The draft minutes from the May 2018 meeting are now available.
The next meeting will be the final meeting of this session: Thursday June 14th at 19:00 in Room 1 (adjacent to the school library).
Many thanks to all who have supported the Parent Council during the 2017/2018 session.
Wishing you all a relaxing summer break, and sending all good wishes for the future to all youngsters who are leaving school and moving on to the next phase in their lives.
Please note that the Parent Council meeting originally scheduled for Thursday May 3rd has been postponed to Thursday May 10th at 7pm in the school library. All parents and carers are welcome at all meetings. If you would like to raise an item of concern, please contact any parent council member or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Its content ranges across a wide range of subject matter, from difficult topics about sex, relationships and the internet or body image and peer pressure to broader parenting topics like ‘how much sleep do teenagers need?’.
Do take a look, the material is very helpful. It's a UK-wide site, not Scotland-only, but most of the content is not country-specific.
The BAPC March meeting was delayed a couple of weeks because of the snow closures, but that didn't prevent a good turnout for a discussion around various concerns raised recently by parents. The formal minutes will be posted here in due course, but we have prepared a document for the parent forum re the following discussion points:
- Mobile phones during lesson time
- League tables and academic results
- Lunchtime exit for pupils.
Click here to read the March 2018 - Response to parent concerns.
Remember, if there is anything you would like the Parent Council to discuss, please contact us. You can come along to any meeting in person or, if you would prefer, ask the parent council to raise the matter on your behalf.
Back in November we announced the Scottish Government's consultation about Empowering Schools. This heralds what will be a significant change in educational governance, with many responsibilities currently held by the local authority devolved down to schools or up to new regional improvement collaboratives covering several local authorities. Discussion and debate is ongoing nationally and some aspects are contentious, so the eventual implications for individual schools are not yet fully clear, but whatever happens there will be changes afoot. As is often the way with government consultations, this one was complex to respond to as it presupposed more familiarity with current local, regional and national arrangments than most parents would ever have, but the parent council did its best to reply on behalf of the parent body (and of course some among you will probably have sent individual responses too) by representing the views discussed at parent council on the subject.
For the record, here is Banchory Academy Parent Council's response to the Empowring Schools consultation.