Parents are encouraged to take a full part in the life of the school. Many parents give freely of their time and efforts to assist in the school, and this is continually encouraged. Without a great deal of goodwill and parental help the school could not continue to run unless fees were significantly increased.
This parental involvement is regarded as a partnership between parents and teachers in the education of their children.
Examples of involvement are:
- Meeting with staff to monitor their child’s progress.
- Contributing their own skills, experience and resources wherever appropriate.
- Assisting cleaning, maintenance and decoration of the premises.
The parents’ association known as the ‘Friends of Hope House School’ (FHHS), exists to support the school and parents are encouraged to become involved in as many activities as they are able.
The aims of FHHS are:
- To support the aims of the school and to bring together parents, staff, family and friends by providing social events where all groups are able to relax together.
- To raise funds for equipment which the school could not otherwise afford.
- To encourage the bringing together of the talents of pupils, parents, staff and friends for our mutual encouragement.
Activities are organised frequently and are as varied as: Sports Day, Chocolate Parties, Bake ‘N’ Take, Sponsored Walks, and as many other activities as the imagination and ingenuity of the parents and children can handle.
In common with most schools, Hope House School requires its pupils to wear a uniform. The reasons for this are as follows:
- It is neat and smart
- It gives corporate identity to pupils
- It reduces competition
- It reduces clothing costs
- It helps improve the pupils’ self image