Minutes of Biggar High Parent Council
Monday, 3 November 2008
Present: Violet Johnston, Joanne Jones, Amanda McLean, Jackie Millar, Annwyn Noble, Karen Pilpel,
Kate Renwick, Kate Smith
In Attendance: Sharon Abernethy, David Chalmers, Margaret Potter
Apologies: Isobel Lindsay, John Lyon
Minutes of previous meeting 1 September 2008 - accepted
? Activities Transport – DJC will forward figures to Kate Smith asap. Work is underway to set up
a joint forum from SLC Parent Councils. Forum will tackle a range of issues including cost of
transport for activities in rural areas.
? CEOPS – Internet safety information session went ahead on 22 September. Disappointing
turnout. Consider publishing internet safety information/website link on school website. A list of
common chat room abbreviations is available in school.
Chairperson’s Annual Report
Kate Smith distributed copies of the Parent Council annual report and summarised the content to those
? Fundraising - Mobile Phone recycling fundraiser - had generated donation of 34 phones. Not
enough yet to exchange for funds. Will try and promote again just before and just after Christmas.
? Information - Parent Council members had attended school information evenings and Parents
and Partners Meeting arranged by SLC staff.
? Consultation - Members have been included in consultation on a range of issues including last
years HMIe visit and the school dress code.
? Health Promotion - Jackie Millar represented the Parent Council on Health Promoting Schools
Committee. Kate Smith thanked Jackie for her support with this.
? Events - Biggar High School and Biggar Primary Parent Council’s jointly held an information
evening in Biggar High which was chaired by Judith Gillespie/SPTC. Also invited parent/carers
from pupils of associated primary schools to an internet safety information evening in Biggar High
? Future Plans - include promoting record of achievement of former pupils on the school website.
Nominations very welcome. Achievement of all kinds will be recognised. Also plan to be
involved in the formation of a joint forum from SLC Parent Councils. The excessive cost of
providing transport for activities in rural schools is one of the issues which will be addressed by
David Chalmers commended the effort which members had put into becoming established during this
first year. He had appreciated feedback from parent council members on a number of issues. Members
discussed Karen Pilpel’s suggestion about seeking volunteers to take on tasks. It was suggested parents who feel unable to take on the commitment of being a Parent Council member might welcome
the opportunity to help out occasionally with things like tea/coffee at parent evenings.
This year’s Captains Claire Galloway and Chris Lawrie introduced themselves and explained how the formal school captain selection process works. Vice Captains this year are Simon McCurrach and
? New (vertical) Registration System – most pupils, having initially been unsure of how well this
would work, now consider the new groups to be working well. Noted that younger pupils feel
more comfortable in approaching older pupils than perhaps they would have been before.
Captains and M Potter are liaising to resolve issue of appointing class representatives.
? Children in Need Day – arrangements under way.
? Commonhealth Games – S1 and some S5/6 pupils on 10 October. Considered to be a success.
? Activity Evenings – a wide range of activities and well attended. ? S5/6 Health Day – Speaker from Teenage Cancer Trust made quite an impression. Profits from
Rock Night to be donated.
? Young Musician – well supported by entrants, parents and guests. ? Remembrance Service – Captains will attend. ? Year Book and Hoodies – Captains intend to get the ball rolling quickly. ? Prom/After Party Committee – has been formed
? Rock Night and Dance Show – arrangements in hand
Multiple Family Group – the views of a parent Violet Johnston introduced herself, explained how the group works and the benefits to parents and
children who have participated.
New School Building
David Chalmers delivered a presentation on the new School Building. Hoped that slides will be soon
be available on school website.
Election of Members
Karen Pilpel and Kate Renwick standing down. John Lyon Isobel Lindsay and Kate Smith remain.
Kate Smith thanked Karen and Kate for their valued contribution and welcomed new members Violet
Johnston, Annwyn Noble, Amanda McLean, Joanne Jones and Jackie Millar
Election of Office Bearers
Chair: Kate Smith
Secretary: John Lyon
Treasurer: Annwyn Noble
Sharon Abernethy will continue as Parent Council Clerk.
Date of Next Meeting
Monday, 1 December 2008