February Parent Council Newsletter

Parent Council Newsletters should have been given out to all pupils (other than the p6 Benmore pupils) prior to the Feb break. If your copy hasn’t made its way home yet, click here for an online copy.

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School Holiday Dates – Parent Views Sought

The City of Edinburgh Council are consulting on school holiday dates. Here’s the link to the survey so as you can have your say:


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Latest Update from the Scottish Parent Teacher Council

There’s a lot happening in the world of Scottish education at the moment –
and parent input is needed.
• The Education and Culture Committee at Scottish Parliament wants to find out more about how schools and parents can work together to support children’s progress at school. The survey will take no more than two minutes to complete and closes on 7 March: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ParentsSurvey
• The Education and Culture Committee is also involved in work around the attainment gap in education. The Committee will hold any evidence sessions on the following topics: implications for schools and teachers, the role of the third and private sector and finally how parents (including guardians) and schools can best work together to raise all pupils’ attainment, particularly those whose attainment is lowest. The closing date for parents to submit evidence is 20 March – you can find out how to give evidence on the Scottish Parliament website
• The General Teaching Council for Scotland has opened a consultation on the possibility of increasing the numbers of secondary teachers who are fully registered in two subjects. This could be an advantage to both teachers and pupils – find out more on the GTCS website: http://www.gtcs.org.uk/consultations
Keep an eye on the website http://www.sptc.info and Twitter account @parents_sptc where we post regularly about how parents can get involved and affect change. You can also read the sptc responses to consultations and evidence on the sptc website: http://www.sptc.info/policy-reports/
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The Grange Association and Sciennes Playground Development

Tonight Jack Cadell of the Sciennes Playground Improvement Group is presenting the school’s proposed playground improvement scheme to the Grange Association at Marchmont St Giles on Wednesday 14 January, 7 for 7.30pm.

The Grange Association has already donated £1000 to the playground improvement fund and there is the possibility of a further donation.  Come along and show your support.

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Sciennes Parent Council – Thurs 15th Jan, 7-9pm

The next Parent Council Meeting is taking place on Thurs 15th Jan, 7pm – 9pm in Room 16.  Please see previous minutes and agenda on PC website.

All parents and carers are very welcome to attend.

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School Streets – public consultation

The School Streets public consultation is taking place in the school library on the 15th Jan (same day as Parent Council  meeting) between 3.30pm – 7pm. It is incredibly important that as many parents as possible feed into this as Sciennes is one of only a handful of schools to be chosen to be part of this pilot scheme which will mean that as of September this year, Sciennes Road will be closed to traffic at school arrival and departure times. Please make time if you can to feed into the consultation and encourage other parents to do so also.
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Amazing Effort by Sciennes Triathlete Parents


High winds and lashing rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the Sciennes parents taking part in the Edinburgh New Year’s Day Triathlon to raise funds for the playground. So far this team have raised over £10,000 (inc gift aid). Well done – a phenomenal effort!!!

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Playground Plans – Parent Consultation Underway (deadline: 18th Dec)

Sciennes Primary School is consulting with parents to gather feedback about the first draft of playground plans. Please look at the plans online and complete the parent survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Z2LWC6X. All responses for this phase of consultation need to be in by Thurs 18th December. Alongside this the school is carrying out consultation with pupils and staff. The Playground Improvement Group will then review feedback and pass on recommendations to the Playground Architect.

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Christmas Fair Total


The Sciennes Christmas Fair made an incredible £10,3000 – thank you everyone for working so hard to make this event such a success. We’ve received a lot of positive feedback about having the fair over the lunch time period (great food!) and making it longer (it was 3 hours this year rather than 2).  If you have any feedback please email sciennesfundraising@gmail.com

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Sciennes Triathlon Team – Planet X Sponsorship Event

The Sciennes Parents Triathlon Team (“SPTT”) are delighted to announce sponsorship from our local bike shop, Planet X at 57—59 South Clerk Street.

Commencing on 4th December until 1st January all Sciennes families will benefit from a 10% discount in the store. Of the profits generated from this initiative 25% will be returned to the School as a donation to the Playground fund.

To mark the launch of this sponsorship all Sciennes families are invited to visit the shop on Thursday 4th December from 5pm to 7pm. Offering a great selection of bikes, clothing, accessories and nutrition the shop has something for all and every purchase will see more funds raised for our Playground.

The SPTT now number 13 parents all signed up to complete the Edinburgh New Years Day Triathlon as a fundraiser for the School.

Click here to support this fantastic fundraising effort.

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