Thank you to all the parents and staff who came along to Tuesday’s Parent Council meeting – it was a very productive and participative meeting. The Playground Group reported back on how the feedback from parents has informed the development of the playground plans. Click here to see the full report from the Playground Group. Parents and staff were asked to indicate how well each of the areas of concern had been attended to – this was done using stickers on ‘feedback lines’ which provided a clear visual picture of views. This enabled a discussion on ‘ways forward’ and there was an agreement by the Parent Council to support playground improvements based on the Playground Group’s responses to the areas of concern. There was an acknowledgment that this has been a challenging process with tight timescales and a broad range of views. The incredible fundraising efforts of the wider parent community were recognised – around £35,000 so far in this school year. The school is still waiting to hear about the SportScotland funding application.
A discussion took place about the need to highlight this year’s non-playground spends – the Parent Council and Friends of Sciennes School Trust has funded Benmore and Lagganlia subsidies, club subsidies, swimming, cycling, the pupil water cooler, eco activities and a music event. Further effort will be made to share this information with the wider parent community.
The next Parent Council Meeting is taking place on Thursday 23rd April, 7-9pm – all parents are very welcome.
An extra Parent Council Meeting has been organised to focus on playground improvements – see the agenda below. All parents welcome.
Agenda for Parent Council Meeting on Tuesday 31st March
7 7.15pm: Part 1: General (Chaired by Kristel)
Welcome and apologies
Minutes from last meeting (matters arising to be carried to April meeting)
Finance update (general and playground)
Any pressing subgroup or `open space’ matters
Planning for April meeting capturing key items for discussion
7.15– 9pm: Part 2: Playground Improvements (Chaired by Claire)
Aims of session:
To allow time acknowledge the feelings / challenge of this process
To `look in’ on where were are with this process and comment
To hear back from Playground Group on key issues raised by parents via playground consultation.
To enable Parent Council members to indicate whether they feel key areas of concern raised by the parent community have been attended to
To provide an opportunity for a brief Q and A
To identify clear ways forward which are acceptable for school and Parent Council
A message from Sciennes Primary School Senior Staff Team:
Parents/Carers are invited to look at the advancements that have been made with playground development and to speak with staff.
You will be able to see:
• Recent Loose Parts experiences
• Playground redesign with more detail and explanations
• Letters from external play experts and parties
• The design marked out in the playground
You will be able to talk with members of staff and the Playground Improvement Group about any aspect of the design. We really want to hear from you directly.
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.
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:
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/
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.
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.
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!!!