The recent Scottish Government Education Governance Review offered the opportunity for organisations and individuals to have their say on the governance arrangements of Scottish education.
The general view (locally and nationally) among parents and their representative bodies was that the wording of the consultation assumed a level of understanding of current governance arrangements which most parents do not have. It was not the best example of how to encourage parental engagement.
The draft minutes from the January 2017 meeting are now available via the Meetings tab.
The next meeting takes place on Thursday February 2nd at 7pm in the school library. All parents/carers welcome.
If you would like to raise an agenda item, please contact Yvonne Leathley (chair) via email@example.com or leave a message at the school reception.
News from Aberdeenshire Council about a survey:
Aberdeenshire Council are preparing to introduce new technology to allow schools to communicate electronically with parents by email, text message and push notification to a smartphone app.
This will allow schools to send messages to each pupil's main parent / guardian contact where up-to-date email or mobile telephone numbers are held. This technology will replace the current limited functionality available in some schools with enhancements such as being able to send attachments like newsletters or forms, and for parents / guardians to respond to the communication electronically too.
Please note that letter and telephone-based contact will remain for some communications, especially those of a confidential / sensitive nature.
In preparation for the roll-out of the new messenger technology - scheduled by the end of the 2016/17 academic year - our schools are keen to gain some parental insight into what types of communication you would like to receive electronically. This short survey will be used to inform guidelines about the types of communication that the messaging service should be used for and how often you would like to receive communications.
Aberdeenshire Council are organising an evening event, Dyslexia: Practical information & advice for parents & young people, on Tuesday Feburary 21st, from 19:00-21:00 at Mackie Academy, Stonehaven.
An evening of practical workshops designed to offer information and advice for families to support young people's learning featuring the following presenters:
- Aspects "using IT to support your childs’ learning at home"
- Dyslexia Scotland North East branch "a parent and young persons’ perspective"
- Aberdeenshire Council "How needs are supported in school".
- Educational Psychologists Team & Dyslexia Scotland: Understanding our service
Entry is free, but please register in advance via this link.
The first parent council meeting of this term takes place on Thursday 12th Januaryat 7pm in the school library. Click for the agenda.
We will be joined by John Harding, Head of Lifelong Learning & Leisure, and Vincent Docherty, Head of Service (Education), from Aberdeenshire Council to discuss the future of the current Banchory Sports Centre and implications for the school once the new Banchory Sports Village is in place.