Even in a school as small as ours, it is difficult ensuring that everyone is up-to-speed with everything that is going on. We have many ways that we communicate with parents and it is important that you are aware of the different ways of finding out information.
This is handed out as a booklet during the "meet the teacher" sessions in September. All the dates and times for the year are included and it is anticipated that parents will make a note of these dates on personal calendars, phones and in diaries, as they are given up to ten months in advance of some events. The calendar includes term dates, concert dates and important whole school events such as harvest festival, Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day and Speech Day.
Website - Calendar
The website has a calendar at the bottom of the home page which includes all dates and times that are on the annual calendar as well as those that arise throughout the year. In addition, other activities and events which are high priority are also publicised on the website home page.
Website - Head Teacher's video blog
Also on the homepage, you can find a link to the weekly Head Teacher's video blog which explains the activities and events planned for the forthcoming week and how parents will need to be prepared for those. You can play this as many times as you like!!!
The school has a Facebook page on which we share photos and reminders of forthcoming activities and events. This is well-worth "liking" and following.
In our endeavours to become more environmentally friendly, the school has become "paperless" and no longer sends out letters with the children. It is absolutely vital that you provide Mrs Mulreany with an up-to-date email address, an address that you access regularly. We send out emails about all the events that are coming up and if you are not on the mailing list, then you may miss out on essential information.
The school has an app which can be downloaded in your app store. Search "school jotter" and then choose Vange once you have downloaded the app onto your phone. Mrs Mulreany sends out regular "pingalings" as notifications are sent directly to your phone.
There is a noticeboard on the wall outside Class 4 purely for parents. This shows a calendar for the forthcoming week as well as "heads up" information about events and activities for the forthcoming month.
Weekly Head Teacher Briefing - Fridays at 3:05pm
The Head Teacher holds a meeting for parents every Friday afternoon at around 3:05 in the picnic area. She will go through the events and activities planned for the forthcoming week. It's also a good opportunity to ask questions if you have any concerns about anything or to clarify details of information from elsewhere.
The Head Teacher operates a group text service for extra important reminders, emergencies or when things have been organised at short notice. Again, it is important to ensure that you are included the group if you wish to receive information via this stream. The Head Teacher's telephone number can be obtained on request in person from the school office.
We would politely ask parents and families to ensure that they have checked all the available information streams before contacting the school or leaving messages on the Facebook page, unless it is an emergency.
It is important that parents and families take personal responsibility for keeping themselves informed of what is going on.