The responsibility for administering school funds and supervising the use of school buildings and grounds is vested in the School Council which is composed of parents and teachers. The School Council is also concerned with the general activities of the school, the pupil’s welfare and their education.
The Council acts as a link between parents, the school and the Directorate of School Education and consists of nine (9) elected parents and two (2) teachers. The School Council also has the option to co-opt two (2) community representatives.
In addition to the responsibilities mentioned above, it also has the power to enter into contracts for school maintenance and improvements. Elections for School Council are held in March. The Council meets once each month and meetings are open for anyone to attend. Parents are urged to contact Council members for information and assistance regarding school matters.
The Parents’ Club conduct monthly meetings and membership is open to all parents and members of the community. The role of the Parents’ Club is to:
- provide for teachers and pupils aids and amenities additional to any provided by the Department of Education.
- co-operate with and assist the School Council,
- assist in the coordination of the activities of and to cooperate with all or any bodies or associations organised to promote the welfare of the school,
- stimulate interest in the school.
Parent Involvement and Fundraising
Parents are involved at a variety of levels at TAPS. Opportunities exist to work directly with the children supporting programs such as reading and computer work, working as a member of Parents and Friends or as a member of School Council. Inservice programs are also run to keep parents informed on current educational practices.
Each year the Department of Education survey all parents and collate data on how they see the school. Parents continually express a high level of satisfaction with all aspects of school operations.
Parents’ Club and School Council undertake fundraising activities to supplement school grants received from the Directorate of Education. The Parents Club have successfully raised a considerable amount of money each year and this is used to directly support the children through subsidising school camps, providing days out for the children and other activities.