Parent Council member Megan Hare has been working with Depute Rector Colin Nicoll to get some parent-led careers talks in place.
The first talk will take place on Friday, Dec 4th, in the lecture theatre during lunchtime. It will be presented by a parent, Nick Kennington, who is an Operations/Engineering Manager for BP with accountability for the Foinaven Field/ production vessel, located in the Atlantic 120 miles west of the Shetland islands.
Please do spread the message to students who may be interested, or parents you know who have children who may be interested. The sign up is initially likely to be for S4,S5 & S6 pupils.
If you would be interested in giving a talk about your work or you have any more ideas that could contribute to this careers information initiative, please contact us.
Here we are at the end of November already, but just in time to post some updates and announcements.
- Latest Minutes - The minutes from the November parent council meeting are now available. This was the last meeting in 2015. The next meeting will be on Thursday 7th January at 7pm in the school library.
- Banchory Academy condition and suitability of premises – a parental perspective - the parent council is aware that council officers are engaging with Banchory Academy relating to issues with the structure and suitability of the premises and we are pleased this is happening. We have contributed a parental perspective on the situation. The report, Banchory Academy condition and suitability of premises – a parental perspective, highlights areas where parents have reported significant impact on their children’s learning experience. It sets parents’ views about the current state of the Banchory Academy premises in the wider context of school estate maintenance both nationally and locally. We have circulated this report to council officers and to our local elected Aberdeenshire Council members.
- Aberdeenshire Council: Have your say - budget engagement - 2016/17 - in these straitened times for public spending, Aberdeenshire Council is seeking the public's views on its spending priorities, including education spending. You can contribute your views via this online survey.
Welcome back from the October break!
Just a few things to let you know:
- The next meeting date is now Thursday 12th November, NOT 3rd December as originally listed. December is such a busy month, so following the October meeting it was decided to bring the next meeting forward. We hope that this will be more convenient for parents wishing to attend.
- We've added to the local and national external website links listed under the Links menu item. Thanks to Aberdeenshire Council for suggesting further interesting websites. Have a look at the links available - there's a wealth of information about the council's services, the SQA, careers, parenting, university application and so on. Let us know if there are any other links that you would recommend.
- Aberdeenshire Council has provided their record of the area Parent Councils meeting in June. We've placed a copy in our Documents section.
You may have heard references in the press and other media lately about potential developments in Scottish education to improve attainment - this is all linked to the announcement of a draft National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education. All Parent Councils have thie week received a letter from Angela Constance MSP, the Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning.
This is a key extract from the letter:
As we move forward to further develop the Framework, I want to hear from parents, teachers and children. There are a number of engagement events around the country where you can come along and discuss the proposals. I would also encourage you to discuss the Framework at your Parent Council and Local Area Parent Forum. I would be interested in any feedback you may have. You can find out more information about the Framework and the events at :
I recognise the importance of keeping parents informed of any developments affecting their children’s education and I will continue to work closely with the National Parent Forum of Scotland to make sure that you and parents in your school get regular information and updates about the Framework development.
Our regional branch of the National Parent Forum of Scotland also focuses on the Framework in its recently circulated NPFS Aberdeenshire August newsletter.
The Framework is still in draft so parental feedback is important at this stage. As the NPFS newsletter makes clear, there is more to the draft Framework than the media's headline topic of standardised assessment.
The local engagement event is on the 8th of October at the AECC and is open to all parents. There is an afternoon and evening session (1-4pm; 5-30-8pm). To attend you should register via this link http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Education/Schools/NationalImprovementFramework/. Our chairperson, Yvonne Leathley, plans to attend.