Cut through muddle of school parents

Going to a new school, or even just moving up a class can be a daunting experience for children — and it is just as unnerving for their parents, especially ones who may not be au fait with the French education system.

For those who have taken the plunge, getting involved with the school through its parent-teacher association is an ideal way to learn the educational ropes.

Vicky McCreery has two young children at primary school near Menton, in the Alpes-Maritimes, and after three years in the Association Parents d’Elèves is already the president.

She said: “That came about mid-year because the president was ill and so I agreed to take over.

"But I was happy to do so because it is good to organise fun things for the kids to do.”

The school she is involved with is a small one, with 97 children from maternelle to CM2. There are about nine parents who are active in the association.

“When my daughter was in school for the first year I wasn’t sure how the association functioned and didn’t join until the second year.

“But it seemed natural to do so as I already had friends who were members and I was interested to find out more about what was going on in the school.”

Mrs McCreery's role with the association involves meetings with the parents in which they organise annual events. She also decided to become a parent representative and takes part in the conseil ...

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