Author: Chairperson

Save our Subjects and a Huge Thank you

As many of you will know the last year and a half has seen an incredibly busy time for the Parent Council due to the Estates Review which culminated in our “Save our Subjects” campaign.
We are pleased to say that Breadalbane Academy were not only listened to but acknowledged by Councillors and the Minister for Education himself as a strong example of a well performing school with a diverse and varied curriculum.
  • No detriment can be caused to our school, complimentary courses will be considered to be offered at PHS by Perth College and UHI (benefitting both us and PHS students).
  • Full expansion to S5 and S6 at Pitlochry High School has been ruled out based on detailed educational analysis.
  • Both school Heads, Mr Devine and Mrs Liney (PHS) worked incredibly hard to improve the transition for PHS students into Breadalbane Academy at S5,  a transition that works well for some but was acknowledged could be better for others.
  • We now look eagerly for the Council to deliver on their commitment to focus on the digital offering and capability of BA…..

AND we feel its incredibly important to say THANK YOU>>>
Our community 

We would like to thank all those who rallied together to show support and have a strong voice to stand up for our school.

Our educators

We would also like to acknowlegde the teaching staff at Breadalbane Academy. Unable to speak publicly on the matter, as directed by the council, they remained engaged and showed their support and they understood that when the parents stood up to defend our school, that included the great educators that Breadalbane Academy holds.

Our Head

And we say a huge thanks to our Head, Mr Devine for his help and support.  When the estates review began no education analysis had been done on any of the options the council presented. All parents were in the dark as to the impact and Mr Devines support of the Parent Council was invaluable.

Our expert consultant 

Retired Director of Education, Bruce Robertson, with his unfaltering support and guidance we were able to have a strong and factual argument which lead to our strong representation of what is right under Scottish law and in education.

The school office

Those that sit in the school office must be especially thanked for all their support, keeping us organised and going that extra mile to help us run our campaign.
thank you, stay tuned and do join us on the 12th of March at the Chraggs for the fundraiser pub quiz and raffle (8pm)
Thank you
Eleanor and Lyndsey – co-chairs

Hello 2020….

Welcome one and all back to school.. 2020 is looking like a great year.

22nd January members of the Parent council will attend the Lifelong learning
committee meeting to hear the councillors response to the Actions that the two subcommittees (that both PHS and BA were members of)… we will report back on this

NEXT Parent council MEETING Thursday 30th January – 6.30pm at Breadalbane Academy (including update on “save our subjects” campaign). – (next meeting then is 27th February – poss senior school focused TBC)

Still time to buy your fundraising 2020 Calendar – on sale in town and at the school reception… perfect last minute late gift and all funds go to the pupils projects and trips…

The wonderful people at the zero Waste shop on the square “HANDEM” continue to sell 2nd hand school uniform for Breadalbane Academy (until April) … all donations please do pop to the shop or leave at reception… THANK YOU

If you do have lovely things to donate and/or time to give too – we have the THRIFT SHOP Sunday 10th May to Saturday 16th May 2020.

LOOKING also for a new Treasurer to take over in August… please do get in touch if this might be you..

If you have ideas for fundraising, topics for discussion at the meeting or any other school related matters that you would like to speak to the parent council about .. please email us at chairperson@breadalbaneparents.com 

 

thank you from Lyndsey and Eleanor (co-chairs of BA Parent council)

Estates Review Update – meeting notes

Hello, Please find here the first steering group meeting notes from the meeting in Perth on 23rd October (notes are prepared by the council)

Minute – HPLP Steering Group 1 (23 Oct 2019)

  • Please pay particular attention to what is stated in section 4 and 5 and as ever we are happy to answer your questions.
  • email us at chairperson@breadalbaneparents.com

Lyndsey and Eleanor (co-chairs) have 2 Learning sub committee meetings -(13th and 18th of November)- before we report back (to all attendees of the steering group) for the first time on the 25th of November in Perth.

BA head teacher and a depute will attend both the Learning sub committee (focused on education) meetings and the Property Sub committee (focused on the use of PHS property)

With BAPC only attending the Learning sub committee

 

The following dates & times were agreed for the next 2 meetings of the Steering Group:

  • 25th November 2019 – 1pm – 3pm – at Pitlochry High School
  • 17th December 2019 – 1pm – 3pm – at Breadalbane Academy

 

BAPC continue to ask for support for our campaign, we are now involved in the committee meetings but remain concerned over the flawed process that we find ourselves involved in.

https://www.change.org/p/save-our-subjects-tell-perth-kinross-council-pkc-to-halt-plans-which-threaten-breadalbane-academy-curriculum 

 

NEXT PARENT COUNCIL MEETING

6.30pm Wednesday 20th of NOVEMBER at Breadalbane Academy