Please support the Boroughmuir petition to stop school-hours drinking at adjacent bar

Napier University have applied to have a licensed bar adjacent to the new Boroughmuir High School.  Parent feedback stalled the planning application with an agreement that alcohol would only be sold after school hours. However, Napier have hired top firm Anderson Strathearn to push through an amendment that would allow drinking from 2.00pm onwards.

The decisions that are made now about the new school will shape the environment our children are educated in for many years to come. We would urge you to sign the petition against this change:

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/limit-licence-for-napier-university-bar-by-boroughmuir-high-school

Time is of the essence, as the proposal will be discussed on Monday 24th November.

Winter Fair Update: Helpers required!

4 Weeks to Go…

Count Down to the Winter Fair: 29th November, 2pm – 4.30pm.

The fair will continue last year’s craft theme, and this year we have events to cater for all ages at the school. However, your help is needed to make it a success!

Can you help?

We’d love you to help out. If you’re able, please sign up as a helper using this form:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0F49AEAE2AA7FB6-winter1

You’re welcome to sign up for more than one slot, just make sure they don’t overlap please.

Questions?

If you need any more info on each stall, how it runs or what is involved, please contact the fundraising team by emailing fundraising@sm-pc.org.

Update on short term accommodation options feedback survey

Following the presentation on rising rolls and the effects on SMPS at the end of September, the accommodation sub-committee sought the views of the parents and carers on the two interim options offered by the council. These have been collated and sent to the council. Together with a simple tally of preferences, opinions and concerns have also been reviewed and tabulated and can be view in the following spreadsheet:

Accommodation Presentation Feedback Sept 2014

The overwhelmingly preferred option would be the use of Deanbank as a new annexe. More outdoor space and decreased pressure on the facilities in the main school site were highlighted. Key concerns highlighted were the potential distances and traffic between the sites.

Rising school rolls presentation slides

On Monday 29th September an open meeting was held at the school where two, short-term options for coping with the rising school roll were presented. You can view the presentation slides online.

It is hugely important for us as parents to make our voice heard and the parent council wants to make sure it represents the views of all parents.

If you want to provide feedback on either option, please get in touch with us via email or in writing via the South Morningside Parent Council mailbox by the office addressed to “The Accommodation Group”.

Rising Rolls Presentation: Monday 29th September

Date/Time: 7pm, Mon 29th Sept
Location: School Main Hall

We would like to invite parents and carers to a presentation and Q&A session on future accommodation plans at the school.

The session will provide details of the impact of rising school rolls, the constraints at our school, and the options that exist for dealing with the situation.

The proposed interim solutions will be presented this will address accommodation pressures by August 2015.

We would like to take this opportunity to share the work that the Rising Rolls Working Group has undertaken over the past year but also get feedback and comments from the wider school community.

The Q&A session will be supported by a panel from the Rising Rolls Working Group, including:

  • Mrs Grierson (Headteacher)
  • Crawford McGhee and Robbie Cochrane (Asset Planning Team, City of Edinburgh Council)
  • Craig Hilton and Anna Cuthbert (The Parent Council / Accommodation Group)
  • Margo O’Connor (School Business Manager)

This is an ideal opportunity for parents & carers to ask questions and discuss this complex topic, which is crucial to the future of our school.

We look forward to seeing you on the 29th.