We're expanding our communication channels - as well as finding information on this website you can keep in touch with us via Twitter (@bapc_banchory) and our Facebook Group. Find us on Facebook by searching on FB for Banchory Academy Parent Council. We are here to help. Please send us your questions, comments and requests...we will endeavour to tackle all! Please be patient as there is a necessary delay before adding you to the FB group; we need to verify all parents/guardians with school administration before adding to site. We will do our utmost to make this process quick so that you can join us as soon as possible. Big thanks to Heidi Mellor for setting up the FB group.
(When better than this week, when minds are focused on potential constitutional change, to issue this required advance notice of proposed updates to the BAPC constitution?)
Parent Councils are statutory bodies with defined rights and duties. The way they work is captured in a Constitution. When Banchory Academy Parent Council was established in 2007 under the Parental Involvement Act it drafted a Constitution which has prevailed ever since. During that time, the expectations and activities of Parent Councils have evolved but our Constitution has not.
To address this our Constitution has recently been updated and the new version can be found here. The main changes are highlighted. It draws heavily on the original but better reflects how our Parent Council is now structured, works and interacts with the various bodies we engage with.
The Act requires changes to a school’s Parent Council Constitution to be put to the Parent Forum for approval either at the AGM or at a Special General Meeting. The new Constitution must be published at least two weeks in advance of the meeting. This is notice that Parent Council will put the new Constitution before an SGM immediately before our next meeting at 7.00pm on October 2nd in the Banchory Academy library. All members of the Parent Forum are entitled to attend the SGM (and the subsequent PC meeting should they wish). The PC encourages parents to review the new Constitution and submit any comments either in person at the SGM or beforehand to the PC Chair who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the School Office.
The parent council membership for this year was confirmed at last week's meeting, but is not fixed in stone - we would welcome further interest, particularly from parents of S1 and S2 pupils. And if taking notes at meetings is your forte we could really do with someone to take the minutes on a regular basis - at the moment we're taking turn and turn about.
Chairperson: Peter Wise
Acting Vice-Chairperson: Alex Wilowska
Secretary: ad hoc
S1: Jeff Wallace
S2: Heidi Mellor
S3: Lynne Skinner, Alex Wilowska
S4: Megan Hare (TBC), Gill Smith (TBC)
S5: Alan Smith, Louise McBeath
The Parent Forum meeting is at 19:00 on Thurs Sept 4th in Drama Studio 2. The September Parent Council meeting will follow immediately afterwards. Any parent/guardian is welcome to attend both meetings. Look forward to seeing you there.
Next week sees the AGMs of both the PTA and the Parent Council. Both meetings will be held in the Academy, all parents/carers are invited to attend.
PTA AGM - Tuesday 2nd September at 7pm.
Parent Council AGM (Parent Forum Annual Meeting) - Thursday 4th September at 7pm.
The parent forum consists of all parents/carers of Banchory Academy pupils. The parent council is the representative body for the parent forum. At the annual meeting, the parent council reports on the previous year and determines its make-up and priorities for the coming year. If you'd like to get involved…