HOW THE SCHOOL IS GOVERNED
This School falls under the jurisdiction of the Western Cape Education Department. As in all similar state schools, the responsibility for running the School falls upon the Principal and staff, but to fund, guide and help them, a Board of Governors of thirteen members is elected every third year. Seven of the Board must have children at the School and be elected by the parents. Five other members are elected by staff and pupils. The principal is an ex officio member.
The chief duties of the Board of Governors are to:
- determine the language and admission policies;
- be the official mouthpiece of the parents;
- exercise general supervision over the grounds, buildings, furniture and equipment of the School;
- appoint (or recommend to the WCED the appointment of) educational, administrative and other staff;
- determine the school uniform and dress regulations;
- make recommendations regarding school hours and extra-mural activities;
- prepare and have an annual budget for the School approved and to levy, enforce and administer the school fees;
- adopt a code of conduct (in which the School rules are included) for pupils.
The Board of Governors is responsible to both the parents and the Western Cape Education Department, and all official business with the Department must be transacted through the Board.
Once elected in terms of the SA Schools Act, the Board of Governors has full power to act within the scope of its duties.
SUB-COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD
The Board uses a system of sub-committees to cover the diverse activities of the School. Reports and recommendations reach the Board via the sub-committees such as: Finance; Buildings and Grounds; Uniform and Discipline. Some of these sub-committees may include parents and members of the community who have been co-opted by the Board.
BOARD OF GOVERNORS’ VISION (January 2006)
Our vision of our School is of a community school which
- provides a safe, stable and affordable facility, staffed and equipped to offer an education programme which is caring, tolerant, progressive, stimulating and relevant;
- prepares pupils for their next phase of life;
- produces balanced young people who are confident, productive, responsible, self-disciplined and caring, environmentally conscious and happy;
- is understood and respected;
- is efficiently managed on sound economic principles.
At Fish Hoek High School the statutory representative body of the pupils is known as the Forum. The Forum, consisting of representatives of each grade, assists with the management of the School and works to build the culture of learning. Technically, the SRC has been a sub-committee of the Forum.
The High School has a Student Representative Council (SRC) which is elected each year from the Grade 11s by the pupils and staff. The SRC replaced the traditional prefect body, just as the Head and Deputy Head Students replaced the Head Boys and Head Girls. The Head Students are appointed without gender bias.
The SRC serves the pupil body in many ways, acting as a conduit for communication between the pupils and staff and assists in the management of the School. While the SRC has a major responsibility in upholding the Code of Conduct, it is primarily a service body for the pupils and community.
There is a commitment to provide as many leadership and development opportunities as possible across all grades. In addition to the SRC and Forum, Grade Leadership Teams are also elected by both pupils and Staff. They are designed to lead through service, to uphold the Code of Conduct and to give pupils opportunities for personal growth. As with the SRC and Forum, they provide valuable and effective lessons in participatory democracy.
The SRC will lead the pupils’ activities in six wings of the School, namely Academic, Culture, Sport, Service, Pupils and Spirit.
The Parents Association at FHHS is unlike any other school Parent Association because every parent is part of the Parents Association!
The AIM is:
- Supporting the events organised by the Board of Governors and SRC
- Having a forum where one’s voice can be heard.
- Assisting wherever asked or needed.
- Making parents feel part of the school and comfortable enough to use their open-door policy.
- Informing the parents of happenings (if we have your UPDATED e-mails).
It is important to be part of your teenagers schooling. The Parents Association is the platform which allows this to happen.
The PA meets when needed.
- All communication is via e-mail.
- An e-mail request is made and you respond accordingly. For example whenever we have an activity, I put a call out for donations of prizes or help. Prizes can be anything from a chocolate bar to “white elephant gifts” sitting in your cupboards collecting dust.
- If no-one responds, expect the phone to ring!
- If you’d like to be more involved, please contact Mrs Bell, the PRO, at school.