Craigrothie Primary School Parent Council Minutes - Craigrothie Parent Council Meeting – 5th Sept 2013. Present: Mark Richardson, Sharon Carson, Natalie Motion, Sheona Finlay, Hilary Lumsden, Ben Seal, Lisa Hall, Donald Gillespie. Minutes and matters arising. Mr Gillespie confirmed that Morag Robertson will consider disabled access to the garden as part of the refurbishing of the school to make it disabled accessible. Minutes approved. Mrs Wright. She will be absent until at least the 21st of September. Mr Gillespie confirmed that he has no further information regarding this. Flowers were sent on behalf of children, teachers and parents. More flowers will be sent. Head teacher replacement. There have been no applicants after the deadline of the 28th August. Mr McCloughlan (Area Education Officer) will be discussing the situation with Mr Gillespie soon, asking when the position will be re-advertised, and the details amended since at present they are not (they state that there is no Parent Council). Mr Gillespie will invite him to the Parent Council meeting. A subcommittee of the parent council has been set to raise the profile of the school (Hillary, Mark, Paloma). Good news stories. Mr Gillespie has requested volunteers to write up good news stories for the school website. Parent Council webmaster will start up a Parent Council website and make a link to the school website. Parent Feedback Forms. These are now ready and will be distributed to parents to ask for help and ideas shortly. Bank account. We have attempted to open an account with RBS but are now shifting Lloyds TSB. Secretary funding. We have attempted to get information from Fife Council regarding the amount that we are eligible to claim, but so far have had no luck. We will continue to try to get through to the relevant person. Public relations. Hillary will publicise school activities through the local press, ideally once a month. If you have any ideas for press articles, please talk to either Mark or Hilary. Consultation Scotland 2010 Act. The Parent Council was asked to participate in this consultation and we have done so. In particular, we have responded that we want a 5 year protection for schools after a threat of closure, enshrined in legislation. Craigrothie Primary School Parent Council Religious education versus religious observance. We discussed the different between the two, and Mr Gillespie explained how religious observance takes place in the school. Given the high turnover of head teachers, we discussed the desirability of drafting a policy on religious observance that would be agreed by all parents, and Mr Gillespie requests volunteers to help him do this. Payment for lunches. Mr Gillespie confirmed that parents can pay for lunches and milk in advance for a whole month or term, so long as it is by cheque, payable to Fife Council. Parents will have to understand that, if their child subsequently misses a school day, it will be very difficult to retrieve the lunch money from Fife Council and return it to the parents. Fundraising committee. This committee has met and agreed there will be a Vintage Café on a regular basis in the Village Hall, and additional activities (for example the Christmas Fair) can be added to that. Carbon efficiency. Rehema White unfortunately could not make the meeting. Mr Gillespie and Rehema will liaise. An update on the projects in hand at the moment will be published soon. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 29th of October, at 7pm in the school.