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  • Nov 21 / 2017
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Parent Information

Parent Council Fundraising

2017

The Parent Council have agreed to help fund the purchase of 20 new keyboards for the music department. The Parent Council recognise the benefits of access to good quality musical instruments and are happy to support this initiative. Pupils and Staff of the music department have already raised a significant amount of the money required and the Parent Council have agreed to fund the remaining £1850.00 to allow the purchase to go ahead.

The last fundraising opportunity for 2017 will be at the School Christmas Concert on 12th Dec. The parent council will be running a café offering teas / coffees / soft drinks at the interval and organising a raffle.

Donation of raffle prizes can be made at any time to the school office. Volunteers are also required to help with the café.

 

2018

In 2018 the Parent Council plan to organise a sponsored hill walk with parents, children and staff to raise additional funds for other additional equipment. More details to follow but if you are interested please contact the Parent Council.

  • Sep 20 / 2017
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Publication Guide – Useful Resources SQA

Here is a very useful link to the National Parent Council Forum of Scotland where there are very helpful and useful resources to access in supporting your child with the learning.

www.npfs.org.uk/nationals-in-a-nutshell/

  • Sep 14 / 2017
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Parent Council Minutes

UCAS Information Evening – S5/6

S5 / S6 UCAS Information Evening.

Thank you to the school for organising the UCAS information evening this week (for College and University Applications). The information provided by the school, the careers advisor and the University of Glasgow speakers was very useful. For those that did not attend the Information Evening the UCAS website has some very useful information for parents – see https://www.ucas.com/file/101806/download?token=2DHk4PXV

The school will also put this weeks presentations on the school website.

  • Jun 12 / 2017
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Parent Council – New Members

Parent Council June 2017 : Russell Overend recently gave a talk about the Parent Council at the P7 Induction evening encouraging more parents/carers to become involved in the work of the Parent Council. Russell has been a member of the PC for a number of years and gave his view on his experience and the benefits of being involved.

All parents/carers are welcome to attend meetings (7 are held each year), if you can’t attend you can be added to our email distribution list or keep up with minutes via Facebook, Twitter and the school website.

This is my final year on the Parent Council and I have found it a great way of finding out more about the life of the school and being involved in discussions and consultations affecting the education of our children. I would recommend getting involved, meetings are held in the school and last about 90 minutes so not a huge commitment of time. Have a look at Russell’s update on the school website to find out more about the work of the PC.

The first meeting next year is Monday 21st August and the agenda will be issued via the school website.

Wishing you a Happy Summer from all on the Parent Council.

Regards

Caroline Devlin

Chair of the PMHS Parent Council

  • Jun 12 / 2017
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Parent Council Message – S1 Parent Information Evening

PMHS Parent Council; talk to P7 parents, Russell Overend June 2017

I’d like to talk to you about the Parent Council. I joined the Parent Council when my son started in S1 and I have got a lot out of attending the Parent Council meetings. I’d like to try and persuade some of you to come along to future Parent Council Meetings or at least sign up to receive the e mails and minutes.

So what’s it all about? Many of you will be aware of PTA’s or Parent Partnerships in the primary schools. In my experience the Parent Council quite different to the primary school. It’s not all organising school discos and fundraising. Nor is it like a school board where it is policy, recruitment and financial planning.

As one of the best High Schools in Renfrewshire (if not the best) there is a lot going on in the school and a lot that your kids can participate in.

Subjects, subject choices, Duke of Edinburgh, sports teams and competitions, musical instruments, school concerts, dancing, work experience, school trips, activities weeks, workplace visits, charities,

Your teenagers probably won’t tell you about all these activities so the Parent Council is a good way to find out what was going on in the school. I attended the parent council initially just for information but found it useful for many other things. I would recommend it to you if you are new to the school and want to find out a lot more about the school.

The formal objectives of the parent council is to:

  • Create an inclusive welcoming school
  • Aid the communications between the school and parents.
  • To consult on matters effecting the education and welfare of pupils
  • To fundraise for additional activities and equipment for the pupils.

In practice the Parent Council has only 7 meeting a year – each lasting about 90 minutes.

We always have a talk by the Head Boy and Head Girl (from S6) – events, ideas for improvement, their work with charities, buddy system with the first years…

We always have a head teachers report – Mr Dewar will go over what has happened over the last month and what is happening over the next month. Mr Dewar will also cover any proposed changes, consult on policy coming from Renfrewshire Council, review educational performance, updates on staffing. Review new ideas – electronic homework diary, discuss new work experience ideas.

We often invite some guest speakers – careers and guidance staff, year heads etc.

We do a bit of fundraising and provide some additional resources for the school. This year we purchased a new laser cutter for the technology department with the aim of making the school the most technological advanced schools in Renfrewshire. We also sponsored some new junior awards for STEM subjects and the Arts. We have previously funded a new school mini bus and some recording equipment for music.

There is an opportunity to raise any concerns or suggest improvements.

So if you are interested please get in touch or check out the Parent Council section on the School Website.

Russell Overend

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