The Southbank community is a multifaceted group of individuals working together for the good of the school in accordance with IB principles. Our community is vibrant and strong, comprising students, staff and parents.
The PTA at each campus plays an active role in developing a relationship with the school and its teachers. Its generosity in fundraising is a special feature of Southbank. The PTA at each campus supports the education of our students, actively coordinates gratitude towards staff, and works to strengthen our multinational community.
The PTA is organised through a Board. The Board meets regularly and coordinates all PTA relevant work such as the liaison between staff, parents and class representatives. The PTA President chairs the PTA meetings and co-ordinates with various committees. The PTA President at each campus also meets the campus Principal each month with the elected member of the School Board to discuss campus specific issues.
Parents who want to be involved in school life can also volunteer by being class representatives for their child’s class. Acting as a class representative is another great way to meet and bring together the parents in your child’s class and be involved in the life of the school. The parent representatives attend the PTA meetings, held approximately once a month and could become involved in many different ways. These could include attending classroom activities, social events, hospitality, being part of the Welcome Committee, organising International Evening and staff appreciation events, volunteering in the library, and helping new families transition. Volunteers who are regular visitors to the school will need to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check to safeguard our students’ welfare. The PTA is an important source of goodwill and parent support, and you are encouraged to become involved with this group. Our PTA also initiates action to help others, by assisting in the community, setting up charity fund raising events and so on.
The PTA runs a series of major social events for the school community including the Fall Social, International Night and supporting Sports Day. They run a twice yearly Staff Appreciation Breakfast and a series of coffee mornings, workshops and fun social events for parents. They also work hard to support community action initiatives to raise funds or coordinate collections for charitable causes.