Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Netherlee Parent Council 16th May 2018
Simon Cunningham (Chair)
Debby Biddles (Vice Chair)
Cllr Annette Ireland
Apologies: Fiona Needleman, Ellie Murphy, Jane Thomson, David McLeish, Lisa Gold
Observers: Kaneez Fizza, Adam Capek, Karen Strachan, Marie Owens, Brian Cook,
Simon Cunningham (SC) welcomed everyone to the last Parent Council Meeting and Annual General Meeting for the school year.
Minutes from Meeting – Wednesday 21st March 2018
Proposed by: DB
Seconded by: CC
Update from the Chair
The car park renovations for the pavilion car park are still be be undertaken and have gone back out to tender. It is expected that the works will be undertaken over the summer and it is hopeful they will be finished once school recommences in August.
Mrs Joanne Scott will be retiring from her post in October 2018 and SC wished JS the best of luck from the Parent Council and thanked her for all the support and help she has given over her tenure at Netherlee Primary School. There is an ongoing recruitment process for the new head and SC, Debby Biddles (DB) and Alison McCosh (AMc) will be involved in the recruitment process.
Elect New Office Bearers
SC will be stepping down as the PC Chair and thanked the Parent Council (PC) for all the support they have given him as Chair and Vice Chair and thanked the PC for the work they have undertaken on behalf of the PC. SC also thanked JS, DB and Lynn Sweeney (LS) for their support as well as the local councillors and Councillor Annette Ireland (AI).
SC proposed DB to be the new Chair, Fiona Dempsey (FD) seconded.
DB proposed Lesley Cook (LC) to be the Vice Chair for one year, AMc seconded.
SC said that Fiona Needleman and Fiona Dempsey would be stepping down from the PC and thanked them and other members stepping down for the time they have given to the PC.
Elect New Members
New members joining the Parent Council are:
· Adam Capek
· Marie Owens
· Karen Strachan
· Kaneez Fizza
· Brian Cook
Marie Owens (MO) is the vice chair of the PTA and will be the liaison between the two groups.
The results for the Standardised Testing for Primaries 3, 5 and 7 which were taken in February 2018 had still not been received. The results of the tests would be sent out to each child once the data has been received.
SNSA (Scottish National Standardised Assessment) information should have been received by parents of children in primaries 1, 4 and 7. There will be no data to report this year as the tests are new, therefore there is no historical data. JS said the tests were going well and did not seem to be an erroneous task for children. P1 children will go in small groups to take the test, in order to have support using the computer and mouse. P1’s are not tested in writing but are tested in reading and numeracy. Carole Chalmers (CC) asked if the school knew the results of the tests. JS said that the tests show the number of correct and incorrect answers. JS will look to see if there is anything useful in the data and if so, will share with parents.
JS said children are not told about the tests but the school is trying to get the balance right of the importance of doing your best work but also to enjoy the experience and not be fearful about the tests.
The school will be 85 years old this year and a birthday party will be held on 21st June 2018. The children and involved in the organisation of the party.
The school received a small budget of £32k for Pupil Equity Funding and have used the funds to employ an additional teacher to go into the classroom. This has allowed Mrs Mann to come out the classroom and help with pupil support and training. Children with needs will benefit from this with things such as homework support, social skills support, one to one support and time spent with PSAs using specific resources for five minute boxes for numeracy and literacy. This has had a positive impact and staff are reporting that they are seeing improvements in children’s attainments. The budget for the next school year will allow the school to continue with this.
Community learning is about to end for this block and JS said there had been great support from parents and expressed her thanks and appreciation of the help given to the community learning sessions.
Mrs McDermott and Mrs McIntosh will be retiring at the end of this session. Mrs Anne Tennant, Office Manager is also retiring and interviews have been held for this position to be filled.
Three new members of staff have been appointed:
Road Safety Update
SC said the recent road safety event was very successful. LS said that good feedback had been received from the parent body. Children were excellent and did really well and seemed to have a good impact on the day. High visibility vests and banners from the road safety competition winners were excellent. Tennant Stevenson (TS) said that there had been one case of a car parked in the staff car park and the driver agreed to rethink and look for somewhere else to park.
DB commented that Ellie Murphy had compiled a great press release and this has been circulated to various online media sites.
SC thanked the children for their enthusiasm and fantastic execution of duties with the support of Miss Osborne. SC also thanked AI for attending the event.
AI said that there would be possible changes to the crossing on Clarkston Road with the narrowing of the carriageway to slow traffic down.
Discussion was held on a traffic survey being held on 1st Avenue. AI said she would look into this and pass on any information received.
Angie McHendry (AM) said that she had spoken to traffic police regarding issues on Stamperland Drive/Stamperland Hill. Traffic officers have been out and did not record any speeding,although there was a high volume of traffic. SC asked that PC members report to community wardens and the council the high volume of traffic if witnessed in this area as this would help prompt a road survey being carried out.
FR raised concerns about children cycling dangerously to school. LS and JS said that awareness of safe cycling would be raised with the children.
SC said that East Renfrewshire Council have an equalities forum and it would be useful to have a representative from the PC to attend. FR agreed to take on this role and a deputy would be appointed at the next PC meeting.
CC asked why there were no bins in the playground. JS said bins were being set on fire and are now taken in at night.
DB thanked SC for all his work to the PC. He has been the longest serving member of the PC and longest serving Chair and the school and PC are grateful for the support SC has provided the school.
SC thanked the PC for their support and commitment.
Date of Next Meeting
Wednesday 12th September 2018 @ 6.30pm