Being part of a big family and keeping ahead of your teenager – the benefits of being a Class Parent!

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Linda Bourget Steen – 14 years as a CPR!

We asked our longest-standing Class Parent (CPR) – Linda Bourget Steen – whose youngest daughter graduates this summer to share her experience of being a CPR throughout her 14 years at the school!

Plus, learn about the role of the CPR in Primary and Secondary now.

When my eldest daughter started Ecolint in year 1, the parents were introduced to the role of CPRs. As I did not know the international school system and was eager to learn more, I volunteered to be the CPR of class 1. Obviously I was also CPR for my second daughter and have been a CPR from year 1 to year 13.

Being a CPR has been indeed a great way to learn first hand what is happening and therefore participate actively. For my daughters it was also a way of caring for them and their education. Passing information to other parents was always a key element, but organising events and therefore getting to know other parents has been very enlightening: sharing successes and challenges our children had was helpful. Making good friends has been so valuable!

I enjoyed getting involved in helping the students read one to one, accompany the children on different excursions, guide a team for their PYP interviews. In year 4 I had to intervene between parents and an amazing teacher with a slightly different approach in his teaching. As both my daughters had had him in year 1, I knew how good his method was.

In secondary, the participation of the CPR is less active. It corresponds also to the independence our youngsters want and gradually need. But, since we get less feedback from our teenagers, the CPR meetings are even more important. Organising coffee mornings with the tutor or head of year is very helpful to stay informed and therefore stress less and have a better communication with our kids as “we know what happened”.

The school has grown a lot in those 14 years I have been a CPR. Head of years, CPR coordinators – thank you Mariana for the amazing work – were new and very important to the flow of information. I think that being a CPR is being a key link between the teachers, the students, the parents and the school. It is interesting, it is fun, and reinforces the community, so I would encourage anyone to try it out!

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The Role of a Secondary CPR

If you ever wished to take a small step at becoming more involved in school life whilst getting to know your class and tutor better then volunteering to be a CPR in the Secondary school is an ideal way to do so. As it is always more fun to do something in pairs we aim to have two CPRs per tutor class. At a minimum , CPRs welcome new families , organise one or two coffees with the tutor each year , encourage parents to come along to and volunteer at PTA events and CPRs attend 4-5 meetings of the PTA throughout the year. Of course some CPRs choose to do much more than this and provide regular communications to their class , organise social events for the parents and on occasion for the students.

From handling hot glue guns to handing out pins at the graduation ceremony – the Role of a Primary Class Parent.

Being a Class Parent (CPR) in the Primary School is a rewarding and fun way to learn more about what is going on in the class room and get to know your class parents. Organising a Class Coffee and meeting the teacher is the key part to the role as you are the link between the Class teacher and parents. As you go through Primary, the role changes  –  in the early years you and your class parents are encouraged to come into class and help with art projects ( and yes sometimes use the hot glue gun!) or listening to reading or accompanying class trips. As your child enters the later years in Primary, the CPR role is to encourage ( or remind!) parents to attend class and year events – such as the Year 3 Traditional  Stories, Year 4 Living Museum, Year 5 Brass and Wind Concert and Year 6 Exhibition. Last year 2 CPRs handed out the pins at the Year 6 graduation ceremony!

As well as this direct role with the Class, we encourage you to get involved in at least one PTA event and attend around 8 CPR Meetings throughout the year. The CPR meetings are open to all Primary parents as we hear from the school administration to learn more about the curriculum and school life, as well as discuss PTA events and activities.

Interested in being a CPR in Primary or Secondary or being more involved in the PTA please get in touch – ptachatpres@gmail.com or primarypta.lachat@gmail.com.

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Quand ma fille aînée a commencé sa première année à Ecolint, le rôle de Représentant Parent de Classe (RPC) nous a été présenté. Comme je ne connaissait pas le système d’enseignement international et que je voulais en savoir plus, j’ai accepté de remplir ce rôle. J’ai été RPC pour ma fille cadette aussi et je l’ai été de la classe 1 à la classe 13.

Être un représentant de classe à été un très bon moyen d’être au courant de ce qui se passe et ainsi de s’impliquer plus activement. Pour mes filles, c’était aussi une façon de montrer mon intérêt pour elles et leur éducation. Passer l’information aux autres parents à été primordial mais organiser des évènements m’a permis de partager les succès et défis de mes enfants mais aussi d’acquérir de précieux amis!

J’ai apprécié pouvoir participer à aider les jeunes élèves lire à un adulte, les accompagner lors d’excursions, guider un groupe lorsqu’ils ont fait des interviews pour leur exposition de PYP. En quatrième année, j’ai dû intervenir entre des parents et un professeur talentueux aux méthodes d’enseignement légèrement différentes. Mes deux filles avaient eu cet enseignant en première année et je connaissait les résultats de sa méthode.

Au secondaire, la participation du RPC est moins active. Cela correspond aussi à l’indépendance que nos jeunes veulent et dont ils ont progressivement besoin. Mais comme nos adolescents communiquent pas beaucoup, les réunions des RPC sont encore plus importantes. Organiser des “coffee morning” avec les tuteurs ou “Head of Year” aide beaucoup à rester informés, moins stresser, et même mieux communiquer avec nos ados puisque on sait ce qu’il s’est passé.

L’école a beaucoup grandit depuis les 14 ans que mes enfants y sont. Les “Head of Year” et les coordinateurs RPC ont été ajoutés au bénéfice du flux d’information. Je considère qu’être un représentant de classe est être un maillon clé entre les professeurs, les parents, les élèves et l’école. C’est intéressant, sympa, et renforce la communauté. Alors si vous êtes tentés, lancez-vous!

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