February minutes now online

The February minutes are now available. Highlights of the meeting include:

  • Breadalbane kids quiz astronauts over a radio link to the International Space Station.
  • Parent Council offers financial help with the cost of transport to school activities.
  • Breadalbane chemistry pupils win regional trophy for prestigious Top of the Bench quiz. Next stop: the national finals in Luftborough!
  • Parent Council discusses the council’s controversial Evidence2Success survey.
  • HMIe are coming to inspect the school on 18 March 2013. They will be asking the views of Parent Council.

The last item is particularly important. As a parent, you have a right to be heard. If you have anything you want the Parent Council to raise with the HMIe inspects, tell us now!

For a complete run-down of what was discussed, see the full minutes online.

Parent Council to meet in Pitlochry

The next meeting of the Parent Council is on Tuesday 26th March, 7pm in staff room at Pitlochry High School. We’ll be discussing all the usual stuff and everyone is welcome.

It would also be great to hear from Pitlochry parents, including parents of kids in S4 who are about to make the move to Breadalbane, about any Pitlochry-specific issues.

If you have something to say, or questions you want answered, then we want to hear from you.

Family activity day for young people with additional support needs

On Saturday 16th March, 10am-12 noon at the North Inch Community Campus, Perth there will be a family activity day for young people with additional support needs.

With two hours of activities including trampoline, basketball, boccia, badminton, gym use, table tennis and much more, it promises to be a fun day out. And if you have completed a gym induction and it is registered with Live Active you can also use the gym on campus, which will be supervised.  

The day is sponsored by Perth and Kinross Disability Sport. Entry costs £3 for two people or £5 for a family of more than two people.

If you want to attend, please email Lynn Melville providing the following information:

  • The names of the children attending.
  • The number and ages of children attending
  • How many adults will be attending.

For full details, download the official flyer for the event.

Council wants your feedback on Breadalbane Academy

The school is being inspected this month, in what’s called an Extended Learning and Achievement. As part of the preparations for this visit, the council has posted an online survey which it wants parents to fill in.

http://pkc.community-campus-extended-learning-and-achievement-visits.sgizmo.com/s3/

It only takes a few minutes to fill in and will help make the inspection a success.

 

Volunteers needed to save Duke of Edinburgh

Breadalbane pupils set to miss out on Duke of Edinburgh awards places: school calls for adult volunteers

Breadalbane Academy’s Duke of Edinburgh scheme is the victim of its own success. Under the leadership of languages teacher Mr Gus Clarke, and his predecessor PE teacher Mrs Sheila Burrell , the scheme has been such a hit that the school no longer has enough mentors for all the pupils who want to take part.  It desperately needs adult volunteers, otherwise lots of enthusiastic young people will miss out.

“For each team of up to seven pupils that goes out on expedition, we need one qualified adult”, explains Gus Clarke.  “If we are to continue supporting those pupils already enrolled in the Award at Breadalbane, I think it will be necessary to cut this year’s intake to 14 or even seven pupils.  Such a shame when we have just won £5,000 from Lloyd’s bank to buy new tents!”

Can you help?

Can you help? We are looking for adult volunteers who:

  • enjoy working with young people and would like the opportunity to pass on their knowledge,
  • have time to give over the summer to help with the expedition section of the Award.

If you have outdoor experience, that’s great. If you don’t, don’t worry, you’ll get all the training you need. The most important thing we’re looking for is enthusiasm and a level-headed approach to life.

It won’t cost you a penny

Don’t worry, it won’t cost you a penny.  The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Association, in partnership with Perth & Kinross Council, will provide any necessary training, and where practicable will cover the cost of the trips and other expenses.

“The Association is keen to help volunteers and to make sure that any available funding is brought to the volunteer’s attention”, says Steve McQueen, Senior Development Officer at Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Association, Perth and Kinross. “We also work very closely with Perth & Kinross Council to provide the necessary training and resources for volunteers.  All new volunteers receive guidance and also a personal welcome from an area co-ordinator, who will help and support the groups, their leaders and most importantly, the volunteer.

Get in touch

Breadalbane Academy desperately wants every child who applies to have the chance of taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme next summer. But at the moment that doesn’t look like it will be possible.

Could you volunteer to be a Duke of Edinburgh mentor? To find out more, email Steve McQueen.

What’s the Parent Council for?

One of the things we discussed at the last meeting, was what the Parent Council is for and what it should be doing for you and your kids.

We’ve drawn up a draft explanation of what we think the council should do. We plan to use this as the text of a new page on this website. Before we make the page live, we’d like to know what you think.

Are you happy with it? Is anything unclear? Do you disagree with anything? Can you suggest any improvements?

Download the draft text, have a read and let us know what you think.

Thank you, Dunkeld!

Thanks to all the parents who turned up to the Dunkeld session of the Breadalbane Academy Parent Council tonight. It was great to have so many of your there, and to have such a lively discussion.

Over the next week or two we’ll be posting the minutes of the meeting and updates on many of the issues we discussed, so watch this space!