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Your Parent Council Needs You!

Posted on | May 29, 2017

Hyndland Primary School Parent Council is only as good as the support and involvement of those who contribute to it and the work of the wider Parent Forum. We are always looking for as wide a level of engagement with the Parent Council as possible, so please do approach Parent Council representatives with your comments, views and ideas and come along to the monthly meetings or email us at: enquiries@hyndlandprimaryparentcouncil.org

The next and final meeting of the Parent Council of this school year is on Wednesday 31 May 2017 at 7pm in the staff room.

Please come along and support us!

Great Hyndland Bake Off, Friday 12 May

Posted on | May 5, 2017

Good News – Update on School Janny Clusters and the Ongoing Industrial Action

Posted on | March 30, 2017

Some good news has emerged from the janitorial dispute over the past few days.

GCC/Cordia have decided to shelve their plans to introduce janitorial clusters, whereby we would lose Janny John from being a dedicated janny at Hyndland Primary School.

The letter from the Director of Cordia not only suggests that not introducing the clusters is to the detriment of schools, but that they will need to look at other means at achieving the half a million pounds cost savings that they are looking for. So, watch this space, as who knows what they may come up with.

While the letter refers to the decision to withdraw the offer being down to lack of agreement with the three janitorial unions, I think without any doubt that the major public relations disaster that GCC/Cordia created for themselves by embarking on this daft idea was also instrumental in their decision. So, the parents’ letters, emails and protests, along with the recent media publicity without question caused GCC/Cordia major difficulties. Of course, they wouldn’t admit this.

The letter from Andy Clark at Cordia also makes absolutely no commitment to future consultation with Parent Councils and parents, merely that we will be informed about any further developments in GCC/Cordia’s plans to reduce costs.

However, while there’s good news on this front (however long it may last), the year-long dispute over the jannies’ Working Context and Demand payment is yet to be resolved. As such, it would still be very important in helping the jannies in their cause if as parents we all individually wrote to GCC/Cordia demonstrating our ongoing support for the jannies in their legitimate claim. It is not an expensive demand on GCC/Cordia and while they were apparently happy to pay £1,000 plus pay increases to the jannies if they accepted cluster working, they do not appear to have any interest in paying them a small (around £10 per week) additional sum that other GCC staff get.

So, please do contact elected representatives and officials, some of whom are supportive of the jannies, but for whom knowledge of widespread public support is important, especially as we head towards the local authority elections on 4 May.

On a related now, because GCC/Cordia have pulled the janny cluster proposals, we have decided not to go ahead with the planned protest at the school this Friday. However, if GCC/Cordia come back with more unwelcome proposals then it’s time to dust off the vuvuzelas!

Thank you.

Playground/Garden Volunteers Needed

Posted on | March 27, 2017

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP OUT WITH THE SCHOOL PLAYGROUND AND GARDEN IMPROVEMENTS DURING THE EASTER BREAK

School break is upon us – 3 potential weekends to carry out much needed tasks in order to improve playground areas.

However, on weekdays except for 13 & 14 April, work improving the playground and garden will still be ongoing (weather permitting); therefore, help during the week would gladly be welcomed too.

There is a list of tasks to be carried out – which range from general cleaning to painting…

If there is anyone out there happy to spare a few hours during the hols, please text 07882 942945 with the date(s) you’re available and the approximate time you can come along.

Please note the following:

If you bring along your children then it’s likely they’ll be painting too, so please ensure suitable clothing is worn.

We would like to see a big difference this year in all the playground areas and have some cracking projects for the kids to get involved in.

If your kids come along to help during the hols then they will become the ‘trailblazers’ and inspire their friends and classmates once school resumes with these projects.

Please also bring along spare paint, paint brushes, etc.

The Afty building will also be available for shelter/toilet/hot drinks while the holiday club children are away on outings – currently planned for the 5th, 7th, 11th and 13th. Any time between 10ish and 5ish.

Please come along and help out at some point during the holidays, even if it’s just for a couple of hours on a single day. The kids will probably love it too!

Your Parent Council Needs You!

Posted on | March 27, 2017

Hyndland Primary School Parent Council is only as good as the support and involvement of those who contribute to it and the work of the wider Parent Forum. We are always looking for as wide a level of engagement with the Parent Council as possible, so please do approach Parent Council representatives with your comments, views and ideas and come along to the monthly meetings or email us at: enquiries@hyndlandprimaryparentcouncil.org

The next meeting of the Parent Council is on Wednesday 29 March 2017 at 7pm in the school staff room.

Please come along and support us!

Information on Parents’/Carers’ Event for Children with Communication Difficulties and/or Distressing Behaviour

Posted on | March 27, 2017

Title: Low tech resources and strategies for children with communication difficulties and/or distressing behaviour

Target group: Parents/Carers

Aim: To have opportunities to explore a range of low tech resources used to support and enhance children’s speech, develop communication and manage distressing behaviour.

Content: Demonstrate and discuss resources used on a daily basis and how these can support children with the mainstream or ASN setting. These resources are particularly effective with children with ASD. There will be two rooms to visit. One with specific focus on communication and the other on behaviour management.

Maximum number of participants: 30
Date: 27.4.17
Start time: 10.30am
Finish time: 11.30am

Venue: Langlands Primary, Glenside Avenue, Crookston G53 5SD

If you would like to book a place at this event, please email Yvonne Keenan as soon as possible at yvonne.keenan@glasgow.gov.uk

Please note that places at the event are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

#youcannyhavemyjanny (Shawlands Primary)

Posted on | March 20, 2017

Justice 4 Jannies – Getting it Right for Every School

Posted on | March 20, 2017

Following up from the Parent Council newsletter of 2-3 weeks ago, I have sent out on behalf of the Parent Council an online petition which we hope you will sign and circulate as widely as possible by email, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, to your friends, family, colleagues, etc.

The Change.org petition can be accessed via the following link:

https://www.change.org/p/glasgow-city-council-1-janitor-1-school-getting-it-right-for-every-child

Glasgow schools’ janitors, who are members of the UNISON trade union have been involved in industrial action over unfair pay practices by their employer, Cordia (an arms-length external organisation of Glasgow City Council (GCC)), who is refusing to pay them a marginal weekly supplement of about £10 of ‘dirty money’ for carrying out ‘dirty’ jobs that other GCC staff get paid for over a year. GCC/Cordia have persistently sought to undermine these jannies throughout the process and the jannies have introduced ongoing periods of strike action in order to bring pressure on their employer.

As if the unfair pay practices weren’t enough, GCC/Cordia is intending to change the provision of school janitorial services right across the city, with schools losing their dedicated janny and ‘clusters’ of 4-5 jannies covering 8-9 schools being introduced in their place. This will see jannies having to work across several schools in a single day and them having to be booked to attend our children’s schools to deal with any issues or problems in the building or school grounds. All three trade unions representing the jannies oppose this.

IMPORTANT – school jannies don’t just have the function of working the boilers, gritting and cleaning the school playgrounds etc. They are also an integral part of the health and safety and security and wellbeing of staff and our children at school. Parents develop important, friendly and trusting relationships with the school janny, as do the school staff and, most importantly, the children.

In the letter from GCC/Cordia, they claim that “the availability of hugely sophisticated and innovative technologies” mean that each school does not need a dedicated janny, but what kind of sophisticated and innivative technologies allow 4-5 jannies to cover urgent or emergency (or, indeed, any) work across 8-9 schools before the school gates open after 8am? They also claim that “the janitorial reform will have no effect on school security”, but how will an average of one janny covering two schools with possible multiple entrances to the playgrounds reassure the children and parents (and staff) that their health and safety and security needs are being met? GCC/Cordia state that the head teacher is responsible for health and safety and security, but with cuts in provision to cover teacher sickness absence, head teachers can’t be potentially covering classes, the management of the school, and ensuring this at the same time.

Frankly the letter from GCC/Cordia does not in any way represent any form of proper consultation with Parent Councils and parents more widely. GCC/Cordia will often make rhetorical claims about how we’re supposed to be working in ‘partnership’, but these claims really are mere rhetoric that they reel out when it suits them.

According to GCC/Cordia, the jannies have been offered a pay increase of approx. £1,185, with a cut in their working week from 44 to 40 hours. While about half of this would account for the ‘dirty money’ the jannies deserve to bring them pay equity with other GCC staff, the jannies rightly view themselves as an important part of the school community. This view is shared by staff, parents and the children. It is also shared by many, many parent councils and parents across the city. GCC/Cordia’s damaging proposals seem intent on completely undermining this sense of community.

Speaking with UNISON officials and reps, jannies, cleaners and other parents from Parent Councils in other schools last week, we heard some pretty disturbing stories of jobs that jannies undertake that weren’t being done because of the strike, such as child vomit being left uncleaned over a weekend, children being ill from vomit not being cleaned up, etc. Additionally, jannies spoke of how even before the school they work in opens, they spend a lot of time cleaning litter, checking the playgrounds for broken glass, alcohol bottles, drugs and drug paraphernalia, dog faeces, used condoms, even weapons. This is something entirely unappreciated by Glasgow City Council/Cordia and, should the janny clusters be implemented, these are also things that could be left lying around playgrounds until such time as a janny is available.

If we all wish for this community relationship, built on familiarity and trust, and vital to the health and safety and security of staff and children, to be continued, we need to make our voices heard very loudly to GCC/Cordia.

YOU can help make GCC/Cordia change their mind. Please sign this petition and tell Glasgow City Council/Cordia to resolve the jannies dispute fairly and to end the damaging janitorial review immediately.

https://www.change.org/p/glasgow-city-council-1-janitor-1-school-getting-it-right-for-every-child

Please also email the following people to make them aware of your concerns (and feel free to adapt the above text). They are either key decision makers at GCC or Cordia, education officials, or are local Councillors representing local constituencies within the school catchment area, or who have constituents whose children are at Hyndland through successful placing requests. All of the Councillors will be up for re-election in May of this year. Some of those below (SNP and Greens) are supportive of the jannies, but writing to them also allows them to see what the strength of feeling is among the school’s parents, carers and the children.

Frank.McAveety@glasgow.gov.uk
Archie.Graham@glasgow.gov.uk
Martin.Rhodes@glasgow.gov.uk
mohammed.razaq@glasgow.gov.uk
maureen.mckenna@glasgow.gov.uk
Andy.Clark@glasgow.gov.uk
Martin.Bartos@glasgow.gov.uk
PaulineAnn.McKeever@glasgow.gov.uk
Ken.Andrew@glasgow.gov.uk
Aileen.Colleran@glasgow.gov.uk
Feargal.Dalton@glasgow.gov.uk
martin.mcelroy@glasgow.gov.uk
Kenny.McLean@glasgow.gov.uk
Martha.Wardrop@glasgow.gov.uk
Pamela.McAusland@glasgow.gov.uk

Thank you.

Community support for Janny John during the current strike action

Posted on | February 23, 2017

As you may be aware, Glasgow schools’ jannies who are members of the UNISON trade union have been involved in an industrial action over unfair pay practices by their employer, Cordia (an offshoot company of Glasgow City Council) for almost a year. Cordia have persistently sought to undermine these jannies throughout the process and the jannies have introduced periodic periods of strike action in order to bring pressure on their employers.

On Wednesday 22 February, the jannies – including Hyndland’s own Janny John – began a two week period of strike action.

The Parent Council, supported by many parents of children at the school with messages of goodwill, fully support Janny John and his colleagues in their action against Cordia’s unfair pay practices.

Community collection

At this week’s Parent Council meeting we agreed to hold a community collection at drop-off on Monday 27 February and Friday 3 March in the playground, to discreetly raise funds to help support Janny John in what will be a particularly difficult period for him and his family financially, as when he is striking he receives no pay.

Parent Council members and anyone else who wishes to volunteer (please email if you can help) will be walking around rattling buckets, so please do consider giving as much as you can afford. Donations can also be made in the Parent Council mailbox – in envelopes marked ‘Janny John’ please – just outside the old school office. The Afty will also have a collection box/bucket for the whole of next week for any parents who wish to contribute but who are not able to be at the school during pick-up.

Janny John is entirely unaware that we are organising this collection for him, so all money raised will be discreetly handed over to him the following week, along with any messages of support that you may wish to make.

Other Cordia and Glasgow City Council actions that you should be concerned about

As if the unfair pay practices weren’t enough, Cordia is intending to change the provision of school janitorial services right across the city, with schools losing their dedicated janny and janny ‘clusters’ being introduced in their place. This will see jannies having to work across several schools in a single day and jannies having to be booked to attend our kids’ school to deal with any issues or problems in the building or school grounds.

REMEMBER – school jannies don’t just have the function of working the boilers, gritting and cleaning the school playgrounds, etc. They are also an integral part of the health and safety and security and wellbeing of staff and our children at the school. As parents, we have developed a great, friendly and trusting relationship with Janny John, as have the staff and, most importantly, so have our children.

If we all wish for this relationship, built on familiarity and trust, to be continued, we need to make our voices heard very loudly to Cordia and Glasgow City Council.

In the coming days the Parent Council will circulate statements and petitions related to the above two overlapping issues. We will also send letters to both Cordia and Glasgow City Council, including the elected representatives who serve wards and constituents that the school services, reminding them of the Council elections on Thursday 4 May. We would urge you to use or adapt the letters, or write your own, to challenge these poor decisions by Cordia and the City Council.

Event to find out more

On Monday 6 March at 7pm, there will be a public meeting being held at the UNISON offices at 84 Bell Street in the city centre (near Trongate), where you can find out more about the above issues and to also physically show both your support for the jannies and your opposition to janny clusters. Hopefully, the media will be in attendance, as both the industrial action and Cordia’s decision to remove janitors from school full-time has been woefully covered in the news. If you can make it, please turn up.

Change to Parent Council meeting

Posted on | February 20, 2017

Due to the Janitorial industrial action beginning on Wednesday, the next Parent Council meeting is moving to Tuesday 21 February, at 7pm in the school staff room.

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