Firstly, we apologise for the lack of update on this page recently. Minutes of meetings continue to be posted in the usual place (Meetings tab) but our web editor has had competing external demands which left little time for other posts. However, the good news is that our Facebook page has been revamped by parent Linda Stromberg and you will find a lot of useful and timely information over there. Look for the Banchory Academy Parent Forum page - please like and share posts that you find useful.
Although not yet reflected in this website, we have embarked on an overhaul of our communications and hope to have all improvements complete by the end of the 2017/2018 session. We are particularly grateful for the opportunity to use the school’s GroupCall messaging system to send Parent Council information to all parents directly; this is new to us this year and we hope has been useful.
Our March meeting scheduled for March 1st has been postponed due to the snow. It will now take place on March 15th (7pm in the school library).
Among other topics, we'll be covering the following:
- health & wellbeing working group
- improving Tillybrake field
- additional support needs
- links with primary schools
- how to support PTA fundraising
- how the community can keep land set aside for an eventual new academy
- effect of anti-social behaviour on the community
- update from literacy, numeracy & careers talks working group
Please don't hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions or queries. All parents/carers of Academy pupils are welcome at parent council meetings and no advance notice of attendance is required.
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on the content of a new Education Bill which will empower schools and strengthen the role of parents. The consultation is open from 7th November 2017 - 30th January 2018. It's an online survey (link below) and anyone can respond whether as an individual or on behalf of a group. The Parent Council will make a group response, but individual parents may wish to make their own personal response.
John Swinney (Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills) writes:
"The reforms which the Bill will bring about will enable decisions about the education of those children to be taken by the people who know that child best – their parents, their teachers, their school and their community."
We are pleased to announce that at the October meeting we filled the vacant posts of Chair and Vice-Chair.
Megan Hare will take over the Chair role with Scott Newey as Vice-Chair.
Many thanks to both.
(Full draft minutes from the October meeting are now available via our Meetings tab.)
The following invitation is open to all; please RSVP to Roisin as indicated, for numbers.
Dear Banchory Academy Parent Council,
You are invited to a meeting to hear from Aberdeenshire Council about the current situation in relation to Banchory Academy buildings and to agree future methods of communication with the wider community.
The condition of Banchory Academy was highlighted as one of the most important issues within the recently published Banchory Community Action Plan.
Time, date and venue as follows:
Tuesday 3rd Oct 2017 6.45-9pm; PFR Room, Banchory Community Centre
Can you please confirm your attendance by emailing email@example.com and pass on to any relevant stakeholders as well.
Marr Area Partnership
Scottish Charity Reg. SC031462
We receive a fair amount of correspondence about relevant national or regional organisations, events and surveys.
Here is a summary of September's inbox, all worth a click:
- Link to National Improvement Framework - parental survey from National Parent Forum of Scotland.
- Link to BBC article on potential danger of Snapchat map update from Donna Wilson, Education Support Officer (Parental Engagement) at Aberdeenshire Council.
- Back-to-school newsletter from National Parent Forum of Scotland.
- Scottish Government consulation on free bus travel for Modern Apprentices.
- Link to Young Scot Digi, Aye? campaign which provides information on internet safety, cyber security, resilience and careers in digital technology.