The minutes of the meeting held on 29th October 2013 were approved without amendment.
Matters arising from the last minutes
Curtains for the stage had been purchased.
Cameras and music equipment have all been purchased.
The Christmas gift tree P5 project had been a big success.
Headteacher’s Report Life and work
Thankyou to everyone who has made themselves known and made me very welcome. Children are a real credit to their parents and carers. I would like an open door policy. Parental support in school – wider community - is crucial to the school’s and children’s success. Important to feel part of your child’s learning. Learning doesn’t just stop at the door.
School Values will be celebrated and encouraged– Children receive Golden tickets. If this is backed up at home it will be more successful.
Newsletter – twice a month – Next issue will include dates for diary, appeals for Goblin sponsorship and Cycle Friendly School volunteers. Parents to be encouraged to receive it by email.
Burns’ poetry – everyone was excellent will look into RBWF recital competition.
Bird Watching – P4 are bird watching and everyone can take part at home.
Children are learning about WWII and about the Romans – if anyone has anything to contribute please get in touch.
Clubs – thank you to volunteers appeal for any more volunteers.
Looking for volunteers to do their minibus driver training for school trips.
Mr Forrester had not yet had the chance to cost out everything on his wish list. However, he felt the priority was for improved PE and science resources. An audit of the existing PE resources was required. The wish list consisted of:
Projector for use in the hall (£500)
5 no laptops
Nelson handwriting scheme (£800)
It was agreed that the Parent Council should fund up to £2,500 of items off this list immediately – allowing Mr Forrester to cost and prioritise them.
Paula expressed thanks to the organisers of the various fundraising activities which had happened:
Proposed – Paula Harris, Mirjam Currie and Nicola Doherty
Nicola to organise. It was also agreed that the surplus balance in the extra curricular account over and above £500 would be transferred to the main Parent Council account twice yearly.
Upcoming events and fundraising Children’s disco – This would take place on Sunday 2nd March from 2 til 5pm in the village hall. Tickets will be on sale soon.
Vinyl night – Saturday 8th March 7.30pm til late. Bring your own bottle and fancy dress
May Fair – After discussion it was agreed to hold the spring fundraiser on May 17th in the school. A subgroup was set up to plan and organise this – Lindsay, Clare P, Lorna, Paula, Lynne and Olia.
Village Gala day – Saturday 31st May. A subgroup agreed to plan a school stall at this event – Mirjam, Claire Mac, Jill.
PH JB Sub group Sub group
Jim Titmuss had kindly agreed to take the lead on this again this year with Stephen Chree and to use Jim’s shed for the work. The race will take place on Saturday 14th June at Alford. The construction will take place on Saturdays at 1pm and priority will be given to P6/7.
Sponsorship will be sought for team uniforms and for the other expenses. However, the meeting agreed to put £400 towards the cost if required. Mr Forrester to add to next newsletter
500 word short story competition
Mr Forrester agreed that the school would encourage and support children in entering this BBC competition.
The P5 cycle training will start before the Easter holidays with Sue Barrie taking the lead. Gillian Milne will be the course assessor. Additional parent training is being organised. Mr Forrester to add to newsletter if anyone interested in helping.
Den Day Saturday 5th April
Mr Forrester agreed to liaise with the Parks Committee to see if the children could take part on this day.