Simon Cunningham (Chair)
Debby Biddles (Vice Chair)
Cllr David Macdonald
Cllr Annette Ireland
Apologies: Joanna Teuton, Angie McHendry, Alison McCosh, Fiona Leatham, Ruth Alexander, Lisa Gold, Cllr Stewart Miller, Cllr Alan Lafferty
Non-Attendees: David McLeish
Observers: Adam Capek
Simon Cunningham (SC) welcome everybody to this meeting of the Parent Council (PC). SC thanked Debby Biddles (DB) for looking after the PC so well in his absence and for progressing matters with the car park funding.
SC also thanked Lesley Cook (LC), DB and Carole Chalmers (CC) for tidying up the garden area next to the mural at the Clarkston Road entrance to the school on Friday 19th January 2018.
SC reported that Brian McLauchlan (BM) has stepped down from the PC due to work commitments and extra study. BM asked SC to congratulate the PC for their commitment and work that they do. SC thanked BM for his help and contribution to the PC.
SC said that Alan Reed has taken over from John Marley for Road Safety at East Renfrewshire Council (ERC). Alan Reed is on board and being as helpful as possible on Road Safety Matters and the proposed changes to the car park.
Minutes from Meeting – Wednesday 8th November 2017
Joanne Scott (JS) asked that on page 2 of the previous minutes be changed to Scottish Education Awards from Scottish Attainment Challenge.
Proposed by: DB
Seconded by: LC
JS said that there had been significant vandalism in the one of the nursery play areas where cupboards had been pulled down and items being upended. The Police have been to the school and will try to increase vigilance on a weekend monitoring the school.
There is still a problem with people climbing onto the roof and the notice board next to Clarkston Road entrance has been taken down and this should stop people using this to gain access to the roof. Ruth Adams from ERC will provide funding to apply cladding around the school to deter people from climbing onto the roof. LC commented that she had witnessed people climbing up the drain pipes so it may be an idea to apply anti slip paint to these.
Annette Ireland (AI) said she has spoken to Claire Reid and she met with Ruth Adams and they have confirmed that there is a budget to enhance CCTV provision at schools in East Renfrewshire. They are looking at setting up live monitoring screens at the depot. JS requested that if people see any kind of vandalism or people in the school grounds after hours to report these incidents so that the issue is highlighted. Numbers to call are 101 and 0800 013 0076.
Discussion was also held around encouraging children not to go into areas they shouldn’t i.e. the garden area at the mural. SC asked people to challenge this behaviour and report it to the office.
JS said that the bicycle shelter is still broken and that ERC have agreed to replace this. The council will not remove the old shelter but will take the plastic off and extend the shelter providing a metal structure. Tennant Stevenson (TS) asked if the bike shelter needed to be covered. JS said it was better if it was covered as when Bike Ability is held there are a lot of bikes in school.
JS said that the school were also looking at the area by the car park to make this a quiet area for children. They will ensure that the surface of this area is paved or pebbled and ensure that water will drain from the area. The area will also be fenced off to provide a quiet area for children.
JS said that this has been a busy term and preparation for standardised tests for Primaries 3, 5 and 7 was under way.
There has been good work on outdoor learning utilising the 2 courtyards in the school.
The school has also just finished the Scots Festival and this year the focus was on speaking Scots poetry. The Ceilidh Band have also been busy playing in the festival.
JS said that there has been no update from the Governance Review. Some schools have started collaborating together and the Education Authorities have been working in partnership with other groups. The key focus is on raising attainment and closing the gap. There is a more formal partnership for West of Scotland which is being headed up by Mhairi Shaw, Director of Education for ERC. She will undertake this role in parallel with her role as Director of Education.
LC asked about ERC not having control of their budget. JS said that that was incorrect and ERC are in charge of their own funding. There will be some changes and ERC are currently looking at how things can be managed fairly and effectively. They are looking at schools being able to carry forward a small percentage of their budget at the end of the financial year. JS said that it was important to ensure the money is used for the children in that year but can also use this method to save in order to do something bigger the following year. Fair funding will also state how much funding the schools will control as opposed to the council doing it.
Road Safety Update
SC reported that the last Road Safety Event had been cancelled due to weather. There was still a plan to have a Road Safety Even and a suitable date will be arranged for this.
Alan Reid from ERC has sent out a copy of the updated car park plan. The pathway will now extend to Linn Park Avenue so that there would be no break in the curb.
JS said it would help if there was a gate installed at the end of the playground next to the Nursery building to stop parents crossing the playground with small children. Having the gate would make the approach to the Nursery building safer. JS was asked for adaption requirements when the nursery hours changed but ERC did not deem crossing the playground as a health and safety issue.
AI said she would pick this up with ERC.
Adam Capek (AC) asked if you could not make the gate access into the nursery garden. JS said she would look at options to add a gate. SC said he would write to ERC regarding this matter.
AI to follow up on gate for access to Nursery with ERC
SC to write to ERC regarding this matter
JS to look at options of where the gate could be located
Car Park Proposal
SC said that he had looked at having yellow lines put in the middle of the car park and outside the car park and if this goes ahead would need community wardens to monitor the situation and people parking on double yellow lines.
SC said that the new car park changes are due to be carried out before the end of the financial year and for the alterations to be done the car park would be shut completely. The work is expected to take around a week to complete.
DB said that we should also communicate with nursery parents regarding parking safely and sensibly. JS said this would be added to the nursery newsletters. DB also asked if the nursery could be informed when buses are being used for school trips as sometimes parking is bad and the bus cannot get into park. JS said she would look at this.
JS to add parking safety to nursery newsletters
ERC Winter Road Safety
SC said that ERC have issued a Winter Road Safety campaign. SC spoke to Alan Reid who complimented Netherlee Primary on their road safety campaigns and the progress that the school has made in tackling the issue. The ERC document highlights what can be done for road safety. JS said that this is the start of a bigger programme. SC said he would have more information at the next PC meeting in April. SC also asked if there were any comments on the Winter Road Safety Campaign to pass these onto himself and DB.
DB said that the Road Safety Event could maybe tie in with the council initiative.
Adam Capek asked if the car park next to La Contrada had been looked at as this seemed to be a major safety issue with pedestrians. SC said it is believed that this land is not owned by either McLaren Place or La Contrada. The PC have previously looked at having markings in this area and asked for zig zag lines to be put across this entrance but nothing progressed with this. David Macdonald (DM) said that you could look at having a white line across the end of the space. SC asked DM to look into this and provide feedback at the next meeting.
AI said that she had spoken to Lorraine Laine regarding school crossing patrols and are hoping to have someone in place in the next couple of weeks. ERC are looking to recruit School Crossing Patrollers and could people pass onto people who may be interested.
SC asked if JS could send an email out asking if people are interested in the School Crossing Patroller vacancies.
DM to follow up having a white line at the entrance to the car park on Clarkston Road and feedback at the next meeting.
Vandalism and School Break Ins
SC has spoken to the campus officer and alerted them to the vandalism at the school. This has been related to community police officers and they have been asked to be more attentive to the area out of school hours.
JS said that there had been a break in via a window in one of the classrooms. Nothing was taken and there was no damage but the cleaners were alarmed by the incident. SC said that we could maybe look at the fences around the school being heightened.
AI said she had spoken to Sandra McLemon at ERC and they are taking the vandalism very seriously. A new initiative is to be started with Achieve More Scotland and currently they are targeting Barrhead and Eastwood areas looking to setup football teams and play on a Friday night. They will also be doing dancing classes and they are hoping this will be up and running by April 2018.
SC said it would be useful to speak to Angie McHenry and the campus officer and for them talk to high school children about vandalism and the consequences of this.
Any Other Business
TS asked the school to consider having a motivational seminar as part of the P7 leaving programme. JS said that this is currently taught within the school and have had different speakers in to talk to children from athletes and SFA footballers. JS said it was very important for children to be able to link their learning with people’s achievements. There is also a special leavers assembly for P7 children and a former pupil is asked to attend to address the children.
TS would like the PC to create a small subcommittee to look at getting a 4G pitch installed on the playing field. SC said that JS, SC and David McLeish had held previous discussions on this and it would cost a lot of money to have this installed and the pitch belongs to ERC. TS asked if a feasibility study could be undertaken for a 4G pitch and look at other ways this can be funded. SC will add this to the agenda at the next PC meeting. DB asked of TS could get a copy of a feasibility study for a for a hockey pitch so the PC could have a look at this.
SC to add 4G pitch to next agenda
TS to provide copy of 4G pitch feasibility study
Date of Next Meeting
Wednesday 21st March 2018 @ 6.30pm