Welcome to the Parent Council Page

Welcome! Hopefully our new page will help provide you with some background on the Parent Council, who we are and what we do.  If you can’t find what you are looking for, then please let us know at viewforthparentcouncil@gmail.com

The aims of the Parent Council are detailed below, however, in summary we represent any parent or carer who has children who attend Viewforth High School. 

Collectively all parents and carers are known as the Parent Forum and the Parent Council represent you by discussing, supporting and raising your comments or questions to the school during the Parent Council meetings.

If you have a specific issue which is personal to yourself or your child, you are best to contact your child’s Guidance teacher in the first instance:

  • Mrs Robertson – Craigendal House
  • Mrs Edwards – Fidra House
  • Mrs Hughes – MacGregor House

If you have comments or questions that have an impact on the wider school community, then please get in touch.

What is the Parent Council?

The Parent Council consists of parents whose children are in S1 through to S6.  The Parent Council plays an active role in supporting the work and the life of the school.  It also provides opportunities for parents to express their views on children’s education and learning.

What does the Parent Council Do?

The Parent Council meet once or twice each term.  In the current situation, meetings have been taking place over Zoom.  Meetings are on Mondays at 6.30pm and finish no later than 7.45pm.

The primary focus of the Parent Council is representing parents’ views and working to help support the school and our growing school community.  In 2021 we will be paying particular focus on fundraising to facilitate extra-curricular activities and equipment for pupils.   

What are the aims of the Parent Council?

The aims of the Viewforth High School Parent Council are:

  1. A) to raise and discuss matters of mutual interest relating to the education and welfare of pupils.
  2. B) to promote the role of the Parent Council to the Parent Forum in order to encourage optimum parent participation.
  3. C) to promote close co-operation and communication between parents and teachers.
  4. D) to promote equality and fairness
  5. E) to engage in activities which support and advance the education of pupils attending the school.

Full details can be found in the Constitution.

https://viewforthhighschool.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Viewforth-HS-PC-Constitution-v2.0.pdf

When are the next meetings?

All meetings will start at 6.30pm on the following dates. 

  • 6th September 2021 (AGM) (2 hours)
  • 27th September 2021
  • 8th November 2021
  • 6th December 2021
  • 24th January 2022
  • 7th March 2022
  • 25th April 2022
  • 13th June 2022

If you would like to attend a meeting then please email viewforthparentcouncil@gmail.com and you will be provided with the Zoom connection details. 

If you are unable to attend but would still like to raise a question or comment then this can be completed on your behalf by emailing viewforthparentcouncil@gmail.com

Who are the members of the Parent Council?

Our Parent Council currently consists of the chair (Alex Tomlinson) and 9 members who have pupils in various year groups:

S6 Parents

Oonagh Williamson

I have been a member of the Parent Council since 2010. My son Rory is currently in S6.  My two daughters Francesca and Rosa left school in recent years. I have a strong connection with Viewforth as I also attended the school as did my Gran back in the 1930’s. I am a Clinical Psychologist and in my spare time enjoy family get togethers and taking walks by the sea or in the local parks.

Gordon Mullay

I have been a member of the school’s Parent Council since our son entered S1 in 2016 and who is currently in S6. I have considerable experience of the education system in Fife having worked as a Guidance Teacher and Principal Teacher of Modern Languages in two Fife schools. In 2012, I left the teaching profession to concentrate on our family’s business in Edinburgh. However, I still support young people in Fife as a manager for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. My main interests are hill walking and music.

S5 Parents

Charlotte Overstone

My name is Charlotte and I get called Charlie.   I live In Dysart with my daughter Hannah who is 19 and studying forensics.  My son Jack is in 5th year and is hoping to be a school teacher. I am a staff nurse working in community palliative care and based at Queen Margaret hospital. I have a strong connection with Viewforth as I also attended the school as did my dad.

Graeme McDowall

I joined the parent council this year (2021). I have two children at Viewforth, one in S3 and one in S5. I am a Lecturer at The SRUC in Cupar and an Associate Lecturer with the Open University, I teach in the fields of Sport, Fitness and Coaching

S4 Parents

Alex Tomlinson (Chair)

I am currently the Chair of the Parent Council responsible for organising, chairing and recording the minutes of the meetings.  I joined the Parent Council in 2018 when my eldest child started at Viewforth. I have two children – Elliot who is in S4 and Toby who is in P7. When not working in front of a computer in the Technology sector, I enjoy going for long family walks with our dog and have a keen interest in lighthouses.

David Hay

I joined the Parent Council when my son started in S1 in 2018. I’ve lived in Kirkcaldy since 1970. When not at work at Coral I am a regular swimmer and a keen Raith Rovers supporter.

 

Jennifer Fenelon

I joined the Parent Council in 2020. My daughters are now at Viewforth – one in S2 and one in S4.  I am really interested in what goes on at their school and am eager to help and support both them and the school, to make their time there an enjoyable one.

Diane Wright

I am Diane Wright.  I joined the Parent Council to keep in touch with the school day to day business and have a say in relevant matters. My daughter is in S4. As I am not able to work with my health issues I have shared a photo of my therapist as my image – my fun loving, patient and caring miniature poodle Lola.  She keeps me connected to the world and nature. In turn sane enough to join the Parent Council and have a say for our daughter.

S3 Parents

Graeme McDowall – See S5 above

 

S2 Parents

Jennifer Fenelon – See S4 above

Susan Reid

My name is Susan Reid and I have recently joined the Parent Council.  I have 2 children, Sarah in S2 and James in P6.  I work full time as a manager within Health and Social Care.  I enjoy a very active sports life and get away camping as much as the Scottish weather allows.  I hope my involvement will provide the opportunity to share ideas and views that will positively promote VHS and engender a sense of pride in our school across the wider community.

Lise Otoadese

I am new to the school as my oldest daughter started S1 last session. Originally from Denmark, I see things from outside and understand how difficult it can be to understand a school system in a new country.  My husband and I are self employed; we run an online jewellery business. Apart from that, I sing and play the piano. I hope my involvement in the parent council can help both ourselves and other immigrant families. I love connecting people and making communication as good as it can be between parents and school. Apart from this, I am keen on supporting the school and parents in regards to special needs and mental health. The grumpy cat on the photo is our wee Jazzmine in her Christmas outfit.

S1 Parents – How do I join the Parent Council?

We are always looking to welcome new members to join the Parent Council.  If you are interested in joining or would like to come along to a meeting to see what we do first before making the decision to join, then please contact us at: viewforthparentcouncil@gmail.com.

We are hoping to fundraise in 2021 so we are keen to hear from anyone who would like to take up the position of Treasurer.  We are also looking to recruit a number of fundraisers who can help us in our quest to raise funds for the school.  You can do this by either becoming a member of the Parent Council or if you simply want to assist in fundraising we can add your contact details to our fundraising group so that we can contact you for fundraising ideas and help.

Minutes of Previous Meetings

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