Category: Meetings

Find out about what’s discussed and decided at parent council meetings and what it means for you and your kids. Even more importantly, find out how you can get involved.

November 2022 agenda

Breadalbane Academy Parent Council Meeting

Tuesday 29 November

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Agenda

The meeting will take place in the school. 

We’ll also provide online access for those who want it, using the Microsoft Teams platform. We’lll post the Teams link here, when we have it. Watch this space.

  1. Welcome, introductions & apologies
  2. Matters arising from the October 2022 meeting
  3. Headteacher’s report
  4. Update on planned Validated Self-Evaluation (VSE)
  5. Participation in sports and sporting events
  6. Changes to the parent-council constitution
  7. Time & date of next meeting

Please note: the time and date of the next meeting after this one is 6:30pm, Wednesday 25 January, 2023. There is no meeting in December.

Agenda for the September 2022 meeting

Breadalbane Academy Parent Council Meeting

Wednesday 28 September

7pm – 9pm

Agenda

The meeting will take place in the school. 

We’ll also provide online access for those who want it, using the Microsoft Teams platform. Please enter the URL below into your browser:

Click here to join the meeting

You don’t need a password.

  1. Welcome, introductions & apologies
  2. Matters arising from the August 2022 meeting
  3. Approve the minutes of the August 2022 meeting
  4. Update on finances
  5. Headteacher’s report
  6. Update on SQA exams
  7. School communications
  8. Playground update
  9. Update from the anti-bullying group
  10. School lunches — Jane
  11. Question about the ban on dogs on school grounds
  12. How are pupils without devices supposed to use Teams?
  13. AOB
  14. Time & date of next meeting — 6:30pm, Wednesday 26 October


Chair’s report 2021-22

At the parent council AGM June 15, 2022, our chair of the last two years, Jason O’Flynn, ended his term of office. We thank Jason for all his hard work, particularly during lockdown, when the parent council had to adapt very rapidly to operating remotely. Here is Jason’s chair’s report for the school year just past.

Chair Report Breadalbane Academy June 2022 – Jason O’Flynn

As we approach the end of the academic year, on behalf of the parent council I want to express thanks to all the staff at the school. We sincerely appreciate your hard work during this challenging year of transition. From unimaginable restrictions to relative normality at Breadalbane Academy – the journey has been a difficult one. We should never forget those who worked on the front line during the pandemic in such difficult circumstances. I’d like to give special mention to our head teacher John Devine and depute Karen Gatehouse who worked to engage and support the parent council and lead the school.

Secondly, I wish to thank the parent council team: Karl Wright, Vice Chair; Gill Steele, Secretary; El Laurie, Social Media and comms; Jane Carmichael, ASN; Shannon Mulholland, treasurer, and the many parents who regularly share perspectives on school matters. You have all helped to create a space which is a pleasure to work in.

We meet every month and do our best to address and represent parental concerns. The issues arising are many and varied – the primary school playground; behaviour on school buses; transgender guidance; smoking, vaping and energy drinks; school meals; exams post pandemic; the welcome of Ukraninian families and their children.

The team take time out to discuss all these issues and more. It’s worth reviewing the minutes of meetings throughout the year to see the good work of our volunteer parents – http://www.breadalbaneparents.com/meeting-minutes/ For all our differences, we strive to the same goal – namely,  a school environment where our children can meet their potential academically but also study in a place that is sensitive to their wellbeing.

To this end the parent council has worked with the school to give an enhanced spotlight on mental health, wellbeing and bullying with parent sub-groups addressing these areas. These are perennial issues at all schools but we should never be complacent.  Perhaps one of our greatest priorities is to safeguard our children’s wellbeing, especially given the levels of disruption they have experienced in recent years.

The parent council’s finances are in great shape and the PC has been successful in fundraising and supporting projects in many areas, for example:

  • £2500 raised for the school biodiversity project
  • £80,000 raised for the primary school playground
  • £3000 raised for the school hardship/travel fund
  • £250 paid to support from the PC’s ‘fundraising and opportunities group’ to the English Dept for ‘Room2Dream’ cross school work producing spoken work pieces around the theme of home
  • ASN £1000 grant received from Arnold Clark

I wish the new team all the best and encourage all parents to get involved. Any parent wanting to join the team please get in touch by email – chairperson@breadalbaneparents.com

2022 AGM agenda

Breadalbane Academy Parent Council 2022 AGM

Wednesday 15 June 2022

6.30pm – 8.30pm

Agenda

The meeting will take place in the school. 

We’ll also provide online access for those who want it, using the Zoom platform. Please enter the URL below into your browser:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83321597256

You don’t need a password.

  1. Welcome, introductions & apologies
  2. Matters arising from the 2021 AGM
  3. Approve the minutes of the 2021 AGM
  4. Chair’s report
  5. Treasurer’s report
  6. Reports from any of the sub group:
    • ASN Parents Support Group
    • Anti-bullying Group
    • Mental Health & Wellbeing
    • Playground renovation
  7. Election of office bearers 
  8. Confirmation of values and rules
  9. Headteacher’s report
  10. Confirm dates for the 2022-23 meetings  
  11. AOB
  12. Date and time of next meeting


May 2022 agenda

Breadalbane Academy Parent Council Meeting

Wednesday 25 May 2022

6.30pm – 8.30pm

Agenda

The meeting will take place in the school. 

We’ll also provide online access for those who want it, using the Zoom platform. Please enter the URL below into your browser:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87038441945

Meeting ID: 816 6240 7926

You don’t need a password.

  1. Welcome, introductions & apologies
  2. Matters arising from the April 2022 
  3. Approve the minutes of the April 2022 meetings
  4. Update from the anti-bullying group
  5. ASN group finances  
  6. AOB
  7. Time & date of next meeting

Meeting dates for 2022-23

The parent council is starting to plan for the 2022-23 school year. Before the annual general meeting (AGM) on 15 June, we’d like to have our meeting dates for the next school year agreed and finalised.

These are the times and dates we’re thinking about:

  • 6:30pm, Monday 29 August, 2022
  • 6:30pm, Monday 26 September, 2022
  • 6:30pm, Monday 24 October, 2022
  • 6:30pm, Monday 28 November, 2022
  • 6:30pm, Monday 30 January, 2023
  • 6:30pm, Monday 27 February, 2023
  • 6:30pm, Monday 27 March, 2023
  • 6:30pm, Monday 24 April, 2023
  • 6:30pm, Monday 29 May, 2023 (AGM)

How do those look to you? Convenient or not? Is 6:30pm a good time? Would you like us sometimes to hold the meetings later or even earlier? ,

We’re back to meeting in person again, in Breadalbane Academy. But we’re also providing a Zoom link for each meeting, so that parents who can’t be there in person can attend online.

Is there anything else we could do to make it easier to attend meetings? Would you like us to hold some meetings elsewhere in the catchment area, in Dunkeld or Pitlochry for instance?

If you’re a parent or carer with a child at the school, we’d like to know what you think. Email us on hello@breadalbaneparents.com

April meeting (and it’s in person)

The cake is real!

At 6:30pm on Wednesday 27 April, the parent council will meet in person for the first time since before the pandemic. The meeting will be at Breadalbane Academy. We’re quite excited.

To celebrate, we’re laying on cake, tea, coffee, wine and nibbles. If you’re the parent or carer of a pupil at Breadalbane Academy, or if you’re a teacher at the school, you’re invited. In fact, we’d love to see you there.

You can see the agenda for the evening below. As usual we’ll be putting your questions and comments to the school, dealing with matters arising — and doing all the things a parent council normally does.

But we also want this to be a fun chance for everyone involved with the school to pop in, have a bit of cake or a glass of wine (or both!) and say hello. It’s been so long. It will be great to see everyone and to meet new parents.

We’d also love to hear about any ideas you have for ways the school and parents can work together to make things better for the pupils.

Anyway, that’s enough from us. The draft agenda is below. If you have any items to add to it, or any questions or comments in general, email hello@breadalbaneparents.com. We hope to see you at the meeting.

PS. We’re trying to get a webcam to cover the meeting, so that people who can’t be there in person can still dial in. If you can’t be there, just email us for the link.

Wednesday 27 April 2022

6.30pm – 8.30pm

Agenda

The meeting will take place in the school. 

  1. Welcome, introductions & apologies
  2. Matters arising from the February 2022 
  3. Approve the minutes of the March 2022 meetings
  4. Head teacher’s report
  5. Funding for the Calum Ryder Memorial Cup
  6. Update on preparations to welcome Ukrainian refugees
  7. Update from playground-renovation sub-group
  8. Decision on which items to buy for the playground
  9. Treasurer’s update — status and amount of ring-fenced funds
  10. Update on Friends of Breadalbane
  11. Update on planned sports hub for kids with ASN
  12. Update on anti-bullying survey
  13. AOB  
  14. Time & date of next meeting

March 2022 meeting agenda

Breadalbane Academy Parent Council Meeting

Wednesday 30 March 2022

6.30pm – 8.30pm

Agenda

The meeting will take place online, using the Zoom platform. Please enter the URL below into your browser:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86949982278

You will not require a password.

  1. Welcome, introductions & apologies
  2. Matters arising from the February 2022
    • School to update on Dunkeld bus situation raised by Jess Pepper.
  3. Approve the minutes of the January and February 2022 meetings
  4. Headteacher’s report
  5. Is the school ready to welcome Ukrainian refugees?
  6. Funding for the Comrie Croft trip
  7. Update from mental health and wellbeing sub-group
  8. Update from bullying sub-group
  9. Update from playground-renovation sub-group
  10. Treasurer’s update — status and amount of ring-fenced funds.
  11. Funding for NSPCC child safeguarding courses for office holders
  12. Update on proposed joint meeting with Pitlochry Highschool
  13. AOB
  14. Time & date of next meeting

February 2022 agenda

Breadalbane Academy Parent Council Meeting

Wednesday 23 February

6.30pm – 8.30pm

Agenda

The meeting will take place online, using the Zoom platform. Please enter the URL below into your browser:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86472165702

You will not require a password.

  1. Welcome, introductions & apologies
  2. Matters arising from the January meeting
  3. Approve the minutes of the January meeting
  4. Treasurer’s update on fund allocation
  5. Update from the ASN sub-group
  6. Fundraising and Friends of Breadalbane update
  7. P7 Comrie Croft Trip: request for funding
  8. Support for proposed new sports facility on Aberfeldy Golf Course
  9. Update on road-safety concerns at the campus. Progress
  10. Update on school broadband and connectivity
  11. Bullying
  12. How to increase engagement in sports and activities
  13. AOB
  14. Time & date of next meeting