What is the BHSA?
The Ballakermeen High School Association is comprised of parents, staff and members of the local community. It should be thought of as a body independent of the school and it is in fact a registered charity. The Association serves two primary roles:
- It provides a forum in which parents can discuss the educational and non-educational provisions of the school with each other and members of staff with a view to resolving a problem or acting on a suggestion that it is hoped will improve a specific aspect of the school.
- It supports students and staff of the school through the funding of resources and services not normally included within the education budget.
What does the BHSA want to achieve?
Ultimately we want what is best for our children. The school is very experienced in providing educational and non-educational services for our children and welcomes parental support in ensuring that these provisions remain available and continue to improve. Our goal, put simply, is to work with the school to enhance provisions if and where possible and to strengthen the partnership between parents and staff by adding the voice of parents to those of students, teachers and support staff to create and sustain a centre of excellence.
How do I join?
To be a part of the Association all you need to do is come along to our meetings. It is entirely up to you whether you participate in discussions or simply sit back and listen to what others have to say. There will be opportunities to get involved in other events organised by the BHSA should you wish.
Tell me more about the 'forum' provided by the BHSA
BHSA members meet regularly throughout the year. In a relaxed and friendly atmosphere members are able to raise concerns about something happening in the school, ask questions or provide feedback. The Head Teacher and other members of staff are present and will either clarify the reasons behind a particular action at the school or seek suggestions as to how an aspect might be improved.
Tell me more about the funding given to the school
The school already offers students an impressive range of resources and services, but additional resources simply cannot be covered by the school’s budget. The school has enjoyed the support of the BHSA through its provision of a number of resources which have included DVDs and magazines for the library, picture frames for the corridors, plasma TV information displays and many other subject specific items of equipment.
The BHSA runs events throughout the year each of which serves a different purpose. The one event which remains fixed each year is the Christmas Fair which takes place at the start of December and is our main fundraiser. The Christmas Fair gives members of the Association, students and staff the chance to work together and it is only through the hard work of all three parties that the fair continues to be a success.
Other events run by the Association serve the purpose of providing an enjoyable social opportunity for members and guests. These events have included ‘cheese & wine’ and ‘strawberry & cream’ evenings. Another form of event organised by the BHSA have been sessions that aim to provide participants with news skills; this has included ICT support sessions (using computers!) and a ‘coping with teenagers’ workshop led by a behaviour specialist. The Association is always on the lookout for new and exciting events to organise for the benefit of its members or the school. Do you have an idea? We’d love to hear from you!
When does the BHSA meet?
All meetings begin at 6.30pm in the school Library. To find the Library simply arrive at the main reception area and follow the direction signs kindly put up by admin staff prior to our arrival.
The 300 Club raises money for the BHSA.
Spaces are available and cost only £2 a month – it’s a great way for busy parents to support the school.
Please complete and return the application form below if you would like to join.