Minutes of the Netherlee Parent Council Meeting – 8th November 2017
Simon Cunningham (Chair)
Debby Biddles (Vice Chair)
Cllr Annette Ireland
Apologies: Cllr Stewart Miller, Cllr Alan Lafferty, Cllr David McDonald, Jane Thomson
Non-Attendees: David McLeish, Ruth Alexander, Brian McLauchlan
Observers: Adam Capek, Trisha Hamilton, Kaneez Fizza
Debby BIddles (DB) welcomed everyone to this meeting of the Parent Council (PC) and welcomed back Simon Cunningham (SC) back as Chair to the PC.
DB reiterated to attendees that in order to keep the PC meetings to an hour, some discussions may be parked and dealt with separately, as appropriate.
Minutes from AGM – Wednesday 27th September 2017
SC indicated that his apologies had not been noted on the minutes from the last meeting. DB apologised and this would be rectified.
Proposed by: AM
Seconded by: TS
Standardised Tests and Evaluation Report
Joanne Scott (JS) said that a Standard and Quality Report has been issued to parents’ week commencing Monday 6th November 2017. Spare copies are available in the school office and can also be viewed online on the school website. The full report is also available on the website, whereas the report issued to parents gives a wider view of the children’s achievements in school.
JS requested feedback regarding the report. SC said it was very clear and informative. Angie McHendry (AM) said that the report was personal to the school and highlighted pupil achievements. DB liked that the report highlighted the HMI Inspection and showing the areas which have been worked on for improvement in the last twelve months. Carole Chalmers (CC) commented that it was good and concise for parents to read.
DB also commented that it was nice to show the comparison of previous scores from the different children’s stages. JS said that this was included to show parents how the school compares to other years. The expectation from the Director of Education for Netherlee was to achieve 105 in maths and this had been exceeded and that the school were keen to attain and sustain this figure and ensure that all children are improving.
JS also said that the P1’s do not undertake a standardised test but do have baseline testing. During the course of this school year national standardised assessments will be undertaken in primaries 1, 4, 7 and S3. East Renfrewshire Council’s standardised testing will continue to be undertaken alongside the new standardised testing in order to gather historical data.
JS said that Netherlee Primary were finalists in the Scottish Attainment Challenge and had also been invited to speak at the National Numeracy Hub and a team of children and teachers would be going to speak at this in the next couple of weeks.
JS said that the Social Deprivation Index website shows how the deprivation classification is worked out. This has a big impact on how schools are funded.
Care Inspectorate to Nursery
JS said that the Care Inspectorate visited the Nursery recently and looked at the areas of:
· Care and Support
· Leadership and Management
The verbal feedback from the Care Inspectorate was very good and a high response rate and superb feedback was received from parents.
Road Safety Update
DB said that she had met with Miss Jodie Osborne who has taken on the role of managing the Junior Road Safety Officers and their meetings. The JRSOs meet every Monday and the children are starting to develop slides to present at a school assembly at the start of Road Safety week which will run from 20th November to 26th November 2017.
DB said that at the launch of the week the winning road safety posters and banners would be displayed around the school and in the car parks.
A road safety event will be run by the children on Friday 24th November 2017 which is driven by the JRSOs with posters and red letters to hand out regarding parking responsibly.
AM said she would attend the event.
DB said that Councillors would be invited to this event as well. SC will contact Community Wardens to attend the day. DB also said she would invite John Marley from the Roads Department, East Renfrewshire Council to attend in order to see the issues faced in the car park.
DB to contact local Councillors
DB to contact John Marley
SC to contact Community Wardens to attend the event
Joanna Teuton (JT) said that the last letter indicating alternative parking could also cause congestion elsewhere. DB proposed to keep the text of the red letter and remove the map. It was agreed that people should be encouraged to walk to school.
ACTION: Map to be removed from parking red letters.
Jodie Osborne wanted to have a news film crew at the event, however, there had not been much interest in this. Ellie Murphy (EM) and Lesley Cook (LC) suggested that a parent may be able to film the event or a Williamwood High School student.
Car Park Proposal
DB informed attendees that the £10,000 secured by Mary Montague was still available to make changes to Netherlee Pavilion Car Park. AI and DB have met with John Marley of the Roads Department, East Renfrewshire Council (ERC) regarding changes to the car park and DB handed round a proposal from John Marley showing proposed changes to the car park. This showed the following:
· Spreading out the disabled spaces across the car park
· Raising the curbs to deter parking out with designated space
· Building a footpath on the pavilion side of the car park
John Marley has confirmed that ERC Roads Department can undertake the work, so DB is hopeful the work will start soon. DB said that John Marley has also found extra funding for the car park. AI is still to confirm with him what the amount will be.
DB asked for suggestions on how the extra money could be utilised in car park.
SC asked if the spaces could be made longer creating a smaller channel for cars to drive through and add double yellow lines. Fiona Dempsey (FD) said that a 6m clearing space is required which is shown on the proposed plan so this wouldn’t be possible to lengthen the spaces.
DB said that the council needed to confirm if the car park is owned by the council so that tickets for double yellow line parking could be issued.
DB asked if the curb height at the entrance be raised.
TS suggested that during school hours try to enforce reverse parking into spaces and have walkways in the car park itself. SC said that as this is a local authority car park and not school grounds, therefore this cannot be enforced if people are not adhering to the rule. AMc said that TS point is good but would not like children to be walking down the middle of the car park.
DB would discuss the reverse parking option with John Marley.
DB said there were still issues with people parking on zig zag lines and although parents have been approached there was still resistance from the parents/carers parking on the zig zags. Other members have witnessed this parking as well. AM said this had been highlighted to John McQuirter to have wardens and police aware of this issue as if caught parking in these areas would result in a fine and points on a licence.
It was agreed that the first phase for the car park, as per the plans, would go ahead. JS asked that thought be given to coaches who use the car park when collecting and dropping children off when DB and AI next meet with John Marley. Discussion was held when the works would take place and if this would be done in a school holiday.
Any Other Business
Lost Property Process
EM asked what the current lost property process is. JS said that if items are found they are placed in the lost property bin. From time to time the children have a tidy team where the bin is emptied and they try to return items. At the end of each session parents are invited in to pick up any lost property. Unclaimed items are then given to charity.
JS also said that parents are allowed to come in and check the bin and this would be put in the next newsletter to inform them of this and the location of the lost property bins in the school.
EM said that the process doesn’t seem to work as the bins are so large it is hard for children to search through and could this be a focus in a way that the JRSOs work.
DB asked if this was a parent’s responsibility to get back lost property. JS said that she was happy if parents wanted to help out and sort through lost property once a month. JS also said that the Pupil Council had been asked to look at lost property and come up with ideas for a child led tidy team for lost property.
ACTION: JS - Lost property location and access to bins to be included in newsletter.
Tidy Friday Gardens
Mr Duncan is working with the children in gardening groups around the school. They are currently working on the courtyard. LC said that the mural garden at the Clarkston Road entrance needs tidying up. JS said that the Janitor has said he will wheel a bin around to that area when a parent team is going to do the tidy up. LC said that she will arrange a date, most probably a Friday, to tidy up the mural garden.
ACTION: LC arrange a garden tidy date for the mural garden and inform the Janitor of the date.
At the last meeting DB had invited feedback on the school website.
Carole Chalmers (CC) said that she had looked at other school websites and they were all a similar format and style to Netherlee.
It was noted that there was some difficulty viewing the website on different devices other than a desktop and the calendar was hard to find when viewing on a mobile phone. Julie Roberts (JR) said that the website is created via WordPress and there were some limitations rendering the website on mobile devices. JR agreed to add an extra link at the top when viewing the mobile website to view in desktop style.
It was also noted that letters which could be viewed on the website were intermittent and that not all letters issued were available on the website.
ACTION: JR to add link to view website in desktop mode from mobile devices.
JS said there had been no significant vandalism until the previous weekend when a fire was started next the kitchen and bin area using a blue bin which had been wheeled down to the school and set on fire. The fire brigade was in attendance at the incident.
DB said that she had witnessed children climbing over the gate and climbing on the roof and jumping. The police were called but the children had left when the police arrived. There is concern that children may get hurt climbing on the roof.
SC said that by dialling 101 you can be put through to the community wardens to inform them of any anti-social behaviour seen at the school out of hours. It was agreed that this be added to the newsletter with the police 101 number and the number for community wardens 0800 013 0076.
ACTION: JS to include vandalism awareness and numbers to call in school newsletter.
Consultation on Education Bill
A consultation on the Scottish Education Bill has been announced. JS said that there was nothing to share yet but would encourage people read up on this. JS said she would send out links to documentation for parents to read.
AI said talks were underway at ERC.
DB said there was concern that Netherlee Primary School would lose out with the new reforms and fair funding. JS said that fair funding is currently used to raise attainment and pupil equity funding is minimal in East Renfrewshire in comparison to Glasgow.
JS to send a link to the Education Bill to parents.
SC to confirm when the consultation period ends.
Proposals will be agreed upon after the consultation and it will be important to gather feedback from the Parent Council and parents before the consultation ends.
AI said as it is a consultation, figures will not be known until December so feedback should be given once these figures are available.
DB said that this would be added as a main agenda point at the next Parent Council Meeting.
ACTION: SC Consultation of Education Bill be added to next meeting agenda.
All Weather Pitch
TS asked that a feasibility study for a multi weather pitch be added to the next agenda.
ACTION: SC to add multi weather pitch to next agenda.
JS thanked DB for doing a wonderful job as Chair of the Parent Council while standing in for SC.
Date of Next Meeting
Wednesday 24th January 2017