AGSEV Language Section/SWALS Representatives
To become the Section and/or SWALS Representative from the Parents Association of the European School of Varese (AGSEV) you need to fill in an application form. Elections are held in November, and all members of AGSEV can vote. Once elected you become part of the AGSEV Board and will be invited to comment and deliberate on all the work of the Board.
Minimum requirements for Board member candidates:
- You must be an AGSEV member (application form here)!
- Have at least one child enrolled in the section you represent and/or have at least one SWALS child attending school.
- A working knowledge of Italian and/or English is preferred as it is necessary for effective communication in school and parents association meetings.
The AGSEV Board is composed of a total of 20 Councillors:
- 2 representing the English Section
- 2 representing the French Section
- 2 representing the German Section
- 2 representing the Italian Section
- 2 representing the Dutch Section
- 5 representing SWALS
- 5 free Councillors that can come from any Section.
Basic duties of an AGSEV Section/SWALS Representative
1. Communication with new families
Welcoming new families helps them feel at ease with their transition and eager to contribute to the school community.
The school will put new families in your section and cycle in contact with you, particularly in the early September period before Class Representatives are elected.
Do your best to welcome them and point them to the right resources to help them feel part of the school community.
2. Communication with Class Representatives
Regular communication paired with occasional face-to-face meetings help you build and maintain the sense of community in your section.
- Gather and maintain an updated list of email and/or WhatsApp contacts of all Class Representatives in your section and cycle (Nursery/Primary/Secondary ).
- Encourage these Class Representatives to join AGSEV (the rules say they need to be members).
- Maintain regular written communication with Class Representatives via WhatsApp or email to share updates, important information that comes out of meetings with the school (see below), events, initiatives and issues.
3. Represent your section in administrative meetings
Our meetings are how we advocate for parent concerns and needs in front of the decision makers at school. We also help the school share and disseminate information.
- This year there are monthly opportunities to meet the School Director and Deputy Directors for Nursery/Primary and Secondary.
- There are also several formal meetings attended by AGSEV representatives. Among others, Education Council meetings for both Materna/Primary and Secondary (meetings of AGSEV Section/SWALS representatives, teacher’s representatives and school administration), School Advisory Board (SAB) meetings (meetings of the President and internal Vice-President of AGSEV, teacher’s representatives, auxiliary staff representatives, school administration, representatives of Commission DG HR and representatives of the Office of the Secretary General) and School Advisory Council (SAC) meetings.
- Represent your section by asking Class Representatives to send you any concerns from their class – and add these to AGSEV agenda.
- One Section Representative will take notes in the meetings and share with the rest.
- Send these notes to your Class Representatives and ask them to share with their parents.
In addition to the tasks above, please also consider:
Promoting AGSEV to parents in your section
The parents association is here to represent all parents, so we need all parents to join! We put the subscription money back into the school.
Join or volunteer to manage a Working Group
We manage the work of the Board by organising ourselves into working groups to resolve problems or take forward ideas. Please do get involved and encourage all parents to do likewise.