Category: Parent council

Parent Councils in Scotland are statutory bodies, established by the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006. Their job is to represent the views of parents to the school, and to help the school communicate with parents. That’s what we aim to do, so come a long and get involved.

The parent council values

At its January 2022 meeting, the parent council adopted these values. We discussed them again at the AGM last night. They will continue to guide and shape our work over the 2022-23 session.

BA Parent Council 2021/2

It is the obligation of all members and office holders to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard.

Ways of working

The BA Parent Council want to agree a code of conduct or set of values to help us work most effectively and constructively for all.

The code should help us ensure we deliver our role effectively and do so in the best possible way. And it should help ensure we act in the most collaborative and positive way we can and everyone’s voice is heard. The code of conduct is an assurance, that members will be acting in an appropriate manner and with the best intentions.

The key principles of the code will build on and reflect the school values:

Belonging, Believing…  Aspiring, Achieving

Belonging

  • Everyone attending the BA Parent Council will be respected.
  • We have a strong voice in our school and all views are listened to. Members and office holders all have an obligation to ensure everyone’s voice is heard.

Believing

  • We believe in our school, and its learners, everything we do has them at its heart
  • We want to help build resilience for our school and pupils and support the school and pupils in developing
  • We take pride in our school community, our parent council and want members of the BA parent council, pupils and staff to be happy

Aspiring

  • We work in partnership with the school and other bodies to challenge and stretch ourselves and others.
  • We know that success requires hard work and we persevere when the going gets tough, but do this by working together.
  • We challenge and support in a positive manner

Achieving

  • We are proud of our school’s history of achievement and want to be part of this as a parent council, supporting all pupils to achieve, especially those most in need

Parent Council members and post holders obligations

  • Always act in a way which maintains and protects the ethos of the school
  • Ensure all voices are heard and given representation
  • Behave appropriately at meetings and events towards other members or members of the public.
  • Listen to one another, and respect different opinions. Don’t interrupt, or seek to undermine one another
  • Respect and adhere to the decisions taken by BA Parent Council
  • Respect the decisions taken by the school

Restrictions

1. Not to abuse their position for personal advantage or gain
2. Personal issues relating to individual pupils, or staff at school, will not be discussed at meetings
3. Confidential issues will not be discussed out with the Parent Council meetings
4. Not to accept bribes for the influencing of any decisions.
5. Use of social media to post content that is negative, defamatory or abusive towards the school and its members.
6. Not to discuss issues with the press without prior agreement.

  • This code will help the Parent Council fulfil the aims and objectives of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006.
  • The Parent Council will ensure that new members has access to a copy of the Code of Conduct and Constitution.
  • The Parent Council chair will reference the code of conduct at the start of each meeting as a reminder to all attendees.

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

Highland Perthshire Disability Sport Project

Starting on 13 June, the Highland Perthshire Disability Sport Project is offering free lessons in lawn bowls, at the Aberfeldy Bowling Club. The lessons are open to children and adults with physical, sensory or learning disabilities. If you have any questions, please do get in touch. Email us at graeme@pkds.org.uk

There is no cost to participate. But you do need to book in advance, as places are limited. Booking is quick and easy, just click on this link and enter your details:

⚫️ Lawn Bowls with Aberfeldy Bowling Club
🗓 Every Monday from 13th June for 4 weeks
⏰ 6pm-7pm
📍 Taybridge Terrace, Aberfeldy, PH15 2BS

https://www.cognitoforms.com/ScottishDisabilitySport/PerthKinrossDisabilitySportHighlandPerthshireProjectLawnBowls

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

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

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)