A look back on SMPC achievements in 2014/15

What did the Parent Council do in 2014/15? Here is a rundown of our achievements, of which there are many, as you can see! We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone on the council, the many sub-group volunteers as well as the wider parent body. It has been a brilliant year.

Here’s to 2015/16!

  • Consulted on the school day changes
  • Campaigned for a crossing on Braid Road to support the Cluny Annex, with deputations made to the council
  • Installed lights in the shed
  • Provided play equipment at the Annex
  • Attended Morningside Community Council and feeding into their Craighouse comments
  • Extended the transport Group
  • Funded bike and scooter shelters
  • Revamped the SMPC website
  • Found a new secretary
  • Looked at improving how the school disposes of old IT equipment
  • Canvassed the parent body to identify priorities for spending. The view was:
    Sports workshops/equipment 2) Drama & Music workshops 3) Projectors 4) iPads
  • Found a new clubs coordinator
  • Organised the winter fair (which raised 21% more than last year)
  • Consulted on the options for Rising rolls (more huts in the playground / something else)
  • Offered and financed clubs places to children who haven’t used them previously
  • Started our first new club for many years (Spanish. A great club – they bought us chocolates)
  • Campaigned on the 20mph consultation
  • Sorted out PVG for all our clubs
  • Funded our standard yearly commitments (about £10,000)
  • Science Week, teacher’s allocation, library books, drama workshop, Scottish opera and more
  • Supported the Deanbank consultation through;
    parent survey, public consolation evening, working group meetings, parent communications,
  • Found a new treasurer
  • Listened to parents views on Deanbank and the Annex and looked for solutions (Deanbank travel survey, communication with ward councillors)
  • Funded sports sweatshirts for children representing the school
  • Obtained a project design for phase 1 of the playground improvements
  • Consulted on amended nursery hours
  • Started knitting club
  • Funded an interactive white board which can benefit the whole school
  • Funded maths robots and music, drama and dance workshops
  • Looked into healthier lunches for our children
  • Sorted out a way to allow teacher allocations to continue to be funded
  • Started to “retain our knowledge” to ensure the Parent Council is more effective going forward
  • Supported 13 clubs which provide over 22hrs per week of after school activities

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