Clackmannan Primary School Parent Council
thThursday September 18 – 7 p.m.
Present: Evelyn Paterson, Gaynor Westland, Gill Campbell, Hilary MacCorquodale, Janette Wieczorek, Susan Marshall, Denise Sinclair, Jo Paterson, Margaret Brookes and
Alison Mackie, Active Sports Co-ordinator Clackmannanshire Council
Apologies: - Gayleen Thomson
Minutes of Previous Meeting:
Proposed by Hilary MacCorquodale seconded by Gayleen Thomson
Alison Mackie introduced herself and explained her role within Clackmannanshire Council.
CSAW - Alison has been running CSAW along with a sub group of parents for the past few
years, although this year there was only herself and Margo Regan on the group. She
wondered if the Parent Council were happy for her to organise the whole event, sports and
arts, reporting back to this group as appropriate throughout the session. She would hope
to have a draft programme in place by January. The group agreed to this. Bookings
would still be taken, and registers compiled, in school by Susan Marshall as in past years.
The Parent Council will write to parents prior to the event asking for parent volunteers to
help out at lunch times as it was felt that this was the most important thing that needed
parental help – Alison will organise helpers for all sports and arts. It was felt that the art
sessions in 2009 should be covered by more ‘expressive arts’ as opposed to ‘creative arts’
for a change. Alison also spoke of introducing more varied sports this coming year to try
to encourage some children who have attended in the past. In 2009 CSAW will run for
only 4 days as Easter falls on the middle weekend of the holidays.
Alison also informed the group about a new approach being adopted by
Clackmannanshire Council - Positive Coaching Scotland : Creating a Positive, Winning
Sports Experience, she handed out booklets giving more information. This is a new
approach being introduced to change the culture behind competitive sport. Alison will
have a table at our forthcoming Parents Evenings to introduce this new concept to our
parents and to try to encourage parents to sign up for training events.
Appointment of New Members – Donna Morton wants to stay on group. No answer as yet
from Veronica or Andrew, it was agreed to remove them from the group. We have 5
parent and 1 co-opted member vacancies.
As Jo Paterson and Denise Sinclair have attended all meetings as interested parents it
was suggested they become Parent Council members.
Jo Paterson proposed by Evelyn Paterson seconded by Gaynor Wesyland
Denise Sinclair proposed by Evelyn Paterson seconded be Gaynor Westland
Both accepted the positions. There are still 3 parent members to be elected.
A copy of the newsletter drawn up by Gill Campbell was tabled – it was agreed to nd September, there is a section on the back asking distribute this to parents on Monday 22for parents who are willing to help out at events when needed and also a box to indicate if
willing to stand for the Parent Council. Replies will be collated and brought to the next
A letter was received from Clackmannanshire Council with dates of upcoming meetings for
Parent Council members as follows:
7th October, Royal Oak Hotel, 6.30 – 8.30 p.m. for Chairs and one other person – Evelyn thrdand Denise will attend. There will be 2 other meetings on 11 February and 3 June both
6.30 – 8 p.m. in the Dunmar.
thThere are 2 Saturday morning events for all Parent Council members in Dunmar on 25 stOctober and 21 March. Further details will follow.
Scottish Parent Councils Association – We can now access an email account set up by
SPCA for us the details are:
Email address - Clackmannan@scottishparents.com
Password - CL006
General Account - ?863.02 this includes an instalment from Clackmannanshire Council
and also ?350 transferred to school fund for M&M Productions.
CSAW Account - ?2052.17
Playground Account - ?2538.04 this includes ?50 from Sterling Precast and ?200
transferred to school fund for playground games. It was agreed that the ?50 will be given
to Mrs Cairns to help set up a school garden.
It was agreed to transfer ?500 from the General Account to the school fund to go towards
another interactive whiteboard.
Sub Committee Reports:
Playground – It will cost ?2000 + VAT to install a climbing wall, it was felt this was excessive and maybe an alternative could be purchased. Gaynor will bring some further
suggestions and illustrations to the next meeting. Ground cover of some kind was
discussed for the muddy areas, we are unable to put down anything as this would negate
the warranty. Mike Nicol, Clackmannanshire Council, has inspected the site and
suggested ‘sand dust’ for under the bridge which is the worst area, this should not be too
CSAW – As already minuted.
Janette advised that all school fundraising this session will go towards purchasing 6 more
interactive whiteboards. Parents were very impressed with the ones we have in school at
the recent ‘Meet & Greet’ event.
?2000 from the school budget is to be spent on refurbishing our school library. Librarians
have been out to visit and although we have some really good books we desperately need
new shelving and racks. It may take up to a year to complete but it will be fully refurbished
and staff and parents will receive training from librarians.
Gaynor informed the group that we had been given ?250 from CR Smith before the
summer to buy sports kits. We have purchased 12 kits – hoodies, trackies and t-shirts
which have been bagged and numbered and will be issued to children going out to
represent the school at various activities. CR Smith will attend at some point for a publicity
Liz Mrozs set up a ‘Thrift Shop’ in school, parents were notified in the last newsletter but
as yet we have only had 1 enquiry. Old/lost clothes were put out recently for parents to
come and check and only 2 parents turned up, these clothes will now be bagged up and
taken to a local charity shop. If anyone knows of anyone who has lost something or is ‘in
need’ please send them in to the school office.
thNext Meeting – Thursday November 27 at 7 p.m.