LOIRSTON PARENT COUNCIL
Minutes of meeting 12th May 2009
Present: Elaine Webster, Lynn Meldrum, Lesley Hill, Alison Bartlett, Pam Chapla, Hazel Rose, Tracy Robinson, Shonagh Neave, Alistair Gilmore, Shona Greig, Cath McLeish, Karen Paterson, Hazel Scott, Val Burnett, Tracy Leach, Sharon Toseland, Sarah Boyne, Michaela Towler, Irene Weir. Teachers: Miss Kay MacDonald, Mrs Trish Pert, Mr David Wallis
Apologies: Scott Shearer, Michelle Monks, Fiona Watt, Angela Balloch
Welcome. Karen welcomed Miss Kay MacDonald & Mr David Wallis, and gave them a brief outline of the Parent Council.
Teacher’s Comments. Miss MacDonald met with Mrs McIntosh & Roddie Duthie for a handover of the school & formulated a position statement, & Miss MacDonald thinks that things are a lot better, & she is enjoying being in the school. The Education Authority has been very supportive to the school & Management team. The HMIe inspectors are due back in school on 17th & 18th June, & Miss MacDonald would like them to be able to say there is improvement, & the school is moving in the right direction with the hope that they would be back in a years’ time for an annual review. It is hoped that the report will have a turnaround time of less than 4-5 weeks. Miss MacDonald will put a summary of the Action Points out in a bulletin & on the blog. Three Education Officers are due in school on Wednesday 13th May, to provide advice & support to the staff, & will return for classroom visits on 28th May. There will be an open evening on 26th May, with displays & a questionnaire for parent’s views.
Treasurer’s Report. The Bank balance is standing at £4,272.57 from January 2009 statement. Scott is still having problems changing the bank from the Clydesdale to the Abbey, but will continue working on this. The bingo night made £228 profit – an enjoyable night for all.
Posh Night Update. Volunteers were needed for the Posh Night on 19th June, at The Thistle. Karen has the list of volunteers. A photographer is being sought for photos on the night. Miss MacDonald will inquire about someone she knows.
Upcoming Events. The next disco is on Tuesday 23rd June, & the volunteer list was circulated. It’ll be on a “shorts & shades” theme.
Labels need to be printed with the school name & logo for the P7 dictionaries, the numbers of which in the cupboard need to be checked – Cath will do this. Pens need to be ordered – Karen has sourced a pen & pencil boxed set & will organise this.
A.O.C.B. Karen asked if the Parent Council would be interested in running a stall at the Cove Gala on Saturday 13th June. Unfortunately due to circumstances, it was felt that there would not be enough people to man a stall the whole time, so we have declined – Karen will inform the Gala Committee.
The question of ante pre-school nursery morning places was raised & put to Mrs Pert. If there were places available & people had requested a morning place, then they had been offered a place.
The estimated P1 intake has dropped slightly to 55, & we were informed that there would be 13 classes again for the new school year. There are staff vacancies within the school – Mr Constable’s secondment, plus a P4 teacher to cover.
The P7s have made it through to next round in an inter school quiz, with the next round on Saturday 23rd May – well done to them.
A request was received from Mr Anderson as the coach of the school football team for financial assistance to purchase 18 individual trophies & 3 annual trophies, at a cost of £150. This was agreed by the Council. The P6/7 team came 3rd in the Aberdeen Primary School Football Association, and the newly formed P4 team are doing well.