Please see HAGS Actions 16/06/08
Please see the latest PTA Minutes
£257.50 was raised from the recent event – thanks to everyone who contributed. The money is to be used to purchase DVD players for each classroom and the leads required for the whiteboard wands purchased last year after the ceilidh fundraiser.
The first Haddington Action Group (HAGS) meeting was held on 16th June with particularly good representation from Haddington Infants, King’s Meadow and Knox. Also in attendance were a representative from St. Mary’s, Iain Gray (MSP) and Don Ledingham (ELC – Education) – unfortunately no councillors were able to attend due to prior commitments.
Concerns about school budget cuts, proposed class sizes, composite classes and roll capping at Knox were strongly voiced. Don Ledingham explained the position for ELC.
In summary, this is an issue about money – no surprises there then. As you can see from the SPTC Newsletter, funding is a very complex area. From the ELC perspective, they have been tasked by Scottish Government with making efficiency savings of 2% for the next 3 years – this is tied into the freezing of council tax bills. Where they make these savings though is up to the council. In addition and of particular concern to Haddington Infant School is the £50,000 cut in the predictable needs budget which has resulted in the recent loss of one nursery post.
A number of actions were agreed and details will be circulated later. A further meeting has been scheduled for September and we hope to have local councillors present. In the meantime, Iain Gray has promised to keep lobbying the Government on our behalf.
The last fundraising event of this school year is the Summer Garden BBQ on Friday 20th June 2008 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm in the annexe playground (or the annexe hall if the weather is bad). Tickets are on sale at the school office or at the gate on the night. There will be face painting, a mini beast hunt, a quiz, bug mask making and a garden word search.
The next meeting of the Haddington Infant School P.T.A is the A.G.M on Monday 1st September 2008 at 7pm in the staffroom. All parents, teachers and carers are very welcome to attend.
Please see attached the latest SPTC Newsletter and in particular the item about local funding – backchat103.pdf
Read the minutes of the latest Parent Council meeting held on 9th May – Minutes 9th June 2008
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