Dunoon Primary School Parent Council Meeting
Tuesday 25th August 2015, 7pm, Dunoon Primary School Gym Hall
Present: Ailsa Crofts, Katie Martin, Keith Murphy, Susan Hamilton, Julie Henderson, Melanie Drummond, Olga and Frank Joubert, Maggie McLay, Janis Lacis, Senga Wakefield, Elaine Stewart, Morag MacDonald, Lindsey McPhail, Maris Ikers, Claire Walker, Gillian Judd
Apologies: Andrea Moir, Karen MacGilp
Introductions: Elaine carried out introductions and welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Staffing: Elaine explained there were two staff members currently off sick. Primary two is currently being covered by Helen Addis and Elaine Connor in Susan McEwans absence. This post is currently being advertised as Susan is not expected to return before the New Year.
The nursery also has two members of staff in to cover both sickness and maternity cover.
Curriculum: The school roll has increased to 215 pupils this year.
Elaine highlighted the success of the Kodu Team and the recognition this has brought the school. It is hoped that funds can be used to purchase the IT to develop a peer learning program.
This term will be focussed on literacy and numeracy with the topic ‘Our School/Our Community’. This will involve pupils learning about the history of the school as well as looking to the future and the refurbishment. It is hoped to develop links with local businesses. Senga explained that the older pupils had been going into local care homes which proved beneficial to all involved.
Elaine advised the school wishes to build on relationships with parents. This links with the improvement plan and increased parental involvement. It is the intention to invite parents to class to provide input.
Senga advised that she will be teaching French this year. It is hoped that the outdoor learning which was so successful last year will be continued.
Moira explained her role as Principal Teacher of Early Years. This includes the nursery staff and she is actively supporting them with Care Inspectorate returns. This has proved particularly challenging due to staff changes and increase in numbers.
A discussion took place around developing a Facebook page for the school. It was recognised that this would be an effective way of keeping parents informed given the increase in social media. Moira and Julie to liaise to progress this.
Elaine advised that the Benmore trip for P7’s this year will cost approx £100 per pupil. It is hoped to hold a meeting with parents in the near future to discuss fundraising.
The constitution was discussed and the fact that this would need to be updated. Maggie confirmed that this would need to be approved at the AGM. It was agreed that Julie would look over this to identify changes needed. A notification of the AGM will need to be placed in local paper. A letter will then be issued to parents advising of AGM and the fact the constitution will be changed. Both documents to be made available on the website for parents to view. Julie to place notification with paper.
It was clarified that the PTA should be a subcommittee of the Parent Council and as such, and for convenience, it was agreed that meetings for both should take place on the same evening one following the other. Maggie advised that as a subcommittee, the PTA should be covered by the insurance from Argyll and Bute Council.
AGM to take place on Wednesday 23rd September 7pm.
It was confirmed that PTA accounts will need to be audited before the AGM
Maggie advised that Parent Council should receive monies from the Local Authority for sundries/postage etc. It is thought that this money has always gone to the PTA. Maggie confirmed that this should not be the case and agreed to check the account which this fund is being paid to.
Elaine advised an amendment to the letters issued to parents. These should have read automatic entitlement to the ‘parent body’ and not ‘parent council’
Date of Next Meeting: AGM 23rd September 7pm.
The above document is the proposed Constitution for the Parent Council 2015. We would welcome any comments or suggestions you may have. Please come along to the AGM on Wednesday 23rd September at 7 p.m.
The above document is the previous Constitution for the Parent Council.