VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – 10th Dec

VOLUNTEER and be part of DRESSING OUR SPORTS TEAMS FOR SUCCESS…….

ALL raised funds will go towards Outdoor Education and new PE uniforms/kit.

VOLUNTEER bag packers WANTED

at the Co-op on

Saturday 10th December 10-3pm.

Any time you can spare is so appreciated…

Do get in touch with Libby Hughes – ianlibhughes@hotmail.com

NEWS from the Science Department

‘Space Education Quality Mark’ at bronze level.

Wonderful acknowledgement of the hard work by teachers and students in Primary and Senior and clubs including the High Altitude Balloon Club and Science Club.

As Physics teacher Mr Blair said it is the “start of a journey towards excellence in this area.”

A message from the Fundraising and Opportunities Group

‘Helping our school be the best that it can be for pupils, staff and parents’

September 2016

Breadalbane Academy Parent Council is there to support our school to be the best that it can be for pupils, staff and parents/ caresr.  We all have an important role in supporting the schools, staff and pupils; but also challenging the school if necessary.

Parent Council Meetings

The Parent Council has a monthly meeting to which anyone is welcome to come along to.  Each month we will have a different topic to learn about and to discuss and voice our opinions.  Do come along or contact the Chair, Andrew Rae on chairperson@breadalbaneparents.com.  Dates of meetings for this year are (focus topics may change but dates won’t).

Tuesday 30th August

Wednesday 28th September: Review of Exam Results

Thursday 27th October: Primary Playground

Tuesday 29th November: Outdoor Education in Primary and Secondary

Wednesday 25th January: Facultisation and effects of budget cuts

Thursday 23 February: PE and Music in the Primary

Tuesday 28th March: theme to be confirmed

Wednesday 26th April: theme to be confirmed

Thursday 25th May (AGM): theme to be confirmed

Parent Council sub groups

The Parent Council also runs a number of sub-groups who work to support the school and its pupils and staff .  All are welcome to join any of these groups. Current sub groups are:

  • Fundraising and Opportuntities Group
  • Additional Support Needs Group
  • Comman an Parant (Gaelic Medium)
  • Primary Playground improvements
  • Parent Council communications
  • School Communications

Fundarising and Opportunities Group (FOG)

FOG aims to raise and distribute funds to support clubs, events and trips for the  pupils of Breadalbane Academy.  We run events, activities and apply for grants.  We are currently looking for people we can call on to help with running stalls, baking or maybe helping with events or in whatever way you can.  Events for this year include a Ceilidh or cheese and wine; Bag packing; Thrift shop; pub quiz; bake sales; perhaps a sponsored event and our end of year celebration.

Please email fundraising@breadalbaneparents.com  if you can help .

Thanks

Parent Council and FOG

You can download a copy of this letter. You can also download a copy of the Fundraising and Opportunity Group’s letter to school staff.

Agenda, Tuesday 30 August, 2016

BREADALBANE ACADEMY PARENT COUNCIL MEETING

Tuesday 30th August 2016
Breadalbane Community Campus, Aberfeldy
6.30pm – 8.30pm

ITEM ACTION PAPER
1. WELCOME
1.1 Apologies Note Verbal
2. MINUTE OF LAST MEETING
2.1 Accuracy Approve BAPC 15-01
2.2 Matters Arising and Actions Discuss BAPC 15-02
3. FUTURE MEETINGS
3.1 A proposal for the protocol of future meetings Approve BAPC 16-01
3.2 Definition of the list of Parent Council Sub-Groups Approve Verbal
3.3 Election of Sub-Groups Chairs and Vice-Chairs Approve Verbal
3.4 Pupil involvement in Parent Council Discuss Verbal
3.5 Alternative locations for future meetings Discuss Verbal
3.6 Topics for future meetings Discuss Verbal
4. PARENT COUNCIL ELECTIONS
4.1 Election of Chairperson Approve Verbal
4.2 Election of Vice-Chairperson Approve Verbal
5. MEMBERS’ REPORTS
5.1 Headteacher Note Verbal
5.2 Additional Support Needs Note Verbal
5.3 Comann nam Pàrant Note Verbal
5.4 Fundraising and Opportunities Group Note Verbal
5.5 Parent Council Communications Note Verbal
5.6 Primary Playground Note Verbal
5.7 School Communications Note Verbal
6. DATE OF NEXT MEETING
6.1 Wednesday 28th September, 6:30pm, Breadalbane Community Campus
7. AOCB
 

For dates and time of future meetings, and other important information, see http://www.breadalbaneparents.com/aboutus/

 

‘Named Person’ meeting

Named Person posterWhat: ‘Named Person’ meeting
When: 7pm, Thursday 12 May
Where: Breadalbane Community Campus
Who: All parents and carers

This coming Thursday, 12 May 2016, the school and parent council will hold a parent council meeting specifically to discuss the Scottish Government’s ‘Named Person’ policy.

From August this year, every child in Scotland will have a Named Person, usually a teacher for school kids or health visitor for younger kids. According to the government, this person is simply a single point of contact.

Critics of the policy say that the Named Person has far greater powers to intervene in family life than any teacher did before — for instance, that they can access your family’s medical records, even if your child isn’t classed as being ‘at risk’.

The meeting this Thursday is our chance to find out what Named Person really means for us and how it will work at Breadalbane Academy. Attending we will have:

  • Senior staff from Breadalbane Academy
  • Lesley Scott, a member of the No2NP campaign group opposing Named Person.
  • Anne Dalziel, who is responsible for implementing Named Person across Perth and Kinross.

If you have questions about Named Person, or you’ve never heard of it and this is all a bit of a surprise, then this is your chance to find out what’s what.

We hope to see you there: 7pm, next Thursday (12 May), Breadalbane Community Campus.

 

 

Careers event, Thursday 21 April

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What: Pathways to Work careers event
When: 6:30 – 8:30, Thursday 21 April 2016 (tomorrow night)
Where: Breadalbane Academy Community Campus
For whom: Secondary pupils and their parents

Come and hear about paths to training and employment from representatives of the school, local employers and Scotland’s national skills agency: Skills Development Scotland.

Find out what skills employers are really looking for in applicants for apprenticeships and training schemes. And get inside tips on how you can get your child on the right track for the career they want.

For more information, download the flyer below. Otherwise, see you at 6:30 tomorrow!

Download the flyer

The Pathways to Work event is an open evening organised in partnership with the school, with the support of local businesses and training organisations.

Do you value the IMS? Tell your councillor

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The Perth and Kinross Instrumental Music Service is one of the best in Scotland.

On March 9 the council votes on the future shape and budget of the Perth and Kinross Instrumental Music Service (IMS). The IMS provides travelling music teachers, giving kids the chance to learn a far greater range of musical instruments than any single school’s music department could offer. Without the IMS, kids at rural schools such as Breadalbane Academy, just wouldn’t have the chance to learn as many instruments.

There is no suggestion that the IMS is going to suffer cuts or be changed in some way that might undermine the good work it does in Breadalbane. But there’s also no guarantee that that won’t happen. So if you feel strongly that you want our children to carry on having the opportunity to develop a love of and talent for instrumental music, then now’s the time to write to your councillors — before March 9.

Let your representatives in Perth and Kinross know that, whatever the future holds for the IMS, it’s important to you that it continues to be able to offer children in rural schools access to as wide a range and high a quality of instrumental music lessons as possible.

Here are the names and email addresses of your elected representatives:

Ward 4 – Highland

Ward 5 – Strathtay

You’ll find further details, including postal addresses and phone numbers, on the council website.

Thanks to Rok1966 for making the photo used above available under a Creative Commons licence. 

What parents really think about school communications

In May 2015 the school and parent council decided to work together, to ask parents what they thought of school communications: what was working, what wasn’t, and how they’d like the school to communicate with them in the future.

We ran the survey during the first two weeks in October. 17% of parents took part; enough for us to be confident that the survey properly represents parents’ views. This is what you told us.

A mixed experience

The survey asked parents to rate various aspects of school communications — for instance, whether the school kept them up to date on their child’s learning, whether the parents felt well informed about school events, and so on — on a scale of 1 to 6, in which 1 was good and 6 was bad.

Almost all of the answers clustered around the midway mark, indication of an experience that was neither particularly good nor particularly bad. However, when asked if they were satisfied with school communications, 70% of respondents said they were either dissatisfied or very dissatisfied.

What parents want

In the survey, we asked parents how they would like the school to communicate with them in future, asking them to choose what they thought were the three best means of communication for the school.

Nearly 80% of respondents chose Group-call texts, over 70% wanted the school to use email more, and just under 50% said the school website was an important means of communication. Bucking the digital trend, around 65% of parents wanted the school to carry on using letters and forms sent home with their children. Almost no one liked Twitter, with fewer than 5% of respondents saying they thought it would be useful in future communications.

What next?

Under the new management, the school has started work to improve communications, producing a regular newsletter. The parent council has formed a communications subgroup; composed of the team who ran the survey and representatives from nursery, primary, secondary, Gaelic Medium and parents of children with additional support needs.

This group is working with the school management team and will help the school with the drafting of a communications strategy. When the strategy is ready, it will be made available for parents to read and comment upon. We’ll post further news on the communications strategy to this website.

Thank you

Running this survey and collating the results has taken over half a year. During this time, the school’s senior management team has been commendably open minded in taking on board criticism and new ideas and has dedicated a lot of time and resources to working with the parent council. We thank them.

Thank you, too, to you — the parents who’ve taken the time to complete the survey, to contribute to meetings or to give us your input and ideas in other ways. Keep it coming!

You can download the full communications report from our website. If you want to provide input to the communications group, as it draws up the strategy, email contact@breadalbaneparents.com.

Mrs Marshall is new head of primary

Mrs Marshall

Mrs Marshall

On Tuesday 15 December a selection panel chose Mrs Vicky Marshall to be the next depute head teacher (DHT) for the Breadalbane Academy primary department. After just over a year as acting DHT (primary), she is now permanent in the role.

“I am delighted that Mrs Marshall has been appointed to the post of depute head at Breadalbane Academy”, said Councillor Bob Band, who was on the selection panel. “The appointment panel was unanimous in this decision and I am pleased that the appointment has been accepted by Mrs. Marshall”.

“I too am very pleased with the appointment of Mrs Marshall to the DHT post” commented Andy Pointer, one of the two parent council reps on the selection panel. “It has taken a few years, and it has not always been easy, but we now have the right person in post, and the new stability should help the primary school move forward again”.

Congratulations Vicky! There’s no escaping parent council meetings now.