Only 5 days left! Parent feedback requested for the south Edinburgh primary school consultation

The council are running a public consultation to get feedback on the accommodation options for primary school children in South Edinburgh. The consultation period only has 5 days left – it closes on Tuesday 6 October 2015.

This is a very important decision for south Edinburgh. The SMPC would encourage all South Morningside parents to take part in the consultation. To leave feedback all you need to do is complete the form on the council website:

Alternatively you can send in your views by email to

To give you further insight, Morningside Community Council have recently sent a letter to the SMPC Chair that outlines their position on the matter. The main body of the letter can be seen below.


Statutory Consultation on options to address south Edinburgh primary school capacity

A consultation on Options to Address Primary School Capacity and Accommodation Pressures in South Edinburgh has begun this week. The public consultation period will run until Tuesday 6 October 2015.

The options proposed have direct implications for several south Edinburgh schools, including South Morningside Primary. Further information can be found on the council website.

Four public meetings will be held in respect of the proposals at the venues, dates and times listed below:

  • South Morningside Primary School. Thursday  3 September 2015. 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • James Gillespie’s Primary School. Tuesday 8 September 2015. 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Bruntsfield Primary School. Tuesday 22 September 2015. 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • St Peter’s RC Primary School. Tuesday 29 September 2015. 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Making school playgrounds better places to play – event this Saturday

making school playgrounds better places to playThis event is taking place on Saturday 20th June 2015 at Preston Street Primary School in Dalkeith and is welcome to all. You can register your attendance on the Eventbrite site.

If the benefits of play based learning don’t end when children start school, what can school playgrounds and break times offer our children? Parents, designers and educators across Scotland are invited to come and hear internationally renowned play expert Michael Follett at a workshop in Edinburgh on ‘Making School Playgrounds Better Places to Play’. Even the bleakest strip of tarmac or most windswept field has potential. Michael will provide an introduction to delivering playground projects using examples of projects of all scales to show how designing spaces creating play culture in schools can transform schools.

Another £188 donated to SPMC via Easy Fundraising

We have just received £118 from Easy Fundraising, the affiliate programme that generates money for good causes from your normal day-to-day online shopping! This money lets us fund things like playground equipment at the annexe, interactive white boards, music workshops and spots sweatshirts for children attending sporting events on behalf of the school.

It’s really easy to get started with Easy Fundraising. Take a look at our guide on our Fundraising page. If you have any questions please just get in touch.

Parent Community Situations Vacant

We have some vacancies that we’re looking to fill. You don’t need to be a current member of the parent council. If you’re interested, or if you know someone who is, please get in touch with Craig at

Clubs Co-ordinator

Key responsibility is to act as the central contact point for clubs at the school. Some seasonal activity (e.g. doing the room bookings “lets” in the summer term, ensuring all clubs have completed their start-up forms in August/September.

PVG Signatory

A small number of people act as PVG administrators for SMPC. They check the forms, review proof of ID and submit information to Disclosure Scotland. It’s an administrative task, which is time consuming. As such, it would be good if we could spread the load. No specific skills required, but one aspect of the role is meeting parents to review their ID documents, so someone who was around in the day/playground would be helpful.

Stage Club Convenor

The current team of in the following roles director, assistant director, costume, admin and production manager (currently one role but could be 2) will be stepping down after the show in March 2016

If there is interest in the club continuing a team of parents to take on assistant director, admin and production manager would be needed. These roles are voluntary.

Currently the director role is done by a non-parent with drama qualifications.

Any interested parents should email

Fundraising Co-ordinator

Our fundraising is extremely successful and runs very smoothly. One of the key reasons is because we rely upon a small number of individuals who help organise and co-ordinate our fundraising events. We would really benefit for some other people to help out.

Being a good organiser is the key school – this isn’t about running individual stalls, it’s about setting the fundraising calendar, ensuring every activity has an owner, bookings have been made, etc.

Consultation on new south Edinburgh primary school approved by council

A public consultation will commence in August 2015 to consider options to deal with the primary school capacity issues in south Edinburgh.

There are three options outlined:

  1. establish a new primary school on the combined site of the existing South Morningside Primary School Deanbank temporary annexe and the adjacent Oaklands Care Home;
  2. extend the capacity of South Morningside to four streams by establishing a permanent annexe of the school accommodating the nursery to P3 stages on the combined site of the existing Deanbank temporary annexe and the Oaklands Care Home; or
  3. maintain and improve the existing accommodation arrangements by permanently establishing South Morningside’s Deanbank temporary annexe including the provision of a new gym and relocating the South Morningside Primary School nursery to the Deanbank site.

You can read today’s statement on the council’s website. The full 77-page council report is also available for download.

Petition: Sale of the old Boroughmuir High Building

Boroughmuir_High_School The Viewforth school buildings are being sold and the council are deciding this Wednesday 13 May on who the buyer will be. The Boroughmuir Parent Council are supporting the bid from Out of the Blue, whose proposal would see the building used as an arts and business space for small enterprises and the local community.

You read more about the sale, and how to write directly to the councillors, on the Boroughmuir website. You can find the petition itself on 38 Degrees.