November 2016

Introduction

Today we are sending you some exciting news!
Based on parental feedback, we know that many of you feel that you would like to know more about what is happening in school but at the same time don’t want to be overloaded with emails.
So we are hoping to create a new Communication Hub for parents on the website to support easy access to information but, in addition to this, we want to create a pilot regular e-bulletin telling you what has been discussed at Parent Council and all the other parent groups, with the opportunity for regular two way communication as a result.
We hope also to provide you with a bit more insight into what the priorities for the parent groups are, in partnership with the school, and provide you with ad hoc information on recent changes in the school on anything from the curriculum to school dinners.
The format of the e-bulletin will be something like this:

Parent Group Updates

This will include links to meeting agendas, minutes of parent council meetings and any future activities of any parent group that you can be involved in.
You can access the minutes from the last Parent Council meeting here.
The next Parents Council meeting is on 7 November and the agenda can be found here.
The PTA have a stall at the Bridge Christmas Market on Saturday 19th November 2016 10am – 3.30pm at the Burgh Hall. The market has teas, coffees, light lunches, Christmas cards, presents and home baking and it would be wonderful if we could use the event to both raise funds and our profile. Please contact  peebleshighschoolpta@gmail.com if you are able to donate items for us to sell (homebaking/crafts) and/or volunteer to help man the stall on the day.
Career Event 2016 Tuesday 8th November 6.15-9pm -Vital to Students long term success! Calling all parents and students S3-S6, career advice on everything from personal statements to apprenticeships, CVs, work experience to employability skills advice etc. Over 80 people, including universities and colleges, will be there to talk to students. Parents/carers please come along no matter what stage your child is at – your support will ensure they get the best from the evening.
The September winners for the 200 Club draw are:

  • First prize £100 Alison Smith
  • Second prize £50 Gerda Stevenson
  • Third prize £25 Kerry Docherty

For more information on the 200 Club please visit here.

Progress on our Key Priorities within the School Plan

You may be aware that annually the school writes a plan called the School Improvement Plan (or S.I.P.) which states the school’s priorities for the year.
The parent groups have met with the Rector Campbell Wilson and looked at this plan and, as a result, have decided where we can best support the school, in partnership, to deliver these objectives. The following areas have been highlighted and we are already working together with the school on these priorities:

Tracking and Monitoring

We have a parent /staff working group alongside Deputes Paul Fagan and Justine Noon to deliver more accurate, useful and timely information on student performance. You will already have seen some changes to reporting and parents evenings as a result.
Justin Noon will be providing a presentation on this subject at the next Parent Council meeting on 7th November.

Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce

This is aiming to ensure all students achieve a positive destination on leaving school and this year phs200 are supporting the organisation and running of the Career Event for the 4th time on 8th November. This is in conjunction with Depute Paul Fagan who is leading on this whole area.

Personal Support

You should have recently received a letter regarding Personal Support which is a new Scottish Government requirement giving students access to an academic mentor. Donna Moretta is the depute leading on this alongside the chair of the Parent Council. The school and Parent Council will be evaluating the progress of Personal Support throughout the year and communicating on this to parents.

Poverty Proofing the School

This area looks at how we can provide the best education to all our students regardless of family income. No student should be disadvantaged or excluded from any aspect of the school due to lack of money. A working group headed by the PTA Chair and Depute Rector Jeremy Lee is looking at how we can meet this challenge.
There is of course a never ending need to support the school with finances. We will update you on how we are doing with fundraising, and we will cheer someone up with the 200 club lotter winners’ announcement!
We will also let you know how you can help us to raise more funds for the school.

Rector’s Q & A

This new area will include answers to questions raised at Parent Council Meetings.
The following questions were raised at the last meeting and we will give you an update on the answers in our next bulletin.

  • Can we review the current curriculum structure?
  • Can we improve the general conversational language of Modern Language students?
  • Will the school support a Young Engineers Club?
  • Can we reduce the queues for ordering Grab and Go and for school dinners?
  • Can we improve the facilities provided for non-contact periods?
  • Can the school explain how prefects are selected?
  • What is the school uniform policy?
  • What is the school policy on homework/assignments during holidays?
  • What is the school’s Reward and Recognition Policy?
  • Can we improve the use of Show My Homework?

We shall also give replies to questions fed in via our new section called:

Have your say!

Please feel free to send us, as your parent representatives, any questions you would like raised with the school either at Parent Council meetings or via this Rector’s Q & A section and we will aim to get as many answers as possible to you.
We also encourage you to come along to all future Parent Council meetings to have your voice heard?
You will see an email address posted here so you can write directly to us with your questions.
We hope you will find this very useful and we will, in the future, look to get your feedback on how we can improve things.
Best wishes
Peebles High Parent Groups –
Parent Council, PTA, phs200, Learning Support PHS, 200 club.
(Nov 2016)

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