Netherlee Primary School

Netherlee Primary School

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Netherlee Parent Council, 16th May 2018



Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Netherlee Parent Council 16th May 2018


Present:
Simon Cunningham (Chair)
Debby Biddles (Vice Chair)
Beverly Eades
Fiona Leatham
Lesley Cook
Fiona Dempsey
Alison McCosh 
SC
DB
BE
FL
LC
FD
AMc

Tennant Stevenson
Carole Chalmers
Margaret Robertson
Angie McHendry
Joanne Scott
Lynn Sweeney
Cllr Annette Ireland
TS
CC
MR
AM
JS
LS
AI

Apologies:                      Fiona Needleman, Ellie Murphy, Jane Thomson, David McLeish, Lisa Gold

Observers:                      Kaneez Fizza, Adam Capek, Karen Strachan, Marie Owens, Brian Cook,
                                            Felicity Rose


Welcome
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.

School Matters
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:
Miss Cheape
Miss Centola
Miss Elliott

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.

Equalities
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.

AOCB
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

Wednesday, 16 May 2018


Netherlee Primary School’s children tackle Road Safety with new banner campaign

Children from Netherlee Primary School will launch a new road safety banner campaign at a Road Safety event on 15th May, to try to encourage more responsible parking in and around the school. Four winning designs have been chosen from a pupil led competition across the whole school, which saw over 100 children taking part.
Children were invited to design posters to convey a message about parking safely, to stop parents and carers parking illegally or irresponsibly at drop off and pick up times and to make sure the children are kept safe.
The four winning designs chosen by the Junior Road Safety Officers and the Parent Council were:

  • Ben Moulson (P6): “Don’t Park in an Ambulance space; Don’t park on a yellow line; Don’t park unless you have a blue badge”
  • Jack Brown (P6): “Please don’t park in these spaces our teachers need these places”
  • Holly Johnson (Former P7): “Keep school areas clear. We are watching you”
  • Cara Young (Former P7): “Be a Bright Spark Don’t Double Park”
Simon Cunningham, Chair of the Parent Council, Netherlee Primary School said:

“Road safety in and around our school is a huge focus for us, making sure our children can go to and from the school safely. We want to make sure parents and guardians aren’t unwittingly putting children’s lives at risk."

The winning designs have been made into banners which will be unveiled around the grounds of the school on 15th May.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Minutes of Netherlee Parent Council Meeting, 21st March 2018



Minutes of the Netherlee Parent Council Meeting – 21st March 2018

Present
Simon Cunningham (Chair)
Debby Biddles (Vice Chair)
Beverly Eades
Fiona Leatham
Lisa Gold
Fiona Needleman
Lesley Cook
Jane Thomson
Lisa Gold
SC
DB
BE
FL
LG
FN
LC
JT
LG

Tennant Stevenson
Carole Chalmers
Margaret Robertson
Angie McHendry
Joanne Scott
Julie Roberts
Lynn Sweeney
Cllr Stewart Miller
Cllr Alan Lafferty

TS
CC
MR
AM
JS
JR
LS
SM
AL

Apologies:                 Joanna Teuton, Alison McCosh, Fiona Leatham, Ruth Alexander, Ellie Murphy, Jane Thomson, Adam Capek, David McLeish, Cllr Annette Ireland  


Welcome
Simon Cunningham (SC) welcomed everyone to the penultimate meeting of the Parent Council for the 2017-18 session.  He also welcomed Jason Rush and Alex Provan who are Community Wardens from East Renfrewshire Council to give an overview of their remit.

Minutes from Meeting – Wednesday 24th January 2018
Proposed by: DB                                                             
Seconded by: CC

Community Wardens - Vandalism and Parking
The Community Wardens have the responsibility to patrol schools in East Renfrewshire with increased patrols in school holidays.  During holiday times the wardens come onto school premises during the day and in the evenings.  There is also CCTV monitoring premises from the Control Room in ERC.  They asked that if any anti-social behaviour is witnessed to contact the police. 

The service is currently run until 1am in the morning and does not run for 24 hours and it has been noted that disturbances have increased since the service ceased to run 24 hours.

With regard to parking issues, the Community Wardens commented that there were issues in all schools as more people are using cars.  The main problems with Netherlee Primary were parking on double yellow lines and double parking in the car park.  The Wardens are allocated a school to patrol each day at 3pm and it would be impossible to patrol every school every day but they are trying to educate people regarding safe parking and move them on.  Wardens can ticket for parking on double yellow lines, but cannot ticket for double parking or parents parking in the staff car park.  They will try to maintain a presence at the school and try to deter dangerous parking but sometimes the Wardens being there can cause more issues with people trying to move away from the Wardens.

SC commented that the roadworks currently on Clarkston Road were have an impact on parking.  The Wardens said they did respond to a call but didn’t see anything.  The Wardens commented that if dangerous parking was witnessed to report this and if there is a Warden in the area then they will respond.

SC requested that if any vandalism was witnessed in or around the school that the Community Wardens or the Police be called to report the anti-social behaviour.  There are cards ready to be distributed to the children with the Community Wardens number on it. 

Angie McHenry (AM) thanked the Wardens for their remit and said that their presence is a good deterrent and their attendance would be welcomed as much as possible in the area.

AM also asked that if parking on white zig zag lines was witnessed to report this to the police.  The Wardens have a community liaison meeting with police on a Monday and this information can be passed on. 

Discussion was held on the tasking and co-ordinating process of the Community Wardens and the Parent Council would like to be involved in tasking prior to the summer holidays and lend additional support to the council by going through the tasking process and requesting additional funding over the summer to focus on vandalism and anti-social behaviour.  The Community Wardens were not aware of funding but commented that there is a presence in Netherlee and Clarkston and the schools are checked in the holiday periods.  The Wardens also commented that when calls are received and areas highlighted they respond to the calls. 

Fiona Needleman (FN) asked if there were other road safety measures that could be implemented, for example, using cones at the entrance to the staff car park.  If coned off this could deter people from parking there.  Joanne Scott (JS) said there was no issue with this but would need to be manned by volunteers.  SC asked if anybody would be free to volunteer to do this. 

SC thanked the Community Wardens for attending the meeting and reiterated the importance of reporting any vandalism or anti-social behaviour witnessed.

Update
Installation of gate at Saplings nursery building -  SC and Cllr Annette Ireland (AI) had met with Ruth Adams at ERC and she has agreed to install the gate.  The ironmongers who are carrying out work to the school roof have given a quote for the new gate to be installed.  SC also said that a line will be painted for parents and carers to use when accessing the Saplings building where the line will not be crossed into the playground and children in the playground will not cross the line. 

Car Park Works – John Marley from ERC has had the car park plans redrawn to accommodate the turning of buses into the car park.  As a result two spaces will be removed from the car park.  SC and AI have met with contractors and John Marley and discussed the widening of the car park for the buses.  SC said the funding has not been lost and will be carried over into the new financial year and it is hoped that the works will be completed by the end of the school year.  SC and AI will keep in touch with ERC until the work is completed.

Spring Concert – SC paid tribute to the Spring Concert held in March.  He said the concert was amazing and the dedication of the children seems to get better year on year and wanted to pass on congratulations from the Parent Council to the children, staff, Raymond Watson, Becky Roberts and Stephen West.  JS said that the Community Choir is working very well and is about participating and being part of a group, although more boys in the choir would be nice.

School Matters
JS said that planning for the next session had commenced and the school will be interviewing for three full time posts for the next school year.

Mrs Pollock would be going on maternity leave from 30/3/2018 and Miss Wormsley would be taking over Mrs Pollock’s class.  Miss Wormsley joined after Mr Duncan left and ensures continuity. 

Miss McNamee will return from maternity leave at the end of May. Mrs McIntosh and Mrs McDermott will be retiring at the end of the school year as will Mrs Anne Tennant from the school office. 

In the next school year there will be four Primary 7 classes which means there is an issue with space for classrooms.  To overcome this the Base Room which is used for additional learning and literary resources will be used.  A quarter of the Innovation Space will be used for the Base Room.  IT will be affected slightly but with mobile technology improving, this should be less of a problem.  The move will happen next term. 

Lesley Cook (LC) asked whether P5 will be reducing their classes due to numbers.  JS said that numbers will be over the threshold so P5 will remain as four classes.

JS said that P1 parents are being informed that classes may change but at present P1 will remain the same.

Grounds development has commenced on the quiet area.

JS said the school had had a number of recent successes:
·         Glasgow Music Festival – individual children and the orchestra did well, the Lunch Bunch did well, the choir did well but were not placed and were a little disappointed but it is important to keep going.
·         Sports – skiing team recently attended the SSA Alpine Races at Glencoe.  Out of 15 schools attending the A team from Netherlee placed 2nd, B team placed 2nd in their category and the C team placed 6th in their category.
·         The Netball team are doing well and won the cluster tournament and will now go forward. 
·         The Dance Team did well and placed 2nd.  JS said there was problems with the music failing but the team were brilliant in their performance. 

Maths – four staff presented at the Head Teachers Seminar and Netherlee Primary has been shortlisted for raised numeracy in education.

ICT – virtual headsets have been delivered to the school.  Julie Roberts (JR) said that two children have been recruited from each class across P4-P7 to be champions of this new technology and teach the other children and teachers how to use it.

Standardised testing has been completed and the results will be shared when these are received from ERC. 

Starting next year will be the Scottish Standardised Testing and JS will send information out regarding this closer to the time.  This testing will be for Primaries 1, 4  and 7.  The test is done electronically and the results will be available immediately.

Road Safety Update
SC said that there were still issues with car parking and he will continue to deal with these issues and liaise with Community Wardens and the Police.  After Easter SC will meet with Angela Mitchell, Police Liaison Officer.

SC asked Deby Biddles (DB) to liaise with Jodie Osborne and Lynne Sweeney regarding holding another Road Safety Event.

SC asked if anyone was happy to help out patrolling the car park at the end of the day.  LC said it would be good to have a rota and have a presence consistently for two to three weeks.  Lesley Cook, Tennant Stevenson, Simon Cunningham, Margaret Robertson and Lisa Gold all volunteered.  It was agreed that if people could be identified as staff or disabled then they would be given access to the staff car park.

SC said that there still issues with the availability of Crossing Patrols outside the school.  SC asked again that a message be sent out again asking if people are interested in taking on a Patrol Crossing role to contact ERC.  SC will continue discussions on this matter.

Action: AM said she would take action to talk to traffic police and to talk to ERC regarding the allocation of resources at ERC for the Community Wardens.

SC said he would talk to JS and JR to encourage parents to report issues, no matter how minor.  AM said that when teams are being scheduled, the more calls which are made from an area creates a hot spot and allows resource to be allocated to this area. 

LC asked if ERC would adopt the car park and SC said that anyone parked out with a space can be ticketed.

School Pitch
SC said that Danny McManus will attend the next Parent Council Meeting to discuss the school pitch.  It would not be hard to change the pitch to 4g but would take a lot of fundraising by the Parent Council and any deficit could be made up by ERC.  There could be some other sources of funding i.e. Lottery Funding.  Approximately £160k-£300k would need to be raised for the new pitch. 

This would be a long term project but would also give the community a chance to become involved in the school.  Lisa Gold (LG) said that Stamperland Residents Association may be able to offer some help.

It was suggested that it may be worthwhile talking to Giffnock Soccer Centre as they self-funded to update the pitchers behind Eastwood Leisure Centre.

Cost of the School Day
 SC said that it was important to identify families who may need financial support when paying for school trips and other expenses and to support the school in these matters. 

JS said it was difficult to get a true picture of where families are struggling and would be worth exploring how we can identify this.  The PTA help with fundraising money and pay for activities such as the pantomime.  Staff run lunchtime clubs and the school has started to look at recycling uniforms and the results of the recycling effort will be available in the next few weeks.  Information is also given out about the trip to Lockerbie Manor and this indicates that financial help is available for families. 

SC said that this was an ongoing issue and he will continue to discuss this at the next Parent Council Meeting.  JS suggested that members could come back with some ideas around the cost of the school day. 

Date of Next Meeting

Wednesday 16th May 2018 @ 6.30pm

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Minutes of Netherlee Parent Council Meeting, 24th January 2018

Present:
Simon Cunningham (Chair)
Debby Biddles (Vice Chair)
Beverly Eades
Fiona Dempsey
Lisa Gold
Fiona Needleman
Lesley Cook
Jane Thomson
Cllr David Macdonald

SC
DB
BE
FD
LG
FN
LC
JT
DM

Tennant Stevenson
Carole Chalmers
Margaret Robertson
Ellie Murphy
Joanne Scott
Julie Roberts
Lynn Sweeney
Cllr Annette Ireland
Stuart Bryce

TS
CC
MR
EM
JS
JR
LS
AI
SB

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


Welcome

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

School Matters

Vandalism

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.

Quiet Area

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.

Term Activities

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. 

Governance Review

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.

ACTION:
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.

ACTION:
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.

Actions:
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

Motivational Seminar

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.

4G Pitch

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.

Actions:
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