Parent Council Minutes – 12th November 2019

Bowmore Primary School Parent Council Meeting Minutes

12th November 2019

Present: Maureen Macdonald , Arlene Mckerrell, Lynn Campbell, Jane Deakin, Gemma
Donachie, Neill, Marcin, Susan Main, Marcin Paradowski, Neil Woodrow

Apologies: Jane Hanlon, Claire MacGregor, Leanne McTaggart

a) Seesaw App: Maureen reporting a majority of positive feedback from
parents following the roll out of the new system. Parents will be receiving
an email and text about GDPR.
c) Children in Need fundraiser on Friday 15th November with a Bake Off and
Coffee Morning
d) November: Early Years Inspection followed by Learning and Development
visit
e) 25th November In Service day for School NOT Nursery
f) Christmas Events:

b) Gaelic Medium Education celebrates 30 years in Bowmore this year. In
recognition hosting 4 days of Gaelic Celebration:

2nd December Coffee Morning

3rd December Bilingual Bingo

4th December Gaelic Learning Day

5th December Celebration Ceilidh

Christmas Dates

13th December Nativity

16th December Carols by Candlelight at the Round Church 6-7pm

18th December Christmas Lunch – Invitations to Parent Council and Comann nam Pàrant

18th December Bowmore Christmas Disco 7-8.30pm

19th December Christmas Party

g) Agreed by all for Parent Council to fund gifts for younger pupils and
selection boxes for P4+ children, the school will source the gifts. CNP will
be contributing for Gaelic Medium pupils.
h) New Pitch – Confusion over access and cost of using the new resource.
Discussed the possibility of equipment for the children to use in this space.
School has recently purchased a Tag Rugby set.
i) FANTASTIC NEWS that the Parent Council has been awarded £10221.75
from the Co-op Local Community Fund. Discussions on what these funds
can be used towards. As in the application money is to be spent on what the
majority would like, which falls to outdoor play equipment and technology.
5 x iPads @ 300 makes £1,500 2 x Kapla boxes @ £200 makes £400
Nursery outdoor area: we saw the multi-level water table was just under
£3000. Then leaves £5321.75 to purchase for the outdoor school
playground, which can be discussed.
j) Arlene Mckerrell £1000 Sensory Equipment agreed – funding from existing
funds in account. Jane Deakin to review ‘Wish Lists’ on file from other
staff.
k) Future Fundraising: Feis Fun Run Wednesday 27th May. Auction Mart
catering – bacon butties etc
l) POTENTIAL A&BC BUDGET CUTS TO SCHOOLS SWIMMING 2020-
21.

Potential cuts to funding which provide swimming to the schools of Islay.
Being surrounded by water and having a vast fishing community, I’m sure
you would agree it is highly beneficial for our children to have the chance
to learn to swim.

There is a questionnaire and a petition we would like to get you all to sign.
This will be at the Gaelic College along with copies of the questionnaire
from Wednesday, or both are available at the swimming pool.

Future dates agreed:

Thursday 2nd April Easter Disco

Tuesday 23rd June Prom

Next Meeting: Tuesday 28th January 2020 6.30pm

Bowmore Primary School Parent Council Members

Chair Person: Lynn Campbell

Vice-Chair Person: Gemma Donachie 

Secretary: Jane Deakin

Treasurer: Marcin Paradowski

Teacher Rep: Arlene McKerrell

Find out about the purpose and role of a Parent Council here.  Click on the link below:

https://education.gov.scot/parentzone/Documents/parent-councils-role-and-purpose.pdf