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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.

September AGM & New Parent Council for 2016-17

Posted on | October 24, 2016

The AGM on 14 September was well attended and included overviews of the previous year and also flagged up areas of work for the 2016-17 school year; the Parent Council, Head Teacher and Depute Head, Music Club, Afty and our parent gardeners all gave a good account of recent past, current and planned activity, including on the school refurb project, curriculum and environmental learning, music and the continued traffic problems around the school, including the loss of a crossing guard on Hyndland Street. The detailed minutes will be available once they are approved at the next meeting on 2 November.

Existing re-nominations were agreed:

P2 Parent Rep: Stephanie Fogarty
P3 Parent Rep: Daria Jarrett
P4 Parent Rep & Treasurer: Alan Bonnyman
P5 Parent Rep & Chair: John Lewis
P6 Parent Rep: Louise Love
P7 Parent Rep: Lorne Bourhill
Additional Member: Janie Pickrell
Community Member: Fiona Ansdell (the Afty)

As were new nominations:

Secretary: Nadia Miller
P1 Rep: Graham McFarlane
Additional Member: Susan Taylor

Parent Council – Change of date for next meeting

Posted on | October 24, 2016

Due to various clashing commitments, the Parent Council meeting scheduled for 26 October has been moved back to Wednesday 2 November. Also, in order to allow sufficient time between this meeting and the next, the originally scheduled meeting for Wednesday 23 November has been postponed until Wednesday 30 November. Both meetings will take place from 7pm to 8.30pm in the school staff room.

Janny Joe’s ‘Notice to Quit’ from his tied housing – update

Posted on | September 9, 2016

Further to our communication last week, I wanted to give you an update on developments.
On Friday we received confirmation in writing from Glasgow City Council (GCC) that Joe and his wife, Susan, will not have to leave the flat by the Notice to Quit date of 13 December, and will be allowed to remain there until they have found suitable alternative housing.  This also confirmed that both GCC and Cordia will support Joe and Susan until they find such accommodation.
Further, GCC has also agreed to explore ways in which the property may be used productively by the school after Joe and Susan have moved, instead of being left empty.
This is great news on both fronts, but especially for Joe and Susan.
Thank you to all those who have provided support to Janny Joe over this challenging time for him and his wife.
Best wishes,
John
John Lewis
Chair, Hyndland Primary School Parent Council

Janny Joe rides off into the sunset…

Posted on | September 5, 2016

It was with a tear in the eye and a lump in the throat that in Partick Bowling Club on Friday 26th August we said goodbye to one of Hyndland Primary School’s oldest relics, I mean much loved jannies, Janny Joe Cameron.

Joe was at Hyndland Primary School 21 years, man and, well, older man!

There was a fantastic turnout of staff, former staff, current and former parents of the school, as well as – probably most tellingly – pupils past and present.

On they day – and I believe well into the night for some! – ‘the Janny’ had more hugs than a newborn baby and more kisses than a Glasgow Fair weekender on Blackpool Beach with a ‘Kiss me quick’ hat on!

While asking that we “celebrate the life of Joe”, one particularly astute punter reminded the Parent Council Chair that “he wasn’t dead yet!”. The hapless Chair had meant to add “…at the school”, but the free-flowing beverages had clearly impaired both his speech and thought processes somewhat. Joe’s were somewhat more impaired than that by the time he had left the building!

It was both a sad occasion in that we were saying goodbye to Joe as the school Janny, but it was a lovely opportunity for all of his colleagues and friends that he’d made during those 21 years to share the day with him.

Good luck Janny Joe Cameron – Friend! Colleague! Legend! And very much alive!

 

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Parent Council collection for Joe, which raised just under £400 (meal vouchers, fine rum and a brown envelope stuffed with…); those who gave him cards and gifts directly (of which there were many); and all those who turned up on the afternoon and into the early evening. Thanks also to the Headteacher Helen Brown and her colleagues for arranging the event and providing refreshments for all.

Joe asked the Parent Council to pass on his sincere and heartfelt thanks for all of the gifts, cards, hugs, kisses, kind words and support. He said that he has been overwhelmed.

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