COVE AND ALTENS COMMUNITY COUNCIL

 

 

Chair: Ms Michele McPartlin

14 Langdykes Way

Cove Bay

Aberdeen

AB12 3HG

01224 890329

info@cove-bay.com

Secretary: Ms Marlene Westland

29 Sealcraig Gardens

Altens

Aberdeen

AB12 3SH

01224 896769

secretary@cove-bay.com

Website www.cove-bay.com

Annual General Meeting

Monday, 4th February 2019

Loirston School 7:00 pm

AGENDA

 Sederunt and Apologies

 Minutes of Previous Meeting ( Monday 5th February 2018 )

 Matters Arising

 Chairman’s Report

 Treasurer’s Report

 Open Forum

 Date of Next Ordinary Meeting – Monday 25th February 2019 at 7.00pm

ANY QUESTIONS, PROBLEMS OR SUGGESTIONS

CAN BE RAISED IN THE OPEN FORUM

Nibbles and Refreshments will be provided

 

Cove and Altens Community Council

 

Minutes of Annual General Meeting held on 5 February 2018 at Loirston School

1. Sederunt and apologies

Community Councillors:

Michele McPartlin (MMcP – chair), Raymond Clark (RC), Sue Porter (SP), Lauren Allanach (LA), Brian Allan (BA), Lynn Thomson (LT – minute).

Others:

Jim Henderson, Wendy Suttar, Craig Collie, Lynn Main, Andy Dalziel, Steve Birnie, ACC Councillor: Sarah Duncan

Apologies:

Marlene Westland, Tekena Fubara, Julie Flynn, Jayne Thomson, Hector MacKenzie (Friends of Old Cove), ACC Councillor Philip Sellar

2. Minutes of Previous AGM (6 February 2017):

Proposed by Sue Porter, seconded by Raymond Clark. Noted that surname of guest speaker was not noted in minutes. Cllr Duncan offered to find out the surname of David from Waste Management at ACC. SD

3. Matters arising:

None raised.

4. Chair’s report:

Full report attached as Appendix 1.

Several matters mentioned in the report were discussed in more detail as below:

Incinerator: Brian Allan stated that he understood that both Moray and Aberdeenshire councils had signed up to the scheme and that contracts had been awarded. Cllr Duncan advised that site investigations were ongoing. Michele McPartlin reported that an air monitor had been set up in the Loirston allotments but that no results were yet available. SEPA will be in charge of awarding and monitoring the terms of the incinerator’s licence.

This year’s Cove Gala will be on 2 June 2018.

This year’s Cove Clean Up will be on 28 April 2018.

Catto Play Park upgrade had been due to start shortly, however due to the weather the ground is still very wet and this has delayed the start until early May.

Cove Chronicles: The current version was not delivered on Saturday 3 February therefore the bundling will now take place Tuesday 6 February at Altens Community Centre Coffee Shop.

Lochside Academy safe routes to school: Andy Dalziel raised a query about safe routes to the new academy. Cllr Duncan advised that there will be speed monitoring on Earnsheugh Road, Cove Road and Charleston Road. A Toucan crossing is being installed at Burger King. The pedestrian flyover that had been suggested in the past was not a practical option due to engineering requirements and land ownership issues.

Steve Birnie noted that he had seen two accidents in recent days at the southern exit of the roundabout and that vehicles also had difficulty exiting Wellington Circle at peak times. He’d also seen traffic jumping red lights at the Sainsbury’s Charleston Road North junction.

Cllr Duncan advised that a 20mph limit will operate from Sainsbury’s to Burger King. Barriers might also be erected but these are still to be recommended. In addition P6 and P7 pupils are having road safety lessons.

5. Treasurer’s Report:

Full report is attached as Appendix 2.

Several matters mentioned in the report were discussed in more detail as below:

Lauren Allanach advised that the number of advertisers in the Chronicle is decreasing. There could be several reasons for this including the use of other channels such as social media. Raymond Clark stated that the Chronicle is still a valuable resource for many people in Cove.

The current print runoff the Chronicle is 3650 copies and will need to increase further in the future to cover the new builds at Charleston.

6. Open Forum:

Raymond Clark raised the issue of traffic on Langdykes Road. Tankers from the sewage plant appear to be using this route. Raymond asked that where there were planning conditions in place how were these enforced on an ongoing basis. Cllr Duncan stated that she would follow up this query with council officers. SD

Michele McPartlin thanked Cllr Duncan for the new signage at the Makro roundabout, however she felt that a sign was still required at the Coast Road entrance.

Steve Birnie asked about the lack of dog waste bins in the area of the new houses at Charleston. Cllr Duncan advised that both she and Cllr Flynn have spoken to Stewart Milne about this. One difficulty was that the highways and byways were on private land that had not been adopted by the council.

Raymond Clark mentioned litter picks and could more be done. Michele McPartlin advised that the Community Payback Team have started litter picks in the area. Steve Birnie noted that the area between the electricity substation and Sainsbury’s attracts a lot of litter, particularly Burger King waste.

Steve Birnie raised the issue of walking routes. He stated that part of the coastal path near Diamond Wood and the railway bridge was shut due to works at the Bay of Nigg. Cllr Duncan agreed to check the status of this. SD

Craig Collie asked about the traffic island on Langdykes Road. When a bus stops this can block the road to other traffic and lead to considerable delays. Cllr Duncan advised that the council will not move the bus stop, but that the Earnsheugh Road junction with Langdykes Road may be under review.

Craig also congratulated the Community Council on attracting new members.

Raymond Clark thanked Michele McPartlin for chairing the AGM.

7. Date of next meeting

26 February 2018 at 7pm Loirston Primary School.

 

School Update

 

 

 Dear Parents/ Carers,

 

 Please see below some key dates for terms 3 and 4 which I wanted to make you aware of as soon as possible. 

 

 Term 3

 

 

    .     Applications for an Early Learning and Childcare Place to be returned to school by 25th January 2019

 

 

 

  • Drop in open evening – Tuesday 29th January 2019, 4.30pm – 6.30pm

 

 

 

  • Mid-term holiday – Monday 11 February, 2019

 

 

 

  • In – service days – Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 February, 2019

 

 

 

  • Valentine’s disco, Tuesday 19th February

 

 

 

  • Dalguise Information Evening, Tuesday 26th February, 2019

 

 

 

  • Parent Council meeting, Tuesday 5th March, 2019

 

 

 

  • Pupil reports – Friday 29 March, 2019

 

 

 

Term 4:

 

 

 

  • Parent Council meeting, 17th April 2019

 

 

 

  • Good Friday holiday,  Friday 19 April, 2019

 

 

 

  • Easter bingo, Tuesday 23 April 2019

 

 

 

  • P7 Dalguise trip – 24-26 April, 2019

 

 

 

  • May Day holiday – Monday 6 May, 2019

 

 

 

  • In-service day – Tuesday 7 May, 2019

 

 

 

  • Parents evenings – 4 and 6 June, 2019

 

 

 

  • Summer disco – Tuesday 11 June, 2019

 

 

 

  • Primary 7 induction days at Lochside Academy  – Thursday 13 and Friday 14 June

 

 

 

  • Primary 7 parents/carers information evening about transition – Thursday 13 June at Lochside Academy

 

 

 

  • Parent Council meeting – Tuesday 18 June, 2019

 

 

 

  • P7 Prom – Friday 21 June, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Home Learning Review

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Home Learning Review

 
 

Thank you for the very good response to the homework survey we undertook during the Parents’ Evenings in November. Pupils across P4-P7 were also surveyed.

 

During the November in-service we used your feedback to inform our review of our home learning. We have also researched approaches used in other schools.

 

We are now planning to introduce a new approach to home learning which will start from the week beginning Monday 28 January 2019. The new approach aims to consolidate learning and skills in literacy and numeracy and to give children opportunities to use their learning in real life situations such as home routines and community activities.

 

Our new home learning approach will include:

  • Encouraging reading for enjoyment through providing regular opportunities to borrow books to take home from our new school library (visits will also continue to the Cove library as at present)
  • Providing phonics (P1) / reading tasks
  • Setting periodic research tasks/ preparation of individual talk tasks
  • Use of a termly numeracy/ maths grid to reinforce prior learning. The grid will have suggestions for the use of licensed websites which our children have individual log-ins for and further suggestions for how they can use their learning and skills in everyday home and community settings.
  • Lastly, all children will be given skills for life grids with suggested tasks designed to support them to develop a wider range of relevant knowledge and skills. Children will be encouraged to work towards achieving the tasks in the skills grid throughout the whole year

The school is planning for a drop in open event later this month for parents/carers to learn more about the new approach to home learning. See Over.

 

The school places high importance on building a strong home learning partnership with all parents/carers. We believe the new approach to home learning will help children to better understand the relevance of their learning in school to real life situations. It will also enable parents/carers to take advantage of home routines and everyday situations to encourage their children to continue to their learning out-with school.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

COLIN NICOL

Head Teacher

Additional Support Needs Guidelines, Learning Overviews, School Update

Additional Support Needs Guidelines:

The school has recently revised its Additional Support Needs Guidelines.  The new guidelines will help to streamline our system for identifying and planning to meet the needs of children requiring additional support.  As part of our new system we aim to improve communication with parents/carers with regard to any additional supports a child may require.  This will include sending a short letter home to inform parents/carers of the focus of the support their child is being given.  The school will continue to encourage parents/carers to contact the school if they have any queries about the support being provided for their child.

Learning overviews:

 During the week beginning 21st January we shall be sending home a one page termly overview of the focus for learning in each class for term 3.  This is in response to last year’s parents’ survey which included feedback requesting more information about what children were learning each term.

 

School Update:

Dear Parents/ Carers,

Please see below some key dates for terms 3 and 4 which I wanted to make you aware of as soon as possible.

Term 3

 

  • Applications for an Early Learning and Childcare Place to be returned to school by 25th January 2019

 

  • Drop in open evening – Tuesday 29th January 2019, 4.30pm – 6.30pm

 

  • Mid-term holiday – Monday 11 February, 2019

 

  • In – service days – Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 February, 2019

 

  • Valentine’s disco, Tuesday 19th February

 

  • Dalguise Information Evening, Tuesday 26th February, 2019

 

  • Parent Council meeting, Tuesday 5th March, 2019

 

  • Pupil reports – Friday 29 March, 2019

 

Term 4:

 

  • Parent Council meeting, 17th April 2019

 

  • Good Friday holiday,  Friday 19 April, 2019

 

  • Easter bingo, Tuesday 23 April 2019

 

  • P7 Dalguise trip – 24-26 April, 2019

 

  • May Day holiday – Monday 6 May, 2019

 

  • In-service day – Tuesday 7 May, 2019

 

  • Parents evenings – 4 and 6 June, 2019

 

  • Summer disco – Tuesday 11 June, 2019

 

  • Primary 7 induction days at Lochside Academy  – Thursday 13 and Friday 14 June

 

  • Primary 7 parents/carers information evening about transition – Thursday 13 June at Lochside Academy

 

  • Parent Council meeting – Tuesday 18 June, 2019

 

  • P7 Prom – Friday 21 June, 2019

 

 

Loirston Primary Parent Council Meeting

 

Wednesday 16th January 2019, 6.15pm-6.30pm start

 

Yellow Eight Kitchen Area, Loirston Primary School – All Welcome

 

AGENDA

 

  • Welcome/Apologies

  •  

  • Approve Minutes of last meeting/review outstanding actions

  •  

  • Fundraising committee update

    • Personalised Christmas Cards/Merchandise

    • Christmas Fayre

    • Secret Santa Shop

    • Valentines Disco

    • Other

    •  

  • Treasurers Report

  •  

  • School Update

    • Homework Policy

    • Parent Open Evenings

    • Improvement Plan update

    • Staffing Update

    • Promoting Positive Behaviour

    • Other

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  • Chairperson Notes:

    • Aberdeen City Parent Forum Meeting

    • Termly Parent Meeting with Donna Cuthill – cancelled

    • Health check sent to Donna Cuthill

    • Termly Newsletter feedback

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  • AOCB

  •  

  • Date of Next Meeting 5th March 2019