Dear Parents and Families ,
We have had a number of complaints this week, when the weather has been better, from our close neighbours about families from our school using the green space at the front of the flats on Fortrose Street.
May we ask that our families remember that the residents at the lower levels of these apartments often have mobility or care issues and require as peaceful an environment as possible.
Our neighbours are concerned at the level of supervision and respectful use of the small grassed area and entry points of the flats as well as school related litter in the area.
We have been advised that the issue has become so problematic and impacted adversely on residents housing experience that a referral will be made to the community police if matters do not improve.
Our school has always played an esteemed and affirmative role within our community, and we greatly value the opinions and support of all of our neighbours.
Please help us to restore the social equilibrium in Fortrose Street by respecting our neighbours requests to reduce noise and carefully supervise any young people using the grassed space and do not use the courtyard entrance as a play area.
On a secondary matter, our school has suffered significant damage to our outdoor classroom and extensive littering over eveings/weekends recently ,which reached a peak over the Jubilee Weekend.
Our Janitorial Team faced such a large scale clean up on Monday that it was prioritised by potentially harmful litter and we were unable to complete this sweep before the children came into school and the operation continued well into the morning. Debris from alcohol, food and substance misuse was strewn across every playground and the MUGA. With our valued partners in Afty many make shift interventions have had to be applied in recent weeks because of horrendous vandalism and tagging of school property.
We know how challenging it was for our families to raise the funds for the creation of structures that improve children’s quality of outdoor play; it is demoralising having to assess the damage which is being inflicted every day. We have referred this to our community police team . We would appeal to anyone using the social spaces on campus (although not condoned) to do so respectfully. If you are aware of any information that may help our policing team resolve this antisocial behaviour please contact our office or SLT who will act as a conduit to Police Scotland
The Hyndland Team
Please see below a letter from our Director of Education regarding planned industrial action on the 20th and 21st of April. If there is any change it will appear on the Council’s social media channels over the holiday period.
Industrial Action April 2022
Dear Hyndland Families and Carers,
We have been asked to share the following communication , received this afternoon, from our Directorate. As a consequence of the equal pay strike action notified for Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 March 2022 a centralised assessment of the likely staffing impact has led to the conclusion establishments cannot safely open for early years and childcare settings, primary schools and ASL schools on the 29th and 30th March.
GCC Primary schools will be closed to pupils on both days in response to reduced staffing levels and the health and safety risk due to the anticipated reduction in cleaning resources.
In all cases, we have been notified that staff will expected to report for work as normal in their own school / nursery and, where closed to pupils, undertake appropriate work or staff development activity similar to an in-service day. We have been advised that there is no expectation of a digital learning offer for pupils over the closure period.
Unfortunately our second Parents Evenings were due to be held upon the evening of Wednesday 30th March; as there will be no LETS granted for these two days , we will have to move the telephone appointments to the next evening Thursday 31st March
( all times will remain the same).
P2A Teachers Wednesday 30th Appointments will move to Monday 28th March due to an unavoidable clash of revised dates. If you cannot take your call on the new date please contact our school office team so we can try and reschedule your call.
Our sincere apologies for the late changes but we have only been advised of the Council decision today to close establishments.
The Hyndland Team
Did you know that whenever you buy anything online from your weekly shop to your annual holiday you could be raising a free donation for our Parent Council? So far this year our Parent Council has received £146.16 of donations through East Fundraising.
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There are no catches or hidden charges and we would be really grateful for your donations.
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Thank you for your support!
Pupils can now get free bus travel by applying for a new or replacement Young Scot National Entitlement Card (NEC). To make this process as easy as possible Education have published a simplified version of the government application form on Smart Survey for parents/carers of children under 12. Your application will go to Glasgow Life who will process your details and arrange for the cards to be delivered to your home address. You can access the survey here:
The survey will close on March 18th. If you would prefer a hard copy of the application, please contact your school. After March 18th you will need to apply using the government website or in person at a Glasgow Life library.
Our school is on the lookout for some Sustainability Superheroes!
Would you like to help to make our school more environmentally friendly? Do you have lots of ideas about how we could make a difference to our school and the surrounding area? Would you like to be a Sustainability Superhero?
As a Sustainability Superhero you will work with other pupils from across the school to help make Hyndland Primary a more environmentally friendly place. You will also work with others to learn and share your knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals and think of ways we can help achieve these. One pupil from each class will be selected to become a Sustainability Superhero for the rest of the school year. Our meetings will be on a Thursday during school time.
Further information on how to apply can be found here: Application Poster
All applications should be returned by Wednesday 19th of January.
These FAQs may be useful to you, following the advice issued yesterday.
SI Summary and FAQs: 6.1.22 Self Isolation Changes Summary and FAQs
The following two letters were sent to families on the 6th of January regarding the return of some mitigations and general covid updates for this term. As well as updated guidance regarding self isolation and positive cases.
January updated guidance: January guidance
Self isolation and positive cases guidance: SI and Positive Cases
Dear Hyndland Families,
I appreciate that the vast majority of you will not have had the opportunity to watch the FM’s announcement on Friday 10th of December, so am writing to give you a brief update:
- She painted a clear picture about the rate of increase in infections with the Omicron variant. A briefing paper is available on the Scottish Government website: https://www.gov.scot/publications/omicron-scotland-evidence-paper/
- Ms Sturgeon advised that work Christmas parties should be deferred.
- She warned that difficult decisions were likely to be ahead.
- From tomorrow, a significant change to contact tracing and isolation will take effect:
- Household contacts of any PCR confirmed case need to isolate for 10 days irrespective of vaccination status or their own PCR test result.
- Some exemptions will be made for critical services. (It is not clear yet whether any exemption will apply to school staff nor what shape such an exemption would take. As soon as there is more information about this, we will share this with our community .)
- Non-household contacts are asked to isolate until they receive a PCR test result. They can leave isolation if they have a negative result AND are double vaccinated.
While clearly an unwelcome development with huge implications for all of us, and for staffing in many workplaces including schools, I hope this update is helpful and we will provide further updates as appropriate.
The Hyndland Team
Wishing all of our families the very best this festive season, we hope you all have a wonderful holiday.
Watch our video here!
As some of you have already noticed, our Rising Stars subscription for some of our digital reading books has now expired.
Thank you to those of you who took the time to complete the survey about the Rising Stars resource that was shared earlier in the term and provide such honest and constructive feedback – this is greatly appreciated! I have since been able to share the findings of this with the Hodder Education who produce the resource.
I communicated the difficulties that staff, parents, carers and learners have experienced at various points over the last year of subscription during a phonecall with the sales manager and have also been in regular contact with the Director of Digital Change from the company. As a result, they are currently looking into ways that they can make up for this to the school and our families moving forward.
I will be in touch in due course when I hear the outcome form the company. Many thanks again for your ongoing patience and support.