Following the recent 2011 Annual General Meeting of the Parents Society, a new Chairperson has been elected to the parents committee that supports social functions at the School.

After a busy and successful year, former Chairperson, Sena Parry, mother to Kate in Year 12, has relinquished the reigns of the Parents Society Committee to Helen Ainge. The last 12 months have seen a variety of well-supported social events for parents and families, including a Quiz Night, a hugely successful Ladies Lunch, Macmillan Coffee Morning and Venetian themed Winter Ball. Whilst enjoying each others company, the events have collectively produced a surplus that has been re-invested in the School as well as supporting a variety of local and national charities. Besides supporting the development of the Schools Wildlife Garden, the Parents Society has been able to donate funds to the Schools Design and Technology Department . Sena commented, It has been a busy but fun year supporting the Schools parent body as Chairperson of the Parents Society. To be able to donate the funds for a 3D printer from the proceeds of the Committees successful events, has been the icing on the cake and I wish Helen Ainge and her team a rewarding year ahead too.    

Helen Ainge is the mother to Year 9 Music Scholar Will, who started at the School in Year 6 and Year 6 pupil, Lottie who started in Year 4. Both children went to Bangor on Dee Primary School and as talented tennis players, are also members of the Tennis Academy.  Helen explained, We chose Ellesmere College for our children as it offered much opportunity beyond the classroom, particularly in the field of music and sport. Both children enjoy their school life and participate in a wide range of the activities offered.

Helen became involved with the Parents Society as soon as Will started at the School, initially helping out at events and slowly became more involved with the Committee with the intention to get to know  other families. She explained, Like many new Mums at the School the Parents Society gave me the opportunity to meet other parents and families in social environments.

Helen is being supported by Vice-Chair, Samantha Freer-Carmichael, mum of Georgia in Year 8 and Dominic  in Year 7; Secretary, Emma Buglass, mother to Year 7 pupil, Bruce and Verity in Year 6 as well as Treasurer, Kirsty Hamilton, mother to Caitlin in Year 6. With the help of all the Parents Society Committee members, the Parents Society Executive officers are planning on a variety of events, with a  trio before the end of this term. Their first big event will be a Key Stage 2 pupils Christmas Party followed by a Christmas Creative Day and then a traditional Christmas Ball at the end of term. Helen explained, We are excited about all these events but are especially looking forward to the new Burns Night supper and Ceilidh that we are planning for 21st January 2012. The evening will include a supper, dancing and whisky tasting.

Helen, added, We are always looking for new ideas and encourage parents and grandparents who would like to become involved to come along to the meetings and support the Parents Society in any way they choose.

Photo: Top Row Helen Aigne, ECPS Chairperson, Georgina Freer-Carmicheal, Samantha Freer-Carmichael,
Middle Row: Lottie Ainge, Kirsty Hamilton. Dominic Freer-Carmichael
Front Row: Bruce Buglass, Emma Buglass, Verity Buglass, Caitlin Bradley

10th November 2011  Back to News