Hyndland Primary Parent Council

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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

Donations to the Parent Council for Necessary School Resources

Posted on | December 19, 2016

Over the past few years, several parents have approached the Parent Council and asked about the possibility of making regular or irregular donations to us (outside of events such as the Ceilidh, Quiz Night, etc.), to continue supporting the school with necessary or desirable resources in which to improve the learning experience of all of the children at the school.

Since the Parent Council purchased the Outdoor Classroom earlier this year, the funds are seriously depleted and ongoing regular activities such as the Ceilidh and Quiz Night are unlikely on their own to raise enough money to fund the various resources that the Parent Council funds, such as the aforementioned Outdoor Classroom, indoor and outdoor sports equipment, buddy caps, high vis vests for school trips, school trips to use the facilities at the Emirates Arena and Scotstoun Leisure Centre and Stadium (thanks to MOTR), blue folders, books, dictionaries for P7 leavers, Smart Boards, computers, etc. As Glasgow City Council resources are being pegged back through cuts in public sector funding resulting from ongoing austerity measures, it’s imperative that we continue to raise as much money as we can on a continuous basis in order to ensure that our children’s educational experience remains excellent.

We have now set up a PayPal account which feeds into the Parent Council bank account, where you as parents, carers and your wider families can make such donations if you/they wish.

The PayPal account is HPSParentCouncil@outlook.com. The following link will take you directly to a donations page for Hyndland Primary School Parent Council: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BW7E8PDGXH45Y

If you don’t have a PayPal account they are very easy to set up via the following link: https://www.paypal.com/uk/webapps/mpp/account-selection

Parent Council Meeting

Posted on | November 30, 2016

The next parent council meeting is tonight, Wednesday 30 November 7.00-8.30pm in the staff room.

Please feel free to come along and find out more about what your Parent Council does.

Contact your Parent Council rep if you have any queries or questions that you’d like to discuss. The Parent Council email address is: enquiries@hyndlandprimaryparentcouncil.org

Your Parent Council Needs You!

Posted on | October 24, 2016

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 between the Parent Council and wider Parent Forum as possible, whether that be funding ideas, ideas about improving the learning experience for the children at the school, social activities, and no doubt the many things we haven’t yet thought of. So, please do approach or email 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 2 November at 7pm in the school staff room. This was rescheduled from 26 October.

The parent voice is only as strong as the level of support it receives, so please get involved and come along and support us supporting the school to support our children!

Easyfundraising

Posted on | October 24, 2016

One of the ways you can help fundraise for the school without any extra expenditure is to shop online via http://easyfundraising.org.uk/. This is a really easy way to see that the school benefits from something you do anyway. We have already raised over £260 with easyfundraising in the last year from just a handful of parents. If more parents used this to shop online, we could raise much more for school resources that will benefit all of our children.

Over 2,700 well known retailers like Amazon, Argos, M&S, John Lewis, Apple, Sainsbury’s, Boots, Currys PC World, Easyjet Holidays (there are other retailers!), and many more are involved, and whenever you buy something online from them, the retailer makes a donation to your chosen good cause.

It doesn’t cost you a single penny extra!

Sign up now using this link: http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/invite/2BLQGE – this will register you as an invited friend, and when you raise £10, an extra £5 will be added by easyfundraising.

Once you use the above link, type ‘Hyndland Primary School’ into the search field and select ‘Hyndland Primary School Parent Council – Glasgow’. There are very few details to fill in and it takes only a few minutes. It works by you either initially going through the easyfundraising link to the site that you want, or using the easyfundraising donation reminder toolbar (http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/raise-more/donation-reminder/), that you can install on your browser. This will let you know when a website is an easyfundraising partner, making it even easier to receive donations while you’re shopping!

Garden News

Posted on | October 24, 2016

You may have noticed a few changes around the school grounds, thanks in large part to a huge effort from Susan Taylor (Parent Council Additional Member), who has been in working away after school and at weekends to improve the outdoor environment around the school.

Helen and Susan have also been discussing some of the plans for the school garden and playgrounds. One of these is to get the garden ‘ready for winter’. This involves getting the raised beds fixed and planting some winter crops (kale and brassicas). We are also looking to do a general tidy and clean up around the grounds before the bad weather hits.

If you would like to help out, we have the following jobs that need to be done:

  • wash the bike shelter
  • general weeding and tidying around the garden and playgrounds
  • painting / decorating wheelie bin planters
  • painting the toadstoools
  • fixing noticeboards in the garden
  • painting and decorating the garden gate

If anyone is free at anytime and would like to help out, please contact Helen at hjrolph@gmail.com.

Save the Date!

Posted on | October 24, 2016

The next family ceilidh is on Friday 9 December

The Ceilidh is Hyndland Primary Parent Council’s most popular social event – it’s a great evening for all the family with music, dancing, buffet, kids’ tombola and an adult raffle. The money raised will go towards a range of needed school resources, such as buddy hats, homework folders, sports equipment, dictionaries or calculators that are given to P7s when they leave in the summer, etc. We’ll be looking for volunteers to help on the night, for raffle and tombola gifts and for food for the buffet. Put the date in the diary; it’s sure to be a night to remember!

You can buy tickets on the door, only £4 for adults and £2 for children. A maximum of 3 children per adult. No unaccompanied children will be allowed in.

We have changed the venue from that which we used over the past few years, as we had become unhappy at some rude and inappropriate behaviour from a member of staff at the previous venue. This time it will be held at Hyndland Community Hall on Novar Drive, near the Novar Drive nursery and Lauderdale Play Park. It is a short walk from Hyndland Train Station and close to buses that serve Clarence Drive and Hyndland Road, so is still very accessible.

The change in venue will allow us to retain more income to use on school resources, as the venue represents a substantial saving on the cost of renting the Burgh Halls.

There is no bar at the Community Hall and alcohol cannot be sold, so it is BYOB, which is allowed. Soft drinks will be provided free for children and hopefully there will also be enough to cater for parents/carers/teachers who are non-drinkers or designated drivers.

We will have to completely clean up immediately after the event, ready for the Hall’s use the following morning, so we will also be looking for volunteers who can help do this. Please contact us at enquiries@hyndlandprimaryparentcouncil.org.

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