Minutes: 21-22 AGM

The 21-22 AGM took place on 12th September at the school. This is a shorter version of the minutes: parents receive the full version via Seesaw.

1. Welcome and introductions

Stephen welcomed everyone to the meeting.

2. Approval of minutes and update on actions

The minutes of the previous meeting were proposed by Stephen and seconded by Cara.

Update on actions from last time 

– Laura transferred money to Green Fingers as agreed. 

– Stephen has been in touch with Tommy re setting up a meeting on security in the playground, this has not yet progressed.. 

3. Headteacher Update

Colette gave an update. Key points were:

  • The school’s vision and values were developed with pupils and teachers just before Covid and are still highly relevant
  • The schools’ 2022 School Improvement Plan is based on feedback from parents: this year there is a particular focus on transitions
  • In 2021-22 the school used £4,031.59 of the School Fund, which comes from the PA’s fundraising.  Colette thanked the PA for all their hard work. 
  • Colette shared a breakdown of how the Covid recovery fund was used. 
  • The Pupil Equity Fund last year was used for 0.5 additional teacher and a Support for Learning worker. This year Merrylee will use the funding for 0.5 teacher and resources to ensure equitable opportunities for all families. 
  • The Pupil Equity Fund is based on the number of pupils who are entitled to free school meals: Colette encouraged everyone who is eligible to register, so the school receives the correct amount of funding.
  • The Cost of the School Day project is a useful resource which Colette encouraged parents to look at. The school tries to reduce the cost of the school day in many different ways, such as preloved item swaps, subsidising events and providing free books at Parents’ Night. Colette acknowledged the work of parents in making many of these happen and thanked everyone for their help. 

4. Report on the work of the PC

Carolyn gave a report on the work of the PC. Key points:

  • the PC has met three times since the last AGM
  • Key areas of focus have included strengthening our links with other PCs in our area and school community, working with the council to site a lollipop person at Langside Drive and working with councillors, the police and council to enforce the car-free zone outside the school at the start and end of the school day
  • All parents can access resources from Connect (formerly the Scottish Parent Teacher Council)

5. Report on the work of the PA

Yla gave a report on the Parent Association, which undertakes fundraising and activities for the school. Key points were:

  • There are lots of opportunities to get involved with the PC – the next meeting is 28 September, contact merryleepa@hotmail.com to find out more
  • Fundraising activities last year included commissioning class photos, running book fairs, selling seasonal items such as coasters, providing passive fundraising opportunities  such as Amazon Smile
  • Events included the Hallowe’en Monster Mash, Christmas Elfinlee, online raffle, summer fair and Party on the Pitch
  • As part of Merrylee’s commitment to being an Eco School, the PC arranged various clothes swaps to encourage parents to reduce, reuse and recycle
  • Merrylee Green Fingers gardening project is actively seeking volunteers 
  • There are many ways to fundraise for the school, many of which don’t require much effort. In particular, registering with www.easyfundraising.org.uk means the school will get money when people shop online with shops like M&S, George@Asda and Clarks. 

6. Report of PC accounts and formal approval

Stephen presented the PC’s annual accounts. Colin proposed, Rubina seconded. AGREED: accounts approved. 

7. Report of PA Accounts and formal approval

Sarah presented the accounts for the PA. Colin proposed, Rubina seconded. AGREED: accounts approved. 

8. Parent Council Officer bearers – confirmation of roles and formal appointment

  • Colin Howden was elected as Chair- Stephen proposed, Carolyn seconded 
  • Nicole Smith was elected as Secretary – Carolyn proposed, Elise seconded
  • Laura Kennedy was re-elected as Treasurer- Stephen proposed, Carolyn seconded

We are also looking for a Social Media Manager to assist Rubina in managing our Facebook page: please email merryleepc@gmail.com if interested.

9. AOB 

  • Merrylee Bike Bus

Carolyn gave an update on this on behalf of Clara Orofino: Clara hopes to get a Bike Bus started at Merrylee in the coming weeks, and has met the Council’s Road Safety Officer to walk the proposed route. Email merryleepc@gmail.com if you would like to get involved. 

  • Lollipop person at Langside Drive

In response to a question, Stephen confirmed that the lollipop person at Langside Drive has retired. The council had recruited a replacement but they chose not to take up the role, so they are now recruiting again. Stephen will follow up. ACTION: Stephen to contact Glasgow City Council. 

  • Mrs McElhone 

 Colette congratulated Julie McElhone, who will shortly move to Pollokshields Primary to take up a role as Acting Headteacher. 

10. Date of next meeting:

  • Monday 7th November 6.30-8pm via Zoom

Minutes from 9th May 2022

This is a shorter version of the minutes: Merrylee parents can read the full version via SeeSaw

1. Welcome and introductions

Stephen (chair) welcomed everyone to the meeting.

2. Approval of minutes and update on actions

The minutes of the previous meeting were proposed by Yvonne and seconded by Laura.

3. Headteacher Update

Three new members of staff started after the Easter break and Colette has been pleased to welcome them. Colette reminded PC members that the school chaplain Wilma Pearson is retiring at the end of this month and school plans to do a collection.

Colette provided some points from the recent parent consultation survey, which received 85 responses:

  • 92% of respondents agreed that planning for learning and teaching at Merrylee includes opportunities to make links with real life learning. Parents would like more opportunities for trips and links with the wider community and Colette reported that these are now underway, following the lifting of Covid restrictions. 
  • Most parents agreed that parents can contribute to the life of the school and wider community. Some parents were unsure about how to do this, particularly leadership opportunities for children: the school will make a specific effort to communicate about this. 
  • Outdoor learning was seen as a key strength of the school. Some parents felt that children should be out in all weathers, others only when the weather is favourable. School will do its best to balance these views. 
  • There was concern about the cost of the school day, which staff will consider.
  • 91% of respondents agreed that interdisciplinary learning such as STEM was a strength. 
  • Most parents agreed that the ability to assess and talk about learning was positive, but views were mixed: some parents were strongly opposed to assessing children especially at early stages, while others want more testing. The school will try to seek a balance. 
  • Some parents felt homework should be optional: Colette reported that this was tried a few years ago but parents found it confusing. 
  • Most respondents agreed that children were well supported in school, though there were lots of comments reflecting the lack of in-person communication due to Covid. Colette confirmed that this is very much on the school improvement plan for next session.
  • There was a suggestion to have a therapy pet in the school: Colette reported that they would love to do this, if any parent can provide links to a suitably trained pet. 
  • There were comments about consistency of staffing – Colette reported that this has been unavoidable as there is a severe shortage of supply teachers across Glasgow. 

Finally, Colette reported that the girls’ P6 and P7 football team has been very successful. She thanked Frankie’s dad, who has sponsored and designed their strips, and Audrey and Alice’s mum who has offered to teach the girls yoga and has also provided shinpads. Colette also thanked Miss Reeves, who has led the team. 

Questions on Headteachers Report

  • Q: Do we have a clear view on what if any similar funding will be available for next year?
  • A: the school gets PEF funding of £60-70k: this is used to buy in extra staff. There is no expectation of further Covid recovery funding. 
  • Q: Will paired reading resume?
  • A – yes, this should resume in August. 
  • Q – Are assessments required by Government?
  • A – Scottish National Assessments take place at P1, P4 and P7 and these are set nationally and done annually. 

Update on assessment from Julie.

Julie explained that the school is developing its approach to assessment and reported that:

  • In Scotland, assessment for learning shapes the learning and is also there for accountability. 
  • Merrylee wants to take a holistic view of assessment that incorporates learning progress and attainment as well as opportunities to develop skills which will be useful in later life. 
  • Merrylee will track literacy and numeracy but also wants to put the child at the centre – other elements of learning are also important. 
  • Julie also wants to look at how assessment will be reported to parents to ensure the learners’ voice is reflected. 

Julie would like to hold a focus group in person with parents to get views on assessment and reporting. Information about this will be posted on Seesaw: parents can contact Julie if interested.

4. PA Update

Yla gave an update:

  • The Greenfingers gardening initiative has now spent the money passed over from the PC last quarter. A new shed is still required to store all equipment on site now that the allotment has closed. 
  • The bulbs donated by Morrisons look great and the seedling kits were really successful. The hanging baskets have been moved to the school garden and planted with strawberries at child height so children can water and pick them. 
  • The Council now requires the Greenfingers volunteers to arrange a formal “let” every time they want access to the school, including to water plants. This has required a lot of administration in organising a let for every single day of the school holidays. This doesn’t cost money but makes things harder: they are working with Colette to try to hand over more of the responsibility for watering plants to the school. 
  • There has previously been an issue with the council spraying weedkiller on fruit and vegetables in the grounds, which means they cannot be eaten. The janitor prevented this from happening recently: Colette and Greenfingers have been trying to communicate with the council to prevent it from happening in the future. 
  • The PC has provided a clothes rail at the front of the school for people to donate and take second-hand uniform: this has proved really popular. The PA will see whether they can arrange for parents to swap and donate outdoor items for the Kelburn school trip, so parents don’t have to buy new items. 
  • A new parent volunteer will now be keeping the school noticeboards up to date.
  •  Sarah (treasurer) is stepping down after six years: please contact PA if interested in taking on this role.

Upcoming dates:

  • The virtual book fair will take place in the week beginning 21st May. 
  • Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th May have been confirmed for school photos. Parent volunteers are needed to help on those days: parents should contact the PA if able to help. There will be fewer, more traditional poses which allows us to get the photographer in for fewer days, which reduces the cost. Mel will also do informal class photos as has happened in the last couple of years, 
  • Party on the pitch will be held on 1st June – this will use the money raised at the Break the Rules day last year. There will be play resources, inflatables, refreshments etc: parent volunteers are needed. 
  • Saturday 27th August is the provisional date for the summer fair.

The PA can be contacted at merryleepa@hotmail.com 

5. Treasurer’s report

Laura gave a financial update on the Parent Council.

6. AOB

  • School grounds security

Recent incident discussed.

  • Lost property

Some parents have raised questions about lost property: this will now be available at the community entrance every Friday. The PA will post pics of lost property rail every week on Facebook to help parents identify items. The PA has also bought 24 Sharpie pens for the school so classes can take it in turns to write names on jackets. Parents are reminded that they can support the school when buying stickers and labels:

  • at www.easy2name.com, enter Merrylee Primary at the checkout when buying washable stickers that can be attached to almost anything, and a percentage of your spend will be donated to the school
  • at www.stamptastic.co.uk, buy a School Name Labels Delux Bundle and the school will receive 15% commission.
  • P7 transition days

Unfortunately the school trip to Kelburn clashes with one of the P7 secondary induction visits to Hillpark and Williamwood: the trip was booked before the school was given the dates. Carolyn has been in touch with secondary school Parent Councils to establish links and try to prevent this happening in future. 

  • P7 leavers’ assembly and sports day

Colette confirmed that P7 parents will be invited to attend the leavers’ assembly and that parents will be very welcome to come and watch on Sports Day.

  • Street Play 2-5th June

Carolyn advised that the Council is once again running its Street Play initiative, when the Council will cover the costs of closing a street to allow children to play out. This will take place over 2-5 June. Parents can apply to close their street here: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=44646&p=0.

7. Date of next meeting: Monday 12th September (AGM and elections) IN PERSON AT SCHOOL

  • Stephen advised that the roles of Chair, Treasurer and Secretary of the PC will all be up for election at the AGM in September. He asked parents to please consider standing for one of these roles and to contact us if you would like to know more, at merryleepc@gmail.com
  • There was a discussion about whether PC meetings should now be in person, as this is now possible. Members noted that attendance has increased since meetings became digital, but that this may be excluding some people. AGREED the AGM will be held in person at the school and a decision on future meetings will be taken at that time. 

Parent Council 24 Jan 2022

MERRYLEE PARENT COUNCIL MINUTES

24 JANUARY 2022  6.30PM – 8.00PM

 Note the full minutes are distributed to parents via Seesaw

1.Actions from previous meeting

  • Colette agreed to discuss with the teachers whether parents could see their children’s jotters ahead of telephone consultations: UPDATE: Colette spoke to the teachers about this and concluded that work would be shared on SeeSaw rather than risk it going missing 
  • Colette to include information on Educational Recovery in the imminent School Newsletter: UPDATE: this was included in the last newsletter
  • Stephen to follow up on this and ask when the assessor is coming to assess moving the lollipop man from Clarkston Road to Mochrum and Langside junction: UPDATE: the lollipop man is now in place in the new area
  • Colette to send photos of the pumpkins to the PA in order to thank Morrisions’ Crossmyloof: DONE
  • Carried forward: Yvonne to take forward oral history project about Covid: UPDATE: on reflection, this carries risk of raising trauma given how fresh it all is, so we will leave this for now. Yvonne is happy to offer training in oral history approaches more generally.
  • Carried forward: Yvonne to work with Colette and Mrs McElhone to create a parent survey about views and knowledge of Hillpark: UPDATE: this is now in progress
  • Carried forward: Cara to coordinate with Colette on an opportunity for children to meet herself and fellow Hillpark Chaplain colleague: UPDATE: this will happen in the next couple of weeks
  • Carried forward: Colette will pick up with Yla on the weed killer issue and contact the Council to find out why this has happened: UPDATE: Colette has made contact 

2. Headteacher Update

No changes in school in terms of Covid. The school is  continuing to follow all the guidance including extra ventilation, so please continue to wrap children up warmly. Mrs Provan sends her thanks for making her last few days so memorable. Mrs Pearson, one of the school chaplains, is retiring at the end of May. She has a long association with the school and Colette thanked her for all she has done. Mrs Mort has done an amazing job organising school clubs for every age and stage across the schools, working closely with the Active Schools Coordinator. Colette also thanked the parents who run the Saturday morning football club, which is back up and running. It will no longer be possible to contact teachers via Seesaw – this is a safeguarding issue as teachers have not always seen messages in time about changes to pickup arrangements. This has been communicated via Seesaw along with details of how to convey messages to the school. Colette also gave a reminder that all absences and appointments should go through the school office or to the absence line. Colette thanked the parent council for their work in getting the lollipop man moved: this will hopefully help as there has been a complaint from the tennis club about parents driving into the car park. 

Questions on Headteachers Report

There was a question regarding whether  Mrs Provan will be replaced: Colette said that the post has been advertised but it is difficult to fill these posts at the moment. There was a follow-up question about whether parents could help with administration – Colette advised that parents can come in if it is pre-arranged and all COVID guidance is followed. She will follow up if there is an opportunity to do so.

Covid recovery funding

All schools were given additional recovery funding at the start of the year. The money must be spent by mid-February or it will be lost. Catriona ran through the ideas that have been shared with staff:

  • raise attainment in numeracy eg materials, family packs for learning
  • additional reading materials
  • outdoor learning
  • developing the playground
  • family learning events or workshops
  • storage of outdoor equipment
  • developing the IT room into a digital hub

Additional suggestions made by the PC were:

  • more books for the library
  • music lessons
  • more trips to the theatre
  • equipment/lessons in hockey
  • Buddy Bench in the playground
  • outdoor chess sets
  • science equipment eg weather vanes, water gauges, weather station
  • contemplation/quiet area
  • outdoor drama club
  • after-school gardening club
  • orienteering club
  • outdoor music equipment
  • outdoor waterproof kit for younger kids
  • Urban Jungle eg pruning the willow
  • Trim trail groundworks – more slabs
  • Bus trips to the Burrell (opening March 22)

3. PA Update

Yla gave an update. Christmas decorations were hugely successful and there was fantastic parent involvement in making resources that can be used year on year. The raffle was also a huge success. Last week the allotment move was finalised: all resources have been moved onto school ground and the PA is looking for storage so that parents can access equipment at weekends. Merrylee Greenfingers has put together a consultation on how their Keep Scotland Beautiful funding should be used, and will send it to Colette. Rebecca is keen to reschedule the session she was going to do on sustainability and food growing. Lots of v positive comments have been received about Billy the lollipop man being moved: this is a real relief for parents. Parents are keen to volunteer to help school in any way. 

The next PA meeting takes place on Wed 26 January. 

4. AOB

  • School meals

Parents have been raising issues regarding the availability of hot food, food being cold, portions being small and queues being too long. Colette advised that the service was four staff down at the start of the year, which did cause difficulties. She noted that the catering service is spread across Limetree nursery and OLA as well as Merrylee so it is a challenging job. A new system will shortly be introduced allowing parents to choose their child’s meal in advance: the school will communicate about this shortly. Rotas are in place to try to ensure it’s not always the same classes who are last into the lunch hall. Children are always in and out within twenty minutes so they have half an hour to play outside. There are now support staff in to support lunches which has sped things up. ACTION: Colette will discuss the issues raised with the catering managers. She also noted that all the catering staff are excellent with the children and always ensure that everyone has had something to eat. 

  • Couper library

The Couper library reopened today after being closed for almost two years. Parents are encouraged to make use of it and hopefully it might be possible to arrange class trips to the library at some point when staffing allows, as many younger pupils will never have been inside. 

  • Litter 

The issue of litter was raised: some parents feel this is getting worse. There was a discussion about whether parents could help to address this, perhaps through the Eco Committee. ACTION: Colette will raise with the Eco Committee. 

  • Active travel

The Parents for the Future group is planning a walking and cycling bus, such as has been established in Shawlands. Glasgow City Council rules require that this takes place as part of a Parent Council. Clara would like to take this forward and to find out about what insurance is required. ACTION: Clara will represent the PC at an upcoming meeting about this and will report back. ACTION: Carolyn will check whether our insurance through Connect would cover this. 

  • Social media

Stephen thanked Rubina for her excellent work in managing the PC’s Facebook page. 

  • Parent Council meetings

Agreed that Parent Council meetings would continue to take place via Zoom for the moment. 

5. Date of next meeting: 9 May 2022

AGM 6 June 2021

Note the full minutes of meetings are circulated to all parents via Seesaw. These include a list of those attending the meeting. If you would like to attend a future meeting, please email merryleepc@gmail.com.

  1. Welcome and introductions 

Stephen welcomed everyone to the meeting. 

  1. Approval of minutes and update on actions

The minutes of the previous meeting were proposed by Stephen and seconded by Laura. 

  • Elspeth and Colette to coordinate leaflets about vandalism: leaflet drop was done and prompted some positive responses from neighbours who are now reporting incidents to the police
  • Laura to arrange bank transfer for Zoom account: done
  • Yvonne to take forward oral history project about Covid: carry forward
  • Yla and Stephen to link in with Mrs Mort next term about Eco School: done: Mrs Mort will follow up once she is more settled in her role.
  • All to look at the Glasgow and Clyde Parents for the Future group: Clara updated: Most schools are now using plastic water bottles again because of Covid. Colette advised that the school can now address this: ACTION: Colette to pick this up within the school. 
  • Rubina to become Volunteer Scotland lead: done
  • Yvonne to work with Colette and Mrs McElhone to create a parent survey about views and knowledge of Hillpark: carry forward
  • Cara to coordinate with Colette on an opportunity for children to meet herself and fellow Hillpark Chaplain colleague: carry forward
  • Colette to review the homework policy: staff have begun looking at homework policy. Elspeth reported that homework has been shared in advance and this is extremely helpful.
  1. Headteacher Update

Colette welcomed everyone to the AGM and is looking forward to getting to know the new families. She outlined the strengths and areas for development this year, and noted that schools continue to be very affected by safety restrictions for Covid. There has been a noticeable increase in the number of Covid notifications across the whole city. Demand for tests has increased and it can take more than 2 days for results to come back, which has an impact on staffing. This means that the leadership team is having to cover absences at short notice so may take longer to get back to parents with queries. She assured everyone that the school is doing everything they can to ensure minimal disruption. Colette also expressed her thanks to the office staff Mrs McGrory and Mrs Provan who have become real experts in interpreting Covid guidance, which is often complicated. Unfortunately the school still can’t facilitate parent volunteers in school. However, Colette is delighted that the parent body continues to come up with innovative ways to keep the partnership with parents going, such as the Merrylee Green Fingers initiative, which transformed the school last year. Colette expressed her gratitude to the Parent Association for all their fantastic ideas and efforts. She also thanked parents who volunteer to run the Saturday morning football, which has now resumed. She encouraged parents to get involved in these activities and to contact either the PC or PA to find out how to get involved. P7 buddies are back and are now operating in groups on a rota basis and hope to introduce more opportunities for the P7 buddies to support younger pupils. Lunchtime clubs are also now resumed and will be advertised on SeeSaw.

School continues to focus on raising attainment and learning and teaching, as well as digital skills. Mrs Mort leads on learning and teaching and is looking forward to working with P5 and P6s pupils this year: this will include offering clubs and activities. The idea is to engage children really positively with their learning. The whole school focus for this term includes learning for sustainability and preparing for COP26: the Glasgow priorities are climate action, reduced inequalities and peace, justice and strong institutions. Pupils will have opportunities to learn about global issues and bring about change: for example P7s will work towards achieving the John Muir award. Other pupils are involved in STEM activities. The school is looking forward to working with parents to use the school facilities to promote learning for sustainability. Colette thanked everyone who has already been in touch to offer their time and skills: she will respond as soon as possible. 

Colette noted that the janitor Tommy will retire this Friday. He has been with the school for many years and has been a constant source of support for everyone. No job is too big or too small and he always has time for everyone. He is a much loved figure in our community and Colette thanked all parents who had contributed to his collection. Stephen agreed on behalf of the Parent Council that Tommy will be much missed and has made an enormous contribution to the school. 

A new janitor has now been appointed and will take up post shortly.

Finally, Colette thanked all the parents at Merrylee for their commitment, and for the hard work of the PA and PC. SHe looked forward to continuing to work together. 

Alan noted his thanks to the P7 buddies: his P1 daughter has found the buddy system extremely helpful. 

  1. Parent Council Office Bearers – confirmation of roles and formal appointment

Stephen noted that the constitution specifies a two-year period for office bearers: all of the PC office bearers are halfway through their term so will continue for a further year. This was agreed. 

  1. Parent Association Office Bearers – confirmation of roles and formal appointment

Yla noted that she is in her first year as solo chair. Sarah is the Treasurer and Shona is now learning about this role with a view to taking it on in future. The co-secretaries Julie and Melissa are also halfway through a two-year term. 

  1. Report on the work of the PC

Carolyn gave a report.

Report on the work of the PA

Yla gave a report which is summarised below. 

The PA is run by a voluntary parent committee which plans, co-ordinates and manages a calendar of fundraising and social events. All parents are encouraged to get involved. In 2020/21, the PA looked closely at the cost of participation and moved from a “pay to play” model to a “donations welcome” one. Yla noted that the PA does not only evaluate its activities on the basis of funds raised but also numbers participating and feedback received. 

Activities included:

  • Halloween decorations and monster march
  • Christmas and winter decorations, seasonal products and star trail
  • Torch to Tokyo
  • Spring treasure hunt
  • School garden group, which gained a grant from Keep Scotland Beautiful

Yla also mentioned Merrylee FC Saturday morning football, which is led by parents and is all about encouraging the love of football. Parents can get involved by contacting merryleefc@gmail.com and each session costs £1.

PA meetings are usually on the last Wednesday of the month from 7pm onwards. The PA is on Facebook and can be contacted at merrlyeepa@hotmail.com. The next meeting is Wednesday 29 September. 

  1. Report of PC Accounts and formal approval

Laura gave a report. Sarah proposed the accounts and Alan seconded. 

  1. Report of PA Accounts and formal approval

Sarah gave a report. Laura proposed the accounts and Alan seconded. 

  1. AOB
  • Couper Library campaign 

Carolyn gave an update on the campaign to save the Couper Library, which is one of five libraries in Glasgow which still has no reopening date following Covid. She invited Merrylee families to take part in the read-in, every Saturday between 11-12 outside the library, to demonstrate support for reopening it. The campaign can also support families to write to their councillors and can be contacted on savethecouper@gmail.com

Parking in Mochrum Road 

Elspeth raised this issue. There is an increase in the number of people parking on Mochrum Road, at the entrance to the tennis club. There are lots of vehicles parking on the pavement and turning in the road, and she is hearing concerns from residents about the potential for an accident.  Colette encouraged everyone to report concerns to the police on 101, as they will respond. ACTION: Parent Council to write to Council to ask whether the lollipop person currently on Clarkston Road, where there is a crossing facility, could be moved to Mochrum Road.  Colette also mentioned Walk to School Week in September as an opportunity to get the children involved in encouraging parents to drive and park safely. 

  • Teenagers in playground in evenings 

Elspeth raised this issue, which is again being raised by local residents. Teenagers have always used the school in the evenings and this has not been a problem before, but recently the janitor has had to clear up bottles, vomit etc and there has been extremely loud music. Colette advised that the best course of action would be to continue to contact the police and also local councillors. The school will continue to alert the police to these incidents. 

  • Fuel Zone 

Clara raised an upcoming focus group on the Fuel Zone being run by the Glasgow City Parents Group on the Fuel Zone: she had hoped to join but it is oversubscribed. There is an upcoming survey about the Fuel Zone so she will share details of this with the PC once this is live. 

  • Weedkiller

Yla reported that weedkiller has been put in various areas around the school, which means that fruit bushes can’t be harvested as there are now pesticides on it, and this goes against the ecological focus that the school has. The Green Fingers group is bitterly disappointed about this. ACTION: Colette will pick up with Yla on this and contact the Council to find out why this has happened. 

  • Welcoming P1 children 

Cara had raised this: a P1 parent has asked if videos could be made of the classrooms to help parents who have no previous connection with the school to get a sense of the environment the children are in. Colette confirmed that videos of all the classrooms will be out by the end of the weekend. 

  • Parent Council links with Hillpark and Shawlands

Yla raised this.  Dates for Hillpark PC clashed with this one so parents with children at both couldn’t attend. She suggested that we make links with the PCs at Shawlands and Hillpark.ACTION: Yla will ask the parent to get in touch so we can make links.

  • Cash payments for school lunches

Tommy asked why payments can only be made by cash, given Covid hygiene concerns. He has checked with the school who advise it is a Glasgow City Council decision. Colette advised that this will move to Parent Pay and that this is in process, and will hopefully happen soon.

  1. Date of next meeting 

6.30pm Monday 6 November.

Parent Council 19/04/21

Welcome and introductions 

Stephen welcomed everyone to the meeting.

  1. Approval of minutes and update on actions

Sarah proposed minutes, Cara seconded.

  • Payment to PA for outdoor learning: this has been completed. 
  1. Headteacher’s report 
    1. Covid guidance. There has been quite high staff absence recently due to the need to isolate while awaiting test results: this has meant the school management team has had to cover classes at short notice: Colette expressed gratitude to them for doing so. The school continues to follow all necessary health and safety rules. Colette reminded parents to please wear masks, only bring one parent at a time to drop off and pick up and not stay any longer than necessary at school. 

ACTION: Parent Council to post reminder of rules on Merrylee PC Facebook page

  1. Vandalism. This is a serious problem at the moment. Tommy the caretaker is having to clear up substantial mess after every weekend. Young people have always used the school grounds at weekends which is fine, but recently Tommy has had to clear up smashed glass from the pitch, vomit and urine. The school has been in touch with police and the services manager. Other headteachers are reporting similar problems. Yla advised she has spoken to the police, who say the key is to keep reporting it. There was a discussion about whether movement-sensitive CCTV could be installed.

ACTION: Parent Council and PA to remind parents via social media that they should report any concerns to the police by calling 101. 

ACTION: Phil to contact community councillors to discuss any possible actions. 

ACTION: Elspeth to circulate information to local community via leaflets

ACTION: Colette will investigate whether CCTV is a possibility

  1. Activities and visits. P7s will be attending Blairvadach later this year. This will include an end of year celebration. Also hoping to have a more formal P7 leavers assembly at the end of June, outdoors so that parents can attend. New P1 classes are being put together this week and visits to classrooms are being planned. Had hoped to have a sports day but this is not possible due to the need to stagger lunchtimes and breaks. Active Schools teachers have now been redeployed to schools so we have a new teacher who will take P4s and P7s for outdoor sport on Thursdays and Fridays, as well as Rangers football coaches who will be working with us regularly. We hope to re-start clubs soon but will need to play this by ear. 
  2. Parent meetings. Hoping to organise some phone consultations for parents and teachers: this is yet to be confirmed. 
  3. School lunches. School lunch menu has changed and will shortly be sent out via SeeSaw. There are now more meat-free days. 
  4. P7 transition arrangements. Secondaries have only just gone back full time today so we expect further info shortly and will share this as soon as possible. 
  1. PA Update – Yla
    1. Merrylee Green Fingers. All money from Community Climate Action Fund has now been spent. There has been great progress on installing new planters and developing the outside area. The PC money has now been spent on the outdoor classroom resource adjacent to the garden planters next to the Trim Trail. Ten per cent of school families have been actively involved in Merrylee Green Fingers. There have been lots of kind donations of plants, pots and some cash: Yla thanked everyone for this. There is a £78 overspend which has been absorbed by the PA. Families can be involved in seedling kits, watering rotas and maintenance days.
    2. Fundraising/community events. The virtual book fair went well and the treasure hunt was well received over the holidays. Merrylee teddy bears will be on sale via ParentPay from tomorrow: this is in response to feedback from young people that they wanted something for themselves not  just families. The PA is exploring the possibility of outdoors class photos and is also helping with a P7 leavers event. Catriona thanked the PA and Merrylee Green FIngers for their amazing work on the school grounds and treasure hunt: these are really making a difference to the school experience. Colette noted that she, Stephen, Yla and Emma Durnan are speaking at Glasgow Parent Forum on Wednesday to share the good practice of keeping parents and families involved with the school during the pandemic. 
  2. Treasurer’s report

Laura gave a report. The only expenditure since Feb has been on barrels for Green Fingers. The cheque issued for the PC/PA Zoom account has not been cashed.The remaining balance is £238.87.

ACTION: Yla to ensure Zoom cheque is cashed. 

  1. AOB

Elspeth asked about homework – Colette advised it should revert back to what it was before lockdown. 

Elspeth also asked about lunches and breakfast clubs, noting that parents may have made payments which will not be used before the end of the year and asking whether these will be reimbursed automatically. Colette advised that the school does not have any control over this. 

ACTION: Colette will make enquiries about this. 

Carolyn advised she is attending a meeting next week about Car Free Zones, which is being organised by the Glasgow City Parents Group. Phil reminded everyone of the importance of reporting people who are driving within the zone without a permit. 

ACTION: Carolyn to report back. 

Date of next meeting

6.30pm Monday 7 June

PC Minutes 010221

Note: the full minutes are circulated via SeeSaw to all parents, and include a list of parents and staff who attended. If you would like to attend future Parent Council meetings, please email merryleepc@gmail.com.

  1. Welcome and introductions 

Stephen welcomed everyone to the meeting.

  1. Approval of minutes and update on actions

Phil proposed minutes, Stephen seconded.

Actions:

  • Film relating to dogs on school grounds. No update. Action to be carried over
  1. Headteacher’s report 
  2. Home learning.

Colette reported that the school is continuing to provide places for children of keyworkers: there is much higher demand this time. The school has to be very careful to minimise contact and stem the spread of the virus, particularly given the new variant. It has never been more important for the school community to support each other: school staff are still here for anyone who needs support, there is always someone in the school to listen. Teachers are working hard to come up with home learning activities and there has been lots of positive feedback, as well as some negative comments based on what other areas are doing. Colette asked for parents to be aware of demands on teachers at the moment and to rest assured that information about how children are doing will be available as soon as possible. Several parents have mentioned that they have heard of other schools doing online meetings with parents and live lessons with children. This is something we would take advice on as a city wide approach. Other authorities have developed systems to facilitate this (parent meetings) and I am sure Glasgow will be working on this too. They have already responded to the need for staff training to develop skills in preparing and delivering recorded lessons which many of our teachers have signed up for. We have developed and will continue to develop our remote learning provision. Several Merrylee teachers are already signed up for training in delivering recorded lessons. This training takes place out of hours and Colette noted her gratitude to teachers for giving up their time. Several classes have started doing live check-ins using Teams: Colette acknowledged that this can be difficult for some families but encouraged parents to help their children be online at that time if possible.Teachers are also providing individual and group support where necessary especially for those with particular needs. Last week the school was able to issue a number of school ipads to families who were struggling with access to devices: Colette advised that parents should get in touch with the school if they need help with devices. On residential visits, sadly these are not going ahead. It is possible we will be offered an alternative date for the planned p6 trip to Blairvaddoch but this won’t be at least until October. Parents will have the option for a full refund or to transfer the payment till p7. The p7 trip to Galloway is also being cancelled. We are working on an alternative but unfortunately many centres are already booked up. A day visit on a Saturday in June at Blairvaddoch might be possible but this is not confirmed. If no alternative can be found then the school will come up with a local plan.

2. School resources

The school has bought some new play resources and other resources for home learning, using funds raised by the PA. These will be very useful.

3.Fundraising and community involvement

   Colette thanked everyone involved in Merrylee Green Fingers, which is now developing the area near the Trim Trail. She noted that there is a huge amount of work going on which will make a huge difference and provide a fantastic learning space for both the school and local community. Parents should contact the PA if they would like to get involved (merryleepa@hotmail.com). 

  1. Vandalism

There was a spate of vandalism before Christmas. Colette hopes this was a one-off. It was reported to the police but there is little they can do. There are regular “visitors” to the school after hours who leave litter but usually there is no damage. Tommy the janitor is vigilant in removing any litter left behind. 

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Stephen invited questions to Collette. Phil asked how the staff team are feeling: Colette confirmed that the team are supporting each other and managing as well as possible, and appreciate the support from the wider school community. 

  1. Home learning and wellbeing

Sarah thanked all the teachers for all the effort they are putting in and raised a few issues: 

  • new concepts being explained through recorded lessons is really helpful
  • Different teachers seem to be doing this on SeeSaw in different ways. It would be helpful for all children to have access to recorded lessons so they can consider and reflect. 
  • Can we have advice on different ways to respond on SeeSaw? Some parents are finding it difficult to know all the possible ways eg taking photos and uploading them, using text boxes to answer questions. 

Julia advised that the school could share info on responding on SeeSaw. Recorded lessons will be the topic of an upcoming In Service day but they are quite time-consuming. 

Rajat asked whether teachers could do regular video calls with children. Colette confirmed that these have started with some of the older classes: this will gradually be set up for all children but the process of setting this up involves a lot of logistics. Colette hopes to have a weekly live check-in for all children in the not too distant future, now that children who need ipads have been provided with them. 

Colin thanked all the staff for the engaging lessons so far. He asked if there could be short videos from each of the teachers regularly, to help maintain a connection. He also asked if there could be a volume check on SeeSaw lessons, some have been very quiet. 

Susie suggested that we could buddy up parents or set up online help sessions to help parents get used to using Teams, given that lots of us are using it a lot at work. Julie said they are planning some how-to videos for the YouTube channel and would love help from parents. Susie also reported that it can be difficult to get through the volume of activities and it can be worrying to feel that children are falling behind. It would be helpful to get a steer from teachers on which areas to focus on for a particular child. The reporting process didn’t help to narrow this down. Julie suggested getting in touch directly with the management team or class teacher to ask for this help: they will be happy to help. 

Stephen recorded the thanks of the PC to all the teachers for their work at this extremely difficult time. 

  1. PA Update

Yla gave an update. The PA is looking to set up subgroups which could provide free, local activities for children during the holidays. Merrylee Green Fingers is doing very well and has received a grant of £4,549 from Keep Scotland Beautiful – they had applied for £5,000. The team are grateful to teachers for guidance on making this application. Work started today on the Trim Trail and outdoor classroom. This work needs to be completed by the end of March. All volunteering is in household groups and follows all current social distancing requirements. 

Stephen thanked all involved for the fantastic work that the Green FIngers group is doing. Colette and Catriona added their thanks and noted that the school is extremely grateful.

  1. Treasurer’s report

Laura gave a report. There is £815 in the account. Stephen confirmed that we are updating the bank account so there are three named signatories. Sarah asked whether the £400 grant is recent: Stephen confirmed that this is the annual grant so was received around August 2020. 

  1. AOB
    1. New website and Facebook page.

Tommy gave an update on the new Merrylee PC website, which he has built. This is now easier for PC volunteers to update. The site is at  https://www.merryleeprimarypc.org/. Any feedback on the site is welcome: there is a comment form on the website. Colette thanked Tommy for his work, which has been excellent. 

Rubina reported that a new Parent Council Facebook page has been set up: parents can search Facebook for Merrylee Parent Council to find the page. The page currently has 72 likes. Julie offered to promote the new page and website on the school Twitter feed. 

AOB 2. Physical noticeboards at school

Stephen reported that the noticeboards at school need to be updated. Jacqui will lead on this

AOB 3. Nutrition

Alan followed up on the action from the previous meeting. Alan and Colette have had some discussion about ways to ensure that sweets are not the default option for treats. Colette is happy to try to involve children in this discussion once schools go back.

AOB 4. Funding

Sarah asked if some PC funding could be used towards items that the PA would otherwise be fundraising for. Most costs relate to improving the school grounds, particularly given that outdoor learning is especially important during the pandemic and that the school is committed to outdoor learning in general. Other issues requiring expenditure include drainage at the Crannog. The PA is looking to raise about £650 all in. Stephen proposed that £500 of PC money could go towards this work. This would leave £130 in the PC account: no substantial outgoings are anticipated before the end of the term. Stephen proposed, Laura seconded. DECISION: PC approved a payment of £500 to the PA for those works. ACTION: Laura to take forward with the PA. 

Phil asked if the school needed extra help with the cost of wifi. Colette advised that there isn’t anything else that could enhance that, it’s all looked after by one central company that deals with all the schools. 

AOB 5. Education Services

Colette had circulated a link to a Q&A with Maureen McKenna, head of Education at GCC. Colette will share this on SeeSaw tomorrow with all parents. 

AOB 6. Parent Council chinwag

Glasgow City Council is holding a “chinwag” event on 10 February at 7pm on Zoom, for officebearers or nominated reps of PCs. Stephen and Carolyn will discuss attendance. 

Date of next meeting

6.30pm Monday 19 April. 

Merrylee Parent Council Annual Report 2019/20

This report has been prepared ahead of the October 2020 AGM, and summarises the Parent Council’s work over the year.

The Parent Council

Our Parent Council provides the opportunity for parents and carers to contribute to school life and the well-being of our children, as well as increase their understanding of school matters. Meetings are held at least four times a year, with items on the agenda varying from Headteacher feedback on learning within the school, promoting a healthy eating policy and making our school community cleaner and safer, to school improvement plans and developing the school environment.

The Parent Council works closely with the Parent Association, which raises funds for the school. 

2019/20

This has been a year like no other, with the school – and indeed all schools – unexpectedly closed for several months due to the impact of coronavirus. Nevertheless, it has been a productive year for the Parent Council. The Council has met four times since the September 2019 AGM, on the following dates:

  • 2 December 2019
  • 9 March 2019
  • 1 June 2020 (via videoconferencing)
  • 14 September 2020 (via videoconferencing)

Issues dealt with include:

  • A decision taken jointly with the school to ban dogs from school grounds, due to substantial anxiety caused to some children
  • Ongoing issues with parking around the school, and supporting the recent implementation of a car-free zone around the school at drop-off and pick-up times, to create a safer environment
  • A proposal for a walking bus: a survey will shortly be sent out to parents on this matter. 
  • Vandalism in the toilet areas of the school: this has been resolved for now
  • The school’s developing use of SeeSaw as a communication tool with parents
  • A decision to implement a new system for lost property, which is returned wherever possible but if unclaimed, given to charity on the last Friday of the month
  • Improvements to the playground, at the request of the children
  • Supporting the development of the school’s policies on hygiene, risk assessment, home learning, self-isolation and emotional support in light of coronavirus

Other Developments

As usual, Glasgow City Council purchased insurance coverage for all city Parent Councils through Connect, formerly known as the Scottish Parent Teacher Council. As well as public liability, employers’ liability, loss of money and personal accident insurance, this Connect membership also provides all parents at the school with access to info sessions, a members-only Facebook group and email support. All parents can register to access these resources at https://connect.scot/register.

Parent Council Team

This year saw the departure of several parents who had made a substantial contribution to the Council. In particular, Humera Ashraf stepped down as Chair. We would like to formally record our thanks to all parents who have supported the work of the Council, and wish them well as their children move on to the next phase of their education.

We expect to have a full team of office-bearers in place following the 2020 AGM, as follows:

  • Chair:             Stephen Bishop
  • Secretary:      Carolyn Lochhead 
  • Treasurer:     Laura Kennedy (to be proposed at 2020 AGM)

Conclusion

We would like to thank all the parents and teachers of Merrylee Primary School for their support and dedication during this extraordinary year. In particular, we record our thanks to Mrs Haddock and her team, who have been faced with a unique set of circumstances and responded with energy and determination. 

Contact details

You can contact the Parent Council at merryleepc@gmail.com.  Information about the work of the council can be found at http://merryleeprimarypc.org/.

Merrylee Primary School Parent Council AGM

The Annual General meeting took place online on 26 October 2020.

6.30PM – 8.00PM

Attendance – parents: Stephen Bishop (Chair), Carolyn Lochhead (Secretary), Laura Kennedy, Jackie Clark (Chair of Parent Association), Sarah Kingwell (Treasurer of Parent Association) Mel Unkles, Lee Clark, Thomas Lauritzen, Cara Wightman, Fiona Shearer, Gail Cameron, Clara Orofino, Donna Mason, Kirsty Macmillan, Rubina Khan, Yvonne McFadden, Alan Govan, Colin Howden, Phil Goodlad, Rebecca Reynolds, Tomasso Petillo, June McIntyre, Joanne Ferguson, Mahmood Abuyahya, Alan Brodie

Staff Mrs Haddock, Mrs Kirk, Mrs Duncan, Mrs Shearer

  1. Welcome and introductions 

Stephen welcomed everyone to the meeting. The office bearers introduced themselves.

  • Headteachers report 

Mrs Haddock reflected on the highly unusual year and the impact of coronavirus, which has meant parents have been unable to join with the usual activities like paired reading, fundraising and school trips. However the school still strongly values the relationship with parents: Mrs Haddock noted in particular the efforts of the Green Fingers group in improving the school environment and of the Parent Association in, among other things, decorating the school for Halloween. The school priorities for this year are raising attainment, learning and teaching – these have not been compromised in any way. Mrs Haddock confirmed that the school is following all relevant safety guidance and can provide learning packs for children who are self-isolating. As part of the ipad deployment programme, the P7s were issued with ipads today, with deployment to the rest of the school to follow and additional support from Glasgow City Council for families for whom access to technology has been difficult. In response to a question, Mrs Haddock confirmed that pupil committees have continued over from last year, to give the children the chance to finish their projects. The school hopes to find a new way of running committees while continuing to keep the year groups apart. 

  • Parent Council Office Bearers 

Stephen proposed Laura Kennedy as Treasurer, Jackie seconded. 

DECISION: Laura Kennedy appointed as Treasurer.

  • Parent Association Office Bearers. 

Jackie gave update: Yla Barrie is now co-chair this year, Julia Chau and Melissa Jacob have taken on the role of co-secretary, Sarah Kingwell continuing as treasurer

  • Report on the work of Parent Council

Carolyn Lochhead gave a report on the work of the Parent Council over the last year: see attached report. 

  • Report on work of Parent Association

Jackie Clark gave a report on the work of the Parent Association. The PA is a sub-group of the PC, whose purpose is to bring parents, staff and children together through events to widen the sense of community, raise funds and have fun. Fundraising contributes directly to the educational and  social costs of school. The aim is to minimise costs for families and maximise opportunities. The PA normally meets on the last Wednesday of the month but is meeting less frequently just now. Jackie recorded her thanks to Duncan Thomson who has been minutes secretary for several years, and also noted the outgoing PC Chair Humera Ashraf’s great contribution to the PA, and of Donna Mason who served as secretary in past years. In 2019/20 the usual calendar of events was cut short but the majority of fundraising events took place. These included school photos, seasonal cards and the Christmas fair. At the moment the PA is concentrating on building connections and bringing the whole school community together, as with the current Halloween trail which has around 90 families signed up to take part. The PA has a closed Facebook group for Merrylee parents: search on Facebook for Merrylee Parents Association. Jackie recorded her thanks to all families within the school community for volunteering, prizes,  and sharing their skills. She also noted her thanks to the school management team and to the wider PA. Mrs Kirk thanked Jackie and the whole PA for the fabulous Halloween decorations. 

  • Parent Skills Needed

Carolyn Lochhead outlined the skills that the PC hope to recruit this year: see attached report.  In particular we need a website volunteer and a social media volunteer. Tommy Petillo volunteered to help with the website. 

ACTION: Carolyn to follow up with Tommy. Anyone else interested in helping should email merryleepc@gmail.com.

  • Report of PC Accounts

Stephen Bishop presented the Parent Council accounts for the financial year ending in June 2020 – see attached report. He noted that signs relating to dogs being banned from school premises were bought in that financial year but not claimed for: this has been carried over to the new financial year. The accounts were proposed by Phil Goodlad and seconded by Laura Kennedy. 

DECISION: the accounts were accepted by the Parent Council. 

  • Report of PA accounts

Sarah Kingwell presented the Parent Association accounts for the financial year ending in June 2020 – see attached report. She confirmed that they had been independently reviewed. In response to a question, she noted that last year the Association started the year with a healthy bank balance, but this is much lower this year as the Association had decided to hand over as much money as possible to the school so it could put it to good use. Mrs Haddock confirmed that thanks to the excellent fundraising efforts by the Association in previous years, the school was well positioned and a decrease in fundraising this year would not have a material impact on the children’s educational experiences. There  was a suggestion that the Association try to organise an event in schools with an optional donation: Mrs Haddock confirmed that the current Halloween celebrations are a good way to trial different ways of fundraising and including children. The accounts were proposed by Phil Goodlad and seconded by Laura Kennedy. 

DECISION: the accounts were accepted by the Parent Council. 

  1. AOB

Alan Brodie had asked for an update on the decision taken during 2019 to ban dogs from school grounds. Mrs Haddock confirmed that signs have been ordered and recently put up and the school handbook has been updated. There had also been a plan to make a film: this was shot before lockdown but now requires editing as it depicts scene that do not comply with social distancing requirements.  dogs being banned from school grounds. 

ACTION: Phil Goodlad to complete the film. 

Sarah Kingwell raised the issue of road safety and parking issues around Langside Drive and Mochrum Road in light of the new car-free zone at drop off and pick up times. This has been exacerbated by the fact that the tennis club car park is now only for members.  Visibility is very poor when crossing on Langside Drive. Sarah has raised this with Glasgow City Council and encouraged other parents to do the same. Mrs Haddock confirmed that Glasgow City Council is going to update the signage around the school regarding the car-free zone, to extend this until 3.30pm. Mrs Haddock also mentioned that Glasgow City Council is seeking to recruit a lollipop person who could potentially be positioned at the problem area. Phil Goodlad reported that at a meeting with Glasgow City Council prior to the implementation of the car-free zone, the Council advised that any concerns about parking or non-compliance with the zone should be reported to police on 101 or via the local police station. This allows police to build up a picture of issues.Yvonne McFadden reported that the 20 zone signs don’t flash and need repaired. 

ACTION – Parent Council to ask police for more support in implementing the car-free zone.

ACTION – Parent Council to contact Glasgow City Council regarding the flashing 20 zone signs. 

ACTION Mrs Haddock will link the Parent Council with the Council at OLA so we can work together on this.  

Stephen thanked everyone for attending, confirmed that the next meeting is 7th December and closed the meeting. 

PC meeting minutes 14.09.20

This Parent Council meeting took place online, due to Covid 19 restrictions.

Merryle Primary School

Parent Council Meeting: minutes

14 September 2020, via Zoom

  1. Welcome, introductions, agree minute-taker

Stephen welcomed all to the meeting. Carolyn Lochhead agreed to take minutes.

  • Approval of previous minutes

Minutes of previous meeting approved.

  • Parent Council Office-bearers

Stephen Bishop nominated as Chair by Cara and seconded by Phil

Stephen and June will discuss June possibly taking on treasurer role: in the meantime Sarah will fill in. Stephen nominated Carolyn Lochhead as secretary, Yla seconded.

  • COVID-19 response

Colette gave update: key points:

  • Updated on all safety measures in place: Colette has told parents about these via written guidance
  • There are no positive cases in school yet – Colette has circulated guidance on what would happen if there was one.
  • The current curriculum is a recovery programme – focusing on emotional wellbeing. There is a big focus on outdoor PE and learning. The whole school has been using Emotion Works programme – can view this online. Emotionworks.org.uk
  • Some children are isolating because of family members with symptoms or for other reasons – school is sending out home work packs where needed: not using IT so as not to exclude people.
  • School has been allocated a new teacher Mrs Joanne Boyle and new probation teacher in P5 Miss Ree to help deal with Covid-19 impact.
  • Communication with parents – can communicate with teacher through Seesaw but need teacher to send message first – let Mrs Haddock, Mrs Mcelhone or Miss Kirk know of any problems.
  • Seesaw is preferred method because emails to teachers tend to get lost – urgent messages should be emailed to above or phoned to school. It is fine to email management team
  • Can’t plan for parents’ meetings just now.
  • Thanked those who have helped with gardening.

Questions from parents included whether parents’ evenings could be held online or on the phone: Colette advised that Zoom is not available on council devices and that there are only a few phones in school with outside lines, so this would not be possible. There were also questions about PPE and social distancing: Colette advised that there are some Perspex screens in use and that face masks were a matter of personal choice at the moment. 

5: Parking Zones

Colette gave update on the proposal to restrict parking at the start and end of school day, starting in October. The proposal has  been circulated to parents and info is available on GCC website. There is a meeting with Cllr Stephen Curran about the issue soon – Colette will circulate the Zoom link to the Parent Council. Parents can email Colette with any comments – this is encouraged.

Jon Molyneux proposed a school walking bus initiative: this is an escorted walk to school service run by a group of parent volunteers. He requested that the Parent Council circulate a survey to gauge interest in using and volunteering for this. DECISION: Council agreed to do this – ACTION – JON WILL PUT TOGETHER SURVEY, COLETTE WILL CIRCULATE

6. Connect Scotland

Carolyn gave update. Glasgow City Council has purchased Connect insurance coverage for all parent councils. This covers public liability, employers’ liability , loss of money and personal accident. All parents can register at https://connect.scot/register to access members-only resources, including info sessions, a members-only Facebook group and email support. We need to update our contact details with Connect with a generic email address: one does exist which is contactus@merryleepc.org.uk  – ACTION – CAROLYN TO FIND OUT WHO HAS ACCESS TO THIS.

7. Uniform

Miss Kirkwood gave update on the new logo: Campbell’s and BE schoolwear will be using up their old stock before moving to the new logo, Schoolwear and Blossoms are now using it. Colette confirmed that, as windows are now open more due to COVID guidance, it is fine for pupils to wear thick non-uniform jumpers. 

Colette reminded parents to name uniform – lost property is building up again. Lost property will be put outside the P2 door on the last Friday of the month – parents can check then but cannot come into school to look for lost property at any other time.

8. Zoom account for PC/PA

Cara gave update: we can get a free subscription with up to 100 participants and 40 minutes. £190.90 will buy unlimited time for up to 100 participants: can pay monthly.

Jacqui Clark suggested using Google Meet – unlimited call times and participants. ACTION – CAROLYN TO SET UP NEW ACCOUNT AND TRY USING IT FOR NEXT MEETING. YVONNE WILL LOOK INTO PRIVACY IMPLICATIONS.

9. AGM

We are required to hold an AGM – DECISION: meeting agreed we are happy to do this online. Can use Eventbrite. ACTION – STEPHEN AND CAROLYN TO PROPOSE A DATE AND CHECK THIS WITH COLETTE.

Stephen proposed using AGM to establish what skills are available within the parent body.

10. PC Treasurer’s report

We get a grant every year from Council: usually £400. Only outgoing is for web hosting to maintain the Parent Council website: expecting invoice shortly. Balance is c£1,000. Yla suggested funding for Merrylee Greenfingers, to plant bulbs for spring and potentially invest in some equipment. DECISION – Council happy to approve expenditure of up to £200 for Greenfingers scheme. ACTION – Yla will put together a costed proposal.

11.AOB

Colette advised that Fit n Fruity Friday will not be happening for the moment because all children have an outdoor day once a week.

Jacqui raised that she has maintained the Parent Council website for some time but that this is her final year at Merrylee: may be that website needs to move to a free simple host. ACTION: Colette will speak to Mrs Timoney for advice.

Mrs Mcelhone gave a digital update. Ipads for P7 pupils are being distributed w/b 27th October. These will be accompanied by pupil home school agreements and guidance for parents. Shared ipads for other stages are set to be deployed before Christmas. Wifi remediation is set to take place shortly so can access wifi in all parts of the building. Lots of teachers are now Apple certified teachers and Seesaw ambassadors.

The issue of giant hogweed was raised: this is not actually on school grounds, but the school             has contacted the owner to ask for it to be investigated.