Hyndland Primary Parent Council

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Parent Council Annual General Meeting Re-Schedule

Posted on | September 20, 2017

Unfortunately, it was not possible to reschedule the cancelled Parent Council meeting last week, and as it’s the AGM and we usually get quite a few more parents along, it wasn’t possible to move to another venue at such short notice.

Due to other commitments, it will not be possible to rearrange the meeting before the next scheduled Parent Council meeting. As such, the AGM will not take place on Wednesday 11 October, at 7pm in the School Dining Hall.

Parent Council AGM – POSTPONED

Posted on | September 12, 2017

Unfortunately, the Parent Council AGM (scheduled for Wed 13 September) has had to be postponed – replacement date to follow once confirmed.

Hyndland Parent Council Quiz Night

Posted on | September 6, 2017

Friday 29 September sees the return of the Parent Council Quiz Night, hosting by our very own Mums on the Run at Partick Bowling Club (right next door to the school).

Starting at 7.30pm (adults only, no kids allowed!), tickets (£5) are available from Louise Love in the playground. Entry is also available by payment on the door on the night.

Also, please either bring along raffle prizes on the night, or, if you can’t make it but would like to contribute, please leave raffle prizes / donations in the school office and then email hyndlandmotr@gmail.com or john.lewis-hpc@hotmail.co.uk so that we know they are there!

Raffle prizes could include such items as bottles, gift vouchers, chocolates, and anything else that you can think of.

Please also bring along nibbles for the buffet, as pub quizzes can be hungry – as well as thirsty – work!

Thanks, and please come along, meet other parents and carers and demonstrate your powers of trivia while having a drink and a laugh.

Continuing Traffic & Parking Issues

Posted on | September 6, 2017

Despite messages from both the school and the Parent Council, there continues to be dangerous parking and driving behaviour around the school, especially on Fortrose Street.

While parking on the yellow zigzags is both selfish and dangerous driving behaviour, double parking parallel to the zigzags is no less dangerous, as it forces cars to undertake over the zigzags and potentially puts parents/carers, staff and children in even more danger.

Additionally, in some cases children are letting themselves out of vehicles directly into the road rather than onto the pavement where they are safe or can then cross safely.

Some drivers are also abandoning their double-parked cars to take their children into the school playground, which exacerbates the problem.

Parking/stopping should be aligned directly with the kerb and children should be let out or let themselves out – if appropriate – directly onto the pavement, not the road!

For those who have to drive their children to school, please find a safe place to stop and park, even if it requires you to park further back/down Fortrose Street, on Peel Street, Burgh Hall Street, or indeed in Morrisons car park.

There also continues to be the odd example of drivers somehow missing the very large white no entry markings on the road and no entry signposts, and driving obliviously (and illegally) into the path of oncoming traffic. This problem occurs not just on Fortrose Street, but also on the White Street and Gardner Street approaches to the school.

All of this can easily be avoided. It is not rocket science!

Also, no parent/carer should expect to face intimidation or abuse for simply pointing out to inconsiderate drivers that their parking/driving behaviour is selfish and that they are putting the health and safety of others-  especially young children – at risk.

Any inappropriate / selfish / unlawful driving/parking behaviour should be reported to Partick Community Police and the school’s Senior Leadership Team. When reporting to the police, please quote the following Police Incident Number: PS-20170816-2219.

Thank you

School Garden Market Sale

Posted on | September 6, 2017

We will be holding the school garden market sale this Friday 8 September in the school playground at pick up time to raise some funds for the school.

We’ll be selling produce from the garden and any baking donations (no nuts please!).

We are harvesting just now (mainly potatoes, apples and kale).

Any donations of baked goods or produce from allotments (for those who have one) would be much appreciated at the time of the sale.

Thank you!

HPSPC Fundraising Plans 2017/2018

Posted on | September 2, 2017

Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who has helped out with fundraising in any way over the last year, we couldn’t have done it without everyone’s help: buying tickets, donating raffle prizes, giving your time to organise and help at events has been hugely beneficial to the learning experience of all our children. The parent council funds raised paid for:

  • P1 music lessons
  • School Garden supplies
  • Christmas books
  • Buddy hats
  • P7 leaving party and gifts
  • Office and janitorial staff Xmas gifts

This year, on top of these costs, the parent council would like to focus our fundraising efforts on developing and improving the outdoor learning experience at the school, which, along with the school’s senior management team, we have decided should be a priority now that the school building renovations are finally complete!

The parent council have booked in our main fundraising events early so that we can all plan them in and raise even more than ever for your school:

SEPTEMBER: Fri 29/9/17

Mums on the Run (MOTR) are holding a Parent Council Quiz for all parents and staff at Hyndland. These nights are always great fun and a chance to meet up with friends old and new!
This is a child-free event.
VENUE: Partick Bowling Club, Fortrose St.

NOVEMBER: Fri 3/11/17

The Parent Council are holding a “Hyndland Halloween Happening” family disco, with lots of Spooktacular fun for parents and kids of all ages.
VENUE: Partick Burgh Hall.

JANUARY: Fri 26/1/18

Family Ceilidh. A chance to get together with other parents and kids and dance a reel or 2 with a live Ceilidh band! Lots of raffle and tombola prizes, food and BYOB.
VENUE: Hyndland Community Hall, Novar Drive.

MARCH: Fri 2/3/18

Quiz night – make or join a team to win prizes and meet other parents on a wee child-free night out!
VENUE: West of Scotland Cricket Club.

SPRING FLING: (date tbc)

An after-school event run by parent council, for the whole family. Enjoy some food, drinks and take part in Spring-themed activities on school grounds.
VENUE: Hyndland Primary School.

JUNE: Fri 1/6/18

End of term event (theme tbc)
VENUE: Partick Burgh Hall.

To ensure we make these events profitable and fun for all, we need your help: A fundraising task force will be meeting once a term to come up with ideas and share organisational tasks. We would love to see you there to help in any way you can! Be it offering your time, skills, or donating from your business to raffles etc.

First meet-up will be at West of Scotland Cricket Club on Peel Street on Tues 19th Sept at 7pm. If you can attend this please contact me on 07792226959 or nadiamiller085@gmail.com. Don’t worry if this doesn’t suit, give me a shout if you have an idea and can’t make it along and we can raise it at the meeting.

Many thanks in advance, Nadia Miller (Lyra & Alva’s mum)

Support your Local Parent Council!

Posted on | August 23, 2017

If you are interested in hearing about the activities of the Parent Council, come along to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 13 September 7.00-9.00pm in the School Dining Room. At the AGM you can hear reports about what happened last year, including ongoing playground improvements, garden, social events and music club as well as hear from the Head Teacher, Ms Brown, about school curriculum and activity developments, as well as the ongoing building works. If you are interested in getting involved there will be elections for new council members at the AGM. Everyone is welcome!

You are also welcome – and indeed urged – to attend any of the other Parent Council’s monthly meetings. The Parent Council is an important voice in the school community. It provides a forum for discussing developments in the school and ensuring that the perspective of the parents whose children attend the school is considered.

Much of the work undertaken in and by the Parent Council has funded a variety of things, including school folders, school buddy hats, PE/sports equipment, playground equipment, gardening activities, SMART boards, books, the outdoor classroom and other resources.

Additionally, each school year has a Parent Representative who you can contact if you have any ideas, questions, issues or concerns, and after the different years’ representatives and Chair are confirmed at the Annual General Meeting at the school on 13 September, we will let you know the contact names in the Newsletter soon afterwards, as well as here on the Parent Council website.

In the meantime, there are continuing Parent Representatives who will be available for you to speak with. If you are unsure who your Parent Representative is and wish to discuss anything, please contact the Chair, John Lewis, at john.lewis-hpc@hotmail.co.uk.

We will be looking for new Parent Reps this year, but would encourage you to become involved, as the Parent Council provides a great opportunity for you to keep abreast of what’s going on at the school.

Apart from the AGM, which is held in the school dinner hall, meetings of the Parent Council are held in the staff room and the dates this term are:

  • Wednesday 13 September, 7.00-9.00pm (Annual General Meeting)
  • Wednesday 11 October, 7.00-8.30pm
  • Wednesday 22 November, 7.00-8.30pm

Dates for the rest of the school year:

  • Wednesday 17 January 2018, 7.00-8.30pm
  • Wednesday 21 February, 7.00-8.30pm
  • Wednesday 21 March, 7.00-8.30pm
  • Wednesday 25 April, 7.00-8.30pm
  • Wednesday 30 May, 7.00-8.30pm

There is no meeting in December or June.

Go to the main door and press the buzzer for the Janny for entry.

Welcome from the Chair of HPSPC

Posted on | August 23, 2017

Welcome back to the start of a new school year, and for those of you who are new to the school, welcome to Hyndland Primary School.

After yet another typical Glasgow summer of fluctuating weather, another year of great learning and development for our children has just got underway.

Also, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Susan Taylor, Helen Rolph and all of the parent and pupil helpers for the gardening and playground improvement work over the summer. Well done!

We have finally got the first part of the implementation of the new traffic management and parking system in place in both the Fortrose Street and White Street/Gardner Street approaches to the school, which is certainly appearing to ease many of the traffic problems on Fortrose Street at least. There are some continuing issues, however, so please see the brief article below on the issue.

Mr Stephen Frame, the new Depute Head is now getting his feet under the table at the school, so a warm welcome again to him. Mr Frame will have responsibilities for the infants, while Mr Byrne will retain responsibility for the upper school. Also, congratulations to Mrs Julie Wynn on continuing her role as Acting Principal Teacher this year.

The first Parent Council social event is in the diary and that is for the Parent Council Pub Quiz, which is booked at Partick Bowling Club on Friday 29 September 2017 (adults only); more details to follow shortly.

Finally, for parents who have been with the school for some time, as well as those of you who are new, the work of the Parent Council, along with that of all of the parents who contribute to its activities, is a collective effort and we all have a vested interest in the fortunes of the school and in the positive experience of our children and the staff during our time at and with the school. So, we on the Parent Council look forward to working with the school and, most importantly, all of you as parents to ensure that Hyndland Primary School continues to provide a happy, healthy, enjoyable and appropriately challenging educational experience for all of our young people.

Involvement with the Parent Council, either as a Rep or attending meetings and other activities as a parent really is a great chance to find out what’s going on in the school. So, please do become involved and, should you wish to discuss any issues please either get in touch with the Parent Rep for your child or children’s school year (or, indeed, any of the Parent Reps), or contact me at john.lewis-hpc@hotmail.co.uk.

The first meeting of the year for the Parent Council is the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 13 September (7pm-9pm). We hope to see as many of you as possible there and also in subsequent meetings.

On behalf of the Parent Council I wish all of the children and staff at our school a successful and fun year, and hope that we will all enjoy the experience along with our children.

Best wishes,

John Lewis
Chair, Hyndland Primary School Parent Council

School Garden

Posted on | August 23, 2017

At Hyndland Primary we are keen to promote outdoor learning. The school garden and parts of the playgrounds are currently maintained by green fingered parents Susan Taylor and Helen Rolph, but they need your help. Would you be able to volunteer some of your time? They are always looking for volunteers to help out not just in the school garden, but with the plants dotted around the playgrounds too. You could water the gardens and pots, help with planting, digging and preparing plants and seeds for classes.

Susan and Helen will be looking for parent volunteers to help them with the gardening projects, so whether or not you are good with a trowel or can tell the difference between a plant and a weed, all-comers are welcome. If you are interested, please contact Susan Taylor on 07882 942945 or Helen Rolph at hjrolph@gmail.com.

Social & Fundraising Activity

Posted on | August 23, 2017

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 events 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 the AGM or any Parent Council meeting, or contact Alan Bonnyman (Treasurer) at abonnyman23@hotmail.com or John Lewis at john.lewis-hpc@hotmail.co.uk.

Events to look forward to this term include a Ceilidh for children, parents and family, and staff, as well as a Quiz Night for parents, family and staff (no children!), but we will be keen to hear about any other social fundraising activities that you might have.

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

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