Parent Council Meeting
Monday 30th November 2015
St Luke’s High School @ 6pm
Head Teacher’s Report
Anne Marie Gordon
We received overwhelmingly positive feedback from almost all parents. These are the type of questions which are used by Education Scotland when they visit schools and our authority use this format for quality improvement purposes. They provide robust information and feedback that we use to help us to continue to improve our school. One area that has been highlighted was to give parents an opportunity to have their say on how to improve the school although this has improved since this time last year. I believe we have a good range of methods that we use in encouraging our parents to have a voice (Parent’s Evening, Discovery Days, Assemblies and on-going evaluations of every event)and have now included a feedback slip on our newsletter. This may help to increase our statistics in this specific area.
As an Eco school, St John’s is actively trying to be as environmentally friendly as we can be. To allow us to achieve this, our aim is to communicate with families via email, twitter, St John’s website and text message. However, group texts can be expensive and we have noticed an increase in our texting costs over recent months. Due to this, we will be monitoring usage. .Therefore, if I could urge all parents to link up with twitter and to use our school website as a means of obtaining information this would be very helpful.
We will continue to email all newsletters and information letters, and will distribute a paper copy to those parents who have not signed up for this.
Curriculum for Excellence – Authority Visit
We had a team of four colleagues from the authority visit St John’s on Friday 13th November. During the day they met with the HT, observed children’s experiences, met and talked to focus groups of children and staff. The review was carried out in selected schools across the authority and focused on two key aspects: How good is our leadership of CfE? and What is the impact of CfE on the experiences, attainment and achievement of learners. Overall, we received very positive feedback and the visitors enjoyed the time they spent with us in St John’s. A general report will be published and shared across the authority. In St John’s we recognise our strengths and are always looking for ways to improve in order to always be the best we can be
Enterprise Month (November)
Pupils have all been involved in pitching their ideas to the Dragons at the Dragons’ Den assembly. Most classes were given £60 each! They have spent time producing and advertising their products.
P4 have taken part in the work shadowing programme.
Primary 3 have had financial education input from St Luke’s pupils.
All classes have had input from p6 and p7 pupils who earlier on in the year visited the Museum on the mound – this also tied in with financial education.
The school have developed a partnership with architect Claire Rosset – she has delivered two 1 and a half day workshops to both primary 6 and 7. The workshops involved pupils working in groups to design a town hall for a fictional client. They learned about planning, elevation and also had the opportunity to build a model. We are very lucky to be involved in this pilot scheme and hope that this partnership can be further developed over time.
Cynthia Fry works for Scottish Business in the Community. St John’s is the only school in East Renfrewshire to be part of the Business Engagement in Early Years programme. It is a business-led programme, funded by the Scottish Government, offering businesses a structured means to help children (nursery-P4) develop skills such as communication and problems solving and become responsible citizens.
Scottish Business in the Community (SBC) liaises with primary schools to foster sustainable relationships that will actively engage young children and their parents. This programme is working in conjunction with the Scottish Government’s Early Years Framework, the Curriculum for Excellence, Getting it Right for Every Child and several of the Scottish Government’s National Outcomes. We are pleased to provide this programme free of charge to schools and businesses, thanks to funding from the Scottish Government Early Years Change Fund. Our first workshop will take place on the 18th of December and will involve P2 and P3. Currently we have 5 businesses who are coming into deliver workshops on communication but this number could rise. It is really exciting because hopefully we will be able to tap into the knowledge and expertise of these partners and involve them in other aspects of school life.
A shift from a week of activities to planning events throughout the year – trips have been organised to Tesco, Asda and Toby Carvery after Christmas.
Partnership Projects with Parents
Family Centred Approaches Self – Evaluation Framework Document – Bronze Level – Share document
We are very fortunate to have a very talented parent who is currently running a P1 music group. The group was established to strengthen the partnerships we have with our families and create an opportunity for children and families learning together. It has been a great success and I’d like to formally thank Vicky for her professionalism and enthusiasm.
P1 pupils in St John’s are embarking on a project with the library. The aim is to make every child an active member. Each class will visit the library every three weeks, borrow books and share them at home. The children will have a Reading Journal where they will be able draw their favourite character and a new word they have learned. Parent will be invited to a Book Club on a Thursday after school in the library where they can read along with their child, participate in activities. Eventually it is hoped that a parent may be happy to lead the group and so build community capacity. Overall through the school, library and parents working together we will increase very child’s vocabulary and interest in words.
16 pupils from P6 and P7 will attend the St Luke’s Synod on December the 10th. Groups will be led by Caritas students from St Luke’s. Pupils will work with children from St Thomas’ and St Mark’s to discuss a number of questions including:
Do you have to wait until you are in church to show that you are a Christian?
- How do people know we are Christians?
- Can you name some other places or times when you have put into practice Jesus taught us?
- How can adults show the world that they believe in Jesus while they are at work or out with friends?
- What opportunities to be involved are you given in your school and parish?
- How are you encouraged to get involved?
- What further opportunities would you like in order to play a more active part in the life of the school and your parish?
- Can you think of anything which makes it difficult to be involved or stay involved in your parish community?
Prior to attending the Synod all pupils in P6 and P7 will have an opportunity to take part in a similar discussion in class with me; responses will be recorded and passed to Bishop John. Bishop John is very keen to gather the views of children and young people.
We raised a grand total of approx. £2520. Thank you so much to all parents for their help and support. As a thank you we will once again hold an afternoon tea to thank all of our parent helpers on Monday 21st December at 2.15pm in the Gingerbread Room. We will also provide a reserved row of front seats at the performance of our Nativity for parents who have supported the school this year – names from Marie Canning
Sunday 29th November: P3 Mass of Enrolment 10am
Monday 30th November: Parent Council Meeting 6pm St Luke’s High School
Friday 4th December: Primary 4 First Friday Mass 9.30am
Thursday 17th December: Nativity Play and Concert – 1.30pm & 7pm
Monday 21st December: Class Christmas Parties and afternoon tea for Parent Helpers
Tuesday 22nd December: Close 2.30pm