In 2010 the UK Government started looking for volunteers from the business community, due to a national shortage of School Governors. School Governors are members of a school’s Governing Body they have responsibility for raising school standards through three key areas: setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and acting as a critical friend.
Debbie Hage, EMEA Marketing Manager, stepped up to help and joined the Governors of Birch Hill Primary School located in Bracknell, England. The primary school tends to the education of 420 children aged between 3-11 years (2010). At the beginning of the school new term each Governor decides which sub-committee group(s) they wish to be in for the year as well as attending the full Governor Sessions. From 2010 to 2013 Debbie was part of the Finance Committee and also the Personnel Committee, bringing best practices from business into the meeting discussions.
For 2013-2014 Debbie joined the ‘Parental & Welfare Committee’, in this role Debbie was able to apply her knowledge of business marketing into the development of the Parental & Welfare Newsletter. In addition to the committees, Governors also donate time to be at the School to meet the children, observe classes, and listen to children’s ideas at the School Council Group. The students recently help to develop a new school motto ‘Learn, Believe, Achieve’.
Governors also attend many of the school plays during the year. This year Debbie attended The Shakespeare in Schools Festival. The performances ran for two nights at South Hill Park in Bracknell. Birch Hill was the only primary school taking part. The festival is a charity which gives schools the opportunity to work with professional theatre staff to put on plays in real theatres. Birch Hill students prepared two Shakespeare Plays ‘Julius Caesar’ and the ‘Tempest’ alongside two secondary schools (only asked to do the one play each).
Afterwards during an interview with participating students; Piper, Olivier and Owen, it was revealed that they only had 2 weeks to learn their lines and get into character once selected for roles with the play(s). All year 6 students participated finding it exciting to be on a real professional stage with sophisticated lighting and sound. They performed to a packed audience – of which the Year 6 did a super job – and the parents were immensely proud of the children, and grateful to the teaching staff for a superb night of entertainment.
If you have spare a couple of hours a month then why not sign up to becoming a School Governor! Go to your local authority website and look up School Governor for details.
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