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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.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

Posted on | December 19, 2016

It’s almost that time of year again, when our homes are bright and sparkly and invariably smell of fresh pine; stockings are hung out to be filled and children all over the world are awaiting the impending arrival of Father Christmas.

Only a few short days until we come to the end of another successful term at Hyndland Primary School, the children are undoubtedly tired and in need of a rest before the holiday excitement really kicks off, and so, no doubt are all the staff!

The last few weeks have been a hive of activity, from the Parent Council Ceilidh to the P1-3 Christmas play, not to mention the Christmas Service and the Panto.

I think we can say well done to all the children and staff at the school and also to the parents contributing to the activities and fundraising in various ways. Thank you!

While it was unfortunate that the Christmas Fayre had to be postponed to a celebration in the spring, the Parent Council both understands and supports the school’s decision. I think it is very important to add that the Parent Council also fully supports Janny John and the other Glasgow janitors in their industrial action. While the ongoing action has put some additional pressure on the school, the jannies’ action is based on what has effectively become the creation of a two-tier workforce doing the same or a similar job and the jannies’ claim for an annual Working Context and Demands payment of between £500-£1,000 per year. If they had been direct employees of Glasgow City Council, instead of its arms-length body, Cordia, they would likely have received it.

The Parent Council sends them our best wishes for success and for common sense at Cordia and Glasgow City Council to prevail.

On behalf of the Parent Council may we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a peaceful holiday and a Happy New Year, and we look forward to seeing you all in 2017!

Best wishes,

John Lewis
Chair, Hyndland Primary School Parent Council

Social & Fundraising Activity

Posted on | December 19, 2016

We are constantly in need of more parents to volunteer their help with the planning and running of Parent Council fundraising events. Much of this work goes into organising and running the ceilidhs, parent quiz nights and other fundraising event that raise the money which benefits the education of all of our children.

We really do need more volunteers!

If you think you could offer any help or ideas with social activities which will help raise funds for the school, please come along to any Parent Council meeting, or contact Alan Bonnyman (Treasurer) at abonnyman23@hotmail.com or John Lewis at john.lewis-hpc@hotmail.co.uk.

All funds raised get ploughed into school resources to enrich the learning and recreational experience for our children.

Ceilidh Night Success

Posted on | December 19, 2016

On Friday 2 December the Parent Council held our usual Autumn Ceilidh, which was a couple of weeks later than usual due to a combination of the new venue’s availability and also that of the ceilidh band.

However, while the turnout wasn’t as good as usual – which we think was largely down to its closeness to the Christmas holidays and clashes with parents’ staff Christmas nights out – it was as ever a lot of fun for children and parents and carers alike and is a great fundraiser for the Parent Council to help the school.

The event was organised by Nadia Miller and Wendy Jordan – thank you both for a great job! Special thanks also go to the many people helping out on the night through a large array of tasks,  everyone who brought food, raffle and tombola prizes, and all of the parents and carers, teachers and children who attended.

This was the first time that we used Hyndland Community Hall as a venue instead of Partick Burgh Halls. Although smaller, the hall does take up to about 150 people (according to the convenor) and I think that we probably had around 70-80 in the night, though perhaps I might need to work on my numeracy skills!

Using this venue and a BYOB approach was a bit of an experiment, but the hall hire was £350 cheaper and, all things considered, we think it went well and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves!

On the night we took £581.45, of which £196.45 was profit after the hall hire, band costs and soft drinks were taken into account.

This is an excellent contribution to the work the Parent Council does to support the school. Thank you to all of you who were involved in any way!

Traffic Problems around the School – update on consultation

Posted on | December 19, 2016

At long last Glasgow City Council has published the outcome of its consultation, so from the letter received, we understand that the traffic calming measures on Fortrose Street and the changes to traffic and parking on Gardner Street and White Street should now go ahead. You will probably have seen the signs going up around parts of the West End notifying people that new traffic and parking regulations will be coming soon.

We have contacted Glasgow City Council and asked if they can prioritise the work on Fortrose Street, Gardner Street and White Street for health and safety reasons.

The following link shows the changes to the original plan: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=16995

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