News from the Board

Dear Parents, 

We hope that your children are now well settled in to their classes for this year, whether in Primary, Collège or Lycée.

The last school year saw a number of staffing changes for the Anglophone Section and we are pleased to confirm that, in 2018/19, Julie Mortimer will be continuing in her role as Acting Head of Section and Eve Bellanca will be taking up the position of Primary Coordinator, as well as teaching classes in CP and CM1. As I’m sure those of you who know him will be pleased to learn, Rob Miller is continuing to make progress in returning to good health.

The APESA Board worked closely with teaching and administrative staff to ensure the smooth-running of the Section in 2017/18 and we will of course continue to do so this year. Last year, as well as providing support when changes in staffing were necessary, we also worked on an updated salary grid, which was negotiated with staff and signed for a three year period, and contributed to interviewing potential new members of the team. Among them, we recruited Ceilidh Higgs, who is teaching in Primary, with classes in CE1, CE2 and CM1 and also providing CP support where necessary.

As you know, the APESA is financed entirely by the Section’s parents and the Board takes its role in ensuring good management of its budget very seriously. With that in mind, we undertook an in-depth budget analysis for the year and introduced several initiatives to continue to make our body as professional as possible. These include a Board Procedures document, a Register of Interest, a Concerns and Complaints Procedure and a new Communication strategy. We also published a new Welcome Booklet (available on the APESA website ) and launched an Events committee, who are already doing a fantastic job, for example having organised the APESA’s participation at last year’s Intersec events –  the kermesse and the admission tests and rentrée welcome for new students this year. The Board’s work will of course continue in the coming school year, with plans already underway to build new bridges with alumni, revamp our website and look into channels for encouraging donations.

Of course, the Board cannot function in the best interests of our Section’s children without the help and involvement of all parents. That’s why we ask you to attend this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on October 15th, where you will have the opportunity to learn more about how the Section works, approve our budget and vote for new and/or returning members.  The invitation to the AGM will follow shortly.  We would also like to encourage those of you who have the interest and energy to contribute around 10-12 hours a month to Board projects to put your name forward as candidates. This year, we are particularly looking for people with skills and experience in events and fundraising. And if you don’t feel that you can make that kind of commitment – and we fully understand that many people can’t – don’t forget that you can support the Section in lots of other ways: the Primary and College libraries, Welcome Committee events or Halloween parties to name but a few.

If you would like to discuss standing for election or helping out in other ways, the Board members would be happy to have a chat before or after the AGM.

In the meantime, on behalf of the Board, I wish you and your children an excellent year in 2018/19!

Lara Bonucci

APESA President