Loirston Parent Council Kids Xmas Raffle

LOIRSTON PARENT COUNCIL
KIDS XMAS RAFFLE

£1.00 per ticket

Tickets will be sold EVERY morning from Monday 23rd November.
We will collect from the classes and nursery.
(afternoon nursery will be collected too)

THE SPECIAL PRIZE THIS YEAR IS…..
£50.00 of TOYS R US VOUCHERS
(to be spent on anything you desire, kids!!!!)

Please remember your £1.00 to be in with a chance of winning this FANTASTIC prize!!

The kids raffle tickets for the £50.00 OF VOUCHERS will only be sold around the school and we have other fantastic prizes for the other draws on the day of the Xmas Fayre 28/11/09. The winner will be drawn and presented on Friday 27th November before the end of school, GOOD LUCK!!!!!!

Loirston School Bulletin No 4

10th November 2009

Dear Parents/Carers

Dates for your diary:

16th November – School closed to pupils – In Service day for staff

25th November – West Midlands Theatre in school – Pinnochio

28th November – Our annual Christmas Fayre will be held in the school from 10.00 – 12.30pm

30th November – School closed to pupils – In service day for staff

2nd December
P2s and 3s involved in Evening Express Carol concert at Music Hall

7th December – Nativity performance – 2pm

8th December – Nativity performance 9.30am

10th December – Christmas Lunch

14th December – Nursery Christmas Parties

15th December – P1 – 2Christmas Party

16th December – P3 – 4 Christmas Party

17th December
Christmas Assembly in school 9.30am
P5-7 Christmas Disco pm

18th December
Informal Concert in school
End of term – School finishes at 3.15pm

5th January 2010 – School re opens for staff and pupils

As you can see this is a very busy term. Further details with regard to events will be made available when details have been confirmed.
Shoe Box Appeal
This year we have decided to have a shoe box
appeal within the school in order to help
children in Kosovo. A separate note will be
issued with further information with regard to
this.

Christmas Fayre
This year our Christmas Fayre will take place
From 10.00am to 12.30pm on the 28th November.
Classes are making lots of different things to
Sell on stalls along with a host of other stalls.
We really hope you can come along and look
Forward to seeing you there.

City Wardens
As you may have seen we have local
wardens operating in the Cove Area. Their
role is to provide a highly visible, reassuring
presence and tackle the problems that matter
most to the people of the Cove. Their duties
cover a wide range of issues including; litter,
dog fouling, graffit, fly tipping and nuisance
parking (including school areas) They also
work in close partnership with other agencies
such as the police and fire service. Should you
wish to contact the wardens feel free to speak
to them on the street or you can also contact by
phone call or email:
Phone No: 01224871953
Email: citywardens@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Pink Day
From our Pink Day we raised a very impressive
£484.21 A huge thank you to all for their very
generous contributions.

Bikes
I have spoken to the children in assembly with
Regard to this and would appreciate your
Support with this matter. In order to promote
Health and safety children are asked to wear a
Helmet whilst cycling and dismount their bike
When the enter the playground. There are a lot
Of children in the playground and I would hate
for their to be an accident.

Cold Weather
Now that the weather is becoming noticeably colder I would encourage all children to be arriving at school suitably dressed. Please remember to label jackets etc.

Standards & Quality Report
Each year the school produces this document in order to review the school’s progress over the last session and identify next steps. Should you wish to read this document a copy can be obtained from the school office.

Further Reminder
I would like to thank all for their co-operation and offer a further reminder that dogs are not allowed on school premesis at any time. Again this in line with Aberdeen City council policy.

Parent Council Charity Collection

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY!
A CONTAINER WILL BE PARKED AT THE SCHOOL ON TUESDAY 15TH DECEMBER TO COLLECT ANY UNWANTED CLOTHES, SHOES, BEDDING ETC (Not toys or bric a brac), & THE PARENT COUNCIL WILL RECEIVE MONEY PER TON OF DONATIONS FOR THE SCHOOL.
YOU WILL RECEIVE A DONATION BAG & LETTER OF EXPLANATION NEARER THE DATE.
PLEASE START SAVING NOW!!!!
(PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SCHOOL IS UNABLE TO STORE ANY DONATIONS)

Loirston Parent Council

LOIRSTON PARENT COUNCIL
Minutes of meeting 4th November 2009
Present: , Karen Paterson, Lesley Hill, Pam Chapla, Tracy Robinson, Shonagh Neave, Cath McLeish, Hazel Scott, Sharon Toseland, Michelle Monks, Michaela Towler, Sarah Boyne,, Kelly McGrogan, Mhairi Stewart, Lynn Meldrum, Lynn Eddie, Lynne Mennie, Fiona Watt, Hazel Rose, Claire Whiffin, Alistair Gilmore, Sonia Innes. Teachers: Miss Kay MacDonald, Mrs Trish Pert
Apologies: Tracy Leach, Angie Balloch, Shona Greig, Louise Bennett, Scott Shearer.
Welcome: Karen welcomed & thanked new members for coming and previous members for returning. She introduced herself and outlined the role of the Parent Council, including: to raise funds, improve school life for all, the Constitution, involved in interview process, in contact with education authority, opening communication channels with the relevant people etc.
Election of New Office Bearers: Karen has been Chairperson for the last 5 years and is looking to step down from this position. Nobody from the Council present on the evening were willing to take on this role, so it will be opened to the Forum, with the emphasis on Karen being able to help the elected person as much as possible during the transition period. Alistair Gilmore & Claire Whiffin were willing to help as much as possible as well in a Vice Chair position.
Cath McLeish, as present Secretary, has resigned from this position, and Sharon Toseland agreed to take this role, with Sarah Boyne as Vice Secretary.
Treasurer will remain as Scott Shearer.
Treasurer’s Report: In Scott’s absence, it was reported that the balance stands at £3547.74, with money still to be paid out for the nursery presents. The disco raised £229.51.
Teacher’s Report: Miss MacDonald reported that the teachers were happy to do stalls with their classes at the Christmas Fayre.
The new maths scheme will be available for parents to comment on at the Open evenings, and a questionnaire on homework will also be handed out so that a policy can be drawn up at a later stage.
On 16th November, the staff will be re-writing the Behaviour Policy & parents will get a copy.
Staff are looking at a new reading scheme, & within the school are lots of different inspection copies for staff to comment on before a decision is made on a new scheme.
Miss MacDonald concluded that the school is “moving in the right direction”.
Christmas Fayre: The fayre is on Saturday 28th November. A sub-committee was set up to organise this, consisting of: Claire Whiffin, Mhairi Stewart, Hazel Rose, Hazel Scott, Pam Chapla, Lesley Hill, Karen Paterson, Cath McLeish.
A.O.C.B: Karen will contact the Thistle Hotel to arrange a date for the P7 Posh Night 2010.
Tuesday 15th December will be a charity bag day, where parents/carers are asked to donate unwanted clothes, bedding, shoes etc in bags provided, and a container will be at the school for the donations. We will get £400 per ton of donations. A 2nd date will be 11th May 2010. Cath will put an advance warning note of the December’s date out to parents.

Date of next meeting: Wednesday 18th November at 6.30 pm.

YOUR SCHOOL NEEDS YOU!!!!!

LOIRSTON PARENT COUNCIL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING WEDNESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER @ 6.15PM

 

ALL WELCOME, NEW INPUT REQUIRED, NEW IDEAS APPRECIATED.

 

ALL OUR KIDS’ BENEFIT FROM THE WORK OF THE PARENT COUNCIL. THE SCHOOL ALSO BENEFITS BUT WE NEED NEW MEMBERS AND ANY HELP YOU CAN GIVE, ANY QUERIES TO – KAREN – 01224 248862

Parent council Minutes 07.10.09

LOIRSTON PARENT COUNCIL

Minutes of meeting 7TH October 2009

Present:  , Karen Paterson, Lesley Hill, Pam Chapla,  Tracy Robinson, Shonagh Neave,  Cath McLeish, Hazel Scott, Sharon Toseland, Scott Shearer, Michelle Monks, Michaela Towler, Sarah Boyne, Shona Grieg. Teachers: Miss Kay MacDonald, Mrs Trish Pert

Apologies:  Lynn Meldrum, Tracy Leach, Fiona watt, Angie Balloch

Upcoming Events:  Halloween disco will be on Tuesday 27th October. 6.15 – 7.15 pm for the 1st disco, 7.30 – 8.30 pm. If you haven’t volunteered to help, but are able to, please turn up on the night.

Christmas Fayre will be Saturday 28th November. This year it will take a slightly different format with the pupils running their own stalls. There will still be tea/coffee & butteries, Santa photos, home baking, kid’s raffle, stallholders and the book fayre, plus a tuck shop and a popcorn stall. Note there will be no toy stall run by the Parent Council, it was decided to organise a charity lorry collection – Lesley Hill to find out the details.

Karen put forward the idea of having a Spring/Easter Fayre, which was accepted by the Council.

It was decided to wait to the New Year to do a Family Bingo night.

Treasurer’s Report: Scott informed us that we have approximately £3,300, some of which will be used to purchase disco tuck shop supplies (Pam & Hazel to arrange this). Scott asked that any receipts being handed in for re-imbursement, could it be written on the back what the purchase is (if it doesn’t already state this) and what it is for e.g. disco. He informed us that we can now get debit cards for the account, and it needs to be decided how many and who will hold them.

Teacher’s Report: Miss MacDonald asked for any feedback on the Inspection Report. It was thought that it was a true reflection of things at that point. As the Inspection was carried out only 6 weeks after Miss MacDonald had joined us, she stated that as many things as possible had now been tackled (or were in the process of being so), achieving many things including a new maths scheme, jotter format & P1 literacy system. The teaching staff would be looking at homework, a new tracking system, and lots of other things after the holiday, but they can’t go any faster than their present speed! Miss MacDonald said they knew where they were headed and what needed to be achieved and she was very happy with the progress, and had the support of the new Director of Education, Annette Bruton. The next inspection will be February.

The Head Teacher’s post has been advertised with the closing date being 5th October. It is not know how many people have applied, but the process of deciding on interview candidates will start once Roddy Duthie, Education Officer, returns from holiday.

 The budget for this year will be very tight, and the school has been told they have to save more than they will be given. However, it looks possible that the school will not have to cut a class.

New windows are being put in all round the building, with a lot of work being done in the holidays, starting with the hall and nursery. Pupils in the rest of the school will be moved for 1 day from their classroom to another part of the school while the windows are being fitted in that particular area.

The P7 trip to Dunolly has been booked and information will be sent to parents after the holidays.

Mrs Pert requested money for the nursery children’s Christmas presents which was agreed by the Council.

Date for A.G.M.  The A.G.M. will be Wednesday 4th November at 6.15 pm in the Community Lounge.

A.O.C.B: Karen attended a Chairperson’s meeting, whose agenda included The Curriculum for Excellence and the amount of money being given to the Parent Council this year which will be less than last year at £540.

We are now fully insured.

Disclosures update:  This is ongoing as bank statements are required in the Parent Council name as opposed to the PTA’s. Alistair to continue dealing with this.

Christmas Night out:  to be on next agenda.

A.G.M. WEDNESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 6.15 PM