a list of email contacts for their class, so that you can communicate with your class easily. Parents will be been given the opportunity to ‘opt out’ of this list so you may not have all parents on your list for this reason.
As a Class Liaison you are encouraged to arrange the parents of your class get together in Term 1, as the sooner you can get the class together, the easier it is to communicate with them throughout the year. This really helps when we need support and volunteers for the numerous events we run during the year. Parent and family gatherings also encourage our community spirit and sense of belonging.
Attending the FOMs meetings (held 1-2 times a term) is not a requirement but recommended. The meetings are a great way to get to know the school, other parents, to have a voice and to help out where we can.
Role and responsibilities
FOMS believe there is value in classroom parents being connected, supported and represented by one or two parent volunteers per class, schoolwide, in a Class Liaison role.
Below is an outline of how you can get involved as a Class Liaison:
Attend FOMS meetings and communicate Agenda items to/from class parents. These meetings are informative and interactive. All Maungawhau parents are welcome to come along. It is useful if the Class Liaison attends to facilitate feedback and sharing discussion ideas.
Circulate a class contacts list. Ensure class parents can contact each other (eg through an email list) to arrange playdates, etc
Organise a social function early in Term 1, and other gatherings as wished:
- Family picnic/BBQ/fish and chips after school at Centennial Park, Cornwall Park, Potters Park or on the school field
- Drinks/dinner for parents. Group friendly places include:
- Liquid Molten (upstairs room available for smaller groups);
- Coffee morning (for those at home with pre-schoolers) at a local cafe
- Local businesses that support us in Auction/Fair events, so it is nice to give back to them eg. Scarlet Slims & Lucky, Cazador, Tusk, Vinnies in Ponsonby, Bolaven, Orvieto (please make sure when you book to tell them you are from Maungawhau so they know we supporting them.)
- Mozaik cafe – Mt Eden (large upstairs area is free to hire);
- Always invite your teacher!
- Try and give plenty of notice for the event by either e-mailing parents on your list using your class list or ask your teacher to put a note in book bags
Encourage parents to support school fundraisers and attend FOMS social events e.g. Movie nights, get a table together for Quiz night or Auction night.
Encourage parent help for the class stall at the school Fair (Term 4). NB: The Class Liaison is not under any obligation to manage the class stall, this is a separate role.
Assist parents who are new to our school to feel welcome and be informed
Appropriately support parent-teacher communications, (eg: key date reminders, trips, swimming timetable and parent help requirements)
Co-ordinate end of year gift for Teacher. Check with your parents if they are interested in contributing to a group gift. Organise money collection and ask class for gift ideas (Vouchers/Prezzy Cards are often popular!)