Meetings & Minutes

OUR NEXT MEETING IS TO BE HELD ON MONDAY 29th JANUARY 2018 IN THE ACADEMY CONFERENCE ROOM AT 6.30pm.  ALL WELCOME.

 

 

 

Fraserburgh Academy Parent Council
Monday 11 September 2017

1. Present Staff: David Clark, Ed Walton, Ed Carlin, Kevin Buchan, Craig Swan
Parent Members: Morag Rennie, Robert Watson, Karen Abernethy, Jodie Anderson , Rhona Davidson, Wendy Andrews, Lesley Anderson, Julie Stephen, Claire Buchan, Lynsey Gammack, Pauline Masson, Louise Masson, Caroline Trail, Fiona McKay, Alia Sutherland, Kathleen Easdale, Yolanda Maquera Tizon, Marice Fabian, Beata Sarnowicz, Maree Partridge
Councillors: Charles Buchan, Brian Topping

2. Apologies Received from: Cllr Beagrie, Cllr Mair, Councillor Allan, Cllr Hamish Partridge,

3. Previous Minutes Approval  Monday 14 June 2017
Proposed by Rhona Davidson
Seconded by Claire Buchan

4. Matters Arising

Annual Meet and Greet
Jodi to arrange Meet and Greet at the Lighthouse Museum on the 26th of September from 5pm to 7pm. She will invite all Head Teachers and new Teachers from Academy and cluster Primary Schools.

New Primary School
No further progress.
Morag to phone Director of Education to enquire about progress.

5. Security of Academy Grounds

• No further progress
• Awaiting Alec Bain to inform school on possible solutions.

6. Head Teachers Report

Positive start to new year – first years settled well.
• 12 new staff
• Craig Swan appointed as Acting DHT

7. Exam Results

• DHT Kevin Buchan presented Seemis information about exam results from May 2017.
• School awaiting official data from Government about exam results – will discuss at November Parent Council meeting.
• Fraserburgh Academy was one of very few schools who met their targets.
• Very positive results, with improvements in all areas.

8. Big Conversation

DHT Kevin Buchan discussed the Aberdeenshire initiative ‘Big Conversation’.
• Main purpose is to increase school’s engagement with parents.
• Online survey for all parents to complete.

9. AOCB

Visiting Specialists
• Councillor Buchan is concerned with the Councils proposal to stop the Visiting Specialists Service and deploy the teachers back to Primary or Secondary School.
• It was agreed that this could affect the educational progression in the specialised subjects.
• Morag Rennie to write to Director of Education.

Parents Nights
• Dates to be put on website.
• S5/S6 on Wednesday 22nd November – Morag, Lesley, Louise and Pauline to help with tea/coffee.

10. Correspondence

• Lorna Ross – congratulating S3 pupils on receiving REHIS certificates.
• National Parents Forum – survey – National 4, communication.
• Donna Wilson – invitation to parents who wish to join a group to discuss ‘Big Conversation’

Date of Next Meeting Monday 27th November 2017 at 6:30pm

 

 

 

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Fraserburgh Academy Parent Council
Wednesday 7th June 2017

1. Present Parental Involvement Officer – Donna Wilson
Staff: David Clark, Ed Walton, Ed Carlin, Kevin Buchan, Ritchie Burns
Parent Members: Morag Rennie, Robert Watson, Karen Abernethy, Jodie Anderson , Rhona Davidson, Lynsey Gammack, Lesley Anderson, John Bruce, Claire Buchan, Maree Partridge, Wendy Andrews, Victor Sutherland
Councillors: Charles Buchan, Michael Watt, Hamish Partridge

2. Apologies: Anne MacCavanagh, Julie Stephen, Councillor Topping, Vera Raduncheva, Nicola Ingram, Lorna Ross, Beverley Simpson

3. Previous Minutes Approval of minutes from Monday 23rd January 2017
Proposed by Jodi Anderson Seconded by Lesley Anderson

4. Parental Involvement Officer Donna Wilson, Parental Involvement Officer for Aberdeenshire Council introduced herself to Parent Council and informed us of her role and how she could help us as a Parent Council.

5. HT Update • Met with Mark Mitchel and Maxine Booth concerning school estate.
• Appointed Mr Kevin Buchan as substantive Depute Rector
• Appeared before Banff and Buchan area committee to present our attainment from last years examination results.
• Our S1 were all involved in charity work for LEPRA , who raised an impressive £1700.
• We have had S2 talks from Teenage Cancer Trust
• SCORE have been in school explaining the opportunities for our young people – especially S3
• Had 2 very successful moving on days for our P7.
• Have appointed Drama, English, MFL and science teachers over past few weeks.
• Mr Aitken (PT guidance) has been appointed as a DHT in Dumfries and Galloway.
• We are interviewing for 2 principle teachers of guidance next Monday and have a strong leet.
• Maria Walker (director of education) visited us last week and spent over 2 ½ hours meeting with staff. This is part of a series of visits planned in academies across the authority.

6. Fraserburgh Learning Estate • Discussed meeting on 22 February re Proposals for possible changes to Fraserburgh Academy Estate.
• Mr Burns, PE department spoke about the need for improved facilities for PE department (11 a-side pitch, new games hall).
• After voting, it was decided the Parent Council would support the proposal to build a new Primary school on Academy grounds with a few requests for improvements to Academy building and facilities (to be discussed at future meeting on Monday 27th March after Mr Clark has spoken to staff).

7. Pupil Equity Fund • Scottish Government have agreed to provide £120 million to support young people who may have barriers in their learning due to poverty in their household. Fraserburgh Academy have been given £70,000 to spend this year.
• Committee split into 3 groups, led by DHT’s Kevin Buchan, Ed Walton and Ed Carlin, to discuss parents suggestions on how the money could be spent.
• DHT’s to give notes to HT who will collate. He will then discuss all options with staff and a decision will be made.

8. Treasurer Report • Current balance of £9449.20
• Cheque to be made to Aberdeenshire Council to pay for speakers bought on behalf of Global Rock. Jodi queried the payment of Vat of £70. Mr Clark to speak to Mrs Lesley Muir about payment of VAT then Jodi will send cheque to Aberdeenshire Council.

9. Correspondence • NESCOL – request for parent views on courses ran this year.
• SPTC – reminder that we are covered for insurance for fund raising events. Survey for transitions for nursery to P1 and P7 to secondary.
• SQA – survey for S4 and S5 pupils.

10. AOCB Drug Awareness talk on Thursday 23rd March

Date of Next Meeting Monday 27th March @ 6:30pm (to discuss Fraserburgh Learning Estate)
items for agenda – emailed to Wendy Andrew.

Next Parent Council Official meeting: Monday 5th June @ 6:30pm

 

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Fraserburgh Academy Parent Council
Monday 23rd January 2017

1. Present : David Clark, Ed Walton, Ed Carlin, Kevin Buchan, Anne MacCavanagh
Parent Members: Morag Rennie, Robert Watson, Karen Abernethy, Jodie Anderson , Diane Skakle, Lynsey Gammack, Lorna Ross, Vera Raduncheva, Lesley Anderson, Nicola Ingram, Beverley Simpson, John Bruce, Claire Buchan,
Councillors: Charles Buchan, Brian Topping,

2. Apologies Received from: Wendy Andrews , Julie Stephen, Rhona Davidson, Hamish Partridge, Maree Partridge, Dawn Duncan, Victor Sutherland

3. Previous Minutes Approval of minutes from Monday 28 November 2016
Proposed by Jodi Anderson
Seconded by Diane Skakle

4. Matters Arising

Drug Awareness evening – Mr Buchan to meet with police to arrange.

5. HT Update

• At end of November we were visited by local Councillors who visited classrooms and spoke to senior pupils.
• Kevin Buchan has been appointed acting DHT to cover Pauline’s remit. As a result Keira Glen has been appointed acting Principle teacher of guidance.
• Lesley Wilson was appointed principle teacher of Developing the Young Workforce.
• Martin Johnston who is the DYW school and business co-ordinator met with both myself and Lesley Wilson to discuss ways of linking business more directly with the school approach to employability.
• Staffing continues to be challenging – we have secured a permanent geography teacher who starts on January 30th, we have been able to use staff from the college to help support learning in technical and Fiona Cruickshank our QIO will be teaching in the school for 2 days a week to help alleviate cover. We have a number of adverts out at the moment like every other school.

6. Treasurer Report

• Balance as per statement of 27/10/16 is £11,532.50
• Three cheques have been made out to Fraserburgh academy (signed tonight). £500 for food for IDL week, £410 sports leadership level 5 awards, £1173.30 football uniforms.
• Money from xmas fair raffle totalled £86.50. From this money reimbursements of £10 (Maree Partridge tea/coffee etc), £23.40 (Wendy Andrews for raffle books and photocopying for craft fair) and £25 (Jodi Anderson – gift for accountant for books being audited). Jodi Anderson to keep remaining £28.10 for petty cash.

7. Parental Involvement

• Committee split into 3 groups – led by DHT’s Kevin Buchan, Ed Walton and Ed Carlin.
• Discussions included: how parents are involved at the moment; communication between school and home; how effective this communication is.
• DHT’s to give notes to HT who will collate and bring to next meeting.

8. Correspondence

• Childrens Services Consultation email reminder from Donna Wilson.  A link to this consultation was put on the front page of the school website.
• Bob Jones NPFS – email link to National Parent Forum Scotland formal response to the Governance Review
• Copies of invoices emailed from Jennifer Duthie in connection with football strips and sports leadership certification.
• Banff Academy request for information reference building social links with new staff. Chairperson to respond.

9. AOCB

Public Engagement meeting scheduled for 22 February about Primary School Proposals (main proposal to build new Primary School on Academy grounds).
Morag to email council asking for proposed plan of new school and to arrange a meeting prior to 22nd February.

Date of Next Meeting Monday 20th March @ 6:30pm
items for agenda – emailed to Wendy Andrew.

 

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Fraserburgh Academy Parent Council
Monday 28th November 2016
1. Present Staff: David Clark, Gordon Young, , Ed Walton, Ed Carlin, Rhona MacDonald, David Forbes, Anne MacCavanagh
Parent Members: Morag Rennie, Robert Watson, Karen Abernethy, Wendy Andrews, Diane Skakle, Julie Stephen, Lynsey Gammack, Maree Partridge, Victor Sutherland, Dawn Duncan,
Councillors: Charles Buchan, Hamish Partridge, Brian Topping

2. Apologies Received from: Jodie Anderson , Vera Raduncheva, Rhona Davidson, Lesley Anderson, Nicola Ingram, Beverley Simpson, John Bruce, Claire Buchan, Lorna Ross
3. Previous Minutes Approval of minutes from Monday 12 September 2016
Proposed by Wendy Andrews
Seconded by Robert Watson
4. Matters Arising                                                     Defibrillator: not sure if council would support maintenance or training. BRG group have already allocated funds for this year. It has been decided to leave this project for time being.

Meet & Greet: was a great success in the lighthouse. It had a busy, purposeful atmosphere.

Library Event: Good feedback from parents who attended – they found it an informative evening.

Chair’s meeting(October): attended by Morag and Vera. Minutes from this meeting will be emailed to all members of Parent Council

5. HT Update • Mrs Buchan has become acting HT at Ellon academy until end of March. Acting replacement interviews will take place on Wednesday.
• Mr Young has been appointed HT of Linaclate school, Benbecula and will start after Christmas.
• Mr Walton has been appointed DHT.
• Mrs Pam Whyte has been appointed guidance teacher.
• Ms Lesley Wilson has been appointed lead for Developing Young Workforce.
• Staffing continue to be challenging, all certificate classes are covered with specialists. We have vacancies in English, Science, Drama and Maths.
• We continue to work with the Gordons School Huntly on peer-led self-evaluation.
• We had a number of attainment interviews with parents and young people during INSET days. These were positive and well received as we established routes for students to get back on track.
• Morgan Broughan (S5) was the top maths student in Scotland based on his advanced Higher performance in the summer. He has been awarded a prize by the Society of Actuarists in Edinburgh.
1. Funding Requests Football Strips
• Mr Forbes has requested 2 new football strips be purchased for 2 of the school squads at a cost of £1021.50. Approved by majority vote
Home Economics Department
• A request for funding for probes, whisks and ramekins costing £104.80 was requested by Home Economics Department. Declined by majority vote
PE Department
• Mr Burns has requested funding for a variety of equipment and clothing totalling £3265.
• It was agreed by a majority vote to fund the Sports Leaders of £410 and the NASSA tops costing £200.
• All other requests were declined – more detail required.

AOCB  New Options System – Consultation • Rhoda MacDonald gave a presentation about the method the school is proposing to collect data about the achievements of every pupil, how it will be presented to parents and pupils and how the school will use this information to raise attainment and give guidance during ‘Choices’ .
• Ed Walton gave a presentation on the proposed New Options System. Main points being the removal of ‘columns’ for choices, a total free choice in all subjects and guidance to pupils about their best subjects to choose (Golden choices) – data being taken from the pupils achievements from S1 and S2 as explained by Rhoda MacDonald above.
• Positive feedback was given by parents about the new proposals.

Correspondence • Scholar – Herriot Watt – information leaflet informing parents how they and their children can access the site and use it to enhance their learning.
National Parent Forum survey – Thanks to all who responded.
Driving Ambition – positive feedback from course S6 were given covering various driving issues.
Aberdeenshire Council consultation open on Developing Childrens Services 2017-2020, link to be put on website and promoted to all.

Drug Awareness   The school will be organising a Parents Information Evening after Christmas

Date of Next Meeting Monday 23rd January @ 6:30pm

 

Fraserburgh Academy Parent Council
Monday 12th September 2016

1. Present

Staff: David Clark, Gordon Young, Pauline Buchan, Ed Walton, Ed Carlin, Claire McElhinney
Parent Members: Morag Rennie, Robert Watson, Inga Norkiene, Karen Abernethy, Jodie Anderson , Vera Raduncheva, Rhona Davidson, Wendy Andrews, Lesley Anderson, Diane Skakle, Nicola Ingram, Beverley Simpson, John Bruce, Julie Stephen, Claire Buchan, Lynsey Gammack
Councillors: Charles Buchan,

2. Apologies

Received from: Maree Partridge, Victor Sutherland, Lorna Ross, Cllr Hamish Partridge

3. Previous Minutes

Approval of minutes from Monday 21st March 2016
Proposed by Rhona Davidson
Seconded by Jodi Anderson

4.  Highlights from year:
• School show
• Children’s University
• Sports Day
• Prize giving
• Transition Days
• Careers Fair
• Parent Information Evenings
• Work Experience Week for S4

5. Matters Arising

None

6. HT Update

• Vincent Doherty visited school to review SQA results.
• Fire Officer visited the school for annual fire inspection. Ran a full evacuation and school complemented on the rapid and orderly clearance of the site.
• Ran a successful Careers and Skills fair which saw increased numbers of Parents attend in the evening.
• Met with Phil Gaitor, new rector of the Gordons school about future collaborative work
• A pupil team won the Aberdeenshire Mock Trial event for the first time.

7. Treasurers Report

•  Bank statement – Balance as at 13th June 2016 is £10,510.84
• Books been audited by Sheena Ross of Johnston and Carmichael. Request money to buy flowers/chocolates as a thank you – approved by majority vote.
• Cheques are being signed after meeting for reimbursement of expenses regarding Sports Day totalling £222.59

8. Exam Results

Mr Carlin presented information regarding this year’s exam results.
• Overall there has been an increase of 12% across the school.
• The following measures will be now be put in place:
3 Assessment Cycles (September, December, March)
Standardised Assessments

9. Funding Requests

Global Rock

• A request for 2 independent speakers to be used on rehearsal nights @ £200 each was made by Global Rock. Approved by majority vote

Home Economics Department

• A request for funding for Food Hygiene course for 45 pupils has been made costing £325 total. Approved by majority vote
• A request for funding a defibrillator to be kept in the school has been made costing £847. Further information required before approval given. BRG committee need to be contacted to see if they can assist with funding and Lesley Muir will pursue the feasibility of the project with Aberdeenshire Council.

10. Meet and Greet

Thursday 15th September at 5:00pm in the Lighthouse Museum. Booked for 50 people @ cost of £7.50 per person.

11. Correspondence

Chairperson meeting: Monday 31 October – in Peterhead at 7pm. Morag Rennie and Lesley Anderson to attend

12. AOCB

• Parents Evenings: it has been decided that we will serve the teas in the crush hall for parents. More adult and pupil help will be required.
• Prize Giving – school will be evaluating the present system and making changes where necessary.

Date of Next Meeting Monday 28th November @ 6:30pm

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FRASERBURGH ACADEMY ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 14th SEPTEMBER 2015

1.   Present David Clark (DC), Gordon Young (GY), Wendy Andrews (WA), Jodi Anderson (JA), Morag Rennie (MR), Lorna Ross (LR), Karen Abernethy (KA), Leslie Anderson (LA), John Bruce (JB), Rhona Davidson (RD), Ruth Garden (RG), Cllr Fiona McRae (FM), Amanda Hollick (AH), Jane Atkins (JA), Dawn Duncan (DD), Maree Partridge (MP), Cllr Hamish Partridge (HP), Rhoda McDonald (RMcD), Julie Stephen (JS),

Apologies Received from; Jodi Anderson, Robert Watson, Steve Garrat, Leanda Denton

2.   Previous Minutes  Approval of Previous Annual General Meeting MinuteS, 15 September 2014

• approved by KA and seconded by LR.

3.   Chair’s Annual Report

Notes from the Chair’s report;

• MR stated that there had been a period of stability in staffing which had been absent for a number of years

• The focus of the parent council has broadened as a result of involvement in consultations about a new reporting system, mobile phone policy, Flame, the shared language initiative and the PE steering group, always with a mind to representing parent’s views.

• Two SPTC training sessions were arranged to which we invited our cluster primary schools and neighbouring Academies. Eleanor Connor as always delivered quality training dealing with’ Involving all Parents’ and ‘Communications’ in easy but thought provoking formats which were beneficial to all.

• The fundraisers did sterling work again at the Craft Fayre and Buttery Morning and due to their efforts and existing funds the Parent Council were able to support educational visits to school, Interdisciplinary learning about Japan, supply IT for the teaching of French and also for the senior study hub and the delivery of Food Hygiene Training. Many Parent Council Members and other volunteers also supported the PE Department as they delivered the first Sport Day at Fraserburgh for a very long time and managed to raise some welcome funds for the PE Dept.

• The Parent Council has again lobbied at National and local levels regarding the Scottish Governments policy on teacher recruitment, Aberdeenshire Council’s allocation of probationary teachers to Fraserburgh Academy and also about local press coverage of North Aberdeenshire education.

• A presence at each parent’s night and transition evening has raised the profile of the Parent Council and says much in a visible way about how the school welcomes parents and the willingness of the school to engage parents as partners.

• As a new school year dawned at Fraserburgh Academy, Parent Council representatives worked closely with Aberdeenshire Council and the School to deliver a bike workshop for 1st year pupils to encourage sustainable transport to school and the use of the bike shelters.
• The final date on our Calendar was the Meet & Greet for new and probationary staff in the area, both from the Academy and cluster primary schools. It is always a pleasure to host this event and welcome these lovely people to Fraserburgh.

• The Chair thanked the members of the Parent Council for their support during the year, in particular Robert Watson, the Parent Council Secretary, for his quiet but wise presence. Steve Garrat, the Parent Council treasurer who keeps all the financials up to date, not an easy job given that spending commitments often take a while to be finalised. Also the principal fundraisers Lorna Ross and Edna Milne who have enthusiastically tackled their role to raise funds for the benefit of all young people at Fraserburgh Academy. Wendy Andrews who has done a great job at creating and keeping a Parent Council web presence up to date and Maree Partridge for establishing a social media presence which has helped the Parent Council reach a wider audience, particularly regarding the sports day event.

• During the year the Chair met with Quality Improvement Officers to discuss the progress of the school. The Chair participates in these interviews with a real sense of responsibility to represent parent’s views whilst hoping that efforts to help the school to engage with parents have had a positive effect. The Chair considers that this is of vital importance for the continuing improvement of the school and emphasised that it must be taken seriously, as it is embedded in the development plan that so impressed inspectors’ 18months ago. The Chair intimated that the challenge for the Parent Council is not only to engage with the school but to take parental engagement out into our communities and to help the school with strategies for providing opportunities to engage with parents. It will take persistence and consistency of message, but parental engagement is important. Engaged parents make a difference to the attainment of their children and the school will be judged by inspectors about how well it engages with parents and also by its attainment statistics.

• The Chair concluded her Report by issuing a rally call for engagement – Ask not what the Parent Council can do for you but what you can do for the Parent Council and the school

4.   TreasurersReport
Treasurer’s Report;

• Copies of the Accounts were circulated but it was emphasised that as of today’s date the Account remained unaudited.

• Balance as of 2014 – £8.996.69
• Balanced Opening Statement No43 31/07/ 2015 – £10,359.29
• Balanced Closing Statement No43 31/07/2015 – £11,773.13
• Expected Balance – £7,662.79
• Projected Current Committed Balance – £4,624.59
5.   Election of Parent Council/Appointment of Office Bearers

Election of Parent Council/Appointment of Office Bearers;

• David Clark invited nominations for Chair of the Parent Council.

• Morag Rennie was nominated by MP and this was seconded by JS.

General discussion took place regarding the capacity of the Parent Council and, whilst it was recorded that 13 parents were in attendance at the AGM, it was suggested that the constitution could be considered for revision at a future date.

The Chair outlined her vision for continuity and succession and the benefits that such a protocol could deliver for the Parent Council, parents, pupils and the school.

Following round table discussion Maree Partridge undertook to adopt a role as informal Vice Chair of the Parent Council.

Robert Watson, in absentia, had outlined to the Chair the specific functions that the Parent Council Secretary has to carry out and wished to make it clear that in no way was the role particularly onerous.

The Chair outlined her hope that some assistance could be sourced from within the Parent Council for the incoming Secretary.

Discussion regarding methods that might assist the role of Secretary took place. Various strategies that had been in place previously were aired and it was suggested that a member of the Parent Council might undertake a role as Minute Secretary. Karen Abernethy kindly offered to fulfil this role.
LR and JS asked if Amanda Hollick might then be prepared to take in hand the role of Secretary. AH agreed to consider the invitation.

JB undertook to act as Minute Secretary for the Meeting of the Parent Council due to take place immediately following the AGM.

It was suggested that Steve Garret may continue in the role of Treasurer but his work situation had evolved and as a consequence Steve had intimated in advance of the meeting his preference to have an involvement in the handover of the post of Parent Council Treasurer

Julie Stephen indicated a willingness to adopt a role in support of the Treasurer.

• LR proposed that Ruth Garden continue with a fund raising role and LA seconded this. WA and JS both offered to have an involvement in any fund raising activities.

• Wendy Andrews expressed her willingness to continue with Parent Council website updates.

• Maree Partridge indicated that the Parent Council Facebook page was set to go ‘live’.
Date of next Parent Council Annual General Meeting –
Monday 12 September 2016, 6.30pm within Fraserburgh Academy.

 

 

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Fraserburgh Academy Parent Council
Monday 6th June 2016

1.   Present

Staff: David Clark, Gordon Young, Anne McCavanagh, Pauline Buchan, Ed Walton, Rhoda McDonald, Ed Carlin
Parent Members: Morag Rennie, Robert Watson, Karen Abernethy, Jodie Anderson , Dawn-Marie Duncan, Vera Raduncheva, Rhona Davidson, Wendy Andrews, Jayne Atkin, Leslie Anderson
Councillors: Charles Buchan

2.   Apologies Received from: Maree Partridge, Cllr B Topping, Cllr Watt, Ruth Garden, Julie Stephen, Leanda Denton, John Bruce, Victor Sutherland, Lorna Ross, Cllr Hamish Partridge

3.   Previous Minutes Approval of minutes from Monday 21st March 2016
Proposed by Rhona Davidson
Seconded by Jodi Anderson

4.   Matters Arising

• Fraserburgh Re-zoning Public Consultation   An informal consultation meeting was held to discuss re-zoning of Fraserburgh area and the impact it may have on Fraserburgh Academy. The meeting was poorly attended.

• Tyrie Bus Pupils
Aberdeenshire Council Transport Department failed to respond to letter sent by Academy Parent Council.
Tyrie Parent Council has requested a Safety Assessment of the road to be carried out. They are also gathering their own photo and video evidence.

• Maths Department Request
Mrs McCavanagh reported that the new package would work on all tablets and computers if Puffin Web Browser or Adobe Flash was used.

5.   HT Update

• The following appointments have been made;
DHT – Mr Carlin
DHT (0.4) – Mr Walton
PT Social Subjects – Mr MacMillian
PT MFL – Mrs Esslemont
PT HWB – Mr Burns
MFL teacher x 2
English Teacher

• We have been notified of 6 probationers
2 English, 2 Physics, 1 Biology, 1 Computing

• The school has run 3 very successful trips to Manchester, London and Barcelona

• We had a well attended and very successful Sports Day

• Aberdeenshire Chief Executive had a successful visit to the school at the start of May.

6.   Treasurers Report

• Bank statement – Balance as at 1st April 2016 is £9,242.29
• Banked on April 1st: £453.65 representing monies raised by AOG soup/sweet
• Sports Day Profit £1,104.32
• Banked on 30th May 2016: £94.40 (Bags to school cheque)
• Invoice still to be paid for £1.56 for laminating signs for Sports Day.

7.   IDL Request

• Committee organising IDL days requested £500 to help with cost of 2 day event.
• 4 workshops were given to S1 and S2 pupils covering the theme of Global Citizenship – ‘Fair Trade, Water Trade’
• Orchard Media made a video of event which has been entered into the Anne Frank Awards

A majority vote agreed to fund the £500.

8.   Fundraising

• Sports Day on 20 May. A very successful event with an increased number of parents attending.

9.   Strategic Working

Group 20 minute session in working party groups.

10.  Meet and Greet

Lorna Ross has agreed to arrange the Meet and Greet event which will take place on Thursday 8th September 2016.

11.  Correspondence

Children’s University
Maree and Morag were invited to attend Children’s University Graduation Ceremony. Both declined due to work commitments but there will be a few PC parents attending with families.

Achievements in Shire Brochure
Need to get Academy achievements sent to them to publish.
Also agreed that key personnel from local newspapers will be invited to school to encourage them to print stories about Academy achievements.

12.  AOCB
Date of Next Meeting and AGM – Monday 12 September 2016 @ 6:30pm
Wendy to create page for ASPIRE magazine advertising AGM and stating rules about membership of Parent Council and attendance at meetings.

 

 

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Fraserburgh Academy Parent Council
Monday 21 March 2016

1.     Present

Staff: David Clark, Gordon Young, Anne McCavanagh, Lesley Muir
Parent Members: Morag Rennie, Robert Watson, Karen Abernethy, Jodie Anderson, John Bruce, Dawn Duncan, Vera Radnencheva, Victor Sutherland, Lorna Ross, Rhona Davidson, Wendy Andrews, Jayne Atkins
Councillors: Charles Buchan, Hamish Partridge
Speaker: Craig Clement

2.     Apologies

Received from; Maree Partridge, Cllr B Topping, Cllr F MacRae, Ruth Garden, Julie Stephen, Leanda Denton, Amanda Hollick

3.      Previous Minutes

Approval of minutes from Monday 18th January 2016
Proposed by Jodi Anderson
Seconded by Lorna Ross

4.     Matters Arising      None

5.     Fraserburgh Rezoning Public consultation 2016

• Craig Clemont from Aberdeenshire Council gave an outline of the proposed options for the rezoning of the Primary schools in Fraserburgh. Only 2 out of the 8 options would have a direct impact on Fraserburgh Academy – Option 7a and 7b. Both these options involved building a new school – the proposed site being on Fraserburgh Academy land.
• Next Steps for the Council will be to take the consultation feedback to a committee for the councillors to give their vote. This will then lead to a formal consultation with all stakeholders.
• Mr Craig Clemont left meeting at this point. He stated that he would help draft a letter to parents and set up a meeting. Discussion continued.
• Next Steps for Academy Parent Council – members agreed that all parents needed to be informed of proposed options via letter and informal meeting.

6.       HT Update

• In January I presented a report to Banff and Buchan area Committee about the progress of the school and the national examinations.
• We had a follow up inspection by Ed Scotland at the start of February – the report will be out on 30th March.
• Had a meeting with cluster primary heads concerning the proposed changes to the primary estate in the Fraserburgh Cluster.
• We were asked by Ed Scotland to host 3 Dutch education Inspectors for a morning to look round our school and discuss the inspection process and the journey that the school has gone on.
• Mr Mcluskey has been appointed DHT at Mintlaw and Mr Hawkins as head teacher at Kirkwall grammar.
• We had a very successful moving on event for P7.
• S1 and S2 PSE parental engagement event
• We won the Aberdeenshire heat of the S2 Technology Schools challenge.
• Our team won the North Sound Energy cup
• Took part in a successful school election event
• Health and Wellbeing Sports leaders ran a successful S1 healthy breakfast
• 24 police Scotland Volunteer passed out this month.

7.     Treasurers Report

• The Income and Expenditure balance sheet for the year ending has been altered as requested at the last council meeting to reflect funding from Aberdeenshire Council not Scottish Govt.
• Change of signatories on the account has been made.
• Signatories are now: Morag Rennie, Maree Partridge and Jodi Anderson.
• Address for all bank correspondence changed. All documents are now care of Fraserburgh Academy.
• Morag Rennie and Jodi Anderson had a meeting with Jennifer Duthie from Fraserbugh Academy to clarify the procedure on monies that the Parent Council agrees to pay on requests from school. The school will pay monies agreed upon and then present the treasurer with the receipts for reimbursement.
• On this note a cheque will be issued to the school tonight for £753.65.

8.     Maths Department Request

• On behalf of the Maths department, Anne McCavanagh requested funding for a year’s subscription to an Interactive Maths package ’My Maths’. This would cost 599 + VAT. It can be accessed by all pupils in school or at home.
• It was agreed to fund if package worked on all tablets as well was PC’s.

9.        Fundraising

• Bags to School on Friday 22 April. Drop off bags at pupil entrance to school. Bags picked up at 10 o’clock. Bags will be sent home on 28 March.
• Soup & Sweet at AOG in Queens Street on 31 March from 11 o’clock to half past 2. Helpers needed. Money to Parent Council Fund.
• Sports Day on 20 May. PE department to run the sporting events and Parent Council to organise food and stalls. Same as last year. Meeting to organise event on Monday 18 April @ 6:30 in staffroom.

10.     Feedback from Parent Workshops

• S1, S3 English workshops. S1, S2 and S3 PSE workshops. Children’s University Information Evening.
• All workshops were attended by 15 – 25 parents. They were very informative and well prepared by teaching staff.

11.     Strategic Working
Group See notes below

12.    Correspondence

SPTC – ‘Helping to Improve School’ workshop in Fraserburgh Academy on Wednesday 20 April. All feeder primary school parents to be invited.

13.     AOCB 

Tyrie bus pupils
About 8 bus pupils have to wait on the A98 road for the service bus to take them to school in morning. Parents would prefer them to be picked up nearer home in a minibus.
The School and Parent Council agreed to write a letter to the Transport Department in the Council backing this proposal.
Date of Next Meeting Monday 6 June @ 6:30pm

 

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Fraserburgh Academy Parent Council

Monday 18 January 2016
1.       Present
Staff: David Clark,  Gordon Young, Rhoda McDonald, Pauline Buchan, Gerry McCluskey

Parent Members: Morag Rennie, Robert Watson,  Karen Abernethy, Jodie Anderson, John Bruce, Maree Partridge, Dawn Duncan, Vera Radnencheva, Victor Sutherland, Leanda Denton, Lorna Ross, Steve Garratt, Julie Stephen

Co-opted Members:

Councillors: Charles Buchan, Hamish Partridge

2.       Apologies
Received from; Rhona Davidson, Cllr B Topping, Cllr F MacRae, Wendy Andrews, Jayne Aitkin, Ruth Garden, Anne McCavanagha

3.       Previous Minutes
Approval of minutes from Monday 30th November 2015

Proposed by Jodi Anderson  Seconded by Leanda Denton

4.       Matters Arising

Parent Council Positions

Jodi Anderson has taken up position as Treasurer

Social Media

Social media was used to inform parents/pupils of school closure on Friday 8 January.  Was a great success. Parent followers have now risen from 200 to 502.

Report Cards

Rhoda MacDonald spoke to pupils, parents and staff about new Report Cards.  Pupils and parents are happy with new format.   They find the comments useful but feel they could be more focused. Staff would like to link the comments with unseen assessments (may need to change time of year reports sent home or when assessments are completed).

5.       Pupil Survey
In October the School Captains and Pupil Council ran a Pupil Participation Event.

They asked pupils 30 questions about ‘feedback’

200 pupils answered question

Key issues arising from collation of results:

·         what they have done well in

·         exactly what they can do to improve

·         how they can improve

·         steps to get there

·         don’t be nice – be honest

6.       HT Update
· HMI follow up Inspection Monday 1 February – Wednesday 3rd February (want to meet with parents on Monday 1st February)

· 3rd year exams completed last week – positive feedback from teachers and pupils.

· North Sound Radio – Fraserburgh Academy won North Sound Energy competition.

· Attainment Meetings with Faculty heads completed for term.

· Knife Crime – police assemblies before Christmas

· Staffing  – still continue to look for English, Business, Chemistry and Physics teachers

7.       Treasurers Report
·         Handover from S Garrett to J Anderson has taken place.

·         J Anderson had books audited by Sheena Ross (Johnston and Carmichael) as at 31 August 2015 (amendment to be made – Jodi to arrange)

·         Bank forms to be completed by Morag Rennie, Jodi Anderson and Maree Partridge for adding signatories on the account.

·         Balance: No changes have been made since last meeting, so the current balance as at 30:10:15 is £9718.29.

·         Meeting to be arranged between Jennifer Duthie (staff), Jodie Anderson and Morag Rennie to discuss funds available to school from Parent Council Funds.

8.       Strategic Working

Split into 4 groups to discuss Quality Indicator: Themes, Level 5 Illustration, Features and Challenge Questions.

Aim for tonight was to choose 1 Challenge Question to discuss and investigate.

Groups

2.4 Personalised Support (Pauline Buchan)

2.5 Transition (Gerrie McCluskey)

2.6 Family Learning (Gordon Young)

3.1 Ensuring well-being, equality and inclusion (Rhoda McDonald)

9.       Correspondence

National Parent Forum sent letter titled ‘Career Education – A World of Possibilities’ – want to make sure every child has received a copy.

SPTC – running 3 workshops in next 2 months in Inverurie and Westhill.

Morag to arrange a workshop in Fraserburgh .

10.   AOCB

Inspectors meeting – Monday 1 February @ 3pm – Robert Watson, Dawn Duncan, Maree Partridge and Morag Rennie to attend.

Parents Evening – Teas

Tuesday 26 January – S2 – Karen Abernethy, Julie Stephen

Wednesday 24th February – S3 – Maree Partridge, Morag Rennie

Tuesday 8 March – S4 – Dawn Duncan, Jodie Anderson

 

Change to Parent Council Meeting:

Monday 21 March 2016 & Monday 6 June 2016

 

Date of Next Meeting

Monday 21 March @ 6:30pm
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Fraserburgh Academy Parent Council

Monday 30th November 2015
1.       Present
Staff: David Clark,  Gordon Young, Rhoda McDonald

Parent Members: Morag Rennie, Robert Watson,  Karen Abernethy, Lesley Anderson, Jodie Anderson, John Bruce, Maree Partridge, Dawn Duncan, Vera Radunchevoc, Victor Sutherland, Leanda Denton

Co-opted Members:  Wendy Andrews, Ruth Garden, Anne McCavanagh, Jane Atkins

Councillors: Charles Buchan, Hamish Partridge

2.       Apologies
Received from; Lorna Ross, Steve Garratt, Amanda Hollick, Rhona Davidson, Julie Stephen, Cllr B Topping, Cllr Watt, Cllr F MacRae

3.       Previous Minutes
Approval of minutes from Monday 14th September 2015

(1 amendment – Councillor Buchan was not present – he sent his apologies)

Proposed by Wendy Andrew, Seconded by Maree Partridge

4.       Matters Arising

Parent Council Positions

Secretary – Amanda Hollick has resigned as secretary. Robert Watson willing to continue as secretary until end of session.  Members have been asked to consider taking on role of secretary with Robert’s guidance.

Steve Garratt wishes to resign as Treasurer.   Therefore a new treasurer is required.

Both these posts will be up for nomination before/during January meeting.

Social Media

Maree gave positive feedback about introduction of Facebook and Twitter communications between Parent Council and parents and pupils. Many Curricular Departments are now using Twitter to communicate with pupils.

Maree to start ‘whatsapp’ Parent Council group.   Members wishing to join are to give Maree their mobile numbers.

Report Cards

Rhoda MacDonald to ask children for feedback on new report format and will discuss at next meeting.

5.       HT Update
· Charity week was a great success raising £3649 for ‘Make a Wish Campaign’

· House Captains and Feedback committee surveyed 175 pupils about feedback from teachers.  Results given at next meeting.

· Head Teacher attended a meeting with Banff Academy, Peterhead Academy and Aberdeen University about Widening Participation – Summer School for S6 pupils.  10 places are available.

· Staffing Issues – Teachers required in following departments –Business Studies, English, Physics (awaiting Visa approval), Art.

· Mr Hawkins will be out of school 3 days a week supporting Inverurie Academy.

6.       Treasurers Report
See separate attachment for Treasurer Report

Still a few ‘Awaiting Known Additional Transactions’ but no invoices have been given. Head Teacher to investigate and if no longer required will be cancelled on report in future.

Request for funding from English Department –  English Intervention Room

Funding required to help decorate room with posters displaying standardised formulae for close reading, critical reading, talking and listening. Approximate costing £250.

Author visit  – Liz Lockhead costing £200 – £250.

Discussed and approved. English department to be informed.

7.       Fundraising

Craft fair raised a total of £2075.  Event had a positive ‘buzz’.   Very well attended.

Future fund raising ideas: Assembly of God to donate profit from their April/May soup and sweet, Bags to School, Sports Day (partnership between PE department and PC).

8.       Strategic Working Group

David Clark is proposing to introduce a new format to PC meetings. Half an hour will be dedicated to Working Group discussions.  A further half hour will be given to full PC discussion/feedback on findings/issues arising from working groups. Rest of Parent Council meeting to be as before.

It is proposed to have 4 working groups

1.                   Ensuring wellbeing, equality and inclusion

2.                   Transition

3.                   Family Learning

4.                   Partnerships

Each group will work through the relevant ‘challenge questions’ from the relevant sections of HIGOS 4 document.

9.       Prize Giving
Rhoda MacDonald requested feedback about the Junior and Senior prize giving.   Various responses were given, both positive and negative. Rhoda will ask the children for feedback and discuss at next meeting.

10.   Correspondence
Aberdeenshire Council have paid PC £540 (yearly payment)

11.   AOCB

Website

Wendy has asked members of PC to look at new website and give feedback to formats she has used. Mr Blizzard would be happy for any PC member to come into school and add to PC page (must use a school website to access).

Feedback required on: what we like about website, is everything is in right place and do we want anything else added to site.

Date of Next Meeting

Monday 18th January 2016